Thursday, March 8, 2018
VOL. NINETY-FOUR, Issue No. 36
We Are Back to the Theatre
Les Eldridge and John Hough
Maritime in the South Puget Sound

Our speakers will trace the evolution of Puget Sound from the provider of rich resources for the First Nations, through early British and American explorers and the Mosquito Fleet era, to the emergence of Olympia as an important international seaport.

Les Eldridge lectures widely in the Puget Sound region on its maritime history and taught general maritime history at the college level for 30 years.  He often narrates aboard the Mosquito Fleet steamer Virginia V, and the historic schooner Adventuress.   Eldridge is co-author of The Wilkes Expedition, Puget Sound and the Oregon Country, a history, and is the author of five maritime historical novels on the American Civil War at sea. He is President of South Sound Maritime Heritage Association, and chaired the Maritime Committee of the Washington State Centennial Commission

John Hough is a fourth generation Washingtonian and was raised in the Puget Sound region. He is a 25 plus year member of the Olympia Rotary Club. John has a life long interest in its maritime history. He is past president and long time board member of the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society and has published several articles on regional maritime history, including about Olympia’s historic tug Sand Man. He participates in the State Heritage Caucus and the Thurston County Historians Conference.

Pandaka Graduation!


To the background music of Pomp and Circumstance Malcolm Russell, Cindy Niemi and Jim Whitacre presented blue badges to a great group of Rotarians; Anita Eixenberger, Joan Engle, Stephanie Farrar, Nick Frank, Hunter George, Joyce Glavish, Jeff Mead, Sherri Stanton and Clay Zhang. Unable to be at the meeting were  Erica Doctor, Sue Dreier & Tasha Smith.  Congratulations and thanks to your commitment to Service Above Self!
Membership Proposal
Unless written objections are submitted to the Board within 10 days of this posting, the following individual will be invited to membership: 
Franklin Dacca
District Court Judge
Pierce County District Court
Sponsor: Jim Merritt
Welcome to Tony and Tina
Tony Belot was introduced by his sponsor Melissa Malott at the meeting on March 1. Tony has been the government and public affairs manager for the Northwest region of Schnitzer Steel since May of 2017.  Before joining the public affairs team, he was the managing director for the Seattle World Affairs Council, and Director of Programs for the USO (formerly RP/6).  He also served as a US Marine and deployed twice to combat operations in Iraq. Tony is a graduate of Chapman University with a B.A. in Political Science, and an M.P.A., from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington.  He also serves on the Board of Directors at the Tacoma Youth Marine Foundation, a former Mission Continues Fellow, Chapman fellow at the Chapman Center of Citizen Leadership, and VFW Senior-Vice Commander.  Most people don’t know that he has posed as a model for a WWII US Marine Raider Memorial for sculptor Mardie Rees, a fellow Gig Harbor Rotary member.  Tony resides in Tacoma, Washington with his wife, Julie, son Anthony Thomas Jr., and dogs Bravo and Charlie.     
Tina Vasen is the Vice President for Marketing at Trusteed Plans Service Corporation and was introduced to us by Julie Foley. Tina is a Northwest native, currently living in Edgewood with her husband and two dogs, and has three wonderful grown children.  She’s passionate about community service, serving as Community Involvement Committee Chair for TPSC for many years, and supporting the United Way of Pierce County, March of Dimes and the Tacoma Pierce County Humane Society along with many other local and national organizations.  She joined TPSC in 1988, being one of the owners for the past 7 years, and serves as Director and Vice President Sales and Marketing.  When not busy at work or volunteering, Tina spends much of her spare time enjoying the outdoors with her two dogs and competing in Dog Agility events.
Paul Harris Awards this Week!
We have awards to be presented to the following members;  Mark Anderson, John Bailey, Bill Baxter, Tim Daly, Nancy Davis, Cindy Grady, Kirk Hull, Rob Novasky, Greg Rolsma, Mark Starnes, Scott Sutherland, Brett Thomas and Kathi Willis. If you are a Paul Harris Fellow please wear your pin or medallion to celebrate your wonderful generosity.  The list you will see on the tables represents 150 members with cumulative club giving of over $1.2 million. 
We had volunteers in the schools on Friday. Thanks to members who took the time to read!
March 24 - Break Bag Pack
We are collecting names for another wonderful service opportunity at the EFN. We need about 30-35 volunteers on Saturday, March 24  from noon- 2. So far the following members have volunteered;  Jamie Brooks (+7), Julie Foley (+1), Joyce Glavish, Whitney Grisaffi, Donna HaynesGil Quante, Annie RamirezDebbie Regala, Pat Steel, Carol Webster (+1) and Jim Whitacre (+2).  You can sign up at the meetings or contact Jim or Gil if you are available to help. 
 Featured items this week
Cruise on American Lake
For the Happiest Birds on the Block
A message from your Auction Committee
Procurement Update
We're looking for more items!  If you have that procurement form ready to go please bring it to the meeting this week, or email it to the office.  We have wonderful volunteers standing by, ready to add your donation to the database. Help us out by returning the forms in the next few weeks. Do you have a favorite restaurant, coffee shop, mechanic, hair salon, pet groomer that you visit regularly?  We have a letter and procurement form ready for you to deliver to ask for support.  If you would like a suggestion of what we still need check out the lists that will be on the tables or contact our awesome Procurement Chair, Cindy Grady
Call for Volunteers
Our Co-Chairs for volunteers Rusty Hersey and Kirsten Willis were making the rounds last week. They will continue to have requests for support, for day of the auction and more. Let them know if you have a talent to share.
Larry Treleven -  Sunrise
Jim Merritt - Tacoma North
David Snow - Renton
Invocation - Kirsten Willis
National Anthem and 4 Way Test -  Linn Larsen
Piano - No one available
Board Greeter- Roving Mic - Jeff Albers
Greeter - Roving Mic -  ???
Birthdays - Don Doman
Fine Counter - Dan Bogart
Meeting Reporter for Gearshift - Jim Henderson
Meeting Sponsor - Stephen Deal
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 
Terry Arca - Mar 6
Dan Bogart - Mar 7
Jan Schwenger - Mar 7
Roger Lee - Mar 10
Mark Lindquist - Mar 10
Tracy Peacock - Mar 10
Anniversaries to celebrate
Joyce Glavish - 1 year 
Carla Santorno – 5 years 
John Bailey - 6 years
Barbara James – 6  years  cumulative
Chung Lee - 11 years 
Ann Voves - 19 years 
Pamela Transue - 28 years 
Fred Moisio - 39 years 
3/8/2018 Rotary Social
West End Tavern
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!
March 8
West End Tavern
3840 6th Ave
March 15
Farrelli's –March Madness!!
3518 6th Avenue
March 22
Fircrest Golf Club
1500 Regents Blvd
March 29
8827 N. Harborview Dr
Gig Harbor

