Thursday, December 6, 2018
Jacques Colon - Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
Improving Population Health in Pierce County

We all have a role in improving the health of Pierce County. We know that social, economic and environmental conditions are the strongest drivers of health outcomes. To affect the outcomes, partners and community members from all sectors have a role in improving the conditions.

Pierce County Rotary Clubs have a unique role in leading and fostering these improvements. In many ways, this is the work Rotarians undertake every day. Thanks to Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier’s invitation, the Health Department is working with Rotarians across the County to identify and implement the actions that will most improve health in their communities.

Rotary Clubs are already doing an incredible job investing in their communities with projects that improve health. This is an opportunity to continue that work in targeted ways in partnership with the Health Department.

We are going to have fun at the Eastside Community Center

Jacques Colon
Use this link for December 6 at the Eastside Community Center Meal count due Tuesday 12-2 
Thursdays at 5
Use this link for December 13 at Goodwill 
Holiday Program With Renata and Jacob
Catch Renata this week on 12-5 at the Stadium Choir Performance
Use this link for December 20 at the Yacht Club
Our next host will be Goodwill of the Olympics & Rainier Region who is proud to welcome us at our  gathering on December 13. The evening will include a briefing on the programs and services Goodwill provides free-of-charge to the people of our community, time for networking and fellowship, as well as the opportunity to tour the Milgard Work Opportunity Center, including the REACH Center which served as Rotary 8’s centennial project.
2018 Toys for Kids Shopping Day
Here’s another fun opportunity to help kids at Mary Bridge – we need shoppers and baggers! That’s right; you’ll shop for Mary Bridge patients and their siblings using funds raised by a wonderful group of folks headed up by Dr. Winskill. For 28 years, Toys for Kids, raises money all year long to provide Christmas gifts for families of patients with long-term intensive care at home. Contact Christina Turner at if you can help. 
When:  Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 at 11:00 pm (yes, you read that right 11:00 pm) until about 2:00 am or until we’ve finished shopping
Where: Target,  3320 S 23rd St,  Tacoma, WA 98405
Rotarians already signed up:  Sally Glover, Diane Kelleher, Amanda Weidman, Jacki Farrar, Kathi Willis, Joy Vivar-Beeks, Cindy Niemi, Gil Quante, Christina Turner, Dr. John Winskill
The Giving Tree Is Almost Empty!
It is that time of year when Tacoma Rotary 8 members show their generosity for the community by making the holidays bright for children at three local nonprofit organizations. The Giving Tree was  full of paper ornaments and members have selected 130 with only 12 remaining requiring gifts and 13 requiring $25 gift cards for Target, Walmart, Fred Meyer or Safeway. Fellow Rotarians Miriam Barnett, Cindy Grady or Jennifer Wedderman will be tracking the ornaments so after you pick an ornament(s), they will enter your name on a tracking list to assure that every child is covered.  Bring gifts back, unwrapped, with the ornament taped to the gift on either December 6 or 13 (this is a Thursday at 5 meeting). You can also drop them off at the Rotary office at the Landmark during office hours 830-5 Monday through Friday.  (Except during meeting time on the 6th!)  Pat Steel will once again play  Santa and help deliver the gifts to the nonprofits.  Any questions? Please contact Miriam at or 253 341 6285.  Thank you so  much for sharing your Rotary spirit of service above self!
Dust of those Santa Hats and Elf Ears because December 21 is the day we will be ringing bells for the Salvation Army. We will be at Katie Downs, Harmon (on Pacific)  and Farrelli's at Point Ruston.  Below is the current schedule.  Please contact the office or Ann Voves at if you can fill one of those last 2 spots!
Katie Downs 11am-12pm Gil Quante, Rusty Hersey  12-1 Jim Whitacre, Ann Voves 1-2 John Schneider Need one more
Harmon 11am-12pm Dr. Jamie Brooks and Kids  12-1 Rusty George, Steve Smith 1-2 Alex Trettin Need one more  
Farelli’s Point Ruston – 11am-12pm Whitney Grisaffi, Stacey Ogle 12-1pm Kelly Lane, Jeff Lovely, Jeremy Fogelquist 1-2 Julie Foley, Meghan Foley
Larry Treleven - Denver
Welcome to our 4 new members
At our meeting on November 29 we welcomed 4 new members. 
Skip & Jan Anderson
Husband and wife Skip and Jan Anderson are two licensed captains and owners of the Flagship Maritime school in Tacoma,Washington. Captain Skip is a lifetime boater, Navy veteran, and professional mariner. Captain Jan is the owner of Jan’s Marine Photography and longtime photography contributor to Northwest Yachting magazine. They are pictured here with Mocha, the sea dog and professional “student relaxer.”  They became interested in Rotary through their brother Mark and have attended and contributed to the auction for a number of years. 
John Gaines
