Thursday, April 26, 2018
VOL. NINETY-FOUR, Issue No. 43
Julie Anderson - Pierce County Auditor
Current Events in Washington State and Pierce County Elections
Auditor Julie Anderson talks about election technology, significant changes to voter registration, and Washington’s new Voting Rights Act.
Julie Anderson has a long history of public service. She has served as the Pierce County Auditor since 2009, and previously served as the senior policy advisor for the Washington State Department of Commerce, as well as a member of the Tacoma City Council. As auditor, Julie is responsible for everything from elections to licensing to animal services. You may remember Julie as a longtime member of Rotary 8.  She hasn’t missed a beat, but she did change her affiliation to Sunrise Rotary. 
Featured Items this week
A stay on Anderson Island
Vancouver anyone? 
Procurement Update
What a flurry of activity we have had.  We have over $100,000 in value of items donated and they are ready for your bidding.  If you would like a peek at some of the items join us at the meeting this week where we will have our most up to date hot list!
Time to make those reservations!
We need to turn in our count to the Murano on Tuesday, so you still have a small window of opportunity to make your reservation. For those wonderful members who are coming please be sure to let the office know if you or your guests require a vegetarian or gluten free meal. 
Feeling creative?  We have a few baskets that need to be assembled for display at the auction....we have the items, the baskets and some cellophane and stuffig materials, we just need someone with a little time.  We may also still have a few places for volunteers the night of the auction. Please contact Kirsten Willis if your are able to help.
Membership Proposal
Unless written objections are submitted to the Board within 10 days of this posting, the following individual will be invited to membership: 
DeAnne Hamilton
EDUCATION - Television
Executive Director & General Manager
Sponsor: Jan Brazzell
Rick Triggs
ASSN: SOC SVC - Human Services
Interim CEO and CFo
Metropolitan Development Council
Sponsor: Missy Zenczak
Literacy Committee Needs Your Help!
The books for Reach Out & Read medical clinics have arrived. Approximately 12,000 books are sitting at KBTC, eagerly awaiting their "donated by Rotary 8" stickers. We have a lot of work to do, before we can get the books in the hands of little readers. Mark your calendars for a sticker party!
May 8th
4:30 - 5:30
KBTC Public Television
Another New Project from the Projects Committee
EFN Hunger Walk, the morning of Saturday May 5 at Fort Steilacoom Park.  contact Gil Quante to volunteer.  We are staffing the water stations and need 5-10 volunteers. 
Reflections from Abby
One of the best parts of living in the Southern Hemisphere is the flipped seasons. While my mom and dad were barely surviving the bone-chilling rain of the Pacific North West, I was on summer vacation from December to March. 85+ degrees every day! Here are some of the things I learned during my second summer 2017!
1. How to Penguin
In December, Rotary took myself 30 other exchange students and I to the marvelous Patagonia Chilena. We hiked through gigantic caverns, sailed past a 1000-foot-tall glacier, and took a day trip to an island inhabited entirely by... PENGUINS! Coolest day ever.
2. How to Move
Two days after Christmas I moved to my second host family here in San Fernando. I surprised myself by tearing up when my little host sisters had to say goodbye. Between these two homes I have had the opportunity to peer into the lives of a middle working class family as well as a very comfortable one. Both have taught me much about how money does (and as often doesn't) change one's quality of life.
3. How to Beach
This new family brought me along with them on their two-week beach vacation. We laid out on the sand, watching the waves, for at least two hours everyday. Memories of this trip are tinted by ice cream cones and hours upon hours of pleasure reading.
4. How to Reconnect
My first host family was presented with the chance to spend a weekend in the southern city of Valdivia. Confirming my belief that we will remain close for a while to come, they graciously invited me along. All six of us squeezed into their car, (made for five- yes I made sure to wear a seat belt!), and made the nine hour trek. Our weekend was a whirlwind of fireworks, historic battle sites, fish, and the happiness only time with family can bring.
5. How to German
I can now officially count to ten. On a good day, I add "I am Abby" for a flourish. Seriously though, what a tricky language! Thankfully my two best German friends speak English gooder than I do ;) We spent an afternoon baking cookies to share with our host families. My chocolate chip ones were definitely the best, yet for the sake of diplomacy we'll say they tied.
6. How to Grow
This one is still a work in progress, though I see its fruit more clearly now upon reflection. I recently saw two movies entirely in Spanish and understood enough to laugh at the jokes. My first host parents explained the history surrounding the birth of their country in a language foreign to me a short six months ago. What in the heck would I do without exchange! 
Abby says "Thanks Rotary#8" 
Ali's Exchange in Photo's
Fred Moisio -  Sunrise
Invocation - Malcolm Russell
National Anthem and 4 Way Test -  Chris Serface
Board Greeter- Roving Mic - Linda Kaye Briggs 
Greeter - Roving Mic -  Jan Brazzell 
Birthdays - Don Doman
Fine Counter - Dan Bogart
Meeting Reporter for Gearshift -  Don Doman
Meeting Sponsor -  Bill Baxter - for Malcolm
AV Assistance -  Chris Serface and Mik
There are clipboards at every meeting for you to sign up to help out!
--Leading the National Anthem & Four Way Test
--Giving the Moment of Reflection
--Playing piano
--Assisting with Audio/Visual
--Greeter and Roving Mic
--Sponsoring a meeting

