Kiwanis Club of Tacoma member Willie Stewart has been selected as the 2019 Tacoma Peace Laureate.
The Greater Tacoma Peace Prize announced that Willie Stewart has been selected for his long term service and ongoing commitment to the community and Tacoma schools, particularly in the Lincoln District and the Hilltop.
Willie Stewart has been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Tacoma since 1970. He is currently serving on the Club’s Board of Directors and has twice served as its president. He is the club’s second known black member and the first black president. For many years, Willie Stewart has served as the advisor to the Key Club at Lincoln High School. Now, he oversees the key club advisors for Lincoln, Stadium and Mt. Tahoma High Schools.
Willie Stewart was nominated by Linda Caspersen, a member of Lincoln High School’s Class of 1972.
Cited in his nomination is his service as Coordinator for the Weekly Breakfast for the Homeless (since 1995), member of the Tacoma Athletic Commission, the Goodwill Industries Board and the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound Board of Directors. In addition to his career as a teacher, principal and administrator, he served on the Tacoma School Board from 1999 to 2005.
Willie Stewart is a founding member of the Tacoma-Greater Pierce County’s Iota Mu Lambda Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. in 1969.
The Greater Tacoma Peace Prize recognizes and honors Peacemakers from the Tacoma/Pierce County region. It was first awarded in 2005 during the Centennial celebration of Norway’s independence.