Speaker Date Topic
Karen Waters of Strategies 360 Nov 02, 2020
Election eve analysis and trends
Election eve analysis and trends
Political strategist Karen Waters will provide Rotarians an expert, non-partisan perspective on the trends leading up to the 2020 general election, which follows the day after this exciting program.  Rotarians will have the benefit of Karen’s many years of political campaign organizing, and service as a staff member to a U.S. senator and the White House.
 
Waters is president of Strategies 360, a leading political consulting firm with 20 offices in 12 Western states and Washington, D.C.  She also uses her extensive knowledge of government relations, public affairs and communications to run Strategies 360’s education division.  She was instrumental in the recent creation of the Washington Department of Children, Youth and Families to better serve the state’s most vulnerable young people, and has helped local school districts across Washington pass bonds and levies to improve the lives of schoolchildren.  Previsously, Karen worked as deputy state director for Sen. Patty Murray, and as a member of the Clinton White House advance team on trips by officials to the Pacific Northwest. She has served on the boards of the Municipal League of King County, EarthCorps, Washington Wilderness Coalition and the Wilderness Volunteer Corps.
 
A native of Rochester, N.Y., Karen holds a master’s degree in educational policy analysis from Stanford University and a B.A. in sociology from William Smith College. An avid trail-runner, downhill skier and stand-up paddleboarder, Karen lives in Seattle with her husband, Colin, their two sons, and Mac the Golden Retriever.
Jerry Cornfield of The Daily Herald Nov 09, 2020
Political columnist breaks down election 2020
Political columnist breaks down election 2020
Long-time political reporter Jerry Cornfield will speak to Rotarians on the state and regional results of the 2020 general election, offering the perspective of a seasoned investigative reporter and columnist.  Cornfield brings to the table three decades of reporting on politics, elected officials, government, and elections during this exceptional opportunity for Rotarians to gain insight into the election results.
 
Jerry began as a sports reporter for the Concord Daily Transcript in Northern California, and worked at newspapers throughout the San Francisco region before moving to Santa Barbara in 1990 as a Santa Barbara News-Press reporter.  He joined the staff of the Santa Barbara Independent in 1994 to cover community, state, and federal politics.  From 1998 to 2003, he produced and hosted a morning radio talk show, The Voice of Santa Barbara, on KEYT Newsradio 1250.  For the final three years, the show also was simulcast on KEYT Channel 3 television, an ABC affiliate.  From July 2000 until October 2001, he also produced and hosted a weekly talk show, In Focus, on the same ABC affiliate.  While a radio and television personality, Cornfield also wrote for the Santa Barbara Independent and served as an editor-at-large for Santa Barbara Magazine.
 
Since 2004, Cornfield has been the statehouse reporter for The Daily Herald in Everett, Washington.  Based in Olympia, he covers the state's legislature when it is in session and the activities of state government when it is not.  He also reports on statewide elections and ballot measures.
 
The Daily Herald was first published on February 11, 1901, and was bought by James B. Best in 1905, whose family owned the newspaper until it was sold in 1978 to the Washington Post Company.  In 2013, it was to Sound Publishing, which also publishes the Kirkland Reporter, in which Cornfield’s stories often appear.
Ben Anderstone of Progressive Strategies NW Nov 16, 2020
An election analyst’s view of the 2020 results
An election analyst’s view of the 2020 results
During this evening’s meeting, opinion researcher Ben Anderstone, regular contributor of political analysis to Seattle's Crosscut, as well as television and print media, will provide Rotarians an eagle’s eye view of the 2020 election results during this exceptional program.  The election results will, hopefully, be nearly two weeks in the rear view, and Ben will share his perspective on the outcome after several days of returns provide a significant base for voter analysis.

Ben Anderstone is a partner at Progressive Strategies NW, a political consulting firm advising candidates, ballot measures, and other groups in Washington State, providing them with a full range of services, including messaging, mail services, voter targeting, materials design, and strategic counsel.  A regular election analyst for regional media, Ben is especially passionate about using data and voter behavior research.  Along with the Progressive Strategies NW team, Ben has provided services to everyone from large PACs to judicial candidates to history-making city council races, and everyone in between.  He was raised in Tacoma and now lives in Downtown Seattle.

 
Dr. Glennys Young of the University of Washington Nov 23, 2020
Russia, America, and the spectre of political influence
Russia, America, and the spectre of political influence
Professor Glennys Young will discuss with Rotarians her perspective on recent world events in the context of the development of today’s Russia from its predecessor Soviet Union.  Rotarians will be treated to an usual opportunity to view the results of our recent elections and political turmoil through the lens of a political, social, economic historian.
 
