Thursday, August 1, 2019
Bill Baarsma -  Honoring Tacoma's Women of Destiny
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In the Centennial Year of the Congressional Passage of the 19th Amendment.”  Bill will share stories of  some of Tacoma’s most notable “Woman of Destiny” from Thea Foss--to arguably the most improbable Olympic gold medalist in modern history—Tacoma’s own Gretchen Kunigk Fraser. Some remarkable stories of  personal achievements and how that defined our City. 

Bill was born and raised in Tacoma, graduated from Stadium and attended the University of Puget Sound where he received a BA degree in political science in 1964. After graduation, he became the first Tacoma student to receive a Scottish Rite Masonic Fellowship for graduate study at George Washington University in Washington D.C.

In 1968, he accepted a faculty position at the University of Puget Sound where he taught courses in political science, business management, public administration and urban studies.

In 1991, he was elected to the Tacoma Council as an at-large council member. Since the council position was part-time, he continued his career at UPS where he established the public administration program. In 2001, Bill retired from UPS upon being elected Tacoma’s 37th mayor.

During Bill’s terms as council member and mayor, Tacoma participated in the successful completion of the Museum of Glass, the Tacoma Art Museum, the restoration of Union Station, the Murray Morgan Bridge, the Seaport Museum, the Albers Mill and the environmental cleanup of the Foss Waterway. The University of Washington -Tacoma became a four-year undergraduate institution during his tenure as mayor. Tacoma also constructed the largest municipally owned telecommunications system in North America (Click network).

Bill is now retired and volunteers as the president of the Tacoma Historical Society and as a board member for several non-profits. He and his wife Carol live in Tacoma’s North End. He has a son, Bill, a daughter, Katya, and three grandchildren.

August 9
Thursday at 5 - Tacoma Dome
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August 15
Dr. George Bridges - Evergreen State College
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August 22
District Governor - Maureen Fritz-Roberts
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Welcome Back Neel Parikh!
We are so happy to have Neel back. If you haven't had a chance to work with her she is the retired Executive Director of Pierce County Libraries and was a wonderful volunteer during her over 20 years in the club! She was a natural and tireless member of our Literacy Committee.  She is happily retired and lives in University Place.  Be sure to welcome her back next time you see her!
Welcome to our first new member of 2019-20 
Alecia Cunningham was introduced by her sponsor, Cindy Niemi, at the meeting on July 18.  She is the Director of Corporate and Community Partnership for the girl Scouts of Western Washington.  She was born in Frankfurt Germany, but left as an infant. She has 3 boys, twin 11 year old’s and another boy 8 months old. She has been with Girl Scouts for 3 years,  and has a passion for youth development and a drive for relationship building. She says she is fearless and absolutely loves being a game changer! You might hear her called Diva of Dollars!  She's an avid tea drinker and loves warm weather! Be sure to welcome Alecia next time you see her!
Membership Proposal
Unless written objections are submitted to the Board within 10 days of this posting, the following individual  will be invited to membership: 
Elaine Chan
FINANCIAL SERVICES - Financial Planning
FIOH Global Asset Management & Strategies, LLC
Sponsor: Robin Echtle
Thursdays at 5 at The Tacoma Dome
Rock Star Rotarians are invited to experience a rare backstage glimpse of the iconic Tacoma Dome. The recent $31 million revitalization at the Tacoma Dome included the addition of new Artist Quarters (dressing rooms) where this coming Thursdays at 5 will be held. See where the Rocketman Elton John will hang his hat when he visits. Enjoy beverages and backstage catering like the legends while asking yourself “Are these rock n’ roll tales true? Will there be any brown-colored M&M’s?!” Check out the Five Timers Club recognizing all the artists who have performed five (or more!) times at the Dome. The award-winning Tacoma Venues & Events team is looking forward to your visit; please park in our F Lot and enter, backstage right!
Here are the details:
HOST:     Kim Bedier
WHEN:   August 8 5-7
WHERE:   Tacoma Dome, 2727 E D St  
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Gabriel Bringman - Sweden - He is arriving August 14 and is in need of a set of left handed golf clubs. Can anyone help??
Nicolas Galy - France
We have two young men who will be joining us this year and will need 6 hosts families.  It looks like we need 1 more host family for Gabriel.  If you just can't envision doing this yourself please consider asking friends or family who might be in a position to open their home for a few months to one of these young men.  

