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USS Dallas

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.

Mar 01, 2018
 
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Maritime Olympia and South Puget Sound

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

Mar 08, 2018
 
Mar 14, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
 
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Our Community and Affordable Housing for Our Aging Population

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.

 

Mar 15, 2018
 
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I Walked 444 Miles to Make a Memory

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. 

Mar 22, 2018
 
Mar 24, 2018
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
 
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A Conversation with Derek Kilmer

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.

Mar 29, 2018
 
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Community Service Award and Daffodil Court

Korbett Mosesly has spent more than a decade working on equity and inclusion, in the for-profit, non-profit, and government sectors, on issues such as education, health, workforce, and housing.

He just completed a three year term on the City of Tacoma’s Human Services commission and now serves on the Board of the Puyallup Watershed Initiative, and recently helped to create Tacoma Roots, a community group that works on the intersection of environmental issues, race, and poverty. 

He publishes the Hilltop Action Journal newspaper, a volunteer-organized publication, focused on community priorities of Tacoma’s Hilltop residents.

He reaches out to other individuals and organizations to collaborate on poverty issues, and is constantly coming up with new ideas to improve the status of the underserved in Tacoma.  He uses his own Facebook page to inform others about training and employment opportunities and creates GIS mapping, to visually show the inequities in Tacoma and Pierce County.   

Korbett has a Master’s Degree in public administration from the Evergreen State College.   He is a long-time member of the Pierce County Black Collective and a Senior Fellow (Class of 18) of the American Leadership Forum.

Korbett is employed by United Way, heading its Family Stability Initiative, and lives with his wife Andrea and his three boys in Tacoma.

Apr 05, 2018
 
Apr 11, 2018 10:00 AM
 

Apr 12, 2018
 
Apr 13, 2018
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
 
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Are Zoos Still Zoos?

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.

Apr 19, 2018
 
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Current Events in Washington State and Pierce County Elections

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. 

Apr 26, 2018
 
Apr 28, 2018
5:30 PM – 11:00 PM
 

Volunteer for the District Food Repack

May 03, 2018
 
 
 
 
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An Unforeseen Tragedy of the Commons - Our Resident Killer Whale Decline and What We Can Do

Ken Balcomb III

Ken obtained his Bachelor's degree in Zoology in 1963 from UC Davis and soon after was employed by the US government as Field Biologist GS5-7, first in Eastern Pacific large whale research and later in Central Pacific marine bird research. During the Vietnam era, he was a commissioned US Navy pilot and oceanographic specialist. He then did his graduate studies in marine biology at UC Santa Cruz with Dr. Ken Norris, the world-famous marine mammal scientist. While a graduate student, Ken conducted Humpback whale research in the North Atlantic with colleague Dr. Steve Katona and taught marine biology aboard r/v Regina Maris for Dr. George Nichols of ORES and Harvard University. Ken is a pioneer in photo-identification of cetaceans and is the founder of Orca Survey (1976), a study of Pacific Northwest Southern Resident killer whales (SRKW or simply “orcas"). He founded the non-profit Center for Whale Research in 1985 and is its Executive Director and NOAA Fisheries contract Principal Investigator for Orca Survey, a long term study of killer whales in the Pacific Northwest. Ken is a Charter Member of the Society for Marine Mammalogy and has authored or co-authored dozens of scientific publications; and, his work has been featured in books and television documentarie

James Waddell, CE/PE

Jim Waddell is a Civil Engineer who is retired from a 35 year public service career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  For over twenty years of that career he has been a leader in developing the policies and practice of Sustainable Development within the Federal family.  He also served with the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Science Foundation.  His work with the NSF and then as the Senior Policy Analyst for the Environment in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy was largely focused on climate change policy, budgets and research integration.  He was the first in the Federal Government to identify and integrate all the global warming research programs allowing scientific information to better inform National and International policies.  His efforts in 1989 helped establish and organize the US Global Change Research Program.  In 1999, Mr. Waddell became the Deputy District Engineer for Programs at the Walla Walla District at the time the Lower Snake Feasibility Study was into its 5th year of development.  This $33 million study was the most comprehensive ever under taken by any government to determine the feasibility of breaching dams to restore salmon runs.  His recommendation to breach the dams based on the study and input from over 100,000 commenters who were largely in favor of breaching, was ignored.  After his retirement from the Corps in 2013 he has undertaken a re-evaluation of the study and his work shows that the magnitude of cost errors in the report clearly supports the conclusion that breaching the 4 Lower Snake Dams is not only a sound biological choice but will prevent the waste of millions of taxpayers’ dollars and loss of economic benefits to the Nation and region.

