Event Types

Dec 02, 2017
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Dec 06, 2017
6:30 AM – 9:30 AM
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What To Do About American and Childhood Obesity

Ogie Shaw is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with B.A. degrees in both Speech and Physical Education. He has given over 4,000 talks on Fitness Motivation. He is Executive Director of Community Fitness Leaders, which is a training program for health and fitness professionals, and he is President of Ogie Shaw Fitness in Beaverton, Oregon.

Childhood Obesity is epidemic. "Adult on-set" diabetes is being found in kids as young as four years of age. At least a dozen countries have citizens that live longer than we do in spite of the fact that we spend more money on health care than anyone in the world.

Here is what Americans think about fitness:

  • We are confused about fitness and nutrition. Experts disagree constantly. The media makes a living by entertaining us with the controversy and disagreements in fitness and nutrition. Which expert do you believe?
  • We don't have time. This is the number one fitness objection in the country yet fitness leaders have been trained to ignore it. Time is a legitimate objection and must be resolved.
  • We don't know how to stay motivated to exercise. "Make exercise fun!," has been the main solution promoted by mainstream fitness. So now 70 percent of our heart attacks are being experienced by unfit Americans engaging in sporadic weekend bouts of "fun" exercise
Dec 07, 2017
Dec 09, 2017
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
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Meeting the Needs of Foster Children in our Community:

Trey Rabun graduated with his Master’s in Social Work from the University of Washington in 2011 and soon after begun his career at Amara. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Hampton University and a Master’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Illinois. Trey spent 4 ½ years as a case manager at Amara assessing, licensing, and supporting foster parents and their foster children. In April 2016, he took on a new role leading Amara’s efforts in outreach and recruitment of foster parents. Personally, Trey and his partner have been foster parents for almost two years and currently have a 2 ½ -year-old foster child. In his free time, Trey enjoys cooking, traveling, and playing with his Pug.

Amara is local non-profit with offices in Seattle and Tacoma that works to ensure that every child in foster care has the love and support of a committed family-as quickly as possible, and for as long as each child needs. Trey will present about the need for more foster homes in our community and the other ways people can support foster children through the various programs at Amara. 

Dec 14, 2017
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Holiday Program

Learn about the holiday traditions from our wonderful exchange students and be entertained by talented and wonderful Rotarians. 

Dec 21, 2017
Dec 21, 2017
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
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Membership: Past, Present and Future

Hear from Harrison Laird, Greg Rolsma, Jeff Albers, Maria Harlow and Malcolm Russell as they share information about this critical aspect of our club. For the past few years the Membership Committee has included multiple sub-committees which cumulatively focus on recruiting and indoctrinating new members as well as engaging our current membership base.  The committee has recently decided to divide and conquer!  They will be reforming four new committees which will be focused on recruitment, orientation, new members and engagement/retention.  Join us to hear a brief overview of their plans moving forward, and how they will lead the charge to help  make us a vibrant and growing club. 

Jan 04, 2018
Jan 10, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
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Staus of Mental Health in Pierce County

Peter came to Tacoma in 1999 as Tacoma Housing Authority’s Executive Director. He followed that by serving for seven years as the Executive Director of Korean Women's Association before joining the management team at Pierce County. 
He earned a Master of Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Columbia College.
He entered the United States Air Force the day after high school graduation and served a twenty-five year military career. He rose from enlisted ranks to officer. He retired in 2002 as a Medical Services Corp Officer from a medical air evacuation unit, at McChord AFB. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Operation Just Cause, and Iraqi Freedom. He is a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He was born and raised in Lowell, Massachusetts, is married to Cheryl and has four grown children and three grandchildren. He resides in Northeast Tacoma.

Jan 11, 2018
Jan 13, 2018
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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Building A Productive and Positive Culture Through Strategic Leadership

Learn the art of motivating others - and yourself - to be more productive, effective and to enjoy yourself; whether on the job or at Rotary. 

Shari Storm has been a member of Rotary Club of Emerald City since 2006.

She spent 16 years as an executive at a credit union. She is  now the CEO of a consulting company called Category 6.

Her book, Motherhood is the New MBA: Using Your Parenting Skills to be a Better Boss,  was published by St. Martin’s Press. With almost 7,000 copies sold, it has been translated and published in China and was purchased for publication in Brazil.

