May 7th 2011 Speaker: Dayspring-Fitch & Sons Funeral Directors

Dayspring-Fitch & Sons Funeral Directors was established in 1987 by Zane K. Fitch, Sr. to provide the very best in personal and professional care to the Seattle and Tacoma areas. Because of our individual and compassionate service, we rapidly became a major firm in our communities. Our commitment to helping families has helped us to create a reputation of excellence; we are proud of our tradition of service, and we share it with all families who honor us by selecting us in their time of need.

Born in Seattle, Washington in 1956, Zane K. Fitch, Sr. grew up in Texas and Oklahoma. After moving back to Washington in 1984, Zane spent four years at two of Seattle’s oldest funeral firms as a funeral service director and journeyman embalmer before founding Dayspring & Fitch Funeral Directors.

Dayspring & Fitch Funeral Directors became the sole successor to the Allen’s Evergreen Funeral Home, and after 10 years, merged with the Wilson Financial Group, a minority concern from Texas.

Our dedication to the families of our community continues well beyond the doors of our home; we are actively involved in numerous local, state, and national organizations.

Rainier Chapel
• King County Funeral Directors Association
• Washington State Funeral Directors Association
• National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association
• Prince Hall Masons
• Kiwanis
• Full Gospel Businessman’s Fellowship International
• First A.M.E. Church
• American Legion
• Royal Esquire
• Rainier Chamber of Commerce
• Seattle Chamber of Commerce
• Central Area Chamber of Commerce

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National Funeral Directors Association
• National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association
• Life Member, NAACP
• Life Member, Disable American Veterans
• Tacoma Urban League
• Full Gospel Businessman’s Fellowship
• Prince Hall Masons
• Upper Tacoma Business Association
• Rainier Chamber of Commerce
• Royal Esquire Club
• Allen A.M.E. Church
• Church For all Nations

Our history of caring remains as strong today as ever, and we are committed to providing guidance and assistance to all families we serve. We thank those families that have chosen us for support in the past, and we invite you to experience our exceptional care and compassion in your time of need

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THE MARCH 5 2011 SPEAKER IS Mrs Rachel Turner-Bensen from ARMY ONESOURCE

Rachel Turner-Bensen, a Pacific Northwest Native, born and raised in Idaho, is the Army OneSource Community Support Coordinator for Washington state where she and her Family have resided for the past decade. A graduate of the University of Idaho, where her studies emphasized Criminal Justice, Sociology and Social Work, Rachel’s entire professional life has been rooted in government-related service delivery, starting in the legal field managing various Idaho public defender’s offices.  After a tenure as a rural Municipal Court Administrator, Rachel chose to make a career change and became a geriatric social worker, collaborating on care plans and providing advocacy for elders and vulnerable adults. In 2007 Rachel was the first Family Program Assistant with the Military Intelligence Readiness Command (MIRC), United States Army Reserve.  As a prior Military spouse to a Desert Storm Veteran and daughter of a multiple tour Vietnam Marine, the importance of serving Soldiers and Families was absolute. When Rachel is not “in the air or on the road supporting the Troops”, she and her husband, now a metro police agency commander, volunteer with their local American Legion Post, specifically focused with revitalization and support of the post’s youth baseball field–“Vets Field”.  Rachel’s proudest Army moment was when her three boys, Connor (12) and identical twins Blake and Brent (10), were recognized with Freedom Team Salute awards for their volunteerism and service to local Veterans by helping with upkeep and “chores” around the American Legion Hall and youth baseball field. 

The February 5th 2011 Speaker is Mrs. Evelyn Young

Evelyn Young is a Medical Record Tech at the VA Puget Sound Health Care Center in Seattle and a member of the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Tacoma, Washington.

Evelyn serves as the President of the VA Puget Sound Chapter of Blacks in Government, a nonprofit organization established more than 30 years ago in Rockville, MD as a support agency for all government employees ensuring fair practice in regard to advancement and other job related issues.

Blacks in Government‘s headquarters is located in Washington, DC.

The VA Puget Sound Chapter of Blacks in Government provides scholarships to deserving students.  The chapter also supports many community activities including the Fisher House, which supports and provides temporary housing for families of critically-ill veteran patients.

Evelyn Young is a wife of 38 years married to Henry Young (also a member of the chapter), a grandmother of 5 and a leader in her community.