Thursday, September 26, 2019
VOL. NINETY SIX,  Issue 13
Exchange Students Gabriel and Nicolas
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Learn all about the lives of Gabriel Bringman from Sweden and Nicolas Galy from France. Having these young men spend their next 9 months with us is truly a gift. You will have the opportunity to find out what fun activities they enjoy and learn about their countries, families and friends. Rizley Cox, our outbound student to Slovakia last year is planning to join us as well. 
October 3
Port of Tacoma Candidate Forum
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October 10
Thursday at 5
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October 17
Elaine Chan - The Unfinished Civil War in China
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Thanks Technology Committee

Our volunteers Mark Anderson, Maria Harlow, Gil Quante, Chris Serface and Di Trenh put their heads together and we are working on an implementation plan. Special thanks to Mark Anderson for donating two computers with Windows 10 to the office and to Chris Serface who removed all of the plates and is coming back to actually hard wire the office. We are so fortunate to have such talent and generosity !

Our Outbound Exchange Students Taylor and Katie
From Taylor Webb
So far, Finland has been nothing short of amazing. My host family is wonderful, and the people at my school are very friendly and easy to talk to. I've started my language lessons, and they too are going great. I've managed to get my hands on a guitar that I will be able to use the whole year, which I am very grateful for. School in Finland is broken up into six different periods, each ending in an exam week. I am now in the second period, and my classes are a little more difficult this time in hopes of getting more exposure to Finnish. Last week I had the opportunity to do something incredibly fun. The school days during exam week are very short, so I got to spend a day exploring the city of Turku with two other exchange students. We visited historical sites such as the cathedral, castle, and an excavated medieval village. We also explored other parts of the city such as the mall. It was truly a spectacular day with some great friends. I've been able to do many other fun things but so far that has stood out the most. All in all, I'm having an absolutely amazing time here. Thank you so much for making this all possible!! If you want to keep up with Taylor use this link for his blog. 
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. 
October 19 - St. Vinnie Saturday Sort
October 22 - Habitat Collegiate Challenge Group - Gil Quante
November 7 - Giving Tree Is Up!  - Miriam Barnett and Pat Steel
November 21 - In Meeting Project - Sharon Chambers-Gordon
November 23 - EFN Break Bags 
December 14 - EFN Break Bags
December 20 - Salvation Army Bell Ringing - Ann Voves
September is Literacy and Basic Education Month and we want to start it with an opportunity for you to make a difference in the life of a child. Our Award Winning Literacy Committee is striving, once again, to receive the District Literacy award and one component that is measured is having every member of the club contribute 2 books. So we’ve stuffed those backpacks with school supplies and now let’s get some books for those backpacks! Please start bringing your donated books (new or almost new, gently used) to any upcoming meeting or drop them off at the Rotary Office. Our goal is to collect 600 books, so thanks in advance for your help!
This week we will be calling for names for election to the Board and Officer Nominating Committee's.  We will need 6 names to be suggested for the Board Nominating Committee (3 will be elected) and 4 names for the Officer Nominating Committee (2 will be elected) These elected members will join appointed members to these committee's.  Below is the makeup of the committees
Board Nominating Committee chaired by the President Elect, 3 member nominees and appointed members - 1 past president and 1 board member
Officer Nominating Committee chaired by the President, 2 member nominees and appointed members 2 past presidents and 2 committee chairs
If you are interested in being considered for this important part of club service please ask someone to nominate you, or let the office know and we will have your name entered on the ballot. 
Welcome David Setford
David  joined our club on September 19.  He has previous Rotary service in Glen Falls, New York and Santa Fe, New Mexico, and has come to Tacoma as the Executive Director of the Tacoma Art Museum.  He has family in Seattle and is enjoying the northwest and getting to know the people and patrons of the Art Museum.  He is a native of the United Kingdom and is looking forward to engaging in Rotary.  He did mention that he chaired the Grants Committee in Santa Fe and is looking forward to getting to know more about the social services here in Tacoma.  Please welcome David next time you see him.
How do you like to experience Rotary #8?
