Thursday, April 11, 2019
Banner Bank is very much looking forward to welcoming you to the next "Rotary #8 Thursday at 5" meeting at their offices on April 11. 
Jonz Catering will provide heavy appetizers and Banner Bank staff will serve wine, beer and non alcoholic beverages.
Address:  1015 A. St., #100, Tacoma, WA
Parking: Street parking is available on A Street between 12th and 10th.  As well as side streets 11th and 10th and on Pacific Avenue. There is a (pay) garage across the street as well (enter on 10th). Banner Bank looks forward to welcoming you at the bank after normal bank branch hours.
Please contact Dan Bogart at if you have any questions!
Thursday at 5 Banner Bank
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Elizabeth Pauli - City Manager
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Business Expo
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EFN Repack
Thanks to the wonderful members, some who are pictured above, who volunteered on Saturday to be  our People of Action, repacking 2,500 pounds of pears!  Becky Fontaine, Whitney Grisaffi, Donna Haynes, Rusty Hersey, Diane Kelleher, Greg Rolsma  and Michael Thompson were joined by families and friends to prepare fresh fruit for distribution. 
Opportunities to Volunteer
On Saturday April 13 we need a group of members to help refurbish the Playground at the Salvation Army's Jarvie Shelter 1521 6th Ave. Please contact the Project Committee Lead Jim 
Whitacre at if you are interested in helping out.
On Saturday May 4, club members can join forces with the Red Cross and other community volunteers for the annual Sound the Alarm: Save a Life Project by installing smoke alarms and providing fire prevention education in Tacoma’s Central Neighborhood.  We will kick-off and end our day at 1110 South Puget Sound Avenue (the Salvation Army).  Plan to arrive at 8 AM and be done by 2pm.   Please contact Becky Fontaine - - to sign up!  Volunteers must be 16 years of age. Training will be provided on-site.
The Co-Chairs of our Vocational Services Committee, Missy Zenczak and Andrew Imholt are busy planning our next Business Expo scheduled for Thursday, April 25, during our regular meeting time.  This is your chance to sponsor a booth for $150 and let members know all about your business. Contact Missy at or Andrew at if you want to reserve your space to make this the best Expo ever!  Thanks so much to those businesses that have already signed up; Banner Bank, Coldwell Banker Commercial Danforth, Financial Insights, Mission Possible Auction Committee, MultiCare Foundations, Pierce County Library Foundation, PLU School of Business, Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Center, Uncharted Waters Float Center, Washington Business Week,  Wedderman Architecture and Westley Bradley Park.  There are only 8  spots left sign up now!
Why would you want to be a sponsor? 
  • For two weeks, we will display your business/organization’s logo in the Gearshift
  • Exhibit at your own dedicated table before and after the meeting
  • Personally market your business/organization and network with community leaders and potential customers/supporters
  • Spend two minutes at the mic showcasing your business/organization, accompanied by one PowerPoint slide of your choice
  • One sponsors name will be drawn and will receive a Gearshift ad for the next year
Membership Proposal
Unless written objections are submitted to the Board within 10 days of this posting, the following individuals will be invited to membership: 
Jeremy Simler
ASSN: SOC SVC - Furniture
Northwest Furniture Bank
Sponsor: Stacey Ogle
Sharon Chambers-Gordon
REAL ESTATE - Residential
Windermere Professional Partners
Sponsor: Kit Evans
James Harper
St. Leo Food Connection
Sponsor: DeAnne Hamilton

Members of our Life Christian Interact Group were on hand to help us sell out all of our desserts! 
As our President Linda Kaye is fond of saying "it takes a village" It took a village of volunteers and hundreds of hours to pull off another wonderful event.  Along with the Interact Students we were honored to have help from The Daffodil Court and the Bellarmine Softball team. 
Please say thank to your auction committee - Monique Nadeau - Chair, Cindy Grady - Procurement, Carol Duris & Mike Dunbar - Sponsorships, Rusty Hersey & Miriam Barnett - Volunteers, Kirsten Willis - Desserts Kim Bedier & Stacey Ogle - Decorations, Rusty George - Design, Chris Serface - MC, Christina Turner - Raffle & Announcer, Stephen Deal - Video Producer, Linda Kaye Briggs, Libby Catalinich, Brien Elvins, Maria Harlow, Cindy Niemi, Jennifer Wedderman, Amanda Weidman and  Carolyn Weyrick
Additional volunteers; Jacob Christensen, Cynthia Darland, Robin Echtle, Jacki Farrar, Sally Glover, Katie Guild (Outbound RYE Exchange Student), Kelly Lane, John McMasters, Dane Meyer, Cap Pearson, Rob Pfarr, Gil Quante, Renata Ramirez, Jeff Rounce, Diane Tilstra, Taylor Webb (Outbound RYE Student) and Carol Webster
What a delight it was to have these young ladies help us at the auction and then visit us last week.  It was impressive to hear of their plans for continuing their education.  The future is bright as they continue to pursue their life goals.  Just like Rotarian's looking for ways to serve, they stayed after the meeting with their chaperones and helped clear the tables and ready the room for the next activity.  
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 
David Graybill - Apr 08
Ron Anderson - Apr 09
Chris Hays -  Apr 10
Stanley Kanarowski - Apr 11
John Spencer - Apr 11
Peter Norman - Apr 12
Don Sheppard - Apr 13
Anniversaries to Celebrate 
Kirsten Willis - 9 years - Apr 8
Nick Rajacich - 27 year -  Apr 9
Warren Foster - 34 years - Apr 11 
John Schneider - 17 years - Apr 11 
Social at Cooks Tavern in November
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.
