Thursday, November 22, 2018

As I look back on the past four and a half months of serving as your President my heart is filled with joy.  I am so grateful that you have given me the opportunity to serve you in this special role. My days have been full, but my heart is fuller with the gratitude I have for each of you and all of the good work you do in this community and around the world through your membership in Rotary.

During  this special holiday week I offer you heartwarming thanks for the dedication, service and generosity you show. You bring light and joy to my life.  My hope is that you’re surrounded with the love of your family and dear ones in this festive season. May you enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving. Wishing you a year filled with warm and cherished moments.

Jackie Flowers 11- 29    Jacques Colon 12-6 
Although we are off this week it's still necessary to look forward to the meeting on the 29th.  We are working with a caterer and we must give him our guaranteed count by Tuesday 11-27 at 10. There won't be a kitchen for making more food so reservations are required!
Use this LINK  to register for November 29 at the Eastside Community Center to hear from Jackie Flowers, Director, Tacoma Public Utilities. 
Use this LINK to register for December 6 at the Eastside Community Center to hear from Jacques Colon, Pierce County Health Department.
The Giving Tree Is Emptying!
It is that time of year when Tacoma Rotary 8 members show their generosity for the community by making the holidays bright for children at three local nonprofit organizations. The Giving Tree was  full of paper ornaments on Nov. 15 and members picked up over 100 tags. At the Nov. 29 meeting we will have the remaining ornaments. On each ornament will be the name of a child from either the YWCA, New Phoebe House, Salvation Army or Communities in Schools.  The tag will also include information about what that child would like to receive. There is also the opportunity to purchase a $25 gift card for Target, Walmart, Fred Meyer or Safeway. Fellow Rotarians Miriam Barnett, Cindy Grady or Jennifer Wedderman will be tracking the ornaments so after you pick an ornament(s), they will enter your name on a tracking list to assure that every child is covered.  Bring gifts back, unwrapped, with the ornament taped to the gift on either December 6 or 13 (this is a Thursday at 5 meeting). You can bring items to the meeting or you can drop them off at the Rotary office at the Landmark during office hours 830-5 on Monday and Tuesday this week and then 11-26 through Dec 13.  Pat Steel will once again play  Santa and help deliver the gifts to the nonprofits.  Any questions? Please contact Miriam at or 253 341 6285.  Thank you so  much for sharing your Rotary spirit of service above self!
Dust of those Santa Hats and Elf Ears because December 21 is the day we will be ringing bells for the Salvation Army. We will be at Katie Downs, Harmon (on Pacific)  and Farrelli's at Point Ruston.  The shifts are already covered at Farelli's, but we still need one more person from 1-2 at Katie Downs and all of the shifts at the Harmon need help; 11-12, 12-1 and 1-2.    Thanks to the following members who have volunteered to staff the red buckets; Jamie Brooks, Rusty George, Whitney Grisaffi, Julie Foley, Jeremy Fogelquist,  Rusty Hersey, Kelly Lane, Jeff Lovely, Stacey Ogle, Gil Quante, John Schneider, Ann Voves and  Jim Whitacre. 
Welcome new member !
At our meeting on November 15 we welcomed new member Jacki Farrar Jacki was born in the area, but had been living in Florida, where she was a member of the Belleview Rotary Club.  She works for Moss Adams and wanted to get engaged in the community and selected our club as her new Rotary family.  At her first meeting she signed up to join with others at the Toys for Kids shopping spree at 11 pm on 12-12. Jacki is a skilled horsewomen having trained and competed in three day events for many years. 
The Literacy Committee would like to continue our commitment to supporting the Salishan community and stewarding the little free libraries in that neighborhood, but we need your talents!  The libraries are getting lots of use and are in need of some minor repairs. We’re looking for some Rotary “Bob the Builders”. We need Rotarians with some woodworking or handyman/woman skills, who could step up and make minor repairs on one or two libraries…like making some replacement doors, updating hinges and caulking the windows.  We have a “Rotary Bob” hard hat for you to pick up and wear – then snap a selfie once it’s repaired – and we’ll share it out on Facebook and in Gearshift as an inspiration for other Rotarians!  If you can take on a library and make repairs within the next few weeks, please contact  Susan Barbeau at or Sherri Stanton at 
