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, except for the 2nd Thursdays of the month, when we celebrate Thursdays at 5 at the business place of one of our members.  
Office Hours
Monday - Friday
At LaQuinta on 12-2
Thursday, December 2, 2021
Ken Maaz - Ashley House
Everyone Deserves Their Best Life

Be inspired by the miracles that are created every day for the most vulnerable children in our community and the stories of the people who make them possible at Ashley House Northwest.

Ken Maaz is in the 47th year of a career that has included work for county and state juvenile services agencies in Texas and for the last 35 years as the chief executive of several northwest non-profits.  He has been with Ashley House for nine years and plans to make this his last agency home.  He loves his work, the mission of Ashley House, its wonderful kids, and his exceptional Ashley House family.  A graduate of Baylor University where he majored in Social Work, he also possesses a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Washington, and he recently completed his doctoral studies in leadership and learning in organizations at Vanderbilt University. When not working Ken stays busy with his four year old, Mikey, his husband, Miguel, their five dogs, and their soon to completed school bus conversion into a camper.   

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. 
November Little Free Library Installation
Books Labeled for Distribution at Our Meeting on July 15
Libraries Ready for Installation
Stocking Our Libraries
Books for the Lincoln Lit Abes
Website Sponsors
November 2021
Upcoming Programs
Ken Maaz
Dec 02, 2021
Everyone Deserves Their Best Life
Holiday Program
Dec 16, 2021
Ryan Mello
Jan 06, 2022
Pierce county Council
Upcoming Events
Let's Get Together! 
Thanks to our great Fellowship Committee we are having some fun at 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.  If you have an idea for a location for the social, please contact Michelle Roberts. 
Holiday Gathering
Carlyn Roy’s home
2915 N 30th Street
Tacoma, WA
Bring appetizer and beverage of your choice to share
For the safety of all, prefer members who are vaccinated
December 16, 2021
Cloverleaf Pizza
6430 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA
December 23, 2021
No Social
Happy Holiday’s!
December 30, 2021
Fellowship opportunity
Wizard of Oz at 7:30 Tacoma Little Theatre
Club and District Links
We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
La Quinta by Wyndham
1425 East 27th St.
Tacoma, WA 98421
United States of America
(253) 473-7723
OFFICE ADDRESS 1001 S. Yakima, Suite 9A, Tacoma, WA 98405
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Secretary 2020-22
Treasurer 2021-2023
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Board Member 2021-2024
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Tacoma Rotary 8 Foundation Board President
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