April 11
Thursday at 5
Banner Bank
April 18
Narrows Plaza Bowl
2200 Mildred Street W
Tacoma, WA
They open at 4:30
April 25th
Oddfellas Pub & Eatery  
5741 N 26th Street
Tacoma, WA
Reflections from the meeting of April 4 from Jim Henderson
President Linda Kaye Briggs rang the bell right at 12 Noon for the weekly meeting of Tacoma #8 Rotary at The Salvation Army.   This is one of my favorite meetings each year when we are joined by the Princesses from the Daffodil Festival in their lovely yellow dresses at tables adorned with Daffodils.  Pamela Transue, Past Service – Education, provided our invocation talking about the wonders of nature.  Ali Criss, Financial Insights led us in the national anthem followed by the 4 way test.  Today’s meeting was sponsored by Andrew Imholt, Pilkey Hopping & Ekberg with the meeting sponsor time donated to Missy Zenczak, United Way of Pierce County.
Members with guests were asked to stand as mics were brought around by Jan Brazzell, Advancement Consulting and Bryan Flint, South OutreachJacob Christensen our inbound exchange student from Norway explained why he was on crutches, after injuring his knee in soccer practice.  There were a number of other guest at today’s meeting, including 5 prospective members.  President Linda Kaye thanked all those who attended this year’s auction – Mission Possible - and who donated to the Raise the Paddle.  She said that it is still possible to donate to the raise the paddle for the next week. 
Missy Zenczak, United Way came forward for the meeting sponsor announcement and invited everyone to attend the April 17, Celebrate Community event.  Next Harrison Laird, CBRE, came forward to help celebrate April Birthdays.  Present to celebrate their birthdays were Don Sheppard, Debbie Regala, Carol Webster, Chris Hays, Barry Benson, Bill Baarsma, Sherri Stanton, Pamela Transue, Peter Norman, Jim Harris, and Eveyln Ryberg.  Harrison then updated everyone on the number of new members introduced to the club since July 1 and did a drawing for a Cedarbrook Lodge gift card to a member who has sponsored someone to the club in that period.  The lucky winner was Cindy Niemi.
President Linda Kaye then celebrated this week’s anniversaries:  Rob Novasky – 7 years; Bill Pickles – 20 years; Larry Hosley – 31 years, Dick Heaton II – 40 years; Jim Merritt – 42 years, and Glenn Everitt – 44 years.
Then the Daffodil Princesses were called forward to introduce themselves, the school they represent and what their future college plans are.  President Linda Kaye called them all smart, bright, articulate and ambitious.  We were reminded about the upcoming events for the Festival – the Grand Floral Parade, the Junior Parade and the Marine Parade.
Then she provided a brief history about the ‘Community Service Award’ which began in November 1972.  The purpose of the award is to recognize a non-Rotarian resident of Pierce County who has served his/her community in a manner that exemplifies the Rotary ideal of ‘Service above Self’.  This year’s winner is Shalisa Hayes.  Here with us today were two individuals to share some stories about the impact that Shalisa has had on our community.  First up was Marty Campbell who said she embodies service above self, and was part of the process, every step of the way, in creating an Eastside Community Center.  She led the way and had a vision for the center and worked to bring more voices to the table.  The second speaker was Jasmin McCane.  Shalisa’s son was one of her friends.  She said Shalisa is in her heart and a person she looks up to.   A financial contribution in the name of Shalisa will be made to the Estelitas Library.  She accepted the award and gave some brief comments saying while she lost her son to senseless gun violence, she formed the Billy Ray Shirley III Foundation and set out to transform her pain into realizing Billy Ray’s vision of creating a safe haven for East Tacoma youth to pursue positive activities.  Team Billy Ray gave her purpose through his death.  Shalisa received a standing ovation.
Dan Bogart, Banner Bank, then came forward to invite everyone to next week’s ‘Thursdays at 5’ at Banner Bank in downtown Tacoma.  There was time for some True Confessions.  Coming forward were Past President Jeff Lovely for some trips for vacation and skiing; Missy Zenczak and Andrew Imholt who just finished a Leadership Academy; Sharon Benson who drove her daughter to meet her biological siblings; Miriam Barnett who gave a shout out to the Daffodil Princesses for helping at the auction; Past President Larry Treleven a trip to Tokyo, and Stacey Ogle who is celebrating a new granddaughter.
We were reminded about the upcoming Business Expo, EFN repack, and helping upgrading the lodge playground at the Salvation Army facility on Sixth Avenue.   Tonight’s social will be held at Moshi Moshi at 110B N. Tacoma Avenue.   President Linda Kaye rang the bell at 12:50pm and urged everyone to go out and Re-Ignite your Rotary.

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Salvation Army Playground Project
Salvation Army Jarvie Playground
Apr 13, 2019
Fellowship & Relationship Building Committee
Indo Asian
Apr 16, 2019 5:00 PM
World Community Service Committee Meeting
Cole Graphic Solutions
Apr 18, 2019 7:00 AM
Pandaka Committee
Tacoma Yacht Club (before lunch)
Apr 18, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Rotary Youth Exchange Committee
Tacoma Yacht Club (before lunch)
Apr 18, 2019 11:00 AM
Weekly Meeting - Elizabeth Pauli
Tacoma Yacht Club
Apr 18, 2019
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Tacoma Yacht Club
Apr 22, 2019
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Business Expo
Tacoma Yacht Club
Apr 25, 2019
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM
Membership Recruitment Committee
Tacoma Yacht Club
May 02, 2019 11:00 AM
Rotarian of the Year
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May 02, 2019
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