Thursday, October 10, 2019
VOL. NINETY SIX,  Issue 15
Thursday at 5
Use this link to register by Wednesday

You are invited to Rotary 8’s Thursday at 5 to be held at Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community.  We will have light snacks, fizzy drinks and wine, of course!  They will tell you a little more about TLRC, and tours will be provided if you want to explore the beautiful 28 acre campus a bit more.  Let’s hope for good weather.

HOST:  Robin Ann Echtle, TLRC
WHEN:  October 10th, 5-7pm
WHERE:  1301 N. Highlands Parkway, Tacoma WA 98406
REALLY WHERE:  Go to the main reception and ask for directions to our Chapel. 
Contact:  253 756-7560 (Robin’s work #) or 206 713-7901 (Robin’s cell #)
PARKING:  We have a lot.  Choose any spot that does not contain the word “Reserved #”
FOOD:  Food and refreshments will be provided!  
October 17
Elaine Chan - The Unfinished Civil War in China
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October 24
World Polio Day
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October 31
Chris Staudinger - Ghosts of Tacoma
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Registering for Meetings
First of all eternal gratitude and appreciation goes to our amazing  prepaid meal plan folks, who are always covered for our meetings.  We are now into our 11th month of meeting registrations and most members  have gotten into the hang of things and have been very helpful by using  the links in the Gearshift to register early. The quick email response to the Gearshift telling us you will be joining the meeting is great, and even the quick phone call works.  The Yacht  Club has been quite flexible in preparing plenty of food, but the difficulty comes when we have to reconcile billing to the number of plates that were taken. Some weeks we have had close to 20 members and guests who join us without reservations.
Here is a refresher on how to register; when you click on the link in the Gearshift you are taken to a registration screen that gives you two boxes MEMBER or GUEST.  If you click on the MEMBER box you will need to sign in to your ClubRunner account (if you don't remember your login and password call or email the office at or 253-473-7723. ) After you are in your ClubRunner account you will get to a screen where you click REGISTER ME, that is just step one, go to the bottom of that page, and hit CONFIRM, that will provide you with a confirmation number and you will also receive an email that tells you that you are registered!!  If you don't receive an email, you are not registered.  If you don't want to use your login information you can also always register as a guest if you like (but then you have to enter your name and email address) 
Thanks again for helping us with our meeting management!
Welcome Elaine Chan
Elaine joined our club on October 3 .  She was previously a member of the West Seattle Club and served as a Shelter Box Ambassador and is looking forward to reconnecting with Rotary here in Tacoma.  She is a native of Hong Kong and has a financial planning business in University Place.  Elaine has attended meetings, visited the WCS Committee and volunteered on the Stuff the Bus project, she will for sure be an active member.  Please join us on October 17 when Elaine will be our program and speak about the Unfinished Civil War in China. 
Larry Treleven - Portland
Gil Quante - Parkland-Spanaway
Last year your World Community Services Committee funded a water sanitation project through Etta Projects to continue work on a water system in Bolivia and develop a safe sanitation system to compliment it. Following are a list of tasks that have been accomplished in working on the project. 
Rotary Club Sirari in Santa Cruz Bolivia and Etta Projects opened accounts designated specifically for this project. The community most ready for project was Betania where they completed a baseline assessment. Their municipality has made their first financial contribution.  The first two workshops have been implemented and the community has chosen Friday evening as their meeting times. They have elected four Sanitation promoters and training has started with them. Community members will decide where materials are to be stored and first construction material will be delivered in two weeks. Construction be underway in October.  They expressed their gratitude for the financial support provided by the Rotary Club of Tacoma #8. 
Our Outbound Exchange Students Taylor and Katie
From Taylor Webb
So far, Finland has been nothing short of amazing. My host family is wonderful, and the people at my school are very friendly and easy to talk to. I've started my language lessons, and they too are going great. I've managed to get my hands on a guitar that I will be able to use the whole year, which I am very grateful for. School in Finland is broken up into six different periods, each ending in an exam week. I am now in the second period, and my classes are a little more difficult this time in hopes of getting more exposure to Finnish. Last week I had the opportunity to do something incredibly fun. The school days during exam week are very short, so I got to spend a day exploring the city of Turku with two other exchange students. We visited historical sites such as the cathedral, castle, and an excavated medieval village. We also explored other parts of the city such as the mall. It was truly a spectacular day with some great friends. I've been able to do many other fun things but so far that has stood out the most. All in all, I'm having an absolutely amazing time here. Thank you so much for making this all possible!! If you want to keep up with Taylor use this link for his blog. 
From Katie Guild
I am now two months into my exchange in Brazil and I’m having a fantastic time! My school has high expectations for me, which is quite stressful, but ultimately is helping me learn Portuguese at a much quicker pace than I anticipated. My classmates have been very patient and friendly with me, and although the nearest exchange student to me is about forty miles away, I have the ability to take a bus and visit my friends across the district. My first host family is incredible to the point that I’m dreading the day that I have to move to the next! Exchange is certainly difficult, but I am having a great time and truly appreciate the opportunity. Above is a photo of me with my local Interact club.
You should have received your ballot to vote on the members who will serve on the Nominating Committees. Please be sure to use both sides of the ballot when voting and circle the appropriate number of candidates. You will select 2 for the Officer Nominating Committee and 3 for the Board Nominating Committee. The ballots can be returned by mail, dropped off at the meeting, or at the office or scanned and emailed to 
The Officer Nominating Committee will be presenting 2 consensus candidates to the club; the Vice President, who will serve as President in 2022-23 and a Secretary who will serve from 2020-2022.  The Board Nominating Committee will recruit 8 candidates for 4 Board positions who will serve from 2020-2023. Below are the composition of the committees. 
Officer Nominating Committee
Member nominee
Member nominee
Appointed Members
*President - Carol Duris
*Past President - Jeff Rounce
