Thursday, September 12, 2019
VOL. NINETY SIX,  Issue 11
Thursdays at 5
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United Way of Pierce County is looking forward to welcoming you for Rotary 8’s Thursdays at 5 meeting on Thursday, September 12 at their offices on Pacific Avenue.
Fellow Rotarian, CEO Dona Ponepinto, will share program highlights on how United Way is reaching its bold goal of lifting 15,000 households out of poverty by 2028.
Heavy appetizers, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Plenty of seating will be available.
United Way Board member and fellow Rotarian Sue Dreier is looking forward to joining Dona and Missy Zenczak in welcoming you to United Way. Please sign-up here so they will know how many guests to count on!
Address: 1501 Pacific Avenue, Suite 400, Tacoma, WA 98402
Parking: Public parking starts in our lot at 5 pm. There are several other options in the area:
  • Street metered parking
  • Tacoma Art Museum/Union Station - 1701 Pacific Ave
  • Republic lot - 13th & Pacific Ave
  • Republic Lot - 15th & S Court D St
  • Umpqua Bank Garage - 1498 Pacific Ave
Please contact Missy Zenczak if you have any questions at or 253.682.1805
September 19
Jaime Prothro - Pierce County Library
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September 26
Gabriel Bringman and Nicolas Galy
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October 3
Port of Tacoma Candidate Forum
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New VP for Rotary - Kim Bedier
At the meeting on September 5 the Officer Nominating Committee presented to the club our newest officer, Vice President Kim Bedier.  In 2017, through our by-laws changes, the club voted to have consensus candidates for our officers and so our last 2 slates have followed that new process.  In our recently changed by-laws we approved the new role of Vice President who is in line to become the President in 2021-22.  Kim is a long time Rotarian having served previously in the Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada and  Everett clubs.  She has been an active member of our club serving as Co-Chair of the Vocational Services Committee and is currently the Co-Chair of the Programs Committee. Kim has been an important part of our Auction Committee the last few years as well.  Please thank Kim for her willingness to serve the club in this important role.  Club Service is an important part of being in the club and we will be nominating members at the end of the month to serve on the Officer Nominating Committee (chaired by Carol Duris)  and the Board Nominating Committee (chaired by Kathryn Nelson) Please let one of them know if you are interested in serving on a nominating committee or if you would like to be considered for an Officer or Board Position. 
Membership Proposal
Unless written objections are submitted to the Board within 10 days of this posting, the following individual  will be invited to membership: 
Philip Curiale
Sponsor: Cindy Niemi
Welcome Clarence Henderson
Clarence serves as a Court Commissioner for Pierce County and comes to us with a heart for service. He is looking forward to engaging in club activities and I heard that he is also a great football fan.  Be sure to ask him who his favorite team is when you meet him!
Our backpacks are in the hands of grateful Arlington students
Talk about People of Action!  It started with a plan to help students in need and a great partnership with Communities in Schools, followed by thousands of supplies and 400 backpacks and the organizational skills of John Douville.  We then engaged almost 80 dedicated members, friends and the District Governor, who stuffed those 400 backpacks on August 22. Our final step was putting those backpacks in the hands of the students.  Thanks to the members who showed up at the school on Friday to hand out the backpacks; Barry Benson, Carol Duris, Becky Fontaine, Whitney Grisaffi, Diane Kelleher, George Pilant and our leader John Douville.  The fabulous Projects Committee is working on our next "in meeting" project.  Stayed tuned for your next opportunity to be People of Action!!
September is Literacy and Basic Education Month and we want to start it with an opportunity for you to make a difference in the life of a child. Our Award Winning Literacy Committee is striving, once again, to receive the District Literacy award and one component that is measured is having every member of the club contribute 2 books. So we’ve stuffed those backpacks with school supplies and now let’s get some books for those backpacks! Please start bringing your donated books (new or almost new, gently used) to any meeting in September (final deadline is September 26) or drop them off at the Rotary Office. Our goal is to collect 600 books, so thanks in advance for your help!
Larry Treleven - Tacoma North
Cindy Niemi - Gig Harbor
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
Rob Pfarr - Sep 08
Sally Leighton - Sep 09
Kirk Hull - Sep 13
Anniversaries to Celebrate
Eric Lind - 8 years cumulative
Ali Criss - 9 years
Pete Taylor - 18 years cumulative
Linn Larsen - 37 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.
September 12
Thursdays at 5
United Way of Pierce County
September 19th
Gino’s at the Point
6912 Soundview Drive NE
Starts at 5:30 in a private dining room
September 26
October 3
565 Broadway
Tiki Bar
October 24
The Rhein House
 649 Division Ave
