Thursday, February 14, 2019
YWCA Pierce County is looking forward to welcoming you to our “love of community” Valentine’s Day meeting at our offices on Broadway.
Fellow Rotarian CEO Miriam Barnett will share program highlights of how the YWCA heals and empowers domestic violence survivors.  Whether living in the emergency safe shelter or housing, meeting friends at “Insights Support Group”, or accessing the Legal Service Program or the Children’s Program, the YWCA clients find safety, healing, empowerment and more during their time at YWCA.
Address:  405 Broadway, Tacoma WA
Parking: Street parking on Broadway/4th Street/6th Street.  If there are any spots in the gravel parking lot directly across from the YWCA on the hill you may park there. It is staff parking and usually fairly full until 5:30 pm.
Refreshments: Valentine’s Day heavy appetizers, wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Plenty of seating will be available.
YWCA Board members and fellow Rotarians Jennifer Weddermann and Cindy Grady look forward to joining Miriam in welcoming you to this special Valentine’s Rotary event at the YWCA!
Thursday at 5 at the YWCA
Use this link for the February 14 meeting
Marilise Hood Quan - Center for Dialogue Resolution
Use this link for the February 21 Meeting
David Mikkelson - Snopes
Use this link for the February 28 meeting
On January 31 we welcomed new member Lin Zhou to the club.  Dr. Zhou is the President of Bates Technical College.  She was born in Beijing China and is the first Chinese immigrant to serve as the president of a two year college in the state.  She has been at Bates since 2013 serving as a dean and then vice president. She holds a Ph.D. in education from Oregon State and  Masters Degree from City University. 
On February 7 we welcomed transferring member Jackie Flowers and new member Tim Smith to the club. Jackie is a Past President of the Club in Idaho Falls and has been a Rotarian for over 10 years.  Jackie moved to Tacoma to become the Director/CEO of Tacoma Public Utilities.  We are honored to have her continue her Rotary service in our club. Tim was introduced by his sponsor Stacey Ogle. He is the Director of Operations at Custom Impressions. Tim lives in Tacoma with his wife and 3 children and looks forward to participating in club activities.  Be sure say hello and invite these great new members to join your committee. 
Harrison Laird, and the Membership Committee announced that so far this year we have added 26 amazing new members, but they don't want us resting on our laurels. They have challenged club members to help us grow our membership by 45 new members this year. If you have a prospective member please invite them to join you for lunch, the club will host them for their first visit. Please register your guest online or with the office and pick up the membership packet when you come to the meeting. We need to include guests in our meal count to the Yacht Club.   There are incentives for you as well.  Any member who proposes a new member  will be entered into a drawing for a weekend at Cedarbrook and will receive a restaurant discount coupon. Give the gift of Rotary to someone you know!
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Our office space is still being worked on, but we will have our 200 square feet of storage available by 2-15.  We would like to ask for a few volunteers to help us move storage shelves, boxes,  bins and other miscellaneous items on Presidents Day, Monday February 18 for a couple of hours starting at 11. We need a few strong backs and willing workers.  Please contact the office if you could offer some time!
Each year, our club recognizes a non-Rotarian who is providing exemplary service in the community.  This person will be honored at our meeting on Thursday, April 4, and receive a contribution from our club to his/her favorite charitable organization. Nominations are due to the Rotary office by Thursday,February 28.  If you would like to nominate an individual for this Community Service Award, complete a nomination form using this link Email your nomination to the Rotary office at . Forms will also be available at our weekly meetings. Don't delay!
Membership Proposal
Unless written objections are submitted to the Board within 10 days of this posting, the following individual will be invited to membership: 
Kyle Lauderdale
Columbia Bank
Sponsor: Angie Martin
What a great group whose busy hands packed 5000 pounds of pound of oats at EFN on Saturday. Special thanks to Becky Fontaine, Whitney Grisaffi, Donna Haynes, Rusty Hersey, Renata Ramirez, Greg Rolsma (Sonja) , John Schneider (Roman & Anghus), Ann Voves (Ryan and Tony) and Jim Whitacre. The next opportunity to volunteer will be a Break Bag Pack on March 23 and another repack on April 6. Please contact Gil Quante or Jim Whitacre with questions.  
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 
Don Meyer - Feb 10
Veronica Rollins - Feb 10
Donna Haynes - Feb 14
Harry Pritchard - Feb 14
Linn Larsen - Feb 15
Jeanne Werner-Spaulding - Feb 15
Cindy Grady - Feb 16
Byron Okutsu - Feb 16
Anniversaries to Celebrate 
Erica Doctor - 2 years 
Harrison Laird - 5 years
John Rieke - 9 years 
Michele Johnson - 13 years 
Enid Harris - 14 years 
Don Meyer - 19 years 
Jim Fry - 36 years 
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.