Gabriel Bringman comes from Saltsjobaden, STOCKHOLM, Sweden. He is 17 years old. His father, Magnus is an engineer and his mother, Cecilia, is a physiotherapist. Gabriel has a brother, Jakob, 24 and a sister, Lovisa, 21 both at university. This young man is English fluent and studies German as well. He loves a wide variety of sports including golf, soccer, kickboxing and skiing. He also loves coaching the sport of Floorball in his town.“I’ve visited Antelope Canyon in the US which definitely was a highlight for the …beautiful narrow paths combined with amazing stone walls. When I swam with whale sharks in Tanzania and dove in the beautiful coral reef was one of my favorite moments.”  Gabriel is a good student; friendly, thrifty and curious. He may study engineering but is curious about being an entrepreneur. Gabriel is eager to join your family and bring some joy from Swedish culture to our Tacoma host families.

Welcome Nicolas Galy (Nico) from Onet Le Chateau, RODEZ, France!  Nico is 16 years old. His father Bernard is an Accountant and his mother, Beatrice, is an occupational health doctor.  Nico loves sailing, tennis, golf and all kinds of music! He plays piano with his Mom. He is the 4th of 5 children ranging in age from 9 yrs to 28 yrs. He has very good English and speaks some Spanish. Nico and his family have traveled quite extensively. He has done school exchange in England and Spain.
Nico is his class representative. He is talkative, curious and a hard worker (supported by his teachers !  He is seriously considering becoming an airline pilot! Not a fan of eggs, avocado or beef! Mom says: “Nico needs to put down the computer and cell phone at bedtime!”
Super Heroes

Ann Voves did  a great job of organizing and recruiting volunteers for the Camp on July 18. Special thanks to our members  Marsha Burns, Mike Dunbar, Heather Faverman, Julie Foley, Maria Harlow, Donna Haynes, Andrew Imholt, Sharon Jaffee, Diane Kelleher, Kelly Lane, George Pilant, Gil Quante, Carlyn Roy, Alex Trettin, Amanda Weidman and Carolyn Weyrick They provided an amazing day of fun and festivities! 

