Thursday, June 6, 2019
Matt Kelley - UWT Action Mapping Project
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Dr. Matthew Kelley is a member of the Urban Studies faculty at the University of Washington Tacoma where he spends his time researching how maps, spatial data, and new information technologies can be leveraged to improve or augment the ways that we approach community development – the ways, in other words, we work to make our neighborhoods more livable. For the past several years he has been building the Action Mapping Project (AMP), which is a youth-centered community mapping and neighborhood improvement initiative that is empowering thousands of Tacoma’s middle school and high school aged youth to be a part of the urban planning and community development process in their own neighborhoods.

Pandaka Graduation!

We are looking forward to our Pandaka Graduation this week. The following members will be receiving their Blue Badge.  Congratulations to: Rick Triggs, Maddie Merton, Byron Okutsu, Rob Pfarr, Jackie Farrar, John Gaines, Lisa Mansfield, Di Trenh, Katrina Self, Kierra Phifer, Tim Smith, Noah Baskett, Bill Duppenthaler and Seth Kaplowitz. Thanks for all that you have done to become active members of the club! If you are a Pandaka and think you have completed your checklist please contact Amanda Weidman at
Thursday at 5 - June 13
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Roger Stanton - Dune Peninsula Park
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WOW!!  What an accomplished group of students we were able to recognize at the meeting on Thursday, awarding over $26,000 in scholarships! Below is the list of the students and their high school; Special thanks to the Scholarship Committee members and Co-Chairs Bob Fedrickson and Jace Dwinell, members Alex Trettin, Ann VovesBill Duppenthaler, Carol Duris, Chris Serface, David Flentge,  Dean CarrellDiane Kelleher, Dan Bogart, Evelyn Ryberg,  Jacki Farrar,  Jeff Mead, John McMasters, John DouvilleKatrina Self, Libby Catalinich, Marty Lough, Nurhan BarcusRobin Echtle, Shanna LaMar, Sue Dreier and  Annie Ramirez These dedicated members spent hours interviewing, evaluating and deliberating to select the best of the best; Maggie Barry, SOTA, Cely Delgado, Lincoln, Julie Dinh, Foss, Ruth Flores, Mt. Tahoma, Carolina Garibay-Mercado, Lincoln, Emma Gashi, Bellarmine, Jackson Kelley, Bellarmine, Logan Kitselman, Tacoma Baptist, Yusley Lopez-Cruz, Mt. Tahoma, Margaret Murphy, Stadium, Carmen Parra, Wilson, Raleigh  Peregrine, Stadium, Hannah Peterson, Tacoma Baptist, Elena Seaholm,  SAMI, Amelyna Set-Heit, Annie Wright, Miya Watkins, Oakland.
Membership Proposal
Unless written objections are submitted to the Board within 10 days of this posting, the following individual  will be invited to membership: 
Phil Carter
ASSNS: SOC SVS - Health & Recreation
Sponsor: Carol Webster
Thanks to the wonderful members whose business logo's are shown above, they took the leap with Linda Kaye and helped us implement Thursdays at 5 this year.  The feedback has been positive and it has been decided to continue this is a nice option and change of pace to our lunch meetings.  We have a couple of the dates reserved already, but if you are interested in hosting please contact one of the Co-Chairs of the Vocational Services Committee Andrew Imholt, or Missy Zenczak ,at, or you can contact the office at
Mandatory Fun Night- Rotary At the Rainiers
Diane Kelleher, Christina Turner & Mark Anderson
Can you find the Rotary 8 members? 
It's that time again to join with Rotary Clubs in District 5020 to tailgate and enjoy a Rainiers Game.  The game this year will be August 15.   The evening starts with tailgating in the parking lot at 5:15 followed by the game at 7:05. For $18.00 you will receive a reserved seat ticket and enjoy a great tailgate party with lots of food both outside and inside the park. For $10 you can tailgate only! Reservations are due by July 12. You can use this link to make a reservation.  Please let me know in comments how many tickets you need. There will also be sign up sheets at the meeting!
Thursdays at 5 at Sprague Pest Solutions
TACOMA Rotary #8 members will be welcomed to the Sprague Home Office on Thursday June 13th at 5:00 pm.  Sprague is delighted to open their doors to all of you to better explain some of the “inner workings “ of this TACOMA based firm that started in a garage and now has expanded throughout the western United States.  You will learn how this 4th generation, family owned business continues to grow and why millions of people live and work in healthier places because of the work they do. You  will also tour this Branch Office and view and sit in an actual service vehicle - a 1948 Plymouth wagon - which was completely restored and is preserved as part of their legacy.  Put this on your schedule and join us for a great evening and to look behind the scenes at a 93 year old TACOMA based firm.  2725 Pacific Ave.  Be there or be square! You can use this link to register right now. Please contact Larry Treleven at if you have any questions.

It's time to pull out your calendar and make a plan to help out this summer at Camp Goodtimes on Vashon Island.  Our day will be July 18, and once again Ann Voves will be coordinating volunteers.  We will have sign up sheets at the meetings starting at the end of May, the theme this year is Super Human!


