Thursday, August 2, 2018
District Governor Craig Gillis
Craig Gillis was raised in Williams Lake. He pursued a B.A. (history) at the UVIC where he met his wife Gerry. They ventured to Prince Rupert as high school teachers before moving in 1976 to Campbell River, to teach, retiring in 2008. After serving as a counselor, vice-principal and principal in elementary, middle, and high schools, Craig spent eight years as Director of Instruction (K-12) and Assistant Superintendent for SD 72. Craig and Gerry have their Master of Education degrees. Gerry, a high school counselor, chartered and then sponsored the Interact Club of Timberline Secondary. Since retirement Craig has worked as a SD 72 consultant, coordinating mentorship for principals and vice-principals and facilitating the Aboriginal Education Improvement Agreement dialogue. He works with VIU and the UVIC in Field Services, supervising student teachers. Recently, he trained all workers in Campbell River for Elections Canada. He serves as a B.C. Marriage Commissioner.
A Rotarian with Campbell River Daybreak since 2001, Craig has always had service in his blood. He has served as director/grants chair for the C.R. Community Foundation for seven years. Prior to his year as President in 2010-2011, he was named ‘Rotarian of the Year’. He has served on multiple club committees citing youth activities as a focus---Literacy, Student of the Month, Scholarship, RYE. An advocate of the club’s wheelchair project, he participated in the distribution of 280 wheelchairs to Colombia. He is a multiple Paul Harris fellow and soon a Paul Harris Society member. A perennial presenter at DLTA, he has served as District Trainer, Asia Country Officer and Youth Exchange Chair, and has cofacilitated over twenty Rotary Club Vision sessions.
The Gillises are very proud of their daughter, a clinical psychologist, and their son, a documentary film maker. Their first grandchild recently arrived!
Remembering Past President Bill Baxter who passed away on July 22.  Bill joined the club in December 1955 was one of our longest serving members.  He remained very active doing Gearshift quotes and making birthday calls until last year. We extend our warm thoughts to his family.
Remembering our long time member Paul Gingrich ( May 1973)  who recently passed away and extending sympathy and warm thoughts to his brother Lee, and the rest of the family.  
EFN Repack Coming
A great group of volunteers helped pack almost 5,000 pounds of vegetables last Saturday. Please mark your calendar for the next repack on Saturday, August 25 from 12-230.  We will have sign up sheets on the tables at the meetings or you can contact the office to sign up.  

Don't miss the meeting this week!  As soon as we adjourn District Governor Craig Gillis and President Linda Kaye will walk through the assembly line to pack the first of 500 backpacks we will be donating to children in need at Tacoma Public Schools! If we have 70 or 80 members stay we should be done in less than 30 minutes!  We are also collecting school supplies, so pick up some pencils, pens, crayons and paper next time you are shopping and bring them to a meeting where you can drop them in the box!  Special thanks to John McMasters and Rusty Hersey for leading our efforts


