Thursday, July 11, 2019
VOL. NINETY SIX,  Issue 2  
Thursdays at 5 at Timberland Bank
It’s official, we are entering a new year of Rotary and continuing our amazing Thursday at 5, kicking it off at Timberland Bank on July 11th!  As your new President I am excited to host our first event of the year and hope to see you here.  These gatherings have been such a wonderful addition to our lunch meetings, allowing us the opportunity to learn more about the businesses who host us, as well as having plenty of time to network with other members.
Click here to register right now!!
Here are the details:
HOST:            Carol Duris, Doug Rohner and Timberland Bank
WHEN:           July 11th 5-7pm
WHERE:        7805 S. Hosmer, Tacoma WA 98408
Contact:         206.719.5368 (Carol’s cell if you have questions!)
PARKING:     Easy-breezy, we have tons!!! 
FOOD/ETC: Food and refreshments (non-alcoholic beverages) will be provided!  We will also have some fun games and prizes to entertain!
We are a locally based Community Bank who focuses on commercial and mortgage lending and still has the personal touch to assist in building your dreams!  We can’t wait to host you, please join me !
July 18
John Gaines - It Matters
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July 25
Dr. Frank Senecal - Cancer Research and Treatment
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The last 365 days….and beyond!
Dear Tacoma #8 member,
What a privilege it has been these last 365 days to serve as your President!
 You might have read in last week’s gearshift where our member, Stephen Deal quoted the 19th Century Industrialist Andrew Carnegie; “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision, the ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives.  It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.
Of course, as you know me, I would change Mr. Carnegie’s quote and add the words passionate, visionary and dedicated people can attain uncommon results. And that is exactly what the last 365 days has occurred within Tacoma #8, uncommon results!
There are so many of you, who have worked “behind the scenes” with minimum recognition and yet you continue to keep focused on what our community needs from us. Together, we have brought in 42 new members to our Rotary family…incredible!  Together we have raised more money than last year to eradicate polio…we’ve almost “slayed” that dragon!
We continue to fulfill high schooler’s dreams of attending college and we continue to “feed” our community when they have no alternatives except to visit food banks! Now that, is life-changing for the family and children that are hungry!  And, yes, many of us take a ferry boat over to an island to dress up with paint and funny hair while hosting an exciting day of giggles and fun for cancer patients and their siblings. This is the culture of Tacoma #8 and I am so proud to be a member of this club with you!
Together, we leverage funds for clean water around the world in countries many of us have never visited, however we are aware that clean water saves lives!  Together we care about the literacy in our community, so we build and then re-stock Little Libraries because we KNOW that learning to read can also “save a life!”
And wouldn’t we all agree that our 2 Rotary Youth Exchange Students brought us immeasurable joy this year? And, yes, their lives will never be the same, and they’ve both told me this, personally! And finally, what better foundation for our high schoolers than to “learn and practice” service above self in their interact club…at the hands of wonderful Tacoma #8 mentors.
Finally, The Rotary International President has awarded Tacoma #8 with his President’s Citation, with a Presidential Distinction!  This citation identifies and honors “thriving” Rotary clubs from all over the world.  This recognition has been earned by each and every one of you as you have “gone about your Rotary business,” the last 365 days!  Congratulations!
As your Past President..I challenge us all to continue this incredible work for our local and international community!
Please know that I feel truly blessed by your confidence in me, during the last 365 days and I promise to work very hard in the next 365 days…..and beyond!!
With heartfelt appreciation,
Linda Kaye
Past President
Membership Proposal
Unless written objections are submitted to the Board within 10 days of this posting, the following individual  will be invited to membership: 
Alecia Cunningham
ASSNS: SOC SVS - Scouting
Girl Scouts
Sponsor: Cindy Niemi
Welcome to our final new members of the year - 
Our last two members of the year were introduced on June 27 by Ross Hjelseth. Tyler Sollie is the Lead Pastor at Life Christian and is a Tacoma native.  Gus Martin is the new Headmaster at Life Christian Academy and he comes to Tacoma from Austrailia.  Be sure welcome  them when you see them at a meeting!
