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 at the Tacoma Yacht Club.
Thursday, April 9, 2020
VOL. NINETY SIX,  Issue 41
Anthony L-T Chen, MD, MPH
COVID-19: Working together to protect our community's health

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.

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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 34,000 Rotary clubs worldwide.  The Rotary motto is "service above self.” 

Within Tacoma, the Rotary Club of Tacoma (known as Rotary #8) donates grants to non-profit organizations, recommended by the Community Grants Committee, that serve low-income children and seniors.   Rotary 8 also has several “hands-on” projects where Rotarians offer their service.  Some of these "hands on" projects are:  
Read2Me - Rotarians  tutor 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students at four low-income schools;
Food Drives and Repacks - for the Emergency Food Network. Every quarter the club donates items and cash to support local food banks and other non rpofits as well as repackacking food for distribution in 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 more than $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 incoming students from Sweden (Gabe)   and France (Nico) We have 2  outbound students Katie in Brazil and Taylor in Finland.
Rotary 8 - People of Action 2019-20
Toys for Kids Shopping December 10, 2019
Giving Tree gifts for one agency - December 2019
EFN Break Bags November and December 2019
Bike Build - November 2019
Raising Girls - In Meeting Project November 2019 
October - Saturday Sorting at St. Vinnie's
Handing Out the Backpacks
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Camp Goodtimes - July 2019 - Fun and Festivities for All
2018-19 Highlight
The House that Rotary Built Has Been Finished and Dedicated
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Anthony L-T Chen, MD MPH
Apr 09, 2020
COVID-19: Working together to protect our community’s health
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Apr 16, 2020
Recycle Reset: How International Market Changes Are Impacting Tacoma
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Jan 02, 2020

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Tacoma Yacht Club
5401 Yacht Club Road
Tacoma, WA 98407
United States of America
Club Information
Kathi Willis, Club Administrator
Joy Vivar-Beeks, Bookkeeper
PO Box 1777
Tacoma, WA 98401-1777
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Office Address
1001 S. Yakima, Suite 9A
Tacoma, WA 98405
Club Executives & Directors
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Tacoma Rotary 8 Foundation Board President
Auction Chair
Classification Co-Chair
Classification Co-Chair
Communications Chair
Engagement Co-Chair
Engagement Co-Chair
Fellowship Chair
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Grants Co-Chair
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Literacy Co-Chair
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Membership Recruitment Chair
Military Affairs Co-Chair
Military Affairs Co-Chair
PGG and Foundations Co-Chair
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Program Co-Chair
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Projects Co-Chair
Projects Co-Chair
Rotary Youth Exchange Chair
Scholarships Co-Chair
Scholarship Co-Chair
Vocational Services Co-Chair
Vocational Service Co-Chair
World Community Service Co-Chair
World Community Service Co-Chair
Youth Protection Officer
Youth Services Chair