Thursday, April 12, 2018
VOL. NINETY-FOUR, Issue No. 41
What an Amazing Lineup
  Our Business Expo Sponsors
What an amazing club we have with a wonderful diversity of businesses represented this week we will enjoy learning more about 20 of our members, and having the opportunity to share lunch with a spectacular group of leaders. 
American Red Cross  - The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
Ben Bridge - The most valuable jewelry marks noteworthy moments and sparks special memories.  Ever since its founding more than a century ago, family-run Ben Bridge Jeweler has embraced the concept of servicing customers for life.
Brooks Dental  - At Brooks Dental Studio we're dedicated to helping you achieve a sense of well-being and increased confidence that a healthy smile brings.
Cascade Park Communities  - We are in the business of producing smiles!    
CatchAll Environmental  - We are innovators.  We see the issues around stormwater and stormwater compliance differently than our competitors.  While other companies and organizations are providing a reactive solution, CatchAll Environmental is looking deeper into the issues to try to answer the questions that are at the heart of the challenge of clean stormwater runoff.
Community Healthcare  - Our mission is to provide the highest quality health care with compassionate and accessible service for all.
Evergreen Home Loans  - We change the world one relationship at a time. What can be more life changing than returning to the place you call home each day? The family of associates at Evergreen is inspired by fulfilling the desires of customers throughout the year. Whether you plant your first garden, host your child’s wedding in the backyard, or gather the family at your house for the holidays, your world becomes forever changed.
Financial Insights  -  Growing your future, together. We specialize in comprehensive financial planning and investment management. Our team works closely with you to help you realize your goals in all phases in life. We realize that you are a unique individual with your own path, ideas, experiences and concerns about investing. That’s why we strive to be the only financial advisory team you will need.
Grit City Baking Company  - We're obsessed with bringing perfect bread products to Tacoma. We've devoted hours to honing our production methods, perfecting our recipes, studying antique cookbooks and ancient baking wisdom. Watch for our opening this summer!
Habitat for Humanity  - With God’s grace and the cooperation of people from all walks of life, Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity partners with families in need to build and own simple, decent, affordable homes in safe communities. Habitat envisions a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Hjalseth & Benson  - We have been enthusiastically sharing the magic of living in Tacoma and the "253" with exceptional care for a combined 39+ years! Two T-Town fans with deep local roots, committed to community, service and your kind referrals. It is our honor to serve you. 
Moss Adams  - At Moss Adams, we bring more West to business! West is where dawn breaks on world-changing ideas. More than a location, it’s a way of doing business -- an ethos in which innovation thrives and optimism abounds. With a rare blend of inspiration and technical excellence, we empower our clients to discover and claim the future. Our keen understanding of industry trends and challenges permits us to anticipate and respond to opportunities for our clients that might otherwise go untapped. Delivering a full spectrum of accounting, tax, consulting and wealth management services, we dive deep into each industry to bring greater contextual understanding to every engagement.
Narrows Glen - Senior Resource Group  - Narrows Glen, an SRG Senior Living Community, offers an environment that addresses your physical, social, mental and spiritual well-being.  It’s comforting to know that even if your needs change, your address doesn’t have to.
Rotary USO  - Supporting the work of our club to benefit local and global service projects, grants to local community organizations and scholarships to Tacoma high school seniors. Proceeds from the auction support the work of every committee and all of the good works of the club.  This year the special Raise the Paddle beneficiary will be Habitat for Humanity. 
Salvation Army  - Enriching mind, body, and spirit, The Salvation Army helps people of all faiths or no faith, who are in need
Superior Linen  - We are a 92 year old,  5th Generation Family owned & operated linen and uniform rental company serving Western Washington
Timberland Bank  - At Timberland Bank, we strive to be your best connection to local advice, credit and service. Throughout our 100 year history, we’ve grown to understand the unique needs of businesses located in the Pacific Northwest—and are ready to help your business grow with handcrafted business banking solutions.
