Thursday, May 31, 2018
VOL. NINETY-FOUR, Issue No. 48
Bob Ferguson - Washington Attorney General

Bob Ferguson is Washington State’s 18th Attorney General. As the state’s chief legal officer, Bob is committed to protecting the people of Washington against powerful interests that don’t play by the rules. He is a fourth-generation Washingtonian, a graduate of the University of Washington and New York University law school.  Bob and his wife, Colleen, are the proud parents of 10-year-old twins, Jack and Katie.

Interesting facts about Bob Ferguson:

  • Bob has hiked hundreds of miles of Washington trails and climbed many of the state's highest peaks. Bob has summited the highest point in 45 of the 50 United States.
  • His family homesteaded on the beautiful Skagit River, which may explain why Bob is such an enthusiastic mountain climber, backpacker, and birder.
  • Bob is an internationally rated chess master and twice won the Washington State Chess Championship.
  • Bob is an avid baseball fan and once took a trip with a college buddy to see a baseball game in every major league stadium.
  • Bob began his legal career in Spokane. He clerked for two federal judges before returning to Seattle to join Preston, Gates, and Ellis (now K&L Gates) where his civil litigation practice included work on behalf of taxpayers, corporations and small businesses.
  • In 2003, Bob was elected to the King County Council. In 2005, after the council was reduced from 13 to nine and Bob's district was eliminated, he was re-elected. He was unopposed in 2009.
WOW!!  What an accomplished group of students we were able to recognize at the meeting on Thursday.  Below is the list of the students and a little bit about each of them.  Special thanks to the Scholarship Committee members  and Co- Chairs Bob Fedrickson and Jace Dwinell, members Marty Lough, Sue Drier, Diane Kelleher, John McMasters, Carol Duris, Annie Ramirez, David Flentge, Alex Trettin, Melissa Malott, Sherri Stanton, Libby Catalinich, Evelyn Ryberg, Michael Thompson, Don Doman, Nurhan Karakas, Jeff Mead, Dan Bogart, Ann Voves, Carolyn Else, Cosette Pfaff, Robin Echtle, Shanna LaMar, Doug Page Maria Harlow and Chris Serface. These dedicated members spent hours interviewing, evaluating and deliberating to select the best of the best. 
Morgan Greene – Morgan is heading off to Gonzaga University next year and is a leader in her school as ASB president and involved in a multitude of student activities. She is a high academic achiever and ranked 3rd in her class!
Rachel McAmis – Rachel is hoping to head off to MIT with a focus on coding which she found as a passion in her Junior year.  She attended the prestigious “Girls Who Code” workshop and ranked #1 in her class.   
Chynah Kinlow - Chynah will be studying Pre-Med at Whitworth. While at Lincoln she played on the Volleyball Team. Chynah has a 3.6 GPA. her goal is to be a Pediatrician or OB/GYN. 
Tyler Madlena - Tyler is ranked #1 in his senior class with a 4.0 GPA.  Tyler has been active in the Interact club, national honor society, ASB and played varsity soccer. He is going to Masters College in Santa Clarita.  
Truc Chan has been part of TRIO and Palmer Scholars.  Truc has a 3.66 GPA. She likes helping others and would like to be a nurse. She has her CNA. 
Chris Moore would like to research and cure diseases.  He volunteers at MultiCare. He is involved in Key Club, Relay for Life, Salvation Army and was the golf team captain.  He is the first in his family to attend college.
Zane Atran’s love for video game design has led him to an interest in machine coding as our manufacturing has become automated.  He finds this path more interesting and of more service to the whole.  He loves building skills and teaching others. 
Lillian Bulski is an individual who has shown extreme determination to get where she is today.  Her plan is to help others in life so that no one has to go through what she did.
Isabella Pena is the type of person that everyone wants to have in their lives.  Her commitment to serving others and making sure that they are doing well is her passion.  She will be a great nurse.
Noah Reno has drive—or should we say piloting abilities? He has already earned his private pilot license. Noah will attend Clover Park Technical College for an aircraft mechanic license.  He has been active in student government and ranks fourth in his class.
Lyan Lopez - Lyan is planning to attend the University of Washington to pursue a career in the medical field with the hope of becoming a pediatrician.  The scholarship will help her to be the first in her family to attend college.  
McKenzie Severson will be attending UW Seattle this fall. She is vice president of the Stadium High School Honor Society and also lettered in soccer and track.  She has attended running start at TCC. 
Gretchen Schowalter is involved in countless activities: cross country, school musical, wind ensemble, knowledge bowl, tennis team, student body treasurer and honor society.  She will attend Lewis and Clarke College.
Liza Vykhovanets  transferred from Fife High School in her senior year. Member of the Key club, and volunteered with the Fife Lions and Tacoma Rescue Mission.  She will attend Green River this fall. 
Keyariee Cooks-Nixon  is an exceptional young student who has earned a 4.14 GPA at Annie Wright . She is a leader in her school and community, participating in ASB, Black Student Union Club and is a Board Member of Habitat for Humanity. She will attend U of Hawaii.
Linda Pacheco  is an outstanding student. At Bellarmine, Linda earned a 3.77 GPA while taking a strenuous work load. She is a multi-sport athlete who also participates in Key Club, the Diversity Club. She plans to enter the medical field and will be attending Western Washington University.
Luis Lopez has been a very active student athlete, participating Cross Country, Commencement Bay Rowing Club, the school newspaper and National Honor Society. Luis will go to University of Washington and be the first in his family to attend college.
Antonio Gonzalez  is a bright young man dedicated to education and continued learning.  Antonio has decided to pursue a double major in Political Science and Business. He has been an active leader in his school and community. He will be the first to attend college in his family at UW Seattle.
Welcome New Member Sabrina Ahrens
Commissioner - Pierce County Superior Court                 
We are so pleased to welcome Sabrina to our club, and thanks to Kathryn Nelson for proposing her. She was born in Kentucky, spent time in Illinois, but is at home here in the Northwest. She is a graduate of the University of Washington and received her JD from Seattle University. She and her husband have 2 boys and she is looking forward to being a part of Rotary. Please welcome Sabrina next time you see her. 
Members Enjoying the Sunshine with Barry Benson

