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Club & Meeting Location

We meet Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
Tower Lanes Entertainment Center
6323 6th Ave
Mail: PO Box 64301
Tacoma, WA  98467
United States
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Tacoma Narrows Rotary welcomes our 2016-2017 Inbound Exchange Student Jung-Jen Chen, or Harry as he wants to be called. Harry is presenting President Matt Brown with a flag from Harry's home Rotary Club in Taiwan. We look forward to getting to know Harry and he will be attending classes at Curtis High School.
 

 

As a Rotary Youth Exchange student, you’ll spend up to a year living with host families and attending school in a different country.

 
Whether you participate in Rotary’s long-term or short-term Youth Exchange programs, you’ll learn a new way of living, a great deal about yourself, and maybe even a new language. You’ll also be an ambassador, teaching people you meet about your country, culture, and ideas. You can help bring the world closer – and make some good friends in the process.
 
For over 75 years, students and host families have broadened their horizons through Rotary Youth Exchange. More than 80 countries and over 8,000 students each year participate in the program, which is administered at the regional level by Rotary districts and at the local level by Rotary clubs.
 

Globally minded

Rotary clubs are made up of volunteers who are involved in community service, emphasize high ethical standards, and work toward peace and understanding in the world. Over 1.2 million Rotarians in more than 32,000 clubs create the extensive network that provides support for Youth Exchange.

A commitment to youth

Rotary maintains a strong connection to youth and young adults. Besides Youth Exchange, Rotary clubs sponsor youth service clubs such as Interact Rotaract , and RYLA and offer career development and mentoring programs.
Rotary is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for all participants in its programs, including Youth Exchange.
 

Low costs

Rotary club volunteers administer the program at the local level, which helps keep costs low for students and their families. These volunteers often offer years of experience with students, host families, and fellow Rotarians who are involved in the program.
“What a wonderful opportunity I was given, from both the Rotary club and my family, to spread my wings, taste the culture, and live the life.” 
– U.S. exchange student to Australia
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
District Governor Rose Bowman presented the 100% Sustaining Member banner to President Joe Veliz and Foundation Chair Len Smith. This is the 3rd year in a row that Tacoma Narrows has achieved this distinction.
 

 
 
We had such a wonderful time volunteering at Emergency Food Network!!! Volunteers at EFN packed over 1,200 bags with food so our local kiddos would have meals and snacks over winter break. :) Katy ran the front line, Kenn #1 unpacked boxes like crazy while Ken #2 threw in the cereal. Larry worked the juice line, Michelle & Shelly counted granola bars, Leigh Ann grabbed the toothbrushes and Scott, Rob and Jill stuffed everything in the bags! WHOO HOOO!!
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
If Rotarians see a need in the community, we do something about it.
 
Rotarians team up with our friends from the non-profit Peace Out organization to help a neighbor in need. A local homeowner needed help controlling her yard. It was over grown but not any more: 27 Rotarians and friend pitch in to take back a lovely yard. More photos on our Facebook page just search Tacoma Narrows Rotary.
 
Here is a partial list of local business men and women who helped out on a raining Saturday:
 
 

Saying Goodbye

It is difficult to believe that we have had the privilege of hosting Wan for nearly a year, but it is true. Wan is a warm, outgoing, friendly, articulate, curious and charming young woman. She was an honored graduate of Curtis High School where she participated in numerous sports and activities. Wan has endeared herself to all who meet her and she has won a place in our hearts forever. We return you to your family and trust you are returning richer for your experiences and with many, many new friends. Thank you Wan! You have been a wonderful Ambassador for your country of Thailand and we look forward to hearing of your future successes. The book is to remind you of your friends here in Washington and the map is to help you find your way back.
 

 
Save the date: SATURDAY, AUGUST 22, 2015 11 a.m to 3 p.m. Where: the Tacoma Polo Club in Roy (202 288th St So, Roy 98580)
 
Get Tickets now!  http://PonyUp4kids.eventbrite.com
 
 
Our club will be having our 2nd Annual 'Pony Up for the Kids' Polo Tournament. Technically it is a fund raiser but really designed this to be fun afternoon for the entire family: activities for the kids, Fancy Hat contest, dressage presentation and the polo tournament.
 
Best part is all of the money raised goes back into our community. Please share with your friends.
 
 
 
 
Tacoma Narrows Rotary Club members have welcomed Wan Petchbut with open arms and hearts, and already have had numerous adventures!
 
 
 

Starting Tuesday, September 2nd, we will be meeting at Tower Lanes Bowling Center at 6323 6th Ave, Tacoma.

We are very grateful to the Fircrest Golf Club for giving us a home for the past 20 years. We will miss the staff as well as the beautiful grounds.

Come join us at the same day and time (Tuesdays at 7:00) and see our new home. Please note, until Rotary International 'recognizes' our move and it trickles down to everyone, some websites will show the old place.

 

 
 

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Our 2nd Texas Hold'Em Tournament Fundraiser on March 29, 2014 Was A Stunning Success!

 

 

 
 
 
 

Rotarians and their guests enjoyed Lakewood Playhouse's production of "The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe" on Sunday, December 22nd.

 

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President Jay Mosser and Past President Pat Johnson present our Fund-A-Need recipient Camp Agape (represented by Emily John) with our fund raising check of $35,000 to help kids and their families as they battle cancer. Congratulations and keep up the great work!
 
