Thursday, July 5, 2018
Stay tuned for July 12 when Linda Kaye Briggs takes the podium
Sympathy and Warm Thoughts
Extending our deepest sympathy to long time member Lee Gingrich, whose wife Elizabeth "Pudd" Gingrich recently passed away. 
What a wonderful year filled with accomplishments! Below are some pictures to help you recall what an amazing year we have had.
Projects Galore!
$32,000 In Scholarships
$85,000 in Grants
Literacy Hard at Work 
Little Free Libraries and Over 10,000 Books
World Community Services $20,000  in Grants
Rotary Youth Exchange
Along with what you have seen above we have wonderful new members and some sad losses.  An amazing auction that will fund all of our good works this year.  Success in Project Greater Good and Foundation support with members showing their generosity. A Veterans Day program that honored our dedicated club members who have served and continue to serve our country. Insightful and inspiring programs. Each and every member of this club contributed to our success, we are truly fortunate to have you!!
We Need Volunteers from Tacoma #8 Rotary to be Rotary Carnies at Camp Goodtimes on July 19 
Our club has sponsored a Carnival for the day for kids with cancer and their siblings. It brings fun and enjoyment for the kids, and we have a blast as well! We will need 30 volunteers, and we guarantee that this is an opportunity to have fun while helping others. All volunteers must be over 17. Ann Voves at is the chair of the event and will have sign up sheets at our meetings. Thanks to those who have signed up; Cynthia Darland (+1), Peter DarlingMike Dunbar, Maria HarlowDonna Haynes, Robin Lucas (+1), Fred Matthaei, Mary McNally, Geoff Oakley, Charley Rance, Greg Rolsma (+1), Michelle Roberts, Gil Quante (+1) Pat Steel, Carolyn Weyrick (+1) and Jim Whitacre. 
Special thanks to Maria Harlow and our wonderful boat captains, linesmen and first mates for a wonderful event! 
New Members in June
Jack & Angela Connelly
DeAnne Hamilton & Jennifer Wedderman
Brenda Gasper & Rick Triggs     
Other new members who joined us this year include; Bruce Dammeier, Karena Kirkendoll, Lori Harnick, Cosette Pfaff, Annie Ramirez, Erick Kramer, Veronica Rollins, Tony Belot, Sharon Jaffee, Tina Vasen, Geoff Oakley, Frank Dacca, Dean Hanks, Robert Modarelli, Sabrina Ahrens and Sally Glover
We have our two students, Renata from Paraguay and Jacob from Norway preparing to arrive in Tacoma by the end of August in order to enroll at Stadium High School. Youth Exchange needs two host families approved and ready to go by August 1st. 
The application process takes a minimum of two weeks to gain approval as a host family. Each family hosts one of the incoming students for a period of 3 months. If you can't do it, perhaps you have a friend or family member that might be interested!
Renata and Jacob are eager to meet their first host family. We will need 3 host families per student for the exchange year. Our wonderful In Bound RYE expert, Diane Tilstra can help you prepare for this engaging experience. You may be surprised to see how easy it is to host a student. Please call Diane at 206-948-8309 or email: if you want more information! 
Membership Proposal
Unless written objections are submitted to the Board within 10 days of this posting, the following individual will be invited to membership: 
Alex Davis
iCallengeLife Group LLC
Sponsor: Mark Anderson
There are clipboards at every meeting for you to sign up to help out!
--Leading the National Anthem & Four Way Test
--Giving the Moment of Reflection
--Playing piano
--Assisting with Audio/Visual
--Greeter and Roving Mic
--Sponsoring a meeting
Birthdays to Celebrate 
Susan  Barbeau -  July 5
Maureen Fife - July 7
The House that Rotary Built
We had a wonderful meeting on June 7 as we presented a reproduction of our check to Habitat for Humanity.   We have learned that the house we will be building is in Tillicum and that our efforts will begin this summer.  Maureen Fife and Elliot Stockstad delivered the  "wall of hope" stud, which will be at our meetings for each of us to sign and will then be placed in the house we construct.  There will be opportunities throughout the summer for all of us to be involved.  Can't swing a hammer or pound a nail, or raise a wall?  Maybe you can serve refreshments to the workers.  This is going to be a wonderful opportunity for us to all work side by side and change lives in Pierce County!
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.
July 5, 2018
Happy 4th of July no social !
July 12, 2018
Boathouse 19
9001 S 19th Street
Tacoma, WA
July 19th, 2018
Camp Goodtimes celebration!
Anthony’s Point Defiance
5910 N Waterfront Drive
Tacoma, WA
Enjoying the Social at Primo
Reflections from the meeting of June 28 from Kirsten Willis
