Thursday, February 6, 2020
VOL. NINETY SIX,  Issue 32
Lyle Quasim and T'wina Nobles
Honoring Black History in Tacoma
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February 13 Thursday at 5
Northwest Furniture Bank
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NW Furniture Bank provides hope, dignity and stability to people in our community by recycling donated furniture to people in need. Thursday February 13th NW Furniture Bank is thrilled to host Thursday’s at 5! Heavy appetizers from our dear friends at Pizzeria Fondi in Gig Harbor, wine, beer and other beverages will be provided. 
Our retail department, Hope Furnishings is located at 117 Puyallup Ave, Tacoma WA. 98421. Feel free to park on Puyallup Ave, on Dock Street, or follow Dock Street (adjacent to Hope Furnishings and directly under the 705 interchange) and park in our parking lot. We will be gathering in Hope Furnishings between 5:00 and 6:00pm. Jeremy and team will be offering tours that highlight the programs offered by this unique non-profit as the night progresses.
We’ll be pouring, touring and serving until the last Rotarian leaves.
Jim Receiving His Lifetime Achievement Award
What an amazing evening!  We enjoyed visiting with friends, viewing incredible pieces of our history, welcomed our partners from Rotary Clubs around the area and many non profits who help us live our mission of Service Above Self.  Special thanks to our speakers that evening President Carol Duris, Past Presidents Jim Henderson, Linda Kaye Briggs, Kathy Martin, Jim Whitacre and our honored celebrant Past President and Past District Governor Jim Harris, as well as our members and elected officials Victoria Woodards and Bruce Dammeier. 
This would not have happened without key leadership from Kim Bedier, Monique Nadeau and Maria Harlow and a cadre of volunteers; Bill Baarsma, Jim Henderson, Sharon Chambers-Gordon, Mike Dunbar, Robin Echtle, Cindy Niemi, Gil Quante and Christina Turner. Every guest walked away with a beautiful high-ball glass (thanks Tim Smith!) we ordered some extra for those of you were were unable to join us and they can be purchased for $5 each by contacting the office. 
The auction needs each one of us to be involved in some way to bring in the revenue we need to fund all of the charitable works of the club.  Sharon Benson is leading a stellar group of volunteers, but there is still plenty of time for you to lend a hand, please let Sharon know if you are able to help!  Mike Dunbar and Jacki Farrar are recruiting sponsors this year.  Special thanks to those who have already told us they are in again; Peter Darling, Timberland Bank, Banner Bank, Multicare, Wilson Albers, Superior Linen, Kathryn Nelson and our lead sponsor Mike Dunbar of Financial Insights.  Sponsorship forms are available at the meetings or on our home page where there is a link to download a form.  Cindy Grady is busy looking for unique items for our live and silent auction.  We are so grateful to members who are able to donate from their own business or from friends. Kirsten Willis is taking care of the desserts and rumor has it that we have some delicious items coming from the new Tacoma Baking Company. Rusty Hersey is helping with procurement and day of transportation needs. Miriam Barnett will manage the volunteers that evening, but we need someone to be the overall volunteer chair.  Carolyn Weyrick and Stacey Ogle are working on decorations. Christina Turner is managing the raffle. Stephen Deal is helping with audience engagement. Chris Serface will MC the evening.  Our wonderful Rusty George is helping with all of the design and printing needs. Be sure you have May 2 on your calendar!!
Membership Proposal
Unless written objections are submitted to the Board within 10 days of this posting, the following individual  will be invited to membership: 
Carrie Holden
President & CEO - Boys & Girls Clubs
Sponsor: Maria Harlow 
Zach Entwistle
REAL ESTATE - Residential
Realtor - Zach Entwistle, LLC
Sponsor: Bryan Flint
Each year, our club recognizes a non-Rotarian who is providing exemplary service in the community.  This person will be honored at our meeting on Thursday, March 26, and receive a contribution from our club to his or  her favorite charitable organization. Nominations are due to the Rotary office by Thursday,February 27.  If you would like to nominate an individual for this Community Service Award, complete a nomination form using this link Email your nomination to the Rotary office at Forms will also be available at our weekly meetings. Don't delay!
