Thursday, May 23, 2019
Committee Fair
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Here is your opportunity to learn more about the amazing work being done by our committees.  Come early and visit the tables to learn more and if you sign up for a committee and turn in your ticket you will be entered into a drawing.  As you know, our club is able touch hundreds of lives every year through your generosity and the diligent work of our committees.  Find a way to use your talents on a committee, there is a place for each and every member to engage! 
Jacob & Renata - A Year in Tacoma - May 30
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Matt Kelley - Action Mapping Project - June 6
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Thursday at 5 - June 13
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Membership Proposal
Unless written objections are submitted to the Board within 10 days of this posting, the following individuals will be invited to membership: 
Molly Peterson
RETAIL - Jewelry
Ben Bridge
Sponsor: Cathy Hall
Tyler Sollie
RELIGION - Christian Churches
Life Center
Sponsor: Ross Hjelseth
Gus Martin
EDUCATION - Private Schools
Life Christian
Sponsor: Ross Hjelseth
We are almost done!  Tim Smith was able to get away from the office Thursday afternoon and with power screwdriver in hand finished our 20 conference room chairs. Thanks to Tim and James Harper and Noah Baskett who were also ready to be at the office on Friday. About the last item to accomplish is hanging pictures if anyone has a good eye and wants to lend a hand let us know.  The smell of fresh paint and varnish is slowly fading and the office looks like we are getting things done!
Once again we would like to express our gratitude to the crews that helped over the last few months to make this move a reality! Jeff Albers, Mark Anderson, Linda Kaye Briggs, Carol Duris, Jace Dwinell, Cindy Grady, Rusty Hersey, Jeff Gellert, Harrison Laird, Sally Leighton, Melissa Malott,  John McMasters, Dane Meyer, Stacey Ogle, Gil Quante, Charley Rance, Debbie Regala, Jeff Rounce, Cap Pearson, Larry Treleven, Di Trenh, Alex Trettin and Kirsten Willis.  
Several of our members  recently spent a few days in Victoria attending the District Training and Conference.  President Linda Kaye Briggs, President Elect Carol Duris, Secretary Cindy Niemi, Past President Becky Fontaine, Sally Leighton, Monique Nadeau and Tracy Peacock will be happy to share some great stories.  Our wonderful Exchange Students Jacob and Renata were there as well! Our club received the following awards; District Literacy and 2 Membership Development Awards one for growth and one for retention!  Linda Kaye also received a Meritorious Service Award from the District Governor. 
Spring Firesides

All of the assignments have been made and members notified for the Firesides on Tuesday at 6 in the homes of Stacey Ogle, Kelly Lane and Rusty Hersey.  If something comes up and you cannot attend please contact your Host or Co-Host right away.  These gracious Rotarians invest their time and resources to provide you with a meal, so help them with their planning and if you must cancel let them know. 


It's time to pull out your calendar and make a plan to help out this summer at Camp Goodtimes on Vashon Island.  Our day will be July 18, and once again Ann Voves will be coordinating volunteers.  We will have sign up sheets at the meetings starting at the end of May, the theme this year is Super Human!


