Thursday, June 28, 2018
VOL. NINETY-FOUR, Issue No. 52
It's time for Mark Anderson to call it a year  
This meeting will be great for your health - I have heard about some of the plans from our exceptional Rotary Singers and Players, so be prepared for many smiles and much laughter.  As we bid Mark adieu, he will share with the club in his own special way his thoughts about the past 12 months.  
And then........
Linda Kaye Briggs will assume her role as our President ...  we look forward to her dedication, vision and enthusiasm. 
What a treat we have had this year with our wonderful Exchange Student from Czech Republic, Mikuláš Rimanek. He has experienced many first time activities, made new lifetime friends and identified hundreds of new birds. What a joy he has been, he enriched our lives and will have a place in our hearts always.   
Rotary Youth Exchange program is a core program of our Rotary Club. Approximately 30 students come to District 5020 each year, bringing their unique perspectives as ambassadors for a rich cultural exchange. The excitement of being an exchange student is palpable when they arrive to see Tacoma for the first time. So many Rotarians have told me about their relationships with the students and their families that extend years beyond the exchange year. Rotarians are still traveling to foreign places to attend weddings, graduations and family events. Would your family enjoy having this cultural experience? 
We have our two students, Renata from Paraguay and Jacob from Norway preparing to arrive in Tacoma by the end of August in order to enroll at Stadium High School. Youth Exchange needs two host families approved and ready to go by August 1st. 
The application process takes a minimum of two weeks to gain approval as a host family. Each family hosts one of the incoming students for a period of 3 months. Each student will receive a $130 monthly stipend to handle their personal expenses. Rotary Youth Exchange pays for students conferences and arranges travel for them. Our Youth Exchange Officer will assist families with their application process and provide orientation and training to assure your readiness to host.  If you can't do it, perhaps you have a friend or family member that might be interested!
Renata and Jacob are eager to meet their first host family. We will need 3 host families per student for the exchange year. Our wonderful In Bound RYE expert, Diane Tilstra can help you prepare for this engaging experience. You may be surprised to see how easy it is to host a student. Please call Diane at 206-948-8309 or email: if you want more information! 
Twenty-one past presidents from our club joined together for their annual dinner. Wonderful conversations and sharing of personal highlights from this past year – weddings, grandchildren, new homes and wonderful trips. A great time was had by all!  They are already looking forward to next year.
Donna Haynes Participating in Sound the Alarm 
 A Red Cross Thank You to Our Club
Every eight minutes, the American Red Cross responds to a disaster — the clear majority are home fires. While every fire is different, they commonly leave survivors without life’s necessities. All too often the claim the life of a loved one.
One of the most powerful pieces to home fire safety is a smoke alarm. In fact, working smoke alarms in a home cut the risk of death by half, and having an escape plan further improves the odds of survival. This is why the American Red Cross has implemented the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign/Sound the Alarm event.
Many thanks to club members Donna Haynes, Diane Kelleher, Marty Lough, Veronica Rollins and friends who helped install smoke alarms earlier this spring and for the financial support which supported the purchase of smoke alarms.
We Need Volunteers from Tacoma #8 Rotary to be Rotary Carnies at Camp Goodtimes on July 19 
Our club has sponsored a Carnival for the day for kids with cancer and their siblings. It brings fun and enjoyment for the kids, and we have a blast as well! We will need 30 volunteers, and we guarantee that this is an opportunity to have fun while helping others. All volunteers must be over 17. Ann Voves at is the chair of the event and will have sign up sheets at our meetings. Thanks to those who have signed up; Cynthia Darland (+1), Peter DarlingMike Dunbar, Maria HarlowDonna Haynes, Robin Lucas (+1), Fred Matthaei, Mary McNally, Geoff Oakley, Charley Rance, Greg Rolsma (+1), Michelle Roberts, Gil Quante (+1) Pat Steel, Carolyn Weyrick (+1) and Jim Whitacre. 
The House that Rotary Built
We had a wonderful meeting on June 7 as we presented a reproduction of our check to Habitat for Humanity.   We have learned that the house we will be building is in Tillicum and that our efforts will begin this summer.  Maureen Fife and Elliot Stockstad delivered the  "wall of hope" stud, which will be at our meetings for each of us to sign and will then be placed in the house we construct.  There will be opportunities throughout the summer for all of us to be involved.  Can't swing a hammer or pound a nail, or raise a wall?  Maybe you can serve refreshments to the workers.  This is going to be a wonderful opportunity for us to all work side by side and change lives in Pierce County!