Thanks to everyone who took the time to participate in such great conversation at the Firesides last week and  special thanks  to the  hosts; Carol Duris and Maria Harlow, Carol Webster and Marty Lough, Jim Whitacre and Cynthia Darland and Barry Benson and Jeremy Fogelquist.  

Larry Treleven - Tacoma North
John West - Lake Chelan
Cynthia Darland - Passport
Jim Whitacre - Passport 
Invocation - Bryan Flint
National Anthem and 4 Way Test -  Evelyn Ryberg
Piano - On the Rooftop
Board Greeter- Roving Mic - Greg Rolsma
Greeter - Roving Mic - Geoff Oakley
Birthdays -  Kirsten Willis
Fine Counter - Cynthia Darland
Meeting Reporter for Gearshift -  Libby Catalinich
Meeting Sponsor -   Pat Steel for Miriam Barnett
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
--Playing piano
--Assisting with Audio/Visual
--Greeter and Roving Mic
--Sponsoring a meeting
Birthdays to Celebrate 
Alex Trettin - May 27
Amanda Savage - May 28
Tony Belot - May 29
Roger Lilley - May 29
Enid Harris - June 1
Chuck Heaton - June 2
Anniversaries to Celebrate 
Emily Happy - 5 years 
John C. Dimmer - 57 years 
Richard Jamison - 28 years 
Gil Quante - 18  years  cumulative
Dean Hanks  - 13 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 31, 2018
Uncle Thurms
3709 S G Street
Tacoma, WA
June 7, 2018
714 S 27th Street
Light Hors D'oeuvres Beer and wine served
or 253-573-6617
June 14, 2018
Cooks Tavern
3201 N 26th Street
Tacoma, WA
June 21, 2018
Primo Grill
2701 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA
June 28, 2018
Galleyside !!
July 5, 2018
Happy 4th of July no social !
July 12, 2018
Boathouse 19
9001 S 19th Street
Tacoma, WA
July 19th, 2018
Camp Goodtimes celebration!
Anthony’s Point Defiance
5910 N Waterfront Drive
Tacoma, WA
Reflections from the meeting of May 24 from Rusty George
As President Mark rang in the meeting, the packed room listened to Cosette Pfaff from Excell Puget Sound give a moving invocation and we followed Chris Serface for a robust National Anthem and 4 Way test.
It was a huge turnout of members and visitors alike, and everyone introduced themselves with the help of Carol Duris of Timberland Bank and Jace Dwinell, Heritage Bank. We discovered, to our delight, that Oakland School is the best in the district, or maybe that was a single opinion from one of its staff representatives.
Diane Tilstra introduced our guest speaker, who was also our guest exchange student from the Czech Republic, Mikuláš Řimánek, or just Mik to us. He reflected on his past year with his 3 exchange families, from eating seafood with Corey Hjalesth and his family, to being woken up by Mike Dunbar at 3:00 am, first Razor clam expedition, being counseled to get his grades up by Dane Meyer, fishing and volunteering with Becky Fontaine, to going to Whistler and Spokane spotting enough eagles to last a lifetime with Fred Matthaei. He claims to have logged over 250 birds in his bird-watching journal. Congrats to him and we wish him well when he gets home and on with his life.
Next, we got to celebrate the distribution of scholarship awards to local high school students. Bob Fredrickson and Jace Dwinell announced that out of 30 applicants, we handed out $33,000 in scholarships and 17 students were in attendance to receive the awards. There were many aspirations in the group, from being a pilot, sports medicine at the University of Hawaii, and being an OB-GYN. Good luck and well done to all!
Meeting Sponsor Christina Turner talked a little bit about the Multicare Foundation and all the great divisions under the brand doing great things for those in need.
John Schneider of Edward Jones celebrated birthdays with the one member who showed, the lovely Monique Nadeau (who we congratulate for raising $863,000 at the Corks and Crush Auction over the weekend), and gave her flowers to commemorate the fact that she met and married his brother, who she met at John’s wedding. Awwwww.
Fireside reports were varied but really centered on going bigger with a strategic focus on international projects and bigger aspirations in the local community. They thought more involvement from more members would be great. And that we should develop an “elevator speech” for Tacoma 8 Rotary. i.e. Tacoma 8 Rotary is known for_________. What do you think?
True confessions included Donna Haynes helping rehabilitate the Tillicum Community Center and Gilbert Quante excited that his daughter is officially employed.
We hope everyone had fun at the Fish Peddler at the Club Social, and we are all looking forward to next week where more shenanigans will no doubt take place! Now go out and Live Rotary!


Sound Advice for Service Above Self Living by Past President and Past District Governor Jim Harris

It is never too late to be what you might have been. - George Eliot 


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