Thursday, July 27, 2018

John McCarthy and Rod Koon

The Port of Tacoma Centennial


This year the Port of Tacoma is celebrating its centennial year. Created by a vote of Pierce County citizens Nov. 5, 1918, the Port started out on 240 acres in the Tacoma Tideflats.

Today, the Port is a major economic engine for our region. Port terminal and real estate operations cover about 2,700 acres of land and connect to more than 29,000 jobs in Pierce County.

Port commissioner John McCarthy and staff member Rod Koon will team up to present some of the highlights of the Port’s first 100 years as well as some of the challenges and opportunities facing the port and the shipping industry today.

A former Pierce County District and Superior Court judge for more than 22 years, John McCarthy recently retired from the bench.  He worked as a longshoreman for 10 years and served previously on the Port of Tacoma Commission from 1983 to 1992.  McCarthy has been a member of the Washington State Bar Association since 1975 and volunteers at Mount Rainier National Park.  He is an honorary life member of the Washington Public Ports Association.  He was the first member of the Boys and Girls Club of South Puget Sound’s to be selected to their Alumni Hall of Fame, and he continues to officiate high school football.  He also is on the Pierce County Regional Council and serves as the Port of Tacoma’s Tribal Liaison. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Science with a minor in Mathematics from Seattle University and a law degree from the University of San Francisco.

