Thursday, October 24, 2019
VOL. NINETY SIX,  Issue 17
World Polio Day
Inspiring Stories
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For more than 30 years, Rotary and our partners have driven the effort to eradicate polio worldwide. Our Polio Plus program was the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication by vaccinating children on a massive scale. We focus on advocacy, fundraising, volunteer recruitment, and awareness-building.
Our members have contributed $1.9 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries from this paralyzing disease. Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by governments to contribute more than $8 billion to the effort.
With our partners, we have reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent, from 350,000 cases in 125 countries in 1988 to just 33 cases caused by the wild virus in 2018. Only two countries continue to report cases of wild poliovirus: Afghanistan and Pakistan. The infrastructure we helped build to end polio is also being used to treat and prevent other diseases and create lasting impact in other areas of public health
Rotary and our partners have made tremendous progress against polio, but eliminating all cases is going to take even more progress and perseverance. Afghanistan and Pakistan face unique challenges, including political insecurity, highly mobile populations, difficult terrain, and, in some instances, logistical barriers. With sufficient resources, the commitment of national governments, and innovations that improve access to remote areas, we are optimistic that we can eliminate polio.
This week you will learn more about the impact our members have had on delivering polio drops in India and how you can participate in World Polio Day in a meaningful way. 
October 31
Chris Staudinger - Ghosts of Tacoma
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November 7 
Chief Master Sergeant Trisha Almond- Veterans Day Program
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November 14 
Thursday at 5
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Welcome Phillip Curiale
Phill joined our club on October 17.  He is  from Orange County, California, and attended undergrad at U.C. Davis and  moved to South Carolina where he became a deputy sheriff. He realized he wanted to increase his earning potential and enrolled in law school at the University of South Carolina. After graduating, he practiced in Columbia, SC representing distressed homeowners, saving their homes from foreclosure. 
He and his wife recently moved to Washington with their little girl, where he has a firm in Tacoma – Anderson Hostnik PLLC, soon to be Curiale Hostnik PLLC. Phill is looking forward to engaging in Rotary and the community. 
Saturday Sorting at St. Vinnies
We had a dedicated group of members participating on Saturday.  Many thanks to Tracy Peacock for providing the opportunity and to volunteers Whitney Grisaffi, Gil Quante, Greg Rolsma (and Sonja), Ann Voves, Jim Whitacre and Greer Todhunter who will join as a member on October 31! 
There is always an opportunity to get involved in a Rotary Project. Below is the upcoming schedule from the Projects Committee. For more information you can contact the Projects Committee Co-Chairs Diane Kelleher or Gil Quante, or the Project lead as noted below.  Please let them know if you have an idea for a project as well. 
October 23-Tacoma Rescue Mission-Seth Kaplowitz
November 7-Giving Tree Is Up!-Miriam Barnett and Pat Steel
November 9- Bike Build-Gil Quante
November 21-In Meeting Project-Sharon Chambers-Gordon
November 23-EFN Break Bags 
December 14-EFN Break Bags
December 20-Salvation Army Bell Ringing-Ann Voves
We have something for everyone in our list of upcoming projects. The holidays are around the corner and Miriam Barnett and Santa Pat Steel  will have ornaments on our giving tree, look for it on November 7. We will be buying gifts for Tacoma Rescue Mission helping their family housing, CCS benefiting their foster care program, and YWCA for the kids in their shelter and housing. Our next project happening after a meeting will be on November 21 when we will be packing 200 hygiene bags for Raising Girls. Your Projects Committee is working with the Interact Committee to see if the students from Life Christian can join us at the EFN Break Bag event on November 23.  We need about 25 volunteers that Saturday, it's a great project!! 
Consider Board Service!
The nominating committees were named on Thursday and will be meeting this week and next to identify leaders who will serve our club in the coming years.  The Officer Nominating Committee chaired by Carol Duris with members Jeff Albers, Mark Anderson, Jeff Rounce, Ray Schuler, Chris Serface and Kirsten Willis  will select our new VP who will serve as President in 2022-23, and a Secretary who will serve from 2020-2022, their slate will also include current officers Kathryn Nelson as President and Kim Bedier as President Elect. 
