Thursday, November 8, 2018
Thursdays at 5 
WHO:      Cornerstone Financial Strategies LLC 
                Bill Pickles, Managing Partner
WHERE:  505 Broadway, Suite 400
                Tacoma, WA 98402
                253-756-2003 Office
Our Suite 400 Entrance is on the outside of the ground floor of the 505 building, to the left of the bronze Lions
PARKING:  We are down the street (Broadway) from the Landmark.  On street residential and commercial parking on Broadway / 4th Street / 6th Street is free for 2 Hours or longer and after 5 should be plentiful.    
ITEMS:  Refreshments and networking provided and tours are encouraged, though they will not take long!
WHEN: November 8 from 5-7 
WHO IS CORNERSTONE FINANCIAL STRATEGIES?  Our Mission: To provide guided self-discovery for individuals, families and business owners, in order to gain clarity about their values and goals, helping them achieve quality of life and maintain financial independence over multiple generations.
We assist this effort by:  Bringing creative design ideas in the areas of wealth management, retirement, estate, gift, charitable and legacy planning.Coordinating our client’s team of key advisors including their CPA and attorney. Acting as catalyst and advocate to get things done.
Cyrus Habib 11-15        Jackie Flowers 11- 29
What an incredible crowd we had for our first meeting at the Yacht Club! Thanks so much to everyone who was able to RSVP! We were expecting 110 and that is the number of meals we guaranteed with the Yacht Club. We ended up with 130 members and guests and were extremely fortunate that the Yacht Club was able to feed the extra guests.  Evolving to the need to register for meeting is a big change, but we really need members to make an effort to RSVP by Monday afternoon of the meeting week. You can always call the office and we will register you!
Here is the LINK to use for the November 15 meeting at the Yacht Club with Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib. 
Use this LINK  to join us on November 29 at the Eastside Community Center to hear from Jackie Flowers, Director, Tacoma Public Utilities. 
It is almost time for the Giving Tree!
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 will be full of paper ornaments for the Nov. 15 and Nov. 29 meetings. On each ornament will be the name of a child from either the YWCA, New Phoebe House or Communities in Schools.  The tag will also include information about what that child would like to receive. There is also the opportunity to purchase a $25 gift card 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 bring items to the meeting or you can drop them off at the Rotary office at the Landmark during office hours 830-5 from November 16 through Dec 13.  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!
Your contributions to the Rotary International Foundation touch lives in so many ways. One area is that gifts help fund educational programs.  One of those programs has been the Ambassadorial Scholarship. The Rotary Foundation and clubs invest in our future leaders and philanthropists by funding scholarships for graduate study.   Rotary Club scholarships are given by individual clubs and are open to anyone except Rotary members and their families.
Tacoma #8 has had five Ambassadorial Scholars who have received scholarships to do graduate studies in another country.  The following scholars represented Tacoma #8 Rotary abroad:  Matthew Eldridge, lived on Fox Island and graduated from Stanford University, and  studied in South Africa.  Trina Schoenberg, lived in Lakewood and graduated from Lewis and Clark College and studied in New Zealand.    Andrew Burton, lived in University Place and graduated from Oregon State University, and studied in Ireland.  Tim McCaffrey, lived in Los Angeles, and graduated from the University of Puget Sound, and studied in Taiwan.  Peter Crow, lived in Los Angeles, graduated from the University of Puget Sound, and studied in Ecuador.
Rotary Clubs can apply to The Rotary Foundation for district and global grants to support scholarships.  The five scholars sponsored by Tacoma #8 all received scholarships funded entirely by the RI Foundation, supported by Rotary members contributions.  Our member Annie Ramirez is a recipient of an Ambassadorial Scholarship previously, and our member Linn Larsen’s wife, Barbara Wyatt (and former member) also was a recipient of this scholarship.  Please continue to support the RI Foundation by giving through Project Greater Good each year.  Remember, every Rotarian, every 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: 
Eric Lind
RELIGION - Christian Churches
Hope Church
Sponsor: Stacey Ogle
Our next repack is scheduled for Saturday, November 10 from noon until 230.   Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for this rewarding project.  The following members have signed up to help on the 10th; Alex Davis, Mike Dunbar, Julie Foley, Gil Quante, Renata Ramirez, Sherri Stanton, Carol Webster,  Jennifer Wedderman, Amanda Weidman and Jim Whitacre. We also need volunteers for  two Break Bag Packs on November 17 and December 15.  Help feed children and their families during holidays breaks.   There will be sign up sheets on the tables at the meetings or you can contact Gil Quante or  the office to sign up. 