She speaks around the country on a variety of topics. You can also see her TEDx talk on her website: sharistorm.com  

Shari grew up in sunny Kennewick and now lives in Edmonds, WA with her movie-making husband, three young daughters and a dog named Cedar. 

Jan 18, 2018
Jan 18, 2018
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Tacomal School Levy Renewal - Education, Operations and Technology

Carla Santorno is the beloved Superintendent of Tacoma Public Schools. Several years ago she moved from Denver to Seattle to take a position as the Chief Academic Officer for Seattle Public Schools. After three years in Seattle, she came to Tacoma to lead Tacoma Public Schools as Superintendent. Carla and her husband have had four children of their own and moved to Tacoma's Brown's Point neighborhood. When Carla moved to Tacoma, the graduation rate at Tacoma Public Schools was 55%. As of 2016, the graduation rate at Tacoma Public Schools has risen to 82.6%. Carla hopes (and is working hard with everyone in the district) to exceed 85% by 2020. Recently Carla was nationally recognized for the incredible successes Tacoma Public Schools have had during her period of leadership and was awarded the 2016 Women in School Leadership Award from the American Association of School Administrators.

Jan 25, 2018
Jan 30, 2018 6:00 PM
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Malaria in Uganda

Dr. Dorothy Echodu is the CEO of Pilgrim Africa, a 501(c)3 engaged in malaria control, advocacy and education in Uganda. In the decade she's worked with Pilgrim Africa, she has led and overseen the organization's engagement in malaria control and advocacy. On the control side, Pilgrim Africa focuses on community-scale field exercises using both tested and novel approaches to comprehensive control in high transmission areas. On the advocacy side, Pilgrim Africa emphasizes the high human and economic toll caused by ongoing tolerance of high morbidity as well as mortality, and continually strives for just, economically realistic solutions to the need for more malaria control. In 2013, Pilgrim Africa pioneered the largest issue-related social media campaign in East Africa on the topic of a "Malaria Free Uganda". This year, Pilgrim Africa is pleased to partner with Rotary International and Rotarian Malaria Partners to bring comprehensive control to a poor, rural, highly endemic region in Eastern Uganda

Feb 01, 2018
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The Impact of Homicide on the Family

 Lew Cox is the founder/executive director and victim advocate of VCVS. This organization was birthed, in 1991, out of the violent death of Mr.Cox’s 22-year old daughter in 1988.  He will take you into the depth of Violent Crime Victim Services programs that are made available to those who experience the violent death of a loved one.

Feb 08, 2018
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Is Our Weather Becoming Too Extreme?

University of Washington Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and renowned Seattle weather prognosticator/personality Cliff Mass has joined KNKX’s roster of commentators, to host "Weather with Cliff Mass", on Friday's. He is a pre-eminent authority on Northwest weather and has published dozens of articles on Northwest weather and leads the regional development of advanced weather prediction tools.We are sure to be entertained by this renowned authority. 

Feb 15, 2018
Feb 15, 2018
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
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Tacoma Refugee Choir

 When we are having a bad day, one of the simplest and yet most powerful ways of modulating our mood is to turn on some music and sing along.  Music has the power to uplift and motivate us through hard times, inspire us to be better people and unite us in a common purpose.  This is the idea behind the Tacoma Refugee Choir, a unique new ensemble that aims to create a more welcoming community through singing together.  In this time in history when fear dominates the headlines, singing can be a powerful tool for replacing hatred and xenophobia with hope and unity and heal some of the divisiveness that plagues our society.  Of course, we couldn’t talk about music without some singing.  This fun and high energy presentation will emphasize why music matters and how it can play a role in fostering meaningful relationships that heal and strengthen our communities.

Feb 22, 2018
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USS Dallas

Service on board a nuclear submarine of the United States Navy requires that a sailor be a team player who is smart, physically fit, and mentally tough.  When they go to sea, many submariners must sadly say goodbye to their family, at least for a while, and must be confident that their loved ones will be safe and secure until they return.  While at sea, submarine sailors work alongside a new family: their fellow crewmembers, to fulfill the mission requirements and to ensure the safe operation of a tremendously complex and capable warship. 

Our presenter this week will speak about family in the Submarine Service.  Commander David I. Kaiser, a native of Ft. Myers, Florida, enlisted in the Navy in 1990. Certified as a nuclear trained Reactor Operator, he was selected for the Nuclear Enlisted Commissioning Program and earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington.  Commander Kaiser received his commission as a naval officer in 1997.

