Thursday, March 14, 2019
Thursday at 5 March 14
Bellarmine Prep is looking forward to welcoming you to our campus on Thursday March 14th for this month’s Rotary 8’s THURSDAYS AT 5 meeting.  We will be hosting everyone in our recently opened Connelly Campus Center.  With 13 Rotarians that are Bellarmine alums and several more Bellarmine parents we are grateful to have the chance to show off our Campus and enjoy an evening with our fellow Rotarians. 
We will be serving light hors d’oeuvres and beer and wine.
Please sign up today so we know how many will be coming. Thank you!
WHAT:  Thursday at 5
WHEN:  Thursday, March 14th – 5pm to 7pm
WHERE:  Bellarmine Preparatory School – Connelly Campus Center 2300 S. Washington
PARKING: in front of our Campus Center.   
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions!  See you next week!
Rob Modarelli
Bellarmine Prep
Dean Hanks
VP of Development
Bellarmine Prep
Thursday at 5 at Bellarmine
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Dorothy Perkins and Shauna Hansen -  Immigrants in Detention
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David Hirschberg- RAIN
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The Co-Chairs of our Vocational Services Committee, Missy Zenczak and Andrew Imholt are busy planning our next Business Expo scheduled for Thursday, April 25, during our regular meeting time.  This is your chance to sponsor a booth for $150 and let members know all about your business.  There will be a planning meeting on Friday, March 15 at 10 at the United Way offices contact Missy at if you are interested in helping us make this the best Expo ever!
2019 Rotarian of the Year Nominations Sought
Each year, our club recognizes a Rotarian who has provided exemplary service to the club and to our community.  It is that time of year again – we are now seeking nominations from our membership for our 2019 Rotarian of the Year. 
So put on your thinking caps and nominate someone to be our 2019 Rotarian of the Year.  To do so, complete a nomination form available at meetings or use this link and send it to Immediate Past President Mark Anderson ( or to the Rotary 8 Office (  (The fine print:  Past Rotarians of the Year, the current President, and Past Presidents are not eligible for selection as Rotarian of the Year.)  
Please submit any nominations no later than the close of business Friday, March 29 (after that, we’re all getting ready for the next night’s big event – the Mission Possible Auction!).  The Past Presidents will meet immediately following the Rotary meeting on Thursday, April 18 to go over all the nominations and select the next worthy recipient of this prestigious award. 
The recipient of this year’s Rotarian of the Year award will be honored at our lunch meeting on Thursday, May 16, where he or she will receive a Paul Harris Fellowship and tremendous adulation, followed by thundering applause, all in recognition of their outstanding service.  That evening, they will also be treated to a first-rate dinner in the company of Past Rotarians of the Year.
Although many are deserving, only one can be honored as our Rotarian of the Year.  Please take the time to nominate our club’s most commendable Rotarian.
After an amazingly successful auction to fund the house, many months with work parties and yummy food to give the crews energy the day arrived and hearts were warmed to know that once again our club has had an incredible impact in our community. 
The next opportunity to volunteer will be on March 23 from 12-230 and then another repack on April 6. Sign up sheets will be at the meeting on 3-21 or contact Gil Quante or Jim Whitacre with questions.  
Whistler Vacation
San Juan's in Style with Past President Ray
Procurement Deadline
The deadline is for turning in your forms was March 8, but we will continue to take them through the end of this week.  We have had promises from many, but need the procurement forms in now! Please turn them in at the meeting this week, or email them to the office. We really need everything in hand no later than March 15! Although we are in temporary space at the Armory (1001 Yakima Ave, Suite 9A) we are able to accept your items now.  The office is open this week Monday and Tuesday 10-2 and Wednesday through Friday 8-5.  The doors on the Nollmeyer side of the building are unlocked during business hours. If you come to the 11th St. doors you will need to call the office number and we will meet you at the door.
Time to make those reservations!
You should have received your invitations by now and we hope that you have 9 friends to join you to fill a table.  Our goal is to have a room full of generous Rotarians and their friends who will join together to enjoy good company and purchase amazing items.  The party will be great ! You can call or email the office to reserve your spot, or drop off your RSVP card at a meeting. Let's make this a night to remember. 


