Thursday, December 12, 2019
VOL. NINETY SIX,  Issue 24
Thursday at 5 at Ben Bridge
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Ben Bridge is looking forward to welcoming you to their store on December 12th for Thursday at 5:00! You will have time to explore a curated selection of fine jewelry and luxury timepieces.  The expert staff at Ben Bridge will make it easy to find the one perfect gift for everyone on your list this season, and will share their latest proprietary collection-Bella Ponte.  Bella Ponte is the ultimate experience in bespoke bridal featuring new hologram technology which allows customers to be a part of the creation of their ring at every step of its journey.
Please join us for light refreshments, food, and a photo booth! You will be warmly welcomed by Rotarian and new store manager Molly Peterson as well as long time Rotarians Cathy Hall and Bob Swanson.
WHAT:  Thursday at 5
WHEN:  Thursday, December 12th  from 5pm to 7pm
WHERE: Ben Bridge Jewelers 4733 Tacoma Mall Blvd, Suite 100
PARKING: There is parking available in the parking lot in front of the store. You may also park across the street if parking becomes full.
Contact  Molly Peterson if you have questions at, 253.473.1227
December 19 - Holiday Program
Gabe - Nico & Rotary Talent
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No Meetings 12-26 or 1-2 
January 9 - Thursday at 5
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Use this link to register for our anniversary dinner.  Joy will send you an invoice or you can make a note in your reservation comment to charge your card on file. 
Join us on Wednesday, January 29 at 5:30 at the Hotel Murano Bicentennial Pavilion to commemorate our 110 Years of Service!  We are looking forward to a room full of members and guests who will join us to celebrate all that we have accomplished in our 110 years of living our motto of Service Above Self. If you are interested in helping with the dinner contact our chair Kim Bedier.  As we reflect on the last 110 years, we have changed and saved thousands of lives, and we have introduced Rotary to thousands of people.  Here are the clubs that we have sponsored; Everett, 1916, Olympia, 1920, Chehalis, 1920, Paris, France, 1921, Sumner, 1926, Puyallup, 1948, Lakewood, 1956, Tacoma Narrows, 1970, Tacoma Sunrise, 1986 and Vladivostock, Russia, 1995.  
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. 
December 10 - Toys for Kids Shopping- Christina Turner
December 14 - EFN Break Bags - Gil Quante
December 20-Salvation Army Bell Ringing- Ann Voves
2019 Toys for Kids Shopping Night
Our carts were overflowing and the shelves were getting bare as we shopped for over 200 children on Tuesday, December 10. Our hearts were warmed by knowing that we were helping families who have critically ill children at Mary Bridge. Special thanks to members (and their friends and families)  who stayed up way past their normal bedtimes;  Betty Capestany, Libby Catalinich, Elaine Chan, Jacki Farrar, Julie Foley, Becky Fontaine, Maria Harlow, Diane Kelleher, Cindy Niemi, Molly Peterson, Christina Turner, Ann Voves, Jennifer Weddermann, Kathi Willis and John Winskill.  
We had an incredible group of Rotarians working hard on Saturday November 23 packing 1,000 Break Bags for the Emergency Food Network.  Talk about People of Action, these members are super; Jan Anderson, Jan Brazzell, Jace Dwinell (and our Interact students), Jacki Farrar, Julie Foley, Whitney Grisaffi, Maria Harlow, Diane Kelleher, Gil Quante, Ann Voves, Carol Webster, Jim Whitacre and Missy Zenczak. These folks also included 23 friends and family to join them, sharing their hearts and hands of service!  If you missed this one be sure to join us on December 14, from 9-11 for our next repack. 
Remember to bring your gifts this week to the office or to Thursday at 5! 
Tacoma 8 Rotary members are the most generous community members. All of the ornaments have been claimed, although I am sure each of the agencies we are working with will welcome an extra gift card or two, if you haven't had a chance to sign up, just bring the gift card to an upcoming meeting and we will pass it along. The ornaments, attached to the gift or gift card must be returned by December 12.  Please, if you took an ornament with a gift, you are supposed to do the shopping and return the gift unwrapped. (we really don't have little shopping elves standing by to do the shopping for you)  You can return them at meetings or to the office until December 12! Thank you for helping to make the holidays bright for children you will never know, but who will be so grateful.  Gifts this year will go to children at the YWCA domestic violence shelter, Tacoma Rescue Mission’s Adams Family Campus, and Catholic Community Services.  Thank you for your generosity and care for others during the holidays!
Message from Taylor in Finland!
I've been with my second family for exactly one week, and they are the best. I already know I'm going to love my time here!
For Christmas, I am incredibly fortunate to be able to spend it with my host family in their summer cottage all the way north in Lapland, in a town called Muonio. We will be there for a total of two weeks. I think Christmas in the actual north pole will be amazing! I will have a Christmas lunch with my rotary club before we leave, but I'm not expected to give a presentation.
