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Thursday, June 18 2020
VOL. NINETY SIX,  Issue 51
 
Honoring Our Scholarship Winners
 
Our wonderful Scholarship Committee and their chairs, Alex Trettin and Bob Fredrickson interviewed 27 students and selected 20 outstanding seniors to receive $52,000 in scholarships.  Receiving awards this year are;   
Bailey Black, Annie Wright
Annette Ray and Loraine Ignao, Bellarmine
Casandra Redding and Jasmine Barnes, Foss
Jason Patterson, IDEA 
Elysse Loyola, Life Christian 
Marisol Rivera, Lincoln 
Ciara Savoy, Ellie Moore and  Kha Tran, Mt. Tahoma 
Anna Gerald and Kathy Do, SAMI  
Ian Fredrickson, SOTA  
Carter Rojecki and Rachel Tao, Stadium 
Kyongryoon So and Jeremiah Lynn, Tacoma Baptist 
Savanah Olson and  Katie Beckner, Wilson
 
 
Time: June 18, 2020 12:10 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
 
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A Statement from your Executive Committee
We are shaken by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Manuel Ellis and many others. At Rotary, we denounce racism. We celebrate diversity and demand ethical leadership. BLACK LIVES MATTER
We have a long history of funding grants to non-profit organizations in Tacoma to serve low-income youth and elderly, for ALL in need.  We come together as a Rotary Club to provide food, build homes, give scholarships to local high school youth, and serve others. We also fund international grants to all races in our work to eradicate polio and bring clean water to communities.   We are committed to bringing people together to do good in our community and the world. 
We have evolved over our 110-year history, but we know we have more work to do to help create a more just, open, and welcoming Tacoma.  We are committed to take action immediately, working with individuals and organizations towards long-term solutions to dismantle racism.
We invite and include all passionate people in our efforts to deliver “Service Above Self”. We live by the 4 Way test in our personal and professional lives and will apply this to influence the necessary changes that will bring justice to all.
  1. Is it the truth?
  2. Is it fair to all concerned?
  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned? 
UPCOMING MEETINGS
 
June 25 
Turnover - From Carol to Kathryn
 
July 2
Kathryn's first meeting!
THANK YOU TO THIS WEEK'S MEETING SPONSOR - Betty Capestany
 
 
 
 
Saturday Sorting at St. Vinnies
St. Vincent de Paul is in need of volunteers to help sort through donations. They have an abundance of product and need assistance to help sort so they can open the store and serve persons in need of affordable clothing and household goods.
Volunteers are needed Saturday June 27th from 10 am – 1 pm
 
Additional details:
  • Background check required.
  • Volunteers must be at least 16 years old.
  • PPE and hand sanitizer will be provided for volunteers. Social distancing measures are in place.
If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, please email volunteer@svdptacoma.org or contact Jim Whitacre at  whit@wamail.net
 
 
Little Free Library Installation  
Special thanks to Jennifer Wedderman, John Schneider and Dane Meyer for the repair work and installation of the library recently.  
 
For those of you still looking for ways to serve here are some resources for volunteer opportunities for COVID -19 relief
Let us know what you decide to do and we can share with others who may want to join you (virtually, of course).
 
Arrangements for your 2020-21 must be made right away. The invoice due date is June 19 and we will be charged for all members on the roster on June 30, so we need confirmation of your renewal now.  We can wait until July 1 to run your card if that is your wish.  Although the invoice offered a pay online option, we do not have that set up at this time.  Dues remain the same as last year and given the stresses that many are facing we want to work with you on a payment plan if needed. We want each and every one of you to help us remain a strong and vibrant club. Please let us know right away if you have not received an invoice. 
MEETING VOLUNTEERS 
 
Meeting Moderator- Chris Serface
Reflection- Robert Modarelli
National Anthem  & 4 Way Test- Jennifer Wedderman with Lily & Bobby
Meeting Sponsor - Betty Capestany
Storywriter- Jim Henderson
Meeting introduction - Alex Trettin & Bob Fredrickson
 
WANT TO HELP AT A MEETING?
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
 
Anniversaries to Celebrate
 
Phil Carter - 1 year
Molly Peterson - 1 year
Angela Connelly - 2 years
Jack Connelly - 2 years
DeAnne Hamilton - 2 years
Linda Kaye Briggs - 21 years
Cap Pearson - 24 years
Reflections from the June 11 meeting by Stephen Deal
 
With the loss of so many lives due to the global COVID pandemic, and the national outcry over the murder of George Floyd in Minnesota, President Duris exercised her prerogative and read the following Statement at the onset of our meeting:
 
