Posted by P. Anthony Michaelson
Ring the Bell: Mel rang the bell at 7:30am.
Invocation: Dan Rioux; Pledge: Tacoma Mayor, Marilyn Strickland; Song: Hal Cline; 4 Way Test: Peter Glein
Visiting Rotarians: One Rotary guest who didn’t sign in.
Guest of Rotarians: Hunter Rioux, Lyn Junge, Mac Pinch kids and Marlo DeSantis kids.
Reports and Announcements:
- Dragon Boat Races – Brett. They looked good riding the JBLM Dragon Boat wake. Gig Harbor placed 3rd.
- Women’s Prison Mentoring Meeting – Juanita needs 10 more mentors. Additional information can be found on Facebook.
- Birthdays - Walt Paulson. Paul Alvestad, Mark Hoppen, Zach Lester, Peter Stanley, Rod Ladd, John Hopkins, Don “Captain” Buchanan, Eldon Wiggs.
- Induction – Duane Fister and Dave Morris. New member is Norma Whitacre.
- Paul Harris Awards – Bob Martin. Tim Williams, Rod Ladd and George Bonney. Each participant was honored with 2nd, 3rd, and 4th awards.
Fine Master – John Winslow.
We had a sort of egg name game that garnered a few bucks and it was a good way to recognize a few people.
Happy Bucks Raffle, Larry Olson.
10 free tickets next week—Jan Martin. Pot, Bob Martin $15.00. Are the Martin’s controlling the Pot???
PROGRAM: Tacoma Mayor, Marilyn Strickland
The Mayor gave us a brief review of how she landed in Tacoma. She came from a military family and spent time at Fort Lewis. Marilyn graduated from UW, moved to Atlanta for graduate school and returned to Tacoma. Why did she become Mayor of Tacoma? She was tired of people trashing Tacoma and wanted to turn this around.
One goal was Education. Improving the graduation rate was an 8 yr. goal. During her tenure, the rate went from 59% to 82%. “We raise strong children.”
Growth through national recognition has caused a rental crisis. Pierce County was recently rated one of the fastest growing counties in the U.S. Another goal is….Tacoma needs family wage jobs and people to fill skilled jobs. Marilyn organized a new effort “Tacoma Works” to assist those people in gaining employment and training. For the next 10 years, the employment index looks very strong.
Notes by Tony Michaelson