Event Types

The Washington Military Department's mission is to minimize the impact of emergencies and disasters on people, property, environment and the economy of Washington State by providing trained and ready forces for state and federal missions. The department also provides structured alternative education opportunities for at-risk youth.

Captain Joseph Siemandel assumed Command of B Co (G2X) 341st Military Intelligence Battalion, 56th Information Operations Group on July 23, 2016 after serving as the Intelligence Officer S2 for 96th Troop Command.] CPT Siemandel joined the Washington National Guard as a 12B Combat Engineer in Dec 2002, completed training in October 2003 and was assigned to C Co 898th Engineer Battalion in Bellingham, WA. He deployed to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 2004-2005 as part of Operation Enduring Freedom and upon returning home return to Central Washington University where he graduated Army ROTC and was commissioned as an Military Intelligence Officer in 2008.

His first duty assignment was to A Co. 341st Military Intelligence Battalion, 96th Troop Command, from August 2008 until October 2013.  He served as a Tactical Intelligence Officer, Human Intelligence Platoon Leader, Counterintelligence Platoon Leader and Executive Officer in Alpha Company.After serving as the Executive Officer at A Co. 341st Military Intelligence Battalion, CPT Siemandel assumed command of D Co 898th Brigade Engineer Battalion, Military Intelligence Company, 81st Armored Brigade Combat Team on Oct 18, 2013.

CPT Siemandel’s awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Armed Forces Components Achievement Medal (w/ 4 OLC), the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal w/ M Device and Bronze Hourglass, the Army Service Ribbon, the Army Overseas Service Ribbon, Washington National Guard Emergency Response Ribbon ( w/ 1 OLC) and Washington National Guard Good Conduct Medal (w/ 2 OLC).

CPT Siemandel is also a graduate of the Defense Information School’s Public Affairs Qualification Course and works as the Full-time State Public Affairs Officer for the Washington National Guard.He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Central Washington University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Ashford University and resides in Ellensburg, WA. 

Captain Joseph Siemandel
Apr 20, 2017


Did you know that most people who survive a cardiac emergency are helped by a bystander? Join us as Peter Murray from the American Red Cross teaches us how to perform Hands Only CPR (non-certificated course). 

Peter is a Donor Relations Office with the Northwest Region of the American Red Cross.  He has been with the Red Cross for two years.  Prior to that he worked at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the United Way of King County. While not a native to the Pacific Northwest, he feels fortunate to call it is home for the past 18 years. 

Learning how to perform CPR properly takes just a few short hours, but it can change a life forever.  Learning Hand Only CPR takes about 20 minutes, but can gain precious time for a person experiencing a cardiac event. 

If you are called upon to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love: a child, a spouse, parent or a friend.  70% of cardiac arrests happen in the home. Sadly only about 46% of those who experience cardiac arrests out-of-hospitals get the help they need before professional help arrives.

Be the One Who Makes a Difference.

Peter Murray, Red Cross
Apr 27, 2017

Learn more about the great work of our committee's and sign up to help out next year!  We will also be presenting Art Wickens and Paul Harris Fellows.

Committee Fair
May 04, 2017
May 04, 2017 7:30 AM

What Fabulous Rotarian will be honored this year???

Rotarian of the Year Celebration
May 11, 2017

Susanne joined Rotary in June 1994 as the only woman in her club. She quickly engaged and served as International Director and Club Membership Director and Youth Exchange Counselor, Host Parent and Area Membership representative. 

She then focused  on the plight of children in the Golden Triangle area of Thailand where stateless children are trafficked as sex slaves or drug runners.  She was recruited to be  Promotions and Development Coordinator for Rotary Australia World Community Service  in Northern Region 5 Districts and held a seat on National Committee . Her fund raising interest led her to an appointment as District 9550 APF Fundraiser in a Pilot District 2010/­13 and which lead her District achieving the second highest giving in Australia.

Susanne turned her focus to polio and The World’s Greatest Meal To Help End Polio was conceived  and has grown into major success with the help of Rotarians globally. 