Its good to hear that they have snow in Norway! They have it in northern Finland, but I live in the south very near the coast. We had snow for a few days but sadly it's all melted away. The weather here is much the same as in Western Washington being grey and rainy most of the time. That combined with the early darkness really does wear me down at times, but I'm fortunate to have a supportive host family and friends, and soon when the snow comes it will all be bright and beautiful! 
I've made lots of exchange friends during the rotary events, and I've been able to meet up with them a few times. I have one group of five that I met the first week in language camp who I've really bonded with. Three of us spent the day in Turku visiting all the historical sites, as well as a day in Tampere some weeks later. They live quite far from me so it's not often that we get to meet. The trip to Lapland was really fun because it was the first time since language camp that all 5 of us were together.
Rusty H & Gil                 Whitney, Stacey & Di
Jeremy & Jeff                   Jim & Ann             
It's that time of year again to clear some time on Friday, December 20  from 11 AM - 2 PM to be People of Action! Please come help us fill the kettles for the Salvation Army, we almost have the 20 volunteer slots covered, but we welcome additional participants if you still want to help. Please sign up at the meetings on December 5 or 12 or contact Ann Voves 253-988-5607 or to volunteer! Here is the schedule. 
Cindy Niemi,Robin Echtle,Christina Turner-Farelli’s 11-12
Jackie Lindstrom, Jeremy Fogelquist-Farelli’s 12-1
Kelly Lane,Gabe Bringman,Ray Schuler-Farellis’s 1-2
Rusty Hersey,Gil Quante-Katie Downs 11-12
Ann Voves,Jim Whitacre,Michelle Roberts-Katie Downs 12-1
Mike Dunbar,John Schneider-Katie Downs 1-2
Monique Valenzuela,Dan Bogart-Harmon 11-12 
Jacki Farrar, Jennifer Weddermann-Harmon 12-1
John Bailey, Don Hansen-Harmon 1-2 

At this time of year, many members decide to make year-end donations.  If you are interested in giving to the Tacoma Rotary Foundation or to the club’s fundraising account we must have your check or credit card number for processing by noon on December 31.  For those of you who are of the age when you need to take a Required Minimum Distribution from your IRA we want to remind you that you can do a Qualified Charitable Distribution to the Tacoma Rotary Foundation. These are also referred to as an IRA Charitable Rollover and because the money goes directly to charity you are able to avoid taxes, because it is no longer considered income to you. You should always consult a tax professional or lawyer if you are considering a sizable gift. If you would like to make a donation to Rotary International Foundation please contact them directly here. If you are sending a check it must be postmarked on December 31 in order for it to count as a 2019 donation. Their mailing address is: 
The Rotary Foundation
14280 Collections Center Dr.
Chicago, IL 60693
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
Gretchen Adams - Dec 08
Peter Comfort - Dec 08
Gil Quante - Dec 08
Michelle Roberts - Dec 09
Gordon Pickering - Dec 10
Joy Vivar-Beeks - Dec 12
Anniversaries to Celebrate
Alex Trettin - 12 years 
Peter Comfort - 20 years
Carlyn Roy - 21 years 
Corey Hjalseth - 23 years 
John Spencer - 26 years 
Roger Lee - 31 years 
Elaine Chan - Kowloon, Hong Kong
Larry Treleven - Gig Harbor
Stacey Ogle - Seattle 4
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.
December 12 - Thursday at 5
Ben Bridge
4733 Tacoma Mall Blvd, Suite 100
December 19
Dirty Oscar’s Annex
2309 6th Avenue
December 26 & January 2
No Social Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
January 9
1710 Market
Reflections from the Meeting of December 5 from Kim Bedier
The meeting of December 5, 2019 started on a somber note as Past President Jim Henderson delivered a heartfelt eulogy for George Williams. We gave pause to George’s 67 years in Rotary and our condolences to his family. 
President Carol called upon Bill Duppenthaler for the invocation, and he reminded us to be thankful the entire holiday season, praying for hope, new life, and love. Jennifer Wedderman, Wedderman Architects led a rousing anthem accompanied by Jack Warnick on the piano, and the 4-Way Test. President-Elect Kathryn Nelson sponsored the meeting and kindly donated her time to a very busy agenda. Visiting Rotarians were from the Federal Way Rotary Club, and guests were from as far away as Germany and roving mics were handled by Treasurer Robin Echtle and Greer Todhunter.
Anniversaries included; Jan and Skip Anderson, John Gaines, Lisa Mansfield, Victoria Woodards, 1 year; Evelyn Ryberg, 5 years; Marty Lough and Debbie Regala, 12 years; Tracy Peacock, 14 years; Greg Rolsma, 15 years; Jan Brazzell and Cindy Niemi, 18 years.
Robin Echtle led up birthday recognition, asking celebrants for their favorite holiday treat or show: Scrooge, It’s a Wonderful Life, Russian tea cakes, Rotary Apple Pie, Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army, Scholarship endowment at Bates, A Christmas Story.