One of the changes to the By-Laws allows the club the opportunity to elect a Vice-President as part of our succession planning. President Linda Kaye has called the current Officer Nominating Committee together to vet candidates who are interested in moving into the role of President 2021-22.  Part of the urgency in electing the candidate now is that they will be able to join President-Elect Kathryn Nelson at the Large Club conference in Chattanooga in October. Please contact President Linda Kaye if you are interested in serving. 
For his leadership in initiating and following through with this process, we sincerely thank Greg Rolsma as Chairman of the ad hoc committee, along with its members: Kirsten Willis, Jeff Albers, Jim Henderson, Jeff Rounce, Maria Harlow, Stephen Deal, Charley Rance, Cindy Niemi and Mark Anderson. Next steps will be to develop policies and procedures to further define what is included in the new By-Laws. 
Gabriel Bringman - Sweden
Nicolas Galy - France
We have two young men who will be joining us this year and will need 6 hosts families.  We are looking for their first host families who will be welcoming them in August. 
Gabriel has and older brother and sister who are off studying so he has experienced being an "only child" for a short time. He says that one of his strong characteristics is that he is friendly. He is an active teenager who enjoys playing soccer, kickboxing and skiing.  He has been golfing for the last couple of years and enjoys that game as well.  For the last two years he has coached floorball.  He has traveled to Africa, Asia and North American and extensively in Europe. 
Nicolas has three older siblings and a younger brother. He loves music and plays the piano.  He is involved in Student Government and has been his class representative three times.  He has played tennis for 2 years and golf for 5 years. He has traveled to Canada, Thailand and Italy with his family and is looking forward to his exchange year to fully engage in a new culture. 
Please think about how being a host parent will bring you new joys and experiences.  Here are 10 reasons to be a host parent!
  1. You can learn that country’s may be different (culture, food, art, politics), but we are also not that different (want peace, family issues are the same, people vacation and go to work like we do).
  2. Teenagers keep you young and you tend to go places and do things you wouldn’t normally. 
  3. You get to know/see your city and state because you want to ensure they see it too. Great excuse!
  4. Hosting provides an invaluable international/cultural experience for your children without leaving home.  
  5. Creates a lifetime friendship around the world, which inspires a never ending worldly perspective. 
  6. The world gets a little smaller and better. We love our International kids!  
  7. Your entire family has a mutually beneficial education experience. 
  8. Your eyes are open to what the younger generation is thinking.  We were able to have tremendously insightful discussions with our student on the different views regarding culture, society, government, world history and even politics.
  9. You have the chance to learn or practice a foreign language.
  10.  You create a lifetime of memories, with someone who will always be in your heart.  
Mandatory Fun Night- Rotary At the Rainiers
Diane Kelleher, Christina Turner & Mark Anderson
It's that time again to join with Rotary Clubs in District 5020 to tailgate and enjoy a Rainiers Game.  The game this year will be August 15.   The evening starts with tailgating in the parking lot at 5:15 followed by the game at 7:05. For $18.00 you will receive a reserved seat ticket and enjoy a great tailgate party with lots of food both outside and inside the park. For $10 you can tailgate only! Reservations are due this week by July 12 and Joy sent the bills to those who have registered on July 3. You can use this link to make a reservation.  President Carol Duris already has 49 members signed up! 
There is always an opportunity to get involved in a Rotary Project. Below are a list of dates and activities from your Project Committee. For more information you can contact the Projects Committee Co-Chairs Diane Kelleher or Gil Quante, or the Project lead as noted below. 
July 18 - Camp Goodtimes Ann Voves
July 19 - Justice Family Barbecue (need grillmasters) Jim Whitacre
August 22 - Community in Schools stuff the backpacks at Rotary! John Douville
August 24 - Courage in Leavenworth Carolyn Weyrick
Date pending for a St. Vincent dePaul Saturday Sort

 Ann Voves has done a great job of recruiting volunteers for the July 18 project and we only need a couple more folks.  The following are members who are on the list to help. Please let us know if your plans have changed.  Marsha Burns, Libby Catalinich, Cynthia Darland, Mike Dunbar, Heather Faverman, Julie Foley, Maria Harlow,Donna Haynes, Andrew Imholt, Sharon Jaffee, Diane Kelleher, Kelly Lane, Jackie Lindstrom, Monique Nadeau, Stacey Ogle, George Pilant, Gil Quante, Carlyn Roy, John Schneider, Pat Steel, Alex Trettin, Amanda Weidman, Carolyn Weyrick and Jim Whitacre.  Thanks too for those folks who have invited friends and family to join them.   


