Thursday, April 25, 2019
Business Expo - Something for Everyone
There will be some fun prizes and give-aways. Sign up now!
Banner Bank is a dynamic full-service financial institution, operating safely and profitably within a framework of shared integrity. Working as a team, we will deliver superior products and services to our valued clients. We will emphasize strong client relationships and a high level of community involvement. We will provide a culture which attracts, empowers, rewards and provides growth opportunities for employees. Our success will build long-term shareholder value.
Coldwell Banker Commercial Danforth is a full-service commercial real estate company specializing in the sales, leasing and valuation of commercially zoned properties in the Puget Sound region.  We treat every client’s real estate transactions like we would our own.
Our mission is to provide the highest quality health care with compassionate and accessible service for all.
As we continue to grow as a firm, our mission remains steadfast: to help individuals achieve their serious, long-term financial goals while understanding their needs and implementing tailored solutions.
Growing your future, together. We specialize in comprehensive financial planning and investment management. Our team works closely with you to help you realize your goals in all phases in life. We realize that you are a unique individual with your own path, ideas, experiences and concerns about investing. That’s why we strive to be the only financial advisory team you will need.
With God’s grace and the cooperation of people from all walks of life, Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity partners with families in need to build and own simple, decent, affordable homes in safe communities. Habitat envisions a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
KBTC Public Television engages viewers, communities, and supporters by delivering media experiences that educate, inspire, and entertain.
Ignite Rotary. Change Lives With the generous support of our members and donors we will change and save lives locally and globally.
The MultiCare Foundations partner with businesses and organizations to create healing and a healthy future for our community through philanthropy. Through our foundations, anyone can give back to the health care causes closest to their hearts, in ways that help provide children and families access to the quality health care they deserve, through all stages of life.
The PLU School of Business is a community of engaged faculty, staff & administrators who provide an excellent business education in a student-centered learning environment grounded in the liberal arts that inspires students to LEARN for life, LIVE purposefully, LEAD responsibly, and CARE for others.
We ignite literacy of all kinds for every child, teen, and adult in Pierce County to build a knowledgeable, aware, engaged, and empowered community, critical to fueling our social and economic prosperity.
Do you suffer from speaker’s anxiety or are unsure how to construct a presentation that is informative, clear, enjoyable to deliver and gets you the results you need? I am confident that you will increase your leadership capacity and career opportunities when you can easily speak to audiences of any size.
Our mission is to improve the lives we touch through the compassionate delivery of high quality family care.
At TLRC, it's all about our residents. They are the reason we strive every day to provide a welcoming home and thriving community. From engaging in a group activity like exercising in our saltwater pool, taking a Yoga class or joining our Joyful Voices Choir, to enjoying peaceful moments painting in the Chihuly Family Art Center studio or just strolling our beautiful 28 acre campus. TLRC offers a wide variety of life's simple pleasures to enjoy every day.
At Timberland Bank, we strive to be your best connection to local advice, credit and service. Throughout our 100 year history, we’ve grown to understand the unique needs of businesses located in the Pacific Northwest—and are ready to help your business grow with handcrafted business banking solutions.
Travel is a Journey, Discover All That’s Ahead
Our brand embodies our commitment to our customers and our progressive approach toward travel.  Welcome to Travel Leaders.
We invite the citizens of Puget Sound to unplug from their smart phones, breakthrough mental barriers, transcend old habits, heal mental and physical trauma, and explore their own personal uncharted waters.
We create a hands-on experiential environment to educate, empower and encourage a diverse population of high school students to recognize and achieve their potential. Business leaders, educators, high school students and community volunteers teach and inspire one another to be responsible employees, employers and citizens. WBW’s programs place students in a dynamic simulation where they compete as industry professionals, sharpen communication skills, and face real-world challenges. With the guidance of a mentor from the business community, students gain a competitive edge in college preparation, workplace readiness, and overall life success.
We will maintain a high level of design and client focus. We will continue to have a positive impact on our community. We will expand our investigation of architecture through hands on exploration and craft.
Community-Choice-Continuing Care. Wesley is a faith based, not-for-profit organization committed to serving older adults.  Bradley Park will offer Independent Living, Catered Living, Memory Care and Skilled Nursing all at our beautiful new Puyallup campus!
Business Expo April 25
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Thursday at 5 - May 9
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On April 18  we welcomed Seth Kaplowitz to our Club.  It was a very busy meeting so Seth didn't have much time to share, but he is a native of New Jersey and the owner of All Points Development.  He received his BA from Rutgers and JD from California Western School of Law.  Seth spent some time in Asia doing real estate development and returned to the states in 2010 and at that time did some teaching at San Diego State University. He and his wife Audrey moved to Washington in 2018.  Please welcome Seth to the club next time you see him. 
Opportunity to Volunteer
On Saturday May 4, club members can join forces with the Red Cross and other community volunteers for the annual Sound the Alarm: Save a Life Project by installing smoke alarms and providing fire prevention education in Tacoma’s Central Neighborhood.  We will kick-off and end our day at 1110 South Puget Sound Avenue (the Salvation Army).  Plan to arrive at 8 AM and be done by 2pm.   Please contact Becky Fontaine - - to sign up!  Volunteers must be 16 years of age. Training will be provided on-site.
Reflection - Robin Echtle
Greeters  -  Is there a Pandaka available? 
Board Greeters - Harrison Laird
Board Greeters -  Carol Webster
National Anthem & 4 Way Test - Elliot Stockstad
Piano - Barbara Mead
Fine Counter - Robin Echtle
Storywriter - Barry Benson
Meeting Sponsor - Business Expo!!
AV Assistant -  Jeff Rounce
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 
Jim Boardman - Apr 24
Sherri Stanton - Apr 26
Jace Dwinell - Apr 27
Debbie Regala - Apr 27
Steve Smith - Apr 27
Anniversaries to Celebrate 
Bryan Flint - 10 years cumulative
Amy Wigstrom - 12 years cumulative
Betty Ann Pope - 19 years
Harry Pritchard - 33 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.
April 25th
Oddfellas Pub & Eatery  
5741 N 26th Street
Tacoma, WA
May 2
Over the Moon Cafe
709 Opera Aly
Tacoma, WA
May 9
Moss Adams
Thursdays at 5
May 16
The Table
2715 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA
May 23
Indochine on Pearl
4612 N Pearl
Tacoma, WA
May 30
Primo Grill
2701 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA
Reflections from the meeting of 4-18 from Brenda Gasper

