On  the Waterfront 

Community Strength  Making a Difference

February 2015

NEW and Renewing Members --
Thank You!
Executive Level
Corporate Level

Foss Harbor Marina

Sustainer Level

Capital City Yacht Sales

Salmon Beach
Historical Society

Family Level

Dave and Lorraine Ralston

Roger and Sue

Individual Level

Fred Parkinson

Don Meyer
Next TWA Meeting
Wed.,  Feb. 11
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Tarin Todd
Citizens for a
Healthy Bay

Derelick Vessel Program
  Tacoma Youth Marine Center
Don't Forget To Order Lunch 

Boxed lunches ($12) are available for TWA meetings.  


Lunches are provided by The Neighborhood Bistro, a Goodwill company and order forms are included in the monthly meeting reminder.



Thank You to ALL of our Corporate and Higher Level Members!
Enterprising Level
Columbia Bank Logo 


   Marine View Ventures Logo

PT Ruston




  Executive Level  
dock st marina











Corporate Level   

Bannon, Carlson & Kessel, Inc.


Broadway Center for the Performing Arts


Brown & Brown Insurance


Courtyard Marriot Tacoma Downtown


Evergreen Home Loans


Foss Harbor Marina


Global Marine Insurance


Globe Machine Manufacturing


Hotel Murano


Johnson, Stone & Pagano


Law Offices of Stephen Hansen


Marine Floats 

Narrows Marina 


National Pipe & Piling


NuStar Energy


NW Yachtnet


Point Defiance Marina


Rock the Dock


Tacoma Art Museum


Tacoma Design Collaborative


Tacoma Pierce County Sports Commission


Tacoma Yacht Club


The Spar


University of Washington Tacoma/Urban Waters


Washington State Historical Society 




Gregg Reynolds

 Vice President

John Trueman


 Mike Jameson


          Roger Williams 

 Past President

  Roger Williams


Dean Burke

Joseph Govednik

Scott Knox

 Don Meyer

Tom Rogers

Stan Selden

Ian Wilkinson

Advisory Council
Darrel Bowman
Logan Brown

Loren Cohen

Su Dowie
Tom Drohan

Shari Hart

Mandy Lane

Dawn Lucien

Scott Mason

Craig Perry 

Dick Ramsey

Marv Sandberg

Pete Sponek

Mike Wark



PO Box 7931 
Tacoma, WA 98417


(253) 777.3301


Jayna Marshall 


Chinese New Year at the Seaport

The Foss Waterway Seaport, in partnership with Pacific Lutheran University and members of the Asian community, will celebrate the Chinese New Year on Feb. 21 from noon to 2 p.m.

Admission is free for Seaport members or $3 per person.  Families (one adult and up to two children at least 7 years old) can pay $7.

Free parking is available in the front parking lot and west side of the Seaport or on the street.  Paid parking is available in the parking lot north of the Seaport.

Red clothing is encouraged -- the color red is associated with joy, happiness, good luck, wealth and good forunte.  Attendees are advised to also wear warm clothes since the Seaport building has no heat.


Register For Tickets


  • Station 1:  Dragon Puppet.  Get creative while designing a dragon puppet.  Cindy Arnold of Live Paint will also share a story, "How Dragon Got Its Wings ..."
  • Station 2:  Food and Chopsticks.  Learn how to use chopsticks and hone your skills by trying to pick up a variety of objects. Once you are an "expert," take your chopsticks and pick up a dumpling and cook it in boiling water. A variety of sauces will be available as well as hot tea and mandarin oranges.
  • Station 3:  Chinese Calligraphy.  Each participant will receive a Chinese name written on a card. Practice writing your name using brushes and learn a few Chinese words.
  • Station 4:  Rickshaw Rides.  Learn the history of rickshaws and get a ride in one of the Seaport's rickshaws, gifts from PLU to the Seaport.  Kids are welcome to climb on the bike and take their parents for a ride around the Seaport.
  • Station 5:  Lion Dance.  PLU students will offer participants a dance experience, including lion costumes, drums and gongs. Lots of noise and great fun!  Learn how to do a full body kowtow to show respect. 
  • End:  Bubble Wrap Jump.  Jumping in bubble wrap sounds very similar to firecrackers.  The firecrackers that are used in China are loud and bang mostly on the ground.  The loud noises are thought to scare away bad spirits to prevent them from bringing bad luck. 

For more information, visit  Chinese New Year Celebration or call (253) 272.2750, extension 100, during normal business hours.

 submitted by Lorraine Ralston

Murray Morgan Bridge Closures
The Murray Morgan Bridge (11th Street) will be closed to vehicle traffic Feb. 3-4 and Feb. 9-10 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. while dredging is done in the Foss Waterway.

During these closures the lift span of the bridge will be raised to allow marine vessels to pass.  Vessels are urged to use caution because there will be barges under the bridge.

Pedestrian traffic across the bridge will also be closed and there will be limited access from A Street to the elevator and stairs only.
  submitted by City of Tacoma
Nominations for 2015 Summit Awards
The Port of Tacoma is accepted nominations for the 2015 Summit Awards which honors the significant contributions to port business and Pierce County's economy and liveability.  The deadline to submit a nomination is Feb. 13.

The awards recognize three categories of leadership:

  • Business Magnet for efforts and investments that led to an increase in business volume or new business opportunities and had a positive impact for Pierce County citizens.
  • Environmental Stewardship for a project, program or initiative that supports sustainability in Pierce County, and honors biodiversity and the interconnected nature of industry, people, wildlife and natural systems.
  • Liveable Community for a project, program or initiative that demonstrated the business community's positive contribution to Pierce County through social responsibility.