GALLEYSIDE - June 27 - Save the Date!!
Sign up sheets will be available at the meetings.  Plan to spend the afternoon and early evening sailing with friends and celebrating a great year with President Linda Kaye!  The barbecue at Dockton Park will start about 5 and the price is $35. You can also ferry over to the island if you wish.  Here is a link if you want to sign up on line. Maria Harlow will have all of the assignments out well in advance of June 27. 
June 23 11 a.m.Enjoy a fresh juice and mimosa brunch at the NE Tacoma home of Cindy Grady. Your chefs and hostesses for the meal, which will include fabulous homemade treats will be Cindy Grady and Miriam Barnett. Price per person is $100.
August 3 530 p.m.How about a culinary trip to Spain?  Your main dish will be a Barcelona style Paella made with arroz bomba, shrimp, chicken, Chorizo, clams or mussels depending on availability.  You will enjoy this feast at the Lake Bay home of Barry and Sharon Benson. (about 30 minutes from the Tacoma side of the Narrows Bridge.) Price per person is $100
September 14  5:30 p.m. The Mount Rushmore dinner as it has never been before!  Hosted in September by Past-President Linda Kaye Briggs, President Carol Duris and President- Elect Kathryn Nelson.  You will enjoy this multi course meal and wines at the Baker Condominiums Community Room at Point Ruston.  Price per person is $125
Larry Treleven - Bend
Board Greeter/Roving Mic-Marsha Burns
Board Greeter/Roving Mic- Stacey Ogle
Greeters - Grants Committee Members
National Anthem & 4 Way Test-Evelyn Ryberg
Piano-Jack Warnick
Fine Counter-Dan Bogart
Storywriter-Jim Henderson
Meeting Sponsor-Ali Criss & Mike Dunbar
AV Assistant-Jeff Rounce
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 
Chuck Heaton - Jun 02
Cynthia Darland - Jun 04
Kyle Lauderdale - Jun 05
Lori Harnick - Jun 08
Shon Sylvia - Jun 08
Anniversaries to Celebrate
Chris Serface - 5 years
Anthony Chen - 10 years
Mark Anderson - 16 years
Peter Carlstrom - 18 years
Ross Hjelseth - 23 years
Dean Hanks - 25 years cumulative
Jamie Will - 44 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.
June 6
Alma Mater
1322 S Fawcett Avenue
Tacoma, WA
June 13 - Thursday at 5
Sprague Pest Solutions
June 20th
Johnny's Dock
1900 East D Street
Tacoma,  WA
June 27
Reflections from the meeting of May 30 by Rusty George
While Linda Kaye attended the Rotary convention in Hamburg, Germany this week, we were honored to have the meeting be helmed by the more-than-competent President Elect Carol Duris. Carol opened the meeting with an invitation to listen to a few words from Kirsten Willis and the robust vocals of Jennifer Weddermann (accompanied by Steve Smith) who led us in the national anthem.
Sharon Jaffee was this week’s meeting sponsor, inviting everyone to come and visit Narrows Glen, celebrating 30 years and having undergone a huge remodeling, this is luxury retirement and assisted care at its finest.
Members and guests were welcomed with the assistance of Sharon Chambers-Gordon and James Harper.
Jeff Albers invited everyone to come to a seminar – Coaching Performance Management That Works at Albers and Company. It will be sure to be inspirational and informative.
Jace Dwinell and Peter Carlstrom introduced the Interact Club’s representative, Abby Pierson of Life Christian Academy, an amazing young lady to say the least. She leads the club as they have participated in bake sales, car washes, Christmas caroling for the Salvation Army, packed over 2,500 pounds of oats for the Emergency Food Network, and even manned the dessert auction at our own Auction this year. Kudos to those in Interact!
Next, the charming Bob Fredrickson and Jace Dwinell gave out over $26,500 in scholarships to yet another set of young champions. There were students from schools such as Tacoma Baptist, Stadium, Bellarmine, Foss, Wilson, just to name a few. Their hard work deserves recognition. Most are looking to go to great colleges, and we wish them the best.
And to wrap up the parade of amazing young people, we were treated to a recap of the year from our youth exchange students, Jacob from Norway and Renata from Paraguay.
Jacob talked about his adventures to Texas, California, even Canada where he got to play cowboy. He also made the varsity golf team at Stadium and met many great fellow exchange students at Seabeck. He was grateful to his host families who gave him an experience of his lifetime. Renata got to experience a bunch of firsts in her life. Her first airplane ride (she got lost int eh airport), her first experience of the ocean, Thanksgiving, and snow! She opted to try the Polar Plunge but wasn’t too keen on that. She also got to travel to many states and enjoy many experiences, and her favorite thing was being her host families. She says that the best part was making a genuine connection with a person, who up until just recently was a total stranger half way across the world. She will be sad to go home.
Carol announced that sign up sheets for Camp Goodtimes were in the baskets and that was followed by Maria Harlow who also put out an appeal for boats for Galleyside (sheesh, wasn’t it Christmas a few weeks ago?) And Jim Merritt shared the joyful news that his wife Claudia has been declared cancer free after a serious battle. That is great news!  With that, Carol dinged the bell and we wish Linda Kaye a safe return

Thought for the Week 

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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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Jun 06, 2019
The Action Mapping Project (AMP): Collaborating with youth to improve livability in Tacoma
Jun 13, 2019
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Upcoming Events
Literacy Committee
Red Elm
Jun 06, 2019
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Membership Recruitment Committee
Tacoma Yacht Club
Jun 06, 2019 11:00 AM
Weekly Meeting - Matt Kelley
Tacoma Yacht Club
Jun 06, 2019
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM
Projects Committee Meeting
Jun 07, 2019 8:15 AM
Leadership Assembly
Tacoma Yacht Club
Jun 07, 2019
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Executive Committee Meeting
Red Elm
Jun 11, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Classification Committee Meeting
Rotary office
Jun 11, 2019 11:45 AM
Rotary Meeting - Thursdays at 5!
Sprague Pest Solutions
Jun 13, 2019
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Pandaka Committee
Tacoma Yacht Club (before lunch)
Jun 20, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Weekly Meeting - Roger Stanton
Jun 20, 2019
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM
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