Rotary at the Rainiers on August 2
The annual Rainiers game for the Pierce County Rotary Clubs is Thursday, August 2nd.  If you have attended this event before you know it is not to be missed, if you have not, you will want to come for a family friendly, fun evening! Last year we had over 200 Rotarians and friends in attendance!
Tickets are $18 per person (family, friends and potential new Rotarians are all welcome) and include the following:
Pregame Tailgate in Parking Lot at 5:15 p.m.Tailgate Includes: Hot dogs, Hamburgers, Cookies, Beer, Wine and Water
Ticket for Entry to Game  (7:05 p.m First Pitch) Ballpark Meal Includes:  Rainiers Dog, Tim's Cascade Snack and Bottled Water, Complimentary "The Dirt" Program
We just started signups last week and we already have reservations from: Mark Anderson, Frank Dacca, Carol Duris, Brien Elvins (+1), Jeff Lovely, Jim Merritt (+1), Monique Nadeau and Gil Quante (+1). We need to turn in our count to the district this week, please email or if you would like to join us!  Joy will be sending out invoices sometime next week.
We have the opportunity to volunteer for the barbecue to be held this year on Friday July 20 at 11:15. Contact Gil Quante or Jim Whitacre to volunteer. 
EFN Repack Coming
Please mark your calendar for Saturday, July 28 from 12-230 when we will have our first re-pack of this Rotary Year.  We will have sign up sheets on the tables at the meetings or you can contact the office to sign up.  Registrations have begun and we have commitments from the following members; Carol Duris, Sharon Jaffee, Gil Quante, Diane Tilstra and Carol Webster.   
        Dean Carrell                   Sally Leighton
       Connie Miller        
New members at our first meeting
Dean Carrell, Sally Leighton and Connie Miller
Wow, what a great way to kick off the new Rotary year.  Three new members! Connie is a transferring member from Seattle # 4 and is the owner, coach and consultant for Pivotal Presentations. She is was born in Boston, but has been at home in the Northwest for years. Thanks to Jan Brazzell for introducing her! Linda Kaye introduced 2 new members; Dean Carrell, the Director of the Pierce County Library Foundation.  Dean is  a long time fundraiising professional and knows members in our club from his years at United Way.  He spent the last several years in Seattle and is pleased to be back in Tacoma!  Sally Leighton, is a recently retired attorney and has chosen to invest some of her time in retirement volunteering with Rotary.  She is off to a great start as she has already spent days attending the Rotary International Convention in Toronto.  She has already signed up for the Grants Committee.  Committee Chairs these are some great recruits for your committee!
We will miss the members below who will volunteer at Camp Goodtimes this Thursday
For years our club has sponsored a Carnival for the day for kids with cancer and their siblings. It brings fun and enjoyment for the kids, and we have a blast as well! Thanks to those who have signed up; Cynthia Darland (+1), Peter DarlingMike Dunbar, Heather Faverman, Jim Fry, Whitney Grisaffi, Maria HarlowDonna Haynes, Kelly Lane, Jeff Lovely, Robin Lucas (+1), Melissa Malott, Fred Matthaei, Mary McNally, Geoff Oakley, Tracy PeacockGil Quante (+1),Charley Rance, Greg Rolsma (+1), Michelle Roberts,  Carlyn Roy, Pat Steel, Barbara Tankersley, Alex TrettinAnn VovesCarolyn Weyrick (+1) and Jim Whitacre. 
Club members in Toronto at the International Convention
Barry & Sharon Benson, Linda Kaye Briggs, Sally Leighton and Mark Anderson
Pete and Kristine Taylor
Becky relaxing after being a Pre-Conference Presenter
Computer Assistance Needed
Our computers seem to be slowing down and not performing as we would like. Who would like to become our computer expert?  We need someone with some IT expertise who could look over our arrangement and make some suggestions. Please contact Kathi or Joy if you think you can help. 
We have our two students, Renata from Paraguay and Jacob from Norway preparing to arrive in Tacoma by the end of August in order to enroll at Stadium High School. Youth Exchange needs two host families approved and ready to go by August 1st. 
10 Reasons to Host an Exchange Student 
in the words of our host parents
  1. You can learn that country’s may be different (culture, food, art, politics), but we are also not that different (want peace, family issues are the same, people vacation and go to work like we do).
  2. Teenagers keep you young and you tend to go places and do things you wouldn’t normally. 
  3. You get to know/see your city and state because you want to ensure they see it too. Great excuse!
  4. Hosting provides an invaluable international/cultural experience for your children without leaving home.  
  5. Creates a lifetime friendship around the world, which inspires a never ending worldly perspective. 
  6. The world gets a little smaller and better. We love our International kids!  
  7. Your entire family has a mutually beneficial education experience. 
  8. Your eyes are open to what the younger generation is thinking.  We were able to have tremendously insightful discussions with our student on the different views regarding culture, society, government, world history and even politics.
  9. You have the chance to learn or practice a foreign language.
  10.  You create a lifetime of memories, with someone who will always be in your heart.  
The application process takes a minimum of two weeks to gain approval as a host family. Each family hosts one of the incoming students for a period of 3 months. If you can't do it, perhaps you have a friend or family member that might be interested!
Renata and Jacob are eager to meet their first host family. We will need 3 host families per student for the exchange year. Our wonderful In Bound RYE expert, Diane Tilstra can help you prepare for this engaging experience. You may be surprised to see how easy it is to host a student. Please call Diane at 206-948-8309 or email: if you want more information! 
Invocation/Reflection - Carol Webster
Anthem & 4 Way Test - Jennifer Wedderman
Board Greeter- Roving Mic - Carol Duris
Greeter-Roving Mic  -   
Fine Counter - Carol Duris
Meeting Reporter for Gearshift - Jim Henderson
Meeting Sponsor - Vocational Services Committee
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 
Linda Nguyen - July 17
Brien Elvins - July 18
Hunter George - July 18
Doug Page - July 18
John Pfaff - July 18
This year we will be celebrating birthdays on the first meeting of the month, but will recognize all birthday celebrants with a slide on the dashboard throughout the month.  Thanks to the members who were with us last week and paid their birthday fine! ($1 per year of age) 
Anniversaries to Celebrate 
Bruce Dammeier - 1 year - 15 years previous service
Linda Nguyen - 8 years  
Donna Haynes - 10 years  
Carol Webster - 10 years
Robin Echtle – 11 years
Steve O'Brien - 11 years
Maureen Fife - 17 years
Ray Schuler - 32 years
Don Sheppard - Tacoma Sunrise
Larry Treleven - Sun River
John West - Lake Chelan
Groundbreaking and Dedication
The first step in this signature project for our club is just around the corner.  This Friday, July 20, there will be a ceremony at 9:30 am at the home site at 15116 Portland Ave SW, Lakewood 98498 (Tillicum) it should last about 45 minutes.  It won't be long until it's our sign hanging on the home we will help build.  Watch  for the  "wall of hope" stud, at our meetings for you to sign. It will then be placed in the house we construct.  There will be opportunities starting in the next few weeks for all of us to be involved.  Can't swing a hammer or pound a nail, or raise a wall?  Maybe you can serve refreshments to the workers.  This is going to be a wonderful opportunity for us to all work side by side and change lives in Pierce County! Thanks to Heather Faverman and Gil Quante who will be coordinating our volunteers.