Thursday at 5
Devil’s Reef
706 Court C
Tacoma, WA
Wooden City
714 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 
Reflections from the meeting of February 7
by Missy Zenczak
President Linda Kaye rang the bell at 12:00pm. Kirsten Willis, delivered the invocation, going “non-traditional” and reading from a Tacoma Rotary publication circa 1920. Pat Steel led us in the national anthem and the 4 way test.
President Linda Kaye then asked visiting Rotarians to introduce themselves followed by members with guests.  John Gaines, Tacoma Public Utilities and Kierra Phifer, Puget Sound Energy helped with the mics. Modestine Kaoma, president from a Rotary club in Zambia was introduced, our Club gave to one of their malaria projects.
Jackie Flowers, Tacoma Public Utilities was invited to the podium to introduce herself as a new transfer member from Idaho Falls #1021.
President Linda Kaye then called Jennifer Wedderman, Wedderman Architecture to the mic for the sponsor announcement. Jennifer spoke about her firm that specializes in single and multi-family residential, private commercial, and nonprofit projects.
Diane Tilstra was invited to the mic to celebrate February birthdays. She asked everyone what their favorite 2018 movie  was. Able to join us were celebrants; Libby Catalinich, Donna Haynes, Linn Larsen, Mary McNally, Byron Okutsu and Cap Pearson
Stacey Ogle, Cole Graphic Solutions then introduced new member Tim Smith. Tim first met Stacey working for Cole Graphic Solutions prior to him purchasing his own graphics company, Eagle Print Dynamics.
Then Stacey switched gears to speak about a mission moment. Stacey shared about her experience traveling to Mumbai for a water project our Rotary Club helped fund through our auction.
President Linda Kaye invited Missy Zenczak, United Way of Pierce County to the podium to introduce our speaker, Loretta Cool with Tacoma Police Department. Loretta shared information about previous cold cases of two homicides of teenage girls from the 1980s – Jennifer Bastain and Michella Welch. She gave a fascinating presentation on how technological advancements in DNA evidence helped lead to the arrests of suspects for the two homicides. President Linda Kaye thanked Loretta and presented her with a gift of glass from the Hilltop Artists. 
President Linda Kaye acknowledged the anniversaries for this week: Don Sheppard (5 years), Robin Lucas (6 years), Chris Coates (8 years), and Bill Matthaei (41 years).
There was time for “True Confessions,” and Rotarians lined up to pay fines and share their stories: Diane Tilstra, Alex Trettin, Mark Anderson, Michelle Roberts and Carla Santorno shared confessions. Rusty Hersey urged Rotary members to procure items for the auction and that they were currently behind on procurements. Peter Darling confessed that he was wearing a Norwegian sweater in honor of Dick Moe and that he hoped the snow does not affect his celebration of life scheduled for this weekend. (note after the meeting the celebration was changed to March 2) 
President Linda Kaye announced that following week is a Valentine’s Thursday at 5 at YWCA. She also mentioned that we haven’t seen any nominations forms for the Community Service Award yet and to please consider nominating a worthy non-Rotarian for this special award that will be given on April 4.
She mentioned that the offer Sarah Ioannides mentioned last week about a discount to their February 23 concert was available by going to their website at to buy tickets and use DIRECTORS20 and receive 20% off ticket prices.
That evening’s social was at the Copper Door.  The meeting ended a few minutes after 1pm with President Linda Kaye encouraging us all to go out and “re-ignite” our Rotary.

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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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Upcoming Events
Rotary Meeting - Thursdays at 5!
Feb 14, 2019
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
World Community Service Committee Meeting
Cole Graphic Solutions
Feb 21, 2019 7:00 AM
Engagement Committee Meeting
Tacoma Yacht Club
Feb 21, 2019 11:00 AM
Pandaka Committee
Tacoma Yacht Club (before lunch)
Feb 21, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Rotary Youth Exchange Committee
Tacoma Yacht Club (before lunch)
Feb 21, 2019 11:00 AM
Weekly Meeting Maralise Hood Quan
Tacoma Yacht Club
Feb 21, 2019
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Tacoma Yacht Club
Feb 25, 2019
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Weekly Meeting David Mikkelson
Tacoma Yacht Club
Feb 28, 2019
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM
Projects Committee Meeting
Mar 01, 2019 8:15 AM
Community Service Grants Committee Meeting
Sound Options
Mar 07, 2019 7:30 AM
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