Thursday, January 30, 2020
VOL. NINETY SIX,  Issue 31
Lorraine Ralston - Census 2020
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Hear about groundbreaking 2020 Census operations, help ensure a complete count for Pierce County, and avoid fraud and scams.
February 6- Black History Month
Lyle Quasim & T'wina Nobles
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February 13 Thursday at 5
Northwest Furniture Bank
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We have turned in our count, but if you want to join us please call the office on Monday. Tickets are only $75. It's going to be an amazing evening. 
Please don't miss this opportunity to say congratulations to our Lifetime Achievement Award winner Past President and Past District Governor Jim Harris who has done so much for Rotary over his over 40 years in the club
The party will be Wednesday, January 29 at 5:30 at the Hotel Murano Bicentennial Pavilion, and you will want to be there, after all we only have one time that we will celebrate this milestone day! Join your friends, the District Governor, Our County Executive and Mayor and more!!  Use this link to register for our anniversary dinner.  Joy will send you an invoice, tickets are $75 or you can make a note in your reservation to charge your card on file. Please be sure to let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.  Dress is business or cocktail, unless you happen to have some 1910 period clothing in your closet!
The auction needs each one of us to be involved in some way to bring in the revenue we need to fund all of the charitable works of the club.  Sharon Benson is leading a stellar group of volunteers, but there is still plenty of time for you to lend a hand, please let Sharon know if you are able to help!  Mike Dunbar and Jacki Farrar are recruiting sponsors this year.  Special thanks to those who have already told us they are in again; Peter Darling, Timberland Bank, Banner Bank, Multicare, Wilson Albers, Superior Linen, Kathryn Nelson and our lead sponsor Mike Dunbar of Financial Insights.  Sponsorship forms are available at the meetings or on our home page where there is a link to download a form.  Cindy Grady is busy looking for unique items for our live and silent auction.  We are so grateful to members who are able to donate from their own business or from friends. Kirsten Willis is taking care of the desserts and rumor has it that we have some delicious items coming from the new Tacoma Baking Company. Rusty Hersey is helping with procurement and day of transportation needs. Miriam Barnett will manage the volunteers that evening. Carolyn Weyrick and Stacey Ogle are working on decorations. Christina Turner is managing the raffle. Stephen Deal is helping with audience engagement. Chris Serface will MC the evening.  Our wonderful Rusty George is helping with all of the design and printing needs. Be sure you have May 2 on your calendar!!
Membership Proposal
Unless written objections are submitted to the Board within 10 days of this posting, the following individual  will be invited to membership: 
Kristin Ang
ASSNS: Port of Tacoma
Sponsor: Don Meyer
Saturday Sorting at St. Vinnies
Our next opportunity to help out with a sort will be Saturday February 8 from 10-1.  Another chance to spend time with fellow Rotarians making a difference in our community.  We will have sign-up sheets available the next couple of meetings or you can email Jim Whitacre at


Your next opportunity to enjoy fellowship in the home of a Rotarian will be on Tuesday February 11.  Maria Harlow is busy collecting the names of hosts and guests.  We will continue to have sign-up at sheets at the weekly meetings oryou can email Maria and let her know that you are interested in participating, Her email is  You can also sign up using this link. 

