Speaker Date Topic
Mic McDaniel Feb 03, 2023 12:00 PM
Mic McDaniel from Tacoma South Rotary will speak on Friday, February 3rd at noon at the lower clubho
Mic McDaniel from Tacoma South Rotary will speak on Friday, February 3rd at noon at the lower clubho

Mic McDaniel from Tacoma South Rotary will speak on Friday, February 3rd at noon at the lower clubhouse.  Mic will speak to us about providing clean water via BioSand Water Filters in North India and we will expect to him plead for funds for his projects. Mic at age 23 and his college girlfriend Dona at 19 got a couple of witnesses and ran across the state line to get married in 1968.  It must have worked okay because; Mic & Dona are still married 54 years later!
After their 2 boys were out of school (1993) and on their own, they moved to the Czech Republic and
joined an international non-profit organization by the name of Operation Mobilization.  They worked in
the Czech Republic for 7 years and were transferred back to the States in the year 2000 with the same
organization where Mic served as the Northwest Regional Director.
Then Mic & Dona founded a non-profit, 501c3 organization which they named “Global Helps Network”.
In 2009, Mic traveled to India and began making connections. In 2010 Mic met Dave Harkness, the President of Tacoma South Rotary on the racquetball court and he invited Mic to join Rotary, which he did that same year. 
Mic became the President of that club in 2013, he also became the Grant Writer for the Tacoma South
club and has completed more than a dozen here locally and internationally. Mic &; Dona have two boys,  7 grandkids, and 2 great-grandkids.

Linda Disney, Feb 17, 2023 12:00 PM
Linda Disney Member of the Rotary Club of Lakewood Rotary will speak on Friday, February 17th
Linda Disney Member of the Rotary Club of Lakewood Rotary will speak on Friday, February 17th

Linda Disney will speak on Friday, February 17th at noon at the lower club house.  Linda Disney joined STEP - Support the Enlisted Project because of its mission to help junior enlisted military families and transitioning veterans in times of financial crisis. As a military spouse, she has witnessed the challenges they face, especially in Washington state where the cost of living is so high. She is committed to raising awareness and collaborating with others to find solutions to this challenge. 

 Linda has worked with nonprofit organizations for many years to meet the needs of underserved populations. She was the executive director of the Idaho Occupational Therapy Association where she helped increase access to services for low-income individuals in rural communities. Linda is an active Optimist Club member and volunteer leader with Optimist International. She has started many new Optimist Clubs to address unique problems in individual communities. She appreciates the good work, fellowship, and partnership of all service clubs and is a proud member of the Lakewood Rotary.

 Linda has a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in journalism. She hails from the St. Louis area and has called the Pacific Northwest home for 22 years