Thursday, October 3, 2019
VOL. NINETY SIX,  Issue 14
Port of Tacoma Candidate Forum
Use this link to register by Wednesday!

The Port of Tacoma commission sets policy and strategic direction, and authorizes all major expenditures.

Our port is among the largest container ports in North America, and a major center for autos, bulk, breakbulk and heavy-lift cargoes.

The economic impact of the port includes real estate and marine cargo operations supporting more than 29,000 jobs and generating nearly $3 billion in economic activity for our community.

The Port works to create jobs and economic growth for our community and the region.

We will hear from the candidates for the two Port Commission positions on the November ballot:

Position #3 – Frank Boykin and Deanna Keller

Position #5 – Kristin Ang and Dave Bryant

October 10
Thursday at 5
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October 17
Elaine Chan - The Unfinished Civil War in China
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October 24
World Polio Day
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Our Outbound Exchange Students Taylor and Katie
From Taylor Webb
So far, Finland has been nothing short of amazing. My host family is wonderful, and the people at my school are very friendly and easy to talk to. I've started my language lessons, and they too are going great. I've managed to get my hands on a guitar that I will be able to use the whole year, which I am very grateful for. School in Finland is broken up into six different periods, each ending in an exam week. I am now in the second period, and my classes are a little more difficult this time in hopes of getting more exposure to Finnish. Last week I had the opportunity to do something incredibly fun. The school days during exam week are very short, so I got to spend a day exploring the city of Turku with two other exchange students. We visited historical sites such as the cathedral, castle, and an excavated medieval village. We also explored other parts of the city such as the mall. It was truly a spectacular day with some great friends. I've been able to do many other fun things but so far that has stood out the most. All in all, I'm having an absolutely amazing time here. Thank you so much for making this all possible!! If you want to keep up with Taylor use this link for his blog. 
From Katie Guild
I am now two months into my exchange in Brazil and I’m having a fantastic time! My school has high expectations for me, which is quite stressful, but ultimately is helping me learn Portuguese at a much quicker pace than I anticipated. My classmates have been very patient and friendly with me, and although the nearest exchange student to me is about forty miles away, I have the ability to take a bus and visit my friends across the district. My first host family is incredible to the point that I’m dreading the day that I have to move to the next! Exchange is certainly difficult, but I am having a great time and truly appreciate the opportunity. Above is a photo of me with my local Interact club.
The ballots are in the mail for you to elect the members who will serve on the Nominating Committees. Please be sure to use both sides of the ballot when voting and circle the appropriate number of candidates. You will select 2 for the Officer Nominating Committee and 3 for the Board Nominating Committee. The ballots can be returned by mail, dropped off at the meeting, or at the office or scanned and emailed to 
The Officer Nominating Committee will be presenting 2 consensus candidates to the club; the Vice President, who will serve as President in 2022-23 and a Secretary who will serve from 2020-2022.  The Board Nominating Committee will recruit 8 candidates for 4 Board positions who will serve from 2020-2023. Below are the composition of the committees. 
Officer Nominating Committee
Member nominee
Member nominee
Appointed Members
*President - Carol Duris
*Past President - Jeff Rounce
*Past President - Ray Schuler
*Committee Chair - Jeff Albers
*Committee Chair - Chris Serface
Board Nominating Committee
Member nominee
Member nominee
Member nominee
*President Elect - Kathryn Nelson
*Past President  - Linda Kaye Briggs
*Board member - Christina Turner
*Appointed by Executive Committee
Thursdays at 5 at Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community

You are invited to Rotary 8’s Thursday at 5 to be held at Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community.  We will have light snacks, fizzy drinks and wine, of course!  I hope to tell you a little more about TLRC, and tours will be provided if you want to explore our beautiful 28 acre campus a bit more.  Let’s hope for good weather.