We have an opportunity in February to serve breakfast at the Tacoma Rescue Mission's downtown campus on Saturday, February 22 from 6 am-9 am. This is a critical volunteer shift and one that is oftentimes hard to fill, but we are confident that our Rotary Early Risers will be ready to help!!  All volunteers must fill out a volunteer form No Later Than February 14, 2020, by using the link  right hereSeth Kaplowitz is leading our efforts so please email him at or let the office know at if you are able to lend a hand. We need about 12 volunteers and we are getting close!!! Please warm your heart with this great opportunity. We will also have sign up sheets at upcoming meetings. 
Reflection-Miriam Barnett
Board Greeter/Roving Mic- Linda Kaye Briggs
Board Greeter/Roving Mic-
National Anthem & 4 Way Test-Chris Serface
Piano-Jack Warnick
Fine Counter-Nick Frank
Storywriter-Brenda Gasper
Meeting Sponsor-Greer Todhunter
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
Lin Zhou - Jan 26
Robin Echtle - Jan 27
Carroll Dickson - Jan 29
Nico Galy – Jan 29
Carolyn Else - Jan 31
Sharon Jaffee - Jan 31
Rick Oldenburg - Jan 31
Anniversaries to Celebrate
Lin Zhou – 1 year 
Heather Faverman - 6 years
Mike Wark - 10  years 
Mary Lynn Pannen - 25 years 
John West - 54 years 
Larry Treleven - Seattle 4
Social at The Table
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 30
Katie Downs
3211 Ruston Way
Reflections from Jan. 23 by Andrew Imholt
Past President Ray rang the bell and so began the January 24th, 2020. Carol Webster provided the invocation, followed by Jan Brazzell who lead us in the National Anthem and the 4 way test accompanied by Libby Catalinich on Piano. Pat Steel generously sponsored the day’s meeting and gave the time to Miriam Barnett of the YWCA. The YWCA transforms the lives of domestic violence survivors through safety, healing, and empowerment.
While the meeting picked-up speed, Rotary 8 members signed a card that was being circulated for Gordon Pickering who was recently hospitalized and now recovering at home.
We had a fair number of guests in attendance who were introduced by members who were given microphones by Linda Kaye Briggs and Christina Turner. We hope to see more and more guests at each and every meeting!
Past President Ray acknowledged the following anniversaries for the prior and current week: Kierra Phifer-1 Year, Libby Catalinich-5 years, Amanda Weidman- 5 Years Cumulative, Shanna LaMar- 6 Years, Brian Haynes - 15 Years, Brett Thomas -15 years, Jeff Albers-21 Years, Stacey Ogle-30 Years, George Howe -34 Years
Dona Ponepinto was called up next by Past President Ray and introduced new member Emily Mendez-Bryant. Emily is the new Development Director for the United Way of Pierce County. Emily greeted our club with a warm “aloha” and is excited about this new chapter of her life in Tacoma. Emily served as past president of the Rotary Club of Kona Mauka in 2007. Pretty cool!
Rusty Hersey and Kirsten Willis were up next to present 13 Paul Harris awards! Rusty was excited to announce that The Project Greater Good Committee has exceeded their goal of raising $75,000 and are now at $87,500 with 60% club participation!
Jacki Farrar came to the podium to announce an exciting “Love your Rotary” Challenge presented by the engagement committee. Starting in February, there will be a points/reward system for attendance, bringing guests, attending Firesides and many other ways to stay engaged with our club. More information on the details to follow soon!
Maria Harlow followed with an update and reminder for the upcoming Winter Firesides on 2/11/20.
Past President Ray called upon Gil Quante to introduce our speaker, Aaron Shmookler from The Yes Works. The Yes Works teach the tools and techniques of Adeptabilty to support workplace transformation to make work a place of inspiration, collaboration, innovation and fulfillment for everyone.
Aaron’s presentation focused on the idea of the “Princess and the Pea Principle”. Essentially, Aaron suggested that we cultivate sensitivity in our daily lives to either irritants or unmet needs and gave us techniques to address each. Aaron gave the group some time to discuss our day up until our meeting, and we helped identify if we had any “irritants” or “unmet needs” since the day had begun. It was a lively and informative discussion! Learn more about The Yes Works at Past President Ray thanked Aaron for his time and presentation and made a donation in his name to the Rotary International Foundation.
There were some very exciting, encouraging and humorous True Confessions before Past President Ray reminded members that there were sign-up forms for the Tacoma Rescue Mission Breakfast service on 2/22/20 from 6am-9am.
Past President Ray thanked Carol for offering the reflection, Pat for being our meeting sponsor and final thanks to Jan and Libby for the wonderful Music.
We learned that next meeting we would be hearing from Lorraine Ralston who will give a presentation about Census 2020 and all club members were encouraged to attend the 110th Anniversary at the Hotel Murano-Bicentennial Pavilion on 1/29/20 where we will honor Jim Harris and celebrate all that this club has accomplished over 110 years.
The meeting was adjourned promptly at 1:00pm and we left to go out and be People of Action!

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Feb 06, 2020 11:00 AM
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