Thursday, October 31, 2019
VOL. NINETY SIX,  Issue 18
Chris Staudinger - Ghosts of Tacoma
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Enjoy this chance to learn about the haunted history of Tacoma. 

Chris and Tawny Staudinger have traveled around the globe together as award-winning travel writers and videographers since they met on Mount Kilimanjaro 10 years ago. After experiencing more than 50 countries, they decided on Tacoma as a place to call home in 2014.

“When we chose a home base, we knew we wanted to continue sharing travel experiences with people, but this time as tour guides,” said Chris Staudinger. Their idea came to fruition in August 2016, when they paired with their longtime friends and board-game partners, Jackie and Paul Richter, to create Pretty Gritty Tours. Today, the team leads tours to everything from spooky haunts to historical neighborhoods.

November 7 
Chief Master Sergeant Trisha Almond- Say Yes to a Vet
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November 14 
Thursday at 5
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Welcome Phillip Curiale
Phill joined our club on October 17.  He is  from Orange County, California, and attended undergrad at U.C. Davis and  moved to South Carolina where he became a deputy sheriff. He realized he wanted to increase his earning potential and enrolled in law school at the University of South Carolina. After graduating, he practiced in Columbia, SC representing distressed homeowners, saving their homes from foreclosure. 
He and his wife recently moved to Washington with their little girl, where he has a firm in Tacoma – Anderson Hostnik PLLC, soon to be Curiale Hostnik PLLC. Phill is looking forward to engaging in Rotary and the community. 
Saturday Sorting at St. Vinnies
We had a dedicated group of members participating on Saturday, October 19.  Many thanks to Tracy Peacock for providing the opportunity and to volunteers Whitney Grisaffi, Gil Quante, Greg Rolsma (and Sonja), Ann Voves, Jim Whitacre and Greer Todhunter who will join as a member this week! 
Wednesday Lunch Service at Tacoma Rescue Mission
Thanks to members Seth Kaplowitz, Diane Kelleher, Jackie Lindstrom and Gil Quante for being our first set of volunteers to help out with this new project.  Our Projects Committee will be looking for additional opportunities for others to be involved. 
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. 
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
We have something for everyone in our list of upcoming projects. The holidays are around the corner and Miriam Barnett and Santa Pat Steel  will have ornaments on our giving tree, look for it on November 7. We will be buying gifts for Tacoma Rescue Mission helping their family housing, CCS benefiting their foster care program, and YWCA for the kids in their shelter and housing. Our next project happening after a meeting will be on November 21 when we will be packing 200 hygiene bags for Raising Girls. Your Projects Committee is working with the Interact Committee to see if the students from Life Christian can join us at the EFN Break Bag event on November 23.  We need about 25 volunteers that Saturday, it's a great project!! 
Polio Plus Raffle Prize won by Marty Lough
The PGG/Foundations Committee enjoyed a great celebration of World Polio Day last week. Thanks to all of our members who purchased raffle tickets we raised $810 for Polio Plus!  We have also had 18 members sign up to be part of the Polio Plus Society.  If you are giving $100 a year to Polio through Project Greater Good, you have taken the first step, now you just need to commit to staying at $100 annually until we can declare our world Polio Free!  You can pick up the pledge form at a meeting or contact the office and one will be emailed to you. What an amazingly generous club we have!!
2020 Lifetime Achievement Award 
We will be presenting our 2nd Annual Lifetime Achievement award to coincide with the celebration of our 110 year anniversary.  The committee selecting the winner will consist of appointed members; Past President Kathy Martin, who will serve as the Chair, 2 past board members or officers; Cap Pearson (2nd to be named)  and 2 current board members or officers Jan Brazzell and Kathryn Nelson. All Past Presidents will also serve on the selection committee, as well as 3 members at large who must have 15 years of Rotary service.  If you are interested in being on the selection committee please contact Carol Duris or the office by November 7. 
The criteria and nomination forms will be available on the web and at the meetings this week. 