During this month of giving thanks, and since we are celebrating Rotary Foundation Month, we would like to express special thanks to those members who have given to Rotary International this year. 
Membership Proposal
Unless written objections are submitted to the Board within 10 days of this posting, the following individuals will be invited to membership: 
James Fisher
REAL ESTATE - Residential
Windermere Professional Partners
Sponsor: Barry Benson
Di Trenh
FINANCE/BANKING - Business Banking
Bank of America
Sponsor: Stacey Ogle
We had another successful Break Bag Pack on Saturday, November 17, and if you missed out please join us on Saturday December 15 as we pack break bags for students and their families for their Christmas break.  Special thanks, to; Jacob ChristensenCynthia Darland (and Tim) Mike Dunbar (and Liz), Diane KelleherGil Quante (and Tim), Jim Whitacre and Missy Zenczak. There will be sign up sheets on the tables at the meetings or you can contact Gil Quante or the office to sign up. 
Fred Moisio - Clover Park
Fred Moisio - Marysville
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 
David Flentge - Nov 19
Ray Schuler - Nov 20
George Williams - Nov 20
Anthony Chen - Nov 21
Amy Wigstrom - Nov 21
Jamie Brooks - Nov 22
Gordon Neu - Nov 22
Jonathan Murray - Nov 23
Joe Missel - Nov 24
Anniversaries to Celebrate 
Mike Hansch - 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
November 22
Thanksgiving no social
November 29
The Hub Tacoma
203 Tacoma Avenue
December 6th
Ben Bridge Jeweler
4733 Tacoma Mall Blvd
Starts at 5:30 food, wine, water and beer
Time to go Christmas Shopping!!
December 13
Thursdays at 5
714 S. 27th St.
December 20
CI Shenanigans
3017 Ruston Way
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 November 15 from Jim Henderson
It was our second meeting in our new weekly meeting home, at the Tacoma Yacht Club.  With President Linda Kaye out of town enjoying some rest and relaxation, President Elect Carol Duris presided and rang the bell at 12:05pm.  Jamie Brooks, Brooks Dental, provided the invocation, talking about acts of kindness, how they can heal and each of us accepting apologies.  Past President Pat Steel, led us in the national anthem, accompanied on the piano by Barbara Mead, Moss Adams. 
Visiting Rotarians were asked to stand as Angela Connelly and Byron Okutsu, Multicare brought mics around.  There were a large number of guests in attendance, probably as a result of today’s speaker.  This week’s anniversaries were congratulated and included: Laura Fox – 16 years, Peter Darling – 35 years, Pat Steel – 41 years and Larry Ghilarducci – 56 years.
PE Carol Duris then invited Barbara Mead, Moss Adams to come to the podium to introduce our newest member, Jacki  FarrarJacki told us that she grew up in Olalla, and while living and working in Florida, became a Rotarian at a smaller sized 35 member club.  She joined Moss Adams this past August.  She said that being a member of Rotary gave her another family and she was so happy to be back in Rotary and develop another Rotary family in Tacoma #8.
Today’s meeting sponsor,  Dr. John Winskill,  came forward and talked briefly about his ‘Toys for Kids’ program, which is now celebrating 28 years of providing toys to kids in the intensive care area at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital.  John told us that during those 28 years, the program has helped 3,505 children, 1,421 families, and raised over $461,000. 100% of the monies raised go directly to the cause.  He thanked the club for the $1,000 donation received this year.
Then PE Carol presented the Board nominations to the club:  Julie Foley, Diane Kelleher, Kelly Lane, Gil Quante, John Schneider, Christina Turner and Missy Zenczak.  Members of the Board Nominating Committee were recognized and thanked.  Then the candidates for the Officer positions were presented:  for Treasurer, Robin Echtle, and for President Elect, Kathryn Nelson.  Those members who served on the Officer Nominating Committee were recognized and thanked. 
Then Hunter George came forward to introduce today’s speaker, Lt. Governor of the State of Washington, Cyrus Habib.  He told us at age 8, he moved to the state with his parents who immigrated to this country from Iran.  He is a graduate of Yale Law School,  and when he was elected in 2016 as this state’s 16th Lt. Governor, he was the youngest presiding officer in the country.  He is a three time cancer survivor, which took his eyesight at age 8.  His Mom is a professor at the Seattle University Law School and is a second generation Rotarian.  His parents came to the United State seeking economic prosperity.  All of his visual memories are from the 1980’s and he credits his teachers who allowed him to believe in himself.  He told us of playing on the school ground on the monkey bars and how worried the teachers were about him doing that.  But his Mom told them he needed to be able to do that and he became an advocate for himself.  He joked that his Mom was a ‘pro bono attorney’ as he grew up. 