GALLEYSIDE - June 27 - Save the Date!!
Sign up sheets will be available soon.  Plan to spend the afternoon and early evening sailing with friends and celebrating a great year with President Linda Kaye!  
June 23 11 a.m.Enjoy a fresh juice and mimosa brunch at the NE Tacoma home of Cindy Grady. Your chefs and hostesses for the meal, which will include fabulous homemade treats will be Cindy Grady and Miriam Barnett. Price per person is $100.
August 3 530 p.m.How about a culinary trip to Spain?  Your main dish will be a Barcelona style Paella made with arroz bomba, shrimp, chicken, Chorizo, clams or mussels depending on availability.  You will enjoy this feast at the Lake Bay home of Barry and Sharon Benson. (about 30 minutes from the Tacoma side of the Narrows Bridge.) Price per person is $100
September 14  5:30 p.m. The Mount Rushmore dinner as it has never been before!  Hosted in September by Past-President Linda Kaye Briggs, President Carol Duris and President- Elect Kathryn Nelson.  You will enjoy this multi course meal and wines at the Baker Condominiums Community Room at Point Ruston.  Price per person is $125
Welcome to our Newest Members - 
Sharon Chambers-Gordon was introduced by her sponsor Kit Evans. She is a native of Jamaica, and has been in the US since 1989. She received her Bachelors degree from Indiana University and Masters from the University of Alabama.  Her family moved to Tacoma in 2002 and she was at University of Puget Sound for 15 years. She is well known in the community for her many leadership and volunteer activities and currently works for Windermere Professional Partners and is the Founder and CEO of Raising Girls Organization.Be sure to ask Sharon about her many hobbies. 
James Harper is an native of Connecticut and came to Tacoma about 8 years ago through AmeriCorps. He was introduced to the club by his sponsor DeAnne Hamilton.  He works for St. Leo Food Connection and has gotten to know many of our members through our support of that organization.   In his visits to our club he discovered an admiration for what we do in the community and is looking forward to serving our community through Rotary.  He stated that he would enjoy a cup of coffee with you so he could talk about table top games, cedar strip canoes and the environment. 
Ivan Harrell was the 3rd introduction on May 16 and Pamela Transue was pleased to welcome the President of Tacoma Community College to the club. Dr. Harrell was born in Ohio, but came to Tacoma from his last position at Georgia Piedmont Technical College.  He has a diverse background in higher education and we are so fortunate that he landed in Tacoma. Dr. Harrell is a published author and engaging speaker. He completed his doctor of philosophy degree (Ph.D.) at Florida State University,and holds a master’s degree (M.Ed.) from Vanderbilt University, and a bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from Wittenberg University. 
Wow what wonderful new additions to this great club! Please welcome them as you see them at upcoming meetings. 
Seth Kaplowitz - Maui
Jeff Lovely - Yakima
Reflection - Kim Bedier
Greeter - Jacki Farrar
Board Greeters - Carol Duris & Jace Dwinell
National Anthem & 4 Way Test - Mark Anderson
Piano - Barbara Mead
Fine Counter - Robin Echtle
Storywriter - Rusty George
Meeting Sponsor - Covered no announcement
AV Assistant - Chris Serface
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 
Brenda Gasper - May 19
Tim Daly - May 24
Becky Fontaine - May 25
Anniversaries to Celebrate
Jan Schwenger - 23 years
Mike Dunbar - 27 years
Jeff Lyon - 36 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.
May 23
Indochine on Pearl
4612 N Pearl
Tacoma, WA
May 30
Primo Grill
2701 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA
June 6
Alma Mater
1322 S Fawcett Avenue
Tacoma, WA
June 13 - Thursday at 5
Sprague Pest Solutions
June 20th
Johnny's Dock
1900 East D Street
Tacoma,  WA
June 27
Reflections from the meeting of May 16 by Noah Baskett
President Linda Kay Briggs rang the bell and Brenda Gasper, Brooks Dental led us with an invocation. Don Sheppard spoke on behalf of The Salvation Army as the meeting sponsor, expressing deep gratitude for the many years of fruitful partnership in serving homeless community members alongside Rotary #8. Jeremy Simler, NW Furniture Bank and Carol Webster managed the roving mics as we introduced a number of guests.
We were delighted to welcome three new members into our fold: James Harper is development coordinator at St. Leo's Food Connection. Coming to Tacoma originally as an AmeriCorps member with the Food Network, James has a ten year history of living and service in Tacoma.  Sharon Chambers Gordon, came to the US via Jamaica in 1989. With many degrees to her name, she found herself in Tacoma in 2002 as the Director of Fellowships and Scholarships at the University of Puget Sound. A tireless community advocate and volunteer, Ms. Gordon is also full time realtor with Windermere Professional Partners.  Dr. Ivan Harrell is the relatively new president of Tacoma Community College as well as one of the newest members of Rotary #8. With a passion for community college education, and having served in many different regions of the country, Dr. Harrell is excited to deepen his place in this Tacoma community.
There was then a report out from those who attended the District 5020 Training and Conference earlier in May in Victoria, BC. Linda Kaye Briggs, along with a team of Rotarians, including Tracy Peacock and Monique Nadeau, had a wonderful time of fellowship. They lugged home a trophy-case full of awards and honors as well, nearly sinking the ferry—including (but not limited to) the club’s “Membership Retention Award” with an 86.5% retention rate of members, and Linda Kaye Briggs receiving the “Meritorious Service Award.”
Mr. Rick Garza, director of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board then gave a fascinating presentation on the state of Cannabis Legalization, 5 years later.  8 countries and 32 states have visited Washington to learn how our system was put together.  Of particular note is the revenue thus far generated by cannabis sales is double that of projections, with nearly $1.5 B in annual sales last year, and approaching $400 M generated in excise taxes for Washington State. This money goes to provide for basic health needs of the working poor, public health, substance abuse prevention and research, along with the state general fund.
Fines and True Confessions included; Chris Serface - paying his birthday fine, Noah Baskett - celebrating recent $1.6 million grant to help build a shelter for Women and Families, Jennifer Weddermann - celebrating adding additional staff for her Architecture firm, plus her daughter attending Charles Wright, Mark Anderson- did not attend the District Conference this year, Mike Wark - celebrating success with the Legislature for UW-T, plus moving to a new position at Pierce College, George Pilant - inviting members to attend the May 31 fund-raiser for St. Vincent DePaul Tacoma, Jeremy Fogelquist - has missed some meetings and his birthday, Arvind Phukan - on the release of his auto biography.  The meeting adjourned shortly after one as we were told to go out and Re Ignite Rotary.

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