 
 

In August, the Tacoma Narrows Rotary enjoyed the return and departure of students on Youth Exchange, as well as welcoming some new international students who've come to enjoy some time here in the Pacific Northwest!

 

 
 
 
Tacoma Narrows Rotary kicked off work to support this great yearly event Saturday August 3rd by washing and preparing over 500 potatoes for hungry riders of the Courage Classic 2013.
 
 
 

June 15th, 2013

Today at Fircrest Park’s Pavilion, the Tacoma Narrows Rotary Club gathered for the annual charter event celebrating the works of the previous presidency and welcoming new leadership.

 

 
 
 
A HUGE thank you to everyone who made this year's 20th anniversary auction the best yet!

We raised $34,450 for Camp Agape NW and total fundraising was over $100,000!!!  Nothing short of amazing.  
 
 
 

Enjoy playing Texas No Hold'em Poker.....thing you are good.....and would like to support our Rotary club's passions for improving our community? Then you have come to the right place.

 

 
 
 

Our club has enjoyed great growth in membership this year.  Two of our newest Rotarians are Grant Blinn and Wade Stewart. Grant is a Prosecuting Attorney with Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney's Office and Wade is the Owner of Stewart & Son Computer Services.  Welcome to our club, gentleman.

 

 
 

Ten days before his 21st birthday, David Goldstone lay in a hospital bed near Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, his arms and legs paralyzed by polio, his body gripped by fever and in terrible pain. His hospital admission form read, "Life expectancy: 24 hours."

Six days later, Goldstone emerged from a semicoma and was moved out of isolation into a children's ward; adult polio victims were and still are relatively rare. "You will probably never walk again," the hospital’s chief medical officer told him.

"I will," Goldstone replied.

His story

By Dan Nixon
Rotary International News -- 27 December 2011

 
 
 

On February 23, 107 years ago, four men met for the first time in a small Chicago office.

Little did they know that from their association an international organization would grow to over 1.2 million members and have clubs in almost every country on the planet.

But that’s exactly what happen: Happy Birthday Rotary.

I am often asked, "What does Rotary do?" My answer has been the same over the past 15 years: we are group of business men and women in the community making our neighborhood, city, state, nation and the world a better place. Basically that’s just a textbook definition. A simple answer to give if we were in line at Safeway. But Rotary is so much more.

The more I hear what Rotarians are doing around the world, the more overwhelmed I get with that question. What do we do? Really?

  • We are dedicated to ridding the world of polio and other diseases
  • We are determined to build a better future through educating children everywhere
  • We are serving our communities with hands-on projects
  • We are bringing hope to people in need

How do we do it: Well,.........
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It is true, we are not a singing club but being part of the Duck the Halls community event could not be passed up.  This event went so smooth that they were a head of the 'scheduled' times by over a half and hour.......Our ringers were not present.  So the president did what any scared to death person does: grab anyone he knew from the crouwd.  We are the group singing 33 seconds in.

 
 
 

This article was published in the UP Patch on line newspaper 12/23/2011

 

Armed with only a smart phone for navigation and a sleigh full of presents, Santa’s Helpers from Tacoma Narrows Rotary club delivered Christmas wishes to 5 local families last night.  At this time of year, the local Rotary club adopts several families who need a little help making this Christmas special.  It is not the largest project the club does, but it is one of our most important ones.  President Scott Seitz said "The best present I purchased this year was for the seven year old boy that wanted a Hot Wheel set. He is going to love it.”  Mrs. Santa (Eileen Oye) said it best: "On a cold winter night, we are warmed by the opportunity to bring some joy to others for Christmas."

 

Pictured below from left to right: Rita, Exchange Student from Taiwan, Pat Johnson, President Elect and the Chair of Helping Hands Eileen Oye. Image

 

Tacoma Narrows Rotary club is comprised of 44 business men and women making the community and world a better place. Since 1970 the club has raised and invested $755,694 into our community, nation and the world.

 

 
 
 
Pony Up 4 the Kids Fundraiser 2016
 
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Practicing peace
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Charity Navigator upgrades Rotary Foundation’s rating
The Rotary Foundation has received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S. In the most recent ratings, released on 1 September, The Rotary Foundation earned the maximum 100 points for both financial health and accountability and transparency. The ratings reflect how efficiently Charity Navigator believes the Foundation will use donations, how well it has sustained programs and services, and its level of commitment to good governance and openness. In the previous rating, the Foundation had received 97 points.
eBay Live Auctions that benefit Rotary
Each month, eBay, the world’s largest auction website, selects a set of upcoming Live Auction events and donates a portion of all sales proceeds to Rotary. Only U.S. auction sales are eligible. See the schedule of September auctions.
Rotary district collecting relief funds for Louisiana flood victims
Rotary clubs of District 6200 are collecting relief funds to help thousands of victims after record flooding devastated communities in southern Louisiana, USA, earlier this month. Torrential rains caused rivers, streams, and bayous to swell, damaging or destroying more than 60,000 homes and killing at least 13 people. The U.S. Coast Guard and emergency responders helped rescue more than 30,000 residents from the rising flood waters. As of 25 August, more than 3,000 residents were still in emergency shelters even after the water receded. Donate to District 6200 disaster relief fund.