Thursday, June 13, 2019
Tacoma Rotary #8 members will be welcomed to the Sprague Home Office on Thursday June 13th at 5:00 pm.  Sprague is delighted to open their doors to all of you to better explain some of the “inner workings “ of this TACOMA based firm that started in a garage and now has expanded throughout the western United States.  You will learn how this 4th generation, family owned business continues to grow and why millions of people live and work in healthier places because of the work they do. You  will also tour this Branch Office and  have the opportunity to view and sit in an actual service vehicle - a 1948 Plymouth wagon - which was completely restored and is preserved as part of their legacy.  Put this on your schedule and join us for a great evening and to look behind the scenes at a 93 year old TACOMA based firm at 2725 Pacific Ave.  You can use this link to register right now. Please contact Larry Treleven at if you have any questions.
Roger Stanton - Dune Peninsula Park
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Turnover - June 27
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What a wonderful meeting when we are able to award close to $50,000 to our area non-profits to support their wonderful work.  Thanks for your generous support of the Tacoma Rotary Foundation, our annual auction and Project Greater Good. Through those donations we are able to change and save hundreds of lives every year. 
You should have received 2 emails from Past President Mark Anderson related to the changes in the By-Laws, one on 5-17 and one on 6-6.  At our regular lunch meeting on Thursday, June 20, we plan to vote as a membership whether to approve the amended Club Bylaws.  To those of you who provided feedback in the development of these new Bylaws, thank you – your professional expertise and personal insights proved invaluable in the process of updating our Bylaws. Below are the critical points Mark made in his correspondence. 
In September 2018, we adopted the Club Constitution in the form mandated by Rotary International.  With that as our new "reference point," it soon became clear that our Bylaws would benefit from a more comprehensive overhaul.  The primary purposes of this overhaul were to 1) update the Bylaws to be consistent with our new Club Constitution and other direction from Rotary International, 2) remove provisions that are no longer required to be in our Bylaws, but offer them for consideration as Club policies, 3) reduce redundancy by, for example, removing provisions that are already stated in our Club Constitution, and 4) increase flexibility in the administration of our Club by, for example, removing attendance requirements and replacing them with new provisions related to engagement. 
The proposed Bylaws (here is a link) are much shorter than our current Bylaws.  Apart from comparative brevity, here is a description of the most notable/noticeable features of the proposed revisions to our Bylaws:
  • Adds a Table of Contents.
  • Adds a new Article for Definitions.
  • Adds broad provisions for the creation of a new, optional office of Vice President.  As currently envisioned, the office of Vice President could be used as a tool for leadership succession planning, and could be filled by a member as a first step toward ultimate service as President.
  • Adds the office of Sergeant-at-Arms, as required by the Club Constitution, but worded to permit a President the option of filling the office.
  • Removes or simplifies Bylaws where the subject matter is already addressed in our Club Constitution.
  • Removes Bylaws provisions that are not required to be stated as Bylaws, but that could more appropriately be stated as policies.  (These removed provisions have been assembled for later use in developing and promulgating policies.)
  • Adds references to provisions of our Club Constitution at the bottom of some Articles where appropriate. 
  • Includes language from the RI-Recommended Bylaws where appropriate.
  • In Article VIII, changes “Internal Controls and Oversight Committee (‘ICOC’)” to the “Finance Committee,” to be consistent with current practice. 
  • Changes “initiation fee” to “new member fee” where applicable.
  • Dramatically shortens Article X - Membership.  Most of this is not required to be in our Bylaws and would better be stated as policy/procedure.
  • Dramatically shortens Article XI - Duration of Membership.  Most of this is already in our Club Constitution.
  • Deletes the contents of Article XII - Classifications.  All of this is already in Article 11 of our Club Constitution.
  • Renames Article XIII to “Engagement,” and dramatically shortens its provisions.
  • Deletes the contents of Article XIV - Arbitration and Mediation.  All of this is already in Article 19 of our Club Constitution.
  • Renames Article XVI to “Conduct of Business,” and adds a provision regarding Rules of Order (formerly a separate Article).
  • Adds new Sections that identify certain Bylaws provisions that supersede the provisions of the Club Constitution, where permitted by the Club Constitution.
Further revisions were made  based on comments from our Members after the 5-17 email: 
  • Honorary Members will now have voting rights;
  • A Vice President will be entitled to vote as a member of the Board and as a member of the Executive Committee;
  • The Article II provision regarding Director attendance at Committee meetings has been revised for clarity;
  • The insurance requirements under Article VIII, Section 5 have been expanded; and
  • Wording has been tightened up in several places.
So that we may have a quorum for a vote of the membership, please plan to attend our regular lunch meeting on Thursday, June 20, 2019.  Thank you for your role in refreshing our Club Bylaws and making them work for us. 
