Thursday, December 27, 2018

Take the time this week to enjoy family and friends.  We are so grateful that you have chosen to express your heart for service and generosity through your membership in this club.  We look forward to more opportunities to make a difference in our local and global communities in the new year. 

Executive Coach, Cosette Pfaff
Start the year right,  learning about making resolutions
Use this link for our January 3 meeting at the Yacht Club
Use this link for Thursdays at 5 at Pierce County Courts
UW President Ani Mari Cauce
Use this link for the January 17 meeting
December 27
Do you already have the meeting blocked out on your calendar? Do you need an extra attendance credit? Keep that meeting on your schedule and join us for an open house at the Rotary Office between 11-3. We will have holiday refreshments, and time to socialize.  BUT WAIT!!! We would also like your help labeling books for the Little Free Libraries and helping us begin the process of purging files and organizing for the move from our office space. 
Rusty & Gil                    Whitney, Stacey & Di
Jeremy & Jeff
Thanks to our great members who were out on Friday 12-21  ringing the bells for Salvation Army.   Gil Quante, Rusty Hersey, Jim Whitacre, Ann Voves , John Schneider, Carlyn Roy, Rob Pfarr, Tina Vasen, Jamie Brooks, Rusty George,  Dan Bogart, Whitney Grisaffi, Stacey Ogle, Di Trenh,  Jeff Lovely, Jeremy Fogelquist and  Julie Foley
Outstanding pledge statements are being sent at year end. If you have any questions regarding your accounts please contact Joy at the Rotary Office.  At this time of year, many members decide to make year-end donations.  If you are interested in giving to the Tacoma Rotary Foundation or to the club’s fundraising account we must have your check or credit card number for processing by noon on December 31.  We are just a little short of where we were last year with gifts to support Project Greater Good. Please consider joining with the 127 members who have already made a pledge!
If you would like to make a donation to Rotary International Foundation please contact them directly here. If you are sending a check it must be postmarked on December 31 in order for it to count as a 2018 donation. Their mailing address is: 
The Rotary Foundation
14280 Collections Center Dr.
Chicago, IL 60693
Membership Proposal
Unless written objections are submitted to the Board within 10 days of this posting, the following individual will be invited to membership: 
Noah Baskett
ASSN:SOC SVC - Human Services
Tacoma Rescue Mission
Sponsor: Fred Matthaei
 Rotary 8 Members whose workplaces are the County City Building (CCB) and/or the Courts located therein, are EXCITED to welcome you to the January 10, 2019 meeting held at the CCB.   We will be featuring the newly installed Courthouse History Project which shows the four sites of County Courts and government since 1852 to present.  We will also have brief welcomes and information from leaders of the entities whose employees daily populate the premises. Delicious eats catered by Stadium Thriftway and lots of time to socialize with your fellow Rotarians and guests.  Please sign up and come to this unique rotary meeting!!
Science Olympiad
It's that time of year again when we need to recruit volunteers to assist us on Saturday, January 12, at Curtis Middle School for the Science Olympiad.  We will need 15-20 members who can assist us with a variety of tasks.  Writing tests (prior to the event) event registration and proctoring at the event.  Please contact Gil Quante at if you can help.  We will also have sign up sheets available at upcoming meetings.  Thanks to those who signed up already - Cynthia Darland, Diane  Kelleher, Roger Lilley, Rob Pfarr, Gil Quante and Jim Whitacre. 
Welcome to our newest member
Di Trenh
Di was introduced by his sponsor Stacey Ogle at our meeting on December 20.  He works for Bank of America as an AVP in Business Banking.  With his clever introduction we learned that his name is pronounced "D" and his family emigrated to Seattle from China 28 years ago and have owned a restaurant where Di started working at an early age.  We learned that the number 8 is very lucky in the Chinese Culture, and we are lucky that Di has chosen to join our club. He and his wife and  3 year old daughter live in Puyallup. Be sure and ask him about his daughters resume when you introduce yourself!
The Pandaka committee would like to thank the following individuals for jumping in to mentor our new members. We truly appreciate you! If you would like to mentor a new member (we have a lot in the pipeline) please reach out to Amanda Weidman at
Barry Benson, Jan Brazzell, Linda Kaye Briggs, Brien Elvins, Whitney Grisaffi, Maria Harlow,  Jim Henderson, Harrison Laird, Monique Nadeau, Gil Quante, Elliot Stockstad, Carol Webster, Jim Whitacre and Kirsten Willis
Watch for our next group of Pandaka’s who will graduate in January!!