If you have not received your assignment or forgot to register please contact the office or our Galleyside Planner extraordinaire Maria Harlow at to let us know. We will start a waiting list and if there are cancellations we will get you in.  It's going to be a great picnic and we will hope for a good cruising weather.
Welcome New Members 
Jack & Angela Connelly
DeAnne Hamilton & Jennifer Wedderman
Brenda Gasper & Rick Triggs
What a great June we have had as we have welcomed 6 new members!  Angela Connelly grew up in Pierce County and is a passionate volunteer and wonderful mother to 9 children.  She is currently a reader columnist for the News Tribune and is a very insightful writer.  Jack Connelly is a native of Chicago and began his law career with Gordon Thomas Honeywell and recalled watching Joe Gordon Sr. and Joe Gordon Jr. head off to Rotary every Thursday.  He currently has his own practice with offices in Tacoma and Seattle. DeAnne Hamilton is the new Executive Director and General Manger of KBTC Public Television.  She is a native Oregonian, but her career has taken her to California, Michigan and Pennsylvania.  She does have a connection in Washington as she is a proud University of Washington graduate. Jennifer Wedderman returns to the club after a break of a few years. She is the owner of Wedderman Architecture.  We are all familiar with the amazing and creative metal work that she does that is on display in buildings and exhibits around the area.  Brenda Gasper is our new member from Brooks Dental Studio.  She has grown up in Pierce County and was pleased to share that her son just graduated from High School. She has been attending meetings with Jamie Brooks and looks forward to being in the club.  Rick Triggs has been the CFO for Metropolitan Development Council for some time, but a few months ago was also asked to take on the role of Interim CEO. They are just beginning the search so Rick will be a busy person for some time!  We are so fortunate to be joined by these talented, hard working and dedicated members.  You can plan to see them actively involved. If you are a committee chair invite them to join your committee! 
Membership Proposal
Unless written objections are submitted to the Board within 10 days of this posting, the following individual will be invited to membership: 
Alex Davis
iCallengeLife Group LLC
Sponsor: Mark Anderson
Invocation/Reflection - Cynthia Darland
National Anthem and 4 Way Test - Carlyn Roy
Board Greeter- Roving Mic - Jeff Albers
Greeter-Roving Mic  -  
Birthdays -  None
Fine Counter - Cynthia Darland
Meeting Reporter for Gearshift - Kirsten Willis
Meeting Sponsor - Jace Dwinell
AV Assistance - Jeff Rounce
There are clipboards at every meeting for you to sign up to help out!
--Leading the National Anthem & Four Way Test
--Giving the Moment of Reflection
--Playing piano
--Assisting with Audio/Visual
--Greeter and Roving Mic
--Sponsoring a meeting
Birthdays to Celebrate 
Anniversaries to Celebrate 
Julie Foley - 3 years 
Jeremy Fogelquist - 4 years 
Christian Anderson - 5 years
Jim Boardman - 6 years 
Jace Dwinell - 6 years
Malcolm Russell - 6 years cumulative
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.
June 28, 2018
Galleyside !!
July 5, 2018
Happy 4th of July no social !
July 12, 2018
Boathouse 19
9001 S 19th Street
Tacoma, WA
July 19th, 2018
Camp Goodtimes celebration!
Anthony’s Point Defiance
5910 N Waterfront Drive
Tacoma, WA
Enjoying the Social at Primo
Reflections from the meeting of June 21 from Jim Henderson
President Mark called the June 21 meeting of the Rotary Club of Tacoma to order at 12:10 pm in the Rooftop Garden at the Landmark Convention Center.  Rick Oldenburg, Oldenburg and Associates, gave a humorous, yet insightful invocation celebrating summer with kids and work.   Jan Brazzell, Advancement Consulting, led us in ‘America the Beautiful’ and the 4 Way Test.  President Mark thanked Sandi Wollum, Seabury School, for being this week’s meeting sponsor.
Bryan Flint, Metro Parks Foundation, and Jennifer Wedderman, Wedderman Architecture, took the mics around for introducing guests and visiting Rotarians.  Among the visiting Rotarians was a member from the South Kitsap Rotary Club, and former long-time member, Rick Olson, from the Marysville Rotary Club.   Past President Carolyn Weyerick had her Mother as one of her guests. 