During his career, Commander Kaiser has served aboard numerous nuclear submarines, including the USS HENRY M. JACKSON (SSBN 730)(B), the USS LOUISVILLE (SSN 724), the USS OKLAHOMA CITY (SSN 723), the USS MISSISSIPPI (SSN 782) and, most recently, as the Commanding Officer of the USS DALLAS (SSN 700).  Commander Kaiser has also served at various shore commands, and earned a Master of Science degree in Operations Management with a certificate in Business from the University of Arkansas.  Commander Kaiser has received numerous individual service awards plus various unit and campaign awards and citations. 

Commander Kaiser and his wife Kathi live in Poulsbo, Washington.

Mar 01, 2018
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Maritime Olympia and South Puget Sound

Our speakers will trace the evolution of Puget Sound from the provider of rich resources for the First Nations, through early British and American explorers and the Mosquito Fleet era, to the emergence of Olympia as an important international seaport.

Les Eldridge lectures widely in the Puget Sound region on its maritime history and taught general maritime history at the college level for 30 years.  He often narrates aboard the Mosquito Fleet steamer Virginia V, and the historic schooner Adventuress.   Eldridge is co-author of The Wilkes Expedition, Puget Sound and the Oregon Country, a history, and is the author of five maritime historical novels on the American Civil War at sea. He is President of South Sound Maritime Heritage Association, and chaired the Maritime Committee of the Washington State Centennial Commission

John Hough is a fourth generation Washingtonian and was raised in the Puget Sound region. He is a 25 plus year member of the Olympia Rotary Club. John has a life long interest in its maritime history. He is past president and long time board member of the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society and has published several articles on regional maritime history, including about Olympia’s historic tug Sand Man. He participates in the State Heritage Caucus and the Thurston County Historians Conference

Mar 08, 2018
Mar 14, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
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Our Community and Affordable Housing for Our Aging Population

Troy Christensen is the Executive Director of the Korean Women’s Association- an internationally recognized non-profit focused on providing housing, food, healthcare, immigration and naturalization and other social services to a multicultural population throughout Western Washington.  Prior to KWA Troy was the Chief of Operations and Strategy at MDC- the Metropolitan Development Council, a large non-profit focused on reducing poverty by providing equitable access to housing, healthcare, education and employment.  Highlights of his career include 15 years at Greater Lakes Mental Healthcare as Clinical Director; Executive Director of the Geneva Foundation- a non-profit medical research company that supports and conducts medical research in military hospitals and federal laboratories; Mental Health Manager for Pierce County and as Pierce County’s Homeless Programs Administrator.

Troy has a bachelor’s degree in music performance from Willamette University, and graduate degrees in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, and Health Administration.

Troy volunteers on several boards of directors- the National American Leadership Forum Board, The Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, the Rainbow Center (advisory board), and the Metropolitan Development Council.

Social justice is a key factor in how Troy spends his time, both occupationally and volunteering.  Core to KWA’s mission is to impact institutional racial and gender bias and the gaps in equitable opportunity for these populations.

 

Mar 15, 2018
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I Walked 444 Miles to Make a Memory

New York Times best selling author Andra Watkins lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, Michael T Maher. A non-practicing CPA, she has a degree in accounting from Francis Marion University. She’s still mad at her mother for refusing to let her major in musical theater, because her mom was convinced she’d end up starring in porn films.

She’s the author of four books and counting. Her acclaimed first novel To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis was published by Word Hermit Press on March 1, 2014. Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace is a memoir about her dysfunctional family adventure; it is a National Book Award nominee and a New York Times best seller. Natchez Trace: Tracks in Time is a book of photography, shot during her 15-mile daily hikes on her 444-mile Natchez Trace walk. Hard to Die is Andra’s latest novel. It’s an afterlife story of Theodosia Burr Alston, tragic daughter of Aaron Burr and subject of the song “Dear Theodosia” from the Tony-award-winning smash Hamilton: An American Musical. Available everywhere November 1, 2016.

Andra is a highly decorated Rotarian. She is a past club president, past district communications chair, founding chair of Rotary Friendship Exchange, two-time Rotarian of the Year, multiple Paul Harris Fellow, and recipient of her district’s Distinguished Service Award. 

