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. Please call the office at 253-473-7723 to receive the meeting link. 
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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Miriam Barnett - YWCA
Home At Last: YWCA’s Housing with Dignity for Homeless Families in Tacoma 
In 2008, the YWCA purchased and remodeled the Wilsonion Apartments at 401 St Helens for our domestic violence shelter. When the building opened to clients, every family had their own apartment where they were safe and could begin the process of healing with privacy and dignity. Seeing the difference a beautiful environment made, Miriam Barnett decided that during her tenure at the YWCA, all spaces where clients would seek services would be beautiful. Next came a complete remodel of the old shelter into our an expanded legal and therapeutic children’s program where once again, beauty made a difference on how clients healed. Miriam's  final and largest project ($23.2 million) is Home at Last. Home at Last is 54 apartments for homeless families and individuals and while the shelter is a 90-day stay, this project is permanent housing. Tenants can stay as long as they need and want. The building filled up immediately with over 300 people vying to live in the building. The need is great. The arts play an integral part in all three projects and in our programming.

Miriam started her nonprofit career in 1987 as the Executive Director of Allied Arts of Whatcom County, a position she held for 11.5 years. She moved to Tacoma in 2000 to be the development director of Tacoma Arts Live and then was offered a double position at the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation as the Director of the Fund for Women and Girls and the Marketing and Communications Manager for the foundation.  In 2005, she was asked to become to the CEO of the YWCA Pierce County, a position that in her words, she has been blessed to have for almost 16 years. In July of this year, she will be stepping down to pursue new opportunities and slow down the pace just a little.

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. 
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April 2021
Upcoming Programs
Miriam Barnett
Apr 15, 2021
Home At Last: YWCA’s Housing with Dignity for Homeless Families in Tacoma
Johnna Batiste
Apr 22, 2021
Fighting the Good Fight: A Conversations with Sgt. Johnna Batiste, WSP
Laurie Jinkins
May 06, 2021
Report from the Speaker of the House
Upcoming Events
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Upcoming Socials
Thanks tour wonderful Fellowship Committee socials have returned for the next 3 weeks.  This is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect face to face with one another.  I hope you are comfortable venturing out to spend some time with fellow members! Socials will begin at 5 and conclude when the last Rotarian leaves!
April 15th
McDuff’s Café
Highlands Golf Course
1400 N Highland PKWY
Tacoma, WA
Sitting outside on the patio
April 22
Coopers Food & Drink
5928 N 26th Street
Tacoma, WA
April 29
5104 Grand Loop
Tacoma, WA
Sitting upstairs outside
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