As you all know our club has traditionally reserved the time before the opening bell to honor a club member with  a eulogy but given the gravity of the current situation I would like to take this time to read the letter that I emailed to each of you yesterday
 
We are shaken by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Manuel Ellis, and many others. At Rotary, we denounce racism.  We celebrate diversity and demand ethical leadership.  Black Lives Matter. 
We have a long history of funding grants to non-profit organizations in Tacoma to serve low-income youth and elderly, for ALL in need.  We come together as a Rotary Club to provide food, build homes, give scholarships to local high school youth, and serve others. We also fund international grants to all races in our work to eradicate polio and bring clean water to communities.   We are committed to bringing people together to do good in our community and the world.  
We have evolved over our 110-year history, but we know we have more work to do to help create a more just, open, and welcoming Tacoma.  We are committed to take action immediately, working with individuals and organizations towards long-term solutions to dismantle racism.
We invite and include all passionate people in our efforts to deliver “Service Above Self”. We live by the 4 Way test in our personal and professional lives and will apply this to influence the necessary changes that will bring justice to all.
 
President Carol  went on to invite interested Rotarians to join a new committee being set up and led by Kim Bedier to help our club diversify and look at how our club and the work we do we can be a part of  the effort to help end systemic racism in our community.  A profound start to a powerful meeting.
 
The bell rang and Emily Mendez-Bryant, United Way of Pierce County,  led us in the invocation. Emily read the following Poem titled “CLIMB TILL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE by Helen Steiner Rice.
 
Often your tasks will be many,
And more than you think you can do.
Often the road will be rugged
And the hills insurmountable, too.
 
But always remember, the hills ahead
Are never as steep as they seem,
And with Faith in your heart start upward
And climb 'Til you reach your dream.
 
For nothing in life that is worthy
Is never too hard to achieve
If you have the courage to try it
And you have the Faith to believe.
 
For Faith is a force that is greater
Than knowledge or power or skill
And many defeats turn to triumph
If you trust in God's wisdom and will.
 
For Faith is a mover of mountains.
There's nothing that God cannot do,
So start out today with Faith in your heart
And 'Climb 'Til Your Dream Comes True' !
 
