Women in History - Celebrating A Political Pioneer

Mar 1, 2024

Women in History - Celebrating A Political Pioneer

1912 – 1995

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According to the Washington Women’s History Consortium Publication, 100 Years 100 Women 1889-1989 Yakima County, Lois Hoff was a political pioneer, sometimes referred to as “Mrs. Republican” of Yakima and an avid supporter of voter rights. Hoff was the first woman ever elected to the West Valley School Board, serving for four years, two as president. When later asked about her life accomplishments, she identified her time serving the West Valley School District as bringing her the most satisfaction. She was especially proud that during her tenure, Apple Valley Elementary School was built. Her support was later recognized by the Washington State PTA when they awarded Hoff the “Golden Acorn Award” for her service to West Valley schools.

Other accomplishments of Lois Hoff:

  • Precinct committeewoman for 40 years

  • Vice Chair of the Yakima County Republican Organization

  • President of the Yakima Women’s Republican Club

  • Ran for State Legislature in 1950 and lost by only 44 votes

  • One of two presidential electors at large in the state to cast an oral vote for Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956

  • Gave over 10 gallons of blood to the Red Cross

  • Charter member of the League of Women Voters

  • Started the Yakima Chapter of the Girl Scouts

  • Served as Chair of the Centennial Committee for the Congregational Christian Church of Yakima

  • Executive Director of the Yakima Valley Museum Fund Drive

  • Involved with Friends of the Library

Join us in celebrating the accomplishments of one of Yakima's greatest women leaders in history.

Seniors Shine Onstage in 'Freaky Friday'

Prepare to be captivated by West Valley High School’s musical performance of “Freaky Friday.” Director Brandon Lamb poured months of careful consideration into selecting a show that would spotlight the exceptional talents of this year's graduating seniors.

Inspired by the classic Disney movie, this musical intricately weaves a tale of a mother and daughter swapping bodies, highlighting their evolving relationship and newfound mutual appreciation. Since November, devoted students from Grades 9 through 12 have been tirelessly rehearsing, eager to tackle choreography and convey a powerful message.

One of the key driving forces behind the show is dedicated choreographer, Carol Garza. According to Director Lamb, the choreography, driven by Garza’s vision and expertise, has ignited a fire within the performing students. Lamb excitedly notes the students are thriving as they push their creative limits, leading them to seize the opportunity to showcase their talents and skills.

Beyond entertainment, “Freaky Friday” aims to remind the audience to cherish life's little moments and be more understanding of the sometimes challenging dynamics between parent and child. The show runs Thursday, Friday, and Saturday the week of February 29 through March 2, and again the following week, Thursday through Saturday, March 7 through March 9. Shows are nightly at 7 p.m. in the West Valley Junior High Auditorium, with a Saturday matinee each Saturday at 2 p.m.

Don't miss out! This show promises an unforgettable experience that will resonate long after the final curtain falls. Be sure to check the school district website and look for posters around town in early February for ticket information.

Mujeres en la Historia - Celebrando una Pionera Política

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1912 - 1995

De acuerdo con la Publicación del Consorcio de Historia de Mujeres de Washington, 100 Años 100 Mujeres 1889-1989 Condado de Yakima, Lois Hoff fue una pionera política, a veces referida como la "Sra. Republicana" de Yakima y una ávida defensora de los derechos de los votantes. Hoff fue la primera mujer elegida para el consejo escolar de West Valley, cargo que ocupó por cuatro años, dos de ellos como presidenta. Cuando más tarde se le preguntó por los logros de su vida, dijo que el tiempo que había dedicado al distrito escolar de West Valley era el que más satisfacción le había dado. Estaba especialmente orgullosa de que durante su mandato se construyera la escuela primaria de Apple Valley. Su apoyo fue reconocido más tarde por la Asociación de Padres y Maestros del Estado de Washington, que concedió a Hoff el "Golden Acorn Award" por su servicio a las escuelas de West Valley.

Otros logros de Lois Hoff:

  • Comisionada de distrito por 40 años
  • Vicepresidenta de la Organización Republicana del Condado de Yakima
  • Presidenta del Club Republicano Femenino de Yakima
  • Se presentó a las elecciones legislativas del Estado en 1950 y perdió por sólo 44 votos.
  • Uno de los dos electores presidenciales del estado que votó oralmente por Dwight D. Eisenhower en 1956
  • Donó más de 10 galones de sangre a la Cruz Roja
  • Miembro fundador de la Liga de Mujeres Votantes
  • Fundó la sección de Yakima de las Girl Scouts.
  • Presidió el Comité del Centenario de la Iglesia Cristiana Congregacional de Yakima
  • Directora ejecutiva de la campaña de recaudación de fondos del Museo del Valle de Yakima
  • Participa en los Amigos de la Biblioteca

Acompáñanos en celebrar los logros de una de las líderes más importantes de la historia de Yakima.