Membership Proposal
Unless written objections are submitted to the Board within 10 days of this posting, the following individual  will be invited to membership: 
Clarence Henderson
Pierce County Superior Court
Sponsor: Kathryn Nelson
On August 8th, a new little free library installation was celebrated at Peace Lutheran Church in Tacoma's Hilltop.  The library was the result of a true community partnership: Rotary 8 Literacy Committee worked with our Hilltop partner, Tacoma Community House, to identify a location.  Rotary #8 member, Dr. Jamie Brooks, partnered with another local business, Duggan Homes on a commissioning an artist/builder who created a one-of-a-kind little library out of reclaimed materials, and Dr. Brooks and Duggan Homes held a book drive to stock this library and 4 others with hundreds of books. 
Last Sunday a crew of volunteers headed out in the Salishan neighborhood to start priming our existing libraries for an exciting new project.  The Salishan Community is partnering with artists to paint murals on each of the libraries. When the murals are done we will go back to coat the libraries with an anti-graffiti solution to keep them in tact.  The libraries will be featured in a Mural Art Walk in October during the City Arts Month. 
Thursday, August 22, 2019
District Governor - Maureen Fritz-Roberts
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Mo is the practice manager for two law offices on Vancouver Island. In the past she and husband Dale have owned and operated a general insurance office with five locations employing astaff of 45. She sits on the Asset Management committee of Strathcona Community Futures, a Federal program for providing loans to unique or.start up businesses.

A member of the Rotary Club of Comox, Mo was Club President in 2009-10, but before that she was the District Membership Chair in 2005-2009. At the start of her year as club president she was responsible for introducing the Visioning program to district 5020.

She has many years of Rotary training experience and has served at; Multi-District PETS, Rotary Leadership Institute, presenter at one of seven international membership summits in 2007, and most recently as chair of the Board of Directors for the 2019 President Elect Training in Seattle.

During Mo’s tenure as a Rotarian she has participated in many initiatives including three national immunization trips to Ethiopia and raising the funds for creation of a micro finance bank.

Dale, and her husband of 44 years, Dale, are Paul Harris Fellows, Bequest Society members and Major Donors to The Rotary Foundation. They have two children and their lives are further enhanced with the joy of being grandparents to five wonderful grandchildren. Bringing up the rear is their 10 year old Labradoodle Molly.

