Thursday, August 30, 2018
Kim Bedier
Tacoma Dome Revitalization 
 Over the last 35 years, more than 25 million people have enjoyed world-class entertainment and events at the Tacoma Dome. This summer, the Dome is being enhanced with more than $30 M in capital improvements focused on making the live experience even better. Kim Bedier, Director of Tacoma Venues & Events for the City of Tacoma, will review all the exciting developments and what you can expect once the Dome reopens this fall.”

As Director of Tacoma Venues & Events, Kim is responsible for the iconic Tacoma Dome, one of the world’s largest wood domed structures seating up to 22,000, the Greater Tacoma Convention Center, and Cheney Stadium, the historic Pantages and Rialto Theaters, and Theater on the Square. The City’s Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality and the Special Event Permitting group were recently added to her portfolio. Kim also liaises with Travel Tacoma and South Sound Sports, and is a member of the City’s Executive Leadership team.

Bedier served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Venue Managers in 2015. She is former Chair of the Board of Regents of IAVM’s Venue Management School and Graduate Institute where she has instructed for many years. Bedier also instructs at the annual Asia-Pacific (Australia) Venue Management School and Leadership Institute.

Bedier was named one of five inaugural “Women of Influence” in the venue management industry by Venues Today in 2007. Facilities & Events Management named her one of “Ten Leading Women Venue Executives” in 2016 and an “Entertainment Venue Executive Luminary” in 2017.

Habitat Build 
We had our first crew out on August 18. Special thanks to Mark AndersonJan Brazzell Wolfgang Opitz, Stacey Ogle, Gil (on the Grill) Quante , Greg & Sonja Rolsma  and Elliot Stockstad. Our next date is August 31 and there is a waiting list, followed by 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.  If those dates don't work for you there are many other opportunities over the next several weeks to volunteer.  Use this link for a different date.  Here are other members  who  have signed up. Kim Bedier, Linda Kaye Briggs, Marsha Burns, Libby Catalinich, Mike Dunbar, Sally Glover, Michele Johnson, Cindy Niemi, Annie Ramirez, Debbie Regala, John Schneider, Alex Trettin, Tamara Williams, Sandi Wollum, and Heather Faverman.
Courage Beer Garden
Thanks again to our wonderful volunteers who provided smiles, snacks and games at the Courage ride stop in Eatonville (Pack Forest) on August 25th.  Special gratitude is extended to Co-Chairs Diane Kelleher and Carolyn Weyrick. It looks like our Exchange Students are already learning new games!
The letters requesting support were mailed in mid-July and what wonderful response we have received, with gifts and pledges of $40,000. Please let us know if you did not receive a letter. We are hoping for 100% participation and would like to exceed our fundraising total from last year which was just over $63,000. Watch for the honor roll of donors at an upcoming meeting!

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. 

