Thursday, September 19, 2019
VOL. NINETY SIX,  Issue 12
Jaime Prothro - Pierce County Libraries
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Jaime Prothro has worked in public libraries for 25 years, beginning at the Emporia, KS public library where she grew up using the library.  She has been a branch manager in a diverse community in Wichita, KS, and has held multiple administrative roles that helps shape policies, services, and the impact public libraries can have on individual community members.  She is currently the Customer Experience Director at PCLS where she helps oversee public services across 20 library locations.  Her work is centered around her creative commitment towards improving library experiences for residents, helping spark success for individuals through programming and services,  and helping staff build outstanding relationships with their community.  She fundamentally believes that strong libraries contribute to strong communities.
September 26
Gabriel Bringman and Nicolas Galy
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October 3
Port of Tacoma Candidate Forum
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October 10
Thursday at 5
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How do you like to experience Rotary #8?
Attend our weekly meetings with top notch speakers? (thank you Program Committee
Join members at a Thursday at 5? (thank you Vocational Services Committee
Attend a Social event? (thank you Fellowship Committee
Participate in a hands on activity? (thank you Projects Committee
Interview a promising college applicant? (thank you Scholarship Committee
Have fun with our Life Christian students? (thank you Interact Committee
Go on an adventure with an Exchange Student? (thank you Youth Exchange Committee
Develop new policies and procedures? (thank you Rotary Board
Provide an opportunity for us to invest in our passions? (thank you PGG/Foundations Committee
Help with a fantastic party that raises lots of money? (thank you Auction Committee
Keep our club vibrant with wonderful new members? (thank you Membership, Classification, Engagement, Information and Pandaka Committees) 
Capture in print and with pictures our weekly programs? (thank you Communications Committee)
Put books in the hands of families and children? (thank you Literacy Committee
Plan and execute an inspirational way to honor veterans? (thank you Military Affairs Committee
Change and save lives by investing around the world? (thank you World Community Services Committee
Review and analyze club financials (thank you Finance Committee
Interview and invest in local non-profits who  serve our community? (thank you Grants Committee
All of those activities above were how the following members were 100% engaged last year through attendance and make-ups. 
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!
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!
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 September 6 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!!
Reflection-Sharon Chambers-Gordon
Board Greeter/Roving Mic-Linda Kaye Briggs
Board Greeter/Roving Mic-Diane Kelleher
National Anthem & 4 Way Test-Evelyn Ryberg
Fine Counter-Nick Frank
Storywriter-Brenda Gasper
Meeting Sponsor-Carolyn Weyrick
AV Assistant-Chris Serface
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
Steve Bader - Sep 15
Ali Criss - Sep 16
James Shoemake - Sep 17
Jeff Albers - Sep 18
Rob Novasky - Sep 19
Anniversaries to Celebrate
Cosette Pfaff - 2 years  
Clay Zhang - 3 years 
Joy Vivar-Beeks - 3 years  
Nurhan Karakas - 12 years  
Dane Meyer - 26 years
John Winskill - 33 years  
Dean Carrell - Sumner
Larry Treleven - Cle Elum
John West - Lake Chelan
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 19th
Gino’s at the Point
6912 Soundview Drive NE
Starts at 5:30 in a private dining room
September 26
Beach Tavern
8612 6th Avenue
October 3
565 Broadway
Tiki Bar
October 10
Thursdays at 5
October 24
The Rhein House
 649 Division Ave
Come play some Bocce Ball
We had another great Thursday at 5 - Thanks United Way!
Dona Ponepinto shared the United Way vision of moving 15,000 families out of poverty by 2028. They have a great plan in place to make our community stronger through wonderful leadership and community collaboration. We had lots of time to mingle and socialize.  Please join us for our October Thursdays at 5.  Contact Andrew Imholt or Missy Zenczak to sign up to host!

Thought for the Week


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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
Monday - Friday
830 - 5
Sep 26, 2019
Exchange Student Welcome Presentations
Oct 03, 2019
Port of Tacoma
Oct 10, 2019
Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community
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Upcoming Events
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
Weekly Meeting - Candidate forum
5401 Yacht Club Road
Oct 03, 2019
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM
PGG - Foundations
Tacoma Yacht Club
Oct 03, 2019 1:00 PM
Thursday at 5-Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community
1301 N. Highlands Parkway
Oct 10, 2019
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
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Immediate Past President
Secretary 2018-2020
Treasurer 2019-2021
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Tacoma Rotary 8 Foundation Board President
Auction Chair
Classification Co-Chair
Classification Co-Chair
Communications Chair
Engagement Chair
Fellowship Chair
Finance Committee Co -Chair
Finance Committee Co-Chair
Grants Co-Chair
Grants Co-Chair
Information and Orientation Chair
Interact Co-Chair
Interact Co-Chair
Literacy Co-Chair
Literacy Co-Chair
Membership Recruitment Chair
Military Affairs Co-Chair
Military Affairs Co-Chair
PGG and Foundations Co-Chair
PGG and Foundations Co-Chair
Program Co-Chair
Program Co-Chair
Projects Co-Chair
Projects Co-Chair
Rotary Youth Exchange Co-Chair
Scholarships Co-Chair
Scholarship Co-Chair
Vocational Services Co-Chair
Vocational Service Co-Chair
World Community Service Co-Chair
World Community Service Co-Chair
Youth Protection Officer
Youth Services Chair
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