Thursday, October 17, 2019
VOL. NINETY SIX,  Issue 16
Elaine Chan and Seth Kaplowitz
The Unfinished Civil War in China
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Chaos and Protest in Hong Kong:  a historic perspective and how is America involved

Elaine Chan, a native from Hong Kong, has researched on Asia's Labor Market as a grant recipient from the International Labor Organization and the World Bank. Her Dissertation was on export-led growth of the Four Asian Tigers (Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan) and its implication for China. Upon receiving a Ph.D in Economics Development at Cornell Universities in 1988, she had worked at the World Bank on China's industrialization. as well as the progress of poverty and income inequality.   She has also worked at General Motors as an International Economist analyzing capital investment in China and Asia.

Joining Elaine will be Seth Kaplowitz.  Seth has lived and worked in Hong Kong and Shanghai, and was a visiting professor at Wuhan University, Wuhan, China. He is an attorney and former real estate executive with an extensive background in real estate development and construction. He began teaching at Fowler College of Business at San Diego State University shortly after his return from Asia in 2010 where he was developing real estate in Hong Kong, Shanghai, China, and Phuket, Thailand. He recently relocated to Tacoma. 

October 24
World Polio Day
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October 31
Chris Staudinger - Ghosts of Tacoma
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November 7 
Chief Master Sergeant Trisha Almond- Veterans Day Program
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Registering for Meetings
First of all eternal gratitude and appreciation goes to our amazing  prepaid meal plan folks, who are always covered for our meetings.  We are now into our 11th month of meeting registrations and most members  have gotten into the hang of things and have been very helpful by using  the links in the Gearshift to register early. The quick email response to the Gearshift telling us you will be joining the meeting is great, and even the quick phone call works.  The Yacht  Club has been quite flexible in preparing plenty of food, but the difficulty comes when we have to reconcile billing to the number of plates that were taken. Some weeks we have had close to 20 members and guests who join us without reservations.
Here is a refresher on how to register; when you click on the link in the Gearshift you are taken to a registration screen that gives you two boxes MEMBER or GUEST.  If you click on the MEMBER box you will need to sign in to your ClubRunner account (if you don't remember your login and password call or email the office at or 253-473-7723. ) After you are in your ClubRunner account you will get to a screen where you click REGISTER ME, that is just step one, go to the bottom of that page, and hit CONFIRM, that will provide you with a confirmation number and you will also receive an email that tells you that you are registered!!  If you don't receive an email, you are not registered.  If you don't want to use your login information you can also always register as a guest if you like (but then you have to enter your name and email address) 
Thanks again for helping us with our meeting management!
Consider Board Service!
The nominating committees will be named on Thursday and will go to work right away to identify leaders who will serve our club in the coming years.  The Officer Nominating Committee will select our new VP who will serve as President in 2022-23, and a Secretary who will serve from 2020-2022, their slate will also include current officers Kathryn Nelson as President and Kim Bedier as President Elect.  The Board Nominating committee will recruit 8 candidates who are willing to serve as board members from 2020-2023.  The club members will elect 4 of those candidates to serve. Below is the information from our by-laws about these positions. 
President.  The President shall preside at meetings of the Club and the Board, serve on the Board and as a member of the Executive Committee, and perform such other duties as ordinarily pertain to the President’s office. The President shall serve a one (1) year term. 
President-Elect.  The President-Elect shall prepare for his or her upcoming year in office, and serve on the Board as a member of the Executive CommitteeThe President-Elect, if asked, may preside at meetings of the Club and Board in the absence of the President. 
Vice President.  A Vice President, if any, shall be responsible for the implementation of programs and policies as directed by the President.  The Vice President shall serve on the Board and as a member of the Executive Committee.   
Secretary.  The Secretary is responsible to keep the records of meetings, membership, and attendance, and to perform such other duties as usually pertain to the office of Secretary.  The Secretary may delegate and enlist the assistance of the Club Administrator or other Club Members in the performance of these duties. The Secretary shall serve a two (2) year term.   The Secretary shall serve on the Board and as a member of the Executive Committee.   
Board. The governing body of the Club is its Board of Directors, comprised of the President, Immediate Past President, President-Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer, plus twelve (12) additional Directors, four (4) of whom shall be elected each year for a three (3) year term.  If the Club Officers include a Vice President, the Vice President shall also be a member of the Board. Members of the Board are expected to participate in all Club activities and attend all meetings of the Club and of the Board.  Directors shall represent the Board at Committee meetings they attend. In any matter concerning the Club in which the procedure has not been outlined in the Bylaws or the Club Constitution, the Board shall be empowered to take action, including the adoption of any policies and procedures necessary for the proper administration of the Club.
These volunteers are what keeps our club growing, vibrant and lead us in our mission of being a fellowship of community leaders committed to high ethical standard and working together to serve our local and global communities.  Please consider this important aspect of club service, contact Carol Duris, Kathryn Nelson or the office if you are willing to be considered. 
Polio Plus Raffle Prize
With 45% participation from members Project Greater Good (PGG) has already raised over $65,500!!! Use this link to check out our donor roll! The PGG Committee is looking forward to celebrating our donors and educating members about our annual giving campaign at the meeting on October 17. We hope you will also join us on Oct. 24th for World Polio Day where you will learn not only about Rotary International’s Polio eradication efforts but also how our club’s own members have made a personal impact. In order to raise extra money for Polio Plus the PGG Committee will also offer you an opportunity to participate in a raffle for historical artwork celebrating Rotary International’s Polio Plus inception. Learn more at the meeting this week!
Larry Treleven - Portland
Gil Quante - Parkland-Spanaway
Robin Echtle - Oysterfest
World Community Service - Etta Project
Last year your World Community Services Committee funded a water sanitation project through Etta Projects to continue work on a water system in Bolivia and develop a safe sanitation system to compliment it. Following are a list of tasks that have been accomplished in working on the project. 
Rotary Club Sirari in Santa Cruz Bolivia and Etta Projects opened accounts designated specifically for this project. The community most ready for project was Betania where they completed a baseline assessment. Their municipality has made their first financial contribution.  The first two workshops have been implemented and the community has chosen Friday evening as their meeting times. They have elected four Sanitation promoters and training has started with them. Community members will decide where materials are to be stored and first construction material will be delivered in two weeks. Construction be underway in October.  They expressed their gratitude for the financial support provided by the Rotary Club of Tacoma #8. 
There is always an opportunity to get involved in a Rotary Project. Below is the upcoming schedule from the Projects Committee. For more information you can contact the Projects Committee Co-Chairs Diane Kelleher or Gil Quante, or the Project lead as noted below.  Please let them know if you have an idea for a project as well. 
October 19 - St. Vinnie Saturday Sort 
October 23 - Tacoma Rescue Mission - Lunch Service - Seth Kaplowitz
November 7 - Giving Tree Is Up!  - Miriam Barnett and Pat Steel
November 9 -  Bike Build - Gil Quante
November 21 - In Meeting Project - Sharon Chambers-Gordon
November 23 - EFN Break Bags 
December 14 - EFN Break Bags
December 20 - Salvation Army Bell Ringing - Ann Voves
You can see above that we have a new opportunity this month, serving lunch at the Tacoma Rescue Mission's downtown campus on Wednesday, October 23 from 11-2. We have a quick turn around because all volunteers must fill out a volunteer form by 10-16 the link is right hereSeth Kaplowitz is leading our efforts to please email him at or let the office know at if you are able to lend a hand. We need about 8 volunteers. 
Reflection-Kim Bedier
Board Greeter/Roving Mic-Harrison Laird
Board Greeter/Roving Mic-Christina Turner
National Anthem & 4 Way Test-Monique Valenzuela
Piano -  Jack Warnick
Fine Counter- 
Storywriter-Rusty George
Meeting Sponsor-Rick Oldenburg
AV Assistant-Don Sheppard
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
DeAnne Hamilton - Oct 13
Bryan Flint - Oct 15
Glenn Everitt - Oct 16
Anniversaries to Celebrate
Isiaah Crawford - 3 years 
Kim Bedier - 15 years cumulative  
Scott Winship - 15 years 
Ron Lunceford - 31 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.
October 17, 2019
The Koi
1552 Commerce Street
Tacoma, WA
October 24
The Rhein House
 649 Division Ave
Come play some Bocce Ball
October 31
The Spar
2121 N 30th Street
Tacoma, WA
Tuesday November 5 – 5:30
Rotarian Ladies Night Out
La Bella Nail Spa
2616 N Proctor Street Unit A
Tacoma, WA
Pedicures for 19 Rotarians, cost starts at $30.00 - 7 openings left
Bring a bottle of wine or champagne and an appetizer to share
All Rotarians welcome. Contact Michelle Roberts at 253-651-1716 or email
November 7
The Fish Peddler
1199 Dock Street
Tacoma, WA
Thursday at 5 at Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community
Once again - a wonderful host, a good crowd enjoying tasty snacks and drinks, and the networking enlightening! Thanks to Robin Echtle for sponsoring and for the informative remarks and tours. 

