Thursday, October 25, 2018
Join us on the Roof Top
Chelsea Minkler
Gates Foundation and Polio Eradication

Polio eradication is one of the  top priorities for the Gates Foundation, and as a major supporter of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we contribute technical and financial resources to accelerate targeted vaccination campaigns, community mobilization, and routine immunizations. We also partner to improve polio surveillance and outbreak response; develop safer, more effective vaccines; and galvanize financial and political support for polio eradication efforts.

We have a unique ability to contribute by taking big risks and making nontraditional investments. Examples include our investments in vaccine research; our funding of geographic information system (GIS) maps to replace hand-drawn maps for campaign planning; and our establishment of emergency operations centers in Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

Chelsea Minkler is a Program Officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation providing advocacy and communications support for polio eradication. She has worked at the foundation for the past seven years on polio eradication, vaccine delivery and child health. Prior to joining the foundation, she had roles at Lake Partners Strategy Consultants, the Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development and the United States Mission to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. She will share an update on the status of the work of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s partnership with Rotary International.  

Only one more week at the Landmark and then and we will be at the Yacht Club on November 1.  With this move we will have the challenge of providing the Yacht Club with an expected lunch count every week. Our first deadline is this Friday October 26! We need you to use this link to register now! You will see the option to pick a blue button that either says Member or Guest.  If you select Member, you will be taken to a page where you need to enter your ClubRunner login and password, if you select Guest then you have to fill in your name and some additional information.  We do not want the RSVP to be a barrier and every member is always welcome to join us at every meeting, but we need to know that there will be plenty of food, without incurring the kind of expense we have had at the Landmark. Our first meeting we will be celebrating our veterans and will be joined by Chamber of Commerce members to honor their Military Citizen of the Year. This will be a popular meeting as always, and we know you all want to check out the Yacht Club.  Veterans sign up now because you are part of the celebration! The cost for lunch will be $21 and for those who just want coffee and dessert the cost will be $6.   
Membership Proposal
Unless written objections are submitted to the Board within 10 days of this posting, the following individuals will be invited to membership: 
Bill Duppenthaler
ASSN: SOC SVC - Youth Services
Young Life
Sponsor: Carol Duris
Jacki Farrar
FINANCIAL SERVICES – Financial Planning
Moss Adams LLP
Sponsor: Barbara Mead
Rob Pfarr
Pfarr Insurance Agency
Sponsor: Carlyn Roy
John Gaines
GOVERNMENT SERVICES – Municipal Utilities
Tacoma Public Utilities
Sponsor: Ryan Wheaton
Have an International Experience and Volunteer Now
Every year one of the highlights for our Rotary Youth Exchange students is joining with all of the visiting youth, who are being hosted in District 5020, and participating in an adventure to California.  The students from throughout the District gather in Tacoma to spend the night in the homes of our members and then the next morning head to the airport.  Below are the details. 
RYE Students arrive in Tacoma Wednesday, November 7th, spend the night in your home and then are dropped off the following morning of Thursday, the 8th at 7 am.  They return from California on Monday, November 12th at about 9 pm, spend the night with you and you drop off again the following morning Tuesday, November 13th . The location for the transfer of students is Office Depot on Union in Tacoma
Diane Tilstra at  is organizing the assignments and will be your contact person, providing you with all of the details you need.  We need 3 - 4 more members to volunteer!
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.  We will also be volunteering 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. 


Thanks to everyone who signed up for the Fall Firesides on October 23.  The assignments were emailed to everyone on Friday, if you didn't see your name on the list please contact a host directly to see if they can accommodate you.  If you are assigned to a home and are unable to participate please let the host know right away so that they can plan their meal accordingly. Special thanks to our hosts Jeff Albers and Mike Dunbar, Kelly Lane and Maria Harlow, Gil Quante, Jim Whitacre and Cynthia Darland, Evelyn Ryberg and Carol Webster.  Special thanks to organizer extraordinaire Maria Harlow for all of her planning and scheduling efforts!

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!

Donate hotel size and full size toiletries

We support Tree House at MultiCare, YWCA, Nativity House Shelter, Salvation Army and other non profits as we are able.  Please donate your unused toiletries in full or small sizes.  We bring comfort and care to those experiencing a child's hospitalization or the homeless,  as well as families, veterans, youth and other individuals who are being rehoused. Bring your donations to a Rotary meeting.  Coordinated by Projects Committee member Maria Harlow  contact her at  if you have questions. 

