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Business Expo
Apr 12, 2018
 
 
Apr 12, 2018 1:00 PM
 
Apr 13, 2018
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
 
Apr 16, 2018
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
 
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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.

Alan Varsik
Apr 19, 2018
 
Apr 19, 2018 11:00 AM
 
Apr 19, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
 
 
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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. 

Julie Anderson
Apr 26, 2018
 
 
Apr 28, 2018
5:30 PM – 11:00 PM
 
 
 
 
Rotarian of the Year
May 10, 2018
 
 

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Ken Balcomb
May 17, 2018
 
Mik and Veerle
May 24, 2018
 
Bob Ferguson
May 31, 2018
 

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Penny LeGate
Jun 07, 2018
 

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Nate Bowling
Jun 14, 2018