The annual Turnover Program for the Rotary Club of Tacoma #8 was called to order with the ringing of the bell at 12:06pm. President Mark Anderson welcomed everyone to his last official day at the podium and gave thanks to Jace Dwinell, Heritage Bank, for serving as the meeting sponsor. The invocation was given by Cynthia Darland. She was recently inspired by the actor and 2018 honoree of the MTV Generation Award Chris Pratt. She shared his 9 essential rules for life including, #1 Breathe – if you don’t, you will suffocate. #3 Don’t be a turd. #5 It doesn’t matter what it is. Earn it.  #9 Nobody is perfect. Carlyn Roy,Tapco led the National Anthem followed by the 4‑way Test. Jeff Albers, Wilson and Albers and new member Brenda Gasper, Brooks Dental Studio brought microphones to our members with guests, including the Rev. Josam Kariuki, Assistant Governor District 9212 - Kenya. President Mark introduced our meeting sponsor Jace Dwinell, Heritage Bank, who I am sure had an inspirational presentation but he yielded his sponsorship time to the program. Also leaving extra time with no presentation was the lack of birthdays to celebrate. As one of his last official duties, President Mark, celebrated the following anniversaries: Julie Foley, Jeremy Fogelquist, Christian Anderson, Jim Boardman, Jace Dwinell and Malcolm Russell. President Mark announced the need for volunteers to sign-up for Camp Goodtimes on July 19th. We also had the honor of hearing from Rev. Josam Kariuki, “Joe”, who presented our club with a banner from the Rotary Club of Gigil in Kenya where he was the Charter President. 
Before turning over his leadership, President Mark shared a few of the accomplishments from this year. Highlights include a very successful auction and $79,000 pledged for Habitat for Humanity. Giving out 20 scholarships totaling $32,800, plus 20 grants to local programs with $85,000. We donated 13,624 books and 9 little free libraries to our community. We managed and invested in four World Community Service grants and completed two. We also started with 251 members and ended with 270 who will begin gathering together at the Tacoma Yacht Club in November. It was with emotion and a few puns that President Mark and our club received the Rotary Presidential Citation for 2017-2018, one of just six clubs in our area.  With much thanks he then called forward President Elect Linda Kaye to present the Club President pin; then President Linda Kaye presented Immediate Past President Mark with a Past President pin. President Linda Kaye was pleased to introduce the Turnover Program or Law and Order: Rotary 8 Unit. This episode featured: Christina Turner as the Judge, Libby Catalinich as the Prosecutor, Chris Serface as Mark’s Defense Lawyer, Elliot Stockstad as the Bailiff, President Linda Kaye Briggs, as the Court Reporter, Geoff Oakley, Amy Wigstrom and Rusty George as the Witnesses, Maria DeVore, Carlyn Roy and Steve Smith as the Jury.
“All that Jazz” from the ensemble got the scene started as we learned that the Defendant, Mark, had been charged with exceeding the pun quota, preaching about his choir, and unfairly bragging about one branch of the armed forces – the Navy – which of course had Mark pleading not guilty! For evidence the Jury got to hear about the “Razzle Dazzle”, aka “Funny Punny”, but the Prosecutor had to object to the use of musical theater to engage the Jury. More evidence came from the first witness who had personally experienced some bad jokes by the current administration, unfortunately the witness has cooked up a few bad jokes of his own. The next witness, Ms. BeBe Songbird, was able to establish that the defendant is not able to reach the notes of a choir such as “Breath of Fresh Air”. To close the case the Prosecutor called an expert witness with evidence of how the defendant pushed his Navy on the club. With evidence that was right on the mark…the Jury had their deliberations and found Mark – guilty – of being a great President! With much hoopla and help from the Past Presidents Mark was taken away in the paddy wagon to the final song “This is Me: Rotary!”
After much applause and a standing ovation from the crowd  President Linda Kaye came forward to wrap up the meeting and invite members to head for Galleyside ringing the bell at 1:20pm. 

Service Above Self Quote from   Past President Bill Baxter

“Happiness consists of giving and serving others" Henry Drummond


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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 Landmark Temple Theatre 47 St. Helens Avenue, Tacoma 
Noon - 1:00 pm
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47 St. Helens Avenue, Ste. 200
Tacoma, Washington 98402

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Tacoma, Washington 98401-1777

Phone:  253.473.7723
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Eldercare's Impact on the Workforce
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Upcoming Events
Executive Committee Meeting
Jul 10, 2018
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Membership Recruitment Committee
Landmark Meeting Room Before Rotary
Jul 12, 2018 11:00 AM
Programs Committee Meeting
Landmark Temple Theatre
Jul 12, 2018 1:00 PM
Fellowship & Relationship Building Committee
Jul 17, 2018 5:00 PM
Camp Goodtimes
Jul 19, 2018
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Community Service Grants Committee Meeting
Sound Options
Aug 02, 2018 7:30 AM
World Community Service Committee Meeting
Cole Graphic Solutions
Aug 16, 2018 7:00 AM
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Literacy Co-Chair
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Program Co-Chair
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Scholarships Co-Chair
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Vocational Services Chair
World Community Service Chair
Youth Protection Officer
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