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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
 
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Nevet Basker is an independent educator, public speaker, writer and policy adviser specializing in modern-day Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Based in Seattle, Washington, Nevet speaks regularly to youth and adults, Jewish and non-Jewish, and leads discussion groups about current events in Israel and the Middle East. Her approach is pluralistic and inclusive, nuanced and open to a range of viewpoints, welcoming constructive debate as an essential component of love and support for Israel. She focuses on education and also—and especially—on building community, emphasizing shared values, collective identity, and respectful discourse.

What is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict all about? The answer is not as straightforward or unambiguous as it might seem. Like the old parable of the blind men and the elephant, there are multiple and divergent answers to this question. Each answer is based on historical truths and strong passions—and each points to a completely different path in the quest for progress and, hopefully, eventual peace.

This session explores, without judging or taking sides, the facts and the underlying emotions of three different perspectives on the conflict. It explains the Israeli right-wing/settler version, the Palestinian/refugee version, and the international/two-state version. It offers a baseline for a deeper understanding and engagement, for dialog and debate. And it also clearly explains why the conflict has been so intractable for so long!

If you are familiar with the basic issues of the conflict, learn how others see it. And if you aren’t really sure where to start, you’ll find some possible angles to consider.

Nevet Basker
 Oct 19, 2017