Thursday, January 3, 2019
Register for Cosette Pfaff Presenting
Better New Year's Resolutions for yourself AND your Rotary

Join us for a fun session with an expert who will show us the way to meaningful New Year’s resolutions as individuals, as well as resolutions for how Rotary 8 will serve the community.

Cosette Pfaff has over 30 years of business practitioner experience, working on both the revenue generating and operational side of business and has a passion for growing healthy organizations. She specializes in performance coaching and training with individuals and teams in the areas of revenue generation, customer service/retention strategies, interpersonal communications, leadership skills, organizational behavior, management and supervision, and behavioral change through methods that provide sustainable results, not the motivational “quick fixes” typical of seminar based trainings.Her diverse background includes executive management in engineering, manufacturing, telecom, HVAC and running a business incubator; company composition ranged from Fortune 500 to national, multi-site and multi-division, to small, single entity start-ups. 

She is a visiting Instructor of Business” at PLU, teaching Organizational Behavior and Global Management, Cosette is the current South Sound Group Leader for Excell Puget Sound and President of Fast Forward Your Success.

Executive Coach, Cosette Pfaff
Start the year right,  learning about making resolutions
Use this link for our January 3 meeting at the Yacht Club
Use this link for Thursdays at 5 at County City Building
UW President Ani Mari Cauce
Use this link for the January 17 meeting
Last Chance!
It's time to start the finishing touches on the House That Rotary Built.  if you would like to volunteer for one of the last two dates January 25 or 26 please use this link to sign up online. 
Outstanding pledge statements are being sent at year end. If you have any questions regarding your accounts please contact Joy at the Rotary Office.  At this time of year, many members decide to make year-end donations.  If you are interested in giving to the Tacoma Rotary Foundation or to the club’s fundraising account we must have your check or credit card number for processing by noon on December 31.  We are just a little short of where we were last year with gifts to support Project Greater Good. Please consider joining with the 127 members who have already made a pledge!
If you would like to make a donation to Rotary International Foundation please contact them directly here. If you are sending a check it must be postmarked on December 31 in order for it to count as a 2018 donation. Their mailing address is: 
The Rotary Foundation
14280 Collections Center Dr.
Chicago, IL 60693
Membership Proposal
Unless written objections are submitted to the Board within 10 days of this posting, the following individual will be invited to membership: 
Noah Baskett
ASSN:SOC SVC - Human Services
Tacoma Rescue Mission
Sponsor: Fred Matthaei
Rusty H & Gil                 Whitney, Stacey & Di
Jeremy & Jeff                  Rob & John
Whit & Ann                      Rusty G & Tina
Thanks to our great members who were out on Friday 12-21  ringing the bells for Salvation Army.   Gil Quante, Rusty Hersey, Jim Whitacre, Ann Voves , John Schneider, Carlyn Roy, Rob Pfarr, Tina Vasen, Jamie Brooks, Rusty George,  Dan Bogart, Whitney Grisaffi, Stacey Ogle, Di Trenh,  Jeff Lovely, Jeremy Fogelquist and  Julie Foley
Fall Fireside at Carol Webster's

Our winter firesides are coming up on January 22.  Maria Harlow made her first call for hosts and guests at the meeting on December 20 and we will have sign up sheets available at the meetings on January 3 and 17.  if you will miss those meetings and are interested in participating please email Maria at or the office at

