The Kiwanis Club of Tacoma acknowledges there are many Everyday Heroes in our community.

They come from community organizations, assist non-profits in their service delivery and perform work, service and give compassion that may never get done otherwise.  They are crossing guards at school, food packers at food banks, readers of children’s books, grass cutters at churches, cooks at food kitchens, coaches and leaders at youth and Scouts organizations. And many more. So much more.

Our Kiwanis Club is beginning its own recognition program of these Everyday Heroes.  It is a recognition that we may make as often as monthly.  And not a more fitting first recipient could be had than Hans Zeiger.

Here’s a brief outline of his community volunteerism and leadership:

Pres. Gary Brackett (l) presents first EveryDay Hero Award to Capt. Hans Zeiger

Service Clubs and Human Service:

  • Member, Kiwanis Club of Puyallup, 2010-present;
  • Board of Directors, Puyallup Kiwanis Foundation, 2013-2015
  • Chair, History Committee, 2012-present
  • Board of Directors, Puyallup Cares/The One Another Foundation, Puyallup, Washington, 2011-2017
  • Pierce County Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board, 2011-2013

Local History:

  • Ex-officio member, Camp Harmony Committee, Puyallup Valley Japanese American Citizens League, 2014-present;
  • Vice President, South Hill Society, Puyallup, Washington, 2010-2013
  • Volunteer, P Citizens League, 2014-present
  • Vice President, South Hill Historical Society, Puyallup, Washington, 2010-2013
  • Volunteer, Puyallup Fair Foundation history project, Puyallup, Washington, 2009-2010
  • Community Columnist, Puyallup Herald, “Generous People” history column, June 2008-December 2009
  • Oral history project – 120 interviews with members of World War II generation in the Puyallup area, resulting in newspaper columns and service club presentations, 2007-2009
  • Docent, Ezra Meeker Historical Society, 2008-present

Military/Veterans:

  • Member, National Guard Association of Washington, 2014-present;
  • Operation Support Our Troops, press coordinator, 2003
  • Department of Washington Champion, American Legion Oratorical Competition, 2003
  • Member, Puyallup Veterans Memorial Dedication Committee, 2002

Youth/Education:

  • Boy Scouts of America Pacific Harbors Council, Executive Board, 2011-2016
  • Board of Directors, Daffodil Festival, 2013-2015
  • Boy Scouts of America, Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 174, Puyallup, 2003-2010
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters, in-school mentoring, 2005-2006
  • Eagle Scout service project, August 2001

Political Action & Elected Office

  • Senator Hans Zeiger began representing Pierce County residents in 2011, serving three terms in the state House of Representatives before 25th District voters elected him to the Washington State Senate in 2016. Hans represents the communities of Puyallup, Fife, Midland, Parkland, South Hill, Summit and Waller.
  • Board of Directors, Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute, 2014-present
  • Board of Directors, House Republican Organizing Committee, 2013-2016
  • Board of Directors, Mainstream Republicans of Washington, 2011-2017
  • Precinct Committee Officer, 25th Legislative District, elected 2004, reelected 2006, 2008
  • Campaign staff, Sarah Casada for U.S. Congress, 2002
  • Pierce County coordinator, Youth for Linda Smith for U.S. Senate, 1998