Thursday, February 13, 2020
VOL. NINETY SIX,  Issue 33
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NW Furniture Bank provides hope, dignity and stability to people in our community by recycling donated furniture to people in need. Thursday February 13th NW Furniture Bank is thrilled to host Thursday’s at 5! Heavy appetizers from our dear friends at Pizzeria Fondi in Gig Harbor, wine, beer and other beverages will be provided. 
Our retail department, Hope Furnishings is located at 117 Puyallup Ave, Tacoma WA. 98421. Feel free to park on Puyallup Ave, on Dock Street, or follow Dock Street (adjacent to Hope Furnishings and directly under the 705 interchange) and park in our parking lot. We will be gathering in Hope Furnishings between 5:00 and 6:00pm. Jeremy and team will be offering tours that highlight the programs offered by this unique non-profit as the night progresses.
We’ll be pouring, touring and serving until the last Rotarian leaves.
February 20
Panel on Homelessness
Featuring representatives from Metropolitan Development Council, Tacoma Rescue Mission, Catholic Community Services and Comprehensive Life Services
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February 27
Rotarian of the Year
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March 5 
Chris Henderson - Seattle Sounders
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Jim Receiving His Lifetime Achievement Award
What an amazing evening!  We enjoyed visiting with friends, viewing incredible pieces of our history, welcomed our partners from Rotary Clubs around the area and many non profits who help us live our mission of Service Above Self.  Special thanks to our speakers that evening President Carol Duris, Past Presidents Jim Henderson, Linda Kaye Briggs, Kathy Martin, Jim Whitacre and our honored celebrant Past President and Past District Governor Jim Harris, as well as our members and elected officials Victoria Woodards and Bruce Dammeier. 
This would not have happened without key leadership from Kim Bedier, Monique Nadeau and Maria Harlow and a cadre of volunteers; Bill Baarsma, Jim Henderson, Sharon Chambers-Gordon, Mike Dunbar, Robin Echtle, Cindy Niemi, Gil Quante and Christina Turner. Every guest walked away with a beautiful high-ball glass (thanks Tim Smith!) we ordered some extra for those of you were were unable to join us and they can be purchased for $5 each by contacting the office. 
The auction needs each one of us to be involved in some way to bring in the revenue we need to fund all of the charitable works of the club.  Sharon Benson is leading a stellar group of volunteers, but there is still plenty of time for you to lend a hand, please let Sharon know if you are able to help!  Mike Dunbar and Jacki Farrar are recruiting sponsors this year.  Special thanks to those who have already told us they are in again; Peter Darling, Timberland Bank, Banner Bank, Multicare, Wilson Albers, Superior Linen, Kathryn Nelson and our lead sponsor Mike Dunbar of Financial Insights.  Sponsorship forms are available at the meetings or on our home page where there is a link to download a form.  Cindy Grady is busy looking for unique items for our live and silent auction.  We are so grateful to members who are able to donate from their own business or from friends. Kirsten Willis is taking care of the desserts and rumor has it that we have some delicious items coming from the new Tacoma Baking Company. Rusty Hersey is helping with procurement and day of transportation needs. Miriam Barnett will manage the volunteers that evening, but we need someone to be the overall volunteer chair.  Carolyn Weyrick and Stacey Ogle are working on decorations. Christina Turner is managing the raffle. Stephen Deal is helping with audience engagement. Chris Serface will MC the evening.  Our wonderful Rusty George is helping with all of the design and printing needs. Be sure you have May 2 on your calendar!!
Our Literacy Committee took advantage of the sunshine on Sunday 2-9 to paint the little libraries with anti-graffiti coating. Seven of them had murals painted on them this fall by neighborhood artists. The coating was donated by the city and helps protect the artwork.  Thanks to Dane Meyer, Jim Shoemake and Sherri Stanton. 
Membership Proposal
Unless written objections are submitted to the Board within 10 days of this posting, the following individual  will be invited to membership: 
Zach Entwistle
REAL ESTATE - Residential
Realtor - Zach Entwistle, LLC
Sponsor: Bryan Flint
Each year, our club recognizes a non-Rotarian who is providing exemplary service in the community.  This person will be honored at our meeting on Thursday, March 26, and receive a contribution from our club to his or  her favorite charitable organization. Nominations are due to the Rotary office by Thursday,February 27.  If you would like to nominate an individual for this Community Service Award, complete a nomination form using this link Email your nomination to the Rotary office at Forms will also be available at our weekly meetings. Don't delay!


You should have received your assignment from Maria Harlow for the Fireside on Tuesday, February 11. Thanks so much to our Hosts and Co-Hosts Jim Merritt, Brien Elvins, Alecia Cunningham, Cindy Niemi, Mike Dunbar, Peter Darling, Kelly Lane and Ann Voves.  If you need to cancel please call your host or co-host right away so they can make adjustments to their meal planning.  If you need to reach Maria  her email is  Have a great evening enjoyig great conversation and company!

