Thursday, August 8, 2019
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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  
August 15
Dr. George Bridges - Evergreen State College
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August 22
District Governor - Maureen Fritz-Roberts
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August 29
Peter Rogoff - CEO - Sound Transit
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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
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 16 - Preparation for Stuff the Bus at the Rotary  office 4-530 - John Douville
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
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
Larry Ghilarducci - Aug 05
Dona Ponepinto - Aug 07
Clay Zhang - Aug 07
Jeremy Simler - Aug 08
Stephen Deal - Aug 09
Tim Smith - Aug 09
Anniversaries to Celebrate
Barbara Mead - 24 years 
Jim Henderson - 35 years
Larry Treleven - 40 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.
August 8th
Thursdays at 5
Tacoma Dome
2727 E D St
August 15
Rotary at the Rainiers
Cheney Stadium - Reservations needed
August 22
The Grill at Chambers Bay
6320 Grandview Drive
August 29th
The Hub-Gig Harbor
1208 26th Avenue NE
Gig Harbor
Reflections from the meeting of August 1 by Barry Benson
President Carol Anne opened the meeting at 12:08. Gordon Neu, Neu Construction offered the invocation and Carlyn Roy, TAPCO CU led the national anthem and 4 way test accompanied by Libby Catalinich, Pierce County
Harrison Laird, CBRE and Libby Catalinich carried the mics for introduction of guests. One, in particular, Taylor Webb, our outbound Exchange student going to Finland was introduced by Mike Dunbar. Taylor will be leaving in the next week.
Jeremy Fogelquist from Johnson Stone Pagano was our meeting sponsor, highlighting technology, in particular a phone app, for keeping track of tax documents.
Jeff Lovely celebrated August birthdays. Always the entertainer, Jeff commented that there are new “rules” but he says he doesn't follow rules!  The question for the celebrants: Where have you traveled for a birthday that was fun. Clay Zhang had one of the best answers. He traveled across the date line twice…That gave him 2 celebrations! Also joining us at the meeting were celebrants Phil Carter enjoyed a celebration at Snoqualmie Falls Lodge, Richard Jamison took a trip to the San Juan’s on the day Elvis died, Whitney Grisaffi normally doesn't travel because it's a busy time for her at the store, Kierra Phifer  enjoyed a trip to Hawaii, Christina Turner  enjoyed her birthdays in Pullman, Mike Wark back-packing in Germany when he was 25, Cindy Niemi  would enjoy a birthday with relatives in Costa Rica and Alecia Cunningham used to enjoy birthdays in Vegas.  Jeff asked for more time to tell a few of his favorite jokes, but President Carol Anne told him it was time to move on!
Kim Bedier, Tacoma Events and Venues, pitched next Thursday’s “Thursday at 5” at the Tacoma Dome where we will be treated like Rock Stars.
Club Anniversaries were recognized:  Karena Kirkendoll 2 years, Monique Nadeau 10 years and Ed Ramos 10 years.
Robin Echtle, club treasurer, reported on the club’s finances. (She says she is the only one other than Jeremy Fogelquist, who gets excited by numbers!). She clarified that the club has two different accounts: fund raising and operating. Expenses such as office, personnel and international dues are paid out of the operating fund.  Fund raising draws revenues from Greater Good annual giving and the Auction. The good news was that the operating fund Net income for the recently completed fiscal year was a positive $18,072, after gross Income of $260,066 and expenses of $241,994. Robin explained that the club brought in more new members than anticipated. In addition, we are up on prepaid meals. Fines, however, were down. Other expenses came in very close to budget. The Annual auction grossed over $277, 000  and $77,000 of that was Raise the Paddle and with net income of $146,036 plus the Raise the Paddle our committee's are well funded to do their great work! Robin is happy with last year’s financial results and is optimistic about the current year.
Our speaker, club member Bill Baarsma, was introduced by Debbie Regala. Bill is a native Tacoman who earned his doctorate at George Washington University during which time he served on Scoop Jackson’s staff. Having served on the city council, in 2001 he was elected mayor of Tacoma, serving from 2002 to 2009.
As President of Tacoma Historical Society, Bill encouraged Rotarians to visit and support the society.  The historical society has archived over 18,000 items of historical significance. There is no funding support from Government, just from public donations and membership fees--$25 per person or $35 for a family.
