from Editor Don
This week's speaker was Pamela Duncan from the Metropolitan Development Council in Tacoma and Pierce County.
The MDC is an area-wide community action agency, providing a variety of services to local folks in need.  It is one of over 1000 such agencies nationwide, which saw their roots in Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty some 55 years ago.  These agencies basic goals are changing lives to make America a better place to live - and they are making important progress in doing just that.
Our local MDC provides services in the areas of Health, Housing, Education, Employment and Community Services, most of these across the entire County.  They run affordable housing units, provide student counseling and support, offer Adult educational assistance and operate an Employment opportunity center in addition to an in-patient de-toxification clinic.  The Club has started working on collecting bedding for that clinic, which Ms Duncan identified as an urgent need. 
This was an eye-opening presentation, which helped Midday Rotarians better understand the needs of our local community!