Speaker Date Topic
Kristin Sierra Jan 21, 2021
Lincoln High School's youth-led literacy movement
Lincoln High School's youth-led literacy movement

Mrs. Sierra, born and raised in Tacoma, is a Teacher Librarian for Tacoma Public Schools and the advisor for Project Lit Abes, the school's book club and a group of students at Lincoln High School committed to reading good books, discussing the issues they care about and serving the school and members of our Tacoma community.

In the wake of the pandemic, students in the club recognized the need for books by and for kids of color and distributed around 200 books written by BIPOC authors with subjects that reflect BIPOC communities this summer.  The books were distributed to little free libraries, including the Salishan libraries stewarded by Rotary, in Tacoma's East and South end. 

Join the January 21st meeting to learn more about the club's journey in sharing culturally-relevant books, supporting incredible authors and, most of all, celebrating and enjoying books!

Lifetime Achievement Award Jan 28, 2021
Chris Keay Feb 04, 2021
Dispute Resolution: Victory and Vindication Cost Extra
Dispute Resolution: Victory and Vindication Cost Extra

Christopher Keay has practiced law in Pierce County for over 37 years and has served as a mediator in hundreds of civil law cases.  He is a partner in the firm of Johnson, Graffe, Keay, Moniz & Wick, LLP

Bryan Reynolds - Anthem Coffee Feb 11, 2021
Heroic Hospitality During COVID
Heroic Hospitality During COVID
Judge Robert Bryan Feb 18, 2021
Reflections of an Old Federal Judge
Reflections of an Old Federal Judge

Judge Bryan will discuss the federal courts and various issues facing the federal courts and federal judges. 

Judge Bryan, a Bremerton native, has been a trial judge for 51 years, serving the Superior Court in Kitsap County and the United States District Court for Western Washington in Tacoma.  He has held court in 37 different cities from Fairbanks to Tucson, and from Saipan and Guam to Billings.  He was instrumental in converting Tacoma’s Union Station to a United States Courthouse, where the historic portion now bears his name.  Throughout his legal and judicial career, he has taught and written on a variety of legal subjects and has received recognition for leadership, innovation, and professionalism. 

Stephanie Pederson Apr 01, 2021
The Future of The News Tribune
The Future of The News Tribune

Stephanie Pedersen is the president and editor of The News Tribune. She, along with her husband, Scott, and two kids moved across the country to the Tacoma area in July. While she's a Southern transplant who yells Roll Tide, she prefers Pho and Thai to collard greens or black-eyed peas. When she's not working, you can normally find her at her daughter's gymnastics or her son's baseball games.

She will share with us the qualities that make up a sustainable news company in 2021  Sharing her vision and goals not only for The News Tribune but for our community.

 

Becky Fontaine May 13, 2021
Creating a Culture of Safety
Creating a Culture of Safety

We will hear what all Rotarians need to understand and do to ensure we create a safer environment for Rotarians, friends of Rotary and those whom we serve.

Becky Fontaine has been involved with Rotary Youth Programs since 1999. For several years she was active with the Youth Exchange Program but now serves as the District Youth Protection Officer.  In 2006 she was the sole district representative to a conference when Rotary first unveiled the “Youth Abuse & Harassment Policy.  Over the years, Rotary has made several changes that have impacted how districts around the world not only work with youth, but other vulnerable populations.  Professionally, Becky has worked for various non-profit organizations with over 30 years in senior leadership positions. Today, she works for the American Red Cross and recently was deployed to work on the WA and OR wildfires. Throughout her career she has worked with and supported volunteers in diverse roles.