Mar 22, 2018
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A Conversation with Derek Kilmer

An Update from the Other Washington

Derek Kilmer is currently serving his third term as the United States Representative for Washington’s 6th Congressional District. Derek sits on the House Appropriations Committee and was elected by his colleagues to fill the role of Vice Ranking Member for the committee. Derek lives in Gig Harbor with his wife, Jennifer, and their two daughters, Sophie and Tess.

Mar 29, 2018
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Community Service Award and Daffodil Court

Korbett Mosesly has spent more than a decade working on equity and inclusion, in the for-profit, non-profit, and government sectors, on issues such as education, health, workforce, and housing.

He just completed a three year term on the City of Tacoma’s Human Services commission and now serves on the Board of the Puyallup Watershed Initiative, and recently helped to create Tacoma Roots, a community group that works on the intersection of environmental issues, race, and poverty. 

He publishes the Hilltop Action Journal newspaper, a volunteer-organized publication, focused on community priorities of Tacoma’s Hilltop residents.

He reaches out to other individuals and organizations to collaborate on poverty issues, and is constantly coming up with new ideas to improve the status of the underserved in Tacoma.  He uses his own Facebook page to inform others about training and employment opportunities and creates GIS mapping, to visually show the inequities in Tacoma and Pierce County.   

Korbett has a Master’s Degree in public administration from the Evergreen State College.   He is a long-time member of the Pierce County Black Collective and a Senior Fellow (Class of 18) of the American Leadership Forum.

Korbett is employed by United Way, heading its Family Stability Initiative, and lives with his wife Andrea and his three boys in Tacoma.

Apr 05, 2018
Apr 11, 2018 10:00 AM

Apr 12, 2018
Apr 13, 2018
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
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Are Zoos Still Zoos?

People have always had an innate curiosity about animals. Perhaps one of the greatest illustrations of our curiosity has been the zoo. Over the past 30 years I have seen dramatic changes in the zoo and aquarium world- how zoos operate, and the growing roles zoos play. Modern accredited zoological facilities like our Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium and Northwest Trek Wildlife Park are outstanding examples of the continued advancement zoos are making in animal care, wildlife conservation, and community connection. 

You will be amazed at the depth of care provided to our animals as well as the conservation achievements of Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium and Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. I’m excited to share with you not only the new facilities and programs that we have in store, but our developing vision of who we will be in the future.

Alan Varsik came to Metro Parks Tacoma in February 2015 as Deputy Director at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park with 30 years of zoo, aquarium, and conservation experience. His experience includes keeper, curator, Director of Animal Programs and Conservation, and Chief Operating Officer roles at an array of organizations, including Brookfield Zoo, Lincoln Park Zoo, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Santa Barbara Zoo, and Oklahoma City Zoo. He has been a university instructor and has a long history of conservation work, including with the California condor and Channel Island Fox.

Alan holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental and systematic biology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a master’s degree in conservation management from DePaul University in Chicago. He is a graduate of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’, AZA,  Executive Leadership Development Program and a Certified Park and Recreation Professional through the National Park and Recreation Association. He also serves as an accreditation inspector, on the Diversity Committee, and is a professional development instructor for the AZA.

While at Northwest Trek, he oversaw activities that included the celebration of Northwest Trek’s 40th anniversary and construction of the $1.9 million nature-inspired Kids’ Trek playground. Under his direction, Northwest Trek also set two attendance records and served more than a quarter-million visitors in 2016.

Apr 19, 2018
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Current Events in Washington State and Pierce County Elections

Auditor Julie Anderson talks about election technology, significant changes to voter registration, and Washington’s new Voting Rights Act.

Julie Anderson has a long history of public service. She has served as the Pierce County Auditor since 2009, and previously served as the senior policy advisor for the Washington State Department of Commerce, as well as a member of the Tacoma City Council. As auditor, Julie is responsible for everything from elections to licensing to animal services. You may remember Julie as a longtime member of Rotary 8.  She hasn’t missed a beat, but she did change her affiliation to Sunrise Rotary. 

