Thursday, November 15, 2018
Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib
Working to Create Opportunities for All Washingtonians

Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and moved with his family to Washington state at the age of eight. He grew up in east King County and graduated from the Bellevue International School before attending Columbia University, Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and Yale Law School where he served as editor of the Yale Law Journal. He is also a Truman Scholar and a Soros Fellow.

After receiving his law degree, Lieutenant Governor Habib returned to Washington state to practice law at Perkins Coie, the region’s largest law firm, where he helped startup technology companies raise venture capital funds and license their software.

He represented east King County in the Washington State House of Representatives and the State Senate. In 2016 he was elected Washington’s 16th Lieutenant Governor, becoming the youngest presiding officer in the country. In his role as Lieutenant Governor, Habib presides over the State Senate, serves as acting-Governor when the Governor is out of the state.

A three-time cancer survivor, Lieutenant Governor Habib has been fully blind since age eight. His parents immigrated to the U.S. from Iran before he was born, and he is both the first and only Iranian-American official to hold statewide elected office in the United States.

Lieutenant Governor Habib serves on the boards of a number of civic and nonprofit organizations. Since 2013, Lieutenant Governor Habib has served as a Professor and Distinguished Lawmaker in Residence at Seattle University Law School.

Jackie Flowers 11- 29    Jacques Colon 12-6 
I love to see the flexibility of our club members in action! I know that telling us that you are coming to a meeting is a significant change, but  it really is necessary to rsvp to meetings in order to inform the Yacht Club, allowing them to have the right amount of food prepared.  We were all frustrated with the food that was tossed at the Landmark because they were obligated to serve 115. For the Yacht Club I have to turn in that guaranteed number each week! Please help me give them an accurate count by making your reservation by Tuesday at 10. Please know that if you don't have the chance to use a link, send an email or call  you are always welcome to join us! 
Use this LINK  to register for November 29 at the Eastside Community Center to hear from Jackie Flowers, Director, Tacoma Public Utilities. 
Use this LINK to register for December 6 at the Eastside Community Center to hear from Jacques Colon, Pierce County Health Department.
(the Yacht Club had previous commitments for those 2 dates before we signed our agreement.) 
It is almost time for the Giving Tree!
It is that time of year when Tacoma Rotary 8 members show their generosity for the community by making the holidays bright for children at three local nonprofit organizations. The Giving Tree will be full of paper ornaments for the Nov. 15 and Nov. 29 meetings. On each ornament will be the name of a child from either the YWCA, New Phoebe House or Communities in Schools.  The tag will also include information about what that child would like to receive. There is also the opportunity to purchase a $25 gift card for Target, Walmart, Fred Meyer or Safeway. Fellow Rotarians Miriam Barnett, Cindy Grady or Jennifer Wedderman will be tracking the ornaments so after you pick an ornament(s), they will enter your name on a tracking list to assure that every child is covered.  Bring gifts back, unwrapped, with the ornament taped to the gift on either December 6 or 13 (this is a Thursday at 5 meeting). You can bring items to the meeting or you can drop them off at the Rotary office at the Landmark during office hours 830-5 from November 16 through Dec 13.  Pat Steel will once again play  Santa and help deliver the gifts to the nonprofits.  Any questions? Please contact Miriam at or 253 341 6285.  Thank you so  much for sharing your Rotary spirit of service above self!
Dust of those Santa Hats and Elf Ears because December 20 is the day we will be ringing bells for the Salvation Army. We will be at Katie Downs, Harmon (on Pacific)  and Farrelli's at Point Ruston.  The shifts are already covered at Farelli's, but we still need one more person from 1-2 at Katie Downs and all of the shifts at the Harmon need help; 11-12, 12-1 and 1-2.    Thanks to the following members who have volunteered to staff the red buckets; Jamie Brooks, Rusty George, Whitney Grisaffi, Julie Foley, Jeremy Fogelquist,  Rusty Hersey, Kelly Lane, Jeff Lovely, Stacey Ogle, Gil Quante, John Schneider, Ann Voves and  Jim Whitacre. 
The Literacy Committee would like to continue our commitment to supporting the Salishan community and stewarding the little free libraries in that neighborhood, but we need your talents!  The libraries are getting lots of use and are in need of some minor repairs. We’re looking for some Rotary “Bob the Builders”. We need Rotarians with some woodworking or handyman/woman skills, who could step up and make minor repairs on one or two libraries…like making some replacement doors, updating hinges and caulking the windows.  We have a “Rotary Bob” hard hat for you to pick up and wear – then snap a selfie once it’s repaired – and we’ll share it out on Facebook and in Gearshift as an inspiration for other Rotarians!  If you can take on a library and make repairs within the next few weeks, please contact  Susan Barbeau at or Sherri Stanton at 
Some of the RYE students and their temporary host moms as they are getting ready to board the bus to begin their trip to California!
Your contributions to the Rotary International Foundation touch lives in so many ways. One area is that gifts help fund educational programs.  One of those programs has been the Ambassadorial Scholarship. The Rotary Foundation and clubs invest in our future leaders and philanthropists by funding scholarships for graduate study.   Rotary Club scholarships are given by individual clubs and are open to anyone except Rotary members and their families.
Tacoma #8 has had five Ambassadorial Scholars who have received scholarships to do graduate studies in another country.  The following scholars represented Tacoma #8 Rotary abroad:  Matthew Eldridge, lived on Fox Island and graduated from Stanford University, and  studied in South Africa.  Trina Schoenberg, lived in Lakewood and graduated from Lewis and Clark College and studied in New Zealand.    Andrew Burton, lived in University Place and graduated from Oregon State University, and studied in Ireland.  Tim McCaffrey, lived in Los Angeles, and graduated from the University of Puget Sound, and studied in Taiwan.  Peter Crow, lived in Los Angeles, graduated from the University of Puget Sound, and studied in Ecuador.
Rotary Clubs can apply to The Rotary Foundation for district and global grants to support scholarships.  The five scholars sponsored by Tacoma #8 all received scholarships funded entirely by the RI Foundation, supported by Rotary members contributions.  Our member Annie Ramirez was a previous recipient of an Ambassadorial Scholarship, and our member Linn Larsens wife, Barbara Wyatt (and former member) also was a recipient of this scholarship.  Please continue to support the RI Foundation by giving through Project Greater Good each year.  Remember, every Rotarian, every 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: 
Eric Lind
RELIGION - Christian Churches
Hope Church
Sponsor: Stacey Ogle
James Fisher
REAL ESTATE - Residential
Windermere Professional Partners
Sponsor: Barry Benson
Di Trenh
FINANCE/BANKING - Business Banking
Bank of America
Sponsor: Stacey Ogle
We had another successful repack on Saturday, November 10, and if you missed out please join us this coming Saturday November 17 as we pack break bags for students and their families for the Thanksgiving break.  Special thanks to;  Julie Foley (and Meghan), Donna HaynesGil Quante, Renata Ramirez, Sherri Stanton, Carol Webster (and Chris), Amanda Weidman (and Blake and Mychal) and Jim Whitacre. We will also need volunteers for  another Break Bag Pack on December 15.  Help feed children and their families during holidays breaks.   There will be sign up sheets on the tables at the meetings or you can contact Gil Quante or  the office to sign up. 
Volunteer to be a Mentor 
We have been so fortunate to introduce over a dozen new members to the club in the last few months.  In order to help our new members in their assimilation we are developing  an updated list of mentors.  Amanda Weidman has assumed the leadership position for the Pandaka Committee please contact her at to volunteer to mentor a new member!
Larry Treleven - Gig Harbor
Greg Rolsma - Eurodam - Cruising
Fred Moisio - Clover Park
Reflection -  Jamie Brooks
Greeter/Roving Mic - Angela Connelly
Greeter/Roving Mic - Byron Okutsu
National Anthem & 4 Way Test - Pat Steel
Fine Counter -  Dan Bogart
Storywriter - Jim Henderson
Introduction - Hunter George
Meeting Sponsor - John Winskill
AV Assistant - Jeff Rounce
Check in Assistant - Cynthia Darland
Check in Assistant - Cindy Niemi
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 
LaTasha Wortham - Nov 11
Tamara Williams -  Nov 12
Kathy Martin - Nov 13
Marsha Burns - Nov 14
Nurhan Karakas - Nov 15
Steve O'Brien - Nov 15
Anniversaries to Celebrate 
Laura Fox - 16 years 
Peter Darling - 35 years 
Pat Steel - 41 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
November 15
Terry’s Office Tavern
3410 N Proctor
November 22
Thanksgiving no social
November 29
The Hub Tacoma
203 Tacoma Avenue
December 6th
Ben Bridge Jeweler
4733 Tacoma Mall Blvd
Starts at 5:30 food, wine, water and beer
Time to go Christmas Shopping!!
December 13
Thursdays at 5
714 S. 27th St.
December 20
CI Shenanigans
3017 Ruston Way
December 27 we have a fantastic Rotary evening planned as we will purchase group tickets to attend a performance of Scrooge.  The wonderfully talented cast includes two of our members Libby Catalinich and Chris Serface.  Check your calendar and make plans to join us. Tickets are $17 each, and we will have sign up sheets on the tables at an upcoming meeting. 
 Thursdays at 5 at Cornerstone
Another great meeting with fellow Rotarians learning more about the history of Cornerstone and the work they do to assist their clients in planning for the future.  The food was first rate, the fellowship delightful and feedback from the participants positive! You won't want to miss our next opportunity to gather at a members' business on December 13!





