Youth Protection Training
Perhaps you find yourself with a little time on your hands. The district is asking all clubs to encourage every member to take this very practical and important Youth Protection Training Course. it's a simple online course and as an additional enticement Becky Fontiane has agreed to make a donation to our auction of $2 each for every member who completes the training.  We will also give you an attendance credit!  Here is the link you need. Select our club: Tacoma - Click on your name -  Hit send course link (you may have to wait a second for it to queue up) - the link will go to the email you have listed in ClubRunner, so if you have changed your email address we need to have Kathryn update it. Just email the office and we will send it along. 
The list continues to grow and is up to date through 4-18
Jeff Albers
Maria Harlow
Gil Quante
Steve Bader
James Harper
Debbie Regala
Kim Bedier
Chris Hays
Jeff Rounce
Jan Brazzell
Check Heaton
Carlyn Roy
Linda Kaye Briggs
Daryl Hembry
Chris Serface
Marsha Burns
Jim Henderson
Steve Smith
Peter Carlstrom
Rusty Hersey
Sherri Stanton
Libby Catalinich
Seth Kaplowitz
Pete Taylor
Sharon Chambers-Gordon
Andrea Keikkala
Greer Todhunter
Elaine Chan
Diane Kelleher
Alex Trettin
Frank Dacca
Harrison Laird
Christina Turner
Mike Dunbar
Kelly Lane
Monique Valenzuela
Bill Duppenthaler
Chung Lee
Joy Vivar Beeks
Carol Duris
Jackie Lindstrom
Carol Webster
Jace Dwinell
Dane Meyer
Carolyn Weyrick
Robin Echtle
Fred Moisio
Kathi Willis
Carolyn Else
Kathryn Nelson
Kirsten Willis
Becky Fontaine
Cindy Niemi
Scott Winship
Hunter George
Rob Novasky
Sandi Wollum
Cindy Grady
Kierra Phifer
LaTasha Wortham
Whitney Grisaffi
George Pilant
Missy Zenczak-Calder
Dean Hanks
Harry Pritchard
Thursday, July 16, 2020
Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson
Emerging Challenges for 2020 Elections: Election security, COVID, and People in the Streets
Time: July 16, 2020 12:05 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
To join the meeting this week cut and paste the address below into your browser
We will also be streaming the video using Facebook Live on our Private Facebook page. If you haven't joined our private page here is  the link
Please only use this phone in number if you do not have computer audio  253.215.8782
The 2020 General Election was already a big challenge facing Pierce County Elections. There's intense interest, including control of the White House and Congress, and some high profile initiatives. Election administrators remain wary of ongoing cybersecurity threats. And now our community is facing unanticipated social revolutions and a pandemic that has shut down most civic institutions. How will Pierce County’s residents make their voices heard and votes counted? Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson, who has overseen local elections since 2009, will share how her team is approaching these challenges.Julie Anderson has served the community as Pierce County Auditor since 2009. The Auditor's Office is responsible for elections, public document recording, vehicle licensing, business licensing, and animal services. Prior to her election as the Pierce County Auditor, Julie was the senior policy advisor for the Washington State Department of Commerce, as well as a member of the Tacoma City Council (2004 - 2009).
Julie's past professional service comes from a wide variety of fields, including: Planned Parenthood Votes! Washington, YWCA of Pierce County, Dome District Neighborhood Business District, Tacoma United For Fairness, and a variety of criminal justice positions.
Julie is a member of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, the Washington State Association of County Auditors, and a Senior Fellow and board member for the American Leadership Forum. She is a member of Tacoma Rotary #8, the American Association of University Women, and the League of Women Voters. Julie also mentors young students through the Palmer’s Scholars program.  
July 23
Bill Johnson - Johnson Candy 
July 30 
Mayor Victoria Woodards
August 13
Jennifer Kilmer - Centennial of Women's Suffrage 
August 20
County Executive Bruce Dammeier

Next week, July 23, the club will  participate in the annual meeting of the Tacoma Rotary Foundation. Their Board President, Brett Thomas will present the annual slate of directors for approval and review their annual financial report. 