Becky & Gary Fontaine with Renata
Annie Ramirez, Renata, Jacob & Diane Tilstra
We are so excited Renata Ramirez and Jacob Christensen have arrived and  have already participated in their first Rotary project!  Renata was able to join us at the meeting on Thursday and she has impressive English skills!  Be sure to introduce yourself to these great new students and find a way to include them in some of your activities this coming year!
Membership Proposal
Unless written objections are submitted to the Board within 10 days of this posting, the following individuals will be invited to membership: 
Lin Zhou
EDUCATION - Vocational
Bates Technical College
Sponsor: Cindy Niemi
Sharon Benson
REAL ESTATE - Residential
Managing Broker
Windermere Professional Partners
Sponsor: Barry Benson
Katrina Self
Eisenhower Carlson PLLC
Sponsor: Barbara Mead
Welcome new members !
We welcomed 2 more wonderful members on August 16.  Betty Capestany joins us from the Bellevue Club and had prior service in Renton and Emerald City. She has more than 26 years as a Rotarian.  We are excited that she is continuing her service with us. She is new to our area and is the Economic Development Director for Pierce County.   She and her husband have a blended family with 4 boys and goats.  She clarified that even though "they" have goats they really belong to her husband. She loves to do marathons and explore the streets around the world. Alex Davis is following in his fathers footsteps, not only as a pastor, but also as a member of our club. Some of our senior members remember the years that Alfred was in the Club. Alex is also the Owner of iChallengeLife a youth mentorship program.  You can expect to see Alex providing the reflection/invocation at an upcoming meeting. Please introduce yourself to these great new members and invite them to join you on a committee!
Invocation/Reflection - Stephen Deal
Anthem & 4 Way Test -  Jennifer Wedderman
Board Greeter- Roving Mic -  Jace Dwinell
Greeter- Roving Mic  -  DeAnne Hamilton
Fine Counter - Dan Bogart
Meeting Reporter for Gearshift - Chris Serface
Meeting Sponsor - Monique Nadeau
AV Assistance - Jeff Rounce
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 
Ron Lunceford - Aug 26
Mike Wark - Aug 26
Cindy Niemi - Aug 28
Scott Sutherland - Aug 31
Sandi Wollum – Sept 1
Anniversaries to Celebrate 
Diane Tilstra - 6 years  
Jeanne Werner-Spaulding - 9 years  
Elliot Stockstad - 11 years 
Joe Missel - 12 years  
Rick Oldenburg - 16 years  
Bob Swanson - 27 years  
Kathy Martin - 29 years 
Don Hansen - Gig Harbor
Our next Thursday at 5 is coming up on September 13th and we expect another great crowd.  Check your calendar and use this link to register now.
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 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
Reflections of the 8-23 meeting from Debbie Regala
The August 23 meeting began with a wonderful Eulogy for Bill Baxter acknowledging his 63 years of service above self. Mike Dunbar, Jim Harris and Becky Fontaine shared their memories of Bill and how he had been a mentor to each of them over his many years as a leader in Rotary 8.
President Linda Kaye called the meeting to order; Donna Haynes provided the invocation; and Jan Brazzell led us in singing the National Anthem and reciting the 4-way test. We were joined by several visiting Rotarians, including Howard Svigals, a member  of the Gig Harbor Club and Assistant Governor of Area 11.  And there were many guests including our new Youth Exchange student, Renata, from Paraguay and some perspective new members.
The meeting was sponsored by Pierce Transit.  Ryan Wheaton provided a brief video of regarding a new Pierce Transit service called BRT (bus rapid transit) which will run between Tacoma and Spanaway.
Our speaker, Nate Bowling, gave a powerful and inspiring talk related to civic engagement. Nate, a teacher at Lincoln High School, was selected 2016 Teacher of the year for Washington State, and a finalist for National teacher of the year.  He showed a brief video about inspired teaching.  Then noting that students rarely have a chance to talk with civic leaders he spoke on behalf of his students with a focus on Education, Housing, and the White Supremacy and Racism which exists in our community.  Nate believes Tacoma has made progress in education citing the statistics that this year Tacoma graduated 565 more graduates than there were in 2010.  That’s the equivalent of en entire middle school.  That is true progress but Nate believes we are failing our students regarding the availability of affordable housing in our community because housing costs are rising significantly and wages are not, which makes it harder and harder for those graduates to feel secure about their future in Tacoma.  Nate also informed us about a problem of White  Supremacy on the Eastside of Tacoma.  He noted both a lack of awareness by most of the community and a lack of acknowledgement by many civic leaders about the problem.  He shared that while his students and others have expressed concern, they feel they have not been heard.  Nate described three groups of people:  the Political leaders and their circle of supporters; the Activist class who are passionate and vocal but who often feel that political and civic leaders believe their personal comfort is more important than the struggles the activists feel.  And this leads to a Disengaged group.  Nate believes the good news about Tacoma is that when public policy is debated statewide and nationally, Tacoma is large enough to matter and small enough that each of us, as individuals, can make a difference.  He urged us to be open to dialogue about these important civic issues. 
Member Anniversary Congratulations were extended to Christina Turner (2 years), Rob Roth (18 years) and Stephanie Christensen (26 years). Gil Quante reminded us about the dates for the Rotary 8 Home building opportunities with Habitat for Humanity.  Carolyn Weyrick encouraged more people to volunteer to help at the Courage Beer Garden. Maria Harlow reminded us to donate toiletries which will be given to Nativity House.
Let’s keep reigniting our Rotary!

A Thought for the Week from Past President  Pat Steel

“ Love all, trust a few, do wrong to no one.”  William Shakespeare



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