Speaker Date Topic
Eitan Teiger Aug 20, 2019
StandWithUs Northwest
StandWithUs Northwest

Eitan Teiger, 26, was born and raised in Herzliya, a suburb
of Tel Aviv. As a teenager, his family moved to a town in the
Galilee, a region in the north of Israel. This region is also
home to Arab, Bedouin, and Druze communities.
Eitan’s maternal grandparents are Holocaust survivors who
lived in Poland and Germany, but relocated to Gothenburg,
Sweden after the war. There, they raised his mother until
she was fourteen years old, before immigrating to
Israel. Eitan's father immigrated to Israel from the UK at the
age of 27 to fulfill his dream of living in the ancestral
homeland of the Jewish people.
At age 19, Eitan began his mandatory service in the Israel Defense Forces, serving in the Artillery
Corps. In this unit, he became a Squad Commander, Platoon Sergeant, and Deputy Platoon
Commander, and he received awards for leadership and team-building. During his service, he
served in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank), the Golan Heights, and the north of Israel along the
border of Lebanon.
Following his army service, Eitan volunteered for "Zikaron BaSalon" (Remembering in the Living
Room), which provides Holocaust survivors a living room space to share their personal stories with

the next generation. This organization has enabled hundreds of thousands of people to hear first-
hand stories of both the horrors of Nazi persecution and the long process of recovery.

Recently, Eitan received his Bachelor's degree in Government, Diplomacy, and Strategy at the
Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya. On campus, he interned for an organization that builds
bridges between secular and religious students, and he volunteered for an organization to prevent
substance abuse and violence among youth.
In his final year of studies, Eitan interned for a member from the centrist Yesh Atid (“There is a
Future”) party in the Knesset, Israel’s national parliament. In this role, he researched topics that the
party hoped to pass, and wrote speeches to be read in the Knesset. In his free time, Eitan enjoys
hiking, dancing, and spending time with friends.
StandWithUs is dedicated to providing historical facts and context in a fair and unbiased manner.
Through our speakers and materials, we help people understand the complex issues facing Israel
and its neighbors, through the lens of real people and real stories.
We welcome the opportunity to bring Eitan as a speaker to educate and dialogue on the issues.

 

 

Nse Ekpo Aug 27, 2019
Concert Band Director - Lakeside School
Concert Band Director - Lakeside School

Conductor, Nse (EN-say) Ekpo enjoys a varied career as a performer, educator, and content creator throughout the United States and abroad. Recent engagements have taken him to Pazardjik, Bulgaria where he has guest conducted the Pazardjik Symphony Orchestra. In 2018, Ekpo was named a finalist in two categories of the American Prize: Professional Orchestral Conducting, and the Ernst Bacon Award for the Programing of American Music (Professional Division). In the summer of 2018, Ekpo was invited along with 17 other creative artists from the US and abroad to be a resident at Rockland Woods Artist Residency Pilot Program in Illahe, Washington.

Dr. Ekpo is currently the Concert Band Director at Lakeside School in Seattle, Washington. While at Lakeside, Ekpo has created Music Among Friends: A faculty chamber music series, the Middle School Flash Festival, which was one of Lakeside’s first live-streamed events, and the Business Club at the Upper School. Prior to his appointment to Lakeside, Ekpo taught Music Appreciation at the University of South Carolina, and applied clarinet lessons at Lander University (SC). Ekpo has guest conducted the Puget Brass, Tacoma Community College Orchestra, the Issaquah Philharmonic, and the West Seattle Symphony (an ensemble of the West Seattle Community Orchestras).

Winner of the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, Dr. Ekpo earned his doctoral degree from the University of South Carolina upon completion of his document, Expanding the American Canon: The Orchestral Music of Black American Composers. He completed coursework at the University of Washington while concentrating on wind band conducting and repertoire with Tim Salzman. While at the University of Washington, Ekpo conducted, the Concert Band, the Symphonic Band, and the Wind Ensemble. Ekpo was also the Graduate Assistant Director of the University of Washington Husky Marching Band for the 2007-2008 season where he was the chief architect of the 2007 Washington vs. Washington State Apple Cup halftime show. He received his master’s degree in orchestral conducting and his bachelor of music in music education from the University of South Carolina.  In addition to his musical training and accomplishments, Dr. Ekpo also holds a master of business administration (MBA) from the Darla Moore School of Business.

When not conducting, creating, or collaborating, Ekpo enjoys performing as a stand-up comic at Seattle area venues and living the dream with his wife and three children.

 
 
No Meeting Sep 03, 2019
Labor Day

No RCKD Meeting.  

Labor Day

Cherie Harris, Kirkland PD Chief Sep 24, 2019
True Stories of the Kirkland Police Dept.
True Stories of the Kirkland Police Dept.

Cherie Harris, Kirkland PD Chief

True Stories of the Kirkland Police Dept.

No Meeting Oct 15, 2019
Columbus / Indigenous Peoples Day

Columbus / Indigenous Peoples Day

No meeting

Club Assembly Oct 29, 2019
No Speaker - 5th Tuesday

Club Assembly

No Speaker - 5th Tuesday