The Giving Tree Is Empty - The Gifts Are Delivered and You Made the Holidays Bright!
The members below helped make holiday wishes come true by purchasing a gift card or shopping for a child in need. Thank you for your generosity. 
Janet & Skip Anderson. Miriam Barnett, Kim Bedier, Michael Bitterling, Dan Bogart, Linda Kaye Briggs, Jamie Brooks, Marsha Burns, Betty Capestany, Dean Carrell, Libby Catalinich, Angela & Jack Connelly, Peter Darling, Stephen Deal, John Douville, Michael Dunbar, Jace Dwinell, Robin Echtle, Bryan Flint, Becky Fontaine, Bob Fredrickson, Brenda Gasper, Jeffrey Gellert, Hunter George, Rusty George, Sally Glover, Cynthia Grady, Whitney Grisaffi, Donald Hansen, Maria Harlow, Lori Harnick, Enid & Jim Harris, Donna Haynes, Chris Hays, James Henderson, Rusty Hersey, Corey Hjalseth, Michele Johnson, Diane Kelleher, Harrison Laird, Shanna LaMar, Kelly Lane, Linn Larsen, Sally Leighton, Roger Lilley, Marty Lough, Fred Matthaei, Mary McNally, Dane Meyer, Monique Nadeau, Peter Norman, Stacey Ogle, Mary Lynn Pannen, Gil Quante, Annie Ramirez, Debbie Regala, Michelle Roberts, Jeff Rounce, Carlyn Roy, Evelyn Ryberg, John Schneider, Stephen Smith, Sherri Stanton, Patrick Steel, Buck Thompson, Diane Tilstra, Alex Trettin, Rick Triggs, Christina Turner, Joy Vivar-Beeks, Carol Webster, Jennifer Weddermann, Amanda Weidman, Carolyn Weyrick, Kathi Willis, Kirsten Willis, Scott Winship, John Winskill and Clay Zhang.
Saturday December 15  we joined with the Lakewood Rotary club to pack break 1000 bags for students and their families for their Christmas break.  Thanks to the following members who gave up some time on Saturday afternoon! Jamie BrooksMarsha Burns, Whitney Grisaffi, Jeremy Fogelquist, Gil Quante, Greg Rolsma, Carol  Webster, Jennifer Wedderman and Jim Whitacre .  
Fred Moisio - South Tacoma
Reflection -  
Greeter/Roving Mic - John Gaines
Greeter/Roving Mic - Jackie Farrar
National Anthem & 4 Way Test -  Elliot Stockstad
Fine Counter -  Dan Bogart
Storywriter - Jim Henderson
Introduction - Missy Zenczak
Meeting Sponsor - Project Committee
AV Assistant - Jeff Rounce
Extra Greeters -  Jace Dwinell and Cindy Niemi
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 
George Pilant -  Dec 26
Emily Happy -  Dec 28
Anniversaries to Celebrate 
Social at Cooks Tavern 11-1
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.
January 3, 2019
Happy New Year!  No social
January 17
The Spar
2121 N 30th
Tacoma, WA
January 24
721 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA
Janaury 31
4102 S 56th Street
Tacoma, WA
Reflections from the meeting of December 20 from Brenda Gasper
President Linda Kaye rang the bell at 12:05 followed by the invocation provided by Miriam Barnett, of the YWCA. She shared with the club how today marks the beginning of more daylight in our days and then encouraged us to live with light in our lives! Chris Serface, Tacoma Little Theatre, led us in the National Anthem followed by the 4-Way Test.
Sharon Benson of Windermere Partners and Byron Okutsu of Multicare brought mics around so guests could be introduced. There were many family members in attendance this week including the spouses of Corey Hjalseth, Pete Taylor, Cynthia Darland and Mike Dunbar.  We also had the company of the host families for our exchange students as well as a perspective member.
President Linda Kaye introduced Stacey Ogle, Cole Graphic Solutions, who introduced our newest member Di Trenh. Di shared with us that he is a business banker and grew up working in his families Chinese Restaurant from a very young age. He told how that experience gave him a strong appreciation for how important time spent with family is. He has a 3-year-old daughter. It was obvious he will be a thoughtful and positive addition to our club.
