The Stimpson Award Special Event 2019
Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 4:30 pm- 6:30 pm
Jack's Urban Meeting Place, 1000 West Myrtle Street Boise, ID 83702
The City Club of Boise's prestigious Stimpson Award for Civic Engagement is given to an individual or group of individuals that exemplify the spirit of civil discourse by bringing together people with diverse viewpoints to address complex issues in a civil manner with the intent of finding mutually agreeable solutions.


Dr. Jim Weatherby will be honored with the City Club of Boise’s Stimpson Award for his work in promoting civic dialogue and civility in the Treasure Valley. The event will be held at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at JUMP in downtown Boise, and is open to the public.


Named after City Club founder Dottie Stimpson and her husband Ed, the award recognizes individuals or organizations that embrace the idea that no problem is so great that it cannot be solved by people with open minds and civil discourse.

According to City Club president, Jeremy Parkinson, “The Stimpson Award is a very special honor that City Club of Boise proudly presents to an individual or group of individuals for their efforts in promoting civil discourse and civility. We received many great nominations this year for truly deserving individuals. An advisory council of past presidents and the current board of directors considered the great candidates, but one rose to the top and that was Dr. Jim Weatherby.”


Dr. Weatherby was the director of the Public Policy Center at Boise State University, director of the Social Science Research Center, and an associate professor for the Department of Public Policy and Administration until his retirement in 2006. Dr. Weatherby has long been a member of the City Club of Boise and served as moderator during countless forums and programs.


Dr. Weatherby has moderated discussions across party lines- notably between gubernatorial candidates Allred and Otter in 2011, and Secretary of State candidates Denney and Woodings in 2014. Weatherby has provided political analysis to Boiseans via appearances on PBS and KTVB programming, and has been a fixture of the City Club’s “Pundits Forum” for many years, offering wise commentary on local politics. Dr. Weatherby has helped countless Idahoans better understand and participate in dialogue surrounding civic affairs for decades.


In selecting Weatherby, City Club recognizes his commitment to promoting conversation, civic engagement, and dialogue throughout our community. “Dr. Weatherby has influenced many people throughout the state for many years and we are honored to recognize him as our 8th Stimpson Award winner. When I informed Dr. Weatherby of his selection, he expressed how honored and humbled he was to be recognized with this award. We look forward to a great event this November to recognize him for his years of service.”


At this special evening event enjoy a unique experiences silent auction, no host bar, and inspired hors d’ oeuvres at Jack's Urban Meeting Place in the heart of downtown Boise on Wednesday, November 13th, 2019.




Bill Manny- Writer/Producer, Idaho Public Television


Dr. Steve Shaw - Professor of Political Science, Northwest Nazarene University


Dr. Stephanie Witt- Professor and Director of Training, Boise State University


Experiences Auction: Starting at 4:30 pm, attendees can bid on silent auction experiences. Bidding will conclude at 5:30pm prior to our evening presentation.


Event Details:


When: Wednesday, November 13th 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Location: Jack's Urban Meeting Place, 1000 West Myrtle Street Boise, ID 83702



$45 City Club Member price

$55 Non-member price

$500 per Table of eight ppl

Pricing includes the cost of parking at the parking structure in the JUMP building, which will be provided at the check-in table.


Registration Link


Registration for this event closes Monday, November 11th at 3pm MST.


Panelist Biographies:


Bill Manny


Idaho Public Television

A past president of City Club, Bill got his start serving on the program committee under Jim Weatherby. He is a documentary producer for Idaho Public Television and a former editor at the Idaho Statesman.


Dr. Steve Shaw

Professor of Political Science

Northwest Nazarene University

Steve Shaw is Professor of Political Science at Northwest Nazarene University. A native of Louisiana, he's taught at NNU for 40 years. He has written books and articles on American politics, including the presidency, the Supreme Court, and once wrote an article with some guy named Jim Weatherby. He has his PhD from the University of Oklahoma, and still remembers a certain Fiesta Bowl game a few years ago.


Dr. Stephanie Witt

Director of Training for the School of Public Service

Boise State University


Dr. Stephanie Witt is Director of Training for the School of Public Service. She is also a Professor in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Political Science programs. Her research interests include intergovernmental relations and human resource management. She is the former Editor of the Social Science Journal, and has served as Department Chair, Associate Dean, and the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Special Thanks to our Special Event Sponsors:


City Club also thanks our Premier Sponsor, Northwest Nazarene University and the NNU School of Business and our Annual sponsor, Idaho Humanities Council.