Trusteed Plans Service Corporation  - TPSC is more than a traditional third party administrator of self-funded benefits. Founded in 1963, TPSC has over 55 years of experience being a local, trusted partner to help protect your bottom line. TPSC is the choice for affordable benefit services for employers, associations, Taft-Hartley Trusts and Chamber of Commerce plans throughout the Western United States.
United Way  - By 2028, United Way of Pierce County will lift 15,000 families out of poverty.  We will achieve this goal by strategically investing in and developing programs that address the root causes of poverty. Our key initiatives include: Moving individuals and families into stability by accessing critical resources through 2-1. Improving economic self-sufficiency by expanding our Center for Strong Families mode. Ensuring kids and their families have access to nutritious food through the Hunger-Free Pierce County collaborative.
YWCA  - The YWCA has a mission to transform lives through safety, healing and empowerment. We provide free comprehensive services for domestic violence victims and their families including shelter, housing, legal representation, support groups, and therapeutic children’s programming
Membership Proposal
Unless written objections are submitted to the Board within 10 days of this posting, the following individual will be invited to membership: 
C. Marshall Bennett
EDUCATION - Community College
Director of Advising Services
Tacoma Community College
Sponsor: Pat Steel
Sabrina Ahrens
GOVERNMENT SERVICES - Court Commissioner
Pierce County Superior Court
Sponsor: Kathryn Nelson
WOW, we've got a great meeting planned for you this week, with prizes, fun and great information.  The businesses will be set up at 1130 so come early to pick up some fun stuff and get to know some of our members even better.  You could win the drawing if you take time to stop in and visit 10 exhibitors!
Two New Opportunities Supported by Your Projects Committee
Sound the Alarms – Save a Life
Support the Red Cross by helping to provide in-home education and install free smoke alarms.  Saturday, April 21 from 9AM to 1PM. Location is Central Tacoma, but details will be emailed in advance.  Volunteers must be 18 and older.  If interested email Becky Fontaine at
District Wide Opportunity on May 3
We are not having a meeting in anticipation that we can contribute time to this project at the Hotel Murano Pavilion. Shifts are from 8AM to 4PM.  Local Rotarians are being asked to sign up for the earlier shifts, saving the later ones for our friends from farther away.
Three options for Tacoma #8 members and our friends:
  1. Sign up with Jim Whitacre from Projects Committee.  He is working on 1-2 tables of 12 people from 8-10AM.  Jim will need your email as well as those of  your family and friends you might be bringing.
  2. Grab a couple of friends from Rotary, work or your neighborhood and show them the power of Rotary. One person can sign you up as a team or you can sign up individually just make sure you pick the same time.
  3. Not worried about who you are teamed with, but want to help, sign up!
Options 2/3 should use the link below.  If you go with Option 1, Jim will sign you up. Don’t wait, slots are filling up quickly.
Click on this link to sign up yourself.
Pete Taylor -  Lahaina
Larry Treleven - Gig Harbor
Welcome to Our Three Newest Members
Franklin Dacca, Pierce County District Court Judge
Dean Hanks, Vice President of Development, Bellarmine 
Robert Modarelli, President, Bellarmine
 Featured items this week
A Condo in Belize
The Lambo Is Yours for 24 Hours!
Procurement Update
The deadline is approaching. We have had promises from many, but need the procurement forms in now! Please turn them in at our booth at the Business Expo, or email them to the office. We really need everything in hand no later than April 20! 
Time to make those reservations!
You should have received your invitations by now and we hope that you have 9 friends to join you to fill a table.  Our goal is to have a room full of generous Rotarians and their friends who will join together to enjoy good company and purchase amazing items.  The party will be great and a bonus is that we will end the night with our favorite group Daryl and the Diptones!! You can call or email the office to reserve your spot, or drop off your RSVP card at a meeting.
You can still register for District 5020 Training Assembly & Conference. We are hoping for great representation from Tacoma #8 members.  This is a wonderful opportunity for fellowship and education! 
Invocation - Are you available??
National Anthem and 4 Way Test -  Barry Benson
Piano - In the Ballroom!
Board Greeter- Roving Mic - Jace Dwinell
Greeter - Roving Mic -   
Fine Counter - Cynthia Darland
Meeting Reporter for Gearshift - Debbie Regala
Meeting Sponsor -  Business Expo 
AV Assistance -  Jeff Rounce 
There are clipboards at every meeting for you to sign up to help out!
--Leading the National Anthem & Four Way Test
--Giving the Moment of Reflection
--Playing piano
--Assisting with Audio/Visual
--Greeter and Roving Mic
--Sponsoring a meeting

