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  • Monday, May 18, 2015 4:53 PM | *World Affairs Council Tacoma (Administrator)
    Congratulations to WAC Tacoma board member Theresa Pan Hosley of Tacoma who is receiving an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from the University of Puget Sound this weekend for her leadership and work in nurturing cultural understanding and reconciliation as president of the Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation, and as a board member of the Korean Women's Association. 

    We invite you to read more about Theresa's inspiring volunteer efforts and life at The Tacoma News Tribune.

  • Monday, May 18, 2015 4:42 PM | *World Affairs Council Tacoma (Administrator)

    Please join us in congratulating WAC Tacoma board member Bill Evans in being named the Small Business Leader of the Year by The Milgard School of Business at the University of Washington Tacoma.

    From the Tacoma News Tribune:



    Bill Evans’ career in retail sales began at an oxygen-deprived 11,000 feet in Cusco, Peru.

    A student of linguistics — and a former reservations clerk for Pan Am in New York City — Evans had earned a teaching fellowship. During his travels to small villages he would purchase local handicrafts, including dolls and weavings, which he would then send to his mother, who owned a gift shop on Seattle’s Capital Hill.

    The Peruvian connection continued when Evans returned stateside and opened a small table at Pike Place Market, where he said he sold “mostly ponchos.”

    One September Sunday afternoon in a borrowed car, Evans recalled recently, he and his wife took a drive. After riding to Vashon Island, they continued south to the Talequah dock.

    “There was this city south of Seattle called Tacoma,” he said. “I had never been here. We got to the Stadium District, and drove along Stadium Way, and there was this tower, Old City Hall.”

    A sign said it was “Opening Soon,” and Evans saw a man locking one of the doors.

    “We signed up that day,” he said. “We opened in November. We got an apartment near Wright Park.”

    As with many entrepreneurs, Evans said, “We didn’t have any money.” Neither did the first bank he spoke with — at least not for a guy from Seattle with three kids and an ambition to sell Peruvian artifacts. A second banker was more hospitable, to the tune of $5,000.

    Incaland opened that November.

    But after a year, he said, “everybody in Tacoma who wanted a poncho, had one.”

    Folk art from West Africa followed. Evans also opened the precursor of the current Pacific Northwest Shop, which he now owns and operates in Tacoma’s Proctor District.

    Hoping to build Old City Hall into a commercial hub, Evans also invited his mother to open a fabric store called “In the Beginning.”

    Alas, eventually, Old City Hall began filling with echoes rather than customers, and it wasn’t long before Evans opened his Pacific Northwest Shop in a former TV-repair shop on Proctor.

    Other projects, partnerships — and politics — followed.

    Evans served on the Tacoma City Council from 2000 to 2008. He helped establish the Proctor Antique Mall, Old House Mercantile and the Old House Café.

    Add the Proctor Farmer’s Market and Proctor District Association.

    When the Blue Mouse Theater threatened to close if a buyer could not be found at $170,000, Evans marshaled 17 investors, including himself, at $10,000 each.

    Evans has lately been focusing on Proctor Station, a $32 million retail and residential project that will offer 171 underground parking spaces and 151 apartment units.

    While a member of the City Council, Evans said, he regularly met with a group of sixth-graders.

    “We analyzed the word ‘community,’ ” he said.

    And he learned, “What we have in common unites us. That’s what started Thea’s Park, the globe and the flag.”

    A successful small business, he said, must recognize that it exists within the context of a place, and within the place are people.

    “Listen to the people,” he said. “You are what they are. Build your business accordingly.”

    Congratulations Bill!

     - The WAC Tacoma community            

  • Friday, March 27, 2015 4:27 PM | *World Affairs Council Tacoma (Administrator)

    Greetings! I wanted to share with you updates from the World Affairs Council Tacoma (WACT), and provide a brief snapshot of information about your Council that may be of interest.

    Here are some near term dates you'll want to note:

    March 30 - Sister Cities International Film Festival, UPS, 6PM  


    "Must Be Love."

    As part of this year's Sister Cities International Film Festival, the WACT is sponsoring the screening on Monday, March 30 of the Philippine feature film "Must Be Love." The program will be hosted by WACT board member and former Tacoma Mayor Brian Ebersole, a tireless traveler to the Philippines, who will be speaking on the islands' history, culture and challenges, and showing clips from the documentary "Reporter's Notebook." The event will be held at the Rotunda at UPS. Doors open at 6PM, the cultural program will begin at 6:15PM, and the film will start at 7PM. Admission is free.

    April 15 - Travel Talk, Annie Wright Schools, 7PM

    "My Life as an Older Peace Corps Volunteer"

    Join former WACT board member Beth Ahlstrom who will be presenting on "My Life as an Older Peace Corps Volunteer."   Hear what it's like to learn two foreign languages, live in a developing country with a family of twelve, take a bucket bath, and work in a Muslim culture in your mid-fifties. Many of you will remember Beth's excellent presentation of a year ago, on her travels in the Central African Republic.

    May 21 - Travel Talk, Annie Wright Schools, 7PM

    "Traveling to Save the World."

    University of Puget Sound Professor Nick Kontogeoropoulos will be joining us for the last program of the school year, presenting on "Traveling to Save the World;" a talk assessing the relationship between volunteer tourism and development in Thailand. All Travel Talk programs are free and open to the public.

    Upcoming Events!

    At the end of April the Council will be presenting a program on understanding the transitions in the Middle East, as well as its first international networking event.   This summer will bring a reprise of last year's very successful Wines of the World wine tasting. We'll be back to you with those details as they are finalized, but check the website for updates. Please note that the date of this year's Consular Association Reception has been confirmed. We'll be celebrating the region's consuls on Thursday, September 24, at Annie Wright Schools, and Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland will be serving as the evening's Master of Ceremonies. 

    Marcia Garrett 
    Chair, World Affairs Council Tacoma

  • Thursday, October 16, 2014 8:44 AM | Deleted user

    Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland has established a Commission on International Relations to boost Tacoma's international profile. The President of the World Affairs Council Tacoma, Marcia Garrett, has been selected to join this commission. The group has been appointed to develop an international relations strategy for education, the arts, economic development, and tourism in Tacoma. Click here for more information.

  • Sunday, August 03, 2014 11:35 AM | *World Affairs Council Tacoma (Administrator)

    Uncork A World Of Wine!

    Close to 40 people gathered on a warm and sunny August evening to enjoy an alfresco wine tasting in the lovely garden of a North End home.  Noted wine blogger and author Mike Veseth led the group through an animated wine tasting which featured wine from four continents.  It’s always fun to enjoy a nice bottle of wine with friends.  It’s even more fun when you learn the back story of a given vintage and the context which informed its creation.  Each wine was accompanied by a delicious small plate pairing provided by Bon Appetit Catering, and a great good time was had by all!   Proceeds from the event will go to underwrite programming of the World Affairs Council Tacoma. For more details click here.

  • Friday, July 18, 2014 2:55 PM | *World Affairs Council Tacoma (Administrator)


    to WAC Tacoma board member Dawn Lucien and her son Adm. Eric Olson on their receiving the Greater Tacoma Peace Price! You can read more about the receipt of the prize and these two outstanding citizens at the GTPP website and the Tacoma News Tribune.

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