Thursday, December 20, 2018
Holiday Program featuring Renata & Jacob!

It's the most wonderful time of the year....when we can enjoy learning about the holiday traditions of our wonderful Exchange Students, Renata and Jacob.  Wait there is more!  You will be inspired, engaged and entertained, by our very own Rotary talent. For those of you who are Cougars, remember you will be serving apple pie to the Husky faithful as both teams prepare for their holiday bowl games.  Join us this Thursday for our last lunch meeting of 2018!

Holiday Program With Renata and Jacob
Use this link for December 20 at the Yacht Club
Start the year right,  learning about making resolutions
Use this link for our January 3 meeting at the Yacht Club
UW President Ani Mari Cauce
Use this link for the January 17 meeting
Outstanding pledge statements are being sent at year end. If you have any questions regarding your accounts please contact Joy at the Rotary Office.  At this time of year, many members decide to make year-end donations.  If you are interested in giving to the Tacoma Rotary Foundation or to the club’s fundraising account we must have your check or credit card number for processing by noon on December 31.  We are just a little short of where we were last year with gifts to support Project Greater Good. Please consider joining with the 127 members who have already made a pledge!
If you would like to make a donation to Rotary International Foundation please contact them directly here. If you are sending a check it must be postmarked on December 31 in order for it to count as a 2018 donation. Their mailing address is: 
The Rotary Foundation
14280 Collections Center Dr.
Chicago, IL 60693
Membership Proposal
Unless written objections are submitted to the Board within 10 days of this posting, the following individual will be invited to membership: 
Noah Baskett
ASSN:SOC SVC - Human Services
Tacoma Rescue Mission
Sponsor: Fred Matthaei
Science Olympiad
It's that time of year again when we need to recruit volunteers to assist us on Saturday, January 12, at Curtis High School for the Science Olympiad.  We will need 15-20 members who can assist us with a variety of tasks.  Writing tests (prior to the event) event registration and proctoring at the event.  Please contact Gil Quante at if you can help.  We will also have sign up sheets available at upcoming meetings.  
The Pandaka committee would like to thank the following individuals for jumping in to mentor our new members. We truly appreciate you! If you would like to mentor a new member (we have a lot in the pipeline) please reach out to Amanda Weidman at
Barry Benson, Jan Brazzell, Linda Kaye Briggs, Brien Elvins, Whitney Grisaffi, Maria Harlow,  Jim Henderson, Harrison Laird, Monique Nadeau, Gil Quante, Elliot Stockstad, Carol Webster, Jim Whitacre and Kirsten Willis
Watch for our next group of Pandaka’s who will graduate in January!!
2018 Toys for Kids Shopping Night
It was a late night and some shoppers were still searching for that perfect gift at 2 A.M. and so probably were not awake to see the early morning news coverage on KING 5 and Q13 about the great work they were doing. Special thanks to the night owl shoppers and elves.   Jackie Farrar, Sally Glover, Diane Kelleher, Cindy Niemi, Christina Turner, Amanda Weidman, Kirsten Willis, Kathi Willis and Dr. John Winskill. Sally Glover and Gil Quante joined Christina Turner on Friday to help hand out the packages! There will be over 250 happy faces this holiday season thanks to this great project. 
The Giving Tree Is Empty - The Gifts Are Delivered and You Made the Holidays Bright!
The members below helped make holiday wishes come true by purchasing a gift card or shopping for a child in need. Thank you for your generosity. 
Janet & Skip Anderson. Miriam Barnett, Kim Bedier, Michael Bitterling, Dan Bogart, Linda Kaye Briggs, Jamie Brooks, Marsha Burns, Betty Capestany, Dean Carrell, Libby Catalinich, Angela & Jack Connelly, Peter Darling, Stephen Deal, John Douville, Michael Dunbar, Jace Dwinell, Robin Echtle, Bryan Flint, Becky Fontaine, Bob Fredrickson, Brenda Gasper, Jeffrey Gellert, Hunter George, Rusty George, Sally Glover, Cynthia Grady, Whitney Grisaffi, Donald Hansen, Maria Harlow, Lori Harnick, Enid & Jim Harris, Donna Haynes, Chris Hays, James Henderson, Rusty Hersey, Corey Hjalseth, Michele Johnson, Diane Kelleher, Harrison Laird, Shanna LaMar, Kelly Lane, Linn Larsen, Sally Leighton, Roger Lilley, Marty Lough, Fred Matthaei, Mary McNally, Dane Meyer, Monique Nadeau, Peter Norman, Stacey Ogle, Mary Lynn Pannen, Gil Quante, Annie Ramirez, Debbie Regala, Michelle Roberts, Jeff Rounce, Carlyn Roy, Evelyn Ryberg, John Schneider, Stephen Smith, Sherri Stanton, Patrick Steel, Buck Thompson, Diane Tilstra, Alex Trettin, Rick Triggs, Christina Turner, Joy Vivar-Beeks, Carol Webster, Jennifer Weddermann, Amanda Weidman, Carolyn Weyrick, Kathi Willis, Kirsten Willis, Scott Winship, John Winskill and Clay Zhang.
Saturday December 15  we joined with the Lakewood Rotary club to pack break 1000 bags for students and their families for their Christmas break.  Thanks to the following members who gave up some time on Saturday afternoon! Jamie BrooksMarsha Burns, Whitney Grisaffi, Jeremy Fogelquist, Gil Quante, Greg Rolsma, Carol  Webster, Jennifer Wedderman and Jim Whitacre .  
Be sure to drop by these special locations on Friday 12-21 to support our members who will be ringing the bells for Salvation Army.  We will be at Katie Downs, Harmon (on Pacific)  and Farrelli's at Point Ruston.  Below is the final schedule, thanks to everyone who has volunteered.  Please contact the office or Ann Voves if there are any changes!
Katie Downs 11am-12pm Gil Quante, Rusty Hersey  12-1 Jim Whitacre, Ann Voves 1-2 John Schneider, Carlyn Roy, Rob Pfarr, Tina Vasen
Harmon 11am-12pm Dr. Jamie Brooks and Kids  12-1 Rusty George, Steve Smith 1-2 Alex Trettin, Dan Bogart
Farelli’s Point Ruston – 11am-12pm Whitney Grisaffi, Stacey Ogle 12-1pm Kelly Lane, Jeff Lovely, Jeremy Fogelquist 1-2 Julie Foley, Meghan Foley
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Our Board of Directors recently ratified a new Club Constitution in the mandatory, standard form required by Rotary International.  Because each club around the world is unique, however, the language of the Rotary International standard club constitution permits clubs to establish Bylaws that reflect local practice.  We have a committee now working to update our Bylaws; those proposed changes will be presented to the Board and to the club in the new year.  You can find our new Club Constitution on our website.  If you have any questions about the new Club Constitution, feel free to contact the office or Mark Anderson
Mike Dunbar - Palm Springs
Fred Matthaei - Lake Union
Larry Treleven - Lakewood
Fred Moisio - South Tacoma
Welcome to our newest member
Lisa Mansfield
Lisa was introduced by her sponsors Karena Kirkendoll and Kathryn Nelson.  She works for the Pierce County Department of Assigned Counsel. Lisa was born in Nashville, Tennesee and comes from a family of service as she remembers the volunteer work that her father did.  She is looking forward to getting involved, please welcome her and invite Lisa to join your committee!. 
Reflection - Miriam Barnett
Greeter/Roving Mic - Sharon Benson
Greeter/Roving Mic - Byron Okutsu
National Anthem & 4 Way Test -  Chris Serface
Fine Counter -  Nick Frank
Storywriter - Brenda Gasper
Introduction - Chris Serface
Meeting Sponsor - Shanna LaMar
AV Assistant - Jeff Rounce
Extra Greeter -  Stacey Ogle
Check in Assistant - Jim Henderson 
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 
Christine Cason -  Dec 18
Laura Fox - Dec 20
Jeff Rounce - Dec 21
Anniversaries to Celebrate 
Van Sawin - 4 years 
Gretchen Adams - 11 years 
Don Hansen - 21 years 
Barry Benson - 28 years 
Social at Cooks Tavern 11-1
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.
December 20
CI Shenanigans
3017 Ruston Way
We have over 30 members and guests signed up for our evening at the theater on 12-27.  We are looking forward to seeing Libby Catalinich and Chris Serface on stage.  Tickets are $17 each, and this is the last week to sign up. 
Another Great Thursday at 5
We had another great meeting at Goodwill last week. Thanks so much to our hosts Lori Harnick and Mike Shields. We learned about the many programs they offer including a culinary program whose students and teachers provided the delicious refreshments. If you missed the meeting and want to support their training visit the Neighborhood Bistro at the Goodwill Milgard Center. They are open Mon-Thursday from 11-4 or support their barista program and visit their coffee shop Buzz Cafe in the Reach Center. 