HOST:  Robin Ann Echtle, TLRC
WHEN:  October 10th, 5-7pm
WHERE:  1301 N. Highlands Parkway, Tacoma WA 98406
REALLY WHERE:  Go to the main reception and ask for directions to our Chapel. 
Contact:  253 756-7560 (Robin’s work #) or 206 713-7901 (Robin’s cell #)
PARKING:  We have a lot.  Choose any spot that does not contain the word “Reserved #”
FOOD:  Food and refreshments will be provided!  
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There is always an opportunity to get involved in a Rotary Project. Below is the upcoming schedule from the Projects Committee. For more information you can contact the Projects Committee Co-Chairs Diane Kelleher or Gil Quante, or the Project lead as noted below.  Please let them know if you have an idea for a project as well. 
October 19 - St. Vinnie Saturday Sort
November 7 - Giving Tree Is Up!  - Miriam Barnett and Pat Steel
November 9 -  Bike Build - Gil Quante
November 21 - In Meeting Project - Sharon Chambers-Gordon
November 23 - EFN Break Bags 
December 14 - EFN Break Bags
December 20 - Salvation Army Bell Ringing - Ann Voves
Members of this club serve in so many ways, and supporting our annual giving program is just one way that you help us make Service Above Self a reality.  Our goal this year is to have 75% of our members participate by making a donation of any size to Project Greater Good, you should have received your pledge form in the mail.  If you need more information or another pledge form please contact the Co-Chairs of the PGG-Foundations Committee Rusty Hersey at or Kirsten Willis at
Thank you to our donors through September 25
Reflection-Kirsten Willis
Board Greeter/Roving Mic-Jace Dwinell
Board Greeter/Roving Mic-Gil Quante
National Anthem & 4 Way Test-Jan Brazzell
Piano - Jack Warnick
Fine Counter-Dan Bogart
Storywriter-Jim Henderson
Meeting Sponsor-Tracy Peacock
AV Assistant-Don Sheppard
Meeting assistant - Kirsten Willis
Please contact Kathi to volunteer 
--Leading the National Anthem & Four Way Test
--Giving the Moment of Reflection
--Assisting with Audio/Visual
--Greeter and Roving Mic
--Sponsoring a meeting
--Check in Assistant
Birthdays This Week
Lori Bemis - Sep 29
Maria Harlow - Sep 29
Melissa Malott - Sep 30
Scott Winship - Oct 01
Jennifer Weddermann - Oct 02
Carolyn Weyrick - Oct 02
Jeff Lyon - Oct 03
Anniversaries to Celebrate
John Douville - 1 year  
Byron Okutsu - 1 year
Cathy Hall -  16 years cumulative
Rusty Hersey - 21 years
David Graybill - 36 years 
Larry Treleven - Everett
Social at The Table May 16
Upcoming Socials
The Fellowship/Relationship Building Committee invites all members of Tacoma #8 to join them on Thursdays at 5 pm. These socials are a great way to meet some new Rotarians or catch up with old friends. Pandakas, these meetings will fulfill your "social" requirement prior to graduation and, for all members, it’s fun.
October 3
Seahawks Game GO HAWKS!
October 10
Thursdays at 5
Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community
1301 N. Highlands Parkway
October 17, 2019
The Koi
1552 Commerce Street
Tacoma, WA
October 24
The Rhein House
 649 Division Ave
Come play some Bocce Ball
October 31
The Spar
2121 N 30th Street
Tacoma, WA
Tuesday November 5 – 5:30
Rotarian Ladies Night Out
La Bella Nail Spa
2616 N Proctor Street Unit A
Tacoma, WA
Pedicures for 19 Rotarians, cost starts at $30.00
Bring a bottle of wine or champagne and an appetizer to share
November 7
The Fish Peddler
1199 Dock Street
Tacoma, WA
Reflections from the meeting of 9-26 from Jeremy Fogelquist
I knew it was going to be a beautiful day from the time that I woke up, because I was going to Rotary.  It was a little overcast, however, the room was a glow with Rotary love.  President Carol promptly rang the bell to start the meeting.  
Pat Steel provided a lovely invocation before he challenged everyone to quietly reflect on their lives and think about one thing that they would change in the world if they could change one thing.  Pat then led the room in a booming rendition of the National Anthem and the 4 Way Test while being accompanied by Libby Catalinich on the piano.  President Carol invited all visitors and visiting Rotarians to please stand while Robin Echtle, Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community and Bryan Flint, Sound Outreach brought around the mics so that they could be introduced.  There were quite a few guests and visiting Rotarians that were in attendance this week.  I knew that it was going to be a good day for Rotary. 
President Carol then invited Noah Baskett, Tacoma Rescue Mission, forward to say a few words as he was today's meeting sponsor.  He informed everyone that they were building a new woman's shelter at their downtown campus and they have already raised 60% of their campaign.  President Carol then congratulated Mike Shields and Maria Harlow on their service to Rotary and their anniversaries of eight years and eleven years, respectively.
President Carol then invited Carol Webster to the podium to introduce today's meeting speakers.  Once I heard who the meeting speakers were today I instantly knew why there were so many guests and visiting Rotarians.  The main program consisted of the two present Rotary Youth Exchange Students, Gabriel Bringman and Nicolas Galy and Rizley Cox who was last year's Rotary 8 outgoing youth exchange student.
All three students gave wonderful presentations on their families, favorite food, various countries traditions, governments, and favorite activities.  I knew that this was going to be a great day for Rotary. After the program Carol Webster, our new Youth Exchange Officer, talked how important it is for everyone to pitch in and do their part by joining the RYE Committee or supporting their work in so many ways.  Participation is imperative if we are going to continue this program and positively impact future students' lives.  
President Carol then called Gil Quante to the podium to make an announcement for an upcoming service project on Saturday, October 19th, at St. Vinnies.  Please contact Gil or the office if you're interested in attending.  She then invited Sherri Stanton to the podium who reminded everyone of the Book Drive that we are currently running.  We need 600 books for the literacy project.  Make sure you bring in your slightly used or new books to the meetings or the Rotary office to make a donation. 
There was still time during the meeting for true confessions which was delightful, because there were a lot of them.  Hunter George mentioned that Tacoma had been named for their best parks in the country; Jack Warnick had just spent three weeks on vacation; Cynthia Darland had just returned from two weeks of vacation floating down the Mississippi River; Berry Benson met his sister, Janet, for the very first time; Mark Anderson has been singing every day and had just recorded two CD's; Cindi Niemi gave a shout out to Alecia Cunningham and the amazing job she has been doing for the Girl Scouts, and Carlyn Roy's son just got a job as the Assistant Athletic Director at Bowling Green.  My table mate, Larry Treleven, informed me that Bowling Green was next to the Corvette factory where he has been numerous times and apparently his wife nicknamed their corvette the "Tupperware Car" because of all of the plastic that's in it.
President Carol thanked Pat for doing double duty of the reflection and singing and to Libby for playing the piano with Pat.  She then thanked Noah for being our meeting sponsor.
Next week will be a great day for Rotary as we as the program is with the four candidates running for Port Commission. Remember if you have some questions you would like us to pose to them please send them to Debbie Regala.
The meeting concluded with President Carol inviting everyone to go out and be People of Action!

