Thursday, July 2, 2020
Learn about Kathryn's vision for our new Rotary year and hear about our investment in Pierce County Connected. 
Time: July 2, 2020 12:05 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID:  937 9654 9802
Please only use this phone in number if you do not have computer audio  253.215.8782
Kathi Littmann and Dona Ponepinto will share with us some of the stories of how the Pierce County Connected Fund has improved lives during the pandemic.
Kathi Littmann, a public, private and nonprofit leader with more than two decades of executive-level experience, joined Greater Tacoma Community Foundation in July 2015 as President & CEO. Kathi’s career spans prominent positions across diverse industries, ranging from public education leadership to commercial construction management.
Throughout her career, Kathi has worked to help build deep community involvement in order to help create opportunities for people to live healthy, happy and productive lives. Whether she was building innovative teacher-centered professional learning systems for The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, launching learning initiatives with leadership and teachers on U.S. Military Base campuses across the world, or managing multi-billion dollar construction programs, Kathi worked to empower teams of diverse stakeholders to work together toward a shared impact.
Kathi was recognized early in her career by the International Women’s Foundation for minority and small business opportunity engagement. She also received the construction industry’s most prestigious honor, the Engineering News Record Award of Excellence, in 2003 for her team’s work to launch 175 new schools and additions across greater Los Angeles.
Kathi began her career as a middle school English teacher and holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from Loyola and a Masters of Education from Marymount University. She is also a 2005 Broad Urban Superintendents Academy fellow.
Kathi loves exploring the Pacific Northwest outdoors with her two rescue pups.
Dona is currently the President and CEO for United Way of Pierce County.  Dona joined UWPC in January of 2014 and brings over 30 years of experience within the United Way network and a long history of working on behalf of children and their families.
Since taking the reins in Pierce County, Dona led a ground-breaking three-state research project on the financial stability of families known as ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed), spearheaded the creation of the yearly, From Poverty to Possibilities summit, and launched the Center for Strong Families, that focuses on helping families increase their income, decrease expenses, build credit and acquire assets.
Prior to joining United Way of Pierce County, Dona was a Vice President at United Way for Southeast Michigan (UWSEM) in Detroit, Michigan. Prior to joining UWSEM, she was with Orange County’s United Way and the United Way of Greater Los Angeles.
Dona has consistently been very engaged in her community and has demonstrated strong leadership through service and board membership. She is a member of the Junior League Tacoma and most recently she was a member on the board of directors and chair of the Governance Committee for the Association of Junior Leagues International. In addition, she serves on boards of the Tacoma Pierce County Chamber, Pierce County Aids Foundation (PCAF), Tacoma Art Museum, Wellfound Behavioral Health Hospital and the Workforce Development Council.
Dona holds a BA in Psychology and a MS Degree in Counseling with emphasis in children and families from Creighton University.  She lives in Gig Harbor with her husband Joe and their dog, Henry. 
July 9 
Speaker of the House Laurie Jinkins
July 16
Julie Anderson Pierce County Auditor
July 23
Bill Johnson - Johnson Candy 
Enjoy the talent of Elliot Stockstad & Jeremy Simler in this musical gift to President Carol Duris. If you missed the meeting please check it out here!
If you have not paid your dues yet, you may have received a call from a Board member. Please let us know before Tuesday, June 30 at noon when you will pay.  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. 
Meeting Sponsor Details
Cost:        $100 per meeting
Purpose:  To offset the cost of the speaker gift, and program expenses as well as to highlight the businesses of club members throughout the year.
Sponsor Benefits
  • Sponsoring club member and their business will be mentioned by the President twice during the meeting (at the beginning and at the end of the meeting.)
  • A 1-2 minute presentation with slides will be part of the meeting.
  • Sponsor will have a logo and their mission statement highlighted in the Gearshift the week of their sponsorship.
During this time when we can't gather together and send around cards for members who are facing an illness or who have lost a family member we would like to remember them with a note in the Gearshift, and perhaps you will want to reach out yourself!  Please send me a note at  if you would like something posted.
