Rotary Club of Tacoma No. 8
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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

Susanne joined Rotary in June 1994 as the only woman in her club. She quickly engaged and served as International Director and Club Membership Director and Youth Exchange Counselor, Host Parent and Area Membership representative. 

She then focused  on the plight of children in the Golden Triangle area of Thailand where stateless children are trafficked as sex slaves or drug runners.  She was recruited to be  Promotions and Development Coordinator for Rotary Australia World Community Service  in Northern Region 5 Districts and held a seat on National Committee . Her fund raising interest led her to an appointment as District 9550 APF Fundraiser in a Pilot District 2010/­13 and which lead her District achieving the second highest giving in Australia.

Susanne turned her focus to polio and The World’s Greatest Meal To Help End Polio was conceived  and has grown into major success with the help of Rotarians globally. 

Susanne Rea
 May 18, 2017