The Board Nominating committee Chaired by Kathryn Nelson with members Barry Benson, Linda Kaye Briggs, Corey Hjalseth, Carlyn Roy and Christina Turner will recruit 8 candidates who are willing to serve as board members from 2020-2023.  The club members will elect 4 of those candidates to serve. Below is the information from our by-laws about these positions. 
President.  The President shall preside at meetings of the Club and the Board, serve on the Board and as a member of the Executive Committee, and perform such other duties as ordinarily pertain to the President’s office. The President shall serve a one (1) year term. 
President-Elect.  The President-Elect shall prepare for his or her upcoming year in office, and serve on the Board as a member of the Executive CommitteeThe President-Elect, if asked, may preside at meetings of the Club and Board in the absence of the President. 
Vice President.  A Vice President, if any, shall be responsible for the implementation of programs and policies as directed by the President.  The Vice President shall serve on the Board and as a member of the Executive Committee.   
Secretary.  The Secretary is responsible to keep the records of meetings, membership, and attendance, and to perform such other duties as usually pertain to the office of Secretary.  The Secretary may delegate and enlist the assistance of the Club Administrator or other Club Members in the performance of these duties. The Secretary shall serve a two (2) year term.   The Secretary shall serve on the Board and as a member of the Executive Committee.   
Board. The governing body of the Club is its Board of Directors, comprised of the President, Immediate Past President, President-Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer, plus twelve (12) additional Directors, four (4) of whom shall be elected each year for a three (3) year term.  If the Club Officers include a Vice President, the Vice President shall also be a member of the Board. Members of the Board are expected to participate in all Club activities and attend all meetings of the Club and of the Board.  Directors shall represent the Board at Committee meetings they attend. In any matter concerning the Club in which the procedure has not been outlined in the Bylaws or the Club Constitution, the Board shall be empowered to take action, including the adoption of any policies and procedures necessary for the proper administration of the Club.
These volunteers are what keeps our club growing, vibrant and leading us in our mission of being a fellowship of community leaders committed to high ethical standard and working together to serve our local and global communities.  Please consider this important aspect of club service, contact Carol Duris, Kathryn Nelson or the office if you are willing to be considered. 
Polio Plus Raffle Prize
The PGG/Foundations Committee is looking forward to celebrating World Polio Day this week. Part of the celebration will be to offer every member the chance to be a part of polio eradication by purchasing a $10 raffle ticket giving you a chance to win the historic polio poster above. All of the money will go to RI to support the Polio Plus Campaign. Learn more at the meeting this week! If you can't be at the meeting, but would like to participate call or email the office and they will enter you in the drawing and charge your credit card on file for the raffle ticket. 
2020 Lifetime Achievement Award 
We will be presenting our 2nd Annual Lifetime Achievement award to coincide with the celebration of our 110 year anniversary.  The committee selecting the winner will consist of appointed members; Past President Kathy Martin, who will serve as the Chair, 2 past board members or officers; Cap Pearson (2nd to be named)  and 2 current board members or officers Jan Brazzell and Kathryn Nelson. All Past Presidents will also serve on the selection committee, as well as 3 members at large who must have 15 years of Rotary service.  If you are interested in being on the selection committee please contact Carol Duris or the office by November 7. 
The criteria and nomination forms will be available on the web and at the meetings beginning October 31. 
World Community Service - Etta Project
Last year your World Community Services Committee funded a water sanitation project through Etta Projects to continue work on a water system in Bolivia and develop a safe sanitation system to compliment it. Following are a list of tasks that have been accomplished in working on the project. 
Rotary Club Sirari in Santa Cruz Bolivia and Etta Projects opened accounts designated specifically for this project. The community most ready for project was Betania where they completed a baseline assessment. Their municipality has made their first financial contribution.  The first two workshops have been implemented and the community has chosen Friday evening as their meeting times. They have elected four Sanitation promoters and training has started with them. Community members will decide where materials are to be stored and first construction material will be delivered in two weeks. Construction be underway in October.  They expressed their gratitude for the financial support provided by the Rotary Club of Tacoma #8. 