August 29
Peter Rogoff - CEO - Sound Transit
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September 5
David Z. Bean - Puyallup Tribal Council Chairman
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September 12
Thursdays at 5 United Way of Pierce County
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Gabriel Bringman is here and getting comfortable with his first host family of Kelly Lane and Khash Dehghan, he even made an appearance at the baseball game.  One of the first members to greet Gabriel was Peter Carlstrom, who is Swedish and was able to converse with Gabriel in his native tongue. What a wonderful welcome.  Nicolas is arriving soon so be thinking of some fun adventures you can share with our students this year.
August 21st – Rotary to be honored
Mary Bridge is honoring Pierce County Rotary Clubs for their dedication to the Child Abuse Intervention Department through their 28 year involvement with Courage. On August 21, Mary Bridge will dedicate the Safe & Sound building to Rotary with a permanent plaque. A reception with food and beverage and program will start at Jackson Hall Auditorium (314 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Tacoma) at 5pm. Parking is available at the Baker Center parking garage on MLK Jr Way. Please RSVP now to 253.403.1534. Join the District Governor at this wonderful recognition of the generosity of Rotary members.
5:00 pm – Doors open at Jackson Hall
6:00 pm – Program, Walk to plaque unveiling at Safe & Sound building
6:45 pm – unveiling of plaque
7:00 pm – wrap up
Saturday Sorting at St. Vinnies
We had a dedicated group of members participating in our first sort.  Many thanks to Tracy Peacock for providing the opportunity and to volunteers Whitney Grisaffi, Maria Harlow, Diane Kelleher, Stacey Ogle, Gil Quante, Greg Rolsma, Michael Thompson, Jennifer Wedderman and Jim Whitacre. 
Volunteers enjoyed some socializing after their shift. 
Stuff the Bus
Thanks to the crew who showed up at the office on Friday to prepare all of the supplies for our project coming up at our meeting on August 22. John Douville, Seth Kaplowitz, Gil Quante, Jennifer Wedderman as well as prospective member Elaine Chan, put in some quality time and we are ready to go. Rusty Hersey also stopped by the office earlier to gauge what truck he will need to haul everything over to the Yacht Club Thursday morning! We will stuff 400 backpacks on Thursday after our meeting and then the first day of school we will need volunteers at Arlington Elementary School to hand out the backpacks to the students!
There is always an opportunity to get involved in a Rotary Project. Below are a list of dates and activities from your Project Committee. For more information you can contact the Projects Committee Co-Chairs Diane Kelleher or Gil Quante, or the Project lead as noted below.  
August 22 - Community in Schools stuff the backpacks at Rotary! - John Douville
August 24 - Courage in Leavenworth Carolyn Weyrick
Reflection-Jamie Brooks
Greeter/Roving Mic-Becky Fontaine
Board Greeter/Roving Mic-Jan Brazzell
National Anthem & 4 Way Test-Chris Serface
Piano-Libby Catalinich
Fine Counter-Betty Capestany
Storywriter-Kirsten Willis
Meeting Sponsor-Sally Glover
AV Assistant-Jeff Rounce
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
Ed Ramos - Aug 18
Christina Turner - Aug 20
Laurie Jinkins - Aug 22
Fred Matthaei - Aug 22
Anniversaries to Celebrate
Hunter George - 3 years  
Sherri Stanton - 3 years  
Rob Roth - 19 years
Stephanie Christensen - 27 years
Social at The Table May 16
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.
August 22
The Grill at Chambers Bay
6320 Grandview Drive
August 29th
The Hub-Gig Harbor
1208 26th Avenue NE
Gig Harbor
September 5
Top of Tacoma
3529 McKinley Avenue
September 12
Thursdays at 5
United Way of Pierce County
Reflections from the meeting of August 15 from Cindy Niemi
President Carol opened the meeting at 12:06. Rick Oldenburg shared a lively invocation focused on lessons learned while on his European vacation. Pat Steel lead us in the National Anthem and 4 way test accompanied by Libby Catalinich on the piano.  Alecia Cunningham and Molly Peterson carried the mics for introductions of visiting Rotarians and guests, including our new exchange student, Gabriel Bringman, from Sweden. President Carol made a plug at the mic to bring guests to our club to introduce them to Rotary, especially next week when we pack the backpacks.
Pat Steel sponsored the meeting and gave his time to the YWCA, Miriam Barnett, who spoke about the new YWCA housing building that is to break ground soon. It’s a dream come true – final phase to build beautiful space for domestic violence victims, many of whom are homeless.
Stacey Ogle, made a paid announcement that she captaining a team for Over the Edge, a Habitat fundraiser involving a rappel down the side of the Hotel Murano on Sept.27. Minimum $1,000 to participate. She asked for all for those interested to stand and about half a dozen stood. Club Anniversaries were recognized from 1 year to 40 years with highlights being Jim Henderson at 35 years and Larry Treleven at 40 years also in attendance were Mike Bitterling and Barbara Mead, both with 24 years!
