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 Apr 08, 2017
 
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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
 
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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
 
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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
 
 
 

What Fabulous Rotarian will be honored this year???

Rotarian of the Year Celebration
 May 11, 2017
 
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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
 
 
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What a wonderful opportunity to hear from these great students whose lives have been changed and who have touched our lives with their visit this year.

Ailsa, Louis and Luis
 May 25, 2017
 
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Former Congressman Norm Dicks serves as Senior Policy Advisor advising clients on a wide-range of public policy, strategic, and regulatory issues, particularly those in the environmental sector.

Prior to joining the firm, Norm represented Washington State's 6th Congressional District from 1977-2013, where he received a rare first-term appointment to the House Appropriations Committee, a committee he served on for his entire tenure in Congress. In addition, he served on and chaired the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee where he made environmental issues a priority, and worked tirelessly on issues affecting the National Parks, National Forests, and Native American issues. Congressman Dicks also became the chair of the Defense Appropriations Committee, and concluded his tenure in Congress as top-ranking Democratic Member on the Defense Appropriations Committee, and top-ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee. From 1990 to 1998, Congressman Dicks served on the House Intelligence Committee and was awarded the CIA Directors Medal.

Upon his retirement, Norm received the Department of Defense’s Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon a civilian for his work on behalf of military members and their families.

Norm Dicks
 Jun 01, 2017
 
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Roger Stanton is the project manager for what Metro Parks calls Waterfront Phase I, which is the huge, multifaceted park development work by the entrance to Point Defiance Park. The project involves working with the EPA to transform Asarco's old slag peninsula into a waterfront park, build a trail that connects the Ruston Way parks to Point Defiance, build a pedestrian bridge that will feature amazing views, expand parking for boat trailers using the marina, and enhance the entrance to the park.

Roger Stanton
 Jun 08, 2017
 
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Captain Skip Anderson is the founder of Flagship Maritime, a USCG-approved training center in Tacoma that prepares and certifies mariners for careers as licensed maritime industry professionals.  Skip earned his Bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, where he lettered on the Varsity Sailing Team, and went on to compete in several national and North American championships, plus one Olympic Trials. His career in the U.S. Navy spanned twenty-four years, including service aboard a minesweeper, three destroyers, one frigate, three aircraft carriers, and a battleship, as well as attaining his Master’s degree in Command, Control and Communications at the Naval Postgraduate School.  Skip is married to the lovely Jan Anderson, who shares his passion for the water through her involvement in Flagship Maritime and as a professional marine photographer.  

Captain Skip Anderson
 Jun 15, 2017
 
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We will feature the amazing work of this club as we award 11 grants to community non profits who change lives daily. We are also going to have some fun with our Literacy Committee as we award an additional 2 grants from our Tacomi Vice Auction proceeds and do a hands on project at our tables.  You will not want to miss this meeting! 

Rotary Club of Tacoma # 8 Serving Our Community
 Jun 22, 2017
 
 
 Jun 29, 2017
 
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Tacoma-Pierce County Habitat for Humanity has served low-income families in our community since 1985.  The local office is one of 1,300 Habitat affiliates nationally, all with the same vision of a world where everyone has a safe, decent place to live.  Tacoma Habitat has evolved through the years, starting with a small group building 1 house every year or two to now developing full communities.  Additionally, TPC Habitat operates three retail stores (Tacoma, Lakewood and Puyallup) that sell new or used housing goods and construction supplies to help fund the mission.  Elliot will talk about Habitat’s local work, particularly in light of the emerging affordable housing crisis.  

Mark's First Meeting
 Jul 06, 2017
 
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Dr. David Reyes will present on the UW’s initiative to bring together the research and resources of the University and partners around the Puget Sound and beyond to create a world where all people can live healthier and more fulfilling lives.