There is always an opportunity to get involved in a Rotary Project. Below are a list of dates and activities from your Project Committee. For more information you can contact the Projects Committee Co-Chairs Diane Kelleher or Gil Quante, or the Project lead as noted below. 
August 17- Saturday Sorting at St. Vinnie's - Gil Quante
August 22 - Community in Schools stuff the backpacks at Rotary! John Douville
August 24 - Courage in Leavenworth Carolyn Weyrick
Reflection-Gordon Neu
Board Greeter/Roving Mic-Libby Catalinich
Board Greeter/Roving Mic-Harrison Laird
Check in table-Jim Henderson 
Guest Management-Linda Kaye Briggs/Kirsten Willis
National Anthem & 4 Way Test-Carlyn Roy
Piano-Libby Catalinich
Fine Counter-Jeremy Fogelqusit/Barbara Mead  
Storywriter-Barry Benson
Meeting Sponsor-Jeremy Fogelquist
AV Assistant-Jeff Rounce
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
Betty Capestany - Jul 28
Skip Anderson - Jul 30
Jan Brazzell - Jul 30
Rick Triggs - Aug 03
Anniversaries to Celebrate
Monique Nadeau - 10 years
Ed Ramos - 10 years
Karena Kirkendoll - 2 years
Larry Treleven - Boise
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.
August 1st
5104 Grand Loop A
August 8th
Thursdays at 5
Tacoma Dome
2727 E D St
August 15
Rotary at the Rainiers
Reflections from the meeting of July 25 from Andrew Imholt
President Carol rang the bell to mark the beginning of the meeting and invited Dean Carrell, Pierce County Library Foundation to deliver the Invocation, followed by the national anthem (with Jack Warnick accompanying on piano) and 4-way test by Elliot Stockstad, Lutheran Community Services NW. There were a handful of visiting Rotarians and guests who were introduced with the help of Gil Quante, N2 Publishing and Bryan Flint, Sound Outreach.
Our meeting sponsor was Arvind Phukan who was promoting his autobiography The Determination to Succeed. Arvind has such a unique and inspiring life story, I would encourage all Rotary 8 members to contact him if you are interested in purchasing his book!
President Carol then circled the group back to bring up Linda Kaye Briggs, The Briggs Group to introduce our newest member, Neel Parikh. Neel has been enjoying retirement traveling the world and remaining active in the community since 2014, but is excited to rejoin our club, as she originally joined in 1995!
Brett Thomas, Multicare came forward for the annual Tacoma Rotary Foundation meeting and moved to approve the Foundation Board of Directors. Brett Thomas, Rick Oldenburg, Cynthia Darland, Mark Anderson, Mike Dunbar, Carol Duris, Mary McNally, Kathryn Nelson and Kirsten Willis.  Larry Ghilarducci will be a member emeritus. The motion was seconded and carried. He also pointed out the Foundation Annual Summary on the tables. 
President Carol congratulated club anniversaries: Maddie Merton, Becky Fontaine and Deb Robinett.
Sally Glover, South Sound Care was then invited by President Carol to present our program speaker Dr. Frank Senecal. Dr. Senecal has served as St. Joseph’s Director of Oncology, Medical Director of Hospice of Tacoma, Chairman of the Department of Medicine and Chief of Staff at St. Francis Hospital, Fellow of American College of Physicians. Active in cancer treatment research, he has published scientific articles in that field.
Dr. Senecal gave an extremely insightful and hopeful presentation about cancer, the South Sound Care Foundation and current research that is working to advance survival rates in cancer patients. In summary:
  • There are about 1.6 million new cases of cancer in the U.S each year
  • 600,000 deaths
  • Prostate cancer is most common for men and breast cancer most common for women
  • Over the last 15 years, survival rates have increased by 15% due to better screening, risk reduction and better treatment
  • The South Sound Care Foundation was founded in order to bring leading treatments and clinical trials to Tacoma and the surrounding region and to continue pushing down the path to a cure.
  • CAR T-cell therapy is a form of immunotherapy that uses specially altered T cells — a part of the immune system — to fight cancer. A sample of a patient's T cells are collected from the blood, then modified to produce special structures called chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) on their surface. When these CAR T cells are reinfused into the patient, the new receptors enable them to latch onto a specific antigen on the patient's tumor cells and kill them.
President Carol thanked him for his wonderful presentation and told him a gift would be made in his honor to the Tacoma Rotary Foundation.
Chris Serface, Tacoma Little Theatre was up next to announce updates about the communication committee including a new, closed Facebook group for members and that they are happy to have new committee members if anyone is interested!
Gil Quante, N2 Publishing grabbed the mic to announce “Saturdays at St. Vinnies” on Saturday 8/17 from 12pm-3pm as an opportunity to volunteer at St. Vincent De Paul.
There were about 10 interesting True Confessions and President Carol wrapped-up the meeting by thanking Dean for his reflection, Elliot and Jack for the music and Arvind for the meeting sponsorship. President Carol also thanked Brett for the annual foundation meeting and extended congrats to our new board members and welcomed Neel back to the club.
President Carol ended the meeting reminded our club to go out and to be People of Action!

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Classification Committee Meeting
Rotary office
Aug 13, 2019 11:45 AM
Weekly Meeting - George Bridges
Tacoma Yacht Club
Aug 15, 2019
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Rotary at the Rainiers
Cheney Stadium
Aug 15, 2019
5:15 PM – 9:00 PM
Weekly Meeting - Maureen Fritz-Roberts
Tacoma Yacht Club
Aug 22, 2019
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM
Project - Courage
Aug 24, 2019
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
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5401 Yacht Club Road
Aug 29, 2019
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Sep 17, 2019 5:00 PM
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