Speaker Date Topic
Steve Crider of Viva Farms Apr 13, 2020
Preserving Sustainable Farming
Preserving Sustainable Farming

Viva Farms’ aim is to preserve sustainable farming by creating a strong and just local food system. Viva Farms empowers aspiring and limited-resource farmers by providing bilingual training in holistic organic farming practices, as well as access to land, infrastructure, equipment, marketing and capital. Established in 2009, it is a non-profit Farm Business Incubator and Training Program that operates two locations in Skagit County and one in King County. Viva lowers the barriers for beginning farmers to create opportunities for success, has educated over 900 small farmers (150+ Spanish speakers) in sustainable organic farming, and is currently incubating 24 independent farm businesses (7 Latino owned).

Steve Crider, Viva’s Farm-to-School Lead, has spent his professional working life in the organic food and agriculture movement. Steve is deeply committed to collaborating with others to create a more sustainable and just food system. Prior to joining Viva Farms, his work includes time with Amy’s Kitchen, Cascadian Farm and CF Fresh (Viva Tierra). For the past four years he has served on the Board of Directors of Oregon Tilth until stepping down in June 2018. Steve set off for Japan in 1983 to meet Masanobu Fukuoka, author of One Straw Revolution and eventually spent nine years there where he helped found the organic food import company, Taneyama ga Hara, Ltd. On the local front here in Skagit County, Steve has volunteered with the Burlington-Edison School system, and served on the Boards of Directors for Neighbors in Need Foodbank, META Performing Arts and Burlington Little School. Steve was the 2012 recipient of the annual “The Flash of Silver” Award for local food security endeavors.

Stefan Landvogt of Microsoft Apr 20, 2020
Engineering Virtual Reality for Everyone
Engineering Virtual Reality for Everyone

Along with Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) is an emerging technology that became broadly available to the public in the recent years. Even Rotary harnesses the immersive power of virtual reality; it connects people on a visceral, personal level in a way that words simply can’t. Rotary used VR events to raise awareness about fighting diseases and promoting peace. Stefan Landvogt explains in his presentation what engineering steps were necessary to build a Virtual Reality system, why the experiences are so immersive, and what the near future might hold.

Stefan received his masters degree in Artificial Intelligence and Applied Computer Sciences from the University of Wuerzburg in Germany in 1995. In the late nineties, he worked at Nichimen Graphics in Los Angeles on a tool to create 2D and 3D animation for games and feature films like Lord of the Rings. After some time in other industries in Germany, In 2008, Stefan went back to the entertainment industry and joined games creator and distributor Valve, and moved to Kirkland in 2010. He was integral part of shipping one of the first successful commercial Virtual Reality (VR) headsets, the HTC Vive, and is one of the creators of SteamVR, an industry standard for applications to interface with VR hardware. In 2017, Stefan joined Microsoft and currently helps produce Windows Mixed Reality headsets and a VR prototyping tool named Maquette.

Kim Lorenz of Lorenz Sound Apr 27, 2020
Key Principles Driving Success
Key Principles Driving Success

Kim Lorenz is the authori of Tireless: Key Principles That Drive Success Beyond Business School. Based on this recently published book, Kim offers thought-provoking, insightful and engaging stories with real world examples. He also provides intuitive practical advice on the fundamentals of life success: seek and seize the opportunities in front of you. From his talk, his hope is that your eyes will be opened to new possibilities at every turn.

Kim Lorenz is an author, entrepreneur, and visionary who founded two companies starting at age 26 with no backing or funding, built and ran them successfully and sold them to Fortune 500 companies before the age of 47. Through his years as a business owner, partner, and CEO, Kim has developed a key understanding of what it takes to succeed in business. Kim’s mission is to teach vital tools essential for business success beyond what is taught in business schools. He earned his MBA from the University of Washington, Foster School of Business.

Kim is the former Commodore of the Seattle Yacht Club and a 39-year Rotarian, serving as Rotary Liaison with World Vision. He is a business consultant, proven leader, public speaker, motivator, a pilot for 40 years and holds a USCG Captain's license. He lives with his wife in Bellevue, Washington.

Curtis King of Restorear Devices May 11, 2020
Restoring Hearing Loss
Rotary Scholarship Night Jun 01, 2020
Kirkland Rotary Scholarship Presentations
Kirkland Rotary Transition Dinner & Celebration Jun 22, 2020