Thursday, August 15, 2019
 Dr. George Bridges -  Evergreen Now
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George Bridges came to Evergreen after serving for ten years as president of Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. He previously served as Dean and Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education at the University of Washington, where he also served as Professor of Sociology. 

After earning his undergraduate degree in 1972 from the University of Washington, Dr. Bridges pursued his graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania. There he earned his M.A. in criminology and Ph.D. in sociology. Prior to pursuing an academic career full time, Dr. Bridges worked as a social scientist in the staff office of the Attorney General of the United States. In this capacity he assisted in the design and implementation of research programs on federal law and justice policy.

Over the course of his career Dr. Bridges has taught and lectured at many universities, holding faculty appointments at American University, University of Maryland, Case Western Reserve University, and the University of Washington. He has testified numerous times before legislative bodies, including the U.S. Congress, the Washington State Legislature, and the U. S. Civil Rights Commission, primarily on subjects pertaining to legal policy and treatment of racial and ethnic minorities in the administration of criminal justice.

The Evergreen State College, a nationally recognized public liberal arts and sciences college with campuses in Olympia and Tacoma, has produced outstanding alumni such as Macklemore, “Simpsons” creator Matt Groenig, founder Lynda Weinman and U.S. Congressman Denny Heck.  A recent economic impact study found that that for every state dollar spent, Evergreen returns $4.68 in economic activity to the state of Washington.  George will talk about the renewal work we are doing to better serve the future entrepreneurs, teachers, artists and leaders currently studying at Evergreen.

August 22
District Governor - Maureen Fritz-Roberts
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August 29
Peter Rogoff - CEO - Sound Transit
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September 5
David Z. Bean - Puyallup Tribal Council President
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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!”
August 21st – Rotary to be honored
Mary Bridge is honoring Pierce County Rotary Clubs for their dedication to the Child Abuse Intervention Department through their 28 year involvement with Courage. On August 21, Mary Bridge will dedicate the Safe & Sound building to Rotary with a permanent plaque. A reception with food and beverage and program will start at Jackson Hall Auditorium (314 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Tacoma) at 5pm. Parking is available at the Baker Center parking garage on MLK Jr Way. Please RSVP now to 253.403.1534. Join the District Governor at this wonderful recognition of the generosity of Rotary members.
·        5:00 pm – Doors open at Jackson Hall
·        6:00 pm – Program
·        Walk to plaque unveiling at Safe & Sound building
·        6:45 pm – unveiling of plaque
·        7:00 pm – wrap up
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
We will be unwrapping items and getting them in bins to prepare for the assembly lines in August 22. Join us for whatever time you might have available. 
August 17- Saturday Sorting at St. Vinnie's - Gil Quante
We have about 10 members and friends signed up.  Who knows you might even find a treasure there that you need to take home!
August 22 - Community in Schools stuff the backpacks at Rotary! - John Douville
August 24 - Courage in Leavenworth Carolyn Weyrick
Reflection-Rick Oldenburg
Greeter/Roving Mic-Alecia Cunningham
Greeter/Roving Mic-Molly Peterson
Board Greeter-Linda Kaye Briggs
National Anthem & 4 Way Test-Carla Santorno
Piano-Jack Warnick
Fine Counter-Nick Frank
Storywriter-Cindy Niemi
Meeting Sponsor-Pat Steel for YWCA
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
James Harper - Aug 12
Richard Jamison - Aug 14
Whitney Grisaffi - Aug 17
Kierra Phifer - Aug 17
Anniversaries to Celebrate
Alex Davis - 1 year
Lori Harnick - 2 years
Anita Eixenberger - 3 years
Lori Bemis - 9 years
Chris Hays -17 years
Mike Bitterling - 24 years
Doug Rohner - 27 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 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
We were treated like Rock Stars at the Tacoma Dome!
Kim Bedier and her staff presented a wonderful Thursday at 5 with a behind the scenes look at where the stars hang out when they are performing at the Tacoma Dome.  The food was delicious and the drinks plentiful as we learned more about this Tacoma icon. Over 80 members and guests enjoyed another fun filled evening of education, enjoyment and networking.  Special thanks to our new Communications Chair Chris Serface who has posted some great pictures on Facebook.  Below is just a sample of a few of his photos. 

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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:
1001 Yakima Ave, Suite 9A
Tacoma, Washington 98405

PO Box 1777
Tacoma, Washington 98401-1777

Phone:  253.473.7723
Office Hours Week of August 4 
Monday - Thursday
830 - 5
Friday - Closed to Host Rotary West Coast Executive Directors
Aug 22, 2019
District Governor visit
Aug 29, 2019
Sound Transit
Sep 05, 2019
spuyaləpabš: Welcome to the Puyallup Tribe
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Upcoming Events
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
Community Service Grants Committee Meeting
Sound Options
Sep 05, 2019 8:00 AM
Literacy Committee
Red Elm
Sep 05, 2019
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Weekly Meeting - David Z. Bean
Tacoma Yacht Club
Sep 05, 2019
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM
PGG - Foundations
Tacoma Yacht Club
Sep 05, 2019 1:00 PM
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