Our thoughts of sympathy are going to Sharon and Barry Benson who lost her mother recently. 
Welcome New Member Dan Wirth
Dan was introduced at our meeting on June 18.  He was born in Indianapolis, IN and moved to Washington in January to accept a position of the Executive Director of the American Red Cross, South Puget Sound and the Olympics. Dan has worked/volunteered in the nonprofit landscape for over 20 years, believes in living a life of service and is grateful for the opportunity to be engaged with Rotary, an an incredible local and global organization. He has been with the Red Cross for 6 yrs. moved here most recently from Louisville, KY;  Dan went to college in Durango, Colorado & completed his masters at the University of Montana. His wife is Phoebe, daughter Luna (5), son Orion (4) & baby due in September. Phoebe and Dan served together as a married couple as Peace Corps volunteers in the Dominican Republic from 2010-13. Phoebe’s uncle, has been a Rotarian for many years in Pennsylvania. His brother in law, completed a rotary exchange in Argentina in the early 2000’s. Dan is a great new addition to the club and we look forward to seeing him again (he has visited us for meetings and helped with our comfort kit packing on March 5.) 
A True Confession from Jim and Enid Harris
Jim called last week, he wanted to pay a fine of $65 for their 65th wedding anniversary.  Enid chimed in from the background that she wanted to pay $65 as well. Congratulations to these 2 wonderful members, and thanks for your generosity!
Special thanks to this dedicated group who helped out on Saturday June 27 with a St. Vinnie's Sort. Fred Moisio and Shelly, Tracy Peacock, Gil Quante and Jennifer Weddermann
Tacoma Rescue Mission Sack Lunch Project
Tacoma Rescue Mission is seeing an increased demand for meals and due to limitations with social distancing in Phase 2 they are looking for volunteers to make sack lunches.  We would like to be able to provide 50-80 lunches to them every other week, if we have enough interested volunteers.
If you would be willing to put together 10 meat sandwiches (with no condiments) and deliver them to the office on Monday, June 29 by 4 or Tuesday, June 30 by 11 we will have volunteers to fill the sacks with chips, water, cookies and a piece of fruit. Please contact Seth Kaplowitz at or call or email the office at 253-473-7723, of you will make sandwiches or help with the packing. Thanks to this weeks sandwich volunteers Kim Bedier, Maria Harlow and Diane Tilstra
What a fantastic way to end our Rotary year!
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).
We have a volunteer opportunity on July 24th and 25th to Paint Tacoma Beautiful!  Well, one house actually.  Program improvements have been made to stay healthy and take care of ourselves while supporting homeowners in our community led by the Associated Ministries.  John Schneider is leading the preparation and painting efforts with coordination assistance by Diane Kelleher.  Please let the office know if you’d like to join them for one or two days – or a partial day - and we’ll send you a volunteer application and a short orientation video. 
Meeting Moderator- Chris Serface
Reflection- Kim Bedier
National Anthem  & 4 Way Test-  Who's available?
Storywriter-  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
--Check in Assistant
Birthdays This Week
No Birthdays!
