Thursday, August 29, 2019
Peter Rogoff - CEO- Sound Transit
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Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff has been a leading transit executive for more than a decade. Rogoff spent 22 years on the staff of the Senate Appropriations Committee, including 14 years as Democratic Staff Director on the Transportation Subcommittee. From 2009-2014 Rogoff led the Federal Transit Administration under President Obama, and from 2014-2016 he was the Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Since coming to Sound Transit in 2016, Rogoff has been overseeing the largest transit expansion program in North America, building a $54 billion, 116-mile regional rapid transit network by 2041.

Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff will outline the agency’s current work to build the largest mass transit expansion in the nation as mandated by Puget Sound voters. He will focus on Sound Transit’s Pierce County projects including the Tacoma Dome Link Extension and the Hilltop Extension, as well as the agency’s partnerships in Tacoma to create jobs and affordable housing.  

September 5
David Z. Bean - Puyallup Tribal Council Chairman
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September 12
Thursdays at 5 United Way of Pierce County
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September 19
Behrooz Madjdi - Pierce County Library
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Membership Proposal
Unless written objections are submitted to the Board within 10 days of this posting, the following individual  will be invited to membership: 
Clarence Henderson
Pierce County Superior Court
Sponsor: Kathryn Nelson
Nicholas (and Bill) at the Rotary office
Gabriel hauling backpacks for us!
Enjoying the Water Fun at the Welcome BBQ
Gabriel Bringman and Nicholas Galy are both in town.  Huge thanks to their first host families; Kelly Lane and Khash Dehgahn for Gabriel and former members Carrie and Jim Crabbe for Nicholas.  Both are considering sports at Stadium and looking forward to the school year. We hope to have them both with us at the meeting this week. 
John Schneider and Dane Meyer at Salishan installing the Little Free Library that Mark Anderson built. 
On August 8th, a new little free library installation was celebrated at Peace Lutheran Church in Tacoma's Hilltop.  The library was the result of a true community partnership: Rotary 8 Literacy Committee worked with our Hilltop partner, Tacoma Community House, to identify a location.  Rotary #8 member, Dr. Jamie Brooks, partnered with another local business, Duggan Homes on a commissioning an artist/builder who created a one-of-a-kind little library out of reclaimed materials, and Dr. Brooks and Duggan Homes held a book drive to stock this library and 4 others with hundreds of books. 
Last Sunday a crew of volunteers headed out in the Salishan neighborhood to start priming our existing libraries for an exciting new project.  The Salishan Community is partnering with artists to paint murals on each of the libraries. When the murals are done we will go back to coat the libraries with an anti-graffiti solution to keep them in tact.  The libraries will be featured in a Mural Art Walk in October during the City Arts Month. 
Stuff the Bus - We Did It!!
What a great afternoon we had last week after the meeting!  It looked like almost all 90 guests headed to the deck at the Yacht Club to pack 400 backpacks.  With the great leadership and organizational skills of John Douville we had those bags packed and loaded for delivery in just over 30 minutes.  What an amazing group of Rotarians you are, lining up to volunteer to help the students at Arlington Elementary School.  Special thanks as well to Rusty Hersey and John McMasters for providing transportation and helping with the set up at the Yacht Club.  Your next opportunity to help will be on September 5, first thing in the morning when we will gather at Arlington to hand out the backpacks. (make it a Rotary day!)   Please let John Douville know if you are able to be help. His email is
Courage Beer Garden
Thanks again to our wonderful volunteers who provided smiles, snacks and games at the Courage ride stop at Leavennworth on August 24.   Special gratitude is extended to Co-Chairs Diane Kelleher and Carolyn Weyrick
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. 