Thanks to the 60 members and Captains who are joined us at Galleyside. The weather was nice (mostly) the boating wonderful and the fellowship fantastic.  Save the date for next year!! 
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
Noah Baskett - Jul 07
Maureen Fife - Jul 07
Christian Anderson - Jul 08
Dean Hanks - Jul 09
Jim Henderson - Jul 09
Kim Bedier - Jul 11
Joe Gordon, Jr. - Jul 11
Angie Martin - Jul 12
Frank Dacca - Jul 13
Anniversaries to Celebrate
Dean Carrell - 1 year
Sally Leighton - 1 year
Kit Evans - 15 years
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.
July 11 
Thursday at 5 
Timberland Bank
July 18th
5910 N Waterfront Drive
Celebrate with the volunteers of Camp Good Times
July 25th
1022 S J Street
Creative cocktails
Reflections on our year
WOW what an incredible club you are!  
Your committee's worked tirelessly throughout the year and in alphabetical order here is a snapshot of their work.
The Auction was chaired by Monique Nadeau and we have a net of about $146,000 and raised an additional $77,000 during  Fund A Need. That money is coming back to the club as well.  This year our new auction chair is Sharon Benson. Pull out your calendar because we have set the date as May 2.
Classification has had 2 great leaders who will continue this year; Jeff Albers and Scott Sutherland.  They vetted and assigned classifications to over 40 prospective members as well as helping the club streamline the process towards admission!
Communications, chaired by Rusty George helped refresh the Website and distributed and analyzed 3 surveys. This year Chris Serface has agreed to step in as Chair.
Engagement, chaired by Maria Harlow worked diligently to reach out to all members to keep them engaged in the work of the club.  They expressed our appreciation to every member, even some who are unable to join us at lunch. She will continue as chair. 
Fellowship, chaired by Michelle Roberts continues to schedule the Thursday night socials and support the Firesides and Galleyside. She has agreed to serve again this year.
Finance,with Co-Chairs Dan Bogart and Robin Echtle, provided support at every meeting in counting fines as well as overseeing the finances of the club. This year they also provided an internal audit of our financial practices. Barbara Mead will  join Dan as a Co-Chair as Robin moves on to become our Treasurer. 
The Grants Committee co-chaired by Carol Webster and Tony Belot provided leadership as their members visited and interviewed dozens of non-profits and selecting the best of the best and ultimately awarding $87,000 to 19 amazing organizations.There is a list and description of the groups and how the funds will be used on our website. DeAnne Hamilton and Clay Zhang will be leading the committee this year.
Information and Orientation, chaired by Brien Elvins, provided information to our prospective members about Rotary International and our club to enable them to decide if our club was the right fit for them. His flexibility in scheduling meetings that worked for our prospective members helped us in shortening the time it takes to join. He will continue to lead these efforts.
Interact, with a great group of students from Life Christian, had wonderful leaders in Peter Carlstrom and Jace Dwinell. They helped that team towards their effort to receive a Presidential Citation. The Interact Club held a couple of fundraisers so that they could contribute funds towards the eradication of polio. They are dedicated to these students and will continue this year.
Literacy began the year with Co-Chairs Susan Barbeau and Sherri Stanton and mid-year Dean Carrell stepped in to replace Susan who needed to take a leave of absence. They helped install and maintain Little Free Libraries in Salishan, and continued to support Reach Out and Read, labeling and contributing hundreds of books to support early reading. They also partnered with Sunrise Rotary in supporting Ocean Fest this year, and once again received the District Literacy Award. They will continue as Co-Chairs this year.
Membership Recruitment, chaired by Harrison Laird, supported by our wonderful club members, helped us introduce over 40 new members to Rotary #8 this year. Their membership drive encouraged us to bring guests to lunch to introduce them to Rotary. Although not all of our lunch guests joined the club, we are spreading the great news about what we do.  Jennifer Weddermann has agreed to assume the role as chair this year.
