Thursday, April 5, 2018
VOL. NINETY-FOUR, Issue No. 40
Join Us in the Ballroom
Honoring Our Community Service Award Winner
Korbett Mosesly

Korbett Mosesly has spent more than a decade working on equity and inclusion, in the for-profit, non-profit, and government sectors, on issues such as education, health, workforce, and housing.

He just completed a three year term on the City of Tacoma’s Human Services commission and now serves on the Board of the Puyallup Watershed Initiative, and recently helped to create Tacoma Roots, a community group that works on the intersection of environmental issues, race, and poverty. 

He publishes the Hilltop Action Journal newspaper, a volunteer-organized publication, focused on community priorities of Tacoma’s Hilltop residents.

He reaches out to other individuals and organizations to collaborate on poverty issues, and is constantly coming up with new ideas to improve the status of the underserved in Tacoma.  He uses his own Facebook page to inform others about training and employment opportunities and creates GIS mapping, to visually show the inequities in Tacoma and Pierce County.   

Korbett has a Master’s Degree in public administration from the Evergreen State College.   He is a long-time member of the Pierce County Black Collective and a Senior Fellow (Class of 18) of the American Leadership Forum.

Korbett is employed by United Way, heading its Family Stability Initiative, and lives with his wife Andrea and his three boys in Tacoma.


What amazing Rotarians responded to our request to host the Princesses and their chaperones on April 5. We have all of our guests assigned to a host and you will receive instructions by mail today. Thanks so much to;  
John Bailey, Dan Bogart, Jamie Brooks, Marsha Burns, Cynthia Darland, Stephen Deal, Carol Duris, Carolyn Else, Jeremy Fogelquist, Cindy Grady, Whitney Grisaffi, Maria Harlow, Jim& Enid Harris, Jim Henderson, Rusty Hersey, Shanna LaMar, Marty Lough, Jim Merritt, Cindy Niemi, Geoff Oakley, Gil Quante, Debbie Regala, Greg Rolsma, Ray Schuler and Kirsten Willis. (some who are paying for the chaperones although they are unable to attend) 
Membership Proposal
Unless written objections are submitted to the Board within 10 days of this posting, the following individual will be invited to membership: 
C. Marshall Bennett
EDUCATION - Community College
Director of Advising Services
Tacoma Community College
Sponsor: Pat Steel
Call now there is only one space left!
We're changing it up a bit this year and here are the benefits you will enjoy, 
  • For two weeks, display your business/organization’s logo in the Gearshift, which is sent to over 250 Rotary #8 Club Members weekly
  • Exhibit at your own dedicated table before and after the meeting
  • Personally market your business/organization and network with over 80 community leaders and potential customers/supporters
  • Spend two minutes at the mic showcasing your business/organization, accompanied by one PowerPoint slide of your choice
Please contact Missy Zenczak at or Kathi Willis to reserve that last space space!
Pete Taylor -  Lahaina
Welcome to Our Three Newest Members
Franklin Dacca, Pierce County District Court Judge
Dean Hanks, Vice President of Development, Bellarmine 
Robert Modarelli, President, Bellarmine
 Featured items this week
Poker with Gil Quante and
Jim Whitacre?
Herron Island with the Hjalseths!
Procurement Update
As we look through all of the wonderful items that are coming through the door we have decided we would like a couple of items reflective of the season we are moving into.  It is spring after all, and we are seeing bits of sunshine, so how about helping us  put together a great garden basket?  How about a back yard respite with a bench and place in the yard for a bird bath and bird feeder?  Before you know it we will find ourselves ready to be outside to barbecue. Anyone have a line a a barbecue or certificate for a great butcher? Put those thinking caps on and let's see what we can do.  If you have questions or suggestions contact our awesome Procurement Chair, Cindy Grady
Time to make those reservations!
You should have received your invitations by now and we hope that you have 9 friends to join you to fill a table.  Our goal is to have a room full of generous Rotarians and their friends who will join together to enjoy good company and purchase amazing items.  The party will be great and a bonus is that we will end the night with our favorite group Daryl and the Diptones!! You can call or email the office to reserve your spot, or drop off your RSVP card at a meeting.
Look at this dedicated group of volunteers
What a great group showed up on March 24 to do good work for our community!  We are truly fortunate to have members who so willingly give their time and effort to help those who are less fortunate.  THANK YOU!!

The little free libraries are a project of the Literacy Committee.  Rotarians, lead by members of the Literacy Committee, have helped build 8 little free libraries  to be installed in the Salishan community.  The first 3 libraries were installed by Rusty Hersey, Gil Quante and John Schneider.  Special thanks to Carol Webster for storing the libraries and Mark Anderson for cutting and helping assemble. Sherri Stanton has the libraries stocked and ready for those neighborhood readers. 

