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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
 
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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
 
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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
 
 Sep 09, 2017
12:00 PM – 2:30 PM
 
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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
 
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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
 
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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
 
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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
 
 Oct 12, 2017 10:30 AM
 
 
 Oct 12, 2017 11:00 AM
 
 Oct 16, 2017
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
 
 
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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
 
 
 Oct 19, 2017 11:00 AM
 
 Oct 24, 2017 6:00 PM
 
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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
 
 Nov 02, 2017 11:15 AM
 
 
 Nov 02, 2017 1:15 PM
 
 Nov 03, 2017 8:15 AM
 
 Nov 07, 2017
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
 
 Nov 09, 2017
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
 
 
 Nov 14, 2017 12:00 PM
 

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.

Jane Terrano and Margaret Bullock
 Nov 16, 2017