Thursday, May 28, 2020
VOL. NINETY SIX,  Issue 48
Gabe and Nico 
Rotary Youth Exchange
When these delightful young men joined us in August little could they have imagined how the year would evolve.  We were so fortunate to share some great times with them, as we watched them experience exciting activities and make new friends young and old.  They will be leaving us with memories that we will cherish and hope they have felt our love and respect for them as they move on to their next great adventure. 


Screen shot from May 7
Information for the meeting this week
If you have not attended a Zoom meeting yet please take advantage of their free training video.  You may decide to use Zoom to stay connected with family and friends during this this time of social distancing!
Thursday meeting
Our Youth Exchange Students - Gabe and Nico 
Time: May 28, 2020 12:10 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
To join the meeting this week cut and paste the address below into your browser
We will also be streaming the video using Facebook Live on our Private Facebook page. 
If you haven't joined our private page here is  the link
Meeting ID: 99031319397
Please only use this phone in number if you do not have computer audio  253.215.8782
June 4
David Z. Bean - Economic Impact of Tribal Gaming 
June 18
Honoring our scholarship winners
Thanks to our International Services Committee the Club just supported a $2,000 donation to Shelter Box. 
The conflict in Syria dates back to March 2011. Shelter Box has been proving providing shelter for families who have been forced to leave their homes due to the conflict in Syria. But the situation has gotten worst with the outbreak of conflicts with Turkey in addition to the Civil War within Syria. The pulling out of American troops has led to more uncertainty and further humanitarian crisis.
Syria faces extreme heat in the summer and freezing temperatures in the winter, so our aid is designed to reduce their vulnerability to weather and environmental extremes.  When families are far from home, and traumatized from their experiences, having a safe place to call home is invaluable. Additional funding aims at helping the most vulnerable people who are not being reached by other humanitarian organizations.
Most Shelter boxes include family-size tents, though the contents differ depending on the disaster and climate. Many are packed with solar lights, water storage and purification equipment, thermal blankets, and cooking utensils. Depending on need, the organization may deliver ShelterKits, smaller aid packages that include tools, ropes, and heavy tarpaulins used to provide emergency shelter and repair damaged structures. 
These grants are made possible through your support of the auction. 
We work from the heart to unite caring people to tackle our community's toughest challenges.
President Elect Kathryn - Assistant Governor Jamie
Although the First Annual Daffodil Dash didn't evolve according to plan, those involved at the kick-off had a great time on Saturday morning. Thanks to those who signed up to participate in the virtual dash.  Don't forget to post your times! Proceeds will benefit the Health Department's "healthy county" initiative.  If you have questions contact Jamie Gregory, 253.307.1529 or
Membership Proposal
Unless written objections are submitted to the Board within 10 days of this posting, the following individual will be invited to membership: 
Dan Wirth
ASSNS: SOC SVS - Disaster Response & Preparedness
Executive Director - American Red Cross
Sponsor: Becky Fontaine
During this time when we can't gather together and send around cards for members who are facing an illness or who have lost a family member we would like to remember them with a note in the Gearshift, and perhaps you will want to reach out yourself!    Please send me a note at  if you would like something posted.
Our thoughts of sympathy are going to Michele Johnson, who lost her brother Jim and Steve Bader whose brother Daniel passed in March. 
Welcome New Member Kristin Ang
Kristin grew up in Pierce County. She attended high school at Bellarmine and then went on to the University of Puget Sound where she graduated with a degree in Business Administration. She studied international law and business in China. Living abroad opened her eyes to the unique beauty of the Puget Sound and that economic and environmental well-being go hand in hand. She finished her education by receiving a Law Degree from Cornell.  She was elected to the Port Commission in 2019 and looks forward to assuring the Port continues to focus on economic development, environmental sustainability and family wages jobs in Pierce County. 
Our wonderful Fellowship Committee is giving you the chance to see some of your fellow members on a stroll on Tuesday May 26th at 10.
Walk Chambers Bay
Tuesday, May 26
10 am
Gather in the parking lot below the golf course
Maintain social distancing at 6 feet apart
Enjoy some exercise!