2019-2020 Polio Report
We have received word  that Rotary has in fact reached our goal of $50 million for 2019 – 20.  This means we have succeeded in taking full advantage of the two to one match offered by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  Our members contribution to this effort is over $12,000!
Also in the good news department, in spite of the world-wide delays in vaccinations caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, polio inoculations have resumed in Burkina Faso in West Africa where they vaccinated 174,304 children in a 4 day campaign.
We can be proud of our part in the eradication of this disease.  
Welcome New Member Dr. Keith Lemmon
Dr. Lemmon was introduced at our first meeting of the Rotary year. He recently retired as a Colonel from the United States Army after 26 years of active duty. He is a private pilot with around 300 hours and an instrument rating and am working on his commercial pilot rating at the Tacoma Narrows Airfield where he set up the South Sound’s newest aviation medicine enterprise – Northwest Aviation Medicine. It has been his dream to combine medicine and aviation into the world’s best job!!! He is also a Pediatrician for Pediatrics NW.
He is a native of Kansas and served in the National Guard and went on to Army Reserve Officer Training and received a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Kansas and continued in their School of Medicine completing his MD and Pediatric rotation in 2001. Dr. Lemmon served a six-month combat tour in Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division in 2002 as a Field Surgeon.
He has 3 children, Charlie, Grace and Gabrielle and they enjoy spending time learning new skills and exploring new places. he enjoys flying, skiing and snowboarding, boating and jet skiing, scuba diving, and working to improve the community.
Prepping bags for our first delivery on June 30
Tacoma Rescue Mission Sack Lunch Project
We continue to have good response and expect to possibly pack 60 bags tomorrow, July 14 sandwiches need to be in the office by 11.  Thanks to sandwich volunteers Kim Bedier, Marsha Burns, Maria Harlow, Kathryn Nelson and Diane Tilstra. Our next date for packing is July 28. Let Seth or the office know by July 27 if you are willing to put together 10 meat sandwiches (with no condiments) and deliver them to the office on Monday, July 27 by 4 or Tuesday, July 28 by 11 we will have volunteers to fill the sacks with chips, water, cookies and a piece of fruit. You can also use this tracking sheet to sign up on line. For questions contact Seth Kaplowitz at or call or email the office at 253-473-7723, 
We have a volunteer opportunity this coming weekend July 25th and 26th to Paint Tacoma Beautiful!  Well, one house actually.  Program improvements have been made to stay healthy and take care of ourselves while supporting homeowners in our community led by the Associated Ministries.  John Schneider is leading the preparation and painting efforts with coordination assistance by Diane Kelleher.  Thanks to volunteers who have expressed interest, Zach Entwistle, Sherrri Stanton and Jennifer Wedderman. Please let the office know if you’d like to join them for one or two days – or a partial day - and we’ll send you a volunteer orientation videoes. 
Meeting Moderator-Chris Serface
Reflection-Stephen Deal
National Anthem  & 4 Way Test-Jeremy Simler
Storywriter- Debbie Regala
Meeting Sponsor-John West
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
Frank Dacca - Jul 13
Mike Dunbar - Jul 14
Jan Anderson - Jul 16
Brien Elvins - Jul 18
Hunter George - Jul 18
Doug Page - Jul 18
John Pfaff - Jul 18
Anniversaries to Celebrate
Alecia Cunningham -1 year
Dean Carrell - 2 years
Sally Leighton - 2 years
Diane Kelleher - 4 years
Cindy Grady - 9 years
Donna Haynes - 12 years
Carol Webster - 12 years
Ray Schuler - 34 years
During this time when we can't gather together and send around cards for members who are facing an illness or who have lost a family member we would like to remember them with a note in the Gearshift, and perhaps you will want to reach out yourself!  Please send me a note at  if you would like something posted.
Our thoughts of sympathy are going to the family and friends of past member and Past President Denny Rowley who passed away earlier this month.
Reflections from the July 9 meeting by Jim Henderson