Saturday Sorting at St. Vinnies
Our next opportunity to help out with a sort will be Saturday February 8 from 10-1.  Another chance to spend time with fellow Rotarians making a difference in our community.  We will have sign-up sheets available the next couple of meetings or you can email Jim Whitacre at


Your next opportunity to enjoy fellowship in the home of a Rotarian will be on Tuesday February 11.  Maria Harlow is busy collecting the names of hosts and guests.  We will continue to have sign-up at sheets at the weekly meetings or you can email Maria and let her know that you are interested in participating, Her email is  You can also sign up using this link. 

Save the Date: Saturday, March 14! Are you tired of exercising only in the gym and not being outdoors lately? How about getting a total body workout in the fresh mountain air with your fellow Tacoma #8 Rotarians?  The Fellowship and Relationship Building Committee is organizing a Ski, Snowboard, Snowshoe, and/or Tubing Day at Snoqualmie Summit.  Bring your family, young and old, there is something for everyone to do.  We will start with a quick breakfast early on March 14th in Tacoma area. After a morning fun, we will gather up at a cabin within walking distance from the lifts or shuttle bus for lunch before heading back out for more snow fun.  For the die-hard plankers, an overnight trip may be possible depending on the number of cabins that we may be able to find.  If you have any questions, please contact Elaine Chan at  
Nico's Birthday Celebration
We are so fortunate to have two amazing exchange students with us this year and they are always looking for new adventures.  Please consider an opportunity you might have to invite them to join you for something fun.  They seem to fit in with everyone they meet and as the weather starts to change golfing might be fun, or maybe an outing in the snow.  Contact Ann Voves who is working to make sure we give them a wonderful experience.  It's never too early to start thinking about becoming a host parent, it's an enriching experience for the entire family.  Talk with our RYE Chair Carol Webster to get more information.  Also if you know of high school students who might be interested in a short term exchange this summer or a long term exchange let the RYE Committee know. 
Reflection-Debbie Regala
Board Greeter/Roving Mic- Robin Echtle
Board Greeter/Roving Mic- Diane Kelleher
National Anthem & 4 Way Test-Carlyn Roy
Fine Counter-Dan Bogart
Storywriter-Jim Henderson
Meeting Sponsor-Mark Anderson
AV Assistant-Chris Serface
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
Mary McNally - Feb 05
Mary Lynn Pannen - Feb 07
Cosette Pfaff - Feb 07
Tina Vasen - Feb 07
Jim Fry - Feb 08
Anniversaries to Celebrate
Tim Smith - 1 year 
Don Sheppard - 6 years 
Robin Lucas - 7 years 
Chris Coates - 9 years 
Jake Fey - 24 years 
Roger Lilley - 25 years
Fred Moisio - Sun City Del Sol
Fred Moisio - Sun City West
Social at The Table
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.
February 6th
Terry’s Office Tavern
3410 N Proctor
Tacoma, WA
February 13th 
Thursday at 5 
NW Furniture Bank
February 20th
5811 N 51st Street
Ruston, WA
February 27th
Wooden City
714 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA
March 5th 
565 Broadway Avenue
Tacoma, WA
Meet 4th Floor at the Pub
Reflections from Jan. 30 by Brenda Gasper
President Carol rang the bell at 12:05. She acknowledged the great attendance at the 110th Celebration for our club and congratulated Jim Harris on his lifetime achievement award. Miriam Barnett provided the invocation followed by Chris Serface who led us in the National Anthem followed by the 4 Way Test; he was accompanied by Jack Warnick on the piano. Greer Todhunter from the Salvation Army sponsored the meeting. She is in Vendor Relations and announced that Don Sheppard will be moving to California with his wife to continue the work of the Salvation Army. Don has been in the club for 6 years and has been an invaluable asset, chairing the Vocational Services Committee for 2 years and assisting us with our Audiovisual needs, as well as providing opportunities for us to volunteer. Many thanks to Don!  Greer shared with us the Shield 253 Goals: to provide shelter, healthy habits, independent living, encouraging relationships, leadership development and developmental assets that encourage stable families.  A card was passed around for Stephen Deal whose mother passed away this week. Visiting Rotarians and Guests introduced themselves as Linda Kaye Briggs and Victor Mitre from the Goodwill brought mics around. Visitors and guests included: Julie Anderson from Tacoma Sunrise, Lon Williamsom from Anchorage, Jim Whitacare brought his wife Kathryn, Brian Heaven from Tacoma North, Greg Rolsma introduced Justine and Christophe from the Silver Cloud at Point Ruston and Katherine Nelson introduced Sara Allen from Bates Vocational who is in the pipeline to become a new member. Gabriel from Sweden also introduced himself along with Nico from France who enjoyed his 17th birthday yesterday. President Carol acknowledged the following anniversaries: Lin Zhou-1 year, Heather Faverman-6 years, Mike Wark-10 years, Mary Lynn Pannen-25 years, and John West who was with us to celebrate, 54 years. President Carol called on Linda Kaye Briggs to introduce our new member. Linda Kaye shared how Dorothy Lewis is a trailblazing female entrepreneur who loves to ask questions and is philanthropic with a caring heart.  