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 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

David Fischer’s professional background in the arts began as a professional theater artist in 1977. His degrees in theater and film (BA, MFA) and his career path have allowed him to become deeply invested in the arts through theatre production, performing arts presenting, arts management, fundraising, advocacy, teaching, and urban design. He has worked as Producing Artistic Director for Tacoma Little Theatre, Executive Director of the Pierce County Arts Commission, Deputy Executive Director of the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, and prior to returning to Tacoma, as Executive Director of The Wells Fargo Center for the Arts (formerly the Luther Burbank Center) in Santa Rosa, California. Fischer reorganized the non-profit , Wells Fargo Center, including its staff, fundraising, capital investment, endowment growth, Board and volunteer achievement, and programmatic impact on the community resulting in annual operational revenue growth of 125% and an improvement to the balance sheet of $14 million in 5-1/2 years.

During the past seven years, serving as Executive Director of Tacoma’s non-profit performing arts center, the Broadway Center for the Arts, Fischer has transformed the organization to focus on strengthening the core infrastructure resulting in increased relevance and service to the community.

David Fischer
Oct 26, 2017

Marilyn Strickland is serving her second term as Mayor of Tacoma. Her pro-growth agenda focuses on creating family-wage jobs by improving education and workforce training, promoting entrepreneurship, investing in transportation and attracting international investment. Born in Seoul, she is a graduate of the University of Washington and holds an MBA from Clark-Atlanta University. Prior to elected office, she worked in both the private and public sectors. Mayor Strickland’s regional and national board leadership includes Sound Transit, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Democratic Mayors Association. Strickland has appeared on Meet the Press, National Public Radio and is a trustee with the Urban Land Institute. She has been recognized by the National League of Cities Women in Municipal Government for outstanding local leadership and was recognized as the 2015 Washington Trade Hero by the Washington Council on International Trade. The Mayor will provide background information on the issue of homelessness in Tacoma, an update on the City’s efforts to address the public health emergency, and conclude with suggestions as to how the community can work together to reduce the impacts of homelessness.



Marilyn Strickland
Nov 02, 2017

We will be celebrating Rotary Veterans, active duty service members as well as honoring the Military Citizen of the Year Award recipient from the Tacoma Pierce County Chamber of Commerce. Our program will include a presentation from COL (Retired) Mary Forbes.  She graduated from the US Military Academy in 1983, the US Army War College in 2006, and served on active duty with the US Army and the Washington Army National Guard for over 26 years.  As the Assistant Director for Veterans Services at the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Mary Forbes champions federal and state initiatives to end veteran homelessness.  Her efforts have resulted in communities greatly expanding their capacity to serve homeless veterans and significantly reduced the number of homeless veterans in the state over the last four years. As a result of multiple years of community engagement, she was recognized by the White House as a “Women Veteran Leader Champion of Change” in February 2014 and received the Governor’s Award for Leadership in Management in June 2014.   Mary’s guiding principles of building partnerships, fostering productive relationships and providing world class customer service at the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs have proven to be successful for veterans and their families in Washington State.

Retired Colonel Mary Forbes
Nov 09, 2017

Margaret Bullock and Janine Terrano will update you on what’s happening at your community museum from new collections to new construction.

Janine Terrano: Ms. Terrano is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Topia Technology, Inc. Topia supports a portfolio of technologies focusing on the secure movement and management of data between disparate components, devices, platforms, and systems. Topia has secured contracts with the Federal Aviation Association (FAA), U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM), U.S. Air Force, Boeing, and other commercial and government agencies.

Ms. Terrano launched Topia Technology with the skills and talents that enabled her to build Business Internet Services (BIS) into a multi-million dollar venture and one of the Northwest’s premier Internet development, technology and marketing companies. Prior to Topia and BIS, Ms. Terrano co-founded 7thAvenue Creative, an award-winning advertising agency in Seattle, and founded Matrix Strategic Planning, a marketing strategy firm.

Ms. Terrano also serves on the advisory boards of Entertainment Capital Corporation, MultiCare Health Systems, and the Tacoma Art Museum. She is a TedX speaker and the recipient of the ‘2013 Small Business Leader’ award from the University of Washington, Tacoma.

Margaret Bullock has been Curator of Collections and Special Exhibitions at Tacoma Art Museum since 2007. She has an MA in Art History from the University of Oregon and an MA in Anthropology from Washington State University. Prior to joining the Tacoma Art Museum in 2007, she was curator at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, New Mexico, Associate Curator of American Art at the Portland Art Museum, Oregon and a research fellow at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Alabama. Her specialty is late 19th and early 20th century American art with a particular focus on the art of the Pacific Northwest.

Janine Terrano and Margaret Bullock
Nov 16, 2017
Nov 20, 2017 2:30 PM

Scott Hanauer is the Chief Executive Officer at Community Youth Services (CYS) in Olympia, Washington. 

CYS is a private non-profit agency which provides an array of interconnected programs throughout Western Washington.   CYS program constellations include:; Employment,Education,Behavioral/Mental Health,Child Welfare,Family Preservation Services,Juvenile Justice,Foster Care,Crisis Residential Treatment, Transitional Housing,Homeless and Street Youth Services

Prior to coming to CYS, Scott was the statewide out-of-home care director for Children’s Home Society of Washington.   Scott’s professional experience includes residential treatment counseling; parent development training; individual, group and family therapy; program management and directing multiple programs at Community Youth Services.

Scott wrote a parent education curriculum for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, which he taught at the Federal Detention Center in Seattle, Washington from 2001 – 2009.   Scott is certified to provide a number of evidence based practices including:  Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Foster Care Assessment Program, Comprehensive Assessment, Motivational Interviewing and Multi-Systemic Therapy.  Scott also wrote an article for the University of Oklahoma’s National Center for Youth Services (2015) related to trauma informed foster care.   

Scott also provides child welfare training throughout Washington for the University of Washington’s Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence.   

Scott Hanauer
Nov 30, 2017
Nov 30, 2017
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Dec 02, 2017
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Dec 06, 2017
6:30 AM – 9:30 AM

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
Ogie Shaw
Dec 07, 2017
Dec 09, 2017
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

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. 

Trey Rabun
Dec 14, 2017

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

Mik - Veerle and Our Rotary Talent!
Dec 21, 2017
Dec 21, 2017
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
No Meeting This Week
Dec 28, 2017

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. 

Membership Committee
Jan 04, 2018
Jan 10, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

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.

Peter Ansara
Jan 11, 2018
Jan 13, 2018
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Jan 17, 2018 12:00 PM

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:  

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. 

Shari Storm
Jan 18, 2018
Jan 18, 2018

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.

Carla Santorno
Jan 25, 2018
Jan 30, 2018 6:00 PM

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

Dorothy Echodu
Feb 01, 2018

 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.

Lew Cox
Feb 08, 2018

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. 

Cliff Mass
Feb 15, 2018
Feb 15, 2018
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

 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.

Erin Guinup
Feb 22, 2018

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.

Commander David Kaiser
Mar 01, 2018

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

Les Eldridge and John Hough
Mar 08, 2018
Mar 08, 2018 1:00 PM
Mar 14, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

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.


Troy Christensen
Mar 15, 2018
Mar 15, 2018 11:00 AM
Mar 15, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Mar 19, 2018
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

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. 

Andra Watkins
Mar 22, 2018
Mar 24, 2018
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

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.

Derek Kilmer
Mar 29, 2018
Mar 29, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Apr 03, 2018
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Community Service Award and Doffodil court
Apr 05, 2018