All are welcome. Contact Michelle Roberts with questions.
Dues statements were mailed, mostly to home addresses, last Friday. If you have not received your statement by June 1 please let us know and we will email one. Dues remain the same as last year and given the stresses that many are facing we want to work with you on a payment plan if needed. We want each and every one of you to help us remain a strong and vibrant club. 
Meeting Moderator- Chris Serface
Reflection- Rusty Hersey
National Anthem  & 4 Way Test- Libby Catalinich
Meeting Sponsor - Dona Ponepinto
Storywriter- Libby Catalinich
Speaker Introduction - Carol Webster
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
Tim Daly - May 24
Becky Fontaine - May 25
Tyler Sollie - May 25
Monique Nadeau - May 26
Alex Trettin - May 27
Amanda Weidman - May 28
Tony Belot - May 29
John Douville - May 29
Roger Lilley - May 29
Anniversaries to Celebrate
Sally Glover – 2 years    
Reflections from the 5/21 meeting by Kirsten Willis
The Rotary Club of Tacoma #8 went LIVE at 12:10 pm on Zoom to start the May 21st meeting. With 94 participants in our video boxes, Moderator Chis Serface, Tacoma Little Theatre, gave us an introduction on how the meeting will run. Then President-Elect Nominee Kim Bedier, Tacoma Venue and Events, brought the meeting to order at 12:11 pm with a warm welcome and a deep thought, that not everyone was ready for thinking so early in the day! Kim then reminded us how adaptable we are as Rotarians and recognized the 20 club members that recently attended the online District Training to represent our Rotary Club.
President-Elect Nominee Kim Bedier then asked Kirsten Willis, that name sounds familiar, to share an invocation. Keeping the Memorial Day weekend in mind she reflected on the meaning behind the holiday and recalled a quote from former President Barack Obama from 2018: “We can never truly repay the debt we owe our fallen heroes. But we can remember them, honor their sacrifice, and affirm in our own lives those enduring ideals of justice, equality, and opportunity for which generations of Americans have given that last full measure of devotion.”
Next, Elliot Stockstad, Lutheran Community Services, led the National Anthem with his velvety, smooth voice and followed with the 4-Way Test. Our meeting was sponsored by Past President Pat Steel who donated the time to the YWCA. President-Elect Nominee Kim Bedier introduced Miriam Barnett, YWCA for the meeting sponsor announcement. Miriam conveyed the impacts that the pandemic is having on victims of abuse and how the YWCA is responding. Like many non-profits they are seeing an increase need for help while trying to adapt and be flexible with fundraising events. Visit the YWCA today to make a donation.
President-Elect Nominee Kim Bedier celebrated the following anniversaries: Sabrina Ahrens, 2 years; LaTasha Wortham, 9 years cumulative; Past President Mike Dunbar, 28 years; Steve Bader, 36 years; and Jeff Lyon, 37 years. It is truly inspiring to see such dedication with continued membership at Rotary 8. It is because of the longevity and leadership that our club is able to make a great impact in our local community. Each year at the auction we raise money to support the works of our club including the Grants Committee. This year the committee awarded 18 grants and we heard from three of the recipients:
1. Rachel Boisen from Bobcat Learning Center  told us about the after-school tutoring and mentoring program for at-risk students at Jason Lee Middle School. After COVID-19 hit, staff began working from home to connect with students and families. They’ve taken care packages around to the students and are also supporting Bryant Montessori families in need.
 2. Desiree White from Community Health Care’s Foster Care Clinic informed us about the new clinic at their Downtown Tacoma Hilltop Regional Health Center facility. This new service will be focused on meeting the needs of children in the foster care system or those immediately aged out of the system. CHC will have a space separate and distinct to this program with a separate entry, waiting and exam rooms designed specifically to meet the needs of these individuals in a Trauma Informed Care model. It is expected that the program will serve 1,900 youth annual
 3. Johnathan Jackson from Palmer Scholars thanked us for supporting underrepresented Pierce County students of color to overcome the financial, cultural, and social barriers in their pursuit of higher education. During the pandemic all of the Scholars are connected via the online platform GradSnapp, so staff are keeping in contact with all college Scholars. They are doing trainings on Zoom and following up with all Scholars via text/phone calls throughout the week to make sure they have all needs met. They have also created a needs assessment and survey Scholars on a bi-weekly basis to make sure things are staying as stable as possible.
