Thursday, March 7, 2019
Melannie Denise Cunningham
Tacoma Peace Prize

A Conversation with Melannie Denise Cunningham

2018 Greater Tacoma Peace Laureate

Melannie recently returned from a 10-day adventure in Norway representing the South Sound as the Greater Tacoma Peace Prize winner.  She will chat with us about her experiences shooting a television documentary of her adventures and attending the Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies.   

Melannie Denise Cunningham - Peace Queen Talks
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Thursday at 5 at Bellarmine
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Dorothy Perkins and Shauna Hansen -  Immigrants in Detention
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PHASE TWO -- Last week we were so fortunate to have so many members stopping by to help with the move including the incredible job of hauling out all of our furniture.  Thanks goes to Jeff Albers, Mark Anderson, Linda Kaye Briggs, Carol Duris, Jace Dwinell, Rusty Hersey, Jeff Gellert, Harrison Laird, Sally Leighton, John McMasters, Dane Meyer, Gil Quante, Charley Rance, Cap Pearson, Alex Trettin and Kirsten Willis.  
Special thanks - Sincere appreciation goes to Michelle Roberts and LeMay Mobile Shredding for disposing of dozens of boxes of paper. Also to Rusty Hersey and Stacey Ogle for the use of their huge trucks! We would not be operating today without the amazing skills of past member Rick Olson who made the trip from Marysville 2 days in a row to help us with the phone and computer move.
We were able to help Goodwill, Korean Women's Association, Red Cross, SeaMar and YWCA with donations of surplus furniture. We are operating in temporary space right now while our office is completed. We hope to have an open house after the auction!
Thank you to members Jeff Rounce, Melissa Malott, Harrison Laird, Cindy Grady, Jackie Flowers, Stacey Ogle, Larry Treleven, Cap Pearson and Di Trenh.  They joined Joy and Kathi (and their dedicated spouses) on the Presidents Day holiday to move a truckload of items to our storage area at the Armory.
Please join us on Saturday March 9 at 12:30 for the dedication of the House that Rotary Built. The address is 15116 Portland Ave SW, Lakewood.  
A Condo in Belize
The Lambo Is Yours for 24 Hours!
Procurement Deadline
The deadline is for turning in your forms is March 8. 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! 
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 and Audrey West
$2,500 - Ethan Hunt
Cole Graphic Solutions
Cornerstone Financial Services
Superior Linen
Tacoma Screw 
Carol and 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
Marsha & Andrew Burns
Jim & Enid Harris
Heritage Bank
Homestreet Bank
Roger Lilley
Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Foundation
Buck Thompson
Trusteed Plans Service Corporation
On February 28 we welcomed Kyle Lauderdale to our Club.  He is the VP and Branch manager of the Allenmore Branch of Columbia Bank.  Kyle is no stranger to Rotary having served as the President and Treasurer if the Rotary Club of Corning California. We are so pleased to have Kyle continue his rotary service with our club.
On February 21 we welcomed members Noah Baskett and Bill Duppenthaler
Noah is a Salt Lake City native who moved in 2001 to attend the University of Puget Sound. He went on to serve at the Northwest Leadership Foundation for 12 years, directing a civic engagement and leadership initiative, along with an urban leadership scholarship program. He currently serves as the Senior Director of Community Engagement for the Tacoma Rescue Mission, garnering resources to better care for our Tacoma neighbors experiencing homelessness.  Bill is a Tacoma native who for 35 years has held a variety of roles in Young Life in the Northwest and France.  He continues his work with Young Life supporting college students from PLU, UPS, and UWT.  He loves the challenge from Bob Buford's book, "Halftime", to make his life not just successful but significant. Someone once said, "Find the people around you whose lives are heading in the same direction as yours, link arms with them, and grow old together."  We are excited to link arms with these great new members.
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!
Reflection - Dean Carrell
Greeter/Roving Mic - Kierra Phifer
Greeter/Roving Mic -  Tim Smith
Board Greeters - Carol Duris
Board Greeters -  
National Anthem & 4 Way Test - Ali Criss
Piano - Jack Warnick
Fine Counter - Carol Duris
Storywriter - Chris Serface
Meeting Sponsor - Dan Bogart
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 
Dan Bogart - Mar 07
Jan Schwenger - Mar 07
Anniversaries to Celebrate 
