Thursday, November 29, 2018
Jackie Flowers Tacoma Public Utilities

Jackie Flowers is the Director of Tacoma Public Utilities, a municipally-owned utility providing electric, water and rail service to Tacoma and the surrounding area. TPU was founded in 1893 and is one of the largest public power utilities in the country serving approximately 176,000 electric customers and 100,000 water customers. Flowers, who was recently appointed at TPU, has just reported for duty on August 1, 2018. She is the first female to be permanently appointed to the Director/CEO position in TPUs 125 year history.

Prior to joining TPU, Flowers served for 12-years as General Manager of Idaho Falls Power providing electric and fiber optic service to the city of Idaho Falls, Idaho.  Flowers was the first female to be permanently appointed to the General Manager position in Idaho Falls Power’s 106 year history. Prior to that, Flowers served as Public Works Director in Sheridan, Wyoming. Flowers is a Civil Engineer with 25 years’ experience, 18 of which has been managing publicly owned utilities.

Prior to moving to Washington, Flowers served as the Governor appointed Chair of the Board of Directors for the Strategic Energy Alliance representing public power interests in Idaho and was also appointed by the Governor to the Idaho Energy Resources Authority board. She served as the Board Chair for the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems for 2-1/2 years and was the first woman to hold that seat. She was previously the Northwest Public Power Association President to the Board of Trustees.

Flowers was designated by the Idaho Business Review as a 2017 Idaho’s Women of the Year recipient. And most recently recognized for her service by the Partnership for Science and Technology and the Utah Associate Municipal Power Systems.

Flowers is Past President of Idaho Falls Rotary Club #1021 (2012-13), Paul Harris Society, Paul Harris Fellow +5, Benefactor, Bequest Society Level 1, Sustaining Member, and Every Rotarian Every Year.  Flowers has served on the Board of Directors for the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, Committee Chair for the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Collier Science, Energy & Technology Committee, and as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Partnership for Science & Technology.

Jacques Colon 12-6 
 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.
We are looking for a couple of extra volunteers on Thursday. Please contact the office if you can be at the meeting at 10:45 to help us set up the tables.  Thanks to Rusty Hersey and John McMasters at Superior Linen for donating the table coverings!
Our next host will be Goodwill of the Olympics & Rainier Region who is proud to welcome us at our  gathering on December 13. The evening will include a briefing on the programs and services Goodwill provides free-of-charge to the people of our community, time for networking and fellowship, as well as the opportunity to tour the Milgard Work Opportunity Center, including the REACH Center which served as Rotary 8’s centennial project.
2018 Toys for Kids Shopping Day
Here’s another fun opportunity to help kids at Mary Bridge – we need shoppers and baggers! That’s right; you’ll shop for Mary Bridge patients and their siblings using funds raised by a wonderful group of folks headed up by Dr. Winskill. For 28 years, Toys for Kids, raises money all year long to provide Christmas gifts for families of patients with long-term intensive care at home.
When:  Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 at 11:00 pm (yes, you read that right 11:00 pm) until about 2:00 am or until we’ve finished shopping
Where: Target,  3320 S 23rd St,  Tacoma, WA 98405
Rotarians already signed up:  Sally Glover, Diane Kelleher, Amanda Weidman, Jacki Farrar, Kathi Willis, Joy Vivar-Beeks, Cindy Niemi, Gil Quante, Christina Turner, Dr. John Winskill
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 FarrarJacki was born in Washington, but moved to Florida, where she was a member of the Belleview Rotary Club.  She moved back to Tacoma and works for Moss Adams. In looking for a way to become engaged in the community she 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. Be sure to introduce yourself to Jacki at an upcoming meeting.
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. 
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. 
Reflection -   Dean Carrell
Greeter/Roving Mic - Angela Connelly
Greeter/Roving Mic - John Douville
National Anthem & 4 Way Test - Mark Anderson
Fine Counter -  Dan Bogart
Storywriter - Kim Bedier
Introduction - Bryan Flint
Meeting Sponsor - Robin Lucas
AV Assistant - Jeff Rounce
Extra Greeter -  Mark Anderson
Check in Assistant -  
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 
Dane Meyer - Nov 25
Doug Rohner - Nov 26
Chris Coates - Nov 27
Michele Johnson - Nov 27
Corey Hjalseth - Nov 28
Mark Anderson - Nov 29
Miriam Barnett - Nov 29
Isiaah Crawford - Nov 29
Marty Lough - Nov 29
Anniversaries to Celebrate 
Jan Brazzell - 17 years 
Marty Lough - 11 years
Cindy Niemi- 17 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 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. 



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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

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Nov 29, 2018
Tacoma Public Utilities
Dec 06, 2018
Improving Population Health in Pierce County
Dec 20, 2018
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Upcoming Events
Jackie Flowers Weekly Meeting Speaker
Eastside Community Center
Nov 29, 2018
11:55 AM – 1:00 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
Eastside Community Center
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
Eastside Community Center - After Lunch
Dec 06, 2018 1:00 PM
Classification Committee Meeting
Rotary office
Dec 11, 2018 11:45 AM
Auction Committee
Rotary Office
Dec 12, 2018
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Toys for Kids
Dec 12, 2018 11:30 PM
Rotary Meeting - Thursdays at 5!
Dec 13, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
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