Attend our weekly meetings with top notch speakers? (thank you Program Committee
Join members at a Thursday at 5? (thank you Vocational Services Committee
Attend a Social event? (thank you Fellowship Committee
Participate in a hands on activity? (thank you Projects Committee
Interview a promising college applicant? (thank you Scholarship Committee
Have fun with our Life Christian students? (thank you Interact Committee
Go on an adventure with an Exchange Student? (thank you Youth Exchange Committee
Develop new policies and procedures? (thank you Rotary Board
Provide an opportunity for us to invest in our passions? (thank you PGG/Foundations Committee
Help with a fantastic party that raises lots of money? (thank you Auction Committee
Keep our club vibrant with wonderful new members? (thank you Membership, Classification, Engagement, Information and Pandaka Committees) 
Capture in print and with pictures our weekly programs? (thank you Communications Committee)
Put books in the hands of families and children? (thank you Literacy Committee
Plan and execute an inspirational way to honor veterans? (thank you Military Affairs Committee
Change and save lives by investing around the world? (thank you World Community Services Committee
Review and analyze club financials (thank you Finance Committee
Interview and invest in local non-profits who  serve our community? (thank you Grants Committee
All of those activities above were how the following members were 100% engaged last year through attendance and make-ups. 
Reflection-Pat Steel
Board Greeter/Roving Mic-Robin Echtle
Board Greeter/Roving Mic-Bryan Flint
National Anthem & 4 Way Test-Pat Steel
Piano-Libby Catalinich
Fine Counter-Di Trenh
Storywriter-Jim Henderson
Meeting Sponsor-Noah Baskett
AV Assistant-Chris Serface
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
Sharon Chambers-Gordon - Sep 24
Katrina Self - Sep 24
Ed Danz - Sep 27
Anniversaries to Celebrate
Mike Shields – 8 years 
Maria Harlow - 11 years 
Dean Carrell - Sumner
Larry Treleven - Cle Elum
John West - Lake Chelan
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.
September 26
Beach Tavern
8612 6th Avenue
October 3
565 Broadway
Tiki Bar
October 10
Thursdays at 5
Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community
1301 N. Highlands Parkway
October 24
The Rhein House
 649 Division Ave
Come play some Bocce Ball
October 31
The Spar
2121 N 30th Street
Tacoma, WA
Tuesday November 5 – 5:30
Rotarian Ladies Night Out
La Bella Nail Spa
2616 N Proctor Street Unit A
Tacoma, WA
Pedicures for 19 Rotarians, cost starts at $30.00
Bring a bottle of wine or champagne and an appetizer to share
November 7
The Fish Peddler
1199 Dock Street
Tacoma, WA
Reflections from the meeting of 9-19 from Brenda Gasper 

At 12:05 President Carol rang the bell to open the meeting. Sharon Chambers-Gordon, Windermere, provided the invocation.  Her message reflected on her experience in London seeing the signs “Mind the Gap” when exiting trains. She thoughtfully shared with the club how it reminded her that as Rotarians we need to remember to mind the gap in rendering the best of who we are and always render the gap for those who are in need. Evelyn Ryberg, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, led us in the National Anthem and the 4 Way Test.   Kirsten Willis  and Diane Kelleher, Columbia Bank brought mics as members with guests stood to be introduced.  Chris Serface introduced his partner, Jeremy Foglequist introduced his oldest daughter, and both our exchange students, Nicolas and Gabriel, introduced themselves and shared how much they have appreciated all the friendly people. President Carol introduced Dean Carrell to present our Program – Jaime Prothro from the Pierce County Library System. Jaime is from Kansas and in charge of Library Customer Service. Dean described how Jaime is like the coach of the Pierce County Library team. Jaime explained how the library system is a space that is open to everyone and how they are working to adjust in changing times. They work within a strategic framework that focuses on three areas: Learning, Enjoyment and Community. To support LEARNING they help people navigate, get unstuck from finding information, stay interested and always be a neutral space for all. For kids they offer programs such as STEM, Science To Go, Life After High School, Tools for Students including financial literacy and homework help and Baby Books To Go. For adults they offer, Book a Librarian, Microsoft Academy, Universal Class, Get Smart, Pronunciator and a testing and education reference center. For businesses they offer resources in demographics, business ratios and business plan information. In 2017 they helped over 200 businesses start up in Pierce County. To support  ENJOYMENT they work to help people find joy and live a balanced life. To support COMMUNITY they have programs to connect community with things such as Pierce County Reads. They work to provide access to all for voting in elections. One of the ways they work to strengthen the community is with a game called Our Community Adventure. A question from a Rotarian addressed the homeless population. Jaime indicated the library system is welcoming of all and has partnered with various agencies to provide resources to our homeless population. She also emphasized there is a code of conduct that applies to all. President Carol thanked Jaime and told her that we will be making a donation in her name to the Tacoma Rotary Foundation. Gifts to our foundation help support Literacy Efforts. We invest in programs like Read2Me and Reach out and Read as well as supporting Little Free Libraries. We are so proud to support the importance of Literacy here in Pierce County. President Carol invited Carolyn Weyrick, Lindquist Dental Clinic for Children, forward as our meeting sponsor. Carolyn thanked Jim Whitacre for paying for the sponsorship and the club for their generous support of LDC. She invited the club to the Breakfast supporting the Lindquist Dental Clinic. The Lindquist Dental Clinic has provided over $600,000 in care through 41,600 dental visits.   