September 5 - Backpack handout at Arlington Elementary -  John Douville
Reflection-Miriam Barnett
Greeter/Roving Mic- 
Board Greeter/Roving Mic-Robin Echtle
National Anthem & 4 Way Test-Steve Smith
Piano-Steve Smith
Fine Counter-Betty Capestany
Storywriter-Jim Henderson
Meeting Sponsor-Sharon Chambers-Gordon
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
Pete Taylor - Aug 25
Ron Lunceford - Aug 26
Mike Wark - Aug 26
Jeremy Simler - Aug 27
Cindy Niemi - Aug 28
Alecia Cunningham – Aug 30
Eric Lind - Aug 30
Phil Carter - Aug 31
Scott Sutherland - Aug 31
Anniversaries to Celebrate
Christina Turner - 3 years
Diane Tilstra -7 years  
Elliot Stockstad - 12 years  
Joe Missel - 13 years  
Rick Oldenburg - 17 years  
Jeanne Werner-Spaulding - 28 years cumulative  
Bob Swanson - 28 years  
Kathy Martin - 30 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.
August 29th
The Hub-Gig Harbor
1208 26th Avenue NE
Gig Harbor
September 5
Top of Tacoma
3529 McKinley Avenue
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
Reflections from the meeting of August 22 from Kirsten Willis
At 12:05 pm President Carol Duris rang the bell to begin the August 22, 2019 Rotary Club of Tacoma #8 meeting at the Tacoma Yacht Club. The room was filled with anticipation for the program and backpack project! Jamie Brooks, Brooks Dental provided the following invocation: This year marks the 400th anniversary of the first slave ship to land on our shores in the British colony of Virginia. The lives of those first slaves and of their descendants - and of the horrifying numbers who perished in the infamous Middle Passage - have never been the same.  As I read this short poem, I would like us all to reflect on this bitter history and its lasting legacy. Reflect on whether, 400 years from that fateful landfall, the promise of our Constitution and of the 13th Amendment has been realized by so many of our fellow citizens.  
I am the American heartbreak—
Rock on which Freedom
Stumps its toe—
The great mistake
That Jamestown
Made long ago.
American Heartbreak by Langston Hughes. 
Finally, if you haven’t seen it, here is a  link to a NY Times article. It is a powerful narrative of this history and its aftermath. 
Chris Serface, Tacoma Little Theatre, accompanied on the piano by Libby Catalinich, Pierce County, led us in the Canadian National Anthem followed by our National Anthem and the Rotary Anthem, aka, 4 Way Test. Jan Brazzell , Advancement Consulting and Becky Fontaine, American Red Cross,  brought mics to visiting Rotarians & members with guests to be introduced. Kent was a visiting Rotarian from Iowa. Catie Douville, wife of John Douville, was in attendance to help with the backpacks. Speaking of backpacks, Kieran, son of Jamie Brooks is on his way to St. Martin’s College this weekend!
Next, President Carol invited Sally Glover, South Sound CARE Foundation forward as our meeting sponsor. Sally thanked the club for the recent time at the meeting for a presentation from Dr. Senecal regarding different clinical trials for cancer patients. Sally thanked many in the room for their continued support and partnerships. She also invited us to attend the Beer and Bites event on October 5th at Narrows Brewing and benefiting South Sound CARE Foundation. 
President Carol congratulated Anniversaries for the week: Hunter George,Metro Parks Tacoma-3 years, Sherri Stanton, KBTC-3 years, Rob Roth, Western WA Pathology-19 years and Stephanie Christensen, American Cancer Society-27 years.
President Carol introduced Assistant AG Jennifer Durham, to present our Program – DG Maureen Fritz-Roberts (DG Mo). After joining a Rotary Club in 2002, DG Mo first served as the District Member Chair where she was recognized as a world leader in Rotary membership. She also began Rotary Club Vision and served as the District Vision Chair. Now as District Governor she is excited to share her journey as a Rotarian and travel our District with her husband Dale.
The program presented by DG Mo was inspirational, to say the least. She shared many experiences that shaped her Rotary path to currently serving as District Governor. She reminded everyone about the 2020 Annual Rotary conference in Honolulu, Hawaii in June. Closer to home is our District Conference and Training May 15th and 16th in Victoria, B.C. Later in the presentation she did talk about our Duty of Care as Rotarians since our club works so closely with youth. She encourages every District Club to have a Youth Protection Officer ours is Kathryn Nelson, but we are also lucky to have Becky Fontaine serving on the youth protection training committee.