President-Elect Nominee Kim Bedier introduced our speaker Michael Liang, Program Director for Spaceworks Tacoma. Michael has a ten-year career as a designer and creative leader with the National Park Service and since 2018 has strengthen Spaceworks as a pillar of Tacoma’s creative community.
Michael shared that since moving to Tacoma he has enjoyed the welcoming community and credits Rotary members for providing that leadership and support. The mission of Spaceworks makes Tacoma culturally vibrant and economically strong through training and support for artists and creative entrepreneurs. Michael told us that the organization was launched in 2010 as a joint initiative of the City of Tacoma and the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber to approach community transformation and small business development in a new way. One program, Incubator cultivates innovative, creative businesses through training, workshops, one-to-one coaching, and peer-to-peer support. Already 85 businesses have participated in the 12-week program and Spaceworks will start a virtual cohort due to the pandemic in June.
Michael helped the audience understand the impact that COVID-19 is having on the community. One way that Spaceworks has been able to respond and help serve the business and creative economy is the Rapid Mural Project. The temporary murals, painted directly onto installed plywood panels, serve to 1) reduce crime and graffiti, 2) support local businesses, 3) provide income for local artists, and 4) offer civic hope and positive messaging. Artists are commissioned at $75 per 4’x8′ panel. For businesses downtown, the Downtown Tacoma Partnership is offering these murals for free. Additional funds are available for murals in other business districts. So far in 8 weeks 15 murals have been created. You can request a rapid mural through their online form. Michael also encouraged our assistance with the new Creative Business Directory. It is free for all local artists/creatives to post and if you are looking for help – maybe signage for your business or new artwork for your home – they have it organized for you! Another resource Michael talked about is Rapid Response South Sound which has information, resources and support for your business including an option to ask an expert. The Tacoma Pierce County Chamber is also hosting COVID-19 Business Info webinars every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11:00 am. Spaceworks has been asking Tacoma’s creative community to participate in a survey to help quantify the impacts of COVID-19. Here is a summary of the results as of April 3rd. Michael also talked about and invited us to visit the website of the Arts & Culture Coalition of Pierce County
If you have not already realized it…we are REALLY lucky to be in a city like Tacoma. And the voters recently approved  an initiative to increase access to arts, culture, heritage and science experiences by reducing barriers to access and expanding offerings. The City of Tacoma’s Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality recently launched the inaugural year of Tacoma Creates funding with contracts totaling just under $1 million to 58 organizations, including Spaceworks. Lastly, Michael was excited to share that Tacoma has been selected by Wh!psmart to be a case study to help measure the creative economy – visit their website to learn more.
Words really cannot convey the visual and fun presentation from Michael and Spaceworks. I really encourage you to click into some of the links that are provided to see our creative community here in Tacoma and Pierce County!
President-Elect Nominee Kim Bedier thanked Michael for speaking and in his honor made a donation to the Tacoma Rotary Foundation. She then asked Diane Kelleher to make an announcement from the Projects Committee. Diane told us about the 1st Annual Virtual Daffodil Dash to support agencies who support the Health Departments healthy county initiatives. 
President-Elect Nominee Kim Bedier allowed time for true confessions and Maria Harlow, Names Family Foundation, celebrated and thanked Chris Serface for his superior moderator skills on the zoom meetings. With no more volunteers, we were invited to come back together next week when we will hear from our wonderful, amazing, engaging, and super-awesome exchange students Gabe, still here in Tacoma and Nico, who will be joining us from France!
With many thanks to end the meeting President-Elect Nominee Kim Bedier closed the meeting down with encouraging us to be People of Action!
Reporting from video square #19, Kirsten Willis.

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