Susanne Rea
May 18, 2017

What a wonderful opportunity to hear from these great students whose lives have been changed and who have touched our lives with their visit this year.

Ailsa, Louis and Luis
May 25, 2017

Former Congressman Norm Dicks serves as Senior Policy Advisor advising clients on a wide-range of public policy, strategic, and regulatory issues, particularly those in the environmental sector.

Prior to joining the firm, Norm represented Washington State's 6th Congressional District from 1977-2013, where he received a rare first-term appointment to the House Appropriations Committee, a committee he served on for his entire tenure in Congress. In addition, he served on and chaired the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee where he made environmental issues a priority, and worked tirelessly on issues affecting the National Parks, National Forests, and Native American issues. Congressman Dicks also became the chair of the Defense Appropriations Committee, and concluded his tenure in Congress as top-ranking Democratic Member on the Defense Appropriations Committee, and top-ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee. From 1990 to 1998, Congressman Dicks served on the House Intelligence Committee and was awarded the CIA Directors Medal.

Upon his retirement, Norm received the Department of Defense’s Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon a civilian for his work on behalf of military members and their families.

Norm Dicks
Jun 01, 2017

Roger Stanton is the project manager for what Metro Parks calls Waterfront Phase I, which is the huge, multifaceted park development work by the entrance to Point Defiance Park. The project involves working with the EPA to transform Asarco's old slag peninsula into a waterfront park, build a trail that connects the Ruston Way parks to Point Defiance, build a pedestrian bridge that will feature amazing views, expand parking for boat trailers using the marina, and enhance the entrance to the park.

Roger Stanton
Jun 08, 2017

Captain Skip Anderson is the founder of Flagship Maritime, a USCG-approved training center in Tacoma that prepares and certifies mariners for careers as licensed maritime industry professionals.  Skip earned his Bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, where he lettered on the Varsity Sailing Team, and went on to compete in several national and North American championships, plus one Olympic Trials. His career in the U.S. Navy spanned twenty-four years, including service aboard a minesweeper, three destroyers, one frigate, three aircraft carriers, and a battleship, as well as attaining his Master’s degree in Command, Control and Communications at the Naval Postgraduate School.  Skip is married to the lovely Jan Anderson, who shares his passion for the water through her involvement in Flagship Maritime and as a professional marine photographer.  

Captain Skip Anderson
Jun 15, 2017

We will feature the amazing work of this club as we award 11 grants to community non profits who change lives daily. We are also going to have some fun with our Literacy Committee as we award an additional 2 grants from our Tacomi Vice Auction proceeds and do a hands on project at our tables.  You will not want to miss this meeting! 

Rotary Club of Tacoma # 8 Serving Our Community
Jun 22, 2017
Jun 29, 2017

Tacoma-Pierce County Habitat for Humanity has served low-income families in our community since 1985.  The local office is one of 1,300 Habitat affiliates nationally, all with the same vision of a world where everyone has a safe, decent place to live.  Tacoma Habitat has evolved through the years, starting with a small group building 1 house every year or two to now developing full communities.  Additionally, TPC Habitat operates three retail stores (Tacoma, Lakewood and Puyallup) that sell new or used housing goods and construction supplies to help fund the mission.  Elliot will talk about Habitat’s local work, particularly in light of the emerging affordable housing crisis.  

Mark's First Meeting
Jul 06, 2017

Dr. David Reyes will present on the UW’s initiative to bring together the research and resources of the University and partners around the Puget Sound and beyond to create a world where all people can live healthier and more fulfilling lives.

David Reyes, DNP, MN/MPH, RN is Assistant Professor of Nursing & Health Care Leadership at UW Tacoma. Dr. Reyes joined the faculty at the University of Washington Tacoma (UWT) in 2014, and has held clinical, educational and leadership roles in community and public health, acute care, home health, and perioperative nursing.  His primary interests are in in addressing the root causes of health inequity and disparities, building community capacity, and population health systems.  His research uses community-based participatory approaches that focus on equitable relationships with diverse communities to improve health outcomes. Dr. Reyes has held national level health policy, leadership, and professional roles in the American Public Health Association, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and on the Institute of Medicine’s Standing Committee on Family Planning.  Currently he is a Vice-President of the Washington State Public Health Association. David Reyes received his DNP (2013), and MN/MPH from the University of Washington.  He holds a BSN (1983) with a minor in history from Seattle University.