*Past President - Ray Schuler
*Committee Chair - Jeff Albers
*Committee Chair - Chris Serface
Board Nominating Committee
Member nominee
Member nominee
Member nominee
*President Elect - Kathryn Nelson
*Past President  - Linda Kaye Briggs
*Board member - Christina Turner
*Appointed by Executive Committee
There is always an opportunity to get involved in a Rotary Project. Below is the upcoming schedule from the Projects Committee. For more information you can contact the Projects Committee Co-Chairs Diane Kelleher or Gil Quante, or the Project lead as noted below.  Please let them know if you have an idea for a project as well. 
October 19 - St. Vinnie Saturday Sort
October 23 - Tacoma Rescue Mission - Lunch Service - Seth Kaplowitz
November 7 - Giving Tree Is Up!  - Miriam Barnett and Pat Steel
November 9 -  Bike Build - Gil Quante
November 21 - In Meeting Project - Sharon Chambers-Gordon
November 23 - EFN Break Bags 
December 14 - EFN Break Bags
December 20 - Salvation Army Bell Ringing - Ann Voves
You can see above that we have a new opportunity this month, serving lunch at the Tacoma Rescue Mission's downtown campus on Wednesday, October 23 from 11-2. We have a quick turn around because all volunteers must fill out a volunteer form by 10-16 the link is right hereSeth Kaplowitz is leading our efforts to please email him at or let the office know at if you are able to lend a hand. We need about 8 volunteers. 
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
Seth Kaplowitz - Oct 08
John Winskill - Oct 09
Rusty Hersey - Oct 12
Anniversaries to Celebrate
Daryl Hembry - 12 years 
Social at The Table May 16
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.
October 10
Thursdays at 5
Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community
1301 N. Highlands Parkway
October 17, 2019
The Koi
1552 Commerce Street
Tacoma, WA
October 24
The Rhein House
 649 Division Ave
Come play some Bocce Ball
October 31
The Spar
2121 N 30th Street
Tacoma, WA
Tuesday November 5 – 5:30
Rotarian Ladies Night Out
La Bella Nail Spa
2616 N Proctor Street Unit A
Tacoma, WA
Pedicures for 19 Rotarians, cost starts at $30.00 - 7 openings left
Bring a bottle of wine or champagne and an appetizer to share
All Rotarians welcome. Contact Michelle Roberts at 253-651-1716 or email
November 7
The Fish Peddler
1199 Dock Street
Tacoma, WA
Reflections from the meeting of 10-3 from Jim Henderson
President Carol Duris rang the bell at 12:03 pm for the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Tacoma #8 at the Tacoma Yacht Club.  Kirsten Willis gave an insightful invocation about the origins of the Four Way Test.  Leading us in the national anthem was Robin Echtle, Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community accompanied by Jack Warnick on the piano.  It was Robin’s first time leading us in the anthem and she did a great job.
Taking around the mics to introduce guests and visting Rotarians were Board Members Jace Dwinell, Heritage Bank, and Gil Quante, N2Publishing.  Among the guests today was former member Steve Keller, spouse of one of the Port of Tacoma Commission candidates, and our two Exchange Students, Gabriel from Sweden and Nico from France.
President Carol called forward Club Treasurer Robin Echtle to introduce a new member to Tacoma #8, Elaine Chan.  Elaine is a former member of the West Seattle Rotary Club and lives in the Point Ruston area.  She is a student of economics, with a doctorate degree from Cornell University. She has been a visitor to our club and urged businesses to offer retirement savings plans to their employees. Today’s meeting sponsor was Tracy Peacock from the St. Vincent DePaul Society, which has been providing, spiritual, material and financial support to our neighbors since 1926.  Tracy said that St. Vinnies’ has Homelessness Prevention programs, Thrift Stores, and second-chance Employment Programs.
President Carol congratulated members on their service anniversaries that ranged from one year to thirty-six years, and asked Robin Echtle to come forward to invite everyone to next week’s Thursdays at 5 which will be held in the chapel at the Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community.  We were also reminded that there were sign-up sheets for the Fall Firesides in the baskets on each table.
President Carol then introduced Debbie Regala to facilitate the Candidate Forum for the Port of Tacoma Commission candidates.  Candidates for Position #3 are Deanna Keller and Frank Boykin; and for Position #5 Kristin Ang and Dave Bryant.  Questions submitted by club members were presented to each candidate with a time limit for their responses.  First Question was about each candidate’s experience for the position. Deanna Keller talked about her diverse background in public education, Marine Corp veteran and member of the Marine Corp band and small business owner. Frank Boykin talked about his 25 years of industry experience with United Parcel Service, and his involvement in community boards and commissions as well as on the University Place Planning Commission.  Kristin Eng  talked about her experience as a business attorney, degree from University of Puget Sound and desire for the Port to be an environmental leader.  Dave Bryant talked about his 26 year career in the U.S. Navy and work experience at the Boeing Company.
The second question concerned the LNG Plant. Frank Boykin favored clean air and asked that labor be involved in the decision.  Dave Bryant talked about where ship builders will be in the future for this issue.  Deanna Keller gave some history about the issue and the permitting process. Kristin said that environmental groups are against this and the economics just don't add up. 
The third question was about the Port facilitating a conversation to foster development along with climate concerns.  Kristin Ang who said the port needed to foster economic development and to connect to the community and connect to the younger generation.  Dave Bryant said it is not climate vs. jobs.  He wants the Port’s Strategic Plan to be a technology road map.  Deanna Keller asked what is important to everyone and that there is a need to look at training and affordable housing.  Frank Boykin suggested that we need to strike the right balance and that it takes a specific skill set.
The last question was about the City Tacoma working on a sub area plan.  Dave Bryant said that if we need to attract businesses into the area and how those areas will be used.  Deanna Keller get everyone at the table and look for common ground, and mold consensus.  Frank Boykin make sure all stakeholders are on board and better community engagement Kristin Ang  we are presented with a great opportunity as the  Port embarks on the next 100 years. Focus on maritime and with the Puyallup Tribe at the table.  Debbie Regala thanked all of the candidates for attending and all received a warm round of applause  President Carol thanked Debbie for facilitating the forum, thanked Kirsten for the invocation, Robin and Jack for the national anthem and Tracy Peacock for being our meeting sponsor.  No social tonight because of the Seattle Seahawks game, remember next week is Thursdays at 5 at the Tacoma Lutheran Retirement community and adjourned the meeting at 1:08 pm  telling members to go out and be People of Action.

