Established in 1910, we're the 8th oldest Rotary club in the world. We believe in the power of in-person connections over online networking, enhancing our beautiful local community, and contributing to the well-being of the world we live in. We'd be delighted if you'd join us at our next club meeting, every Thursday at noon via Zoom. 
Thursday, November 5, 2020
Tom Borgen. Dennis Buschman & Pennye Nixon
Investing in International Grants
 As we begin Rotary Foundation month our International Service Committee is please to present 3 stories of how our donations have been multiplied with matching funds from the Rotary International Foundation. We will hear from Tom Borgen who will share successes in the development and implementation of clean water projects in Guatemala. Dennis Buschman, MD has spent much time in Africa working with children in farm schools to provide access to learning options and improving their opportunity to break the cycle of poverty through education. Pennye Nixon, from the Etta Foundation will bring examples about the work they do to bring healthcare to Bolivians as well as some of their clean water and sanitation efforts

Tom Borgen is a 10 year member and Past President of the Gig Harbor Morning Rotary Club and currently a Rotary Assistant Governor for Area11.  Tom initiated a “Tiny House” program supported by Rotary to provide students in the Peninsula Schools District skilled trades program with hand on experience and is involved through Rotary with the Mary Bridge Courage bike event each year.   He has served on their International Committee and is passionate about clean water and sanitation.  

 Tom was born in Ketchikan, Alaska,  graduated from Oregon State University with a BS in Business and received an MBA from Portland State University.   Tom owned Orca Sales and Marketing,  a manufacturer’s representative agency,  contracting with domestic and international manufacturers of building products to market their products in the Northwest and Alaska for 30 years and founded a homebuilding company with his son in West Seattle.   Tom is now retired living in Gig Harbor. 

Dennis Buschman, MD grew up in the Belgian Congo including one year of high school. He attended Tabor College from 1960-64 followed by studies at  U of Kansas Medical School form  1964-68. He completed his Residency in Radiology at U of Utah from 1972-75

Dennis also served in the US Air Force from 1967-72 He was with Group Health/Kaiser Permanente for 28 years. He is a 5 year member of the Tacoma Sunrise Rotary Club.    

Pennye Nixon founded Etta Projects, a non-profit organization working in Bolivia with rural villages providing access to clean water, sanitation and healthcare.

She holds a M.A. in Psychology from PLU and a B.A. in Human Services from the University of Tennessee. Nixon was awarded the RESULTS Kitsap Peninsula Global Humanitarian Award for her work with global poverty and the International Woman of the Year Award by the city of Montero, Bolivia. She was recently named as The Greater Tacoma Nobel Peace Prize Laureate for 2017 and was honored to participate in the Nobel Ceremonies in Oslo Norway in December.

Diversity Statement of the Rotary Club of Tacoma #8
The Rotary Club of Tacoma #8 is open to all people who want to make positive changes in our community and world.  We welcome all members and guests, regardless of race, nationality, religion, faith, gender, sexual orientation, cultural background, and ability. 
We do not tolerate racism.
We strive to become an anti-racist organization.  We are committed to learning more about how systemic racism has led to inequality and inequity in all systems – including education, housing, health, employment, wealth accumulation, policing, prosecution, sentencing, and incarceration – and working to eradicate inequality and inequity wherever we encounter it.
We will take these actions:
We will review and update our Club’s procedures, policies, meetings, events, communications, grants, projects, scholarships, and traditions.
We will broaden our recruiting practices to align our membership more closely with the demographics of Tacoma.
We will use our grants, projects, and scholarships to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice in our community.

Rotary is an international  organization whose purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian services, to encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world.  Rotary is open to all people regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, or political preference. There are more than 1.2 million Rotarians in over 35,000 Rotary clubs worldwide.  The Rotary motto is "service above self.” 

Within Tacoma, the Rotary Club of Tacoma #8 invests in non-profit organizations throughout the community, recommended by the Community Grants Committee, that serve low-income children and seniors.   Rotary #8 also has many “hands-on” projects where Rotarians offer their service.  Some of these "hands on" projects that have been supported are:  
Read2Me - Rotarians  tutor 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students in low-income schools;
Food Drives and Repacks - for the Emergency Food Network. Regularly club members volunteer to participate in  repackacking food for distribution into the community; and
Little Free Libraries - Rotarians build and install these libraries, filled with good children's books, near low-income elementary schools.
Rotary #8 has international projects such as clean water projects in Ethiopia and India, has brought firefighting equipment to Mexico, and has delivered school materials to Malawi.   Tacoma Rotarians have given Polio immunizations to children in India and Africa.
Throughout the world, Rotary Clubs, including Rotary #8, have contributed nearly $900 million to eradicate polio in the world.   More than one half billion children in developing countries have been immunized against polio, through Rotary’s PolioPlus campaign.
Rotary’s Youth Exchange sends 7,000 high-school age students abroad each year, to study in another country and to learn about its society and culture.  The goal is to promote world peace.  Rotary # 8 has always welcomed inbound students and have identified local students to travel to other  countries to participate in this life-changing experience. 
Paint Tacoma Beautiful July 2020
Rotary 8 - People of Action 2019-20
Military Comfort Kits Packing Project
Tacoma Rescue Mission Breakfast Service
Toys for Kids Shopping 
Giving Tree gifts for one agency 
EFN Break Bags 
Bike Build - November 2019
Raising Girls - In Meeting Project  
October - Saturday Sorting at St. Vinnie's
Handing Out the Backpacks
400 Backpacks ready to go
Camp Goodtimes - July 2019 - Fun and Festivities for All
2018-19 Highlight
The House that Rotary Built Has Been Finished and Dedicated
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October 2020
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Tom Borgen, Dennis Buschman, MD and Pennye Nixon
Nov 05, 2020
Changing Lives Around the World
Col. Skye Duncan
Nov 12, 2020
Celebrating the Military in Our Community
Debbie Regala
Nov 19, 2020
Swimming Up Stream - Memories of Service
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We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Tacoma Yacht Club
5401 Yacht Club Road
Tacoma, WA 98407
United States of America
(253) 473-7723
We are currently meeting on Zoom. Contact the office for the meeting link. Kathi Willis Joy Vivar-Beeks
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