David Reyes, UWT
Jul 13, 2017

Jake Fey was born and raised in Port Angeles, and his  experience in the YMCA Youth and Government program pointed him early on toward a life of public service. He was the first in his family to attend college, earning a BA in political science from the University of Washington and then an MPA from the University of Puget Sound.

His leadership skills have been established in managing an alternative-energy and energy-efficiency program with Washington State University, coordinating community-volunteer efforts on the Sound Transit and Pierce Transit Boards, and working on the Pierce County Public Health Board. He has also served as vice chair of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, and as Tacoma’s deputy mayor.

Laurie Jinkins represents the 27th Legislative District in Pierce County, which includes East, Downtown, Hilltop, North, Northeast, West, and part of South Tacoma as well as Ruston and Fife Heights.

She is a native Midwesterner who earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and later a Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law (then the University of Puget Sound School Of Law). Jinkins also completed executive studies at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Jinkins started her career litigating child abuse and neglect cases for the state Attorney General’s Office. She then shifted her career toward public health, eventually serving as an assistant secretary of health at the state Department of Health before taking the position of Director of Organizational Initiatives at the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, where she continues to serve.

Jinkins serves on the Appropriations and Health Care and Wellness committees, and chairs the Judiciary Committee. Her legislative priorities include improving our schools and health care, helping working families and transforming Washington’s revenue structure.

Jinkins lives in Tacoma with her wife, Laura Wulf, and their 16-year-old son.

You will hear from Jake and Laurie about the life of a legislator; the good, the bad the ugly; the highs and the lows and how our state is doing. 

Jake Fey and Laurie Jinkins
Jul 20, 2017
Jul 21, 2017
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Professor Joel Baker holds the Port of Tacoma Chair in Environmental Science and is the Science Director of the Center for Urban Waters. He earned a B.S. degree in Environmental Chemistry from SUNY Syracuse (1982) and M.S. (1985) and Ph.D. (1988) degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Minnesota. 

The natural beauty of Tacoma and the Pacific Northwest provides tremendous social, spiritual, and economic values to our community.  While there is a strong consensus to ‘protect our environment’, the public is bombarded with often widely conflicting information both about the status of our environment and what they should do individually and collectively to preserve and enhance our surroundings.  At the Center for Urban Waters, University of Washington scientists and engineers develop and use cutting edge tools to describe the current state of the environment, to assess the impact of a variety of stressors, and to enable decision makers to make science-informed policy.  This presentation will explore several Urban Waters projects and challenge Tacoma Rotary 8 members to go beyond the headlines of contemporary issues facing Tacoma.The natural beauty of Tacoma and the Pacific Northwest provides tremendous social, spiritual, and economic values to our community.  While there is a strong consensus to ‘protect our environment’, the public is bombarded with often widely conflicting information both about the status of our environment and what they should do individually and collectively to preserve and enhance our surroundings.  At the Center for Urban Waters, University of Washington scientists and engineers develop and use cutting edge tools to describe the current state of the environment, to assess the impact of a variety of stressors, and to enable decision makers to make science-informed policy.  This presentation will explore several Urban Waters projects and challenge Tacoma Rotary 8 members to go beyond the headlines of contemporary issues facing Tacoma.The natural beauty of Tacoma and the Pacific Northwest provides tremendous social, spiritual, and economic values to our community.  While there is a strong consensus to ‘protect our environment’, the public is bombarded with often widely conflicting information both about the status of our environment and what they should do individually and collectively to preserve and enhance our surroundings.  At the Center for Urban Waters, University of Washington scientists and engineers develop and use cutting edge tools to describe the current state of the environment, to assess the impact of a variety of stressors, and to enable decision makers to make science-informed policy.  This presentation will explore several Urban Waters projects and challenge Tacoma Rotary 8 members to go beyond the headlines of contemporary issues facing Tacoma.