John, a native of Tacoma is a graduate of Bellarmine Preparatory School where he was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2016. John earned his Master of Arts in Business Management & Leadership from Liberty University and previously played football and attained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from East Central University. Professionally, John has worked at the Boeing Company. Prior to his work at Boeing, he worked as the Teen Program Coordinator at the Al Davies Boys and Girls Clubs in Tacoma. Currently, as Community Relations Manager with Tacoma Public Utilities, he works with TPU’s business units on community outreach efforts throughout this region. John remains active with a number of community organizations, particularly those that work with young people. In his off time, John operates a non-profit focusing on inspiring young people. John, his wife, and their new born baby girl live in Tacoma.
Victoria Woodards
Victoria Woodards has called the “City of Destiny” her home for nearly her entire life. She is a proud graduate of Lincoln High School and served as a soldier in the United States Army while stationed at Fort Lewis. Before becoming Mayor, Woodards served for seven years as a citywide member of the Tacoma City Council. During that time, she chaired the Community Vitality and Safety Committee, led the City’s Equity and Empowerment initiative that resulted in the launch of the Office of Equity and Human Rights, brought partner organizations together for President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, and spearheaded the City’s Project PEACE initiative that bridged community members with the Tacoma Police Department.
We had another successful Break Bag Pack on Saturday, November 17, and if you missed out please join us on Saturday December 15 as we pack break bags for students and their families for their Christmas break.  Thanks to the following members who have volunteered to date; Mike Dunbar, Maria Harlow, Jeremy Fogelquist +2, Kelly Lane, Gil Quante +1, Greg Rolsma +1, Carol  Webster +1, Jennifer Wedderman +1 and Jim Whitacre There will be sign up sheets on the tables at the meeting this week or you can contact Gil Quante or the office to sign up. 
Reflection - Christina Turner
Greeter/Roving Mic - Rob Pfarr
Greeter/Roving Mic - John Douville
National Anthem & 4 Way Test -  
Fine Counter -  Carol Duris
Storywriter - Andrew Imholt
Introduction - Anthony Chen
Meeting Sponsor - Gil Quante
AV Assistant - Don Shappard
Extra Greeter -  Marsha Burns
Check in Assistant - Libby Catalinich 
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 
Kit Evans - Dec 02
Larry Hosley - Dec 06
Gretchen Adams - Dec 08
Peter Comfort - Dec 08
Gil Quante - Dec 08
Anniversaries to Celebrate 
Evelyn Ryberg - 4 years 
Debbie Regala - 11 years 
Greg Rolsma - 14 years 
Roger Lee - 30 years 
Social at Cooks Tavern 11-1
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
December 6th
Ben Bridge Jeweler
4733 Tacoma Mall Blvd
Starts at 5:30 food, wine, water and beer
Time to go Christmas Shopping!!
December 13
Thursdays at 5
714 S. 27th St.
December 20
CI Shenanigans
3017 Ruston Way
December 27 we have a fantastic Rotary evening planned as we will purchase group tickets to attend a performance of Scrooge.  The wonderfully talented cast includes two of our members Libby Catalinich and Chris Serface.  Check your calendar and make plans to join us. Tickets are $17 each, and we will have sign up sheets on the tables at an upcoming meeting. 
Reflections from the meeting of November 29 by Kim Bedier
The incredible Eastside Community Center has been open for a month and members of Rotary Club of Tacoma #8 were privileged to be hosted by Ben Foster, Center Manager at our meeting of November 29th. Ben opened the noon hour with an official welcome. The Center is the result of a partnership between MetroParks, Tacoma School District, City of Tacoma, Tacoma Housing Authority, MetroParks Foundation, Eastside Boys & Girls Club and of course Team Billy Ray whose mother Shalisa Hayes spoke so eloquently at our meeting earlier this year.
Acting President Skip Anderson, who secured the presidential rights through a winning bid at last year’s Rotary Auction, brought his own bell (BYOB) to signal the opening of our formal meeting, which was sponsored by Robin Lucas of Showcase Media. Dean Carrell, Pierce County Library Foundation, focused on gratitude in his invocation, and was followed by Acting President Skip’s brother Mark Anderson, Anderson Law, who led us in the National Anthem and 4-Way Test. We were reminded to sign a card for Jim Whitacre who had recent surgery – wishing you a speedy recovery Jim!
Angela Connelly and John Douville were on the mics to facilitate the introduction of guests. We welcomed all guests and a visiting Rotarian, Ed Bronson from Seattle.
Acting President Skip invited Carol Webster to the podium to introduce our newest member and returning Rotarian Mayor Victoria Woodards. Victoria is nearly a Tacoma native having relocated here at the age of 3, growing up on the eastside and graduating from Lincoln High (Go Abes!). After some time in the US Army, private and non-profit sectors and on City Council she became Mayor of Tacoma in January of this year and the City is lucky to have her at the helm.