$10,000 - Fallout
Financial Insights
$7,500 - Ghost Protocol
Timberland Bank
Titus Will Auto Group
$5,000 - Rogue Nation
Dimmer Family Foundation
Rusty George Creative
Johnson Stone & Pagano PS
Kathryn Nelson
Union Bank
John & Audrey West
$2,500 - Ethan Hunt
Cole Graphic Solutions
Cornerstone Financial Services
Superior Linen
Tacoma Screw 
Carol & Chris Webster
$1,500 - Peter Graves
Banner Bank
Catalyst Workplace Activation
DP & C
Express Employment
Moss Adams
Cap Pearson
$1,000 - IM Force
Advancement Consulting
Albers and Company
Artistic Plastic Surgery
Sharon & Barry Benson
Marsha & Andrew Burns
Cascade Park Communities
Community Health Care
Jim & Enid Harris
Heritage Bank
Homestreet Bank
Roger Lilley
Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Foundation
Buck & Joane Thompson
Trusteed Plans Service Corporation
The Rotary office is at the Armory, 1001 Yakima, Suite 9A.
We are occupying temporary space while our office is being completed, but we are managing fine! We are so grateful for the crews that helped over the last month to make this happen! Jeff Albers, Mark Anderson, Linda Kaye Briggs, Carol Duris, Jace Dwinell, Cindy Grady, Rusty Hersey, Jeff Gellert, Harrison Laird, Sally Leighton, Melissa Malott,  John McMasters, Dane Meyer, Stacey Ogle, Gil Quante, Charley Rance, Jeff Rounce, Cap Pearson, Larry Treleven, Di Trenh, Alex Trettin and Kirsten Willis.  
Harrison Laird, and the Membership Committee announced that so far this year we have added 26 amazing new members, but they don't want us resting on our laurels. They have challenged club members to help us grow our membership by 45 new members this year. If you have a prospective member please invite them to join you for lunch, the club will host them for their first visit. Please register your guest online or with the office and pick up the membership packet when you come to the meeting. We need to include guests in our meal count to the Yacht Club.   There are incentives for you as well.  Any member who proposes a new member  will be entered into a drawing for a weekend at Cedarbrook and will receive a restaurant discount coupon. Give the gift of Rotary to someone you know!
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 
Roger Lee - Mar 10
Mark Lindquist - Mar 10
Tracy Peacock - Mar 10
Cathy Hall - Mar 12
Jim Whitacre - Mar 14
John West - Mar 16
Anniversaries to Celebrate 
George Pilant - 5 years
Marsha Burns -7 years  
Geoff Oakley - 1 year
Carolyn Else - 30 years
Bob Fredrickson - 13 years
Social at Cooks Tavern in November
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.
March 14th
Thursday at 5
March 21
Foley’s on the Green  
March Madness All day long
7108 Lakewood Drive West
Tacoma, WA
March 28th
Mediterranean Gyro Grill
3555 Market Place
University Place
Reflections from the meeting of March 7 by Jim Henderson
President Linda Kaye Briggs rang the bell right at 12 Noon at the weekly meeting of Tacoma #8 Rotary at the Tacoma Yacht Club.  Dean Carrell, Pierce County Library Foundation gave an insightful invocation talking about everyone is welcome to the Rotary Family.  Ali Criss, Financial Insights, led us in the national anthem and the four way test, accompanied on the piano by Jack Warnick.  Today’s meeting was sponsored by Dan Bogart, Banner Bank.
Visiting Rotarians and guests were asked to stand as Kierra Phifer, Puget Sound Energy and Tim Smith, Custom Impressions brought mics around. One of the visiting Rotarians was from the Des Moines Iowa Rotary Club.
Carol Webster then came forward, representing the Grants Committee to award the second round of Grants for this Rotary Year.  Carol reminded everyone that proceeds from our annual auction is what allows us to provide funding to serve hundreds of needy folks in our community.  Grant recipients included St. Leo’s Backpack Program which serves over 1,000 students; the Neighborhood Clinic which offers a free urgent care clinic; Palmer’s Scholars where students in Junior and Senior High School are helped and matched with a mentor; the Nutritional Food Program of the Boys and Girls Club where the grant will provide over 4,000 meals; and Hilltop Scholars of Peace Community Center.
