Thursday, December 26, 2019
VOL. NINETY SIX,  Issue 26
She arrived during our meeting last week!!  At 12:45 President Carol delivered this precious bundle of joy.  She weighted in at 7 pounds 10 ounces and is 21 inches long.  Carol and Scarlett and Grandma Kathleen welcomed the new baby home on Saturday afternoon and are making plans for the upcoming holidays. CONGRATULATIONS Carol!! 
Use this link to register for our anniversary dinner.  Joy will send you an invoice or you can make a note in your reservation to charge your card on file. 
Join us on Wednesday, January 29 at 5:30 at the Hotel Murano Bicentennial Pavilion to commemorate our 110 Years of Service!  We are looking forward to a room full of members and guests who will join us to celebrate all that we have accomplished in our 110 years of living our motto of Service Above Self. If you are interested in helping with the dinner contact our chair Kim Bedier, or join us at our meeting on January 7 at 5 in the Rotary Office.  
As we reflect upon the idea that our club has been meeting faithfully on Thursdays for the past 110 years it is humbling to be counted in the first 10 clubs in the entire world!! There are now about 35,000 clubs in the world. Here is the list of the first 10 clubs. Chicago #1, San Francisco #2 (where Pete Taylor served as President in 1991-1992) Oakland #3, Seattle #4, Los Angles #5, New York #6, Boston # 7, Tacoma #8, Minneapolis #9 and St. Paul #10.  
Time for 2020 Rotarian of the Year Nominations
Each year, our club recognizes a Rotarian who has provided exemplary service to the club and to our community.  It is that time of year again – we are now seeking nominations from our membership for our 2020 Rotarian of the Year. 
So put on your thinking caps and nominate someone to be our 2020 Rotarian of the Year.  To do so, complete a nomination form available at meetings or use this link and send it to  the Rotary 8 Office (  Criteria for selection are included on the nomination form. Use this link to see our past Rotarians of the Year
Please submit any nominations no later than the close of business Thursday January 23.  The selection committee including Past Presidents, Past Rotarians of the Year and current and incoming Presidents will meet immediately following the Rotary meeting on Thursday, January 30 to go over all the nominations and select the next worthy recipient of this prestigious award. 
The recipient of this year’s Rotarian of the Year award will be honored at our lunch meeting on Thursday, February 27 where he or she will receive a Paul Harris Fellowship and tremendous adulation, followed by thundering applause, all in recognition of their outstanding service.  That evening, they will also be treated to a first-rate dinner in the company of Past Rotarians of the Year.
Although many are deserving, only one can be honored as our Rotarian of the Year.  Please take the time to nominate our club’s most commendable Rotarian.
We have the opportunity to kick off the new year with another wonderful chance to serve our community.  The Science Olympiad will be held at Curtis Jr. High School on Saturday January 11. There are a wide variety of volunteer options with some starting as early as 7 am and some that will end at 530.  The need help with many tasks  such as helping to manage/grade tests, manage events, sort the paperwork to be delivered to the various schools,concession stand duties, and organizing the score room information as the events are processed. Please contact  Gil Quante at or Jim Whitacre at  if you would like to help. 
No Meetings 12-26 or 1-2 
January 9 - Thursday at 5
Use this link to register
January 16 - SeaTac Airport
Lance Lyttle
Use this link to register
January 23 - Yes Works
Adam Utley and Aaron Schmooker
Use this link to register
Special thanks to our members who braved the weather on Friday and were out ringing the bells for the Salvation Army. 
Alecia Cunningham, Cindy Niemi, Christina Turner, Jackie Lindstrom, Jeremy Fogelquist, Kelly Lane, Gabe Bringman, Nico Galy, Ray Schuler, John McMasters,Gil Quante, Ann Voves, Jim Whitacre, Michelle Roberts, Carolyn Weyrick, Mike Dunbar, John Schneider, Monique Valenzuela, Dan Bogart, Jacki Farrar, Jennifer Weddermann, John Bailey and Don Hansen

At this time of year, many members decide to make year-end donations.  If you are interested in giving to the Tacoma Rotary Foundation or to the club’s fundraising account we must have your check or credit card number for processing by noon on December 31.  For those of you who are of the age when you need to take a Required Minimum Distribution from your IRA we want to remind you that you can do a Qualified Charitable Distribution to the Tacoma Rotary Foundation. These are also referred to as an IRA Charitable Rollover and because the money goes directly to charity you are able to avoid taxes, because it is no longer considered income to you. You should always consult a tax professional or lawyer if you are considering a sizable gift. If you would like to make a donation to Rotary International Foundation please contact them directly here. If you are sending a check it must be postmarked on December 31 in order for it to count as a 2019 donation. Their mailing address is: 
The Rotary Foundation
14280 Collections Center Dr.
Chicago, IL 60693
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
George Pilant - Dec 26
Emily Happy - Dec 28
Anniversaries to Celebrate
Fred Moisio - Surprise, AZ
Social at The Table
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.