Anniversaries to Celebrate
Jim Boardman - 8 years
Jackie Flowers - 11 years
Betty Capestany - 28 years
Reflections from the June 25 meeting by Brenda Gasper
Meeting moderator Chris Serface opened with a brief review of how the call would work; members muted, raising hands, thumbs up or clapping icon, chat, private chat to Joy if you want to pay a birthday fine or make a true confession, be sure to let her know if you have a card on file and if you are billing to a business or personal account. President Carol Duris rang the Scarlett bicycle bell for one last time and thanked members for joining. Christina Turner, Tacoma Public Utilities provided the invocation reading a poem about the impact and power of Rotary. Elliot Stockstad, Lutheran Community Services sang the National Anthem. Jeremy Simler, NW Furniture Bank, was our meeting sponsor. Jeremy shared the mission of the NW Furniture Bank…to provide hope, dignity and stability in our community. We learned that 80% of their clients have a family member sleeping on the floor, 70% have no usable furniture. Of the families and individuals helped, 50% are less likely to return to homelessness. Because of the program, 3 million pounds of furniture and mattresses  have been kept out of our landfills. They also provide 1,039 tables to empty rooms so families can eat together. President Carol Duris invited everyone to check out the anniversaries: Gus Martin - 1 year, Tyler Sollie - 1 year, Brenda Gasper - 2 years, Rick Triggs - 2 years, Julie Foley - 5 years, Jennifer Weddermann - 4 years cumulative, Jeremy Fogelquist - 6 years, Christian Anderson - 7 years, Christine Cason - 20 years, John B. Dimmer - 31 years. Carol Duris called on Seth Kaplowitz for a Tacoma Rescue Mission announcement. He thanked everyone for their support and enthusiasm and reminded us the need is great right now with COVID. One volunteer opportunity is to prepare sandwiches for delivery on Tuesday, June 30. Then Jim Whitacre announced the St. Vinnie Sort with be rescheduled for some time in July or August. President Carol made a few comments about her year as President. She shared how the club inspired and believed in her. She thanked all her friends with generous hearts. She said it was an honor to be our president.    She talked about some of the accomplishments of the club that make her proud such as all the grants, new members, hands-on service, scholarships given, exchange students hosted and how we banded together with the community during COVID. She challenged everyone to be motivated and continue to be people of action! She presented Presidential Citations to the following members: Chris Serface – She thanked him for being an IT extraordinaire and for always stepping up and sharing his talents. Kathi Willis – She received a Presidential Citation with Distinction for being an unsung hero for Carol and the club. She is the backbone of our club and “always ready to help!” Seth Kapowitz - He was honored with Rookie of the Year for being so active on so many committees and really being an inspiration to so many. President Carol then passed the gavel to Kathryn Nelson and presented her with the Club President Pin. Kathryn then thanked Carol for her incredible year and presented her with a gift from the club  and…. the Past President pin. Kathryn thanked Carol for her wisdom and poise. She noted how well she juggled so many things as president, a new baby, Covid, work and did so with grace, confidence, a great attitude and patience. Kathryn then presented President Elect Kim Bedier with a President Elect pin. The  Turnover Program was a hilarious zoom skit that started with Rotarians in the zoom squares in a variety of amusing circumstances like in the bathroom or drinking out of a bottle of booze. It launched into a Saturday Night Live style presentation they called “Tacoma Night Live”. It was starring Carol Duris and began with a roast style opening by Linda Kaye Briggs. The production included Scarlett, Harper and Carol’s mom. The first segment was a Password Plus Game hosted by Mark Anderson with contestants Steve Smith, Libby Catalinich, Carlyn Roy and Maria Harlow. They had clues: Mother, Princess, Superhero, Scarlett and Strawberry to finally guess the spotlight phrase ….Carol Duris.  The musical guests were Elliot and the Phone Homes. Elliot Stockstad and Jeremy Simler performed a very thoughtful rendition of What Would You Say. They performed in a video film outside of the Yacht Club. There was a Rotary Update with a new report style skit featuring Rusty George and Jan Brazzell. They covered a story of a missing Carol Duris that had lots of similarities to the Tiger King story. Then a video played featuring many club members in good bye videos. They were very thoughtful and Scarlett and Harper were even included. The Turnover Celebration ended with a past president parade where past presidents drove by and gave Carol thanks and well wishes from their car window. It was a very fun and clever video. President Kathryn thanked the amazingly talented members for pulling together the clever program; especially to Chris Serface and Rusty George for their hours of work and technology skills and creativity. She thanked the meeting helpers Christina & Elliot and Chris as for facilitating the meeting. She thanked Jeremy as the sponsor too. She congratulated the members who received a Presidential citations and shared how she is looking forward to her first meeting next week at which time the club will hear a little bit about the theme for the year and receive a report on work being done through the Pierce County Connected Fund that our club members generously supported. She reminded everyone that Rotary Opens Opportunity and she hopes each of us finds the opportunity to be of service to others….in the coming week.

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