President Linda Kaye then asked Jan Brazzell to come forward to provide the club an update on our membership drive.  Since July 2018, the start of our Rotary year, we have had a net gain of 26 members.  Jan reminded us to keep proposing prospective members and President Linda Kaye asked those who have not proposed a new member or brought a prospective new member to a meeting to put $2 on the table.
Alex Trettin from Travel Leaders came forward to celebrate birthday for the month of March. Present to celebrate were new member Bill Duppenthaler, Jerry McLaughlin, Past President Jim Whitacre, John West, Karena Kirkendall and Carla Santorno.   Each member told us what they were their favorite hobbies at age 18, 28 and today.
President Linda Kaye then asked Dean Hanks, Bellarmine Prep, and Past President Jim Henderson to come forward an invite members to attend next week’s Thursdays at 5, at Bellarmine Prep.  Everyone will be hosted in the recently opened Connelly Campus Center.  Dean said there are 13 members of our club who are alums from Bellarmine, along with many former Bellarmine parents.  Jim said he was a graduate in 1964 and valued the excellent education he received and the social conscience which was fostered by the Jesuit education.
President Linda Kaye then called on Hunter George, Tacoma Parks, to come forward to introduce today’s speaker, Melannie Denise Cunningham, who is 2018 Greater Tacoma Peace Laureate, and the 253 Peace Queen.  She is a lifelong activist for racial reconciliation and sees each other as humans and finds the connection with others. She had the opportunity to go to Norway for the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, and represented the 253. Melannie has her MBA from Pacific Lutheran University, and feels a connection to all and the community.  She follows the concept that all are created equal.  During the trip to Norway, she did a blog every day and has made a documentary of the trip which will be shown on public TV station KBTC on September 21. She thanked Tacoma #8 for having her as the meeting speaker and received a standing ovation for her remarks.
Linda Kaye then recognized members who are celebrating service anniversaries this week:  Joyce Glavish – 2 years; Carla Santorno – 6 years; John Bailey – 7 years; Andrew Imholt – 7 years cumulative; Mark Starnes – 8 years; Chung Lee – 12 years; Ann Voves – 20 years; Pamela Transue – 29 years; and Past President Fred Moisio – 40 years.
We were reminded that the dedication for the ‘House that Rotary Built’ – for Habitat for Humanity, will be this Saturday, March 9, and an upcoming food repack on March 23 for EFN.  President Linda Kaye thanked those members who helped move the Rotary Office to the new space at the Tacoma Armory.  We were also reminded that the tradition in the club for paying birthday fines is $1 for every year.
There was time for True Confessions.  Coming forward were Ali Criss – who said she has been away but has been doing some sky diving; Jennifer Weddermann – who talked about two nonprofits she is involved in – RAGS and Girl Scouts; Deb Robinett – some trips and country #36 she has visited; Monique Nadeau – celebrating a new job at MultiCare; Christina Turner – a new job also at MultiCare for the Foundations; Amy Wigstrom – interim job completed on Vashon Island; Maureen Fife – thanks for all the Rotarians who attended the recent Habitat for Humanity Lunch and for the Habitat House; and Larry Hosley – his wife was the Tacoma Peace Prize winner two years ago and also went to Norway and the awards ceremony.
President Linda Kaye thanked Dean for the invocation Ali and Jack for the music, Dan Bogart and Banner Bank for sponsoring the meeting. Thanked again Ms. Cunningham for all she is doing in the community and receiving the Tacoma Peace Prize.
We were reminded about next week’s Thursdays at 5 at Bellarmine, and that tonight’s social is at Fujiya, 1125 Court C.   Now go out and Reignite your Rotary.  The meeting was adjourned at 12:57pm.

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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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Mar 19, 2019 5:00 PM
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Mar 21, 2019 11:00 AM
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Mar 21, 2019
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Mar 23, 2019
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Board of Directors Meeting
Tacoma Yacht Club
Mar 25, 2019
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
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5401 Yacht Club Road
Mar 28, 2019
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Mission Possible Auction
Greater Tacoma Convention Center
Mar 30, 2019
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Community Service Grants Committee Meeting
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Apr 04, 2019 7:30 AM
PGG - Foundations
Tacoma Yacht Club
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