Ryan Wheaton,Pierce Transit,  introduced new member John Gaines, Community Relationship Manager at TPU. John is from Tacoma and a graduate of Bellarmine Prep (Go Lions!) and Liberty University. He is married with a 4 month old.  A former Boeing employee, he is now “living the dream” at TPU and in his free time mentors at risk youth.
Rusty George from the Communications Committee presented the Communications Survey results. Three surveys were completed this fall.
  1. Website/Club Runner: members are accessing the website from their desktops, generally looking for member info. Based on feedback, the look and structure of the website has been updated. Not enough members understand what Club Runner is all about, so the Committee will deliver a mini tutorial on how to use it.
  2. Newsletter: members do read it and find it valuable; printed version not needed.
  3. Social Media: primary vehicle is Facebook – please share and repost Rotary stories to get the word out about the Club’s work. Also send your photos to Rusty George or Mark Anderson for inclusion on the page – we need more stories and more graphics. The verdict is mixed on texting as a communications tool.
Congratulations to the following members on their Rotary anniversary:
Marty Lough, 11 years, Tracy Peacock, 13 years, Jan Brazzell, 17 years, Cindy Niemi, 17 years, Mike Hansch, 36 years
Acting President Skip momentarily diverged from the agenda to surprise his younger brother Mark Anderson with a special birthday present: Skip and his wife Jan have joined the club as the newest members of Rotary #8. Skip gave Mark the big “thumbs up” (brotherly humor) – happy birthday from all of us Mark!
Robin Lucas of Showcase Media, meeting sponsor and publisher of Showcase Magazine, used her time to introduce Miss Erin and two ballet dancers with the Tacoma City Ballet. She urged us to take in their annual production of the Nutcracker in Tacoma and/or Federal Way – it is all about creating family memories.
Netsie Carlson, former exchange student from our club to Brazil, delivered the Auction Mission Moment. During her time away, Netsie had a life changing experience and learned to have compassion and empathy for people like her and not like her. She found her passion for people and advocating for those who are marginalized, and a new view of other countries and her own. Members, you can make more Auction Mission Moments and Ignite Rotary, Change Lives at the 2019 Rotary Auction on March 30, 2019.
Bryan Flint introduced speaker Jackie Flowers, Director of Tacoma Public Utilities. Jackie was excited to relate her passion for Rotary – she is past president of the Rotary Club of Idaho Falls and a Paul Harris Fellow. She has been a host mom for several exchange students, started an Interact Club, and has been involved in many International and Community Service projects.
Jackie arrived in Tacoma about 8 months ago and immediately proceeded to go “Over the Edge” of the Murano Hotel in support of Habitat for Humanity. After the roof plunge she plunged into 100 days of listening, from which she came up with 5 areas of focus for TPU, which incorporates water, power and rail:
  • Community Value First – working with the City of Tacoma, other cities and sovereign nations
  • Equitable Access – ensuring access for all including translation of communications into multiple languages
  • Economic Development – focus on jobs but also STEM and trades education
  • Environmental Stewardship – currently TPU is 140% carbon free; exploring support for electric vehicles
  • Resilience – of systems, processes, and people, including emergency response and recovery, infrastructure and above all safety.
Acting President Skip presented Jackie with a token from the Hilltop Artists – he was proud to be presenting it from “our” club as one of our newest members.
Announcements: grab an ornament from the Giving Tree, sign up for the Break Bag Pack on December 15th, shop for Mary Bridge Toys for Kids the night of December 12th (contact Christina Turner). You can also sign up to attend Scrooge the Musical on December 27th – join your Rotary friends to see members Libby Catalanich and Chris Serface perform.
Acting President Skip thanked the group for the opportunity to be President for the Day and is looking forward to active membership with his wife Jan. He then rang his BYOBell at 1:04pm to conclude the meeting.

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Classification Committee Meeting
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Dec 11, 2018 11:45 AM
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Rotary Office
Dec 12, 2018
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Toys for Kids
Dec 12, 2018 11:30 PM
Rotary Meeting - Thursdays at 5!
Dec 13, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
EFN Break Bag
EFN Distribution Center
Dec 15, 2018
12:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Landmark Doric Room; fourth floor
Dec 17, 2018
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Pandaka Committee
Tacoma Yacht Club (before lunch)
Dec 20, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Rotary Holiday Program
Tacoma Yacht Club
Dec 20, 2018
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Dec 21, 2018
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Scrooge the Musical
Tacoma Little Theatre
Dec 27, 2018
7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
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