Military Affairs with the leadership of Mark Anderson once again did a great job of recognizing our own members who are veterans, but also put on a great program in November to honor all veterans.  Julie Foley and Jonathan Murray are going to Co-Chair this committee and they have some great new ideas.
Pandaka, chaired by Amanda Weidman, helped to assure that all new members received support and mentorship towards their attainment of blue badges.  The committee simplified the steps to receive a blue badge and coordinated two graduations this year.  Carolyn Weyrick will join Amanda to Co-Chair this year.
The PGG/Foundations committee with leadership provided by Jim Henderson and Kirsten Willis once again invited our generous members to become Paul Harris and Art Wickens Fellows by encouraging everyone to contribute $100 annually to The Rotary International Foundation and the Tacoma Rotary Foundations, as well as Polio Plus. Although the final numbers have not been tallied as of May 31 our members have given over $65,000 in support of Project Greater Good and the Foundations. Kirsten will be joined next year by Rusty Hersey as her Co-Chair.
Programs committee Co-Chairs Kim Bedier and Hunter George did an amazing job with their committee members in vetting possible program speakers and finding entertaining and engaging speakers for our meetings.  They have both agreed to continue as Co-Chairs.
Projects committee Co-Chairs Gil Quante and Jim Whitacre continued to identify opportunities for club members to fully live our motto of Service Above Self by inviting members to volunteer for over a dozen projects last year. We were able to report that we had 368 project volunteers last year including our Habitat Build, EFN Repacks, the Holiday Giving Tree, Bell-Ringing, Toys for Kids, Science Olympiad, Camp Goodtimes, Courage and Sound the Alarm. Gil will be joined by Diane Kelleher as Co-Chair.
Rotary Youth Exchange committee truly changes lives. Diane Tilstra and Marsha Burns lead a dedicated group of volunteers who welcomed Jacob and Renata, recruiting, identifying and vetting wonderful host families for them. They also prepared two students who will be leaving this summer to be hosted in Finland and Brazil.  Rizley Cox recently returned from his year in Slovakia and we hope he will join us soon to tell us how his year went. Andrea Kiekkala has agreed to join Marsha as Co-Chair this year.
Scholarships committee managed by Jace Dwinell and Bob Fredricksen interview over 2 dozen students from 12 public and private schools in Tacoma to find the best and the brightest. We saw them award $25,000 to 16 students in May. Another amazing job by committee members in interviewing,  reading and scoring all the applications. They have agreed to continue as Co-Chairs.
Vocational Service committee Co-Chairs Andrew Imholt and Missy Zenczak work hard behind the scenes in generating income for the club with meeting sponsors as well as managing the Business Expo. This year they have agreed to continue as Co-Chairs and assume the responsibility of scheduling the Thursday at 5 sponsors as well.
World Community Service committee was chaired by Kathryn Nelson this year and what a great year they had creating partnerships with local clubs and stretching our dollars around the world by supporting grants that were eligible for matching funds. They invested over $20,000 to support water and sanitation projects in 3 Rural Communities in Bolvia, Rachel Plus Unit/Charging Station and 40 tablets in Namibia, toilets, hand washing and drinking stations in 18 schools in  Addis Ababa, Copperbelt Province Malaria Elimination, Demonstration Farm in Uganda and  feminine hygiene  project in Swaziland. This year Barry Benson and Fred Matthaei will serve as Co-Chairs.

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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. 
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Jul 18, 2019
It Matters
Jul 25, 2019
What's Happening with Cancer Research and Treatment
Aug 15, 2019
Evergreen State College
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Finance Committee Meeting
Banner Bank
Jul 17, 2019 12:00 PM
World Community Service Committee Meeting
Cole Graphic Solutions
Jul 18, 2019 7:00 AM
Camp Goodtimes
Jul 18, 2019
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Weekly Meeting - John Gaines
Tacoma Yacht Club
Jul 18, 2019
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Rotary Office
Jul 22, 2019
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Coffee with Carol
Yacht Club
Jul 25, 2019
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Weekly meeting - Frank Senecal
5401 Yacht Club Road
Jul 25, 2019
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM
PGG/Foundations Planning Session
Rotary Office
Jul 25, 2019
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Community Service Grants Committee Meeting
Sound Options
Aug 01, 2019 8:00 AM
Literacy Committee
Red Elm
Aug 01, 2019
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
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