David Reyes, DNP, MN/MPH, RN is Assistant Professor of Nursing & Health Care Leadership at UW Tacoma. Dr. Reyes joined the faculty at the University of Washington Tacoma (UWT) in 2014, and has held clinical, educational and leadership roles in community and public health, acute care, home health, and perioperative nursing.  His primary interests are in in addressing the root causes of health inequity and disparities, building community capacity, and population health systems.  His research uses community-based participatory approaches that focus on equitable relationships with diverse communities to improve health outcomes. Dr. Reyes has held national level health policy, leadership, and professional roles in the American Public Health Association, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and on the Institute of Medicine’s Standing Committee on Family Planning.  Currently he is a Vice-President of the Washington State Public Health Association. David Reyes received his DNP (2013), and MN/MPH from the University of Washington.  He holds a BSN (1983) with a minor in history from Seattle University.

David Reyes, UWT
 Jul 13, 2017
 
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Jake Fey was born and raised in Port Angeles, and his  experience in the YMCA Youth and Government program pointed him early on toward a life of public service. He was the first in his family to attend college, earning a BA in political science from the University of Washington and then an MPA from the University of Puget Sound.

His leadership skills have been established in managing an alternative-energy and energy-efficiency program with Washington State University, coordinating community-volunteer efforts on the Sound Transit and Pierce Transit Boards, and working on the Pierce County Public Health Board. He has also served as vice chair of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, and as Tacoma’s deputy mayor.

Laurie Jinkins represents the 27th Legislative District in Pierce County, which includes East, Downtown, Hilltop, North, Northeast, West, and part of South Tacoma as well as Ruston and Fife Heights.

She is a native Midwesterner who earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and later a Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law (then the University of Puget Sound School Of Law). Jinkins also completed executive studies at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Jinkins started her career litigating child abuse and neglect cases for the state Attorney General’s Office. She then shifted her career toward public health, eventually serving as an assistant secretary of health at the state Department of Health before taking the position of Director of Organizational Initiatives at the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, where she continues to serve.

Jinkins serves on the Appropriations and Health Care and Wellness committees, and chairs the Judiciary Committee. Her legislative priorities include improving our schools and health care, helping working families and transforming Washington’s revenue structure.

Jinkins lives in Tacoma with her wife, Laura Wulf, and their 16-year-old son.

You will hear from Jake and Laurie about the life of a legislator; the good, the bad the ugly; the highs and the lows and how our state is doing. 

Jake Fey and Laurie Jinkins
 Jul 20, 2017
 
 Jul 20, 2017
 
 
 
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Professor Joel Baker holds the Port of Tacoma Chair in Environmental Science and is the Science Director of the Center for Urban Waters. He earned a B.S. degree in Environmental Chemistry from SUNY Syracuse (1982) and M.S. (1985) and Ph.D. (1988) degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Minnesota. 

The natural beauty of Tacoma and the Pacific Northwest provides tremendous social, spiritual, and economic values to our community.  While there is a strong consensus to ‘protect our environment’, the public is bombarded with often widely conflicting information both about the status of our environment and what they should do individually and collectively to preserve and enhance our surroundings.  At the Center for Urban Waters, University of Washington scientists and engineers develop and use cutting edge tools to describe the current state of the environment, to assess the impact of a variety of stressors, and to enable decision makers to make science-informed policy.  This presentation will explore several Urban Waters projects and challenge Tacoma Rotary 8 members to go beyond the headlines of contemporary issues facing Tacoma.The natural beauty of Tacoma and the Pacific Northwest provides tremendous social, spiritual, and economic values to our community.  While there is a strong consensus to ‘protect our environment’, the public is bombarded with often widely conflicting information both about the status of our environment and what they should do individually and collectively to preserve and enhance our surroundings.  At the Center for Urban Waters, University of Washington scientists and engineers develop and use cutting edge tools to describe the current state of the environment, to assess the impact of a variety of stressors, and to enable decision makers to make science-informed policy.  This presentation will explore several Urban Waters projects and challenge Tacoma Rotary 8 members to go beyond the headlines of contemporary issues facing Tacoma.The natural beauty of Tacoma and the Pacific Northwest provides tremendous social, spiritual, and economic values to our community.  While there is a strong consensus to ‘protect our environment’, the public is bombarded with often widely conflicting information both about the status of our environment and what they should do individually and collectively to preserve and enhance our surroundings.  At the Center for Urban Waters, University of Washington scientists and engineers develop and use cutting edge tools to describe the current state of the environment, to assess the impact of a variety of stressors, and to enable decision makers to make science-informed policy.  This presentation will explore several Urban Waters projects and challenge Tacoma Rotary 8 members to go beyond the headlines of contemporary issues facing Tacoma.