President Linda Kaye Briggs rang the bell at 12:05. Cynthia Darland, Community Volunteer, provided the invocation followed by Jan Brazzell, Advancement Consulting, who led us in the National Anthem followed by the 4-Way Test and accompanied by Barbara Mead, past Service Accounting.

Visiting Rotarians & Guests were introduced while Libby Catalinich, Pierce County and Marsha Burns, Wells Fargo, brought mics around the room. Debbie Regala introduced her daughter, Mark Anderson had a guest and Barry Benson welcomed 3 visiting Rotarians: Dan Powell, Jeff Harris and Tom Glenn. Anthony Chen introduced Dr. Pierson from Madigan, Hunter George introduced Anita Gallagher, Sharon Benson brought Taylor Shannon, Sherri Stanton introduced Latasha Ware, Jan Brazzell introduced Carmetrus Parker, Mike Dunbar brought his wife Liz and we also had an executive from Foss Waterway as a guest. Missy Zencheck was happy to announce her guest Mary from the Tacoma Art Museum as a prospective member. Jacob Christensen, exchange student, shared with the group how much he enjoyed his visit with his parents from Norway. Renata Ramirez, exchange student from Paraguay introduced herself.

Skip Anderson from Flagship Maritime was our meeting sponsor and helped us understand some of what they do. He and his wife Jan provide Captain’s License Training. They work with the US Coast Guard, Marine Law Enforcement, among others. Jan also has a Marine Photography business. 

Harrison Laird, CBRE, introduced our newest member Seth Kaplowitz. Seth shared with the club that he considers himself blessed and looks forward to paying it forward.

