Thursday, May 14, 2020
VOL. NINETY SIX,  Issue 46
Eric Johnson -  Port of Tacoma

Eric Johnson served as the executive director of the Washington Public Ports Association since January 2009. In that role he represented port district interests to state and federal elected officials, including the Washington legislature and state agencies. In addition to government relations, he was responsible for numerous specialized seminars and conferences.

Johnson joined the Washington Public Ports Association in 1988 as the environmental affairs director, where he developed many of the fundamental environmental laws and policies that are still in place today for ports across the state. He was promoted to deputy director in 2006. A native of Pierce County, Johnson holds bachelor’s degrees in biology and political science from Pacific Lutheran University and a master’s in public administration with a concentration in environmental policy and natural resources management from the University of Washington.

When the Northwest Seaport Alliance was formed in 2015, the executive director of the Port of Tacoma took on the additional role of the CEO of the NWSA. With the transition period ending, John Wolfe continues as the CEO of the NWSA, with Eric Johnson as the Executive Director of the Port of Tacoma. Eric will celebrate his one-year anniversary with the Port of Tacoma in June.


Screen shot from May 7
Information for the meeting this week
If you have not attended a Zoom meeting yet please take advantage of their free training video.  You may decide to use Zoom to stay connected with family and friends during this this time of social distancing!
Thursday meeting
Eric Johnson - Port of Tacoma
Time: May 14, 2020 12:10 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Please only use this phone in number if you do not have computer audio  253 215 8782
May 21
Michael Liang - Spaceworks
Creatives Respond to COVID-19
May 28 
Gabe and Nico - What a Year!
June 4
David Z. Bean - The New Emerald Queen Casino
To empower Pierce County residents to achieve their financial dreams through an integrated model of coaching and counseling to secure personal financial security.  
What an incredible club!!! The request was made and you responded with amazing generosity.  We will be sending a check to Pierce County Connected for $110,000.  This coordinated approach to funding the emerging needs in our community has already distributed over $3 million.  This is a coordinated effort of funding partners and social service programs throughout the county, they addressed urgent response and rapid response providing funding in support of food distribution, support for shelter and housing and working to provide child care and programs for the children of first responders, medical workers and essential workers.  They will continue to fund emerging needs and then are set up to assist with the rebuilding efforts into 2021. 
Special thanks to those who were able to give and in particular the Tacoma Rotary Foundation for the lead gift of $50,000
Join us for our first Virtual Social
This Thursday, May 14 at 5!
To join in the fun on Thursday,  cut and paste the link below into your browser
You will be asked for a password in order to join 
Meeting ID: 890 8213 6514
Password: 164518
If you just want to listen in please use this call in number  253-215-8782
We will be sending out the dues statements for 2020-21 in the next couple of weeks and will be using home addresses, as we felt that was the most secure place for everyone at this time.  If you have moved recently please let us know so that we can update your record in our systems. Please email Kathi at or Joy at if you would prefer to have us email you the invoice.  
Spring Virtual Firesides 
Above is the group hosted by Kim Bedier
Above is the group hosted by Ann Voves
There were 3 groups that got together on Zoom to fellowship with one another, they enjoyed some good conversation.  Here are the notes from their gatherings.  
Meeting Moderator- Chris Serface
Reflection- Bryan Flint 
Pledge of Allegiance & 4 Way Test- Jim Henderson
Meeting Sponsor - Bryan Flint
Storywriter- Rusty George 
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
Sue Dreier - May 11
Erica Doctor - May 12
Kathryn Nelson - May 12
Jackie Flowers - May 13
Barbara Mead - May 13
Chris Serface - May 13
Monique Valenzuela - May 13
Anniversaries to Celebrate
Sharon Chambers-Gordon -1 year
James Harper -1 year
Ivan Harrell - 1 year
Chuck Heaton - 6 years 
Mary McNally - 13 years 
Stan Kanarowski -19 years 
Ed Hill - 24 years 
Scott Sutherland - 31 years 
Peter Norman - 41 years 
Reflections from the 5/7 meeting by Jim Henderson
Past President Becky Fontaine called the meeting to order at 12:13pm for the Rotary Club of Tacoma #8, via the Zoom application. First the Meeting Moderator, Chris Serface, Tacoma Little Theatre went over some meeting protocols so everyone with us today knew how the various tools on Zoom work. President Becky welcomed everyone and commented about the very unique situation we find ourselves in with the COVID 19 virus. 