 Rotary 8 Members whose workplaces are the County City Building (CCB) and/or the Courts located therein, are EXCITED to welcome you to the January 10, 2019 meeting held at the CCB.   We will be featuring the newly installed Courthouse History Project which shows the four sites of County Courts and government since 1852 to present.  We will also have brief welcomes and information from leaders of the entities whose employees daily populate the premises. Delicious eats catered by Stadium Thriftway and lots of time to socialize with your fellow Rotarians and guests.  Please sign up and come to this unique rotary meeting!!
Science Olympiad
It's that time of year again when we need to recruit volunteers to assist us on Saturday, January 12, at Curtis Middle School for the Science Olympiad.  We will need 15-20 members who can assist us with a variety of tasks.  Writing tests (prior to the event) event registration and proctoring at the event.  Please contact Gil Quante at if you can help.  We will also have sign up sheets available at upcoming meetings.  Thanks to those who signed up already - Cynthia Darland, Diane  Kelleher, Roger Lilley, Rob Pfarr, Gil Quante and Jim Whitacre. 
Welcome to our newest member
Di Trenh
Di was introduced by his sponsor Stacey Ogle at our meeting on December 20.  He works for Bank of America as an AVP in Business Banking.  With his clever introduction we learned that his name is pronounced "D" and his family emigrated to Seattle from China 28 years ago and have owned a restaurant where Di started working at an early age.  We learned that the number 8 is very lucky in the Chinese Culture, and we are lucky that Di has chosen to join our club. He and his wife and  3 year old daughter live in Puyallup. Be sure and ask him about his daughters resume when you introduce yourself!
The Pandaka committee would like to thank the following individuals for jumping in to mentor our new members. We truly appreciate you! If you would like to mentor a new member (we have a lot in the pipeline) please reach out to Amanda Weidman at
Barry Benson, Jan Brazzell, Linda Kaye Briggs, Brien Elvins, Whitney Grisaffi, Maria Harlow,  Jim Henderson, Harrison Laird, Monique Nadeau, Gil Quante, Elliot Stockstad, Carol Webster, Jim Whitacre and Kirsten Willis
Watch for our next group of Pandaka’s who will graduate in January!!
Reflection - Robin Echtle
Greeter/Roving Mic - John Gaines
Greeter/Roving Mic - Jackie Farrar
National Anthem & 4 Way Test -  Elliot Stockstad
Fine Counter -  Dan Bogart
Storywriter - Jim Henderson
Introduction - Missy Zenczak
Meeting Sponsor - Project Committee
AV Assistant - Jeff Rounce
Extra Greeters -  Jace Dwinell and Cindy Niemi
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 
Carol Duris - Jan 04
Mike Shields - Jan 04
Diane Kelleher - Jan 05
Anniversaries to Celebrate 
Eric Kramer - 1 year
Bill Baarsma - 17 years 
Lee Gingrich - 23 years  
Tim Daly - 25 years - cumulative
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.
January 3, 2019
Happy New Year!  No social
January 17
The Spar
2121 N 30th
Tacoma, WA
January 24
721 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA
Janaury 31
4102 S 56th Street
Tacoma, WA
What a great group we had watching Chris Serface perform in Scrooge!  Thanks to these Rotarians who joined in with their family members;  Mark Anderson, Linda Kaye Briggs, Marsha Burns, Carol Duris, Becky Fontaine, Diane Kelleher, Sally Leighton, Jim Merritt, Monique Nadeau, Debbie Regala, Steve Smith, Sherri Stanton, Diane Tilstra, Joy Vivar-Beeks, Jennifer Wedderman, Kathi Willis and Kirsten Willis. 
Rotary Happenings for December 27
The office was open, but a little bit slow
Compared to all others when we scramble, you know
The helpers arrived to offer some aid
They rolled up their sleeves and a dent was sure made 
We tossed some old stuff and books we did label
Those wonderful members were quick and quite able
You found us that evening enjoying a treat
As Rotarians were filling up seat after seat
We watched Chris perform and enjoyed a great night
Spending time with Rotarians is such a delight
Thanks to each one of you for all that you do
You make life better for more than a few!
With a grateful heart, 

Write  it on your heart that every day is the best day in the new year. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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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. 
Noon - 1:00 pm
The Rotary Office is located at:
47 St. Helens Avenue, Ste. 200
Tacoma, Washington 98402

PO Box 1777
Tacoma, Washington 98401-1777

Phone:  253.473.7723
Holiday Office Hours
Closed 1-1
Open other days 
Jan 17, 2019
President, University of Washinton
Jan 24, 2019
Foldscopes in Asia with the Help of Rotary #8
Feb 07, 2019
Cold Cases: Michella Welch and Jennifer Bastain
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Upcoming Events
Projects Committee Meeting
Jan 04, 2019 8:15 AM
Executive Committee Meeting
Jan 08, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Rotary Meeting - Thursdays at 5!
Pierce County Courts & Government
Jan 10, 2019
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Finance Committee Meeting
Rotary Office
Jan 15, 2019 12:00 PM
Auction Committee
Rotary Office
Jan 16, 2019
5:15 PM – 6:30 PM
World Community Service Committee Meeting
Cole Graphic Solutions
Jan 17, 2019 7:00 AM
Rotary Youth Exchange Committee
Tacoma Yacht Club (before lunch)
Jan 17, 2019 11:00 AM
Scholarship Committee Meeting
Tacoma Yacht Club
Jan 17, 2019
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM
UW President Ani Mari Cauce
Tacoma yacht Club
Jan 17, 2019
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM
Fellowship & Relationship Building Committee
Jan 22, 2019 5:00 PM
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Tacoma Rotary 8 Foundation Board President
Auction Chair
Classification Co-Chair
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Communications Chair
Engagement Chair
Fellowship Chair
Finance Committee Co -Chair
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Grants Co-Chair
Grants Co-Chair
Interact Co-Chair
Interact Co-Chair
Literacy Co-Chair
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Membership Recruitment Chair
Military Affairs Chair
PGG and Foundations Co-Chair
PGG and Foundations Co-Chair
Program Co-Chair
Program Co-Chair
Projects Co-Chair
Projects Co-Chair
Rotaract Chair
Rotary Youth Exchange Co-Chair
Rotary Youth Exchange Co-Chair
Scholarships Co-Chair
Scholarship Co-Chair
Vocational Services Co-Chair
Vocational Service Co-Chair
World Community Service Chair
Youth Protection Officer
Youth Services Chair
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