Birthdays to Celebrate  
David Snow - Apr 23
Jim Boardman - Apr 24
Sherri Stanton - Apr 26
Jace Dwinell - Apr 27
Debbie Regala - Apr 27
Steve Smith - Apr 27
Anniversaries to Celebrate
Amy Wigstrom - 14 years
Harry Pritchard - 32 years
Bryan Flint - 10 years
Betty Ann Pope - 18 years
Melissa Malott - 2 years
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
May 3, 2018
District Conference no social
May 10, 2018
Johnny Dock
1900 East D Street
Tacoma, WA

Reflections from the meeting of April 19 from Libby Catalinich
President-elect Linda Kaye Briggs rang the bell and called the meeting to order.  Diane Tilstra provided the invocation and encouraged us to “sit in the stillness….and listen to your heart.”  Carlyn Roy, from TAPCO, led us in a lovely version of the National Anthem in an acapella version.  She followed up with the Four Way Test. Carlyn was also our meeting sponsor and ceded her time to the Auction Committee.  Marsha Burns, Wells Fargo and Debbie Regala, past service, brought mics to our guests – our two exchange students, Mikulas, from the Czech Republic and Veerle, from the Netherlands.
Hunter George, Metro Parks and Fircrest Mayor, introduced the meeting’s speaker, Alan Varsik, director of Zoological and Environmental Education.  He captivated the club with his discussion of the evolution of zoos and aquariums.
Club anniversaries were acknowledged for Whitney Grisaffi – 3 years and  Miriam Barnett – 10 years.  Recently retired Jeff Lovely celebrated our birthday members in attendance. Those in the room remarked it was the most sincere (and clean) presentation he’s ever made!  Members recognized included former mayor Bill Baarsma, Tacoma Historical Society; Evelyn Ryberg, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation; Carol Webster, Community Volunteer; and Peter Darling.  Past president Ray Schuler acknowledged John Dimmer’s birthday by paying his birthday fine and saluting his many contributions to the club over the years.
An announcement to encourage members to get their USO (United Serving Others) outfit ready for the Auction.  Several examples were shown and Carol Duris reminded members to consider using Amazon Prime for those last-minute apparel needs!
True Confessions were disclosed:  Mike Dunbar made several confessions: he acknowledged John Dimmer’s $100K check to the club; added to his confession to honor Jeff Lovely’s moment of speechlessness; honored his 40th wedding anniversary to his lovely Liz; announced his first grandchild is on the way; and celebrated that his mother turned 90 and his mother-in-law turned 100.  That was quite a fine, MikePeter Darling returned from a cruise to California on Holland America. Jeff Gellert was in Chile for two months. Donna Haynes announced the next food drive for EFN will be soup. She also mentioned her son was recently married. Kirsten Willis enjoyed a week in Bali. Pete Taylor spent two and half weeks in Hawaii and enjoyed macadamia nut ice cream most of all! Jim Harris also acknowledged Jeff Lovely’s moment at a loss for words. George Pilant honored his wife, Helen, Emergency Food Network, for her award as a Non-profit Business Leader by the Milgard School at UWT.  In addition to Helen, Maureen Fife of Habitat of Humanity was similarly honored.  George also celebrated the fact that he recently passed a stone!
Diane Tilstra announced we have two new exchange students arriving and we need host families.  One is from Paraguay and the other is from Norway.
Before adjourning the meeting, President-elect Linda Kaye encouraged members to attend the social that night at The Camp Bar and to go out and Live Rotary!


Sound Advice for Service Above Self Living, by Past President  Pat Steel

“ In this life we cannot do great things.  We can only do small things with great love. “  Mother Teresa


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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 Landmark Temple Theatre 47 St. Helens Avenue, Tacoma 
Noon - 1:00 pm
The Rotary Office is located at:
47 St. Helens Avenue, Ste. 200
Tacoma, Washington 98402

PO Box 1777
Tacoma, Washington 98401-1777

Phone:  253.473.7723
Fax:  253.473.7838
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May 03, 2018
Volunteer for the District Food Repack
May 10, 2018
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Orca Whale Research
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Executive Committee Meeting
May 01, 2018
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Community Service Grants Committee Meeting
May 03, 2018 7:30 AM
Communications Committee Meeting
Landmark Temple Theatre (before meeting)
May 03, 2018 11:15 AM
Literacy Committee
Landmark Temple Theatre(before Rotary meeting)
May 03, 2018 11:15 AM
Foundations Committee (PGG)
Landmark Temple Theatre (following lunch)
May 03, 2018 1:15 PM
Projects Committee Meeting
May 04, 2018 8:15 AM
Classification Committee Meeting
Rotary office
May 08, 2018 11:45 AM
Membership Recruitment Committee
Landmark - Rotary Office
May 10, 2018 11:00 AM
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May 10, 2018 1:00 PM
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Hanks Bar and Grill
May 15, 2018 5:00 PM
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