PSLCC, the gateway to Latino prosperity and opportunity

4115 S. Meridian, Suite c, Puyallup, WA 98373





August 7, 2015

Thank you for joining us at our Puget Sound Latino Chamber of Commerce (PSLCC), Wine and Conversation.  It was an honor to have you at our July 30, 2015 event.  Your participation helped make a very thought-provoking conversation such a success we are already receiving reservation requests for our next conversation.  We understand you have many obligations and appreciate your taking time from your busy schedule, and in some cases rearranging your busy schedule to join us.  We hope you found this diverse group of over fifty participants as interesting and informative as we did.        

We want to extend a special thanks to Umpqua Bank, Wine and Conversation Sponsor.  Umpqua Bank is a great supporter and partner of PSLCC and is helping shape our neighborhoods through community engagement and community giving and action.  In fact, Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation was formed in 2014, as a commitment to sponsor activities and/or invest in organizations focused on children's education and wellbeing and economic opportunity in the communities Umpqua Bank serves.  Umpqua Bank pledges personal asset building and financial literacy and delivers classes and seminars teaching strategies to increase personal financial status and knowledge; it’s all about education.  Thank you Mike Miller and Umpqua Bank.    

PSLCC also wants to thank the many elected officials, their representatives, and Tribal Representatives who took the time or rearranged their schedule to attend and participate in our very stimulating conversation.  At the risk of inadvertently omitting any of our special guests, we would like to thank:

T.C. Broadnax, Tacoma City Manager                        Yolanda Trout, Auburn City Council

Ricardo Noguera, Tacoma Econ. Dev. Dir.                        Carola Filmer, Port of Tacoma

John Caulfield, Lakewood City Manager                        Swinomish Tribe

Lillian Ortiz-Self, State Representative                        Enrique Romero, Assist. Supt. John Cerna

Rosa McCleod, Assist. U.S. Senator Patty Murray                       Yakama Nation

LaTasha Wortham, Assist. U.S. Rep. Denny Heck                       Phoenix Clan

Lauren Adler, Assistant to U.S. Rep. Denny Heck                        Quileute Tribe                

David Bugher, Lakewood Assist. City Manager for Dev. Serv.   Quinault Tribe

PSLCC offers a special thank you to our wine sponsor, Henry Earl Estates of Walla Walla, WA.  Henry Earl Estates was born from two families that knew the lessons of hard work and what it took to produce superior wines.  Henry Earl Estates Wine was named in honor of the vineyard owner’s fathers, Henry Shaw and Earl West.  

Henry Earl Estate’s vintner is the multiple award winner Victor Palencia, Director of Wine Making.  One of eight children in a family from Michoacán, Mexico, Victor grew up poor, wearing hand-me-down clothes, and was always around grapes.  Victor started learning about winemaking at the age of 15, when the farm owner took him under his wing as an apprentice of sorts.  Thank you again Henry Earl Estates for the smooth donation.

We also want to make sure to thank the many donations provided through the participating Tribes.  Thank you for the smoked salmon, jalapeno salmon, garlic salmon, smoked tuna, and brown rice.  These fantastic contributions were the most enjoyed and the most often mentioned by attendees.


As we stated earlier, the participants were passionate and the suggestions and dialogue so interesting we hope we captured all the recommendations.  If you see we missed something, please feel free to email us through  Suggestions offered during our Wine and Conversation and through email include:


Mandate “Master Teacher” oversight K-12

Introduce students to global industries beginning in elementary school

Triple number of ethnic children in College Bound Program

Bring ethnic parents into their children’s education

Increase number of ethnic teachers

Mandate bicultural training

Share successful strategies and tools

Replicate Toppenish School District strategies

Document accomplishments through PSLCC (Latino Chambers)

Economic Development

Effective posting of government contracts (Latino Chambers)

Create opportunities for sub-contractors to become prime-contractors

Entrepreneurial training

Asset development training

Increase projects with Tribes  

Promote tribal products

PSLCC will be sharing the above information with other Chambers and Governor Jay Inslee’s representative before our next Wine and Conversation.  Please watch for your invitation and plan for another passionate discussion.  Again, we sincerely thank you for choosing to be a part of PSLCC’s, Wine and Conversation.

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