Today’s reflection was given by Christina Turner, Tacoma Public Utilities, from a poem provided by Missy Zencczak Candler, United Way of Pierce County. The poem, entitled ‘And the people stayed home’ was very appropriate for our times today.  Chris Serface led everyone in the national anthem and the Four Way Test.    Today’s meeting is being sponsored by the College Success Foundation, and Shanna LaMar.  Club Anniversaries were then celebrated for Jonathan Murray – 5 years, and Rusty George – 18 years.  Shanna told us that the Foundation has been operating in Tacoma for 20 years and is supporting 2,100 students with direct service, many being low income and first generation attending college.
We were also celebrating birthdays for the month of May and the question for the celebrants to answer was their favorite spring flower.  Monique Valenzuela - rose; Chris Serface -marigold; Becky Fontaine and John Bailey - tulips; Kathryn Nelson - rhododenron; Kathi Willis - daphne shrub; Andrew Imholt – any flower his daughter likes as they take their walks; Alex Trettin – azaleas.  Becky then told everyone about the Committee Fair.  She said that our committees are the lifeblood and backbone of the club, and the work they do makes us the vibrant club we are. Some meet monthly and some meet only as needed.
Communications-Chris Serface.  This Committee takes care of our Facebook Page, Photos, Zoom of meetings, and You Tube of the meetings.  Vocational Services-Andrew Imholt and Miss Zenczak Candler.  Meeting sponsors, Business Expo, Thursdays at 5.   Membership-Jennifer Weddermann – recruiting new members and we all were reminded that membership recruitment is up to everyone to help with.  Orientation-Past President Brien Elvins.  There are two orientation meetings where new members learn about the club, the committees, Officers and Board and the two Foundations.  Pandaka-Cindy Niemi reported on behalf of Amanda Weidman and Carolyn Weyrick - helps members become engaged in the club and Rotary.  Move from red badges to blue badges and the mentor program.  Engagement-Jacki Farrar and Maria Harlow.  Keep members connected to the work of the club.  It meets before the regular Rotary meetings.  Program Committee-Hunter George and Kim Bedier.  They receive lots of ideas for speakers and subjects for the programs. They usually work several months out and meet as needed.  Project Greater Good-PGG/Foundations.  Kirsten Willis and Rusty Hersey. This Rotary year was a banner year with 61% of the membership donating and raising $88,595.  Monies donated support the RI Foundation, Tacoma Rotary Foundation, Polio Plus, Programs and Projects. Rotary Youth Exchange-RYE-Carol Webster.  Inbound and Outbound Exchange Students, finding host families, and engaging with the students during the year.  Scholarships-Alex Trettin.  Interviews great students in Tacoma.  Awarded $52,000 in scholarships to 28 students from 13 Tacoma area high schools.  Literacy-Sherri Stanton and Dean Carrell.  Children’s books, and little free libraries and partnering with other area clubs. Projects Committee – Diane Kelleher and Gil Quante.    Projects like EFN, Camp Goodtimes, Habitat House.  Meets the first Friday of the month.  Grants Committee-Clay Zang and DeAnne Hamilton.  Awarded $111,000.  They reviewed  38 applications, are very task oriented, and make site visits, and work in teams of two. International Services Committee-Barry Benson and Fred Matthaei, and presented by Stacey Ogle. They invest in Global Rotary projects and work with other area clubs and clubs in the world. Invested $48,000 this year.  Auction-Sharon Benson. Biggest party every year and raises the most money all of the money we need to support the work of the committees.  We will not do an in-person auction this year because of the COVID 19 virus and are currently developing the plans needed to raise the money needed for committee support.
We were reminded that Dues Statements will soon be mailed out along with committee sign-up sheets. We were shown a short video produced by Rotary members and United Way staff; Dona Ponepinto, Emily Mendez-Bryant and Missy Zenczak Calder related to the fundraising effort of the club to raise $110,000 to support the efforts of Pierce County Connected led by United Way Pierce County and the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation.  We have achieved our goal which is wonderful, but there is still time to donate and give.  Becky said hello to President Carol who showed her new daughter, Harper, and thanked all the meeting volunteers and told us that next week’s program will be on the Port of Tacoma with Executive Director Eric Johnson and were encouraged to be People of Action. The meeting was adjourned at 1:10pm

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