Thursday, June 20, 2019
Roger Stanton -  Dune Peninsula Park
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Roger has spent the past few years serving as Metro Parks Tacoma’s project manager on the huge project to convert the contaminated Asarco slag heap into a world-class waterfront park. Dune Peninsula at Point Defiance opens to the public on July 6th. The project also includes the Wilson Way bridge that finally provides a way for pedestrians and cyclists to connect between Point Defiance Park and the Ruston Way waterfront without crossing a major traffic route. After the meeting, attendees will be allowed inside the construction fence for a sneak peek of Dune Peninsula.
Turnover - June 27
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No meeting July 4
July 11 Thursdays at 5
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You should have received 2 emails from Past President Mark Anderson related to the changes in the By-Laws, one on 5-17 and one on 6-6.  At our meeting this week we will to vote as a membership whether to approve the amended Club Bylaws. We need 90 members present! To those of you who provided feedback in the development of these new Bylaws, thank you – your professional expertise and personal insights proved invaluable in the process of updating our Bylaws. Below are the critical points Mark made in his correspondence. 
In September 2018, we adopted the Club Constitution in the form mandated by Rotary International.  With that as our new "reference point," it soon became clear that our Bylaws would benefit from a more comprehensive overhaul.  The primary purposes of this overhaul were to 1) update the Bylaws to be consistent with our new Club Constitution and other direction from Rotary International, 2) remove provisions that are no longer required to be in our Bylaws, but offer them for consideration as Club policies, 3) reduce redundancy by, for example, removing provisions that are already stated in our Club Constitution, and 4) increase flexibility in the administration of our Club by, for example, removing attendance requirements and replacing them with new provisions related to engagement. 
The proposed Bylaws (here is a link) are much shorter than our current Bylaws.  Apart from comparative brevity, here is a description of the most notable/noticeable features of the proposed revisions to our Bylaws:
  • Adds a Table of Contents.
  • Adds a new Article for Definitions.
  • Adds broad provisions for the creation of a new, optional office of Vice President.  As currently envisioned, the office of Vice President could be used as a tool for leadership succession planning, and could be filled by a member as a first step toward ultimate service as President.
  • Adds the office of Sergeant-at-Arms, as required by the Club Constitution, but worded to permit a President the option of filling the office.
  • Removes or simplifies Bylaws where the subject matter is already addressed in our Club Constitution.
  • Removes Bylaws provisions that are not required to be stated as Bylaws, but that could more appropriately be stated as policies.  (These removed provisions have been assembled for later use in developing and promulgating policies.)
  • Adds references to provisions of our Club Constitution at the bottom of some Articles where appropriate. 
  • Includes language from the RI-Recommended Bylaws where appropriate.
  • In Article VIII, changes “Internal Controls and Oversight Committee (‘ICOC’)” to the “Finance Committee,” to be consistent with current practice. 
  • Changes “initiation fee” to “new member fee” where applicable.
  • Dramatically shortens Article X - Membership.  Most of this is not required to be in our Bylaws and would better be stated as policy/procedure.
  • Dramatically shortens Article XI - Duration of Membership.  Most of this is already in our Club Constitution.
  • Deletes the contents of Article XII - Classifications.  All of this is already in Article 11 of our Club Constitution.
  • Renames Article XIII to “Engagement,” and dramatically shortens its provisions.
  • Deletes the contents of Article XIV - Arbitration and Mediation.  All of this is already in Article 19 of our Club Constitution.
  • Renames Article XVI to “Conduct of Business,” and adds a provision regarding Rules of Order (formerly a separate Article).
  • Adds new Sections that identify certain Bylaws provisions that supersede the provisions of the Club Constitution, where permitted by the Club Constitution.
Further revisions were made  based on comments from our Members after the 5-17 email: 
  • Honorary Members will now have voting rights;
  • A Vice President will be entitled to vote as a member of the Board and as a member of the Executive Committee;
  • The Article II provision regarding Director attendance at Committee meetings has been revised for clarity;
  • The insurance requirements under Article VIII, Section 5 have been expanded; and
  • Wording has been tightened up in several places.
Thank you for your role in refreshing our Club Bylaws and making them work for us. 
Paul Harris Awardees in January
We will be honoring all Paul Harris Fellows at our meeting on June 20 (we have over 100!!) but will be presenting awards to the following members; Cap Pearson, Julie Foley, Alex Trettin, Jan & Skip Anderson, Kirk Hull, Tim Daly, Glenn Everitt, Maria Harlow, Rob Novasky, Marsha Burns, Kathryn Nelson, Andy Laycock, Ron Anderson and Larry Treleven.  Please be sure to wear your pin or medallion (if you were an early recipient of a Fellowship) 
Mandatory Fun Night- Rotary At the Rainiers
Diane Kelleher, Christina Turner & Mark Anderson
Can you find the Rotary 8 members? 
It's that time again to join with Rotary Clubs in District 5020 to tailgate and enjoy a Rainiers Game.  The game this year will be August 15.   The evening starts with tailgating in the parking lot at 5:15 followed by the game at 7:05. For $18.00 you will receive a reserved seat ticket and enjoy a great tailgate party with lots of food both outside and inside the park. For $10 you can tailgate only! Reservations are due by July 12. You can use this link to make a reservation.  Please let me know in comments how many tickets you need. There will also be sign up sheets at the meeting, and President Elect Carol Duris already has 19 members signed up! 