Paul Harris Awardees in January
We will be honoring all Paul Harris Fellows at our meeting on June 20 (we have over 100!!) but will be presenting awards to the following members; Cap Pearson, Julie Foley, Alex Trettin, Jan & Skip Anderson, Kirk Hull, Tim Daly, Glenn Everitt, Maria Harlow, Rob Novasky, Marsha Burns, Kathryn Nelson, Andy Laycock, Ron Anderson and Larry Treleven.  Please be sure to wear your pin or medallion (if you were an early recipient of a Fellowship) 
Thanks to the wonderful members whose business logo's are shown above, they took the leap with Linda Kaye and helped us implement Thursdays at 5 this year.  The feedback has been positive and it has been decided to continue this is a nice option and change of pace to our lunch meetings.  We have a couple of the dates reserved already, but if you are interested in hosting please contact one of the Co-Chairs of the Vocational Services Committee Andrew Imholt, or Missy Zenczak ,at, or you can contact the office at
Mandatory Fun Night- Rotary At the Rainiers
Diane Kelleher, Christina Turner & Mark Anderson
Can you find the Rotary 8 members? 
It's that time again to join with Rotary Clubs in District 5020 to tailgate and enjoy a Rainiers Game.  The game this year will be August 15.   The evening starts with tailgating in the parking lot at 5:15 followed by the game at 7:05. For $18.00 you will receive a reserved seat ticket and enjoy a great tailgate party with lots of food both outside and inside the park. For $10 you can tailgate only! Reservations are due by July 12. You can use this link to make a reservation.  Please let me know in comments how many tickets you need. There will also be sign up sheets at the meeting, and President Elect Carol Duris already has 19 members signed up! 

It's time to pull out your calendar and make a plan to help out this summer at Camp Goodtimes on Vashon Island.  Our day will be July 18, and once again Ann Voves will be coordinating volunteers.  We will have sign up sheets at the meetings starting at the end of May, the theme this year is Super Human!


GALLEYSIDE - June 27 - Save the Date!!
Sign up sheets will be available at the meetings.  Plan to spend the afternoon and early evening sailing with friends and celebrating a great year with President Linda Kaye!  The barbecue at Dockton Park will start about 5 and the price is $35. You can also ferry over to the island if you wish.  Here is a link if you want to sign up on line. Maria Harlow will have all of the assignments out well in advance of June 27. 
June 23 11 a.m.Enjoy a fresh juice and mimosa brunch at the NE Tacoma home of Cindy Grady. Your chefs and hostesses for the meal, which will include fabulous homemade treats will be Cindy Grady and Miriam Barnett. Price per person is $100.
August 3 530 p.m.How about a culinary trip to Spain?  Your main dish will be a Barcelona style Paella made with arroz bomba, shrimp, chicken, Chorizo, clams or mussels depending on availability.  You will enjoy this feast at the Lake Bay home of Barry and Sharon Benson. (about 30 minutes from the Tacoma side of the Narrows Bridge.) Price per person is $100
August 10 We just had a cancellation  for the wonderful salmon barbecue dinner with Mike and Liz Dunbar, so there is room for 2. Don't miss out! Price per person is $100
September 14  5:30 p.m. The Mount Rushmore dinner as it has never been before!  Hosted in September by Past-President Linda Kaye Briggs, President Carol Duris and President- Elect Kathryn Nelson.  You will enjoy this multi course meal and wines at the Baker Condominiums Community Room at Point Ruston.  Price per person is $125
John West - Lake Chelan
Larry Treleven - Lakewood
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
Bill Pickles - Jun 10
Jack Warnick - Jun 11
Jim Merritt - Jun 13
Anniversaries to Celebrate
Angela Connelly - 1 year
Jack Connelly - 1 year 
DeAnne Hamilton - 1 year
John Pfaff - 4 years 
Sandi Wollum – 11 years 
David Flentge - 22 years 
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.
June 13 - Thursday at 5
Sprague Pest Solutions
June 20th
Johnny's Dock
1900 East D Street
Tacoma,  WA
June 27
Reflections from the meeting of June 6 by Jim Henderson
Just returning from being at the Rotary International Convention in Hamburg Germany,  President Linda Kaye Briggs rang the bell right at 12 Noon at the weekly meeting of Tacoma #8 Rotary at the Tacoma Yacht Club.  Debbie Regala gave a meaningful invocation, commemorating the 75th Anniversary of D Day, stressing ‘let there be peace’.  Evelyn Ryberg, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, led us in the national anthem, accompanied on the piano by Barbara Mead.   Today’s meeting was sponsored by Mike Dunbar and Ali Criss, Financial Insights, who gave their time to President Linda Kaye to help her get through the very busy meeting agenda.  Those members who have served our country in the military were asked to stand and be recognized.