Joel Baker
Jul 27, 2017

Veteran journalist David Zeeck will talk about the rapid business and readership changes taking place in the media industry, as well as the impact of the “fake news” campaign to discredit the media. David is president and publisher of The News Tribune, The Olympian and the Bellingham Herald, which are among 30 media companies owned by McClatchy in 14 states. Prior to becoming publisher in 2008, Dave spent 14 years as executive editor of The News Tribune. He previously spent 20 years at The Kansas City Star as a reporter, city editor, managing editor and executive editor.  

David Zeeck
Aug 03, 2017

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
12:00 PM – 9:30 PM

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

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

We will be joined by 6 other Pierce County Rotary Clubs as we welcome the District Governor to our meeting. Tom Carroll was born and raised in Seattle. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Masters degree in Information Systems. Tom was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy in 1981, and retired as a Captain after a 30-year career. Tom is the President and CEO of Tiburon Systems LLC, a firm specializing in network telecommunications and information technology. Tom has served as a director on several boards, including the Lacey Chamber of Commerce, The Pacific Harbors Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and as a Trustee for Leadership Thurston County. Tom joined Rotary in 2008, and served as Charter President of Gateway Rotary. Tom has served as Assistant Governor and District Council Chairman. He served as Chairman of the 2016 District Conference and as Chairman of the 2017 PNW PETS Board of Directors. Tom is a recipient of the Cliff Dochterman Award, the Avenues of Service Citation, and the Gold Membership Sponsor Award. Tom and his wife Laurie are members of Gateway Rotary, and are 2nd Level Major Donors, members of the Paul Harris Society and Bequest Society. Married for 30 years, they have two adult children, both UW graduates. 

District Governor Visit
Sep 14, 2017

Veerle Obdeijn and Mikulas Rimanek
Sep 21, 2017

You may wish you could go back-to-school after seeing the some of the innovative schools and programs in Tacoma Public Schools.  Recognizing that every child is an individual with a unique learning style, students have their pick of more innovative schools and programs than any district in Washington. Innovation can be found across the district; however, 19 schools are designated as “Innovative Schools” for infusing a unique learning environment into the total school experience. Community and business partnerships play a key role in providing students with inspiring learning opportunities and real-world experiences that propel academic growth and prepare students for college and career. Tacoma Public Schools have been recognized regionally, state-wide and nationally for student achievement, academic growth, excellence in teaching and innovation.  

Kathryn McCarthy
Sep 28, 2017
Sep 28, 2017
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Sep 30, 2017 7:30 PM

 100 years of Rotarian dedication made The Rotary International Foundation’s success possible. The next century of serving humanity will depend on what you do today.  Learn about the Rotary International Foundation and why each Rotarian should contribute. 

Howard Svigals is the The Rotary International Foundation Fundraising Chair for WA Clubs and the Assistant Governor for District 5020 Area 11. Howard also serves as the District 5020 Council Chair and is a Past President of the Gig Harbor Midday Rotary.  Howard is a The Rotary Foundation Major Donor and a member of the Paul Harris Society and the Bequest Society.  

Howard Svigals
Oct 05, 2017
Oct 05, 2017
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

The Port of Tacoma commission sets policy and strategic direction, and authorizes all major expenditures.

Our port is among the largest container ports in North America, and a major center for autos, bulk, breakbulk and heavy-lift cargoes.

The economic impact of the port includes real estate and marine cargo operations supporting more than 29,000 jobs and generating nearly $3 billion in economic activity for our community.

They work to return land to productive use in order to create jobs and economic growth for our community. 

We will hear from 6 candidates running for 3 offices; Position #1 Eric Holderman and John McCarthy Position 2 Noah Davis and Dick Marzano Position 4 Kristin Ang and Don Meyer

Candidate Forum
Oct 12, 2017

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