Our first evening meeting is right around the corner and we expect a great group!  In order to help our wonderful host get a head count please use this link to register for the event to be held on Thursday, August 9.  Linda Kaye will ring the bell at 5 and we will open a new chapter for this 108 year old club!  We have filled up all of the dates!
It's really happening!  We have our build dates!!! August 18 and 31 and September 15 and 28. You can use this link to register. This is going to be a wonderful opportunity for us to all work side by side.  You will be hearing soon from our Coordinators, Heather Faverman and Gil Quante with more information about how you can be involved. 
Courage Beer Garden
Our club will host the beer garden and provide entertainment at the Courage ride stop in Eatonville (Pack Forest), August 25th.  Please contact Co-Chairs Diane Kelleher or Carolyn Weyrick if you are able to help.  We have 3 or 4 hour shifts from noon until 10 PM. We will also have sign up sheets at the upcoming meetings.
Our dedicated group of volunteers created fun and entertainment for the kids at Camp Goodtimes on Thursday July 19. The weather was perfect and the volunteers amazing.  Check in with one of these great folks to get a story or two. Special thanks to the Chair of this Project Ann Voves and her group of volunteers; Cynthia Darland, Peter DarlingMike Dunbar, Heather Faverman, Jim Fry, Whitney Grisaffi, Maria HarlowDonna Haynes, Rusty Hersey, Andrew Imholt, Kelly Lane, Jeff Lovely,  Mary McNallyGil Quante,Charley Rance, Greg Rolsma, Michelle Roberts, Carlyn RoyBarbara Tankersley, and Carolyn Weyrick 
We have our two students, Renata from Paraguay and Jacob from Norway preparing to arrive in Tacoma by the end of August in order to enroll at Stadium High School. the Youth Exchange Committee is working on two host families to approved and ready to go in the next week! 
10 Reasons to Host an Exchange Student 
in the words of our host parents
  1. You can learn that country’s may be different (culture, food, art, politics), but we are also not that different (want peace, family issues are the same, people vacation and go to work like we do).
  2. Teenagers keep you young and you tend to go places and do things you wouldn’t normally. 
  3. You get to know/see your city and state because you want to ensure they see it too. Great excuse!
  4. Hosting provides an invaluable international/cultural experience for your children without leaving home.  
  5. Creates a lifetime friendship around the world, which inspires a never ending worldly perspective. 
  6. The world gets a little smaller and better. We love our International kids!  
  7. Your entire family has a mutually beneficial education experience. 
  8. Your eyes are open to what the younger generation is thinking.  We were able to have tremendously insightful discussions with our student on the different views regarding culture, society, government, world history and even politics.
  9. You have the chance to learn or practice a foreign language.
  10.  You create a lifetime of memories, with someone who will always be in your heart.  
The application process takes a minimum of two weeks to gain approval as a host family. Each family hosts one of the incoming students for a period of 3 months. If you can't do it, perhaps you have a friend or family member that might be interested!
Renata and Jacob are eager to meet their first host family. We will need 3 host families per student for the exchange year. Our wonderful In Bound RYE expert, Diane Tilstra can help you prepare for this engaging experience. You may be surprised to see how easy it is to host a student. Please call Diane at 206-948-8309 or email: if you want more information! 
Welcome Maddie Merton
We are pleased to welcome Maddie, who is the VP for Business Retention and Expansion for the Economic Development Board of Tacoma Pierce County. She and her husband live in South Hill with their 10 year old Yorkie and she is looking forward to getting involved. 
Linda Kaye Briggs - Tacoma Narrows
Invocation/Reflection - Bryan Flint
Anthem & 4 Way Test - Chris Serface
Greeter- Roving Mic - Maria Harlow
Greeter-Roving Mic  -  Dean Carrell
Fine Counter - Carol Duris
Meeting Reporter for Gearshift - Geoff Oakley
Meeting Sponsor - Executive Committee
AV Assistance - Chris Serface
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
--Assisting with Audio/Visual
--Greeter and Roving Mic
--Sponsoring a meeting
Birthdays This Week 
Jan Brazzell - Jul 30
Van Sawin - Aug 1
Dianne Stoehr - Aug 1
Rick Triggs - Aug 3
We will be celebrating all of the August Birthdays this week, and expect some interesting answers to the questions posed by our birthday announcer George Pilant. Remember to bring your birthday donation of $1 for each year you are celebrating! Your picture will be included in the slide show before the meetings throughout the month, so I hope it's a good picture!!
Anniversaries to Celebrate 
Monique Nadeau - 9 years -  Jul 30
Ed Ramos - 9 years - Jul 30 
Karena Kirkendoll -1 year  Aug 3
Rotary at the Rainiers on August 2
The annual Rainiers game for the Pierce County Rotary Clubs is Thursday, August 2nd. We have reservations from: Mark Anderson, Frank Dacca, Carol Duris, Brien Elvins (+1), Jeff Lovely, Jim Merritt (+1), Monique Nadeau, Geoff Oakley, Gil Quante (+1), Greg Rolsma (+1) Christina Turner and Kathi Willis. We have turned in our count and Joy is sending invoices, but we can probably add a couple more if you are interested contact or  Joy will be sending out invoices this week.
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.
August 2
Tacoma Rainiers
August 9
Thursdays at 5 Meeting
August 16
Stanley and Seaforts
115 East 34th Street
Tacoma, WA
August 23
Johnny’s Dock
1900 East D Street
Tacoma, WA
August 30
The Social Bar
1715 Dock Street
Tacoma, WA
September 6