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.
July 19th, 2018
Camp Goodtimes celebration!
Anthony’s Point Defiance
5910 N Waterfront Drive
Tacoma, WA
Enjoying the Social at Boathouse 19
Reflections from the meeting of July 12 from Past President Jim Henderson
It was the first meeting of the new Rotary Year on the roof top of the Landmark Convention Center, and the first meeting for President Linda Kaye Briggs.  The bell was rung right at 12:05 on a very warm day. 
Stephen Deal, United Way, gave the invocation and talked about friendship and the Rotary mission.  Evelyn Ryberg, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, led us in the National Anthem and the 4 Way Test.  President Linda Kaye thanked Donna Haynes, Pilkey Hopping and Ekberg, for being this week’s meeting sponsor and asked everyone to sign the card being passed around for member Lee Gingrich who recently lost his wife.
There were many guests today including a table of close friends and family for President Linda Kaye, including her son Marcus.  The newly installed Presidents for Tacoma Narrows and Tacoma Passport Rotary Clubs, as well as Assistant Governor Jennifer Durham were in the audience. Marsha Burns, Wells Fargo, and DeAnne Hamilton, KBTC, took around the mics.
President Linda Kaye then called on Jan Brazzell to introduce new member, Connie Miller. Connie is transferring into Tacoma #8 from Seattle #4.  She told us her father wanted her to be an engineer, but she wanted to be an actress after graduation from Carnegie Institute of Technology.  She told us she was excited to become a new member in the club.
Then President Linda Kaye introduced two new members she has sponsored – Sally Leighton and Dean Carrell.  Sally grew up in Dallas and received her law degree from the University of Puget Sound Law School, and recently retired after a long career as an attorney dealing with Insurance defense cases.  She is active in the community and looking forward to becoming involved in the club.  Dean Carrell is the Director of the Pierce County Library Foundation and is also a client of hers.  Dean told us he grew up in San Jose and graduated from Seattle Pacific University.  He is a fundraising professional, passionate about literacy and lives in the Proctor District.  What a great start to this Rotary year with three new members introduced.
Meeting sponsor Donna Haynes then came forward to talk about her firm, which has been in business since 1896 and they care about the community and provide all types of insurance protection.  Anniversaries were mentioned for Kit Evans – 14 years; Cindy Grady – 7 years; and Diane Kelleher – 2 years.  Maria Harlow then came forward to celebrate birthdays with a new format of celebrating all monthly birthdays at the first meeting of the month. Present this week to pay their birthday fines were Dean Hanks, Jim Henderson, Joe Gordon Jr., Brien Elvins, Hunter George, Doug Page, Peter Carlstrom, Pat Steel, Mike Bitterling, and Jan Brazzell. There was a brand new fine box to use!
We were asked to check out the yellow folders on each table containing a listing of the Officers and Board members, and committee chairs, along with a sign-up sheet for serving on committees this year.  There was a sign-up sheet for the July 19 Camp Goodtimes, the EFN repack on July 28, and Past President Mark Anderson reminded us all of the August 2nd Tacoma Rainiers Rotary night.  July 20 was set for the dedication of the Habitat House build.
Today’s featured speaker was none other than President Linda Kaye herself, who spoke about her vision for the 2018-2019 Rotary year.  She began her remarks to a rousing standing ovation by those in attendance and she thanked everyone for the opportunity to serve as Club President.  She introduced the ‘leadership team’ which consists of the Officers, Board of Directors and Committee Chairs.  She called out each person by name, including all 20 Committee Chairs and Co-Chairs and asked for a round of applause for everyone. She said we all share the same goal for the 250 plus members of the club, which is 108 years old.  She said her theme is to ‘Reignite Your  Rotary’ which means commitment to our community through all of our committee work such as community grants, and student scholarships.  She said she is seeking to find a way to reignite our own Rotary experience, as Rotary International is encouraging changes among all the clubs in the world.  She cited the pending move to a new venue location – the Tacoma Yacht Club in November and praised Past President Barry Benson who led the Venue Task Force efforts.  She talked about her experience attending the Large Club Conference in Little Rock and what she learned.
One of the new efforts the club will try is on the second meeting each month, called ‘Thursdays at Five’, an evening meeting.  The meeting will be from 5pm to 7pm, hosted by a member business with socializing, and may or may not have a speaker.  It is hoped that those members who are not able to attend the regular noon meeting, can make these.  Our first Thursday at Five meeting will be at KBTC hosted by DeAnne Hamilton and Sherri Stanton. She said she has asked Past President Mark Anderson to lead the effort at updating our Strategic Plan.  She said she has renamed our ‘fines’, to be now called DMD – Dollars Making a Difference.
The only True Confession was a warmly received announcement from Cynthia Darland informing everyone she got married, 25 hours ago.  It was meant by prolonged applause.  President Linda Kaye thanked meeting sponsor Donna Haynes, invocator Stephen Deal, singer Evelyn Ryberg, welcomed the new members and invited everyone to tonight’s social at Boathouse 19, 9001 South 19th.  Next week’s speaker will be about Eldercare’s Impact on the Workforce from our own member and national expert, Mary Lynn Pannen.   As she rang the bell at the end of her first meeting, she said she hoped she helped Reignite our Rotary.  The meeting was adjourned at 1:03. 

A Thought for the New Year From RI President Barry Rassin 

“Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.” 



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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 Roof Garden Room 47 St. Helens Avenue, Tacoma 
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The Port of Tacoma Centennial
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Dedication and Groundbreaking Habitat for Humanity
Habitat Home
Jul 20, 2018
9:30 AM – 10:15 AM
Board of Directors Meeting
Landmark Doric Room; fourth floor
Jul 23, 2018
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Project - EFN Break Bag Pack
EFN Distribution Center
Jul 28, 2018
12:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Community Service Grants Committee Meeting
Sound Options
Aug 02, 2018 7:30 AM
Projects Committee Meeting
Aug 03, 2018 8:15 AM
Rotary Meeting - Thursdays at 5!
Aug 09, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
World Community Service Committee Meeting
Cole Graphic Solutions
Aug 16, 2018 7:00 AM
Engagement Committee Meeting
Landmark meeting room
Aug 16, 2018 11:00 AM
Pandaka Committee
Landmark Temple Theatre (before lunch)
Aug 16, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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