Hunter George then came forward to introduce this week’s speakers – Aaron Artman and John Hutchinson to talk about the unique partnership between the Tacoma Rainiers and the Seattle Sounders S2 Club in Tacoma.  First up was Aaron Artman, Tacoma Rainiers President since 2007 who talked about the innovative partnership with the Seattle Sounders that started in 2014-2015 when majority owner of the Sounders Adrian Hannauer, called him to explore a possible move of the Sounders S2 from the Starfire Complex in Tukwila to Tacoma. Aaron said the strength of these 15-16-17 year old soccer players and the Sounders Academy will be the future of U.S. Soccer.  But how do you solve the issue of playing a soccer game on a baseball field when there was  only 5–6 months before launch of the team playing at Cheney Stadium?  An innovative system was developed to remove the pitcher’s mound and insert a shell with grass over it.  The Sounders invested money in Cheney Stadium to make this happen.  He said soccer fans are remarkably different than baseball fans.  They are exploring the building of a soccer specific stadium in the Cheney Stadium area which would also have enough fields for youth soccer in Tacoma and also host regional soccer tournaments .  Aaron liked that you can count on soccer games to be two hours long, unlike a baseball game. Next up to talk was Sounders S2 Coach, John Hutchinson, in his first year.  John is from Australia and also played International Soccer for Malta.  He talked about the team being very young, but with lots of talent and some home grown players, as well as talent from the Sounders Academy teams.  S2 has a 34 game season with 17 home games at Cheney Stadium.  John said he never worries about where the pitcher’s mound or bases are anymore and never checks the grass.  They are building a scouting network with several future stars right here in Tacoma.
Then two new members were introduced to the club as President Mark first called forward Jamie Brooks to introduce Brenda GasperBrenda is a long-time friend, and grew up in Fife, and is responsible for patient relationships and insurance billing at Brooks Dental Studio. She graduated from the University of Washington and also worked for the March of Dimes.  Brenda has been a guest at many previous meetings and is very happy to finally be an ‘official Rotarian’ now.
Next Missy Zenczak came forward to introduce Rick Triggs, the Interim CEO and CFO for the Metropolitan Development Council.  He has worked in the Tacoma area for the past 16 years and got to know Missy when he worked at the Geneva Foundation. MDC is a social service provider in Tacoma.
Sandi Wollum from Seabury School, came forward as the meeting sponsor.  Seabury School was founded in 1989 and is primarily for gifted students and offers extensive programs to the community.
Rusty George, who will be the new chair of the Public Image Committee, announced that club members should expect three surveys in the coming weeks:  one on the website, one on the Newsletter and one on social media.  Then the following service anniversaries were celebrated:  Christine Cason – 18 years; Cap Pearson – 22 years, and John B. Dimmer – 28 years.  Then Donna Haynes came forward to celebrate birthdays.  Only one birthday celebrant was present and that was Stacey Ogle who talked about her trip from a few years ago to review the Phase II Mumbai Water Project and also got to inoculate children with the drops for Polio eradication in India and the profound impact it has had on her.  Also celebrating but not present this week were Linda Kaye Briggs, Jeff Lovely, Julie Foley and Larry Gaffney.
Kirsten Willis, chair of the PGG Committee, came forward to celebrate the efforts of the committee.  Last week’s meeting was sponsored for the PGG Committee by member Peter ComfortKirsten said that 53% of club members supported PGG during this Rotary year and that over $62,000 has been donated to support the works of the Rotary International Foundation, the Tacoma Rotary Foundation, Polio Eradication, and Programs and Projects.
President Mark said that sign up sheets are on the table for Camp Good Times. He said August 2 will be Rotary Night at the Tacoma Rainiers, and that there is waiting list to attend Galleyside next week.  For True Confessions he asked our inbound Exchange Student, Mik from the Czech Republic, to come forward and he thanked everyone for his year with the club and his host families and said he is going back home this coming Monday.  Whitney Grisaffi showed a short clip of her sky diving – brave lady that she is.  Ed Ramos said he was announced as a Distinguished Alumni from Highline College.  Jim and Enid Harris came forward to say they are celebrating their 63rd year Wedding Anniversary and received a standing ovation.  President Mark asked everyone who is not going to Galleyside to put $5 on the table.  He also urged everyone to get their annual dues in to the Rotary Office no later than June 30.  He welcomed the two new members, thanked our meeting sponsor, and speakers at today’s meeting and said tonight’s social will be at Primo Grill at 2701 6th Avenue.  He said he was looking forward to next week’s meeting, the last of the 2017-2018 year, as he turns over the gavel to Linda Kaye Briggs
As he adjourned the meeting at 1:20, President Mark said to now go out and Live Rotary!

Thought for the Week by Past President Jim Henderson

“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” John Bunyan


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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 Landmark Temple Theatre 47 St. Helens Avenue, Tacoma 
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