Invoking the challenges of racial and health disparities that communities of color face Emily closed with the words of Maya Angelou, “Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.”  Inspirational words that speak directly to our hearts.
Jeremey Simler, Northwest Furniture Bank lead us in a beautiful a cappella rendition of the National Anthem followed by the Four-Way Test.
Maria Harlow of the Names Foundation sponsored the meeting and she ceded her time to Bryan Flint of Sound Outreach to talk a bit about the work they do.  Sound Outreach’s Mission is to “walk side by side with those finding their way to financial security.”  They do this through programs that focus on financial empowerment like their partnership with United Way of Pierce County to participate in the Center for Strong Families.   The Center for Strong Families initiative bundles together employment coaching, financial counseling, and access to public benefits through comprehensive case management for economically vulnerable households throughout Pierce County.  Truly a wonderful organization, Sound Outreach is supported financially by over two dozen Rotarians.  
President Duris recognized our club members celebrating an anniversary, John Pfaff - 5 years, Sandi Wollum - 12 years, Peter Carlstrom - 19 years and David Flentge - 23 years.
President Duris next announced the graduation of six new Rotarian who were awarded their Blue Badge.  James Harper, Emily Mendez-Bryant, Victor Mitre, Molly Peterson, Greer Todhunter and Monique Valenzuela each received their blue badge. Asked “what do you value most about being a Rotarian,” the  graduates spoke about the fellowship they have found in Rotary,  the personal growth they have achieved, the feeling they get from “being a part of something so much bigger than myself,”   the life changing experiences they have had and the relevance and truth of the Four-Way test.  It was great to see such an accomplished group get involved with our club.
Hunter George introduced our speakers Tom Pierson, President of the Greater Tacoma Chamber of Commerce and T’wina Nobles President and CEO of the Tacoma Urban League.
Tom kicked us off and has an extensive Bio.  “Tom Pierson has been President & CEO of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber (TPCC) since June 2011. Under Pierson’s leadership, the Chamber has strengthened and built countywide ties with leaders of the community. His commitment is to ensure and increase awareness that the Chamber is the voice for business, helping the South Sound become the best place to do business in Washington state……Prior to joining TPCC, Pierson led the Federal Way Chamber of Commerce for eight years, helping them achieve four-star accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, managing their financial controls, cultivating the Chamber’s overall performance, and doubling its membership base. His experience also includes working for the Metropolitan King County Council and the Washington State Senate as legislative staff.” Note Bio information from Chamber web site and Linked in.
Under Tom’s Leadership, the Chamber pivoted to support the business in Tacoma and Pierce County as they faced an unprecedented economic challenge  Tom started by sharing a slide that gave a brief timeline of  the Chamber response to the COVID crisis.  It is hard to believe that the first case of COVID in WA State was January 21st and the stay at home order  instituted on March 23rd ended on June 5th.  The chamber has quickly pivoted to provide businesses with robust online and one of one support as they navigate the programs set up to help weather this economic storm.
T’wina Nobles President and CEO of the Tacoma Urban League followed up. In addition to her role at the Urban League, T’wina is the founder of Ladies First, a “school-based learning program dedicated to empowering young women to make healthy decisions while promoting free thinking & cultural awareness in their everyday lives. We encourage youth to build safe communities, confidence, and trust.”  According to her Bio, T’wina Nobles is a wife, mother of four, former small business owner, an educator and mentor, and an elected official on the University Place School Board. …. T’wina has nearly 15 years of experience in education as an instructor, PTA leader and School Board member. “ T’wina’s Bio describes in depth some of the challenges she face during  childhood and this writer  encourages  you to  go to https://ladies1storg.com/category/founder-bio/  for a glimpse into T’wina’s life and learn more about this extraordinary woman.
Like the Chamber, the Tacoma Urban under T’wina’s leadership has quickly pivoted its work to support minority owned business providing counseling, advocacy, information, and mentorship. She talked at length about helping companies navigate the sea of acronyms that this crisis has created, (CDFI, PPP, PPE, and the like). T’wina highlighted the challenges that the African American business community faces. The unacceptable reality is that minority owned businesses always receive the short end of the stick when it comes to programmatic government responses to disasters such as covid.
T’wina then spoke about systemic racism in our country and how we can respond. For us to change the system, the issue of diversity must be at the table from the onset. She outlined four ways that community members can become better at supporting minority communities and helping change the racist paradigm in our country.
Listen and believe what black people are telling you. The experience that a black man has in society is radically different from the experiences that the average white man has.  Listen to the stories, do not discount them, do not explain away the abuses as being done by a few bad actors.  Embrace the truth.  
Do your own work, be committed to getting better every day.  Make diversity a priority, not an after thought.  Catch yourself and challenge your internally voiced prejudices. Take yourself out of your comfort zone and make an effort!
Speak -up in your own circle.  When one of your circle expounds on a racist belief, tells a insensitive or offensive joke, voices an inaccurate assumption, shares a misperception or outright false hood, call them on it and challenge their assumptions and their behavior. 
Continue to educate yourself. T’wina provided us with the following list of resources that can help all of us learn. Knowledge is power.  
Books to READ:
  • How to Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
  • Your Silence Will Not Protect You by Audre Lorde
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
Shows to LISTEN to:
Shows to WATCH:
  • 13th (Ava Duvernay)- Netflix
  • American Son (Kenny Leon)- Netflix
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins)- Hulu
  • The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr)- Hulu with Cinemax
  • Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler)- Available to Rent
President Duris thanked Tom and T’wina, for the expertise and dedication they are providing during this unique time for our businesses as they navigate survival of the COVID pandemic. President Duris also thanked Tom and T’wina as for responding to the need to change the racial inequality that has been facing us for years.  The club made a donation in their names to the Rotary International Foundation.
President Duris next called on Jim Whitacre for an announcement about a St. Vinnie Sort on 6-27. There was bit of time for true confessions and we learned of awards and honors to Rotarians.  We also learned that past President Linda Kaye Briggs has accepted the role of Assistant District Governor for our district
President Duris thanked our speakers and meeting facilitators. The President spoke a bit about the plans to replace our annual auction fundraiser with a fundraising campaign and congratulated our new Blue Badge Rotarians.
Throughout the year, President Duris has closed all our weekly meetings encouraging us all to “Be People of Action.”  This advice seems particularly relevant given the Global Pandemic and the seemingly tectonic shift with the awakening of majority public perception about the way that our fellow citizens, friends, colleagues and brothers and sisters of color are faced with endemic racism and outright hostility in their daily lives.  All of us have always know that institutional and overt racism is a virus in this country, yet we have chosen to minimize and ignore the problem. As Rotarians, we can no longer sit on the sidelines and wait. 

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