It's time to pull out your calendar and make a plan to help out this summer at Camp Goodtimes on Vashon Island.  Our day will be July 18, and once again Ann Voves will be coordinating volunteers.  We will have sign up sheets at the meetings starting at the end of May, the theme this year is Super Human!


GALLEYSIDE - June 27 - Register Now!
Assignments will be made this week and Joy will be sending the invoices for dinner.  Plan to spend the afternoon and early evening sailing with friends and celebrating a great year with President Linda Kaye!  The barbecue will start about 5 and the price is $35. The the dock at Dockton is damaged and we are looking at an alternative location.  Here is a link if you want to sign up on line. Maria Harlow will have all of the assignments out this week. 
What a wonderful meeting when we are able to award close to $50,000 to our area non-profits to support their wonderful work.  Thanks for your generous support of the Tacoma Rotary Foundation, our annual auction and Project Greater Good. Through those donations we are able to change and save hundreds of lives every year. 
Reflection- Rusty Hersey
Board Greeter/Roving Mic-Jace Dwinell
Board Greeter/Roving Mic- Robin Echtle
National Anthem & 4 Way Test- Carlyn Roy
Piano-Jack Warnick
Fine Counter- Robin Echtle
Storywriter- Stephen Deal
Meeting Sponsor- Lori Harnick
AV Assistant- Don Sheppard
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
Rob Roth - Jun 16
Elliot Stockstad - Jun 16
Stacey Ogle - Jun 18
Linda Kaye Briggs - Jun 20
Jeff Lovely - Jun 21
Anniversaries to Celebrate
Brenda Gasper - 1 year 
Rick Triggs - 1 year 
Christine Cason - 19 years 
Linda Kaye Briggs - 20 years 
Cap Pearson - 22 years 
John B. Dimmer – 30 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.
June 20th
Johnny's Dock
1900 East D Street
Tacoma,  WA
June 27
Thursdays at 5 at Sprague Pest Solutions
We had another great group join us to learn more about Sprague Pest Solutions.  We should all be proud of this 93 year old Tacoma company. We had fun trying out the 1949 service vehicle that Larry Treleven's father drove, and learning about how they have grown and evolved and that they are all about the people.  We saw their wall of all 20 year employees...but no bugs or critters to show us! Check out these members networking and enjoying Rotary in a different way! 

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