Winners will be announced at the port's annual breakfast on March 25, 2015, at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center.


Nomination forms and award criteria can be found here.


  submitted by Carola FIlmer
Our Voices, Our Waterfront
TWA members and others share their 
life lessons, inspirations, and perspectives
about Tacoma's working waterfront.

This month's feature: Jim Harnish, TWA member and charter member of the Points Northeast Historical Society in Browns Point.    


Visit www.tacomawaterfront.org to 
read other installments of  "Our Voices,
Our Waterfront."


As you wander through the grounds of the historic Browns Point Lighthouse Park, one of the hardest things to decide is whether it is a contemporary community or an historical one.


TWA member Jim Harnish is very familiar with this community.  A Browns Point resident of 42 years, he is a charter member of the Points Northeast Historical Society and a former board member and president.  A retired Tacoma Community College history professor, he helps bring the site and its stories to life.  


 Read entire article

  submitted by Sharon Babcock
Michael Sullivan to Speak at Meeting


Michael Sullivan, the noted historian and popular lecturer at UW Tacoma, will be the featured speaker at the Points NE Historical Society Annual Meeting Feb. 10.  The meeting is free and open to the public.


Sullivan is known for his capitvating slide presentations and story-telling that helps bring the past alive and make it relevant to the present.  

His presentation is titled, "Maritime Stories Around Commencement Bay and South Puget Sound."  Among the stories that will be featured are expeditions by early explorers such as Charles Wilkes who named many local landmarks, tales of local shipwrecks, smugglers and Prohibition, and Thea Foss, better known as Tugboat Annie.

Sullivan has been an advocate for historic preservation at the local level as the Tacoma City historian to the national level as a board member for the National Historic Register to the international level.   

The Points NE Historical Society Annual Meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 6800 Eastide Drive NE in Browns Point.

For more information, call (253) 927.2536 or email pointsnortheast@comcast.net.



  submitted by Kathleen Monahan
In Memoriam:  
George Wilson-Battle
and Griselda "Babe" Lehrer


The waterfront lost two good friends recently, Georgiana Wilson-Battle died Jan. 20 and Griselda Lehrer passed away on Jan. 24.

Known as George to her friends -- and Georgiana Wilson-Battle - never met anyone who wasn't a friend -- she was an early member of TWA and was named the "Queen of Morale" while working as a volunteer during Tall Ships Tacoma 2008.

George was born in Calfornia but raised in South Tacoma. She graduated from Lincoln High School and retired from working at Clover Park Technical College in 2003.  Over the years she has donated numerous hours as a volunteer to many Tacoma organizations.  


To her friends at TWA, she will always been known as "Sparkle George" and she will be missed.

No services are planned but a reception will be held at Feb. 7 at 4 p.m. at the Lakewood Elks.  In lieu of flowers, donations are welcome to the Tacoma-Pierce County Humane Society.


Griselda  "Babe" Lyon Lehrer, a long time member and friend to the TWA, passed peacefully at her home on January 24th just before her 94th birthday.


Babe was a Tacoma native and a lifetime promoter of the "Great Pacific Northwest" and the City of Tacoma. The Broadway Center, Tacoma Community College and public art throughout the city were especially important to her.


She's survived by sons Michael and Bradley and three grandchildren. Her husband, Herman Lehrer, died in 2006.


At age 19, with $350, Lehrer started Lyon's Apparel, a women's clothing business she and her husband turned into a chain of more than 15 stores.

A private burial took place at the Home of Peace Cemetery on Monday, January 26, 2015. A Memorial Tribute was held in Babe's honor at the Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Thursday, January 29, 2015, at 4pm. If you wish to continue Babe's generous work, the family would be thankful for donations made in Babe's memory be directed to the Babe and Herman Lehrer Japanese Friendship Garden Lighting Fund at the TCC Foundation.


submitted by Lorraine Ralston and Jayna Marshall
February Raffle 

This month's raffle prize includes a package worth $200
(shoes, inserts and socks) from Fleet Feet.  Prizes to be awarded
at the monthly TWA meeting.

submitted by Jayne Marshall
Port of Tacoma Bus Tours 

Once again, the Port of Tacoma is offering free bus tours of port operations:

Feb. 24
Mar. 27 
April 22 (Earth Day theme)
May 18
June 22

Tours begin at 10 a.m. and last about 75 minutes. Anyone older than 6 is welcome to attend; photo ID is required for anyone older than 17.  All tours depart from the Fabulich Center, 3600 Port of Tacoma Road.

Bus tour space is limited and reservations are required.  To reserve your seat, call (253) 383.9463 or email bustours@portoftacoma.com.   Please provide the names of everyone in your group and a phone number where you can be reached to confirm the reservation. Tours are subject to cancellation for severe weather or unforseen emergency situations.

For more information, click here.

submitted by Carola Filmer
Happenings On the Waterfront
February 2015

Feb. 7
Point Defiance Marina
Feb. 10
Points NE Historical Society Mtg.
St. Matthew's, Browns Point
Feb. 11
TWA Meeting
Youth Marine Center
Feb. 21
Foss Waterway Seaport
Feb. 21
Point Defiance Marina
Feb. 24
Fabulich Center

Photo of the Month 

photo by Todd Silver

One of the last days of the art deco ferry Kalakala before she begins to be dismantled.  
TWA Member Benefits 

One of the benefits of TWA membership is the promotion of your business or your organization.  Each month, free space is available in the TWA newsletter for a coupon or advertisement.

For more information, contact Jayna.