Thought for the Week


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The Gearshift is a weekly publication to inform you about current happenings in the Rotary Club of Tacoma #8. We meet on Thursday at the Yacht Club, 5401 Yacht Club Road, Tacoma, WA. 
Noon - 1:00 pm
The Rotary Office is located at:
1001 Yakima Ave, Suite 9A
Tacoma, Washington 98405

PO Box 1777
Tacoma, Washington 98401-1777

Phone:  253.473.7723
Week of 9-30 
Monday - Tuesday
830 - 5
Wednesday - Thursday 
Oct 10, 2019
Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community
Oct 17, 2019
The Unfinished Civil War in China
Oct 24, 2019
World Polio Day
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Upcoming Events
Executive Committee Meeting
Red Elm
Oct 08, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Thursday at 5-Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community
1301 N. Highlands Parkway
Oct 10, 2019
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
World Community Service Committee Meeting
Cole Graphic Solutions
Oct 17, 2019 7:00 AM
Engagement Committee Meeting
Tacoma Yacht Club
Oct 17, 2019 11:00 AM
Rotary Youth Exchange Committee
Tacoma Yacht Club (before lunch)
Oct 17, 2019 11:15 AM
Weekly Meeting - Elaine Chan
Oct 17, 2019
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM
Coffee with Carol
Yacht Club
Oct 24, 2019
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Pandaka Committee
Tacoma Yacht Club (before lunch)
Oct 24, 2019
11:35 AM – 11:55 AM
Weekly Meeting - World Polio Day
5401 Yacht Club Road
Oct 24, 2019
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Rotary Office
Oct 28, 2019
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
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Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Secretary 2018-2020
Treasurer 2019-2021
Board Member 2017-2020
Board member 2017-2020
Board member 2017-2020
Board Member 2017-2020
Board Member 2018-2021
Board Member 2018-2021
Board member 2018-2021
Board Member 2018-2021
Board Member 2019-2022
Board Member 2019-2022
Board Member 2019-2022
Board Member 2019-2022
Tacoma Rotary 8 Foundation Board President
Auction Chair
Classification Co-Chair
Classification Co-Chair
Communications Chair
Engagement Chair
Fellowship Chair
Finance Committee Co -Chair
Finance Committee Co-Chair
Grants Co-Chair
Grants Co-Chair
Information and Orientation Chair
Interact Co-Chair
Interact Co-Chair
Literacy Co-Chair
Literacy Co-Chair
Membership Recruitment Chair
Military Affairs Co-Chair
Military Affairs Co-Chair
PGG and Foundations Co-Chair
PGG and Foundations Co-Chair
Program Co-Chair
Program Co-Chair
Projects Co-Chair
Projects Co-Chair
Rotary Youth Exchange Chair
Scholarships Co-Chair
Scholarship Co-Chair
Vocational Services Co-Chair
Vocational Service Co-Chair
World Community Service Co-Chair
World Community Service Co-Chair
Youth Protection Officer
Youth Services Chair
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