Thursday, January 24, 2019
Dick Dorsett presents
Foldscopes in Asia with the Help of Rotary #8

About three years ago, Dick Dorsett was smitten by an idea he saw on a TED talk. Stanford’s Manu Prakash was discussing what he calls a Foldscope, an origami-based paper microscope that cost less than a dollar to manufacture. Just over a year ago Foldscopes became available and Dorsett purchased a hundred to take along to Laos and Thailand, with the idea of planting the seeds of science among students who otherwise would have little access to science education and microscopes. 

Former Rotarian Don Doman has tagged Richard Dorsett as “the Johnny Appleseed of Microbiology.” It’s a bit corny,” Dorsett says, “but apt.” 

Come learn about Foldscopes and how Tacoma’s Johnny Appleseed of Microbiology is planting seeds in the minds of students in the mountains and rural communities of Laos, Thailand, and Cambodia. 

Dick Dorsett
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Sarah Ioaniddes - Tacoma Symphony
use this link  for the January 31 meeting
Loretta Cool - Tacoma Police Department
Use this link for the Feb 7 meeting

Pandaka Graduation!

We are looking forward to our Pandaka Graduation this week. The following members will be receiving their Blue Badge.  Congratulations to: Tony Belot, Sharon BensonDean Carrell, Angela ConnellyJohn DouvilleBrenda GasperSally Glover, Karena Kirkendoll, Sally Leighton, Geoff Oakley, Cosette Pfaff and Annie Ramirez.  Thanks for all that you have done to become active members of the club! If you are a Pandaka and think you have completed your checklist please contact Amanda Weidman at
Paul Harris Awards
What an inspiration to see 10 of our members in attendance to receive Paul Harris Fellowships. Able to attend to accept their awards were: Mark Anderson, Barry Benson, Don Hansen, Donna Haynes, Rusty Hersey, Corey Hjalseth, Fred Matthaei, Jerry McLaughlin, Carlyn Roy and Carolyn Weyrick.  There were lists on the tables acknowledging 150 members with cumulative club giving of $1.3 million, and 107 members who have made gifts to Rotary International this year. 
We continue to move forward preparing to move to the Armory before the end of February. Our move date is contingent upon some tenant improvements that need to be done, but thanks to great relationships with the building owner they are working hard to have them done in mid-February.  We are excited about this partnership.
In the meantime, Kirsten Willis is working with volunteers to purge and sort years of paperwork  and organize the office in anticipation of the move.  Thanks to  Carol Duris, Jeremy Fogelquist, Jim Henderson, Rusty Hersey, Debbie Regala, Sherri Stanton, Diane Tilstra and Di Trenh for coming to the office to help. You are welcome to drop by the office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 11-3 to lend a hand. 
We will have surplus furniture, office supplies and some Rotary logo’d items that will be offered for sale or donation. We have heard from some of our non-profit members that they are able to use the furniture and we also have a piano and refrigerator that will be available on a first come first served basis. Please contact the office if you have an interest in seeing what we have and making an offer. 
We will also be looking for members willing to do the manual labor of moving the furniture. Members extraordinaire Stacey Ogle and Rusty Hersey are willing to help us with their trucks. Stay tuned as we firm up the actual move date and watch the Gearshift for more information.
Each year, our club recognizes a non-Rotarian who is providing exemplary service in the community.  This person will be honored at our meeting on Thursday, April 4, and receive a contribution from our club to his/her favorite charitable organization. Nominations are due to the Rotary office by Thursday,February 28.  If you would like to nominate an individual for this Community Service Award, complete a nomination form using this link Email your nomination to the Rotary office at . Forms will also be available at our weekly meetings. Don't delay!
Last Chance!
It's time to start the finishing touches on the House That Rotary Built.  If you would like to volunteer for one of the last two dates -  January 25 or 26 please use this link to sign up online. 
Harrison Laird, and the Membership Committee announced that so far this year we have added 22 amazing new members, but they don't want us resting on our laurels. They have challenged club members to help us grow our membership by 45 new members this year. If you have a prospective member please invite them to join you for lunch, the club will host them for their first visit.  There are incentives for you as well.  Any member who proposes a new member  will be entered into a drawing for a weekend at Cedarbrook. Give the gift of Rotary to someone you know!
Membership Proposal
Unless written objections are submitted to the Board within 10 days of this posting, the following individual will be invited to membership: 
Shane Maul
Fortune Insurance
Sponsor: Rusty Hersey
Fall Fireside at Carol Webster's

Every member in the club should have received an email from Maria Harlow on Friday with the fireside assignments for January 22.  If you had not signed up and are interested in participating please contact a host or co-host directly. If you have to cancel please contact the host as well. Enjoy this special time interacting in warm settings with your fellow Rotarians. 

