Thursday, October 11, 2018
This week’s Rotary #8 Thursdays at Five welcomes you to Cole Graphic Solutions, Inc.  Cole Graphic Solutions (formerly known as Cole Screenprint) has been in business in Tacoma for 87 years, manufacturing custom screen and digitally printed, durable graphics for businesses and municipalities.  We print items that you see every day, but might not question how they are made.   Screen printing is still very much a craft, so we’re especially excited to introduce you to our amazing CGS Team of craftspeople (many of whom have elected to stay late so that you can see our equipment in motion!)
Date and Time : October 11 - 5 pm -7 pm
Address:  4901 Center Street, Tacoma, WA
Parking: There’s plenty; if the front lot is full, drive around to the back of the building and come in that way.
Heavy appetizers, wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.  Seating will be available.
Please sign up HERE so we know how many will be coming.  Thank you!
The following members are signed up:;  
Barry Benson, Linda Kaye Briggs, Marsha Burns, Dean Carrell, Peter Comfort, Carol Duris, Anita Eixenberger, Becky Fontaine, Cathy Hall, Enid and Jim Harris, Andrew Imholt, Diane Kelleher, Sally Leighton, Dane Meyer, Cap Pearson, Gil Quante, Renata Ramirez, Debbie Regala, Evelyn Ryberg, Sherri Stanton, Diane Tilstra, Joy Vivar-Beeks, Jennifer Weddermann, Jim Whitacre and Kathi Willis.
Thanks to several members, but especially  Jon Murray (and his family) we are half way to our goal of 300 books for early readers!  Pick up a new or gently used book when you are out shopping for candy for Halloween and bring it to the office soon. 
World Polio Day
Since Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative 30 years ago in (1988) the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to just 22 cases in all of 2017.  To sustain this progress and protect all children from Polio, Rotary has committed to raising  $50 million per year in support of global polio eradication efforts.  The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match Rotary’s commitment 2 for 1.  Without full funding and political commitment, this paralyzing disease could return to previously polio-free countries, and put children everywhere at risk.    Rotary has contributed more than $1.8 billion to ending polio since 1985.  Celebrate World Polio Day on October 24!
We had the opportunity to welcome two new members last week.  John Douville from Windermere Professional Partners , introduced by Barry Benson and Byron Okutsu from Multicare, introduced by Cindy Niemi.  Both John and Byron have already worked side by side with many of our members as they volunteered on club projects and from their introductions it is easy to see that they will both be wonderful new members. Be sure to introduce yourself and welcome John and Byron to the club the next time you see them.


The lease on the Rotary office expires on February 28 and we are considering alternative arrangements. Our  plan is to make a decision by mid-December, allowing sufficient time if we need to organize a move.
We currently have about 2,000 square feet with a conference room, 3 workstations, a private office, a break room, restrooms and significant storage space. This is more space than is currently needed, but we do have a very reasonable rent.
If you are aware of office space that might be able to accommodate our needs please contact George Pilant at George will lead a small task group who will narrow the options and present them to the board for approval by their December 17 meeting.
Mark your calendar for the first meeting at the Yacht Club on November 1.  Robin Echtle reminded members of the move and advised us that in moving to a new venue we will have the challenge of providing them with an expected lunch count every week. As we make this transition we will be asking members to RSVP to our weekly meetings.  We have found the Thursdays at 5 RSVP process is working well and we might use something similar. We do not want the RSVP to be a barrier and every member is always welcome to join us at every meeting, but we need to know that there will be plenty of food, without incurring the kind of expense we have had at the Landmark. That first meeting we will be celebrating our veterans and will be joined by Chamber of Commerce members to honor their Military Citizen of the Year. This will be a popular meeting as always, and we know you all want to check out the Yacht Club.  The cost for lunch will be $21 and for those who just want coffee and dessert the cost will be $6.  Stayed tuned for more information as we work out the details! 
Membership Proposal
Unless written objections are submitted to the Board within 10 days of this posting, the following individuals will be invited to membership: 
Casey Carter
Health Services - Chiropractic
Pacific Wellness
Sponsor: Fred Moisio
Jacki Farrar
FINANCIAL SERVICES – Financial Planning
Moss Adams LLP
Sponsor: Barbara Mead
Rob Pfarr
Pfarr Insurance Agency
Sponsor: Carlyn Roy
John Gaines
GOVERNMENT SERVICES – Municipal Utilities
Tacoma Public Utilities
Sponsor: Ryan Wheaton
The annual meeting of the Tacoma Rotary Foundation was held during the September 27, 2018 Club Meeting for the purpose of electing the Foundation Board of Directors for this Rotary year.  Club members in good standing are Foundation members. The results of the election include members of the Board; Linda Kaye Briggs, Mike Dunbar, Carol Duris, Mary McNally and Kirsten Willis. The officers who will serve are President Brett Thomas, Vice President Rick Oldenburg, Secretary Larry Ghilarducci and Treasurer Cynthia Darland
The TRF Board meets quarterly to provide governance and fiduciary oversight over the TRF Trust Fund, and the TRF Fundraising Account.


