Norman Turrill is a member of the Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) and the Board of Trustees of the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF). He was elected to a third term in June 2012. He is the first man to ever serve on the LWVUS/LWVEF Boards.
Mr. Turrill is no stranger to political action or causes in the public interest. After college at the University of Washington he served as a teacher from 1966 to 1968 in the Peace Corps in Somalia. “My experience in Africa gave me a fresh perspective on the advantages we take for granted, as well as the political foundation that makes our opportunities possible.”
Mr. Turrill joined the Seattle League in the 1970s shortly after they began to accept male members, but did not become active. Instead, he was active in Common Cause for many years, serving at different times as state president in Nebraska and Washington and a state Board member in New York and Oregon. For Common Cause he worked on such issues as sunshine public disclosure, sunset laws, annual legislative sessions, campaign finance, government ethics and redistricting. These were often in close coordination with the League.
In Pennsylvania, Mr. Turrill became more active in the Hershey League, serving as treasurer and acting president, and represented them at the LWVUS 2000 national Convention.
Beginning in 2001 in the Portland Oregon League, Mr. Turrill was active in Voter Service and coordinated DNet. He was a member of the Portland Board for 2002-03 and represented Portland at the LWVUS Conventions in 2002 and 2004. He later joined Portland’s Action Committee and helped successfully lobby for Voter Own Elections and Lobby Disclosure ordinances for the City of Portland.
Mr. Turrill joined the Oregon state board in 2004 and served as Voter Service co-chair. He then joined the state Action Committee and was appointed its vice-chair and Campaign Finance Chair. Representing the League, he helped organize the Oregon Building Better Campaigns (BBC) coalition and was elected as its interim chair. In 2004 he was appoint by Secretary of State Bill Bradbury to his Campaign Finance Disclosure Panel, which eventually led to the 2005 Oregon legislature instituting the ORESTAR online continuous campaign disclosure system. In 2005, he was elected as the state League’s First Vice President, was re-elected in 2007 and served as Action Chair. Representing the Oregon League, he attended the LWVUS 2006 and 2008 Conventions and 2005 and 2007 Councils.
Since being elected to the LWVUS Board in 2008, Mr. Turrill was appointed as Technology chair and Program chair and has served on the Advocacy, Communications, Development, Education Fund and Membership committees. He organized the League Geeks volunteers to aid members with their use of the League's various computer systems, and the Clearinghouse Committee for sharing League study documents.
Mr. Turrill has MS degrees in Chemistry and Computer Science from University of Washington. He has worked as a teacher in the Peace Corps in Somalia and as a software engineer at Digital Equipment Corp., Merck and several hospitals. He worked at Boeing while his wife, Joanna Cain, completed her residency at the University of Washington Medical School. Career assignments took the couple to Nebraska, Seattle, New York, Seattle, Pennsylvania, and then Portland, where Dr. Cain chaired the OHSU Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and served as Director of the Women’s Health Center. Dr. Cain next served in a similar position at Brown University and Women & Infants Hospital in Providence, RI, and now works as an Associate Dean at UMass Memorial Hospital in Worchester, MA. They have two children, a daughter Lynn, who graduated Magnum Cum Laude from University of Denver and is currently studying international law at Georgetown Law School in Washington, DC, and a son Daniel, who works in Portland, OR, and has degrees from Southern Oregon and Portland State universities. Mr. Turrill is now mostly retired and self-employed as a consultant, computer analyst/software engineer. When doing nothing else, he enjoys skiing and singing in his church choir, and served as an adult leader for the Boy Scouts.