The Projects Committee has developed the schedule for the next couple of repacks and Break Bag Packs at the EFN.  Check your calendar and plan to sign up at an upcoming meeting.  You have the following Saturdays to choose from: February 2, April 6 for repacks and March 23 for a Break Bag Pack.  Please contact Gil Quante or Jim Whitacre with questions.  
Maria Harlow - Tacoma North
Reflection Bryan Flint
Greeter/Roving MicJacki Farrar
Greeter/Roving Mic - Katrina Self
National Anthem & 4 Way Test - Jan Brazzell 
Piano Libby Catalinich
Fine Counter Robin Echtle
StorywriterKirsten Willis
Meeting SponsorRay Schuler
AV Assistant - Jeff Rounce
Board Greeters -  Jeff Albers and Stacey Ogle
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 
Rusty George - Jan 21
Barbara Tankersley - Jan 23
Ross Hjelseth - Jan 24
Ann Voves - Jan 24
Nick Rajacich - Jan 25
Anniversaries to Celebrate 
Libby Catalinich - 4 years 
Amanda Weidman - 5 years cumulative
Shanna LaMar - 5 years cumulative
Mark Lindquist - 11 years  
Brian Haynes - 14 years  
Brett Thomas - 14 years  
Jeff Albers - 20 years 
Mary Lynn Pannen - 24 years  
Stacey Ogle - 29 years  
George Howe - 33 years 
Social at Cooks Tavern 11-1
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.
January 24
721 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA
Janaury 31
4102 S 56th Street
Tacoma, WA
Reflections from the meeting of January 17
by Stephen Deal
President Linda Kaye Briggs brought the crowd to order right on time at 12 noon.  Debbie Regala began the meeting with a moving tribute to Dick Moe who died December 28th at the age of 90 at his retirement home in Arizona. Moe was born May 7, 1928, in Fargo, N. D., the son of a Lutheran pastor. His parents grew up on adjoining farms in Minnesota.  After graduation from high school in Fargo, Moe walked across a bridge on the Red River to attend Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.  Moe’s time at Concordia was interrupted by World War II. He joined the U.S. Air Force and served two years in the Pacific. In1965, Moe and his family moved to Tacoma for his job as an education professor at PLU leading to a 40-year career at the University. Moe was elected in 1991 as a Metropolitan Park District (Metro Parks Tacoma) commissioner. He was a community leader who was heavily involved in the community and a part of countless boards and foundations. He will be missed and remembered as someone who lived the rotary ideal of service above self. Along with his wife Marcia, Moe is survived by his 4 children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  A celebration of life will be held on the PLU campus at 2 p.m. on Feb. 9.
Rusty Hersey, Superior Linen, gave the invocation reminding us of the importance of fairness in all we do.
Carlyn Roy, Tapco, led us in the National Anthem (and the 4-way test) with her incredibly beautiful, resonant voice, hitting notes unattainable by most all of us.
Visiting Rotarians and guests were introduced with the help of Jan Anderson, Flagship Maritime and Di Trenh, Bank of America, who ran mics around the room. It was good to see so many guests in the room with at least a dozen friends joining us including our exchange students Renata and Jacob.
Jim Henderson with the assistance of Kirsten Willis recognized the latest crop of Paul Harris Fellows.  If anyone doubts the commitment and generosity of the members of Rotary 8, they need look no further than to the list of over 150 Paul Harris fellows among our ranks.
Linda Kaye Briggs and Harrison Laird next held a membership moment encouraging members to bring prospective new members to future meetings.  We have a goal of 45 new members for the 2018-2019 year. There are currently 22 new members so far this year with another 7 prospects in the pipeline.  Incentives of free lunches, gift certificates and entry into a drawing for a night away are being offered to encourage and reward members who help grow our club.
Mark Pagano of UW Tacoma introduced our speaker Ana Mari Cauce. Ana Mari Cauce is leading the University of Washington in advancing its mission in four key areas: providing a leading-edge student experience, conducting research and scholarship that has a global impact, upholding the UW’s dedication to its public mission and infusing the entire university with a commitment to innovation.  The UW Board of Regents selected her to become the UW’s 33rd president at a special meeting Oct. 13, 2015. Raised in Miami after emigrating with her family from Cuba, Cauce earned a B.A. in English and psychology from the University of Miami and a Ph.D. in psychology, with a concentration in child clinical and community psychology, from Yale University. Cauce is a professor of Psychology and American Ethnic Studies, with secondary appointments in the Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies and the College of Education. She maintains an active research program, focusing on adolescent development, with a special emphasis on at-risk youth. She is also a strong advocate for women and underrepresented minorities to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Cauce remains active in the classroom and continues to teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students.
Cauce spoke about her goals, belief and desires for the University of Washington.  With a nod to her eastern neighbors, Cauce reminded us all that “you can’t make purple without red.”
Her goal is simple, “to make the University of Washington one of the greatest public Universities in the world as measured by its Impact.”   Cauce eloquently stated that “we are all better off when we’re all better off.”   
It was fascinating to hear Cauce outline the impact that institutions of higher learning have on their respective communities. We learned that the University is researching and working on the frontlines of one of the most daunting challenges facing our well-being, homelessness.   With programs such as the “Husky promise” and the “Population Health Initiative” the University of Washington is a true partner with the community. We are fortunate to have such strong leaders working as public servants to make our state a better place for everyone.
Following Dr Cauce’s  presentation, President Linda Kaye acknowledged the anniversaries from last week and this week. It is always inspirational to hear about club members who have been with our club for many years including Barbara Tankersley - 3 years, Doug Page - 6 years, Michelle Roberts - 16 years, Steve Smith - 23 years, Arvind Phukan - 29 years, Andy Laycock - 35 years, Kirk Hull - 59 years and Buck Thompson - 65 years 
President Linda Kaye and Monique Nadeau presented the auction story, encouraging club members to participate by volunteering, filling a table and donating an item. Members were reminded to sign up for the Fireside next Tuesday and for an EFN Repack, on February 2nd
Even though the meeting ended right on time at 1:00 PM, it often takes quite a while for the room to clear as members catch up with friends and plan their next adventures. Another informative, inspirational and life affirming Rotary 8 Meeting.   


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