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. 
Office Hours 
Monday - Thursday
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Lisa Jaret (she/her) – Program Manager, Tacoma Creates
Lisa joined the City of Tacoma’s Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality as the Program Manager for Tacoma Creates in July 2019. Previously, she was at the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA), serving as the Arts in Education Program Manager and working to support and strengthen K-12 arts education as part of basic education. Prior to ArtsWA, Lisa served as the Administrative Director of Education Programs for Seattle Children’s Theatre. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master’s in Not-For-Profit Leadership from Seattle University.
Tacoma Creates is a voter-approved initiative to increase access to arts, culture, heritage, and science experiences throughout Tacoma by reducing barriers to access and expanding offerings, particularly for underserved youth. Eligible non-profit arts, culture, heritage, and science organizations are able to apply for funding that helps them expand equitable access to public programs, increase opportunities in neighborhoods throughout Tacoma, expand educational options for youth, and build sustainability for ongoing cultural programs that provide value for people throughout the City of Tacoma.
CHIMAERA (they, them) is the Founder and Executive Producer of Cathartic Muse.
Cathartic Muse is a narrative justice incubator for multidisciplinary BIPoC, LGBTTQIA+, and Non-Binary creatives and community thought leaders using independent media and immersive storytelling to inspire generational healing at the intersections of race/ethnicity, culture, class, gender, sexuality, spirituality, and ability through cathartic stories of reverence, reclamation and resistance.
Shannon A. Shea, Ph.D. (she/her) is the Executive Director of Tacoma Boat Builders.
Tacoma Boat Builders creates transformational opportunities for marginalized and court-involved youth through positive mentorship, woodworking, and boat building. We are part of a larger effort to short circuit the school to prison pipeline by offering a place for youth in need of a safe place to learn and grow in different ways. 
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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May 2021
Upcoming Programs
Lisa Jaret
May 20, 2021
Tacoma Creates
Diane Bai, MD
Jun 03, 2021
Why Probiotics Love Vegetables
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Upcoming Socials Have Been Cancelled
We had a great group who were out to enjoy the sunshine, beverages and fellowship at McDuff's last Thursday. Taking time to gather together were Michelle Roberts, Monique Nadeau, Diane Kelleher, Donna Haynes, Jim Whitacre, Jack Warnick, Carlyn Roy, Larry Treleven, Carolyn Weyrick, Jan Brazzell, Whitney Grisaffi and Gil Quante.  Unfortunately we need to take another pause due to the fact that Pierce County has moved back to Phase 2.  The Fellowship Committee will look to schedule some in May or June when we are in Phase 3. 
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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. 253-473-7723 OFFICE ADDRESS 1001 S. Yakima, Suite 9A, Tacoma, WA 98405
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