Reflections from the meeting of March 1 from Miriam Barnett
President Mark rang the bell at 12:05. The invocation was given by Arvid Phukan followed by the national anthem and 4-way test led by Jan Brazzell.
 Our meeting sponsor is Cap Pearson who gave his time to Habitat for Humanity. Elliot Stockstad shared information about their luncheon which is approaching. There are Rotarians hosting tables and everyone is welcome, but registration is required.
Guests were introduced with Cindy Grady and Linda Kaye Briggs managing the mics. Rotarians were asked to fill out procurement forms for the auction. Rusty Hersey, Mark Anderson and Jeff Albers won the drawing at the end of the meeting for gift certificates.
New members:
Julie Foley introduced Tina Vasen and Melissa Malott introduced Tony Belot.
Tina is passionate about community service especially the Humane Society. She was raised in the NW. Married with three grown children and two dogs.
Tony has a BA and Masters. Lives in Tacoma with wife and son. He has posed for statues! Likes to serve the community. Has worked in a lot of nonprofits. Works in the steel business now. Has tracked and lobbied for legislation. Has done two duties of service in the army.
President Mark introduced our speaker, Commander David Kaiser of the USS Dallas. Mark used few slides to share his realtionship with the Navy and the USS Dallas in particular, where he served  for 3 years. Commander Kaiser talked about the “family”. In this case, family is bound together by the boat. Use to be a 6 hour duty rotation. Now it’s a 8 hour watch rotation. Ship is operated 24 hours a day. They are broken into three watch sections and they are responsible for the ship during their watch. Another section is awake and available to help with strategy and other things. The final section is sleeping. Ship is under water for up to 3 months. No windows. Shared quarters. The bonds that are created are deep. Commander Kaiser shared a few stories and answered questions.
Anniversaries were announced and then Malcolm Russell celebrated birthdays.
Cap Pearson, Daryl Hembry and Arvid Phukan were present. Andy Laycock was not present.
Malcolm then gave out blue badges to Pandakas. There were 10 graduates!
Cindy Grady shared an auction announcement. She asked everyone to help with procurement. There was a list on the table of items that have been procured as well as some items we are hoping to secure for the auction.
Jim Whitacre made a Project Committee report. March 24 from noon-2 pm we will have a Break Bag Pack at EFN. Need 30-35 volunteers. May 21-24, District 7820 from Nova Scotia will have 6 couples visiting. Need 5 host families and people to help plan activities or them.
True Confessions; Malcolm Russell shared about his fishing trip from Cabo to San Diego. Maria Harlow thanked members who she saw at the Metro Parks luncheon. (if you want an attendance credit  for your community support at the lunch notify the office)  
Social is at Cloverleaf Pizza on 6th.
Next weeks speaker is Les Eldridge and John Hough talking about Maritime in the Puget Sound.


Sound Advice for Service Above Self Living, by Past President and Past District Governor Jim Harris

"Progress comes from caring more about what needs to be done than about who gets the credit "Dorothy Height


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