December 26 & January 2
No Socials Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
January 9
YMCA - Thursday at 5
1710 Market
January 16
2810 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA
January 23
The Matador
721 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA
Reflections from the meeting of December 19 from Past President Jim Henderson
Past President Linda Kaye Briggs, filling in for expectant Mom, President Carol, rang the bell at 12:00 pm for the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Tacoma #8 at the Tacoma Yacht Club.  And this was not just any weekly meeting, but the yearly Holiday Program for Tacoma #8.  Dean Hanks, Bellarmine Prep gave a very meaningful reflection about Christmas blessings from many faiths. Leading us in the national anthem and Four Way test was Libby Catalinich, Pierce County, accompanied by Barbara Mead on the piano. 
Taking around the mics to introduce guests and visiting Rotarians were new member, Greer Todhunter, Salvation Army and Diane Kelleher, Columbia Bank.   There were a large number of guests and some visiting Rotarians.  Past President Linda Kaye then acknowledged Rotary service anniversaries.  Present today to celebrate were Carlyn Roy – 21 years, Past President Don Hansen with 22 years, Past President Barry Benson with 29 years, and Past President Jim Whitacre with 38 years.
Dan Bogart, Banner Bank then came forward as today’s meeting sponsor.  No one would miss Dan today as he was resplendent in his finest holiday suit.  He talked about Banner Bank and its strengths and the amount of money earmarked for supporting charitable causes each year.
Linda Kaye then called forward Monique Nadeau, Multicare to make an announcement of the 110th Anniversary celebration for Tacoma #8.  Monique asked everyone to mark the date of January 29, 2020 on their calendars and urged members to fill out reservation cards located on each table.  Past President Linda Kaye then called forward Phil Carter, YMCA to invite everyone to the first meeting of 2020 and Thursdays at 5 at the YMCA.  Phil encouraged everyone to attend and shared all the activities we could view and see.
Then a few announcements were given to us, nomination forms for Rotarian of the Year were on the table and are due by January 23; the January 11 Science Olympiad at Curtis Junior High School needs volunteers; and reminded everyone about bell ringing on Friday, and thanked members for participation on the Giving Tree, Toys for Kids Shopping, and the EFN Break Bag pack.
Past President Linda Kaye then presented the holiday program, a ‘Rotary Holiday Carol’, as performed by our talented members and our wonderful Exchange Students, Gabe Bringman from Sweden, and Nico Galy from France.
Leading us through an enjoyable mix of humor, song and holiday spirit were a number of members, all under the creative genius of our own Chris Serface, and all in festive holiday garb.  Our first exchange student, Gabriel from Sweden came forward to share what Christmas is like in his home country of Sweden and his home town, with slides showing his family, and delicious food.  He told us that his family light candles each Sunday in December with December 24 bring the largest celebration.  He said they do not use artificial trees, but only live trees.  He said for dinner it was important to have homemade food and treats.  Dinner was really a combination of lunch and dinner.  One of their traditions is everyone watches old Donald Duck movies.  In Sweden, Christmas is a big holiday and it is all about Family.
Next Nico from France came forward.  In France Christmas is Noel, and they celebrate the day on December 25.  He has a large family with five brothers and sisters and the entire family gathers, all sitting with each other for lunch with platters of seafood, turkey, desserts, and then do boxes of gifts for everyone.  Then each exchange student was presented with Christmas stockings and large boxes of presents from Tacoma #8 members. 
There was humor, great singing and sing along.  Thanks to Chris Serface and his group of Rotary elves who led us in the program: Linda Kaye Briggs, Libby Catalinich, Whitney Grisaffi, Barry Benson, Maria Harlow, Elliot Stockstad, Ali Criss, Jennifer Weddermann, Jeremy Simler, Carlyn Roy, Mark Anderson, Christina Turner, Sharon Chambers-Gordon and Katrina Self.
We were reminded about tonight’s social at Dirty Oscar’s Annex, 2309 6th Avenue, and that next week the office will be closed but would be available by phone and email as needed.  It will be open again on December 30 and 31.  Remember no meetings the next two Thursday due to Christmas and New Year’s.  As soon as we know about our new Rotary baby the information will be shared.  Past President Linda Kaye said she hopes each of us are able to enjoy this holiday season with our friends and family.  The meeting was adjourned at 1:07pm

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