Our Fall Firesides are coming up on October 23,and we received great early responses at the meetings.  Please consider being a host and sign up at our upcoming meetings.  This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with other members in a small group setting. Linda Kaye will be sure to provide us with a thought provoking question. If you won't be at a meeting contact the office or Maria Harlow at to sign up.

Art Wickens Fellows
We will be honoring our newest group of Art Wickens Fellows this week as we present awards to the following members; Jeff Albers, Christian Anderson, Mike Dunbar, Jake Fey, David Flentge, Joe Gordon, Jim & Enid Harris, Daryl Hembry, Ed Hill, Rob Novasky, Harry Pritchard, Charley Rance, Carlyn Roy, Ray Schuler, Larry Treleven and Buck Thompson.  For all of  you who are Fellows already, please  be sure to wear your pin!
Nominations for the Nominating Committees
Ballots to elect the members of our nominating committees will be mailed this week.  Thanks to the members who agreed to be nominated for the Officer Nominating Committee; Jim Henderson, Carlyn Roy,  John Schneider and Kirsten Willis.  You will vote for 2.  The winners  will join appointed members, Linda Kaye Briggs, Carolyn Weyrick, Mike Dunbar, Jace Dwinell and Carol Webster.   Thanks to Jeremy Fogelquist, Maria Harlow, Marty Lough, Gil Quante, Larry Treleven and  Christina Turner who agreed to be nominated for the Board Nominating Committee. The 3  who receive the highest number of votes will join Carol Duris, Brien Elvins and Greg Rolsma who are the appointed members on the committee.  
If you would like to be considered for a club leadership position (President Elect Nominee, Treasurer or Board Member), contact the office right away.  We will maintain a confidential list of interested members and present that list to the nominating committees when they are in place.
Habitat Build 
What great support we have seen for the Habitat Build. Thanks to Marsha Burns, Stacey Ogle and Bob Swanson for turning out on a dreary day on October 5, and for Gil Quante and Jim Whitacre who were there with food!  Special thanks to past volunteers Mark AndersonKim Bedier, Jan Brazzell, Linda Kaye Briggs, Marsha Burns, Libby Catalinich, Mike Dunbar, Carol Duris, Sally Glover, Whitney Grisaffi, Michele Johnson, Cindy Niemi, Stacey Ogle, Annie Ramirez, Renata Ramirez, Debbie Regala,Greg Rolsma, John Schneider, Alex Trettin  and Tamara Williams as well as some friends and family! 

Donate hotel size and full size toiletries

We support Tree House at MultiCare, YWCA, Nativity House Shelter, Salvation Army and other non profits as we are able.  Please donate your unused toiletries in full or small sizes.  We bring comfort and care to those experiencing a child's hospitalization or the homeless,  as well as families, veterans, youth and other individuals who are being rehoused. Bring your donations to a Rotary meeting.  Coordinated by Projects Committee member Maria Harlow  contact her at  if you have questions. 