Andrew Imholt -  7 years Cumulative, Mar 3
Mark Starnes- 8 years - Mar 03 
Ann Voves - 20 years - Mar 04 
Carla Santorno - 6 years - Mar 07 
Pamela Transue - 29 years - Mar 07 
John Bailey - 7 years - Mar 08 
Chung Lee - 12 years - Mar 08 
Fred Moisio - 40 years - Mar 08 
Joyce Glavish - 2 years - Mar 09 
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 7
1125 court C
Tacoma, WA
March 14th
Thursday at 5
Reflections from the meeting of February 28 by Jeff Rounce
Freshly tanned from a week in the tropics, President Linda Kaye Briggs commenced this meeting with a ring-o-the-bell and shout of  ¡Pura Vida! at Tacoma Yacht Club under bright sunshine-and-blue skies. Christina Turner from MultiCare Health Foundations offered a poem on Volunteers for a thoughtful moment. Advancement Consulting entrepreneur Jan Brazzell directed our voices in the National Anthem and 4-Way Test recitation.  Pat Steel, classification “Corporate Mystic,” contributed his meeting sponsorship time to Miriam Barnett, CEO of YWCA Pierce County.
A large number of guests and visiting Rotarians had been attracted by the day’s speaker, including past and future District officers, past #8 President Don Doman, Donn Irwin and Rick Olson, both former members of this Club, and many more.  They were introduced with the assistance of Noah Baskett from Tacoma Rescue Mission and Bill Duppenthaler with Young Life, both newer members performing Pandaka duties.
Member Angie Martin of Columbia Bank then introduced our newest Rotary #8 member Kyle Lauderdale, a past president of Corning (Calif.) Rotary and one-time RYLA Camp participant, also in the 49ers state. He is newly arrived in the South Sound engaged as a banking representative.
Jace Dwinell, also a banker, and commercial real estate pro Bob Fredricksen shared a microphone for a few minutes to speak of the impact on youth scholarships, thanks to generosity from the annual Rotary #8 Auction.  It now just one month away, as roving “spies” take names (and dollars) to attend the “Mission Possible” Gala on March 30th.
President Linda Kaye proceeded to introduce Kim Bedier, from City of Tacoma Events & Venues, who introduced a dynamic duo of presenters from — the internet’s definitive fact-checking resource.  Founder David Mikkelson and Doreen Marchionni, a former newspaper journalist now in place as Managing Editor, explained how the free online site works to find the honest truth behind countless examples of “junk news” that pass through social media and internet in a virtual stream of trash.
“We operate not a lot different than any other mainstream journalism product,” Mikkelson said, except that the only purpose for is to clear away untruths and wild rumors. “We choose stories based on what the audience is asking about – the public is driving the agenda (here)” which is different than daily newspapers, Marchionni shared from her experience answering to editors and media executives.
Mikkelson began the operation in 1994 from California, but he later married a Tacoma woman whose persuasive powers opened his eyes to the truth that the South Sound is a far better place to live than that former locale. And “fact-checking” conducted via telephone and online connections can be done anywhere, so “Why not in Tacoma?” The attentive audience cheered the work and its headquarters in our midst.
After presenting our guest speakers with their presenter’s gifts, President Linda Kaye reclaimed the podium to announce this week’s club anniversaries, including Jack Warnick with his impressive record of 39 years in Rotary service.
Projects Committee co-chair Gil Quante invited all to show up for the dedication on Saturday, March 9th, at the House that Rotary Built for a retired veteran and his family in Tillicum, under the auspices of Habitat for Humanity.
The final moving day for the #8 Club administrative office will see hearty hands and feet carry furniture almost into their new home at the historic Tacoma Armory, which opened in 1908, just two years prior to the founding of our Rotary club.  Surely, there will be an Open House after all the construction saws are stilled.
Following a round of True Confessions, the president thanked those who contributed their talents to the day’s meeting festivities, welcomed all the Rotary Social later in the day, and to return next week for another interesting program.

Thought for the Week 


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Mar 07, 2019 11:00 AM
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Weekly Meeting Melannie Denise Cunningham
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Mar 14, 2019
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