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, June 8, 2023
The Gearshift is a weekly publication to inform members of current events in the Rotary Club of Tacoma #8.
This Week at Rotary
June 8, 2023
Attracting and retaining talent in today’s labor market has never been more challenging and as we move out of the COVID-19 pandemic, employers are having to reshape the way they think about workforce management. The traditional approach of viewing benefits, retirement, and HR operations in separate silos with separate strategies is quickly becoming outdated. HR teams and employees alike are feeling overwhelmed, ill-equipped, and under supported.
Enter OneDigital. By converging our Benefits, Retirement, and HR Consulting practices, we’ve developed a team of top-tier consultants that work in unison to devise holistic workforce strategies that both accelerate business objectives and enhance the employee experience. At OneDigital, we strive to break the mold in what our clients expect from a broker by not only helping them attract and retain talent but by rolling up our sleeves to support their HR teams day in and day out, and by engaging one-on-one with their employees to make them smarter, better healthcare consumers. As one of Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work in 2023 we lead the industry by example in placing the employee experience at the center of everything we do. Join us this Thursday for Rotary at 5 at our beautiful waterfront office on Ruston Way to learn more about how we can help you win the war for talent and become an employer of choice.
When: June 8th at 5pm
Where: 4041 Ruston Way Suite 101 Tacoma, WA 98402 (please be aware that Google maps is still displaying their old Gig Harbor address)
Refreshments: Drinks and appetizers will be provided
Parking: OneDigital has 2 parking options available. The main parking lot is right in front of their office. If that lot fills up, please feel free to park next door in front of the Lobster Shop.
From our amazing sponsors, the the members and business that donated fantastic items, to our guests who joined us in person and online to support our efforts.  The funds we raised will help us with the work we do both locally and globally. If you are a winning bidder the items are available for pickup in the Rotary office.  We still have a few folks with outstanding balances we encourage you to pay promptly. 
Audacious Gallivanters
Financial Insights
Umpqua Bank              
Intrepid Questers
Titus Will Auto Group
True Adventurers
Dimmer Family Foundation
Cindy Grady
Kathryn Nelson
Timberland Bank             
John & Audrey West
Connelly Law Offices
Heritage Bank   
Larsen Commercial- Industrial Realtors  
Greg & Sonja Rolsma     
Carol & Chris Webster
Kathi Willis
HomeStreet Bank
Banner Bank    
Community Health Care  
Moss Adams LLP
Discovery Permit
Joe Gordon Jr
Barry & Sharon Benson
Sharon Chambers-Gordon
Edward Jones
Jackie Flowers
Jim Harris
Charles & Teresa Hawkins
Donna Haynes
Rusty & Janet Hersey     
Roger Lilley
MultiCare Health System
Stadium Wealth Management
Buck & Joanne Thompson
Trusteed Plans Service Corporation
United Way of Pierce County
Wilson Albers   
Base Camp
Advancement Consulting
Marsha & Andrew Burns
Cedar + Slate
Peter & Ann Darling
Tacoma Tent & Awning
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. 
Supporting Our Community
December 2, 2022
Partnering with Catholic Community Services, Tacoma Rescue Mission and YWCA to deliver hundreds of gifts to children in Pierce County. 
December 1, 2022
Packing holiday gifts for Senior Citizens in our Community
November 12, 2022
Packing 9600 Break Bags at EFN
November 3, 2022
Supporting our Military with Comfort Kits
Helping Local Non-Profits
Food Projects for Our Community

Supporting the military
Our Little Free Library at EFN Filled After Thursday at 5
Distributing Books at Centro Rendu Community Resource Fair
Little Free Library Installations
Libraries Under Construction
Stocking Our Libraries
Website Sponsors
June 2023
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Programs
Lowell Wyse, PH.D.
Jun 15, 2023
Tacoma Tree Foundation
Nick Bayard
Sep 28, 2023
BirdNote at 18: A brief history and look to the future
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
(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.
We are looking for a Part-time Bookkeeper. Please forward this job description to any potential candidates. 
Club Executives & Directors
President 2021-2023
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 2022-2024
Board Member 2021-2024
Board member 2021-2024
Board Member 2021-2024
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
Club Administrator