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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:
1001 Yakima Ave, Suite 9A
Tacoma, Washington 98405

PO Box 1777
Tacoma, Washington 98401-1777

Phone:  253.473.7723
Office Hours
Monday - Friday
830 - 5
Oct 24, 2019
World Polio Day
Oct 31, 2019
The Ghosts of Tacoma - Pretty Gritty Tours
Nov 07, 2019
The Military in Washington
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Upcoming Events
St. Vinnie's Sort
4009 S. 56th St
Oct 19, 2019
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Tacoma Rescue Mission Meal Service
425 South Tacoma Way
Oct 23, 2019
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Finance Committee Meeting
Banner Bank
Oct 23, 2019 12:00 PM
Coffee with Carol
Yacht Club
Oct 24, 2019
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Program Committee Meeting
Tacoma Yacht Club
Oct 24, 2019
11:00 AM – 11:55 AM
Pandaka Committee
Tacoma Yacht Club (before lunch)
Oct 24, 2019
11:35 AM – 11:55 AM
Weekly Meeting - World Polio Day
5401 Yacht Club Road
Oct 24, 2019
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Rotary Office
Oct 28, 2019
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Weekly Meeting - Chris Staudinger
Tacoma Yacht Club
Oct 31, 2019
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM
Projects Committee Meeting
Nov 01, 2019 8:15 AM
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Communications Chair
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Interact Co-Chair
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Literacy Co-Chair
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Membership Recruitment Chair
Military Affairs Co-Chair
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PGG and Foundations Co-Chair
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Program Co-Chair
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Projects Co-Chair
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Rotary Youth Exchange Chair
Scholarships Co-Chair
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World Community Service Co-Chair
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Youth Services Chair
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