Event Types

May 22, 2018 6:00 PM

Rotary Youth Exchange and Scholarships

May 24, 2018

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

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 08, 2018
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

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 19, 2018 5:30 PM

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

This is a program you will not want to miss

Jun 28, 2018
Jun 28, 2018

Enjoy the 4th of July

Jul 05, 2018

Vision for the Club

 You will want to be here for the first meeting of the Rotary year. This will be a great way for the club to join together to support a wonderful new year.

Jul 12, 2018

Eldercare's Impact on the Workforce

Mary Lynn Pannen is a leading expert on Geriatric Care Management and Homecare for seniors and individuals with complex needs. With a quarter of adult children providing personal and financial care to a parent, eldercare responsibilities are changing the workplace. Many employees are balancing care of a parent with work and the cost of missing work and increased healthcare spending is a two-fold setback. Never in human history have we lived so long, we are becoming an aging society and many employees are working longer as well creating changing demographics. You will learn about the impacts of this permanent shift on the workplace.

Jul 19, 2018
Jul 19, 2018
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

The Port of Tacoma Centennial

This year the Port of Tacoma is celebrating its centennial year. Created by a vote of Pierce County citizens Nov. 5, 1918, the Port started out on 240 acres in the Tacoma Tideflats.

Today, the Port is a major economic engine for our region. Port terminal and real estate operations cover about 2,700 acres of land and connect to more than 29,000 jobs in Pierce County.

Port commissioner John McCarthy and staff member Rod Koon will team up to present some of the highlights of the Port’s first 100 years as well as some of the challenges and opportunities facing the port and the shipping industry today.

A former Pierce County District and Superior Court judge for more than 22 years, John McCarthy recently retired from the bench.  He worked as a longshoreman for 10 years and served previously on the Port of Tacoma Commission from 1983 to 1992.  McCarthy has been a member of the Washington State Bar Association since 1975 and volunteers at Mount Rainier National Park.  He is an honorary life member of the Washington Public Ports Association.  He was the first member of the Boys and Girls Club of South Puget Sound’s to be selected to their Alumni Hall of Fame, and he continues to officiate high school football.  He also is on the Pierce County Regional Council and serves as the Port of Tacoma’s Tribal Liaison. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Science with a minor in Mathematics from Seattle University and a law degree from the University of San Francisco.

Jul 26, 2018

A Visit from Our District Governor

Craig Gillis was raised in Williams Lake. He pursued a B.A. (history) at the UVIC where he met his wife Gerry. They ventured to Prince Rupert as high school teachers before moving in 1976 to Campbell River, to teach, retiring in 2008. After serving as a counselor, vice-principal and principal in elementary, middle, and high schools, Craig spent eight years as Director of Instruction (K-12) and Assistant Superintendent for SD 72. Craig and Gerry have their Master of Education degrees. Gerry, a high school counselor, chartered and then sponsored the Interact Club of Timberline Secondary. Since retirement Craig has worked as a SD 72 consultant, coordinating mentorship for principals and vice-principals and facilitating the Aboriginal Education Improvement Agreement dialogue. He works with VIU and the UVIC in Field Services, supervising student teachers. Recently, he trained all workers in Campbell River for Elections Canada. He serves as a B.C. Marriage Commissioner.
A Rotarian with Campbell River Daybreak since 2001, Craig has always had service in his blood. He has served as director/grants chair for the C.R. Community Foundation for seven years. Prior to his year as President in 2010-2011, he was named ‘Rotarian of the Year’. He has served on multiple club committees citing youth activities as a focus---Literacy, Student of the Month, Scholarship, RYE. An advocate of the club’s wheelchair project, he participated in the distribution of 280 wheelchairs to Colombia. He is a multiple Paul Harris fellow and soon a Paul Harris Society member. A perennial presenter at DLTA, he has served as District Trainer, Asia Country Officer and Youth Exchange Chair, and has cofacilitated over twenty Rotary Club Vision sessions.
The Gillises are very proud of their daughter, a clinical psychologist, and their son, a documentary film maker. Their first grandchild recently arrived!
Aug 02, 2018

KBTC is looking forward to welcoming you to our studios on August 9th for Rotary 8’s first ever THURSDAYS AT 5 meeting.  Join us for a sneak peek at some upcoming PBS programs and then consider staying to help with a Rotary 8 Literacy Committee project to get the last of the books destined for Reach Out and Read clinics stickered and packed up for delivery.   Get to know KBTC and participate in a service project at the same time…a great way to Reignite Your Rotary!

