Thursday,February 8, 2018
VOL. NINETY-FOUR, Issue No. 32
We Are In the Grand Ballroom!
The Impact of Homicide on the Family
Lew Cox is the founder/executive director and victim advocate of VCVS. This organization was birthed, in 1991, out of the violent death of Mr.Cox’s 22-year old daughter in 1988.  He will take you into the depth of Violent Crime Victim Services programs that are made available to those who experience the violent death of a loved one.
News from Ali Simyari our student in Taiwan
Dear Tacoma #8 Rotarians, 
Already about 5 and 1/2 months in Taiwan. I've had an abundant amount of new experiences. Currently I'm on a nearly one month winter break due to Chinese new year. Right before my vacation I took a class school trip to the south of Taiwan. During that span of time my classmates and I bonded and made many lasting memories.
 Following the start of my winter break I've been enjoying my time with my host family and friends. Lately these past few days ( First week of February) I attended RLYA. This was a youth leadership event hosted by Rotary. Among the topics we discussed were Enterprises/Business that are relevant to society (社會企業). It was difficult to understand everything, but at least I had the opportunity to participate in this event.
Lastly Rotary was planning to take all of is exchange students on a winter tour. However recently our hotel was destroyed by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake. All of us our fine and safe. Though the city in which we planned to stay at (Hualien) was damaged pretty badly. 
Membership Proposals

Unless written objections are submitted to the Board within 10 days of this posting, the following individuals will be invited to membership:

Geoff Oakley
Director of Supply Chain & Inventory 
Grit City Bakery
Sponsor: Carol Duris
Jack & Angela Connelly
LAW PRACTICE - Litigation
Connelly Law Offices
Sponsor: Missy Zenczak
Tina Vasen
INSURANCE - Claims Administration
Vice President Sales and Marketing
Trusteed Plans Service Corporation
Sponsor: Julie Foley
Who Is Turning 108? 
The Rotary Club of Tacoma #8 was chartered on February 4, 1910 and is the 8th oldest Rotary Club in the world, out of 32,000 Rotary clubs.  For 108 years, Tacoma #8 Rotarians have met on Thursdays going about doing the good works of Rotary in the greater Tacoma community and the world, and exemplifying the motto of ‘Service above Self’.
In the early days of the club, Rotary focused its members on the key certainties of truth, fairness, goodwill and the creation of a common benefit for all concerned.  Today, that is still true as men and women work to eliminate polio, bring fresh water to third world countries, increase international understanding, and provide financial support and volunteer hours to build our community.
Happy 108th Birthday Rotary Club of Tacoma #8!
Welcome to Veronica Rollins
Veronica was introduced by her sponsor Cindy Niemi at the meeting on February 1. She is the South Regional Director for the Girl Scouts of Western Washington. She was born in Okinawa Japan where her father was stationed at the time. Her family has lived in the area since 1964.  Veronica has an undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and a law degree from Seattle University law-school formally UPS School of Law. She and her husband raised their two boys in the US Virgin Islands where they lived for 17 years. Veronica was a Girl Scout from first grade to 12th grade and has returned to help girls realize their dreams.
Art Wickens Awards
At the meeting this week we will be recognizing our newest Art Wickens fellows.  Eligible for awards this week are Christian Anderson, Jake Fey and Rob Novasky receiving their first awards, David Flentge, Mary McNally and John West receiving their 2nd award,  Scott Sutherland his 3rd, Ed Hill his 5th, Cap Pearson his 7th and Ray Schuler his 10th!   We are so grateful for the generosity of these and all members of the club who support the Tacoma Rotary Foundation! Interest from the trust supports our community grants. Check out the donor honor roll on the tables. 
Each year, our club recognizes a non-Rotarian who is providing exemplary service in the community.  This person will be honored at our meeting on Thursday, April 5, and receive a contribution from our club to his/her favorite charitable organization. Nominations are due to the Rotary office by Thursday, March 1.  If you would like to nominate an individual for this Community Service Award, complete a nomination form which can be found on our website under Member Services - Forms - Community Service Awards-2018 Nomination Form.  Email your nomination to the Rotary office at or  fax it to 253-473-7738. Forms will also be available at our weekly meetings. Don't delay!
We have started the sign-ups for our meeting at the Salvation Army on February 22.  Reservations for members and guests must be made by February 15, so there will be 2 more Thursdays to register, or you can always call the office to reserve a spot.  The cost for the meal will be $21.50. Following are the members who have signed up; Mark Anderson, Barry Benson, Michael Bitterling, Jan Brazzell, Linda Kaye Briggs, Libby Catalinich, Don Doman, Carol Duris, Jace Dwinell, Robin Echtle, Carolyn Else, Stephanie Farrar, Becky Fontaine, Joyce Glavish, Whitney Grisaffi, Enid Harris, James Harris, Donna Haynes, Chuck Heaton, Jim Henderson, Rusty Hersey, Corey Hjalseth, Jim Merritt, Monique Nadeau, Cap Pearson, Annie Ramirez, Charley Rance, Peter Taylor, Christina Turner, Joy Vivar-Beeks, Jack Warnick, Carol Webster, Jim Whitacre, Kathi Willis, Missy Zenczak and Clay Zhang.