President Carol congratulated Anniversaries:  Cosette Pfaff, Clay Zhang, Joy Vivar-BeeksAli Criss, Eric LindNurhan Karakas, Dane MeyerJohn Winskill, Linn Larsen.  President Carol invited Maria Harlow forward to introduce our newest member David Setford. David is the Executive Director of  the Tacoma Art Museum. This is his 3rd Rotary Club he has been a member of. He belonged in upstate NY and Santa Fe. He loves to meet people and to give back to his community. It was suggested the Grants Committee may be a good fit! Carol presented a certificate and pin. President Carol invited Carolyn Weyrick forward for a Pandaka Graduation. Carolyn recognized: Sharon Chambers Gordon, Sabrina Ahrens, Jan & Skip Anderson and Alex Davis.  Mark Anderson came forward for a paid announcement. Mark let the club know he will be participating in the Habitat for Humanity fundraiser and repelling off the Murano Hotel and he asked for the club’s support. Maria Harlow made an announcement for Firesides scheduled on October 22nd.  She also celebrated and congratulated members with 100% Engagement! Dean Carrell made an announcement for the Literacy Committee Book Drive. He let the club know September is Literacy Month and that we hope to earn an award for reaching the Governor's literacy goals again. We have a goal of collecting 600 Children's Books. There will be a basket in the back of the room for a few weeks and everyone was encouraged to donate. Michelle Roberts announced the social events coming up: November 5th will be a Ladies Night Out, December 5th will be an event hosted by Carlyn Roy, December 12th will be Thursdays at 5 at Ben Bridge and in the New Year there will be a bowling event.  President Carol announced that next week we will be calling for nominations for our Officer Nominating Committee and our Board Nominating Committee.  We will be looking for the names of 4 candidates to serve on the Officer Nominating Committee and 6 candidates who will serve on the Board Nominating please contact the office if you are interested in being nominated, or ask a friend to nominate you on the 26th. She reminded everyone that Club Service is an important part of being a member, please carefully consider if you are willing to serve the club as an officer or a board member.  President Carol then asked for True Confessions. Marsha Burns hiked 70 miles in 8 days, Corey Hjalseth went fly fishing with his wife and is excited to be expecting another grandchild, Larry Treleven caught 100 lbs of fish in Alaska, John West shared his experience of scoring a 89 yard touchdown playing football in 1956 for the Scofield Barracks against Hawaii, Peter Darling shared his joy for volunteering in Read2Me and encouraged the club to participate, Betty Capestany shared that she won the lottery to run in the Tokyo Marathon! President Carol extended thanks to Sharon for the reflection, Evelyn for the music and Carolyn for being our meeting sponsor. She congratulated our new member David Setford as well as the Pandaka’s who graduated. She also reminded members of 3 years and less to join in a "Coffee with Carol" next week.   Please join us next week or hear from our wonderful exchange students Gabriel Bringman and Nicolas Galy as well as our returning student Rizley Cox.  President Carol ended the meeting with a reminder that it’s time to go out and be People of Action.  

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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. 
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Sep 26, 2019
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Oct 03, 2019
Port of Tacoma
Oct 10, 2019
Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community
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Coffee with Carol
Yacht Club
Sep 26, 2019
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Weekly meeting - Gabriel and Nicolas
5401 Yacht Club Road
Sep 26, 2019
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM
Community Service Grants Committee Meeting
Sound Options
Oct 03, 2019 8:00 AM
Literacy Committee
Red Elm
Oct 03, 2019
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Weekly Meeting - Candidate forum
5401 Yacht Club Road
Oct 03, 2019
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM
PGG - Foundations
Tacoma Yacht Club
Oct 03, 2019 1:00 PM
Thursday at 5-Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community
1301 N. Highlands Parkway
Oct 10, 2019
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Weekly Meeting - Elaine Chan
Oct 17, 2019
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM
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