Over the last 10 years working primarily with EPA's Brownfield's Program he developed the visioning process that is known as Multi-Vision Integration/Vision to Action.  The process is a decidedly different approach to vision and public involvement found in public and private development agencies.  To date the process has been utilized in over 55 workshops in 45 plus communities and numerous leadership courses.  The MVI process is nationally recognized as a highly effective approach to sustainable community revitalization. 

May 17, 2018
 
May 22, 2018 6:00 PM
 
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Rotary Youth Exchange and Scholarships

May 24, 2018
 
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Attorney General

Bob Ferguson is Washington State’s 18th Attorney General. As the state’s chief legal officer, Bob is committed to protecting the people of Washington against powerful interests that don’t play by the rules. He is a fourth-generation Washingtonian, a graduate of the University of Washington and New York University law school.  Bob and his wife, Colleen, are the proud parents of 10-year-old twins, Jack and Katie.

Interesting facts about Bob Ferguson:

  • Bob has hiked hundreds of miles of Washington trails and climbed many of the state's highest peaks. Bob has summited the highest point in 45 of the 50 United States.
  • His family homesteaded on the beautiful Skagit River, which may explain why Bob is such an enthusiastic mountain climber, backpacker, and birder.
  • Bob is an internationally rated chess master and twice won the Washington State Chess Championship.
  • Bob is an avid baseball fan and once took a trip with a college buddy to see a baseball game in every major league stadium.
  • Bob began his legal career in Spokane. He clerked for two federal judges before returning to Seattle to join Preston, Gates, and Ellis (now K&L Gates) where his civil litigation practice included work on behalf of taxpayers, corporations and small businesses.
  • In 2003, Bob was elected to the King County Council. In 2005, after the council was reduced from 13 to nine and Bob's district was eliminated, he was re-elected. He was unopposed in 2009.
May 31, 2018
 
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Marah's Story: Love, Loss, and Hope

Penny LeGate is an Emmy award-winning journalist who is best known locally as an original cohost of “Evening Magazine,” and for her anchoring work at KIRO TV.  Today she enjoys freedom as a freelance reporter/documentary producer, filing stories from remote places such as Ethiopia, Uganda, India, Rwanda, Nepal, Vietnam, Morocco, and Bolivia.  Penny speaks often about her travels with Rotarians to vaccinate kids against polio, and was  honored to be a keynote speaker at the Rotary International Convention in 2011.  For her humanitarian work around the world, Rotary has awarded Penny six Paul Harris Fellowships! 

More recently, she has become a tireless advocate for those struggling with opioid addiction after losing her daughter to the disease in 2012.

Penny enjoys skiing, scuba diving, hiking, biking, and yoga.   She lives in Seattle with her husband and a small herd of rescued animals.

Jun 07, 2018
 
Jun 07, 2018 11:15 AM
 
 
Jun 08, 2018
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
 
 
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Tacoma Housing Authority - A Brief Review of Its Work

The Executive Director of the Tacoma Housing Authority will explain how THA understands its mission, how that mission fits in a successful city, and how that work shows in some examples of current THA projects.

Michael Mirra is the executive director of the Tacoma Housing Authority (THA) in Tacoma, WA.  He has served in that position since 2004.  Before that he served for two years as THA’s general counsel.  Prior to joining THA, Michael practiced law for about 25 years with Columbia Legal Services in Washington State and legal services in Tennessee representing low-income persons and organizations in civil matters.  Michael graduated from the University of Chicago and Vanderbilt Law School.  He grew up in Queens.

Jun 14, 2018
 
Jun 14, 2018 1:00 PM
 
Jun 18, 2018
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
 
Jun 19, 2018 5:30 PM
 
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Sounders FC 2 and the Tacoma Partnership

Join us on June 21st as we hear from Sounders FC 2 Head Coach, John Hutchinson and Rainiers and Sounders FC 2 President, Aaron Artman about bringing professional soccer to the South Sound. From new opportunities for community partnerships to the power of the Sounders FC development pipeline, Aaron and Coach Hutch will share more about S2 and its future here in Tacoma.

Jun 21, 2018
 
Jun 21, 2018 11:00 AM
 
Jun 21, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
 
 

This is a program you will not want to miss

Jun 28, 2018
 
Jun 28, 2018
 

Enjoy the 4th of July

Jul 05, 2018
 
Jul 06, 2018 8:15 AM
 
Jul 10, 2018
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
 
 
 
Jul 19, 2018
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM