Thursday, September 20, 2018
It's one of those traditional meetings that we all LOVE!! Enjoy learning about our fantastic inbound exchange students Renata Ramirez from Paraguay and Jacob Christenson from Norway. We will also be joined by returning student Abby McDermott, who spent last year in Chile. You will have the chance to understand how your investment in the Rotary Youth Exchange Program truly changes lives!
Habitat Build 
We had another great crew out on September 15. Special thanks to volunteers Mike Dunbar, Linda Kaye Briggs, Stacey Ogle, Annie Ramirez, Tamara Williams as well as friends and family. They joined past and scheduled volunteers Kim Bedier, Jan Brazzell, Marsha Burns, Libby Catalinich, Carol Duris, Sally Glover,  Whitney Grisaffi, Michele Johnson, Cindy Niemi, Renata Ramirez, Debbie Regala, Greg Rolsma, John Schneider, Alex Trettin and Mark Anderson. Gil Quante  and Jim Whitacre  were there to  feed our great volunteers! Next build date is October 5 and there are still spaces left.  You can use this link to register.  There are also other dates available over the next few weeks to volunteer.  Use this link for a different date.  Here are other members  who  have signed up to participate in the build. 


The lease on the Rotary office expires on February 28 and we are considering alternative arrangements. Our  plan is to make a decision by mid-December, allowing sufficient time if we need to organize a move.
We currently have about 2,000 square feet with a conference room, 3 workstations, a private office, a break room, restrooms and significant storage space. This is more space than is currently needed, but we do have a very reasonable rent.
If you are aware of office space that might be able to accommodate our needs please contact George Pilant at George will lead a small task group who will narrow the options and present them to the board for approval by their December 17 meeting.
Nominations for the Nominating Committees
At the meeting on October 4 we will accept nominations for 6 members for the Board Nominating Committee. Please notify the office or another member to ask them to enter your name for consideration if you are willing to serve. If you have someone in mind to nominate you must have their permission in advance before you suggest their name. The 3 who receive the highest number of votes will join Carol Duris, Brien Elvins and Jeremy Fogelquist who are the appointed members on the committee.  We will also be calling for 4 nominees for the Officer Nominating Committee. They will join appointed members, Linda Kaye Briggs, Carolyn Weyrick, Mike Dunbar, Jace Dwinell and one additional Committee Chair who has yet to accept. 
If you would like to be considered for a club leadership position (President Elect Nominee, Treasurer or Board Member), contact the office.  We will maintain a confidential list of interested members and present that list to the nominating committees when they are in place.
We are working on the plans for smooth sailing to the Yacht Club!  There are many details to work out and you will be hearing more from our Meeting Transition  Team lead by Robin Echtle. Please let her know if you have interest in helping. Special thanks to Bryan Flint, Jim Merritt and Stacey Ogle who are helping with the planning.    We have 5 more meetings at the Landmark!
Welcome new members !
We welcomed 2 more new members on September 6.  Sharon Benson was introduced by her husband, Past President Barry BensonSharon is the Managing Broker at Windermere Professional Partners. We heard a delightful story about how she and Barry met and their short courtship. Sharon is a dedicated community volunteer serving on many boards and devoting her time to benefit those in need in Pierce County.  She will make a wonderful member and we are so excited to have her join the club. Pat Nagle  was reintroduced to the club by his sponsor Cindy Niemi. He is the Co-Owner of the Harmon Brewing Company.  Pat was a member of the club for 16 years and was gone for 3 years, he was busy at that time growing the business and also had recently married and had 4 new sons.  We are thrilled that Pat has found the time to re-engage with Rotary.  Be sure to welcome Sharon and Pat to the club and invite them to join you on a committee!

Donate hotel size and full size toiletries

We support Tree House at MultiCare, YWCA, Nativity House Shelter, Salvation Army and other non profits as we are able.  Please donate your unused toiletries in full or small sizes.  We bring comfort and care to those experiencing a child's hospitalization or the homeless,  as well as families, veterans, youth and other individuals who are being rehoused. Bring your donations to a Rotary meeting.  Coordinated by Projects Committee member Maria Harlow  contact her at  if you have questions. 

A note from Rizley Cox our Student  in Slovakia
Ahoj Marsha,
I have settle into school and life in Slovakia.  I love it here but its a little hotter than expected.  All the other exchange students are super nice and it is good to have people around me gong through the same things!
Membership Proposal
Unless written objections are submitted to the Board within 10 days of this posting, the following individuals will be invited to membership: 
John Douville
REAL ESTATE - Residential Broker
Windermere Professional Partners
Sponsor: Barry Benson
Katrina Self
LAW PRACTICE - General Attorney
Eisenhower Carlson PLLC
Sponsor: Barbara Mead
Lisa Mansfield
Pierce County 
Sponsor: Kathryn Nelson & Karena Kirkendoll
Reflection - Kirsten Willis
Greeter/Roving Mic - Tamara Williams
Board Greeter/Roving Mic - Jan Brazzell
National Anthem & 4 Way Test - Chris Serface
Fine Counter - Carol Duris
Storywriter - Stephen Deal
Introduction - Annie Ramirez
Meeting Sponsor - Sally Glover
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
Birthdays This Week 
Ali Criss - Sep 16
Jim Shoemake - Sep 17
Mark Starnes - Sep 17
Jeff Albers - Sep 18
Rob Novasky - Sep 19
Phil Berggren - Sep 21
Anniversaries to Celebrate 
Cossette Pfaff - 1 year
Joy Vivar-Beeks - 2 years 
Mike Shields - 7 years 
Nurhan Karakas - 11 years 
John Winskill - 32 years 
Fred Moisio - Tacoma North
Fred Moisio - Clover Park
Larry Treleven - Tacoma North
Barry Benson - Gig Harbor
Sharon Benson - Gig Harbor
Linda Kaye Briggs - Gig Harbor
Kathryn Nelson - Gig Harbor
Michael Thompson - Baraboo, WI
John West - Chelan
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
September 20
East & West Proctor
2514 N Proctor Street
Tacoma, WA
Dine-Out Fundraiser for Tacoma Community House
25% donated from Restaurant-Immigrant owned
September 27
5104 Grand Loop
Ruston, WA
The Calm Before Thursdays at 5 at Johnson Stone & Pagano
Our second Thursday at 5 meeting was another rousing success, with over 50 members in attendance! There was ample time to enjoy beverages, food and great conversation, as well as learning more about our wonderful hosts at Johnson Stone & Pagano! Folks were enjoying the time to connect so much that the meeting continued past 7!

A Thought for the Week 



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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 Roof Garden Room, 47 St. Helens Avenue, Tacoma 
Noon - 1:00 pm
The Rotary Office is located at:
47 St. Helens Avenue, Ste. 200
Tacoma, Washington 98402

PO Box 1777
Tacoma, Washington 98401-1777

Phone:  253.473.7723
Fax:  253.473.7838
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Sep 20, 2018
Youth Exchange - Changing Lives
Sep 27, 2018
ShelterBox Response Team
Oct 04, 2018
Columbia Bank
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Upcoming Events
World Community Service Committee Meeting
Cole Graphic Solutions
Sep 20, 2018 7:00 AM
Engagement Committee Meeting
Landmark meeting room
Sep 20, 2018 11:00 AM
Pandaka Committee
Landmark Meeting Room (before lunch)
Sep 20, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Landmark Doric Room; fourth floor
Sep 24, 2018
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Auction Committee
Rotary Office
Sep 26, 2018
5:15 PM – 6:30 PM
Community Service Grants Committee Meeting
Sound Options
Oct 04, 2018 7:30 AM
Literacy Committee
Red Elm
Oct 04, 2018
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Projects Committee Meeting
Oct 04, 2018 8:15 AM
Membership Recruitment Committee
Meeting room before lunch
Oct 04, 2018 11:00 AM
Communications Committee Meeting
Landmark Rooftop 6th Floor (before meeting)
Oct 04, 2018 11:15 AM
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