You have touched the hearts and warmed the feet of hundreds of homeless men, women and children in our community. We collected dozens of socks and raised over to $900. Almost 1,000 pairs of socks have been secured for Project Homeless Connect who distributed them during their Point- In -Time count last week. THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR GENEROSITY! (Remember if you gave to Projects through Project Greater Good you also contributed to this effort)
Members enjoying the Fireside last week


Thanks so much to everyone who took the time to attend the Firesides. Great feedback has indicated that members enjoyed good friends, good food and good conversations. A special thanks to our hosts and co-hosts; Jim Merritt, Maria Harlow, Carol Webster, Marty Lough, Monique Nadeau, Kelly Lane, Peter Darling and Jeremy Fogelquist. 

 Featured items this week. 
 Skydiving with Ali?? Winetasting Class for You and Your Friends
Larry Treleven - Salt Lake City
David Snow - Maple Valley
Maria Harlow - Tacoma North
Stephen Deal - Tacoma North 
Fred Moisio - Tacoma North
Invocation - Becky Fontaine
National Anthem and 4 Way Test - Carlyn Roy
Piano - In the Ballroom
Board Greeter- Roving Mic - Elliot Stockstad
Membership Greeter - Roving Mic - Veronica Rollins
Birthdays - John Schneider
Fine Counter - Dan Bogart
Meeting Reporter for Gearshift - Jamie Brooks
Meeting Sponsor -  Nick Frank
AV Assistance - Jeff Rounce
There are clipboards at every meeting for you to sign up to help out!
--Leading the National Anthem & Four Way Test
--Giving the Moment of Reflection
--Playing piano
--Assisting with Audio/Visual
--Greeter and Roving Mic
--Sponsoring a meeting

Birthdays to celebrate 
Mary McNally - Feb 5
Mary Lynn Pannen - Feb 7
Jim Fry - Feb 8
Malcolm Russell - Feb 8
Don Meyer - Feb 10
Anniversaries to celebrate
Don Sheppard - 4 years - Feb 6
Greg Unruh - 4 years - Feb  6 
Robing Lucas - 5 years - Feb 7  
Bill Matthaei - 40 years - Feb 9 
Jim Fry - 35 years - Feb 10 
Enid Harris - 13 years - Feb 10 
Don Meyer - 18 years - Feb 10 
Social at Primo Grill

The Fellowship/Relationship Building Committee invites all members of Tacoma #8 to join them on Thursdays at 5 pm. These socials are a great way to meet some new Rotarians or catch up with old friends. Pandakas, these meetings will fulfill your "social" requirement prior to graduation and, for all members, it’s fun!

1924 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA
The Tides Tavern
2925 Harborview Drive
Gig Harbor, WA
The Loose Wheel
6108 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA 