Come play some Bocce Ball
Reflections from the meeting of September 5 from Miriam Barnett
President Carol called the meeting to order. Elliott Stockstad, Lutheran Community Services NW gave an inspiring invocation followed by Libby Catalinich, Pierce County, who led us in the National Anthem followed by the 4 Way Test. Elliott asked us to support children in the community.
Jan Brazzell and Christina Turner managed mics for visiting Rotarians and guests. Chris Serface, Tacoma Little Theatre was our meeting sponsor. He spoke about how Tacoma Little Theatre is a national treasure! It is the end of their 100th year. Their season is opening with Calendar Girls this Friday. Every show they are doing this year they have never done before.
George Pilant presented Sept birthdays. Joining us to celebrate were; John Gaines, Sally Leighton, Ali Criss, James Shoemake, Sharon Chambers-Gordon, Katrina Self, Maria Harlow and Melissa Malott
President Carol congratulated members on their anniversaries, as listed in the Gearshift. Of note is Neel Parikh at 24 years cumulative and Joe Gordon Jr. at 50 years!
President-elect Kathryn Nelson introduced new member Clarence Henderson. Clarence has a heart for service. With a background in human rights, he also loves football and to take photographs. He serves as a Pierce County Court Commissioner. He wants to focus on his local community.
Michael Thompson introduced our speaker David Bean. Mr. Bean is the Chair of the Puyallup Tribal Council. He is a graduate of UPS. He believes it is important to tell your story. Mr. Bean greeted us in his native language. Be kind, be helpful, be sharing. The tribe is dedicated to protecting local waters. They have 5,000 members. Their story begins in the beginning of time. Signed Medicine Creek Treaty in 1854, but treaties were not honored by WA State. The Puyallup Land Claims Settlement took place in 1988, the feds, state and local government returned 900 acres to the Puyallup people. The reservation is 30 square miles. They have a seven member Tribal Council. They provide 63 service programs. They have an early childhood center and school. They provide scholarships for college. In 2018 they provided $4.7 million to support clean air, a strong ecosystem and water. They operate 3 hatcheries that produce 5 million fish. They also have an economic development arm with 60 acres currently under development. They are also building a golf course with 100 jobs being created. With 3,300 employees they are one of the largest employers in Pierce County. Giving is their culture and tradition. In 2018, they contributed $3.2 million to more than 100 issues. In the last 10 years their contributions have totaled over $22 million. They strive to take care of Mother Earth and all the natural resources she provides. 
John Douville asked for volunteers for Stuff the Bus on Sept 6. 8:15 am at Arlington Elementary.
Diane Kelleher thanked the Courage volunteers who served at the Beer Garden and congratulated the riders who raised $380,000 for Mary Bridge!
Missy Zenczak invited members to join her and Dona Ponepinto and board member Sue Dreier next week at Thursdays at 5:00 at United Way.
New bylaws added a new position of VP to be in the line for president elect then president. Our new VP is Kim Bedier.
Carol announced two ad hoc committees. One is for our 110th year celebration. Kim will Chair the Committee. She asked for a show of hands of who wants to volunteer. Bill Baarsma and Monique Nadeau added their names to the list which already includes Sharon Chambers-Gordon, Mike Dunbar, Maria Harlow, Gil Quante, Christina Turner and Amy Wigstrom. Second committee is to look at the auction in 1.5 years. Do we continue it? Barry Benson, Ray Schuler and Jackie Farrar volunteered to be on this committee, they join Stephen Deal, Dean Hanks, Maria Harlow, Gil Quante, Diane Tilstra and Christina Turner.
Social tonight is at the Top of Tacoma at 5 pm.
Carol urged us all to go out and be People of Action! Meeting adjourned at 1 pm.

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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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Tacoma, Washington 98405

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Tacoma, Washington 98401-1777

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Sep 19, 2019
Pierce County Library
Sep 26, 2019
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Oct 03, 2019
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Projects Committee Meeting
Sep 13, 2019 8:15 AM
Fellowship & Relationship Building Committee
Sep 17, 2019 5:00 PM
World Community Service Committee Meeting
Cole Graphic Solutions
Sep 19, 2019 7:00 AM
Engagement Committee Meeting
Tacoma Yacht Club
Sep 19, 2019 11:00 AM
Weekly Meeting - Jaime Prothro
Sep 19, 2019
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Rotary Office
Sep 23, 2019
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Coffee with Carol
Yacht Club
Sep 26, 2019
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Weekly meeting - Gabriel and Nicolas
5401 Yacht Club Road
Sep 26, 2019
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM
Community Service Grants Committee Meeting
Sound Options
Oct 03, 2019 8:00 AM
Literacy Committee
Red Elm
Oct 03, 2019
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
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