Birthdays this week  
David Graybill - Apr 08
Ron Anderson - Apr 09 
Chris Hays - Apr 10  
Margaret McCormick - Apr 10 
John Spencer - Apr 11  
Stan Kanarowski - Apr 11 
Peter Norman - Apr 12
Donald Sheppard - Apr 13 
Anniversaries to celebrate
Stephanie Farrar - 1 year
Larry Norvell - 5 years
Kirsten Willis - 8 years
John Schneider - 16 years
Nick Rajacich - 26 years
Warren Foster - 33 years
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!
April 12
Peaks & Pints
3816 N 26th
Tacoma, WA
April 19
The Camp Bar
1310 Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, WA
Table side S’mores with all the fixing!!
April 26
Dirty Oscars
2309 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA

Reflections from the meeting of April 5 from Jim Henderson
President Mark Anderson called the April 5 meeting of the Rotary Club of Tacoma #8 to order, in the Grand Ballroom at the Landmark Convention Center, by ringing the bell at 12:05 pm and welcoming all. As President Mark said, it’s a good day to be at Rotary. The invocation was given by Gordon Neu, Neu Construction, and Libby Catalinich, Pierce County led us in the national anthem and the Four Way test. Mark asked everyone to sign a card for our member Nancy Davis who is receiving Hospice Care.
Melissa Malott, Citizens for a Healthy Bay and Veronica Rollins, Girl Scouts, took the mics around to visiting Rotarians and those with guests. There were a large number of guests, including the Queen and Court  from the Daffodil Festival who would be introduced later. Among the visiting Rotarians were Past President Kathleen Olson and Rick Olson, now members of the Marysville Rotary Club.
President Mark then called Greg Rolsma forward to celebrate birthdays. As Greg came forward Anniversaries were celebrated: Rob Novasky - 6 years, Bill Pickles - 9 years; Larry Hosley – 30 years; Dick Heaton II – 39 years; Jim Merritt – 41 years and Glenn Everitt – 43 years. Present to celebrate their birthdays were Barry Benson – April 1; Pamela Transue – April 5; Chris Hays – April 10 and Peter Norman – April 12. They were asked what high school they went to and who had the most influence on them in high school. Also celebrating birthdays this week but not present were Dean Curry, Paul Gingrich Jr., and John Spencer.
President Mark then called forward Daffodil Festival Queen Allie from Lincoln High School and the other 22 Princesses from Pierce County area high schools, who introduced themselves, which high school they were from and shared some of their college plans.  This is always one of my favorite programs each year as members hosted the various Princesses and chaperones for lunch.
President Mark then called forward President Elect Linda Kaye Briggs, to begin the Community Service Award program. This award was established in 1972 in recognition of long time, 50 year Club Secretary Arthur H. Wickens. The award has been presented every year since 1974. The purpose of the award is to recognize a non-Rotarian resident of Pierce County who has served his/her community in a manner that exemplifies the Rotary ideal of ‘Service above Self’. This year’s recipient is Korbett Mosely.  He has spent more than a decade working on equity and inclusion in the for-profit, non-profit, and government sectors, on issues such as education, health, workforce and housing. He just completed a three year term on the City of Tacoma’s Human Services Commission and now serves on the Board of the Puyallup Watershed Initiative, and recently helped to create Tacoma Roots, a community group that works on the intersection of environmental issues, race and poverty. Our member Dona Ponepinto, from United Way, came forward to talk briefly about Corey. His connections and love for community shows in everything. He is very persistent and believes things are possible. He has infectious energy on tough issues, and is passionate and has a generous and kind spirit Dona said. The next speaker was Andrea Cobb, Corey’s wife and President of the Tacoma School Board. She has known him for six years and said he has raised awareness of issue and strives to make the community a better place to live with a blend of ideas and actions. Coming to the podium, Corey was given a standing ovation and complimented the assembled Rotarians for their good works in the community. He said while this is great place to live, there still are things to be done in the community. One in three Pierce County households cannot afford the basics and that there are 102,000 households in Pierce County who cannot make ends meet each month. He told all of us  "It’s possible" Linda Kaye came forward to congratulate Corey and present him with a check for the non-profit organization he selected, the Hilltop Action Coalition.
There were two paid announcements – first by Melissa Malott and then by Past President Becky Fontaine.  There was some time for True Confessions.  Coming forward were Monique Nadeau who congratulated Corey for his recognition as she proudly announced he was her nephew; Brien Elvins who missed his service anniversary celebrating 21 years in Rotary; Harrison Laird missed his birthday; Gordon Neu related his medical emergency from October when he flat lined and was brought back to life by CPR; Ray Schuler who paid money celebrating the Rotary Service of both Larry Hosley and Jim Merritt who began their Rotary service at Fife and Geoff Oakley who urged us to help people we see, as he gave someone a coat he encountered on the street.
President Mark thanked the Daffodil Festival Princesses for joining us today. They will assist us also at our April 28 Auction – make your reservations now. He congratulated Korbett on his recognition as our community Service Award winner. Tonight’s social will be at the home of Carlyn Roy. We were asked to bring a bottle of wine for the auction. Next week’s meeting will be the annual Business Expo. It is our chance to learn more about our fellow Rotarians.  The meeting was adjourned at 12:55pm.  Now go out and Live Rotary! 


Sound Advice for Service Above Self Living, by Past President and Past District Governor Jim Harris

Most people walk in and out of your life, but FRIENDS leave footprints in your heart….Unknown


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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 Landmark Temple Theatre 47 St. Helens Avenue, Tacoma 
Noon - 1:00 pm
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Tacoma, Washington 98402

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Tacoma, Washington 98401-1777

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Apr 28, 2018
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