Established in 1910, we're the 8th oldest Rotary club in the world. We believe in the power of in-person connections over online networking, enhancing our beautiful local community, and contributing to the well-being of the world we live in. We'd be delighted if you'd join us at our next club meeting, every Thursday at noon via Zoom. Please call the office at 253-473-7723 to receive the meeting link. 
 
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9-3
Wednesday - Thursday
8-5
Friday 
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Thursday, June 17, 2021
VOL. NINETY SEVEN, Issue 51
 

Dr. Anthony Chen - A Report From Our Public Health Officer

Anthony L-T Chen is the Director of Health of Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. As the chief health strategist for Pierce County, he promotes a policy, systems and environmental change approach to advance the Health Department’s vision of healthy people and healthy communities.

Chen has a passion for health equity, bringing a personal commitment to the health department’s mission: to protect and improve the health of all people and places in Pierce County.

During his career, he has developed expertise in:

  • Community health planning and program development.
  • Quality and systems improvement.
  • Access to healthcare.
  • Cross-cultural medicine and cultural competency in healthcare.

Chen serves on state and national public health committees; regional planning bodies; and local, state and congressional district committees on healthcare access and reform.

A Duke University medical school graduate, he completed family medicine residency at the University of Cincinnati and a faculty development fellowship at Duke University. He received his Masters of Public Health at Harvard School of Public Health and has taught at medical centers and universities.

Chen is a member of Rotary Club of Tacoma No. 8 and on the boards of Tacoma Goodwill Industries and Tacoma Art Museum.

The Rotary Club of Tacoma #8 is open to all people who want to make positive changes in our community and world.  We welcome all members and guests, regardless of race, nationality, religion, faith, gender, sexual orientation, cultural background, and ability. 
We do not tolerate racism.
We strive to become an anti-racist organization.  We are committed to learning more about how systemic racism has led to inequality and inequity in all systems – including education, housing, health, employment, wealth accumulation, policing, prosecution, sentencing, and incarceration – and working to eradicate inequality and inequity wherever we encounter it.
We will take these actions:
We will review and update our Club’s procedures, policies, meetings, events, communications, grants, projects, scholarships, and traditions.
We will broaden our recruiting practices to align our membership more closely with the demographics of Tacoma.
We will use our grants, projects, and scholarships to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice in our community.

Rotary is an international  organization whose purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian services, to encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world.  Rotary is open to all people regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, or political preference. There are more than 1.2 million Rotarians in over 35,000 Rotary clubs worldwide.  The Rotary motto is "service above self.” 

 
Within Tacoma, the Rotary Club of Tacoma #8 invests in non-profit organizations throughout the community, recommended by the Community Grants Committee, that serve low-income children and seniors.   Rotary #8 also has many “hands-on” projects where Rotarians offer their service.  Some of these "hands on" projects that have been supported are:  
Food Drives and Repacks - for the Emergency Food Network. Regularly club members volunteer to participate in  repacking food for distribution into the community; and
Little Free Libraries - Rotarians build and install these libraries, filled with good children's books, near low-income elementary schools.
 
Rotary #8 has international projects such as clean water projects in Ethiopia and India, has brought firefighting equipment to Mexico, and has delivered school materials to Malawi.   Tacoma Rotarians have given Polio immunizations to children in India and Africa.
 
Throughout the world, Rotary Clubs, including Rotary #8, have contributed nearly $900 million to eradicate polio in the world.   More than one half billion children in developing countries have been immunized against polio, through Rotary’s PolioPlus campaign.
 
Rotary’s Youth Exchange sends 7,000 high-school age students abroad each year, to study in another country and to learn about its society and culture.  The goal is to promote world peace.  Rotary # 8 has always welcomed inbound students and have identified local students to travel to other  countries to participate in this life-changing experience. 
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Table 47 on June 10
 
Let's Get Together! 
Thanks to our great Fellowship Committee we are doing a restart of our Thursday evening socials.  For our new members, this a great way to get acquainted with members in a social setting.  Someone from the committee will be at the location at 5 and there will be time to share some food and drink.  
Upcoming Socials
 
June 17, 2021
McMenamins
Meet in Tiki Room
565 Broadway
Tacoma, WA
 
June 24, 2021
LaBella Nail
2616 N Proctor Street
Tacoma, WA
At 5:30 Pedicures bring food and wine to share
Limited to 18 people
Must RSVP michellero@wcnx.org or 253-651-1716
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