Speaker Date Topic
Chief Joe Sanford of Kirkland Fire Department Jan 25, 2021
City fire and emergency services developments
City fire and emergency services developments
Chief Sanford will join Rotarians during the final January club meeting to provide an update on the next steps in the fire and emergency services program and operations.  Following the results of November election, the department will be finalizing plans to address the next several years of city emergency services and management needs.  Chief Sanford plans to discuss the impact of the election results, and the most recent direction provided by the city council.
 
Hired in March of 1981, Chief Sanford has 38 years of service in the City of Kirkland’s Fire Department.  He graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in Communications, played Division 1 football for the Huskies and spent time in the NFL playing for the New York Giants.  As the Fire Chief, he oversees the operations and administration of the Fire Department. Throughout his career, he has served as the past president of the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) in 1987, 1988, and 1989. Chief Sanford has held every rank during his career and was awarded Fire Chief of the year in 2012 and 2014. When asked about his hobbies, he mentioned he has eight children, and ten grandchildren, “enough said!”
Jeff Lockhart of Kirkland Performance Center Feb 01, 2021
The pandemic and performing arts in the region
The pandemic and performing arts in the region
Jeff Lockhart will provide Rotarians an update on the challenges and operations of the Kirkland Performance Center, which has had to adapt dramatically to the impacts of COVID-19.  During the pandemic era he implemented and will speak to KPC’s new state of the art online streaming production enterprise, KPC Studios.  If time permits, Jeff will speak as well to the performing arts landscape in the area.
 
Jeff serves as the executive director of Kirkland Performance Center and KPC Studios.  Jeff is a recognized leader skilled in performing arts and non-profit organization advancement strategies, as well as the music industry business and education.  He has positioned the performance center as the leading venue for live music and the performing arts throughout the Eastside region of Seattle.  Prior to leading the Kirkland Performance Center, Jeff founded and chaired Creatio (music industry business and recording arts program) at Northwest University in Kirkland.  Jeff also founded and currently leads the music performance/artist management/event production collective Live Vinyl Productions.  A professional drummer, he performs and records in several Seattle area bands including Crème Tangerine/Long Live Rock/Good Day Sunshine.
Ryan James of ryan james fine arts Feb 08, 2021
Fine arts in the city and the region
Fine arts in the city and the region
Ryan James will speak to the Rotary Club of Kirkland about the state of fine arts in the city and our region, and the outlook for post-pandemic health and vibrancy as the fine arts maintain their role as a central element of the city's and the region's culture.
 
James is gallery director and art advisor at ryan james fine arts.  The gallery was founded in 2011 by James, who was joined in 2014 by business partner Jessica Kravtiz.  Located in Kirkland, ryan james fine arts showcases both known and emerging artists specializing in abstract, modern and conceptual arts.  A champion for arts on the Eastside and beyond, Ryan serves on the Bellevue Arts Museum Board of Trustees, on the Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and is a former Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission chair.  This award-winning art advocate and curator has been widely acknowledged for his excellence in the field, with his gallery earning Best Art Gallery from 425 Magazine for three consecutive years (2018, 2019, and 2020).  Ryan is also known for his extensive volunteerism in and beyond the world of art, and was named the Best Community Volunteer in 2020 by the Kirkland Reporter.
Presidents' Day (No Meeting) Feb 15, 2021
Valentine's Day Sweethearts' Night Feb 22, 2021
Bring your sweetheart to the Valentine's Day celebration meeting
Bring your sweetheart to the Valentine's Day celebration meeting

To celebrate Valentine’s Day the Rotary Club of Kirkland is again holding a Sweetheart Night!  This event will be similar to what we did last year to celebrate Valentine's Day together! 

Bring your significant other to our meeting on February 22!  Send in photos of the two of you for the club to share during the Valentine's Day meeting, and prepare a story to share with everyone! 

Send photos to Bella Chaffey at bellachaffey@windermere.com.  Bella will get the photos arranged in a slideshow for the evening!

Ezra Teshome of Rotary District 5030 Mar 01, 2021
Eradicating Polio in Africa
Eradicating Polio in Africa
Ezra Teshome will update Rotarians on the success of efforts to eradicate Polio in Africa.  He will describe the hard work that resulted in ensuring the last pandemic country, Nigeria, was declared polio-free last August.
 
Ezra is an entrepreneur who has earned accolades worldwide for his philanthropic endeavors and efforts within Africa to impact the lives of children.  He is passionate about global health issues, particularly focusing on the eradication of polio and bringing clean water to villages in rural Ethiopia.  Ezra built a successful insurance and financial services business for over 35 years, and is also very involved in his local Ethiopian community, where he helped build the first church and establish the community center.
 
Ezra is the recipient of many community honors, including the World Affairs Council’s World Citizen Award; Seattle University’s Alumni Community Service Award; Highline Community College’s Distinguish Alumni Award; Rotary’s Service Above Self Award; Rotary International’s Service Award for a Polio-Free World; University of Washington Health Science’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Service Award; and being named a Time Magazine Global Health Hero.
 
Ezra served as the Rotary District 5030 Governor in 2013-14.  He is married to Yobi and they have 4 children and 4 grandchildren.
Bella Chaffey & Pauline Kamanja Mar 08, 2021
The Kenya Women’s Empowerment Project
The Kenya Women’s Empowerment Project
Marcel Popa Mar 15, 2021
Incubators at St. Andrews Emergency Community Hospital
Jim Moore of Malaria Partners International Mar 22, 2021
Rotary’s Million Dollar Malaria Grant
Rotary’s Million Dollar Malaria Grant
Jim Moore will update Rotarians on the only Rotary International Grant in 2020-21 for over $1 million.  This multi-district, multi-club Rotary International project eliminates malaria in a region in Zambia and is a proven cost-effective model.
 
Jim has been a member of the Rotary Club of Seattle for 22 years.  He served as District 5030 International Service Chair for three years, then as District Global Grant Coordinator during 2015 -2017.  Jim was a founding board member and past current vice chair of Malaria Partners International, through which he focuses on international partnerships and Rotarian efforts against malaria in Zambia and West Africa.
 
Jim’s international development interest began with three years of Peace Corps service in Nepal. Subsequently, he led multi-cultural project teams in 20 different countries of Asia and Africa, focusing on water, agriculture, and infrastructure development.  A 2009 recipient of Rotary International’s “Service Above Self” award for his international work, Jim was also a founding board member and board chair of Seattle NGO, Water 1st International, and currently serves on the board of Sahar Education International (Afghanistan).  In private business, he was CFO and COO of small and medium scale manufacturing companies, worked in venture capital, and served on the boards of two private companies.  Jim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in engineering and applied physics, a Master of Business Administration and a Master in Regional Planning degree from Harvard University.  To avoid an empty nest, Jim and his wife, Kristi, have hosted 35 international students in their home over the past 15 years.