Reflection -  
Greeter/Roving Mic - Dean Carrell
Board Greeter/Roving Mic - Jeff Albers
National Anthem & 4 Way Test - Carlyn Roy
Fine Counter -  Robin Echtle
Storywriter - Kirsten Willis
Introduction - Jim Henderson
Meeting Sponsor - Pat Steel for Miriam Barnett
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
Birthdays This Week 
Jeff Gellert - Oct 23
Fred Moisio - Oct 24
Anniversaries to Celebrate 
Cynthia Darland - 10 years  
Kathi Willis - 27 years  
Jeff Rounce - 31 years  
Michelle Johnson - Lakewood
World Polio Day is October 24
Since Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative 30 years ago in (1988) the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to just 22 cases in all of 2017.  To sustain this progress and protect all children from Polio, Rotary has committed to raising  $50 million per year in support of global polio eradication efforts.  The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match Rotary’s commitment 2 for 1.  Without full funding and political commitment, this paralyzing disease could return to previously polio-free countries, and put children everywhere at risk. Rotary has contributed more than $1.8 billion to ending polio since 1985.  Celebrate World Polio Day and all that you have done to eradicate this disease!
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 25
El Gaucho
2119 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA
November 1
Cooks Tavern
3201 N 26th Street
Tacoma, WA
November 8
Thursdays at 5
Cornerstone Financial Services
Tacoma, WA
November 15
Terry’s Office Tavern
3410 N Proctor
Tacoma, WA
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 October 18 by Andrew Imholt
Invocation by Kim Bedier (who recently became a U.S. Citizen!) with the national anthem and 4-way test by Evelyn Ryberg. There were a couple of visiting Rotarians and a great turnout of nine guests were introduced with the help of Carol Duris, Timberland Bank and Connie Miller, Pivotal Presentations.  President Linda Kaye highlighted anniversaries for Isaiah Crawford, Sharon Jaffee, Daryl Hembry, Scott Winship and Kim Bedier.
Judge Kathryn Nelson was our meeting sponsor and informed the group that her sponsorship had no relation to her professional capacity as a judge. She spoke about the wonderful opportunities available to serve on the Word Community Service (WCS) Committee and highlighted four of their most recent grants. Please contact Judge Nelson for more information!
Jim Henderson and Kirsten Willis then came forward to present Art Wickens Fellowships to Jeff Albers, Mike Dunbar, Jake Fey, David Flentge,Larry Ghilarducci, Joe Gordon Jr., Jim & Enid Harris, Daryl Hembry, Ray Schuler, Buck Thompson and Larry Treleven.
President Linda Kaye then circled the group back to the main program by introducing Debbie Regala who facilitated the program with the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney Candidates Mark Lindquist and Mary RobnettDebbie Regala ran through a series of previously submitted questions that addressed issues ranging from the opioid crisis, human trafficking and violent crime. Mary Robnett’s focus is to be open, accountable and to protect citizens of Pierce County by convicting offenders and to seek justice for all. She pledges to be tough, honest, ethical and fair. Mark Lindquist is focusing on suing Big Pharma for the harm opioids have done to Pierce County, continuing to work hard developing programs protecting elder abuse victims and keeping new and repeat offenders off of the streets.
President Linda Kaye personally thanked both candidates for taking the time to join our meeting to share with our members and guests the skills and experience they would bring to the role of Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney. As this is an important office for our community, President Linda Kaye extended her appreciation for the opportunity the candidates have given us to become well informed voters.
Announcements came next with Maria Harlow encouraging the group by letting us know that there were still spaces available for Fall Firesides, Robin Ecthle reminded us that we are MOVING to the Tacoma Yacht Club for lunch meetings starting November, 1st and Monique Nadeau said to be on the lookout for “Mission Moments” which will highlight on a monthly basis, examples of the investments we have made  in our community and around the world with proceeds from previous auctions.  
As the meeting came to a close, President Linda Kaye thanked Kim for offering the invocation and Kathryn for being our meeting sponsor (who at the same time handed Linda Kaye a check for a phone ringing fine during the main program!).
President Linda Kaye closed with a reminder that next week will be our last meeting at the Landmark and to say thanks to the great staff who have taken care of us the past 15 years and that it will be a great program as well with a wonderful speaker from the Gates Foundation Polio Eradication Team.


A Thought for the Week from Past President Pat Steel

“ Life is ours to be spent, not to be saved.” D. H. Lawrence


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Nov 01, 2018 7:30 AM
Literacy Committee
Red Elm
Nov 01, 2018
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Membership Recruitment Committee
Meeting room before lunch
Nov 01, 2018 11:15 AM
Veterans Day Meeting at the Yacht Club!
Nov 01, 2018
11:55 AM – 1:30 PM
Executive Committee Meeting
Nov 06, 2018
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Rotary Meeting - Thursdays at 5!
Cornerstone Financial Strategies LLC
Nov 08, 2018
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Projects Committee Meeting
Nov 09, 2018 8:15 AM
Classification Committee Meeting
Rotary office
Nov 13, 2018 11:45 AM
Pandaka Committee
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Nov 15, 2018
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Cyrus Habib Weekly Meeting Speaker
Nov 15, 2018
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