No Social-Happy Labor Day
September 13
Thursdays at 5 Meeting
Johnson Stone & Pagano
September 20
Chambers Bay Grill
6320 Grandview Drive West
Tacoma, WA
September 27
5104 Grand Loop
Ruston, WA
Enjoying the Social at Boathouse 19
Reflections from the meeting of July 26 from Sherri Stanton
President Linda Kaye Briggs introduced Jim Henderson who presented a eulogy for Paul GingrichJim shared that Paul would be remembered for many things including his service to Rotary, his classy bow ties and his contribution to the arts as a collector and benefactor. A memorial service will be held July 30th, 11:00am, at the Mountain View Garden Chapel. A moment of silence followed.
President Linda Kaye rang the bell and invited Dr. Jamie Brooks to provide the invocation. Don Hansen led the club in the National Anthem and the 4-Way Test, or rather the 5-Way test with Don’s addition of “will it be beneficial to health and wellness.”  President Linda Kaye then thanked meeting sponsor Mike Dunbar who donated the sponsorship time to Carolyn Weyrick, Lindquist Dental Clinic for Children.  She also shared the sad news that Bill Baxter passed away on Sunday night.  A card was passed round for his family as well as for Lee Gingrich, Paul Gingrich’s brother, and Gordon Pickering who has chronic bronchitis and has not been able to attend meetings.
Visiting Rotarians and guests were announced and introduced with the help of Jennifer Wedderman, Wedderman Architects and Stacey Ogle, Cole Graphic Solutions.  Next the anniversaries of Becky Fontaine (26 years) and Deb Robinett (27 years) were recognized.
President Linda Kaye invited Rusty Hersey to introduce our newest member, Maddie Merton, Vice President of Business Retention and Expansion with the Economic Development Board of Tacoma Pierce County. Maddie shared that she was drawn to Rotary because of her interest in community service. She grew up and works in Tacoma, she lives in South Hill with her husband and 10-year-old Yorkie.  She enjoys hiking and is excited to participate in the club.
Linda Kaye called forward Carolyn Weyrick for the meeting sponsorship announcement. Carolyn shared the mission of Lindquist Dental Clinic for Children and some health facts including that dental problems are the number one reason low income children miss school. She also thanked Rotary for the recent grant to support dental services for 40 kids.
Several club announcements were made: Gil Quante reminded club members to sign up for the EFN repack on July 28th and announced that t he first “habitat build day” is scheduled for August 18th from 8:30am – 3:30pm.  Linda Kaye added that the ceremony to bless the land for the habitat home with Mark Anderson and Carol Duris was one of her most amazing Rotary moments ever, and she encouraged club members to sign up. John McMasters invited members to stay after next week’s meeting to help stuff 500 backpacks for the Communities in Schools school supply drive.  Carolyn Weyrick reminded the club that the Courage event was coming up and volunteers were needed to help at the beer garden on August 25th. Monique Nadeau shared four reasons to join the auction committee: 1) opportunity to serve 2) many hands make light work 3) if not you, who? 4) wine and appetizers are served at committee meetings. Linda Kaye followed with a few more announcements: A memorial for Nancy Davis will be held on Sunday, July 29th at the Asia Pacific Cultural Center from 2 – 5. The club’s first Thursday at 5 meeting will be at KBTC in two weeks. Please register via the link in the Gearshift and also consider becoming a Thursday at 5 sponsor.
President Linda Kaye then called up Conor McCarthy who gave an irreverent introduction of his father, Port Commissioner John McCarthy and Pamela Transue who introduced Beatles fan and Senior Manager of Communications for the Port, Rod Koon.
Claiming that he was John McCarthy’s “opening act,” Rod shared some key moments in the port’s 100 year history including that the first ship to call at the port arrived in March 1921 and that during WWII the port employed 30,000 people. He also gave an overview of how the port adapted to accommodate employment once WWII ended.  John McCarthy shared how the port has grown, invested and changed in recent years including through the Puyallup Land Claims Settlement and partnership agreements establishing the NW Seaport Alliance.  The port is currently the 4th largest port in the nation for container volume. John ended by acknowledging Rod’s contribution to the port over the last 35 years and shared that his father and Rod’s mother had both worked for the port. As the port celebrates it’s 100 year history with the theme: Celebrating the Centennial – Our Ties Run Deep, John invited Rotary members to share their own ties to the port with photos or stories at 
Linda Kaye thanked Rod and John for sharing their time with us and presented them with an original gift of art designed by students at Hilltop Artists.
Linda Kaye ended the meeting extending appreciation to Mike Dunbar for being the meeting sponsor and generously donating his time to Carolyn Weyrick, Jamie Brooks for being our invocator and Don Hansen for leading us in the national anthem.   She announced the social that evening was at the Lobster Shop, reminded the club to welcome District Governor Craig Gillis at next week’s meeting and to make sure to schedule time after next week’s meeting to help stuff backpacks.  And finally she expressed her hope that the club members would leave with inspiration to “Reignite your Rotary.”

A Thought for the Week from Past President and Jim Henderson

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough – Mae West



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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 Roof Garden Room 47 St. Helens Avenue, Tacoma 
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