Monthly Gathering – December `23

Amanda Strombon at kitchen counter with fresh fruits and vegetables

Members and guests welcome! Sunday, December 17th @ 6:30pm

Our December speaker is Amanda Strombom, president of the non-profit Vegetarians of Washington. In her presentation, Amanda will talk about why a plant-based (or vegan) diet helps prevent, and in some cases treat, many diseases. She’ll introduce you to the basic principles that underlie the healthfulness of this way of eating and she’ll give you some tips on how to gradually change your diet. She’ll make some suggestions for healthy eating over the holidays, and be happy to answer your questions. 

Amanda Strombom has been president of the non-profit Vegetarians of Washington for 22 years. She first went vegetarian while living in Malaysia from 1995-1997, motivated by health reasons. After moving to the United States, she learned more about the wider benefits of a vegetarian diet, and started volunteering for a vegetarian non-profit. A few years later, she, along with another member, Stewart Rose, decided to form their own nonprofit, and Vegetarians of Washington was born.

The annual vegetarian food festival, Vegfest, is the largest event that they run. For 19 years, this was held at the Seattle Center and attracted many thousands of veg-interested attendees to learn from chefs and doctors, to get free health checks, and to sample from hundreds of different food products. In May of this year, for the first time since Covid, the event was held at the Puyallup Fairgrounds.

In addition to Vegfest, monthly vegan catered dinners offer an opportunity to enjoy the food and connect with the community; free online health and cooking classes help people change their diets; a monthly newsletter and two websites – one for the general public ( and one for medical professionals ( – plus several books, both for the general public and for medical professionals have been published; and over 35 professional level health articles have been published in medical journals. All this serves to educate and inspire people to move toward a plant-based diet, for the benefit of their health, for the environment and for the sake of the animals.

Event starts at 6:30, presentation begins at 7.