Reflection-Rusty Hersey
Board Greeter/Roving Mic-Jace Dwinnell
Board Greeter/Roving Mic-Harrison Laird
National Anthem & 4 Way Test- 
Piano-Jack Warnick
Fine Counter-Dan Bogart 
Storywriter-Barry Benson
Meeting Sponsor-Auction Committee
AV Assistant-Don Sheppard
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
Heather Faverman - Oct 29
Robert Modarelli - Oct 30
Angela Connelly - Oct 31
Greg Rolsma - Nov 01
Sabrina Ahrens - Nov 02
Anniversaries to Celebrate
Dan Bogart - 5 years 
Kathryn Nelson - 21 years 
James Shoemake - 23 years 
Ed Danz - 37 years 
Jeff Lovely - 48 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.
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 - 7 openings left
Bring a bottle of wine or champagne and an appetizer to share
All Rotarians welcome. Contact Michelle Roberts at 253-651-1716 or email
November 7
The Fish Peddler
1199 Dock Street
Tacoma, WA
November 21
Katie Downs
3211 Ruston Way
Tacoma, WA
November 28
No Social Happy Thanksgiving
Reflections from the meeting of October 24 from Debbie Regala
President Carol called the meeting to order, reminding us it was World Polio Day. Christina Turner gave the invocation, Carlyn Roy led us in the National Anthem and the Four Way Test, and Barbara Mead accompanied her on the piano. We were joined by 5 guests; at least 3 of whom are interested in joining Rotary 8! Anniversaries included: Sharon Jaffee-5 years; Cynthia Darland-11 years; Kathi Willis-28 years and Jeff Rounce-32 years.
In celebration of World Polio Day, Rusty Hersey, co-chair of Project Greater Good, reminded us that the effort to eradicate Polio was begun in 1985 and Rotary International took up the Global Eradication Initiative in 1988.  Partners in the effort include the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Last year Rotary 8 had 130 donors to Project Greater Good (PGG) with pledges of $66,000 including $6,560 for Polio Plus.  This year’s goal is $75,000 from 195 donors.  So far PGG has 129 donors and pledges of $70,000.  Polio Plus donations so far are $9,765; the Gates Foundation will provide a triple match making it $29,295!  Flyers with more information were on the tables and those who have not yet made a donation or pledge were encouraged to consider making one.
Linda Kaye Briggs talked and showed photo memories about her trip to India in 2015 with 13 others from Rotary 8 to provide oral polio vaccine to children. Linda Kaye called it a life-changing experience. The slides were both joyful and moving.
President Carol reminded us that the nominating committees are working to recruit members for 4 open board positions and for Vice President who will serve as President (2022-2023) and Secretary (2020-2022).
There were sign-up sheets for an EFN Break Bag Pack on November 23 and December 14.
President Carol expressed thanks to those who volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul and Tacoma Rescue Mission during the last week. Several members provided a True Confession.  The highlight was Heather Faverman announcing she is glad to be back after one year and she has been declared CANCER FREE. Carol thanked everyone for their confessions, thanked those who helped with the meeting and encouraged all of us to be People of Action. 

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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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Oct 31, 2019
The Ghosts of Tacoma - Pretty Gritty Tours
Nov 07, 2019
Say Yes to a Vet
Nov 14, 2019
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Upcoming Events
Weekly Meeting - Chris Staudinger
Tacoma Yacht Club
Oct 31, 2019
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM
Projects Committee Meeting
Nov 01, 2019 8:15 AM
Community Service Grants Committee Meeting
Sound Options
Nov 07, 2019 8:00 AM
Literacy Committee
Red Elm
Nov 07, 2019
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Tacoma Rotary Foundation Board
Tacoma Yacht Club
Nov 07, 2019
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Membership Recruitment Committee
Tacoma Yacht Club
Nov 07, 2019 11:00 AM
Weekly meeting - Vets program
5401 Yacht Club Road
Nov 07, 2019
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM
PGG - Foundations
Tacoma Yacht Club
Nov 07, 2019 1:00 PM
Executive Committee Meeting
Red Elm
Nov 12, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Weekly meeting - Thursday at 5
Greater Tacoma Convention Center
Nov 14, 2019
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
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