Event Types

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

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