Rotary Club of Tacoma No. 8
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A distinguished scholar, teacher, and college administrator, Isiaah Crawford became president of University of Puget Sound on July 1, 2016, following an extensive national search. Crawford's academic work and achievements as a senior administrator are closely aligned with the values and aspirations of Puget Sound, and with the key areas of challenge and opportunity facing higher education today.

Crawford comes to Puget Sound following service as provost and chief academic officer of Seattle University (2008–16), where he directed the Division of Academic Affairs and oversaw the university's schools and colleges, libraries, enrollment, information technology, institutional research, and offices supporting student academic achievement, faculty affairs, and global engagement.

Key areas of focus during his service to Seattle University included strategic planning; strengthening shared governance; securing grants and other gifts in support of fundraising objectives; supporting teaching, research, and service activities of the faculty; and establishing the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability, the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, and the School of New and Continuing Studies, which began operation in academic year 2015–16. Working with university leadership, he participated in the development of more than $200 million in key facilities projects, including renovation of the library and establishment of a learning commons; a new residence hall; a new fitness center and remodeled intramural athletic field; the School of Law annex; an admission and alumni center; and planning for a new science facility.

A licensed clinical psychologist, Crawford earned his bachelor's degree from St. Louis University, and master's and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from DePaul University, where his research focused on personality theory and community psychology. He completed a pre-doctoral clinical psychology internship at the San Francisco VA Medical Center; worked as a clinical specialist at Charter Barclay Hospital and staff therapist at DePaul University Community Mental Health Center; and maintained a private clinical practice in Chicago from 1987 through 2002.


Isiaah Crawford
 Apr 13, 2017

The Washington Military Department's mission is to minimize the impact of emergencies and disasters on people, property, environment and the economy of Washington State by providing trained and ready forces for state and federal missions. The department also provides structured alternative education opportunities for at-risk youth.

Captain Joseph Siemandel assumed Command of B Co (G2X) 341st Military Intelligence Battalion, 56th Information Operations Group on July 23, 2016 after serving as the Intelligence Officer S2 for 96th Troop Command.] CPT Siemandel joined the Washington National Guard as a 12B Combat Engineer in Dec 2002, completed training in October 2003 and was assigned to C Co 898th Engineer Battalion in Bellingham, WA. He deployed to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 2004-2005 as part of Operation Enduring Freedom and upon returning home return to Central Washington University where he graduated Army ROTC and was commissioned as an Military Intelligence Officer in 2008.

His first duty assignment was to A Co. 341st Military Intelligence Battalion, 96th Troop Command, from August 2008 until October 2013.  He served as a Tactical Intelligence Officer, Human Intelligence Platoon Leader, Counterintelligence Platoon Leader and Executive Officer in Alpha Company.After serving as the Executive Officer at A Co. 341st Military Intelligence Battalion, CPT Siemandel assumed command of D Co 898th Brigade Engineer Battalion, Military Intelligence Company, 81st Armored Brigade Combat Team on Oct 18, 2013.

CPT Siemandel’s awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Armed Forces Components Achievement Medal (w/ 4 OLC), the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal w/ M Device and Bronze Hourglass, the Army Service Ribbon, the Army Overseas Service Ribbon, Washington National Guard Emergency Response Ribbon ( w/ 1 OLC) and Washington National Guard Good Conduct Medal (w/ 2 OLC).

CPT Siemandel is also a graduate of the Defense Information School’s Public Affairs Qualification Course and works as the Full-time State Public Affairs Officer for the Washington National Guard.He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Central Washington University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Ashford University and resides in Ellensburg, WA. 

Captain Joseph Siemandel
 Apr 20, 2017
 Mon Apr 24, 2017 at 4:30 PM


Did you know that most people who survive a cardiac emergency are helped by a bystander? Join us as Peter Murray from the American Red Cross teaches us how to perform Hands Only CPR (non-certificated course). 

Peter is a Donor Relations Office with the Northwest Region of the American Red Cross.  He has been with the Red Cross for two years.  Prior to that he worked at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the United Way of King County. While not a native to the Pacific Northwest, he feels fortunate to call it is home for the past 18 years. 

Learning how to perform CPR properly takes just a few short hours, but it can change a life forever.  Learning Hand Only CPR takes about 20 minutes, but can gain precious time for a person experiencing a cardiac event. 

If you are called upon to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love: a child, a spouse, parent or a friend.  70% of cardiac arrests happen in the home. Sadly only about 46% of those who experience cardiac arrests out-of-hospitals get the help they need before professional help arrives.

Be the One Who Makes a Difference.

Peter Murray, Red Cross
 Apr 27, 2017
 May 02, 2017

Learn more about the great work of our committee's and sign up to help out next year!  We will also be presenting Art Wickens and Paul Harris Fellows.

Committee Fair
 May 04, 2017
 Mon May 08, 2017 at 4:30 PM

What Fabulous Rotarian will be honored this year???

Rotarian of the Year Celebration
 May 11, 2017