President Linda Kaye provided some initial insights into her attendance at the RI Convention. Other Tacoma #8 Rotarians attending were Sally Leighton, Pete Taylor, and Barry Sharon Benson. Attending were over 25,000 Rotarians from throughout the world. She said she met amazing Rotarians and leadership and service were the themes she heard from the breakout sessions and speakers, and that Rotarians volunteer over 45 million hours of volunteerism in a typical Rotary year.
Past President Mike Dunbar then came forward to introduce the newest member, Monique Valenzuela-Trudnowski.  We learned that Monique is the Executive Director of the Youth Marine Center and is a mother of six, with three grandchildren.  She is a successful business woman and led a very successful restaurant, near the Tacoma Mall.  She has been an instructor at Clover Park Technical College.
President Linda Kaye then called on Club Secretary Cindy Niemi and Past President Jim Whitacre to conduct a Pandaka graduation.  Moving from red badges to blue badges were Noah Baskett, Seth Kaplowitz, Bill Duppenthaler, Maddie Merton, Jacki Farrar, Kierra Phifer, Katrina Self and Rick Triggs.
Then Community Grants Committee Chair Carol Webster came forward to present grants to the latest round of nonprofits.  Receiving awards were Lindquist Dental Clinic for their children’s dentistry programs; Hilltop Artists for their outreach programs; Nourish, the new name for FISH food banks; Write 253 for supporting programs at Remann Hall; Salishan Community Health Program supporting seniors living in Salishan; Our Sister’s House supporting mothers and children who have witnessed domestic violence; Safe Streets supporting their programs in 7 schools; Early Life Speech and Language for children who  have delayed speech; and the College Success Foundation who serves 2,100 students in Tacoma.
Maria Harlow then came forward to help celebrate June birthdays.  present to pay their birthday fine and celebrate were Cynthia Darland, Jack Warnick, Past President Jeff Lovely, Jim Merritt, Elliot Stockstad, Stacey Ogle, Kyle Lauderdale and President Linda Kaye.
President Elect Carol Duris came forward to share the happy news that there will be a new addition in her family in December. Anniversaries celebrated this week were:  Chris Serface–5 years; Anthony Chen–10 years; Past President Mark Anderson-16 years; Peter Carlstrom–18 years; Ross Hjelseth–23 years; Dean Hanks–25 years cumulative; and Jamie Will–44 years.
Hunter George then stepped forward to introduce today’s speaker, Matt Kelley, Urban Studies Faculty at the UW-T to talk about the Action Mapping Project.  He talked about Geo Spatial Science, and issues of livability stems from bringing people to the table.  These are issues of equity and inclusion and focusing on who has access.  His work involves working with youth in the city at various high and middle schools.  He told us that there are over 10,000 students who reside on the east side.  Kids tell them things and maps are made from the data.  This empowers youth to be part of change.  Next year the program will be rolled out to all of the city.  He shared what a huge difference the new Eastside Community Center has made and it is in a neighborhood which needed it, because it has changed the character of that neighborhood.  The education program touches like every high school, and accesses all high school and middle school students at least once.  It traces streets and areas which students avoid.  He said it was important to do this work and that the program is expanding.  President Linda Kaye presented Matt with a gift from Hilltop Artists and thanked him for his work with youth and giving them such a unique opportunity for learning.  She then made quick announcements about Galleyside, Camp Goodtimes, and Rotary at the Rainiers.
She thanked Debbie for the reflection, Evelyn and Barbara for the music, welcomed Monique, congratulated all of the Pandakas who graduated, and offered congratulations to the wonderful nonprofits who received grants through the generosity of our members.
We were reminded about next week’s Thursdays at 5 which will be at Sprague Pest Solution, tonight’s social at Alma Mater, 1322 S Fawcett Ave.  Each member will be receiving an email from Past President Mark Anderson with recommended changes to our Bylaws and were asked to review them and be prepared to vote at the June 20 meeting.  We will also be awarding 15 Paul Harris Fellowships at that meeting.  Now go out and Reignite your Rotary.  The meeting was adjourned at 1:05pm.

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Jun 18, 2019 5:00 PM
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Jun 20, 2019
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Military Affairs Committee Meeting
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Weekly Meeting - Roger Stanton
Jun 20, 2019
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PGG - Foundations
Tacoma Yacht Club
Jun 20, 2019 1:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
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Jun 24, 2019
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
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Tacoma Yacht club
Jun 27, 2019
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Dockton State Park, in Quartermaster Harbor, Vashon Island
Jun 27, 2019
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