The Association of Washington Generals is a Washington state service organization founded in 1970 by a group of Seattle-area business people in alliance with then-Lt. Governor John A. Cherberg. Modelled after similar associations in other states, the founding purpose of the Association of Washington Generals was to provide a platform to recognize the outstanding service of individuals in the State of Washington, and to bring them together into an organization that enables them to continue to serve our state.
The Association of Washington Generals is comprised of Washington citizens who have distinguished themselves through exceptional public service, continued dedication to civic achievement, and high moral character. The Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Secretary of State serve on the Board of Directors for the Association of Washington Generals as ex-officio members.
In 2005, the Association was codified under state law by the Legislature, statutorily linking the organization to the Office of Lieutenant Governor. This legislation formally established the Generals as official ambassadors of trade, tourism, and goodwill for the state. It also authorized the Generals to use the image of the state flag to promote its mission. The Association of Washington Generals is the only service organization to be so authorized.
The Generals serve the residents of the State of Washington by working to expand opportunities for youth, uniformed services members, veterans, military families, and people with disabilities. The Generals also provide the state with a means of awarding its highest distinction to individuals for outstanding service to the state.
Becoming a Washington General
Washington General is an honor awarded by the Board of Directors of the Association of Washington Generals to individuals in recognition for outstanding service to the state. While there are no official responsibilities assigned to individuals who receive the distinction of Washington General, members have the opportunity to continue their service to the State of Washington by supporting the work of the Board of Directors.
The Generals' Honors
Emeritus General | Emeritus General is a rare honor that may be awarded to Washington Generals who have demonstrated exemplary service to the Association of Washington Generals, including board service, and to the State of Washington. This honor is bestowed at the discretion of the Commanding General.
Washington General | The honor of Washington General is a distinction that may be awarded by the Board of Directors of the Association of Washington Generals to residents of Washington who have distinguished themselves through exceptional public service, dedication to civic achievement, and high moral character.
Honorary General | The distinction of Honorary Washington General is an honor selected and awarded by the Lieutenant Governor to worthy individuals from outside of Washington who have shown themselves to be deserving of recognition for exemplary service and/or friendship to the State of Washington.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of the Association of Washington Generals is comprised of up to 30 individuals who have the honor of being a Washington General. The current Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Secretary of State serve as non-voting, ex-officio board members.
Deputy Commanding General
Immediate Past commanding General
Ex-officio members of the Board
Governor Jay Inslee
Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib
Secretary of State Kim Wyman
Members of the Board
Loren McBride Cohen