Reflections from the meeting of Feb 1 from Carol Duris
President Mark Anderson rang the bell and Carol Webster provided the invocation.  Chris Serface, Tacoma Little Theatre led us in the National Anthem and the 4 Way Test and President Mark announced our weekly meeting sponsor, Heather Faverman, Morgan Stanley.  Visiting Rotarians were invited to stand and introduce themselves followed by guests of Rotarians facilitated by Stacey Ogle, Cole Graphic Solutions  and Jace Dwinell, Heritage Bank.  We were pleased to have a number of guests and visiting Rotarians present.  President Mark then announced that anyone handing in a procurement form for the April 28th Rotary #8 USO auction would be eligible for the drawing for a gift certificate at the end of the meeting.   
President Mark called forward Cindy Niemi to introduce our newest member Veronica Rollins who is with the Girl Scouts.  Veronica provided a self introduction providing details from her life including her Muslim upbringing, to her 17 years located in the Virgin Islands (jealous!!!), to her generous donation of time to underprivileged youth and golf, to her time at Amazon which lead her back to the service of others at the Girl Scouts.  Welcome Veronica and thank you Cindy!
President Mark called upon Kathryn Nelson to introduce our speaker, Dorothy Echodu.  Dorothy is part of a Christian organization formed in 2001 and which was approved for non-profit status in 2005.  They are focused on reducing the infection of both mosquitos and the human population to greatly reduce the incidence and infection of Malaria in Uganda.  Why they feel this is so important is because in the area they are focused, 50% of the children were infected.  This is a fairly poor community who has limited access to adequate healthcare and limited access to running water and electricity (even some of the hospitals function without running water and electricity!).  Unlike visitors who are given Malaria pills to help protect them, local residents can not take these medications long term.  They tested one area first with nets only, the second with nets and spraying and the third with nets, spraying and treatment of the humans.  Each had a sizable impact but the greatest being a 50% infection rate down to a 6% infection rate with two round of nets, spraying and treatments of humans.  They are working on Phase I with the treatments with the final round funded by a substantial grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Phase II will continue to monitor and treat to keep the infection rate from rising.  They have trained individuals who will be accountable for approximately 180 individuals in an area to look for signs of Malaria and those infected and treat them directly.  They invite you to come to Uganda and assist, please contact the office or Dorothy directly if you have interest in this amazing work they are doing in Africa.
President Mark introduced our meeting sponsor Heather Faverman, Morgan Stanley who provided a short overview of her work in wealth management which focuses on socially responsible investments.  Call Heather if you have any questions!
George Pilant helped celebrate one birthday attendee, Carolyn Else and mentioned the two not attending, Carroll Dickson and Rick Oldenburg.  Anniversaries acknowledged were; Heather Faverman, Chris Coates, Michael Wark, Jake Fey, Roger Lilley and Margaret McCormick
Carolyn Weyrick – Asked for procurements for our Auction with a drawing to be held at the end of the meeting!
Don Sheppard – invited us to sign up for our next offsite meeting on February 22 at the Salvation Army and invited everyone to stay after the meeting to tour their facility.
Linda Kaye Briggs – Reminded everyone to think about nominations for the Community Service Award.  The deadline for nominations is March 1.Forms were on the tables and are also online. 
Barry Benson – Gave us all an update on the timeline and finalists for the venue search. March 2 the  committee will meet to review prospective locations. They have considered over a dozen, and have visited with the top 10. The committee will rank and recommend the venues. On March 6 the Executive committee will review  the recommendations, and have selection committee members go back to the top choices to get proposed agreements. There will be continued discussion between the venue committee, the Board and Executive Committees during March, April and May with the final decision planned for May 21. Thanks to our Venue task force;  Barry Benson, Mark Anderson, Linda Kay Briggs, Jim Henderson, Rusty Hersey, Jeff Lovely, Larry Norvell, Stacey Ogle, George Pilant, and Christina Turner. 
Members who indulged in the cookies were fined by the President.  One dollar for one cookie or three dollars for three or more cookies!!
President Mark then thanked Dr. Echodu for an inspiring and informational presentation; Heather Faverman for being the meeting sponsor; Carol Webster for the reflection; Welcomed Veronica to the club and thanked her sponsor Cindy.  The social was to be held at Primo Grill.  President Mark then invited Carolyn back up to draw the winning procurement donor. Our winner was Michele Johnson.  Our next meeting will feature Lew Cox, from Victims of Violent Crimes talking about The Impact of Homicide on the Family We were then invited to go out and Live Rotary!  


Sound Advice for Service Above Self Living, by Past President Jim Henderson

"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." Dali Lama.


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The Gearshift is a weekly publication to inform you about current happenings in the Rotary Club of Tacoma #8. We meet on Thursday at the Landmark Temple Theatre 47 St. Helens Avenue, Tacoma 
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