Save the Date: Saturday, March 14! Are you tired of exercising only in the gym and not being outdoors lately? How about getting a total body workout in the fresh mountain air with your fellow Tacoma #8 Rotarians?  The Fellowship and Relationship Building Committee is organizing a Ski, Snowboard, Snowshoe, and/or Tubing Day at Snoqualmie Summit.  Bring your family, young and old, there is something for everyone to do.  We will start with a quick breakfast early on March 14th in Tacoma area. After a morning fun, we will gather up at a cabin within walking distance from the lifts or shuttle bus for lunch before heading back out for more snow fun.  For the die-hard plankers, an overnight trip may be possible depending on the number of cabins that we may be able to find.  If you have any questions, please contact Elaine Chan at  
Your next opportunity for an EFN Break Bag Pack is coming on March 21 from 12-2. Sign up sheets will be on the tables at upcoming meetings or you can let Gil Quante know if you are available to help!
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
Don Meyer - Feb 10
Donna Haynes - Feb 14
Harry Pritchard - Feb 14
Linn Larsen - Feb 15
Jeanne Werner-Spaulding - Feb 15
Anniversaries to Celebrate
Harrison Laird - 6 years 
Enid Harris - 15 years 
Don Meyer - 20 years 
Jim Fry - 37 years 
Bill Matthaei - 42 years 
Fred Moisio - Sun City Del Sol
Social at The Table
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.
February 13th 
Thursday at 5 
NW Furniture Bank
February 20th
5811 N 51st Street
Ruston, WA
February 27th
Wooden City
714 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA
March 5th 
565 Broadway Avenue
Tacoma, WA
Meet 4th Floor at the Pub
Reflections from February 6 by Jim Henderson
President Carol Duris, rang the bell at 12:07 pm for the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Tacoma #8 at the Tacoma Yacht Club, filled with a standing room only of Rotarians and guests.  Debbie Regala gave a very thoughtful and inspirational reflection mixing in thoughts from Martin Luther King and Maya Angelou. Leading us in the national anthem was Carlyn Roy accompanied by Jack Warnick on the piano. 
Taking around the mics to introduce guests and visiting Rotarians were members, Diane Kelleher, Columbia Bank, and Club Treasurer Robin Echtle.  There were a large number of guests and some visiting Rotarians, because of this week’s program celebrating Black History Month.  There were so many people that an additional table had to be set up. Among the guests was former Tacoma Mayor Harold Moss.  Our two Exchange Students, Nico from France and Gabriel from Sweden were with us. Past President Mark Anderson was the meeting sponsor and talked about the Barbershop quartets in our state, and who entertained us at last weeks’ 110th Anniversary Celebration.
President Carol then acknowledged Rotary service anniversaries.  Present today to celebrate was Roger Lilley – 25 years.  President Carol then had the pleasure of introducing a new member, her own Mom, Kathleen Sande.  Kathleen told us that her Father was a Rotarian in the Aberdeen Rotary Club.  She was the third of thirteen children and learned how to share, help out and parent.  She was born in Spokane and now lives in Bremerton, and has 6 grandchildren.  She graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor’s degree in English.  She has had a varied work career including in the Law Library at Weyerhaeuser Company, and for the Dept. of Corrections and the Supt. of Public Instruction.  She now has a consulting business where she works with of Departments of Education.  She is looking forward to become involved in Rotary and the community service work we do.
President Carol then called Whitney Grisaffi forward to help celebrate birthdays for the month of February.  Those in attendance were asked what their favorite sweet treat was.  Present were:  Donna Haynes – lemon meringue pie; Linn Larsen – Boston Cream Pie; Mary Lyn Pannen – Doves Dark Chocolate; Don Meyer – Blueberry Pie; Cap Pearson – dark chocolate; and Libby Catalinich –Toll House cookies.
President Carol then called on LaTasha Wortham to introduce today’s speakers Lyle Quasim from the Black Collective, and T’wina Nobles from the Tacoma Urban League.  T’wina told us the Tacoma Urban League was founded in Tacoma in 1968, and involved in the community in numerous ways and celebrates numerous community partners, including some member organizations present in the audience today.  Lyle talked about the Black Collective which has met every Saturday since 1970.  It is open to any member of the Black Community and it’s focus is economic opportunity and social justice.  It seeks to have black businesses  have the same opportunity as white businesses.  We were told that the promise of equality and social justice has not been met and that people of color don’t get the same health care, as an example. Other important issues are criminal justice and juvenile justice system, and youth and young adult homelessness.  They both received a standing ovation as they concluded their remarks.
President Carol thanked Debbie for the reflection, Caryln and Jack for the music, and Mark for being the meeting sponsor.  We were reminded that today’s social will be at Terry’s Office Tavern at 3410 N Proctor, and that next week is Thursdays at 5 at the NW Furniture Bank.  If you missed the 110th Anniversary Dinner and paid for your tickets, there is the Anniversary  commemorative glasses available.  We were encouraged to go out and be People of Action.  The meeting was adjourned at 1:05 pm.

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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 Except on the 2nd Thursdays when we meet in the evening at a member's business.
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Tacoma, Washington 98405

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Tacoma, Washington 98401-1777

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Feb 20, 2020
Panel Homelessness in Tacoma
Feb 27, 2020
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Upcoming Events
Thursday at 5- NW Furniture Bank
Northwest Furniture Bank
Feb 13, 2020
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Auction Committee Meeting
Rotary Club of Tacoma
Feb 19, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
World Community Service Committee Meeting
Cole Graphic Solutions
Feb 20, 2020 7:00 AM
Engagement Committee Meeting
Tacoma Yacht Club
Feb 20, 2020 11:00 AM
Rotary Youth Exchange Committee
Tacoma Yacht Club (before lunch)
Feb 20, 2020 11:00 AM
Weekly Meeting - Homelessness in Tacoma
Tacoma Yacht Club
Feb 20, 2020
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM
Tacoma Rescue Mission Meal Service
425 South Tacoma Way
Feb 22, 2020
6:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Board of Directors Meeting
Rotary Office
Feb 24, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Weekly Meeting - Rotarian Of the Year Celebration
Tacoma Yacht Club
Feb 27, 2020
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM
Community Service Grants Committee Meeting
Sound Options
Mar 05, 2020 8:00 AM
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