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Welcome to Tacoma North Rotary

Tacoma North

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
C I Shenanigan's
3017 Ruston Way
Tacoma, WA  98402
United States
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Jonathan Jackson- Click for more info
Dec 18, 2018
Palmer Scholars-Serving the Whole Scholar
Wendy Morris- Click for more info
Jan 08, 2019
Project Homeless Connect
Craig Roberts- Click for more info
Jan 15, 2019
Domestic violence: Victims' needs and resources
Pastor Bruce Walmer- Click for more info
Jan 29, 2019
An up-close view of homelessness
Tacoma North Rotary

Tacoma North Rotary is partnering with COFIA (Circle Of Friends in Action) on a series of projects in eastern Uganda. These projects started with a request for help from COFIA to help make improvements to a school in Tororo, in the Bukedi sub-region of Uganda, close to the Kenyan border. Upon further involvement with COFIA, the need for clean water and finding a way for citizens to more sustainably grow and harvest food became apparent. This discovery has led to additional projects focused on drilling water wells, and developing a demonstration farm in the region.

Water Wells

Currently, 61% of Ugandans lack access to safe water and 75% do not have access to improved sanitation facilities. Tacoma North Rotary Club, along with COFIA and others, have raised funds for two water wells this area of Uganda—one in Busia Village and one in Peta Village. The access these wells provide to clean drinking water closer to home means that more children are able to attend school regularly because the daily chore of fetching water (from unsanitary sources, miles from home) has been alleviated. These wells service some 2,000 people and will also provide irrigation for an additional project—the demonstration farm.
Funding for the Water Wells was also provided by the Rotary Clubs of Willetton/Perth, Australia; Tacoma #8, and Clover Park.
Demonstration Farm
Hunger also is common in this area of Uganda. The average annual income in the Bukedi sub-region—in which Tororo is the largest town—is $455 per year. Bukedi is the poorest sub-region in all of Uganda. We are currently working with COFIA and other organizations to develop a demonstration farm that will train citizens to farm more sustainably and efficiently for their own families. Citizens will also learn how to raise crops for market. Here, Cissy scans the landscape where she and her mother grow maize and other crops. She told the COFIA team that she believes sunshine is the cause of hunger because if the sun wouldn't shine, their crops wouldn't die. "If mom's crops had water all year, there would be no hunger," she says.
The children in these communities frequently are responsible for tending the family farm plot. This is Mary, 12 years old.. She and her mother grow sorghum and corn on land that is owned by the elderly woman her mother works for. When she and her family run out of food from their farmplot, they wander the countryside looking for fruit and ground nuts to eat.
Patience, 8 years old, helps her family grow and harvest maize, sorghum, sweet potatoes and pumpkins. Her primary job for the family is to gather firewood. Her father is ill and makes money for the family by selling papaya and jackfruit he picks in the surrounding countryside.


Mutuba Tree Fencelines

A sub-project of the demonstration farm is raising money to purchase Mutuba trees (a variety of fig tree) for use in building a live fenceline to protect the demonstration farm from animals. The trees will be planted as fencepost and they will grow into live trees, providing soil stability, shade, and much-needed tree cover in a country where deforestation is at critical levels. At right is a photo of a mature mutuba tree fenceline in Uganda.

You may purchase Mutuba Trees <<here (to come)>> and we will send you a thank you card, explaining how your gift helps real people in real need. These cards make perfect gifts in any amount.



The Tacoma North Rotary mission focuses especially on youth.  Some of our efforts include:

-iPads for classrooms of autistic kids

-College scholarships for minority students through Palmer Scholars Foundation

-Bicycles for kids in partnership with the boys and girls clubs

-Weekend food backpacks for disadvantaged students in partnership with Food Connection at St Leo's

-School supplies for disadvantaged students

-Support for the fight to eradicate polio through the Rotary International Polio Plus Program:

-Uganda water well and demonstration farm project

iPads for Autism is a multi-year effort to provide iPads for use in the Tacoma School District autism classrooms, a service that experimental programs  at Mary Lyon and Reed elementary schools found to be a very successful learning tool for these special needs students.  This year’s effort completed the initial project for the Tacoma School district.  See the Tacoma School District story on this project on the Tacoma Public Schools website at 
  And visit to see the story of young student Micah's experience learning to communicate with the iPad 
Earth Day
Tacoma North Rotarians help plant 70 trees October 14 around Reed Elementary school in observance of Earth Day.   Tacoma School District, the City of Tacoma and local community groups teamed up to accomplish a community building project that will better improve the air quality and aesthetic in the Jennie Reed neighborhood.  Visit  for more details.
Tacoma North supports Palmer Scholars
The Palmer Scholars mission, like Tacoma North Rotary, focuses on helping youth in the greater Tacoma area.  In addition to financial assistance, TNR Rotarians  help Palmer Scholars staff review scholarship applications and provide mentors to successful students.

"No Straw" Initiative

Recently our Club members and guests learned more about the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium "No Straw" initiative. Plastic drinking straws are one of the major polluters degrading our waterways and oceans.  Suzanne showed us ways we can help keep plastics out of our waterways and how conservation can be fun! Club members will be inviting Shenanigans to join the No Straw initiative by eliminating straws from our meetings. All are welcome at our weekly meetings. Stop on by Tuesdays at noon at Shenanigans. #rotary #rotary5020#makingadifference

Officers and Chairs
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Past District Governor
Asst. Treasurer
Chair- The Rotary Foundation
Chair- Community Service & Grants
Chair- International Service
Chair- Literacy
Chair- Membership
Chair- Annual Auction
Tacoma North Rotary Mailing Address
Tacoma North Rotary
PO Box 7792
Tacoma, WA  98417-0792