Speaker Date Topic
District Governor Lorna Curtis Oct 28, 2021
Official Visit
Official Visit

Lorna has been a Rotarian since 1997. She has been a club president, secretary, membership chair and the event chair for many fundraisers. She has been district, secretary, youth policy coordinator, Rotary Foundation Fundraiser and an AG. She brought 10 Rotary Clubs together in Victoria to raise a half a million dollars to support the Food Rescue Project (getting perishable food items from grocery stores gleaned and cleaned, then distributed to vulnerable populations in the community).

Lorna’s education background is in Public Administration. She spent 37 years working in municipal government, 31 of these years was in Parks and Recreation finishing her career as the Director of Oak Bay Parks and Recreation Department in Victoria, British Columbia.

Lorna was a single mom, solely raising her sons from the age of 7 and 10. She is most proud of the men her sons have become, one is a Professor at Stanford University and the other is an Electrician. Lorna loves to spend time with her two granddaughters 6 and 9 years of age who live in San Francisco.

Since retirement she has travelled extensively around the world embracing many adventures throughout her travels. She enjoys old movies, loves to cook, garden and entertain.

Colonel Christopher Hall Nov 04, 2021
Celebrating Veterans - Report from the Deputy Garrison Commander
Celebrating Veterans - Report from the Deputy Garrison Commander

Colonel Christopher Hall is the deputy commander at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, and commander of the 627th Air Base Group. As the JBLM deputy commander, he and the JBLM commander are responsible for an organization comprised of more than 290,000 people within 414,000 acres. Along with the JBLM commander, Colonel Hall is responsible for installation management, facility maintenance and construction, environmental protection, housing, emergency management, communication systems, security and law enforcement, fire protection, dining, lodging, recreational services, human resources management, supply and vehicle fleet management.

As 627th ABG commander, Colonel Hall is responsible for organizing, training and equipping more than 800 Airmen in five squadrons and the Chaplain and Equal Opportunity offices to execute installation support at JBLM and provide Expeditionary Combat Support to military operations worldwide. Prior to his current assignment, Colonel Hall was the deputy commander of the 87th Mission Support Group, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey.

Colonel Hall was born in Jonesboro, Louisiana, and earned his commission from Grambling State University, Louisiana, through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training School in February 1999.

Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters , Air Force Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal, NATO Medal

Willie Stewart Nov 18, 2021
High school sports in Tacoma and the current challenges
High school sports in Tacoma and the current challenges

Wiilie Stewart is a Native Texan who was an educatorfor the  Tacoma School District from 1960-1990.  Willie is the retired Assistant Superintentient of the Tacoma School District and also retired from the Army reserves in 1990. He is a long time community volunteer serving on the Tacoma Atletic Comminssion since 1971 the Boys & Girls Club since 1970.  Willie received his education at Texas Southern University, Pacific Lutheran University and University of Washington

He will present information on the challenges to high school sports including

  • Eligilibility
  • Open enrollment
  • Scheduling – non conference
  • Cost of officials and operations
  • Lack of volunteers
  • Lack of school based coaches
  • Titlte 9 implementation
Ken Maaz Dec 02, 2021
Everyone Deserves Their Best Life
Everyone Deserves Their Best Life

Be inspired by the miracles that are created every day for the most vulnerable children in our community and the stories of the people who make them possible at Ashley House Northwest.

Ken Maaz is in the 47th year of a career that has included work for county and state juvenile services agencies in Texas and for the last 35 years as the chief executive of several northwest non-profits.  He has been with Ashley House for nine years and plans to make this his last agency home.  He loves his work, the mission of Ashley House, its wonderful kids, and his exceptional Ashley House family.  A graduate of Baylor University where he majored in Social Work, he also possesses a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Washington, and he recently completed his doctoral studies in leadership and learning in organizations at Vanderbilt University. When not working Ken stays busy with his four year old, Mikey, his husband, Miguel, their five dogs, and their soon to completed school bus conversion into a camper.   

Robb Krehbiel Feb 03, 2022
How You Can Help Orcas
How You Can Help Orcas

One of the biggest threats to orcas and Puget Sound is polluted stormwater runoff, but fortunately, there are ways that everyone living in western Washington can take action and keep this pollution out of the Sound and away from endangered orcas.

 Robb Krehbiel is the Green Stormwater Program Manager for the Pierce Conservation District where he helps homeowners, community groups, and businesses in Pierce County build pollinator and rain gardens, remove lawns and concrete, and harvest rain water. These projects not only help beautify neighborhoods; they also reduce polluted stormwater runoff from reaching Puget Sound. Robb lives in Tacoma’s South End (Blueberry Park Neighborhood).

Maryann Woodruff, MD, FAAP Apr 07, 2022
Reach Out and Read
Reach Out and Read

Dr. Woodruff graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 1983. She works in Tacoma, WA and 1 other location and specializes in Adolescent Medicine, Internal Medicine/Pediatrics and Pediatrics. Dr. Woodruff is affiliated with Tacoma General Hospital and St Francis Hospital