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 at the Tacoma Yacht Club.

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 34,000 Rotary clubs worldwide.  The Rotary motto is "service above self.” 

 
Within Tacoma, the Rotary Club of Tacoma (known as Rotary #8) donates grants to non-profit organizations, recommended by the Community Grants Committee, that serve low-income children and seniors.   Rotary 8 also has several “hands-on” projects where Rotarians offer their service.  Some of these "hands on" projects are:  
Read2Me - Rotarians  tutor 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students at four low-income schools;
Food Drives and Repacks - for the Emergency Food Network. Every quarter the club donates items and cash to support local food banks and other non rpofits as well as repackacking food for distribution in 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 more than $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 incoming students from Paraguay (Renata)  and Norway (Jacob)  this year and our outbound student Rizley who will be studying in Slovakia. 

Presidential message

President 2018-19 Barry Rassin

Barry Rassin

President 2018-19

April 2019

Every two minutes, somewhere in the world, a woman dies from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. And babies whose mothers die within the first six weeks of their lives are far more likely to die themselves than babies whose mothers survive. As I've traveled around the world as president of Rotary, I've met families for whom these aren't simply tragic statistics. But I've also met people who are devoting themselves to helping mothers and children — and because of them, I'm hopeful. And because many of those people are Rotarians, I'm also proud. April is Maternal and Child Health Month in Rotary, so it's a perfect time to tell you about some things Rotarians are doing that will make you proud too.

Last fall, I paid a visit to a hospital in the town of Jekabpils, in Latvia. It's a modern hospital, and the doctors and nurses there are caring, dedicated, and skilled. But despite all their hard work, the maternal mortality rate at the hospital had remained stubbornly high, due to a factor that was beyond their control: a lack of vital diagnostic equipment and even basic items like incubators.

And that's where Rotary came in. Twenty-one clubs from around the world joined forces for a global grant that provided what the hospital required. And in September, when I walked into the maternity ward there, I saw state-of-the-art equipment, and I met patients who were getting the care that they needed — and that every mother and child in the world deserves to have.

In Brazil, club members worked with fellow Rotarians in Japan on a global grant project that dramatically increased the capacity of an overstretched neonatal intensive care unit. New incubators, monitors, and other equipment have enabled the local hospital to save many more babies' lives each year.

And in Mongolia, a vocational training team from New Zealand organized instruction in emergency response techniques for doctors and midwives, set up a program that taught midwives modern best practices, and researched and wrote a culturally relevant childbirth education manual. Between 2013, when the team first went to Mongolia, and 2017, the neonatal mortality rate in the country fell from 11.2 to 9.1 per 1,000 births, and the maternal mortality rate has decreased as well.

That's what I mean when I talk about transformational service, and it's what Rotarians do best. Because of our networks, which span the globe; our community presence, which allows us to see what's most needed; and our expertise, which encompasses countless skills and professions, we're able to serve in a manner that has no equal. And we're able to Be the Inspiration as we help those who need us most.

 
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