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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. 
Noon - 1:00 pm
The Rotary Office is located at:
1001 Yakima Ave, Suite 9A
Tacoma, Washington 98405

PO Box 1777
Tacoma, Washington 98401-1777

Phone:  253.473.7723
Office Hours
Monday - Friday
830 - 5
Oct 17, 2019
The Unfinished Civil War in China
Oct 24, 2019
World Polio Day
Oct 31, 2019
The Ghosts of Tacoma - Pretty Gritty Tours
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Upcoming Events
World Community Service Committee Meeting
Cole Graphic Solutions
Oct 17, 2019 7:00 AM
Engagement Committee Meeting
Tacoma Yacht Club
Oct 17, 2019 11:00 AM
Rotary Youth Exchange Committee
Tacoma Yacht Club (before lunch)
Oct 17, 2019 11:15 AM
Weekly Meeting - Elaine Chan - Seth Kaplowitz
Oct 17, 2019
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM
St. Vinnie's Sort
4009 S. 56th St
Oct 19, 2019
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Tacoma Rescue Mission Meal Service
425 South Tacoma Way
Oct 23, 2019
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Finance Committee Meeting
Banner Bank
Oct 23, 2019 12:00 PM
Coffee with Carol
Yacht Club
Oct 24, 2019
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Pandaka Committee
Tacoma Yacht Club (before lunch)
Oct 24, 2019
11:35 AM – 11:55 AM
Weekly Meeting - World Polio Day
5401 Yacht Club Road
Oct 24, 2019
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM
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