Apr 26, 2018
Apr 28, 2018
5:30 PM – 11:00 PM

Volunteer for the District Food Repack

May 03, 2018
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An Unforeseen Tragedy of the Commons - Our Resident Killer Whale Decline and What We Can Do

Ken Balcomb III

Ken obtained his Bachelor's degree in Zoology in 1963 from UC Davis and soon after was employed by the US government as Field Biologist GS5-7, first in Eastern Pacific large whale research and later in Central Pacific marine bird research. During the Vietnam era, he was a commissioned US Navy pilot and oceanographic specialist. He then did his graduate studies in marine biology at UC Santa Cruz with Dr. Ken Norris, the world-famous marine mammal scientist. While a graduate student, Ken conducted Humpback whale research in the North Atlantic with colleague Dr. Steve Katona and taught marine biology aboard r/v Regina Maris for Dr. George Nichols of ORES and Harvard University. Ken is a pioneer in photo-identification of cetaceans and is the founder of Orca Survey (1976), a study of Pacific Northwest Southern Resident killer whales (SRKW or simply “orcas"). He founded the non-profit Center for Whale Research in 1985 and is its Executive Director and NOAA Fisheries contract Principal Investigator for Orca Survey, a long term study of killer whales in the Pacific Northwest. Ken is a Charter Member of the Society for Marine Mammalogy and has authored or co-authored dozens of scientific publications; and, his work has been featured in books and television documentarie

James Waddell, CE/PE

Jim Waddell is a Civil Engineer who is retired from a 35 year public service career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  For over twenty years of that career he has been a leader in developing the policies and practice of Sustainable Development within the Federal family.  He also served with the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Science Foundation.  His work with the NSF and then as the Senior Policy Analyst for the Environment in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy was largely focused on climate change policy, budgets and research integration.  He was the first in the Federal Government to identify and integrate all the global warming research programs allowing scientific information to better inform National and International policies.  His efforts in 1989 helped establish and organize the US Global Change Research Program.  In 1999, Mr. Waddell became the Deputy District Engineer for Programs at the Walla Walla District at the time the Lower Snake Feasibility Study was into its 5th year of development.  This $33 million study was the most comprehensive ever under taken by any government to determine the feasibility of breaching dams to restore salmon runs.  His recommendation to breach the dams based on the study and input from over 100,000 commenters who were largely in favor of breaching, was ignored.  After his retirement from the Corps in 2013 he has undertaken a re-evaluation of the study and his work shows that the magnitude of cost errors in the report clearly supports the conclusion that breaching the 4 Lower Snake Dams is not only a sound biological choice but will prevent the waste of millions of taxpayers’ dollars and loss of economic benefits to the Nation and region.

Over the last 10 years working primarily with EPA's Brownfield's Program he developed the visioning process that is known as Multi-Vision Integration/Vision to Action.  The process is a decidedly different approach to vision and public involvement found in public and private development agencies.  To date the process has been utilized in over 55 workshops in 45 plus communities and numerous leadership courses.  The MVI process is nationally recognized as a highly effective approach to sustainable community revitalization. 

May 17, 2018
May 22, 2018 6:00 PM
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Mik

Rotary Youth Exchange and Scholarships

May 24, 2018
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Attorney General

Bob Ferguson is Washington State’s 18th Attorney General. As the state’s chief legal officer, Bob is committed to protecting the people of Washington against powerful interests that don’t play by the rules. He is a fourth-generation Washingtonian, a graduate of the University of Washington and New York University law school.  Bob and his wife, Colleen, are the proud parents of 10-year-old twins, Jack and Katie.

Interesting facts about Bob Ferguson:

  • Bob has hiked hundreds of miles of Washington trails and climbed many of the state's highest peaks. Bob has summited the highest point in 45 of the 50 United States.
  • His family homesteaded on the beautiful Skagit River, which may explain why Bob is such an enthusiastic mountain climber, backpacker, and birder.
  • Bob is an internationally rated chess master and twice won the Washington State Chess Championship.
  • Bob is an avid baseball fan and once took a trip with a college buddy to see a baseball game in every major league stadium.
  • Bob began his legal career in Spokane. He clerked for two federal judges before returning to Seattle to join Preston, Gates, and Ellis (now K&L Gates) where his civil litigation practice included work on behalf of taxpayers, corporations and small businesses.
  • In 2003, Bob was elected to the King County Council. In 2005, after the council was reduced from 13 to nine and Bob's district was eliminated, he was re-elected. He was unopposed in 2009.
May 31, 2018