President Linda Kaye gave the podium to the meeting sponsor, Shanna LaMar of College Success Foundation. Her foundation works to impact students of marginalized groups. They offer support, counseling and scholarships. She was proud to introduce in attendance at the lunch, Linda Tran, who was a recipient and recent college graduate. Through their work they are working to stop the generational cycle of poverty through education.
President Linda Kaye introduced James Harper of St.Leo’s Food Connection who presented the Auction Mission Moment. James presentation highlighted how impactful the work we do is, and is made possible with our Auction proceeds. Through our community services grants program we have helped provide 21,000 meals to children in need. It is especially important because 1 in 7 in Washington struggle for the food they need to survive daily. The meals provided help improve the emotional, physical and academic well being of those children.
President Linda Kaye acknowledged the following anniversaries: Annie Ramirez,Van Sawin, Gretchen Adams, Alex Trettin, Peter Comfort, Carlyn Roy, Don Hansen, Corey Hjalseth, John Spencer, Barry Benson and Jim Whitacre.
President Linda Kaye turned the program over to Chris Serface for our Holiday Program which also featured our exchange students, Jacob and Renata. Chris and his cast of singers, entertained us with a historical look at Christmas songs starting with “Santa Clause is Coming to Town”. We learned that “Do you Hear What I Hear” was inspired by the Cuban Missile Crisis and we enjoyed a duet and some solos. Renata shared that in Paraguay, Christmas Eve dinner is the highlight of the holiday. Also, a tree isn’t that important. The Nativity is the most important symbol and decoration. Gifts are not exchange until January 6th during epiphany. Jacob shared that he has noticed how much earlier in the season we start the festivities and that we have more lights in the US as opposed to Norway. In Norway, gifts are opened after dinner on Christmas Eve. He also misses being able to celebrate a white Christmas as it is always snowy in Norway.
Maria Harlow made the Fireside Announcement encouraging folks to attend or host on January 22 at 6:00pm. Gil Quante announced the need for volunteers for the Science Olympiad on January 12th. President Linda Kaye reminded members that today is the last day to sign up for tickets to Scrooge on 12/27. We have 34 members and guests signed up. Use the signup sheet in the bucket if you wish to join us! She thanked everyone who will be ringing bells for the Salvation Army tomorrow at Farellis at Point Ruston, Katie Downs and the Harmon on Pacific. She encouraged everyone to be sure to drop by and help them fill their buckets. She also announced the office is closed for the holidays on Monday and Tuesday next week. Because there is not a meeting, the office will be open on Thursday 12-27 for anyone looking for some fun and invited volunteers in to label books for the Little Free Libraries and start going through our storage area and begin purging and cleaning.
Our social is at CI Shenanigans 3017 Ruston Way. She also thanked everyone for signing up for our meetings online or calling the office so that the Yacht Club can plan our meals as needed. She did emphasize that there is still some room for improvement at the attendance has not been exactly consistent with RSVP's. Yellow registration forms on the tables can be filled out in advance for making it convenient. 
President Linda Kaye wished all members happy holidays and encouraged everyone to attend a great meeting on January 3 when we will learn from our very own coaching expert Cosette Pfaff who will show us the way to meaningful New Year’s resolutions as individuals, as well as resolutions for how Rotary 8 will serve the community in 2019!

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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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Better New Year’s Resolutions for yourself AND your Rotary Club
Jan 17, 2019
President, University of Washinton
Jan 24, 2019
Foldscopes in Asia with the Help of Rotary #8
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Community Service Grants Committee Meeting
Sound Options
Jan 03, 2019 7:30 AM
Literacy Committee
Red Elm
Jan 03, 2019
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Membership Recruitment Committee
Eastside Community Center
Jan 03, 2019 11:15 AM
Cosette Pfaff Weekly Meeting Speaker
Tacoma Yacht Club
Jan 03, 2019
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM
PGG - Foundations
Eastside Community Center - After Lunch
Jan 03, 2019 1:00 PM
Projects Committee Meeting
Jan 04, 2019 8:15 AM
Executive Committee Meeting
Jan 08, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Classification Committee Meeting
Rotary office
Jan 08, 2019 11:45 AM
Rotary Meeting - Thursdays at 5!
Pierce County Courts & Government
Jan 10, 2019
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Rotary Youth Exchange Committee
Tacoma Yacht Club (before lunch)
Jan 17, 2019 11:00 AM
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