Aug 09, 2018
Aug 09, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Aug 14, 2018
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM

Imagine Eastside - Coming This Fall

A mother's greif is bringing good things to the Eastside of Tacoma. Shalisa Hayes is the founder of the Billy Ray Foundation, an organization in Tacoma whose mission is to reduce violence and teach young people to be civically engaged while connecting them to educational and employment opportunities. After suffering the loss of her teenage son to gun violence, Shalisa also founded the Mothers of Magnitude (M.O.M.) support network which works to connect mothers of deceased children. Her story has also inspired the building of the new Eastside Community Center, that will be opening in October. Her mantra: “When he died, he gave me purpose”

Aug 16, 2018
Aug 16, 2018 11:00 AM
Aug 16, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Aug 16, 2018 1:00 PM
Aug 22, 2018
5:15 PM – 6:30 PM

A Teachers Evolving Mind

Born in Tacoma and and entering his thirteenth year of teaching, Nate Bowling is the 2016 Washington State Teacher of the Year and runner-up for National Teacher of the Year. Nate is also the host of the Nerd Farmer Podcast, a podcast about civics, culture, and education on the Channel 253 Podcast Network. He will discuss critical issues facing our community and the public attitude towards them.

Aug 23, 2018
Aug 25, 2018
12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Aug 25, 2018
12:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Aug 27, 2018
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Tacoma Dome Revitalization

Over the last 35 years, more than 25 million people have enjoyed world-class entertainment and events at the Tacoma Dome. This summer, the Dome is being enhanced with more than $30 M in capital improvements focused on making the live experience even better. Kim Bedier, Director of Tacoma Venues & Events for the City of Tacoma, will review all the exciting developments and what you can expect once the Dome reopens this fall.”

As Director of Tacoma Venues & Events, Kim is responsible for the iconic Tacoma Dome, one of the world’s largest wood domed structures seating up to 22,000, the Greater Tacoma Convention Center, and Cheney Stadium, the historic Pantages and Rialto Theaters, and Theater on the Square. The City’s Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality and the Special Event Permitting group were recently added to her portfolio. Kim also liaises with Travel Tacoma and South Sound Sports, and is a member of the City’s Executive Leadership team.

Bedier served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Venue Managers in 2015. She is former Chair of the Board of Regents of IAVM’s Venue Management School and Graduate Institute where she has instructed for many years. Bedier also instructs at the annual Asia-Pacific (Australia) Venue Management School and Leadership Institute.

Bedier was named one of five inaugural “Women of Influence” in the venue management industry by Venues Today in 2007. Facilities & Events Management named her one of “Ten Leading Women Venue Executives” in 2016 and an “Entertainment Venue Executive Luminary” in 2017.

Aug 30, 2018

President Tacoma Community College

Having a passion for community college education, Dr. Harrell strives every day to lead a group of professionals in providing the best environment, programs and services students need to complete their academic and career goals.

Dr. Harrell most recently served as the Executive Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs at Georgia Piedmont Technical College. Before Georgia Piedmont, he served as the Vice President of Success at Lone Star College, Dean of Student Services at Anne Arundel Community College, Coordinator for Student Affairs at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, and Assistant to the Vice President at Tallahassee Community College.

Dr. Harrell is a published author, having written or co-written at least eight scholarly articles and book chapters. He has also served as a presenter at numerous local, regional and national conferences and seminars. Dr. Harrell completed his doctor of philosophy degree (Ph.D.) at Florida State University, where he defended his award-winning dissertation, titled, “Using Student Characteristics to Predict the Persistence of Community College Students Enrolled in Online Courses.” He holds a master’s degree (M.Ed.) from Vanderbilt University, and a bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from Wittenberg University.

Sep 06, 2018
Sep 06, 2018
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Sep 06, 2018 1:00 PM
Sep 07, 2018 8:15 AM

Sep 13, 2018

ShelterBox Response Team

You will get an insiders view of what it takes to become a ShelterBox Response Team member. 

Sep 27, 2018