The majority of time, and to the great delight of the audience, was DG Mo sharing about Joy (not the same one as our amazing bookkeeper, Joy!) DG Mo’s Joy lived in Ethiopia in a very desolate and poor community, but still Joy was the happiest person ever. When Joy was connected to Rotary thru a micro-credit she was needed and was determined to find seven other neighbors to join with the Rotary program. Soon Joy received her first $50 and was able to start a bakery in her backyard to sell flatbread in the local marketplace and began to payback her loan. With time Joy was able to provide running water and a fenced yard, and more importantly her children are enrolled in school. One thing that brings Joy the most happiness is that her seven other neighbors are also thriving with their micro-credit projects which are greatly benefiting her whole community! DG Mo wants our members to share this joy and wants us to invite our fellow neighbors and family members to join us in Rotary. Rotary gives us the opportunity to do whatever we put our minds to – if the community needs something they find a Rotary Club to help. We are ordinary people who do extraordinary things with much joy!
After the presentation President Carol thanked DG Mo by making a donation in her name to the Rotary International Foundation (RIF), which we know she and Dale support as Major Donors and Bequest Society members. DG Mo has experience RI projects first hand as she has gone on three immunization trips to Ethiopia.
President Carol reminded our club that our district Governor is not the only one who supports RIF, as we could see on our tables were all of our members who gave to Rotary International last year, as well as a list of all of our Paul Harris Fellows.
Next, Rusty Hersey, Superior Linen and Kirsten Willis our PGG/Foundation Co-Chairs to came forward to recognize some members for their support of the RIF with a Paul Harris Awards presentation. As many know, Paul Harris Awards are given when donors make a cumulative gift of $1,000 to the RIF. Donations are making a difference to those that need our help the most in six areas of focus: 1. Promoting Peace 2. Fighting Disease 3. Providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene 4. Saving mothers and children 5. Supporting education  6. Growing local economies
Earning their First Paul Harris Awards were Jeremy Fogelquist, Johnson Stone & Pagano, PS, and Chuck Heaton, BCE Engineers, IncEarning his 2nd Paul Harris Award was Stephen Deal. Earning his 3rd Paul Harris Award was Glenn Everitt. And earning his 9th Paul Harris Award was Larry Tevelven, Sprague Pest Solutions.
During the past 100 years, RIF has spent $4 billion dollars on life-changing projects. The Foundation awarded over $86 million in funding to 1,306 grants last year. The areas that benefited most were education & literacy projects, disease prevention & treatment, growing local economies & water & sanitation projects.
What impact can one donation have? For as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected from polio. $50 can provide clean water to help fight waterborne illness. $500 can launch an anti-bullying campaign and create a safe environment for children Thanks was extended to all donors and a suggestion made to sign up to support RIF today by using your Project Greater Good (PGG) pledge form!
President Carol called for True Confessions which were plentiful, and I failed to gather all the good news and updates celebrated – come next week to see all the great info that you miss by not attending the weekly meetings. And if you have already made it this far in the notes then maybe you are just waiting to see it come to an end!
President Carol  had a special thanks to our members who spent time organizing everything for our Stuff the Bus Project and for those folks who volunteered at St. Vincent dePaul and for those  who will be volunteering at Leavenworth for the Courage Ride and or here in town with our Literacy Committee who will be priming Little Free Libraries on Sunday!
Please join us for a wonderful program featuring Peter Rogoff, CEO of Sound Transit on August 29. It was time to hear about the backpacks and John Douville, Windermere, gave us the run down on our Stuff the Bus Project. At 12:59 pm President Carol rang the bell to close the meeting and invited us be People of Action as we adjourned to pack 400 backpacks for the students at Arlington Elementary School.
Paul Harris Fellows; Jeremy Fogelquist, Stephen Deal, Larry Treleven, Chuck Heaton, Glenn Everitt and DG Maureen Fritz-Roberts

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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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Sep 05, 2019
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