Speaker Date Topic
Chelsea Minkler Oct 25, 2018
Gates Foundation Polio Team
Gates Foundation Polio Team


Polio eradication is one of the  top priorities for the Gates Foundation, and as a major supporter of the Global Polio Eradiaction Initiative, we contribute technical and financial resources to accelerate targeted vaccination campaigns, community mobilization, and routine immunizations. We also partner to improve polio surveillance and outbreak response; develop safer, more effective vaccines; and galvanize financial and political support for polio eradication efforts.

We have a unique ability to contribute by taking big risks and making nontraditional investments. Examples include our investments in vaccine research; our funding of geographic information system (GIS) maps to replace hand-drawn maps for campaign planning; and our establishment of emergency operations centers in Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

Chelsea Minkler is a Program Officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation providing advocacy and communications support for polio eradication. She has worked at the foundation for the past seven years on polio eradication, vaccine delivery and child health. Prior to joining the foundation, she had roles at Lake Partners Strategy Consultants, the Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development and the United States Mission to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. She will share an update on the status of the work of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s partnership with Rotary International.  


Veterans Day Program Nov 01, 2018
Cornerstone Financial Strategies Nov 08, 2018
Thursday at 5
Thursday at 5
Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib Nov 15, 2018

Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and moved with his family to Washington state at the age of eight. He grew up in east King County and graduated from the Bellevue International School before attending Columbia University, Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and Yale Law School where he served as editor of the Yale Law Journal. He is also a Truman Scholar and a Soros Fellow.


After receiving his law degree, Lieutenant Governor Habib returned to Washington state to practice law at Perkins Coie, the region’s largest law firm, where he helped startup technology companies raise venture capital funds and license their software.


He represented east King County in the Washington State House of Representatives and the State Senate. In 2016 he was elected Washington’s 16th Lieutenant Governor, becoming the youngest presiding officer in the country. In his role as Lieutenant Governor, Habib presides over the State Senate, serves as acting-Governor when the Governor is out of the state.


A three-time cancer survivor, Lieutenant Governor Habib has been fully blind since age eight. His parents immigrated to the U.S. from Iran before he was born, and he is both the first and only Iranian-American official to hold statewide elected office in the United States.


Lieutenant Governor Habib serves on the boards of a number of civic and nonprofit organizations. Since 2013, Lieutenant Governor Habib has served as a Professor and Distinguished Lawmaker in Residence at Seattle University Law School.

Jackie Flowers Nov 29, 2018
Tacoma Public Utilities
Tacoma Public Utilities

Jackie Flowers is the Director of Tacoma Public Utilities, a municipally-owned utility providing electric, water and rail service to Tacoma and the surrounding area. TPU was founded in 1893 and is one of the largest public power utilities in the country serving approximately 176,000 electric customers and 100,000 water customers. Flowers, who was recently appointed at TPU, has just reported for duty on August 1, 2018. She is the first female to be permanently appointed to the Director/CEO position in TPUs 125 year history.

Prior to joining TPU, Flowers served for 12-years as General Manager of Idaho Falls Power providing electric and fiber optic service to the city of Idaho Falls, Idaho.  Flowers was the first female to be permanently appointed to the General Manager position in Idaho Falls Power’s 106 year history. Prior to that, Flowers served as Public Works Director in Sheridan, Wyoming. Flowers is a Civil Engineer with 25 years’ experience, 18 of which has been managing publicly owned utilities.

Prior to moving to Washington, Flowers served as the Governor appointed Chair of the Board of Directors for the Strategic Energy Alliance representing public power interests in Idaho and was also appointed by the Governor to the Idaho Energy Resources Authority board. She served as the Board Chair for the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems for 2-1/2 years and was the first woman to hold that seat. She was previously the Northwest Public Power Association President to the Board of Trustees.

Flowers was designated by the Idaho Business Review as a 2017 Idaho’s Women of the Year recipient. And most recently recognized for her service by the Partnership for Science and Technology and the Utah Associate Municipal Power Systems.

Flowers is Past President of Idaho Falls Rotary Club #1021 (2012-13), Paul Harris Society, Paul Harris Fellow +5, Benefactor, Bequest Society Level 1, Sustaining Member, and Every Rotarian Every Year.  Flowers has served on the Board of Directors for the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, Committee Chair for the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Collier Science, Energy & Technology Committee, and as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Partnership for Science & Technology.

Jacob and Renata Dec 20, 2018
Holiday Program

Be entertained by our talented Rotarians and learn about the celebration of holidays in Norway and Paraguay. 

Ana Mari Cauce Jan 17, 2019
President, University of Washinton
President, University of Washinton
Maralise Hood Quan Feb 21, 2019
Civility In Polarized Times
Civility In Polarized Times

 Learn the key tools on how to engage in civil dialog when faced with disagreements and receive information on The Center’s work to make this a reality in our community. 

Maralise, and her husband Julio (former Rotary 8 member), chose to “retire” in Tacoma because 20 years ago Tacoma was internationally known for successful community response to violence. Since 2007, Maralise has brought her academic interests of conflict resolution, international relations, anthropology, and law to her work as the Executive Director of the Center for Dialog & Resolution.  She shares her enthusiasm for lifelong learning and her curiosity about what motivates each of us to help make our community a better place. Her background with Julio at the United Nations University for Peace Conflict Resolution Program and the years of work in violent settings, brings an optimistic approach that encourages us all to be better!