A thought for the week from Past President Jim Henderson

Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be – Abraham Lincoln


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47 St. Helens Avenue, Ste. 200
Tacoma, Washington 98402

PO Box 1777
Tacoma, Washington 98401-1777

Phone:  253.473.7723
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Upcoming Events
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Dec 21, 2018
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Scrooge the Musical
Tacoma Little Theatre
Dec 27, 2018
7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Community Service Grants Committee Meeting
Sound Options
Jan 03, 2019 7:30 AM
Literacy Committee
Red Elm
Jan 03, 2019
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Membership Recruitment Committee
Eastside Community Center
Jan 03, 2019 11:15 AM
Cosette Pfaff Weekly Meeting Speaker
Tacoma Yacht Club
Jan 03, 2019
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM
PGG - Foundations
Eastside Community Center - After Lunch
Jan 03, 2019 1:00 PM
Projects Committee Meeting
Jan 04, 2019 8:15 AM
Executive Committee Meeting
Jan 08, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Classification Committee Meeting
Rotary office
Jan 08, 2019 11:45 AM
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Auction Chair
Classification Co-Chair
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Literacy Co-Chair
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Membership Recruitment Chair
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Program Co-Chair
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Projects Co-Chair
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Rotaract Chair
Rotary Youth Exchange Co-Chair
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Scholarships Co-Chair
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Vocational Services Co-Chair
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World Community Service Chair
Youth Protection Officer
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