Reflection-Christina Turner
Greeter/Roving Mic-Elaine Chan
Greeter/Roving Mic-Phill Curiale
Greeter-Whitney Grisaffi 
Board Greeter-Diane Kelleher 
National Anthem & 4 Way Test-Carlyn Roy 
Piano-Barbara Mead
Fine Counter-Barbara Mead 
Storywriter-Debbie Regala
Meeting Sponsor-PGG/Foundations Committee
AV Assistant-Don Sheppard
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
Jeff Gellert - Oct 23
Fred Moisio - Oct 24
Anniversaries to Celebrate
Sharon Jaffee - 5 years cumulative 
Cynthia Darland -11 years  
Kathi Willis - 28 years  
Jeff Rounce - 32 years  
Social at The Table May 16
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 24
The Rhein House
 649 Division Ave
Come play some Bocce Ball
October 31
The Spar
2121 N 30th Street
Tacoma, WA
Tuesday November 5 – 5:30
Rotarian Ladies Night Out
La Bella Nail Spa
2616 N Proctor Street Unit A
Tacoma, WA
Pedicures for 19 Rotarians, cost starts at $30.00 - 7 openings left
Bring a bottle of wine or champagne and an appetizer to share
All Rotarians welcome. Contact Michelle Roberts at 253-651-1716 or email
November 7
The Fish Peddler
1199 Dock Street
Tacoma, WA
Reflections from the meeting of October 17 from Rusty George
It happened one rainy afternoon at the Tacoma Yacht Club.  A Tacoma Rotary 8 Meeting Report
Kim Bedier of Tacoma Events and Venues started the meeting off by giving us some inspiring quotes from Hong Kong just learning English, and Monique Valenzuela of Tacoma Youth Marine Foundation led us in a rousing version of the National Anthem accompanied by Jack Warnick tickling the ivories.
Harrison Laird, CBRE and Christina Turner of Multicare Foundation helped introduce visiting Rotarians from other clubs as well as guests, and then Cindy Niemi (also of Multicare fame) welcomed Rotary’s newest member, Phillip Curiale (in case you are having trouble with the name, its pronounced “Phillip.”) Phillip moved up from California where he helped people during the housing crisis in 2008 to establish is own firm, Curiale Hosnick and is looking to meeting new Northwest friends. Welcome Phillip!
David Flengte was the generous meeting sponsor and announced Community Health Care’s Health Heroes event on October 30th to celebrate its 50-year anniversary. Please see him or Rick Oldenburg to get an invite.
Cindy Niemi announced the results of the vote for members of the Nominating Committee. Thank you to those who accepted the challenge, as well as the board.
Diane Kelleher asked birthday celebrants their favorite fall activities and was answered with football, hiking, camping (the soggy kind no doubt), taking photos of the fall leaves, and spending time with loved ones.
Kim Bedier introduced our two speakers, Elaine Chan and Seth Kaplowitz, who shared with us the ongoing challenges with Hong Kong and its people. Elaine gave a fascinating history on its evolution from a fishing village in the 19th century to a hot spot of struggle and protests today. Seth gave a perspective of Tiananmen Square and left us with a poignant statement: “If you don’t stand up for what you want, it will be taken away from you.” And, “democracy is fleeting.”
Howard Svigals came forward and talked about the Polio Plus Society and Rotary’s effort to stamp out polio. Rusty Hersey and Kirsten Willis congratulated the 120 members who had already contributed to the Greater Good and announced that we have raised $67,000 so far! Well done one and all! World Polio day is next Thursday so we will get more info then. The Polio Plus Society is hosting a raffle with $10 tickets to get a commemorative pin. Buy one today.
And the last piece of reporting is that President Carol is getting as big as a house! Is there a due date pool going around? More to come on that soon.

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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 Yacht Club, 5401 Yacht Club Road, Tacoma, WA. 
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Oct 31, 2019
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Nov 07, 2019
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Oct 28, 2019
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Oct 31, 2019
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Nov 01, 2019 8:15 AM
Community Service Grants Committee Meeting
Sound Options
Nov 07, 2019 8:00 AM
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Red Elm
Nov 07, 2019
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Membership Recruitment Committee
Tacoma Yacht Club
Nov 07, 2019 11:00 AM
Weekly meeting - Vets program
5401 Yacht Club Road
Nov 07, 2019
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PGG - Foundations
Tacoma Yacht Club
Nov 07, 2019 1:00 PM
Executive Committee Meeting
Red Elm
Nov 12, 2019
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Weekly meeting - Thursday at 5
Greater Tacoma Convention Center
Nov 14, 2019
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