Dorothy Lewis is actually a returning member. She first joined the club in August of 1987 at which time she was the 3rd woman to join. World service is important to her. She has taught in South Africa and was a high school Business teacher and coach in Tacoma. From 1979 to 81 she was opening her business Financial Insights. She loves sports. She climbed Mt. Rainier in ’89, has riden the Courage Classic and in 2000 pedaled around the world. She has had to cut back on activity due to orthopedic challenges but loves to walk Ali’s dog Miss Dixie. Maria Harlow made a fireside announcement for February 11th at 6:00 pm. We have the hosts but need attendees. There is also a Saturday Sort at the Salvation Army on February 8th from 10 – 1. Elaine Chan announced a new fellowship opportunity for a ski trip on March 14th.  Ali Criss announced the Science Olympiad on March 7th @ Curtis Junior High School. If interested contact Whit. President Carol invited Debbie Regala forward to introduce our speaker Lorraine Ralston from the Census Bureau. The 2020 census will take place on 4/1/20. It will be the 24th time our country has had a census and the impact will last for 10 years. The census counts every person in the US, once and in the right place. The US constitution mandates that everyone in the country be counted every 10 years. The first census was in 1790. Every 10 years, the results are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets. The distribution of $675 billion in federal funds, grants, support to states, countries and communities are based on census data. The money is spent on schools, hospitals, public works and other vital programs. Data is also used for redistricting to account for population shifts. Taking part is a civic duty and mandatory. Census data is used by residents to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality of life and consumer advocacy. Local governments use the census for public safety and emergency preparedness. Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores that create jobs.  Real estate developers use the census to build new homes and revitalize old neighborhoods. Title 13 is the law that protects info and privacy protection is taken very seriously. Census data is released after 72 years. In 2020 we will be able to respond the census online. The internet is the preferable and most affordable way for people to participate. The portal opens on March 12th. Paper will be the last option. The census is 10 simple questions. The goal of the census offices is to Educate, Encourage and Engage. Some of the hardest populations to count are: immigrants, seniors, renters, the homeless, those with low internet access, children under 5 and migrant workers. 95% of the population will receive a census invitation by mail. After 4/1/20 three reminder attempts will go out. Then in April-June a non-response follow-up will begin. By 12/31/20 the results will be provided to President Trump and in March 2021 the results will be provided to the states. WHAT CAN WE DO TO HELP: self-respond, build awareness, activate social media, apply for a job or let others know about the jobs. This hiring campaign is the largest peacetime mobilization. There are five area census offices. You can get information at or or 1-855-JOB-2020. President Carol called for true confessions: Jim Henderson paid a fine for forgetting Brien Elvins in his presentation at the 110th celebration. Ali Criss invited fellow Rotarians to the TCC Foundation Luncheon next week. Pete Norman welcomed Dorothy back and presented her with a sweatshirt he had saved from her bike trip years ago. Kelly Lane shared that she and her husband traveled to Japan to watch Sumo wrestling. Fred Matthaei is excited to be going to the Super Bowl and then to San Diego for Valentines Day with his wife. Dan Bogart just came back from Cabo with his wife and got to see baby turtles released into the ocean while there. President Carol reminded everyone of the social at Katie Downs as another wonderful way to connect with fellow Rotarians. Next week’s meeting will feature Lyle Quasim and T’wina Nobles, who will be talking about Black History in Tacoma. President Carol encouraged everyone to go out and be People of Action and rang the bell at 1:00.

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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. 
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Feb 06, 2020 11:00 AM
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Thursday at 5- NW Furniture Bank
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