Volunteer to be a Mentor 
We have been so fortunate to introduce over a dozen new members to the club in the last few months.  In order to help our new members in their assimilation we are developing  an updated list of mentors.  Amanda Weidman has assumed the leadership position for the Pandaka Committee please contact her at to volunteer to mentor a new member!
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 
John B Dimmer - Nov 04
Bob Swanson - Nov 05
Jamie Will - Nov 05
Carlyn Roy - Nov 07
Maddie Merton - Nov 08
Diane Tilstra - Nov 09
Edwin Hill - Nov 10
Kelly Lane -  Nov 10
Larry Treleven -  Nov 10
Anniversaries to Celebrate 
Larry Ghilarducci - 56 years - Nov 08
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
November 8
Thursdays at 5
Cornerstone Financial Services
505 Broadway
Tacoma, WA
November 15
Terry’s Office Tavern
3410 N Proctor
November 22
Thanksgiving no social
November 29
The Hub Tacoma
203 Tacoma Avenue
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 1 by Miriam Barnett
Nov 1 Rotary Meeting at our new location, the Tacoma Yacht Club!
Meeting called to order and Linda Kaye expressed thanks to Barry Benson, Windermere Professional Partners, for leading us in the National Anthem, accompanied by Libby Catalincih, Pierce County on the piano. Gordon Neu provided the invocation. 
Guests were introduced, with roving mics handled by Jace Dwinell, Heritage Bank and Diane Tilstra.  We had one visiting Rotarian. We also had many visitors from the Chamber, and a few members invited guests, some are prospective members!
Mark Anderson recognized our veterans. Each veteran was asked “What can you tell us about your military service that would inspire others to serve?” Many answers included the importance of camaraderie and service as well as many memories.
Linda Kaye Briggs introduced Jacob Cuthbertson from America’s Credit Union to present the Military Citizen of the Year Award to SPC Zion Comesario. Born in Hawaii and stationed at JBLM. He received a standing ovation for all that he does for the community. His message to the group was “We are here to help one another”.
Mike Wark introduced our speaker Thomas Kuljam who talked about the work they are doing at UWT to assist our dedicated Veterans in transitioning from the Military to other careers. He also shared his personal story. Thomas came to America at age 7. He discussed his experience being Asian in America, being discriminated against with people seeing him as the Viet Cong. It was tough, but he didn’t become bitter, he became better. He became a commercial banker. After years, he left to consult with UWT, City of Tacoma and LA County. That led to a full time job at UWT. VIBE (Veterans Incubator for Better Entrepreneurship) is a program at UWT. UWT has 20% veterans enrolled at the school. You can create your own path. He works to place Veteran students with jobs and training. The program is nationally recognized by the Department of Defense.
November birthdays were celebrated (there are 34 birthdays this month and 18 were present ) We celebrated 6 anniversaries with 130 combined years of service to Rotary. 
Meeting sponsor is Jonathan Murray from Uncharted Waters Float Center. They offer services that help you be your best self.
Next week we will enjoy  Thursdays at 5 pm at Cornerstone Financial Strategies.
Meeting adjourned at 1:12 pm


Thought for the week from Past President and Past District Governor Jim Harris
"The quality of an individual is reflected in the standards they set for themselves" Ray Kroc



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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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Nov 09, 2018 8:15 AM
Classification Committee Meeting
Rotary office
Nov 13, 2018 11:45 AM
Engagement Committee Meeting
Tacoma Yacht Club
Nov 15, 2018 11:00 AM
Pandaka Committee
Tacoma Yacht Club (before lunch)
Nov 15, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Rotary Youth Exchange Committee
Tacoma Yacht Club (before lunch)
Nov 15, 2018 11:00 AM
Cyrus Habib Weekly Meeting Speaker
Nov 15, 2018
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM
Strategic Planning Committee Meeting
Tacoma Yacht Club
Nov 15, 2018
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Project - EFN Break Bag Pack
EFN Distribution Center
Nov 17, 2018
12:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Landmark Doric Room; fourth floor
Nov 19, 2018
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Jackie Flowers Weekly Meeting Speaker
Eastside Community Center
Nov 29, 2018
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