This year the historical society is celebrating the Centennial Year of the Congressional Passage of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote. The society is putting a little twist on the term History society, making it “HERstory Society.”
Bill gave us his 5 nominees for Tacoma’s Women of Destiny. He began with a name we all know, Thea Foss. Born in Norway, She started a business refurbishing row boats while her husband worked as a carpenter. Ultimately she developed a fleet of 200 fishing boats that she rented to fishermen. Her business allowed her to earn more than her husband in his work as carpenter. Eventually this developed into Foss Maritime.
The movie “Tugboat Annie Sails Again” was based on Thea Foss’s story. The world premier for this second Tugboat Annie movie was held at our own Pantages Theater in 1940. This, by the way, was Ronald Reagan’s first major role as a co-star.
Dr. Nettie Asberry likewise has an interesting story. At age 8 she was an accomplished pianist and composer. The daughter of a slave, by age 13 she was secretary of the Susan B Anthony club in Kansas. And just a few years later she earned a PhD (age 18). In addition, she established the first NAACP chapter west of the Rockies here in Tacoma.  In all her work in Tacoma, she had to be extremely wary of Tacoma’s Ku Klux Klan.
Emma Smith Devoe, community organizer, is another Tacoma notable.  President of The Equal suffrage organization, she was the founder of an organization that turned out to be the precursor of The League of Woman voters which first met first in Tacoma. Many consider her the mother of women’s suffrage movement.
Gretchen Kunigk Fraser, was an extremely talented young athlete who trained for the 1940 Winter Olympics, which ultimately did not occur because of the beginnings of World War II.  But in 1948 friends and family convinced her to go for the winter Olympics that year even though she thought she was too old (at 28!) At that time the women’s team didn’t even have a regular coach. In Switzerland she finished the slalom-downhill combined winning silver.  She then won the gold medal in the Slalom. She was the first American Alpine skier to medal in the Olympics, stunning the European people who began to refer to this champion as the “American housewife in pigtails.” She soon found her pictures on the Wheaties box. School girls soon imitated her by wearing pigtails.
Pat Flynn was the key organizer for the now well-known Relay for Life which started in Tacoma.  Now it is a key event in over 30 countries and it has raised over 6 billion dollars for cancer research. She was the  first person inducted into Relay Hall of Fame.
We recently honored Karen Vialle the 32nd mayor of Tacoma in her recent passing. Bill then went on to list over 2 dozen current local women leaders in government, business and nonprofits. Bill also mentioned that the Tacoma Historical Society will be honoring these women listed above and more at its Destiny Dinner on September 14th.
Carol announced that the club is still looking for a 3rd host family for one of our inbound exchange students, Gabriel and he also is looking to borrow a set of left handed golf clubs while he is here. 
John Douville reminded us of our Aug 22nd stuff the bus function which will be the first of 4 events held at our meetings by the projects committee. We will be stuffing 400 backpacks with school supplies. On Aug 16 from 4 to 5:30 at the Rotary Office we need help getting things ready. We are asking for volunteers, especially volunteers with trucks!
Gil Quante announced St Vincent DePaul sorting, Saturday,  Aug 17,from noon to 3 pm after which the group will move across the street to Moctezuma’s for refreshments. Tacoma 8 is staffing the beer garden in Leavenworth for the Courage ride on August 24th.  Still looking for a few more volunteers.
Didn’t have much time left for true confessions except Jeremy Fogelquist thanked Stacey Ogle for the wonderful time he and his family had at her cabin in Packwood Thanks, Stacey, for this wonderful auction donation!

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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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Tacoma, Washington 98405

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Phone:  253.473.7723
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Aug 15, 2019
Evergreen Now
Aug 22, 2019
District Governor visit
Aug 29, 2019
Sound Transit
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Red Elm
Aug 13, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
World Community Service Committee Meeting
Cole Graphic Solutions
Aug 15, 2019 7:00 AM
Weekly Meeting - George Bridges
Tacoma Yacht Club
Aug 15, 2019
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM
Rotary at the Rainiers
Cheney Stadium
Aug 15, 2019
5:15 PM – 9:00 PM
Stuff the Bus
Rotary Office
Aug 16, 2019
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Coffee with Carol
Yacht Club
Aug 22, 2019
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
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
Board of Directors Meeting
Rotary Office
Aug 26, 2019
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Weekly Meeting - Peter Rogoff
5401 Yacht Club Road
Aug 29, 2019
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM
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