President Kathryn Nelson called to order the meeting for the Rotary Club of Tacoma #8 for July 9 at 12:05pm.  As has been the case for several months, the meeting was via the Zoom application and on the club’s Facebook Page.    Bryan Flint, Sound Outreach provided the reflection reading a portion of a poem entitled ‘Caged Bird’.  Past President Mark Anderson sang the national anthem and led everyone in the Four Way Test.  Meeting moderator Chris Serface went over the protocols for the meeting.  President Kathryn called today’s meeting sponsor forward, Maria Harlow, The Names Foundation.  She shared with us information on the Hilltop Artists program which serves around 650 young people each year, with lesson plans and many are homeless youth or in shelters.
Former State Senator Debbie Regala made the introduction of today’s speaker, Speaker of the House Laurie Jenkins. She told us that Laurie grew up in the Midwest and came to Tacoma to attend the Puget Sound Law School, then had stints in the Attorney Generals’ office, in the State’s Public Health sector and has been with the Pierce County Dept. of Health for some time now.   In 2011 Laurie was elected to the State House from the 27th Legislative District.
Laurie said that Debbie had taught her ‘graciousness’ which has served her well in public office. 
She is the first Woman Speaker of the House in the state’s history.  She said that the majority party in the house selects a speaker from their caucus but then the entire House of Representative votes for that person too.  She has only been in the role since January when this legislative session began, and is enjoying serving the state.  She told us she wanted to talk on two areas – the biennial budget and police accountability.
We are in the first fiscal year of the biennial budget.  She shared with us a pie chart of the budget and broke it all down for us.   She talked about the 2020 enacted Supplemental Operating Budget.  She said that the forecasts have been reliable.  The rainy day fund and reserves total about $4.5 billion but with the challenges for the economy with the pandemic are threatened as not being sufficient.  Many items in the budget are constitutionally protected and federally protected.  Very little of the budget is discretionary spending.  There is some hope that the latest budget stimulus being considered by Congress will contain money for state and local governments. Options seems to be ‘cut’ our way out of the deficit or look at some increased revenue from taxation.   But she cautioned that it can be very harmful to ‘cut’ our way out of this.  She said it was important to apply the ‘equity lease’ which says what makes sense and think about the effect on everyone.
Laurie then talked briefly about police accountability.  There have ban dialogues among legislative bodies and committees, and vetting policy ideas, and perhaps some sort of citizen oversight while interacting with law enforcement.  She took a few questions which focused on the capital budget, new taxes and are there ways to restructure the debt.  President Kathryn thanked her for talking with us and said a donation is being made in her name to the Rotary International Foundation.
July birthdays were celebrated today with a large number of members celebrating in July, but only five members came forward to answer the question about how have they handled the pandemic.  Jim Henderson said he finally had long hair going four months between haircuts; Frank Dacca celebrated a new granddaughter, Maureen Fife is still working on mastering conducting Zoom meetings, and Kim Bedier lamented her July 11 birthday, 7/11, with no free Slurpee’s from Seven Eleven this year.  Coming up President Kathryn reminded everyone of the every two week making sandwiches for the Tacoma Rescue Mission, John Schneider said there is a volunteer opportunity  coming up for Paint Tacoma Beautiful on July 25-26.  Past President Becky Fontaine said the Red Cross held a very successful blood drive at the Tacoma Dome, and Carol Webster talked about recent telephone calls from last year’s Exchange Students, Gabe and Nico.
President Kathryn thanked everyone for attending and said next week’s speaker will be Pierce County auditor Julie Anderson.  The meeting was adjourned at 1:00pm.

A thought for the week

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1001 Yakima Ave, Suite 9A
Tacoma, Washington 98405

PO Box 1777
Tacoma, Washington 98401-1777

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Jul 30, 2020
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Jul 25, 2020 – Jul 26, 2020
Board of Directors Meeting
Jul 27, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Sandwiches for Tacoma Rescue Mission
Jul 28, 2020
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Sandwiches for Tacoma Rescue Mission
Aug 11, 2020
Sandwiches for Tacoma Rescue Mission
Aug 25, 2020
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