We are always looking for volunteers to help at the meeting, and when we move to the Yacht Club we would like to develop a new group to help us welcome members and take payments. Please let Joy, Kathi or Robin Echtle know if you are interested in helping
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
Birthdays This Week 
John Winskill - Oct 09
Rusty Hersey - Oct 12
DeAnne Hamilton - Oct 13
Anniversaries to Celebrate 
Daryl Hembry - 11 years 
Isiaah Crawford - 2 years 
Ron Lunceford - 30 years 
Pete Taylor - Princess Cruises
Michael Thompson -  Madison
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
October 11th
Thursdays at 5
Cole Graphic Solutions
Tacoma, WA
October 18
Lovino Ristorante
5101 N Pearl Street
Tacoma, WA
October 25
El Gaucho
2119 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA
November 1
Cooks Tavern
3201 N 26th Street
Tacoma, WA
November 8
Thursdays at 5
Tacoma, WA
November 15
Terry’s Office Tavern
3410 N Proctor
Tacoma, WA
December 27 we have a fantastic Rotary evening planned as we will purchase group tickets to attend a performance of Scrooge.  The wonderfully talented cast includes two of our members Libby Catalinich and Chris Serface.  Check your calendar and make plans to join us. Tickets are $17 each, and we will have sign up sheets on the tables at an upcoming meeting. 
Reflections from the 10-4 meeting by Miriam Barnett
Invocation by Becky Fontaine with the national anthem and 4 way test by Jan Brazzell. No visiting Rotarians. Guests were introduced with the help of Maria Harlow and Carol Webster. Maria reminded members of the Firesides on Oct 23 please sign up as a guest or hosts. 
Linda Kaye acknowledged anniversaries for Cathy Hall and Rusty Hersey. Then Kirsten Willis came forward to celebrate birthdays for the following members who joined us;   Jennifer Weddermann, Scott Winship, Rusty Hersey, DeAnne Hamilton, Bryan Flint, Fred Moisio and Angela Connelly.  They shared what makes Rotary a treat for them and what their favorite candy was.  Each was rewarded with a candy bar.
Chris Serface, as our meeting sponsor, shared how the theatre started in 1918. They are the oldest community theatre west of the Mississippi and are presenting seven shows this year.
New member introductions were provided Cindy Niemi who introduced Byron Okutsu who also works at Multicare. He is new to Tacoma, coming here from Bend where he lived for over 20 years and raised his kids. Plays golf and enjoys fly fishing.  Barry Benson introduced John Douville who works at Windermere Real Estate. He lead the charge on Backpacks for Kids. Also helps empower kids through dance. Likes to fish, play golf and work in his metal studio. 
President Linda Kaye called for 4 nominations for the Officer Nominating Committee. Jim Henderson, Kirsten Willis, John Schneider and Carlyn Roy were nominated.  She then called for 6 nominations for the Board Nominating Committee. Jeremy Fogelquist, Gil Quante, Christina Turner, Maria Harlow, Marty Lough and Larry Treleven were nominated.  
Diane Kelleher introduced our guest speaker, Clint Stein from Columbia Bank. Clint has come up through the ranks of Columbia Bank quickly (started in 2005). He has a great sense of humor! Columbia Bank just celebrated 25 years. They have banks in WA, Idaho and Oregon in both metro and rural markets. 151 total branches. But Tacoma is home. $15 is their starting wage across their system.  They have a principle of Doing Right. Culture and integrity are their values.  They are starting a new concept with physical space in their banks, starting with Ballard. Designed so the community can use the space after hours. Gave $2,500,000 in company giving. They do a warm hearts winter drive. All the money and items donated stay in that community. When CEO Melanie Dressel passed away, they added a Melanie Dressel Community Service Day, now expanded to a week long event.  Questions?  What is community banking going to look like in 10 years? It certainly has and is changing. Cannot compete with large national banks. We think relationships matter. Always need a seamless transition to the human touch.  What happened with underwriting standards? Greed and management ego. Also lack of discipline.
Stacey Ogle announced that next Thursday’s meeting is at 5 pm. She is hosting at her business. Her crew will be running the presses. She will send and email with details. Robin Echtle reminded members that Nov 1 we move to Tacoma Yacht Club. We will be asking members to RSVP to assure that we have a reasonable meal count. Diane Tilstra is looking for a 2nd host family for Renata. Carol Webster visited two former exchange students in Croatia recently. Rusty Hersey is taking two months off. First Hawaii and then knee replacement. Mark Anderson hurt his thumb on his table saw. He also encouraged people enroll in Project Greater Good.  Renata thanked Becky for being her host mom and shared here appreciation for the members who have been showing her around. Our last Habitat Build is Friday Oct 5. The social is at Red Star at 464 St Helens at 5 pm. Meeting adjourned at 12:59 pm.

A Thought for the Week from Past President and Past District Governor Jim Harris 

"I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it"  Thomas Jefferson



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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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World Community Service Committee Meeting
Cole Graphic Solutions
Oct 18, 2018 7:00 AM
Engagement Committee Meeting
Landmark meeting room
Oct 18, 2018 11:00 AM
Pandaka Committee
Landmark Meeting Room (before lunch)
Oct 18, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Landmark Doric Room; fourth floor
Oct 22, 2018
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Fall Fireside
Oct 23, 2018 6:00 PM
Auction Committee
Rotary Office
Oct 24, 2018
5:15 PM – 6:30 PM
Community Service Grants Committee Meeting
Sound Options
Nov 01, 2018 7:30 AM
Literacy Committee
Red Elm
Nov 01, 2018
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Veterans Day Meeting at the Yacht Club!
Nov 01, 2018
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Projects Committee Meeting
Nov 09, 2018 8:15 AM
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