He told us about the three areas that the Lt. Governor was responsible for.  First he is the President of the Washington State Senate and chairs committees.  Secondly he serves as acting Governor when the Governor is out of the state.  He was recently in Japan promoting trade and new markets.  Lastly he runs the office of the  Lt. Governor.  He acknowledged he is two years away from another election and he is focused on higher education; is college for everyone, and is getting into college restrictive for some?  Today’s jobs created require a college education, and those with a college education will make more money in their careers versus those without a college degree.  He is working on a pipeline to college from high school.  He said that community colleges are very important as is the value of building trades.  He cited the need to make college more affordable and keep tuition as low as possible.
In response to a question he said that tariffs recently implemented are hurting farmers and growers in this state.  Trade is not one dimensional and that our state is a huge winner in trade.  He complimented Rotarians for their commitment to civility and that more of that is needed.  With his Mother as a Rotarian he knew what Rotarians stand for and do in the world and community.  His message was well received about education, free trade and inclusion.  PE Carol then told Lt. Governor Habib that we will add a book in his honor, to one of our Little Free Libraries. 
There were a number of announcements.  Past President Brien Elvins made a paid announcement and told us about the toy drive for Santa’s Castle where families on JBLM were adopted. Past President Pat Steel reminded everyone to take some ornaments from the giving tree.  Christina Turner said that volunteers are needed to shop for toys for the ‘Toys for Kids’ program.  Susan Barbeau said the Literacy Committee need members to help repair some of our little Libraries.  There will be an EFN pack for School break bags, and we were asked to sign up for bell ringing on December 21st, and do not forget to get tickets for the Tacoma Little Theatre production of  ‘Scrooge the Musical’, on December 27th, to see our own members Chris Serface and Libby Catalinich.
PE Carol thanked Jamie for the reflection, Pat for singing and Barbara on the piano, Dr. Winskill for being the meeting sponsor and welcomed Jacki as a new member and thanked Barbara for introducing her.  Congratulations and thanks were offered for those members who are running for the board and thanks to Robin and Kathryn for their willingness to serve as officers.
Everyone was wished a wonderful Thanksgiving.  The November 29th meeting will have Jackie Flowers the Director of Tacoma Public Utilities, as our speaker and that meeting and the December 6th meeting will be held at the Eastside Community Center.  We were reminded to make reservations in a variety of ways.  The office will be closed next week on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Tonight’s social will be at Terry’s Office Tavern, 3105 N. Proctor.  Now go out and Reignite your Rotary.  The meeting was adjourned at 1:06pm.

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“Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.”– Theodore Roosevelt



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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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Jackie Flowers Weekly Meeting Speaker
Eastside Community Center
Nov 29, 2018
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM
Metro Parks Holiday Cruise
Foss Seaport Waterway
Dec 01, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Community Service Grants Committee Meeting
Sound Options
Dec 06, 2018 7:30 AM
Literacy Committee
Red Elm
Dec 06, 2018
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Membership Recruitment Committee
Tacoma Yacht Club
Dec 06, 2018 11:15 AM
Jacques Colon Weekly Meeting Speaker
Eastside Community Center
Dec 06, 2018
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM
PGG - Foundations
Tacoma Yacht Club - After Lunch
Dec 06, 2018 1:00 PM
Classification Committee Meeting
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Dec 11, 2018 11:45 AM
Auction Committee
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Dec 12, 2018
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
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Dec 12, 2018 11:30 PM
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