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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:
47 St. Helens Avenue, Ste. 200
Tacoma, Washington 98402

PO Box 1777
Tacoma, Washington 98401-1777

Phone:  253.473.7723
Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:30 - 5:00
Nov 29, 2018
Tacoma Public Utilities
Dec 06, 2018
Pierce County Health Department
Dec 20, 2018
Holiday Program
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Upcoming Events
Project - EFN Break Bag Pack
EFN Distribution Center
Nov 17, 2018
12:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Landmark Doric Room; fourth floor
Nov 19, 2018
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Jackie Flowers Weekly Meeting Speaker
Eastside Community Center
Nov 29, 2018
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM
Metro Parks Holiday Cruise
Foss Seaport Waterway
Dec 01, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Community Service Grants Committee Meeting
Sound Options
Dec 06, 2018 7:30 AM
Literacy Committee
Red Elm
Dec 06, 2018
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Membership Recruitment Committee
Tacoma Yacht Club
Dec 06, 2018 11:15 AM
Jacques Colon Weekly Meeting Speaker
Eastside Community Center
Dec 06, 2018
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM
PGG - Foundations
Tacoma Yacht Club - After Lunch
Dec 06, 2018 1:00 PM
Classification Committee Meeting
Rotary office
Dec 11, 2018 11:45 AM
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