Speaker Date Topic
Rotary scholarship winners May 24, 2018
The winners plans
Linda Estes, Chair of the End of Life Options W May 31, 2018
End of Life Options Working Group c/o Linda Estes, 2209 S. Highlands Blvd., West Richland, WA 99353

This presentation will inform members about the Death with Dignity Act.  Eligibility requirements, the process one goes through, and the available protocols will be explained.  Local resources for more information and support will be provided.


Linda Estes helped her father end his life using the Death with Dignity Act in January 2016.  Because of the difficulties faced by her family in accessing the Act, she has worked to improve access and awareness for this option in the Tri-Cities area.

Dr. Andrew Sund, President of Heritage University Jun 07, 2018
Heritage University Making a Difference

Heritage University is a unique institution of higher education in Eastern Washington that plays an important role in preparing underserved populations. President will talk about Heritage’s history and his vision for the future.


Andrew C. Sund, Ph.D., is the new President at Heritage University. Dr Sund is the past president of St. Augustine College in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Sund joined Heritage July 1, 2017, ending an eight-month search conducted by a seven-member selection committee. Dr. Sund will be only the third president at Heritage since its founding in 1982. Prior to joining Heritage University, Dr. Sund was President of St. Augustine College in Chicago, IL.

Dr. Sund received a Bachelor’s degree in History and Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master’s degree in History from Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Geoff Jones Assistant Clinical Dean, Eastern Jun 14, 2018
what UW Med School is doing in Eastern Washington?

Dr Jones is a 1996 graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine and completed his Family Medicine residency training in Spokane in 1999. He then worked in Bethel, AK for almost 3 years before relocating to Newport, WA. He has lived and worked in Newport for over 15. Years, practicing full scope family medicine including operative obstetrics and endoscopy. He was named the Washington State Family Physician of the Year in 2016. Columbia Center Rotary Program Speaker Information He has been involved in medical education throughout his career. He frequently taught students in Bethel and Newport, and taught clinical skills to 2nd year students at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Spokane. In 2017 he assumed the role of Assistant Clinical Dean for Eastern and Central WA for the UWSOM and has been enjoying working with communities in the region to develop and support medical education in the region. His wife, Shannon Radke, is also a family physician in Newport, and they have 2 children.

Sherry Emery, Executive Administrative Jun 21, 2018
The Arc of Tri-Cities, a community member since 1950

How The Arc of Tri-Cities has helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. BIOGRAPHY: Sherry is a widow, and the mother of 42-year-old Chris, a man who lives with Down Syndrome. Sherry also is on staff at The Arc of Tri-Cities, a non-profit agency whose mission is to promote the rights of all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Sherry has a unique perspective on the workings of The Arc.

Dylan and Randy Way Jun 28, 2018
Pompy’s Lessons rotation program

 DESCRIPTION OF TOPIC:  Sharing the development of a rotation program for Rotarian’s to become hands on participants with Pompy’s Lesson

Alysia Johnson, Jul 05, 2018
women helping women fund

Alysia Johnson joined Women Helping Women Fund Tri-Cities as the Executive Coordinator in April of 2015 after attending the luncheon for years.  Alysia's extensive fundraising experience has paved the way for her to fit right into the WHWFTC organization.

Prior to assuming her current position Alysia was a stay at home mom for 7 years which was extremely rewarding.  She was blessed to be able to spend quality time with her daughter and be available and involved with her son during his teenage years.  Thru these years Alysia also served on a few boards.  Past board member of Tri-Cities Food Bank and current board member of the Children's Reading Foundation and Domestic Violence Services of Benton & Franklin Counties (past board chair).  She was a graduate of Leadership Tri-Cities class XI and past LTC board member.

Alysia's career initially was in banking which lead her through many sides of the industry.  From teller, new accounts, loan officer, assistant manager in branches to credit analyst & executive administrative assistant in the commercial loan department.

She is excited to take the culmination of her experience to the organization and work hard for our community.  Alysia is married to her best friend, Derek and has 2 fabulous kids, Bradley & Sierra.  She is passionate about giving back and helping others where she lives.

Club Members Jul 12, 2018
Rotary international conference report
Ruben Peralta and Philippa Sonnichs Jul 19, 2018
Tri-Cities Immigrant Coalition
RYLA Attendees Jul 26, 2018
Report on Camp
Congressional Representative Dan NewHouse Aug 02, 2018
Subject of importance
Leslie Olds Aug 09, 2018
Cavacade of Authors Event
district Governor Aug 16, 2018
Ruben Peralta and Philippa Sonnichsen Aug 30, 2018
Immigration and Its Effects on our Economy and Culture

The presentation will include a description of the many ways that immigrants, including undocumented immigrants, contribute to our local and national economy. Additionally, we will talk about how our country appeals to immigrants because they are looking for communities that offer good jobs, good schools, safe neighborhoods and the freedoms guaranteed by our Bill of Rights and the Constitution. They are willing to work hard to make the American Dream their reality.

BIOGRAPHY: Ruben Peralta, and immigrant himself, has performed a variety of management positions in the financing and banking industries and is currently the Community and Tribal Engagement Specialist for the Greater Columbia Accountable Community of Health. He was also a small-business owner. His roles have afforded him a certain level of expertise on business trends and the demographics and other factors that drive them. Philippa Sonnichsen is also an immigrant who grew up in Washington and received a chemical engineering degree from WSU. Philippa is Co-Chair of the Media and Communications Committee of the Tri-Cities Immigrant Coalition.

Dr Farion Williams, MD Associate Dean of ED Sep 06, 2018
Associate Dean of Clinical Education, WSU
Todd Kleppin, National Executive Director Sep 13, 2018
The Need for Reconnecting the Generations

We have a growing crisis in America that is leading to a number of destructive choices by young people. The problem is that our generations are disconnected. More than ever, youth are left on their own to discover their identity and purpose. They feel disconnected from older generations, but long for their love, support, and guidance. We’ll discuss how we as leaders can implement change locally and nationally.

BIOGRAPHY: Todd Kleppin, Executive Director of Christian Association of Youth Mentoring (CAYM), is passionate about “reconnecting the generations” equipping youth with hope, resilience, and life-skills, while empowering older people to leave a lasting legacy. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Youth Ministry from Corban University and has been working with Youth for over 25 years. Before serving for CAYM, he was the Founding Executive Director for Ignite Youth Mentoring, an Independent Consultant for non-profits, Site Coordinator for Columbia Center Rotary Program Speaker Information Communities In Schools, and as Pastor of Student Ministries in churches around the Northwest. In his free time, Todd enjoys spending time with his wife of 25 years, Wendy, and three young adult kids, Pearl, Hank, and Albert. – as well as playing sports and volunteering in the community and at his church.