Professor Young is a historian of Russia and the Soviet Union, chair of the University of Washington Department of History, and professor of Russian studies at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.  She expresses particular interest in the USSR's involvement in transnational movements and processes, whether political, social, cultural, or economic, and research in the history of Communism and world history.  She is an author, publishing Power and the Sacred in Revolutionary Russia: Religious Activists in the Village (Pennsylvania State University Press, 1997), The Communist Experience in the Twentieth Century: A Global History through Sources (Oxford University Press, 2011), and soon-to-be-released Displaced: From the Soviet Union to Franco’s Spain in the Cold War, as well as several articles on a number of topics in Soviet social and political history.  Prof. Young received her bachelor’s from the University of Pennsylvania, and her masters and doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley.
Seahawks Party Nov 30, 2020
Bill Knudsen of Puget Sound Honor Flight Dec 07, 2020
Saluting our veterans through Honor Flights
Saluting our veterans through Honor Flights
Puget Sound Honor Flight is a non-profit organization created solely to honor American veterans for all their sacrifices and service.  The Western Washington hub began its important work in 2013 with a single goal:  to recognize local veterans living in Western Washington.  During this evening's program, Rotarians will be treated to an overview of the Honor Flight program, and enjoy hearing from one or more World War II veterans who served at Pearl Harbor and who have experienced one of the Honor Flights.
 
Bill Knudsen has lived in Kirkland for 25 years, and has served on the PSHF board since it began.  He was born in Missoula Montana, but moved to the Pacific NW at age 3.  He is a proud Husky, and spent his entire career in sales and marketing.  He worked in the radio industry for 25 years at KOL, KVI, and KIRO, and then spent a decade as vice president of marketing and sales for the Seattle Mariners. 
 
Prior to his retirement he also ran a sales and marketing consulting company which served over 100 professional sports teams, as well as 25 colleges and universities.  He has exclusively dedicated the past seven years of his life to the Honor Flight organization for a very special reason.  Which he will share with us during this program.
 
Bill has four grown kids (2 boys and 2 girls) and has two, twin, 14 year old grandsons.
Theresa Cheng of Everyone for Veterans Dec 14, 2020
Why do veterans need help - Become a Wingman
Why do veterans need help - Become a Wingman
Examine the status of veterans after they return home and why the VA cannot do everything for our veterans. Understand the real challenges of veterans as a member of our community. Learn about the creative and fun way Everyone for Veterans enables everyone to help veterans feel at home.
 
Dr. Theresa Cheng is a Periodontist and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington, Department of Periodontics.  She retired from private practice after 30 years and started teaching.
 
Dr. Cheng grew up in Borneo, Malaysia, the fifth of six children. Looking out for your neighbors and giving back were pretty well ingrained in her upbringing. Dr. Cheng felt very fortunate to be able to improve the lives of others.  Since 2008, Dr. Cheng has provided free dental care to veterans and their families and founded a nonprofit called Everyone For Veterans which connects people and businesses to help veterans, including free dental care, across the country.
Holiday Happy Hour Dec 28, 2020
Club social meeting via Zoom platform
Club social meeting via Zoom platform
Corporal John Ness of Kirkland Police Department Jan 04, 2021
Community Services, School and Neighborhood Resource programs
Community Services, School and Neighborhood Resource programs
Corporal John Ness and Officer Tiffany Trombley will present to Rotarians a presentation detailing the work of and plans for the Kirkland Police Department’s Community Services Unit.  Rotary members will learn about the status of the School Resources Officer program expansion, the Neighborhood Resource Officers program, and the Mental Health Professionals resulting from passage of 2018 Proposition in 2018. (See the Kirkland Police Department Annual Report for background information.)
 
Corporal Ness joined the Kirkland Police Department in 2011, after graduating from the University of Cincinnati with a MS in Criminal Justice, and from the University of Washington with a BA in English.  Corporal Ness worked in the Patrol Division until the start of 2020, when he transferred to Community Services Unit.  He currently serves as the School Resource Officer supervisor, and works as a School Resource Officer at Kirkland Middle School.  Corporal Ness lives in Bothell with his wife and two young sons.
 
Officer Trombley joined the Kirkland Police Department in 2010, moving to Kirkland from the Des Moines Police Department where she had served as a police officer since 2008.  She earned a BS in Criminal Justice, and is completing her ME in Clinical Psychology.  Officer Trombley had worked in Kirkland’s Patrol Division and Training Division before becoming a Neighborhood Resource Officer.  Officer Trombley grew up in the state of Washington, is married, and enjoys her three children.
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!”