Miriam Barnett introduced our speaker, George Bridges, President of Evergreen State College (Evergreen). Miriam is a graduate of Evergreen and met her husband there. George was a president at Whitman College for 10 years before coming to Evergreen. George started off by stating Rick Oldenburg is a graduate of Evergreen and was on their foundation board for 11 years – 11 years of bad jokes. George shared he was going to give an overview of Evergreen, how it is changing, and where they are headed. Governor Dan Evans was the architect of the school. He had the vision, “ . . . . life is complicated, messy, and unpredictable. At Evergreen, we prepare students for life ahead.” Evergreen focuses on issues in depth both inside and outside the classroom. George mentioned he is a Husky and taught at the University of Washington (UW) for 10 years. Evergreen has 3,000 students, 10th size of UW.  Evergreen is a public institution known for innovation. There are two campuses:  Olympia and Tacoma (Hilltop – 20 years).  Evergreen has the highest concentration of veterans who come from all over the country. For every state $1 spent, leveraged to $4.68, which translates to $201m/year and $109m in spending. Famous graduates: builder of the New World Trade Center in New York City, creator of The Simpsons, Olympia coffee, Three Magnets restaurant, and much more. In 2017 there were protests and news coverage. This made them think about who they are serving and how they can serve responsibly. They took a look at their issues and concerns and tweaked the Evergreen model. Now there’s major dollar commitment to Evergreen from the legislature. Making a promise to offer an exciting place to learn, hands on experience, sense of belonging, and inspiration to continue. Teachers provide feedback to each student on what they learned, how and where they envision it will go. They offer distinct paths of study towards a degree. Students can see the curriculum 5 years ahead so they know what to expect. They all get to speak (must speak) and graduates are articulate speakers. Diversity, equity and inclusion is valued and everyone has a voice. They take risks on students who may not have done well in high school. Ages range from 19 to 65 - everyone is welcome. President Carol announced we are giving a gift to the Tacoma Rotary Foundation in George’s honor.  Last year through grants funded by the Foundation we supported a mentorship program that supports students in their path towards higher education. 
John Douville, shared details on the upcoming club backpack project. Volunteers are needed tomorrow, 8/16, 4:30 pm to prepare bins of supplies at the Rotary office. Next week, 8/22, club members will pack 400 backpacks after the general meeting along with the District Governor. On 9/4, 8:00 a.m. volunteers are needed to pass out the backpacks to students at Arlington elementary school.
Gil Quante promoted Saturdays at St. Vinnies, which involves sorting items for the clients. Afterwards, there will be a gathering at Moctezuma's restaurant. Gil announced the Courage beer garden where Rotary 8 volunteers are needed. Carol Weyrick said there is still room for volunteers.
Cindy Niemi announced the celebration of the dedication of the Mary Bridge Safe and Sound Building to Rotary Clubs in Pierce County for their 28 years of supporting the Courage Classic bike ride and children of abuse. All Rotarians and their guests are invited, 8/21, 5:00 to 7:00, Jackson Hall on MLK Jr. Way. Networking/food/drink 5:00 to 6:00, formal program starts at 6:00 p.m. All members should have received an email invitation from Assistant District Governor Jennifer Durham with the details. If you have questions, contact Cindy Niemi or Christina Turner.
President Carol announced she is creating an Ad Hoc committee to analyze and suggest upgrades to the office technology. Volunteers are requested and the following spoke up: Chris Serface, Maria Harlow, Di Trenh, Mark Anderson and Gil Quante.
President Carol announced that letters just went out to members encouraging participation in Project Greater Good, led by Rusty Hersey and Kirsten Willis. We have had 133 members participate annually on average and we would like to see this increase. This is our chance to make our annual gift and direct our support to the Rotary International Foundation, Tacoma Rotary Foundation, Polio Plus program and Projects and Programs.  President Carol made a big plea to consider joining her in signing up. Over $65,000 was raised last year and we hope to have 100% participation this year.
President Carol called for True Confessions – Missy Zenczak announced she got engaged this past weekend. She credited Andrew Imholt for reuniting them and he will officiate the wedding. Brien Elvins missed last week due to playing golf with future daughter’s in-laws. Carol Websters first exchange student and 9 members of their family flew in from Japan to see them along with people from four different countries – all for her and Chris’ 50th anniversary. Cynthia Darland paid a fine for misreading Phil Curiale’s business name, Anderson Hostnik PLLC. Linn Larson hasn’t been at Rotary since March due to travels. Jack Warnick was just in Eugene, Oregon at the SHED institute (Jazz). Hunter George, Mayor of Fircrest which is known for speed limits, announced a milestone for Fircrest: they are closing the 58 year old community pool for good and new pool construction is starting on Monday. Credits went to Past President Linda Kaye Briggs who served as their fundraising consultant and Andrew Imholt who door knocked to help win the park bond. Hunter is proud of this start of a new era for Fircrest.  
President Carol reminded us to celebrate our personal, professional and Rotary wins today. She thanked all the helpers and welcomed Gabriel, exchange student from Sweden. The Rotary social tonight is at the Rainiers game for Rotary Night. Please come next week for District Governor Maureen (Mo) Fritz-Roberts and the backpack pack. Carol asked us to go out and be People of Action.

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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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Sep 05, 2019 8:00 AM
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Red Elm
Sep 05, 2019
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Tacoma Yacht Club
Sep 05, 2019
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Sep 05, 2019 1:00 PM
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Sep 06, 2019 8:15 AM
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