You can still register for District 5020 Training Assembly & Conference. We are hoping for great representation from Tacoma #8 members.  This is a wonderful opportunity for fellowship and education! 
Invocation - Gordon Neu
National Anthem and 4 Way Test -  Libby Catalinich
Piano - In the Ballroom!
Board Greeter- Roving Mic - Bryan Flint
Greeter - Roving Mic -  Veronica Rollins
Birthdays - Greg Rolsma
Fine Counter - Dan Bogart
Meeting Reporter for Gearshift - Jim Henderson
Meeting Sponsor - 
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
--Playing piano
--Assisting with Audio/Visual
--Greeter and Roving Mic
--Sponsoring a meeting

Birthdays to celebrate 
Barry Benson - Apr 01
Dean Curry - Apr 01
Paul Doty - Apr 01
Pamela Transue - Apr 05
Paul Gingrich, Jr. - Apr 07
Anniversaries to celebrate
Rob Novasky - 6 years
Bill Pickles - 9 years
Larry Hosley - 30 years
Dick Heaton II - 39 years
Jim Merritt - 41 years
Glenn Everitt - 43 years
Home of Carlyn Roy
3/29/2018 Rotary Social
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!
April 5
Carlyn Roy’s Home
2915 N 30th Street
Tacoma, WA
Bring a bottle of wine for the Auction and one to share at the social
Bring an appetizer to share
April 12
Peaks & Pints
3816 N 26th
Tacoma, WA
April 19
The Camp Bar
1310 Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, WA
Table side S’mores with all the fixing!!
April 26
Dirty Oscars
2309 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA

Reflections from the meeting of March 29 from Shari Stanton
President Mark Anderson rang the bell and recognized Bellarmine Alumni as meeting sponsors.  Rusty Hersey, Superior Linen, gave our invocation, reminding us of the simple power of a smile, and John McMasters, Superior Linen, led us in the National Anthem followed by the 4 Way Test.  Visiting Rotarians and quite a few visitors were announced and introduced with the help of Geoff Oakley, Grit City Baking Company and Stacey Ogle, Cole Graphic Solutions.  
New Members: Peter Comfort, Propel Insurance introduced new Corporate Member, Robert Modarelli the President of Bellarmine Preparatory School  as well as Dean Hanks who has returned to our club as the active member from Bellarmine.  Robert shared that he was a Bellarmine graduate himself and after completing service in the Army, one of the contributing factors in his move back to Tacoma was to ensure his children could attend Bellarmine.  He believes that Rotary and Bellarmine share the same values of community building and commitment to service. Dean shared that while this was his third time being inducted into Rotary 8, he had continued the work of Rotary through the Passport Club. He thanked Bellarmine graduates, especially Jim Henderson, for bringing him back as a Corporate Member.  Jim Merritt introduced new member Franklin DaccaFrank acknowledged family ties and a long friendship with Jim (they are cousins, but more like brothers)  and shared he was proud to join him as member of Rotary 8.  Frank has had a long career in law and has been a District Court Judge since 2003. He believes in the values of Rotary, treating people with respect, and finds these values similar to law and justice.
President Mark then called on Debbie Regala to introduce our guest speaker.  Debbie shared that she was pleased to introduce her former colleague, Derek Kilmer, who approached public service with enthusiasm to learn, a problem solving frame of mind and donuts!  Derek is also a Rotarian who proudly displays a copy of the 4-Way test on his desk.  Derek thanked Debbie and acknowledged she was not only a colleague but a friend.  He then showed photos of his two daughters and explained that they were the reason for his work. He also shared his reform focuses and economic improvement focuses, explaining there is no silver bullet – it’s more like silver buckshot, lots of areas to target for improvement.  A couple key issues he focused on were the budget process, his involvement with the Bipartisan Working Group (a group that comes together to find common ground on big issues), his concern for America’s infrastructure including access to rural broadband, and workforce challenges and opportunities. Derek ended by encouraging people to reach out if they had issues with any federal agency and to sign up for his e-newsletter.  Derek then took questions from the audience: Carol Webster asked about whether we could expect action soon on gun safety. Jim Whitacre asked about the specific changes Derek is proposing to help veterans buy homes and Dane Meyers asked about federal debt accumulation.
President Mark thanked the congressman and the Bellarmine Alumni who ceded their meeting sponsorship time due to the packed agenda.  He then called George Pilant, RE/MAX Professionals to celebrate birthdays, and while George was making his way to the front, the following anniversaries were acknowledged: Dean Curry - 12 years, Carolyn Weyrick - 14 years, Brien Elvins - 21 years, Paul Doty - 35 years, and Jim Harris - 39 years.  The only birthday celebrant in attendance was Buck Thompson who received a standing ovation for his 64 years of Rotary service and his unbroken family legacy of Rotary involvement going back to 1912 when his grandfather first joined Rotary.
President Mark then called Monique Nadeau and Missy Zenczak up for announcements. Monique reminded us to RSVP to the Rotary Office for auction tickets. The goal is 450 guests this year.  Missy reminded us to sign up for the upcoming Business Expo.
True Confessions: Becky Fontaine announced that she stepped in to become the interim District Youth Exchange Committee Chair and was able to help out in an emergency. John Schneider paid a fine for his phone ringing during the meeting but claimed he would get it back from Bob Fredrickson who had called him.  John McMasters encouraged Rotarians to come to Bellarmine to see the new campus and enjoy a softball game,as he is the coach.  Libby Catalinich paid a fine for missing meetings while she was in New York to run the NYC half marathon and enjoy some world class entertainment.
In closing, Mark thanked all, welcomed the new members and announced the evening’s social was at Anthony’s in Gig Harbor. Next week the club will be hosting the Daffodil Court and honoring our Community Service Award Winner Korbett Mosesly. 


Sound Advice for Service Above Self Living, by Past President Pat Steel

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams!  Live the life you have imagined.”  Henry David Thoreau


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