Past President Barry Benson introduced Jeff Harris who thanked us for our partnership with a WCS grant. Thanks to the help of our club’s donation of $4,500 they were able to install World Rachel Digital Libraries including 6 laptops and 6 tablets in 3 schools in San Pedros Soloma and 10 schools in Barillas. The total grant resulted in $140,000 from eight Rotary Clubs in 3 nations. It will ultimately serve some 55 schools and impact some 10,000 students. He also presented our club with a banner the Barillas’s Rotary Club sent for us.  President Linda Kaye thanked everyone for their support of the auction and reminded us it allows for those kinds of partnerships. It looks like our gross proceeds will be over $255,000 – OVER A QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS-  and the Raise the Paddle which will come back to the club is over $75,000. She also acknowledged that many committees do good work. She recognized the Literacy Committee has completed the application for a district literacy award as well as, bringing a new member to the club, having a literacy month book drive, hosting a work party to label books, filling 8 Little Libraries with books in Salishan, funding books, working with Sunrise Rotary to sponsor Oceanfest, leading the Read To Me tutoring program and working in partnership with Tacoma Community House to place 2 more Little Libraries.  

President Linda Kaye congratulated those celebrating anniversaries: Whitney Grisaffi - 4 years, Kirsten Willis - 9 years, Miriam Barnett - 11 years, John Schneider – 17 years, Nick Rajacich - 27 years, Warren Foster - 34 years  

President Linda Kaye  invited Kim Bedier, Tacoma Events and Venues, forward to introduce our speaker Elizabeth Pauli, Tacoma City Manager. Elizabeth shared how proud she is to be the first female city manager. Elizabeth has worked with the city for 20 years, mostly in the City Attorney’s Office. She shared with our club, in a very thoughtful way, some of the things she has learned in the last 2 years in her role as City Manager. First, she said she is always surprised how often she is invited to speak. After first becoming City Manager she was focused on what she didn’t know and overwhelmed by the scope of her oversight responsibilities. So she prayed. The answer that came to her was that she was not entitled to frustration. She learned to focus on listening, making positive change and finding solutions. She shared a slide showing that she often feels PFFH! So she has learned that it takes four core values: Patience, Faith, Fortitude and Humility. She also shared a story about a train crash that illustrated the importance of being thoughtful and open minded when approaching government and resident relations.  She shared what we can hope to expect from her office moving forward. They are trying to respond to trends by changing their approach. They want to approach tasks by getting citizens involved, finding quick solutions and minimizing investment (cost) options. They are using a more innovative approach to address problems. She shared a few examples: They are responding to survey results showing that black citizens feel a third less safe in our communities and are using an innovation track in hopes of creating a greater feeling of safety. They are also using an equity index map as a tool to guide how resources are used in hopes of creating equitable service accessibility. She also hopes they can continue to learn to tell their story better about problems they work to solve, like the opioid crisis and homelessness. One area where they have seen progress is in addressing issues with affordable housing. Her presentation left the club feeling impressed and thankful our city has such a thoughtful and inspired City Manager! President Linda Kaye thanked her by presenting an original gift of art designed by the students at Hilltop Artists.  

Donna Haynes, Pilkey Hopping & Ekberg, made an announcement about the Sound the Alarm Project and encouraged everyone to get involved in this project that saves lives on May 4th from 8 am – 2 pm.  

President Linda Kaye invited members forward for true confessions: The Sister City’s Film Festival is April 25-28th, Clay Zhang shared what a wonderful time he had with his family in Japan, Melissa Malott, Citizens for a Healthy Bay, thanked Harrison Laird for acting as MC for their fundraiser and was thankful for such a successful event, Alex Trettin is blessed to have just gone on a cruise and trip to Jordan, Ray Schuler donated money on John Dimmer’s behalf for his birthday, Larry Treleven shared a success story for his family at the Boston Marathon, Michele Johnson announced that Pierce College received a Community College Excellence Award of $100,000, Peter Darling donated $83, Michael Thompson shared he is the new Communications Director of the Puyallup Tribe.   President Linda Kaye thanked everyone for their contributions to the meeting. She reminded us not to miss the Business Expo next week and to come early to be sure you are entered in the drawing. Of course she ended with encouraging us to go out and Re-Ignite our Rotary!

Thought for the Week 

"It isn't what we say or think that defines us, but what we do"  Jane Austen

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May 04, 2019
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May 07, 2019
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May 09, 2019
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