President Elect Nominee Kim Bedier hearkened back to the Top Ten Songs of 1910 which included “Down by the Old Mill Stream”, “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” and “America the Beautiful”. These songs may have been playing as the first meeting of the Rotary Club of Tacoma #8 got underway on January 29, 1910. We will celebrate our 110th anniversary at dinner on January 29, 2020 at the Bicentennial Pavilion. Tickets are available now for $75 each – all members and guests are welcome!
President Elect Kathryn Nelson introduced the program. Rotarian Malaria Partners (RMP) is working to eradicate malaria. Through our World Community Services Committee we have provided grants of $15,000, plus additional individual member gifts have supported this collaboration. Stacey Ogle of Cole Graphic Solutions, has recently joined the board of RMP and had Tracy Peacock travel with her on a team of 20 Rotarians on a service project to Zambia in October.
Stacey gave us some background: Malaria is transmitted by mosquito and there are 220 million cases a year, 90% in sub Saharan Africa. It kills 435,000 a year, and 730 children under 5 contract malaria daily. Rotary work in Uganda has saved children’s lives. The October team visited the National Malaria Elimination Center in Zambia. Key pillars of the program are public education on prevention, vector or mosquito control (including bed nets), and testing/ medical care. Early diagnosis and treatment is critical, and the key to success is working through trained, local community health workers who bring care to families at home. The Gates Foundation and Rotary International match grants so $1 donated becomes $3 for RMP to train the health workers, provide them a bicycle, test kits, phones and other items. 331 have been trained thus far. Stacey outlined how every Rotarian can make a difference, by advocating, joining the World Community Services Committee, attending a malaria symposium or travelling with RMP when they make a return to Africa in 2020.
Tracy Peacock related her impactful Zambia and Kenya Adventures through stunning photographs of smiles, sunsets and exotic animals such as giraffes, elephants, hippos and cheetahs. She drew us in with the following words:
There are experiences in life that will forever change you. And, change your outlook on life.
When you allow your heart and mind to be open is when you are free to experience life, people, culture – judgment free.
Back to innocence.
Africa was that experience for me. I still dream I’m in Africa. Where the setting skies glow like fire.”
President Carol thanked both Stacey and Tracy for their insights into this disease that takes so many lives in Africa, and made a donation in their honor to the Rotary International Foundation.
Co-Chairs of the Grants Committee, DeAnne Hamilton and Clay Zhang, presented grants to the following non-profits: Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Puget Sound, Degrees of Change, St Vincent DePaul, Tacoma Community House, Peace Community Center, Emergency Food Network, and the YWCA.
President Carol congratulated the newly elected officers and board members: Jacki Farrar, Chris Serface, Sherri Stanton, Clay Zhang, Secretary Cindy Grady, President Elect Kathryn Nelson, President Elect Nominee Kim Bedier, and Vice President Maria Harlow (who will serve as President in 2022-23).
Announcements: Toys for Kids Project Dec 10th, EFN Break Bag Pack Dec 14th,Salvation Army Bell Ringing needs ringers Dec 20th at Katie Downs, Farellis in Pt Ruston and the Harmon; please see Ann Voves. Ann was busy distributing humble Cougar apple pie to the Husky alumni in the room.
Molly Peterson invited everyone to kick off the holidays at the Dec 12th Thursday at 5 at Ben Bridge. Past President Pat Steel reminded everyone to bring their gift for giving tree ASAP (bring to next meeting Dec 12 or drop at Rotary Office by Dec 12). Thank you to Carlyn Roy for hosting a social tonight, Dec 5th, at her home. President Carol likely will not see us until after her imminent special delivery. Best wishes to Carol and family!

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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. 
Noon - 1:00 pm
The Rotary Office is located at:
1001 Yakima Ave, Suite 9A
Tacoma, Washington 98405

PO Box 1777
Tacoma, Washington 98401-1777

Phone:  253.473.7723
Office Hours
Monday - Friday
830 - 5
Dec 19, 2019
Holiday Traditions
Jan 16, 2020
Sea-Tac Airport
Jan 23, 2020
The Princess and the Pea Principle
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Upcoming Events
EFN Break Bag Pack
EFN Distribution Center
Dec 14, 2019
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Board of Directors Meeting
Rotary Office
Dec 16, 2019
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Engagement Committee Meeting
Tacoma Yacht Club
Dec 19, 2019 11:00 AM
Rotary Youth Exchange Committee
Tacoma Yacht Club (before lunch)
Dec 19, 2019 11:00 AM
Weekly Meeting - Holiday Program
5401 Yacht Club Road
Dec 19, 2019
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Dec 20, 2019
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Projects Committee Meeting
Jan 03, 2020 8:15 AM
Executive Committee Meeting
Red Elm
Jan 07, 2020
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Thursday at 5 YMCA
1710 Market St.
Jan 09, 2020
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Program Committee Meeting
Tacoma Yacht Club
Jan 16, 2020
11:00 AM – 11:55 AM
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