We are the Rotary Club of Tacoma #8
Established in 1910, the Rotary Club of Tacoma is the 8th oldest Rotary Club in the world. We believe in the power of in-person connection, enhancing our beautiful local community, and contributing to the well-being of the world in which we live. We would be delighted if you would join us at our next club meeting. Please contact the office at 253.473.7723 for information.
Thursday, August 11, 2022
VOL. NINETY-NINE, Issue 6
The Gearshift is a weekly publication to inform members of current events in the Rotary Club of Tacoma #8.
 
 
This Week at Rotary
August 11, 2022
 
 
 
It’s summertime and one of the best views of Commencement Bay and Mt. Rainier are from the top of the Globe Plaza at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Ruthann Howell, Executive Director of The Zoo Society welcomes you after-hours to the Zoo starting at 5:30PM (Zoo closes at 5). Get ready to meet some new friends while taking in an amazing view. Guests will enjoy small bites, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages where you will hear from Zoo Director, Alan Varsik, about the new mission: “Awakening a connection to Wild Life in the Pacific Northwest” and the other exciting things happening at your Zoo. After making your own connections, take a spin (or 2, 3, 4,) on the historic carousel before heading out. A great way to spend a summer evening at the Zoo. Please join us!
 
Host: Ruthann Howell, Executive Director, The Zoo Society (rhowell@thezoosociety.org)
Time: 5:30PM-7:00PM
Where: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
5400 N Pearl St
Tacoma, WA 98407
Parking: Please park in one of the main lots (A, B or C) and come to the main gate of the Zoo by the bronze walrus sculpture
Food: Light appetizers and beverages provided
Meet some surprise special guests upon arrival, please be on time.
 
 
We will not have a virtual option for the Thursday at 5 meeting
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 will 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 in all systems – including education, housing, health, employment, wealth accumulation, policing, prosecution, sentencing, and incarceration – and working to eradicate inequality 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:  
Food Drives and Repacks - for the Emergency Food Network. Regularly club members volunteer to participate in  repacking 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. 
November Little Free Library Installation
 
Books Labeled for Distribution at Our Meeting on July 15
Libraries Ready for Installation
Stocking Our Libraries
 
Books for the Lincoln Lit Abes
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Upcoming Events
Upcoming Programs
Carol Hendricks
Aug 18, 2022
Days for Girls
Elizabeth Bonbright
Aug 25, 2022
How to Create a Resilient Community
Laura Moscatello
Sep 01, 2022
Tacoma Lawn Bowling
Club and District Links
 
Meeting participants lead the song, share a reflection, write a story, or help to welcome others to the meeting. 
We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
La Quinta Inn and Suites
1425 East 27th St.
Tacoma, WA 98421
United States of America
Phone:
(253) 473-7723
We meet every Thursday except for the second Thursday of the month. On the second Thursday, we have Rotary @ 5 and have a vocational visit to a place of business of one of our Rotary Club members.
The office will be closed:
May 13 - District Convention
May 27-30 in observance of Memorial Day.
July 1-4 in observance of Independence Day.
September 2-5 in observance of Labor Day.
November 24-25 for Thanksgiving.
December 23 - 30 for the holiday observance.
Club Executives & Directors
President 2021-2023
Immediate Past President
President Elect
Vice President
Past President
Treasurer 2021-2023
Secretary 2022-2024
Board Member 2022-2023
Board Member 2020-2023
Board Member 2022-2023
Board Member 2022-2023
Board Member 2021-2024
Board member 2021-2024
Board Member 2021-2024
Board Member 2022-2025
Board Member 2022-2025
Board Member 2022-2025
Board Member 2022-2025
Tacoma Rotary 8 Foundation Board President
Youth Services Officer
Youth Protection Officer
Club Administrator
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