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March/April 2017 Students of the Month
Tacoma Narrows Rotary was honored to recognize the March/April 2017 Curtis Jr. High School Students of the Month. Pictured with Principal Jayne Hofstrand and Tacoma Narrows Rotary President Matt Brown are left to right: Michelle DeLa Cerna; Mason Watamura; Cheyenne Thaxton; Cyrina Spear and Carson Failor.
March/April 2017 Students of the Month plj 2017-05-06 07:00:00Z
Nov/Dec Students of the Month
Nov/Dec Students of the Month Pat Johnson 2016-12-13 00:00:00Z
Welcome Harry!
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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.
 
 
 
October Update - Home coming Photos:
Welcome Harry! Pat Johnson 2016-08-25 00:00:00Z
Copy of Youth Exchange Program

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
 
 
 
 
 
 
Copy of Youth Exchange Program 2016-01-27 00:00:00Z
TNR Volunteer Day
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!!
 
 
 

 

 

 

TNR Volunteer Day Michelle McLean 2015-12-12 00:00:00Z
Wan's Going Away Party

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.
Wan's Going Away Party Pat Johnson 2015-06-10 00:00:00Z
Welcoming Wan Petchbut!
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Tacoma Narrows Rotary Club members have welcomed Wan Petchbut with open arms and hearts, and already have had numerous adventures!
Welcoming Wan Petchbut! Wade Stewart 2014-10-07 00:00:00Z
WE HAVE MOVED - after 20+ years!

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.

WE HAVE MOVED - after 20+ years! Scott Seitz 2014-08-28 00:00:00Z
Welcome to our Full Year Exchange Student, Wan Petchbut!!!!

Wan made an appearance at the Tacoma Narrow Rotary's Tuesday meeting with her host family, the Thompson's!

Welcome to our Full Year Exchange Student, Wan Petchbut!!!! Wade Stewart 2014-08-18 00:00:00Z
SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, August 23, 2014 Pony Up For The Kids!

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For over 21 years, Tacoma Narrows Rotary has held a dinner auction in April or May.  The proceeds from these auctions have funded student scholarships, international water projects, literacy projects, and our support of local non-profits, as well as many other worthy projects that benefit our community, and the world. 

CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR TICKETS

SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, August 23, 2014 Pony Up For The Kids! Wade Stewart 2014-06-08 00:00:00Z
Texas Hold'Em Tournament Fundraiser Complete!

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

 

 

Texas Hold'Em Tournament Fundraiser Complete! Wade Stewart 2014-05-04 00:00:00Z
Tacoma Narrows Rotary Ends 2013 with "The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe"

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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Tacoma Narrows Rotary Ends 2013 with "The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe" Wade Stewart 2013-12-22 00:00:00Z
Tacoma Narrows Rotary Awards Fund-A-Need Recipient Camp Agape NW
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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!
Tacoma Narrows Rotary Awards Fund-A-Need Recipient Camp Agape NW Wade Stewart 2013-09-24 00:00:00Z
Youth Exchange News!

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!

 

Youth Exchange News! Wade Stewart 2013-08-21 00:00:00Z
Courage Classic 2013
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.
Courage Classic 2013 Wade Stewart 2013-08-03 00:00:00Z
Tacoma Narrows Rotary Awards Rotarian of the Year at Charter Celebration
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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.

 

Tacoma Narrows Rotary Awards Rotarian of the Year at Charter Celebration Wade Stewart 2013-06-15 00:00:00Z
Meeting Schedule Change - Tuesday July 2nd

There will be no regular Tuesday morning meeting on July 2nd as it is a holiday week.

Have a safe and happy 4th!

Meeting Schedule Change - Tuesday July 2nd Wade Stewart 2013-05-12 17:32:11Z
Tacoma Narrows Rotary 20th Annual Auction Success!
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.  
Tacoma Narrows Rotary 20th Annual Auction Success! Wade Stewart 2013-05-03 00:00:00Z
October 24th is World Polio Day

On World Polio Day, 24 October, Rotarians around the globe show their support for ending the disease, which still strikes young children in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. 

For more than two decades, eradicating polio has been Rotary's No. 1 priority. Through the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Rotary has come "this close" to its goal. The number of polio cases worldwide has dropped 99 percent since 1985, and the virus remains endemic in only four countries -- Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan. 

India has reported only one case of the virus this year, as of 12 October, compared to 39 cases during the same period in 2010. 

But much work remains. The final 1 percent of cases presents the most difficult and expensive challenge. Failure would open the door to a resurgence of the disease that would put millions of children at risk of lifelong paralysis. Eradicating polio would free up billions of dollars to address other world problems.

October 24th is World Polio Day Scott Seitz 2011-10-24 14:14:32Z
Want to help us make a Community Garden?

August 20th.....this Saturday.  We will start our University Place Community Garden Build.  No experience with gardening needed. We will assemble, level and fill with soil 48 4x12 sites. 

August 20th, Saturday, from 9:30 to 2:00ish will be the day we put our garden together!  Do you think you could help me find some helper?  Here is the plan:

 

The Plan: assemble 48 raised boxes, level then and fill with dirt. 

 

The Location: Evergreen Primary School, 7102 40th Street West, down next to the Soccer Fields               

 

The Teams:  We will need the following teams to pull this off.

1.       Build Teams (2 or 3 people per team)

They get the wood and screws and directions then assemble the boxes

Tools needed: Cordless Drills

2.       Leveling Teams (2 or 3 people per team)

They level the boxes as well as line up the boxes with the site plan

They also drive 2 pieces of rebar in ground anchoring the boxes and keep them from bowing out.

Tools needed: 2 levels per team, shovel, hoe and 3 pound hammer

3.       Soil teams  (3 or 4 people per team)

They fill the new boxes with fresh soil

Tools needed: Wheel Barrows, shovels and rake

 

*All tools brought to the site will be marked so they can find their way home.  Please contact me with the tools you can bring as well as the teams you would like to help on.  We will have ‘recharging’ station for the cordless drills. Bring your charger with you.

 

We will have hot dogs for lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

 

Many hands make like work and this work should be enjoyable.  Please schedule a few hours and make this dream come true….and bring a few friends.

 

www.UPCommunityGarden.org 

 

Please email or call President Scott to tell him you are coming.  253-353-4959 or Scott@SolomanIns.com  

 

 

Want to help us make a Community Garden? Scott Seitz 2011-08-12 00:00:00Z
Silent Auction Item: Casitas

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Coming to our Polo Tournament are some GREAT vacation getaways in our Silent Auction.  Check out this one!

Silent Auction Item: Casitas Wade Stewart
Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament!!!

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.

 

Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament!!! Scott Seitz
More "Newest Rotarians in the World"

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.

More "Newest Rotarians in the World" Scott Seitz
Polio survivor and Proud Rotarian

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

Polio survivor and Proud Rotarian Scott Seitz
Happy Birthday Rotary!!!

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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Happy Birthday Rotary!!! Scott Seitz
Singing Christmas Carols? Tacoma Narrows?

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.

Singing Christmas Carols? Tacoma Narrows? Scott Seitz
Santa Helpers from Tacoma Narrows Rotary

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.

Santa Helpers from Tacoma Narrows Rotary Scott Seitz