Joel Baker
 Jul 27, 2017
 
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Veteran journalist David Zeeck will talk about the rapid business and readership changes taking place in the media industry, as well as the impact of the “fake news” campaign to discredit the media. David is president and publisher of The News Tribune, The Olympian and the Bellingham Herald, which are among 30 media companies owned by McClatchy in 14 states. Prior to becoming publisher in 2008, Dave spent 14 years as executive editor of The News Tribune. He previously spent 20 years at The Kansas City Star as a reporter, city editor, managing editor and executive editor.  

David Zeeck
 Aug 03, 2017
 
 Aug 03, 2017
 
 
 
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Lori is a 3rd generation Japanese American and a descendant of the Samurai.  She is an inspirational speaker on a mission to make a difference in the world through the ancient principles of the Samurai Warrior.

2017 marks the 75th year anniversary of Executive Order 9066, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, authorizing the incarceration of approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry living on the west coast based solely on their ethnicity.  Over 7,500 individuals from Washington and Alaska were held at the Puyallup Assembly Center; currently the Washington State Fairgrounds.  

 After Imperial Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the lives of the Japanese immigrants (Issei) and their children (Nisei) were forever changed.  Under these circumstances, how did they survive and maintain their dignity and honor?  Learn how the moral and ethical code, bushido, ‘the way of the warrior,’ was ingrained in the Japanese people and assisted them ‘to do the right thing.’

On September 7, 2017, the 75th Remembrance of Puyallup Assembly Center will be held at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup, Washington. 

 

Lori Tsugawa Whaley
 Aug 10, 2017
 
 
Mayoral Candidates
 Aug 17, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rotary Youth Exchange
 Aug 24, 2017
 
 Aug 26, 2017
 
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As we clean Commencement Bay, life is returning to its shores. We’ll explore the whales, birds, fish, and invertebrates of our local waters and discuss the future of biodiversity in Tacoma waters. En=joy the insight from these three experts. 

Bonnie J. Becker is an Associate Professor of Marine Ecology at the University of Washington Tacoma. With her students, she studies commercially and ecologically important shellfish in the Salish Sea. She is interested in the small but important invertebrates living in the mud at the bottom of Commencement Bay.  

Nathalie Hamel coordinates the Puget Sound Indicators program at the Puget Sound Partnership. The Puget Sound Partnership is a "backbone organization" working in support of the recovery of the health of Puget Sound. As part of the Science Team, Nathalie works with scientists throughout the region to report on the status and trends of the ecosystem, from water, all the way up to whales!

Sherrie Duncan is owner of Sky Environmental, a small, woman-owned business specializing in natural resource management and conservation.  Sherrie’s career as a fisheries biologist and restoration ecologist has taken her full circle, starting in her childhood home of Puyallup, ranging as far as Southeast Alaska, and returning to Tacoma in the Puyallup Watershed. 

Bonnie Becker, Sherri Duncan and Nathalie Hamel
 Aug 31, 2017
 
 
 
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Kim Wyman is Washington’s 15th Secretary of State. First elected in 2012, she is the second female Secretary of State in Washington history. She was re-elected to a new four-year term in November 2016. Prior to being elected Secretary of State, Kim served as Thurston County Elections Director for nearly a decade and was elected County Auditor in 2001.

As Secretary, Kim heads one of the most diverse offices in state government. Her responsibilities include overseeing elections, corporation and charity filings, the Washington State Library, Washington Talking Book & Braille Library, and the State Archives.

Kim is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Troy State University. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Leadership from City University, Seattle in 2015. Kim has been a Certified Elections and Registration Administrator (CERA) from The Elections Center and Auburn University since 2004 and has held Washington State Election Administrator Certification since 1995.

Kim Wyman
 Sep 07, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
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More information to come

District Governor Visit
 Sep 14, 2017
 

Veerle Obdeijn and Mikulas Rimanek
 Sep 21, 2017
 
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Dan Voelpel
 Sep 28, 2017