Thursday, June 21, 2018
VOL. NINETY-FOUR, Issue No. 51
Aaron Artman and John Hutchinson

Join us on June 21st as we hear from Sounders FC 2 Head Coach, John Hutchinson and Aaron Artman,Rainiers and Sounders FC 2 President about bringing professional soccer to the South Sound. From new opportunities for community partnerships to the power of the Sounders FC development pipeline. Aaron and Coach Hutch will share more about S2 and its future here in Tacoma.

Rotary Youth Exchange program is a core program of our Rotary Club. Approximately 30 students come to District 5020 each year, bringing their unique perspectives as ambassadors for a rich cultural exchange. The excitement of being an exchange student is palpable when they arrive to see Tacoma for the first time. So many Rotarians have told me about their relationships with the students and their families that extend years beyond the exchange year. Rotarians are still traveling to foreign places to attend weddings, graduations and family events. Would your family enjoy having this cultural experience? 
We have our two students, Renata from Paraguay and Jacob from Norway preparing to arrive in Tacoma by the end of August in order to enroll at Stadium High School. Youth Exchange needs two host families approved and ready to go by August 1st. 
The application process takes a minimum of two weeks to gain approval as a host family. Each family hosts one of the incoming students for a period of 3 months. Each student will receive a $130 monthly stipend to handle their personal expenses. Rotary Youth Exchange pays for students conferences and arranges travel for them. Our Youth Exchange Officer will assist families with their application process and provide orientation and training to assure your readiness to host.  If you can't do it, perhaps you have a friend or family member that might be interested!
Renata and Jacob are eager to meet their first host family. We will need 3 host families per student for the exchange year. Our wonderful In Bound RYE expert, Diane Tilstra can help you prepare for this engaging experience. You may be surprised to see how easy it is to host a student. Please call Diane at 206-948-8309 or email: if you want more information! 
Twenty-one past presidents from our club joined together for their annual dinner. Wonderful conversations and sharing our own highlights from this past year – weddings, grandchildren, new homes and wonderful trips. Such a joy to spend time together!  We are already looking forward to next year.
Donna Haynes Participating in Sound the Alarm 
Thank You Rotary Club of Tacoma #8
Every eight minutes, the American Red Cross responds to a disaster — the clear majority are home fires. While every fire is different, they commonly leave survivors without life’s necessities. All too often the claim the life of a loved one.
One of the most powerful pieces to home fire safety is a smoke alarm. In fact, working smoke alarms in a home cut the risk of death by half, and having an escape plan further improves the odds of survival. This is why the American Red Cross has implemented the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign/Sound the Alarm event.
Many thanks to the club members Donna Haynes, Diane Kelleher, Marty Lough, Veronica Rollins and friends who helped install smoke alarms earlier this spring and for the financial support which supported the purchase of smoke alarms.
We Need Volunteers from Tacoma #8 Rotary to be Rotary Carnies at Camp Goodtimes on July 19 
Our club has sponsored a Carnival for the day for kids with cancer and their siblings. It brings fun and enjoyment for the kids, and we have a blast as well! We will need 30 volunteers, and we guarantee that this is an opportunity to have fun while helping others. All volunteers must be over 17. Ann Voves at is the chair of the event and will have sign up sheets at our meetings. 

Art Wickens Awards
How inspiring to see the generosity of our members and hear about why they give to the Tacoma Rotary Foundation.  Joining us to receive awards at the meeting on June 14 were Linda Kaye Briggs,  Pat Steel, Harry Pritchard, Carol Webster, John West,  Cap Pearson, Cynthia Darland, Kathi Willis and Buck Thompson. It should be noted that Buck was receiving his 26th award!
"I heartily support the Rotary Foundation because it keeps the money in Tacoma- Pierce County." 
"Making a donation to the Tacoma Rotary Foundation is such an easy decision.  As a member of the Community Grants Committee, I see how non-profits are very carefully selected to receive our gifts, and those chosen are the "cream of the crop."   Donating to the Foundation helps us to serve our community effectively."
" I give to the Tacoma Rotary Foundation because I have confidence in the way the funds are disbursed.  Knowing that the trust continues to grow gives me faith that the money I have given will continue to benefit the community long after I am gone. It is good to know my gifts will benefit future generations." 
"I like supporting the local community and think our Foundation does a better job than some others at rooting out good local causes I might not think about.  It's a way of going beyond my few pet projects without worrying about whether the funds are used in a way that might cause me grief."  
"I appreciate pooling my donations with other Rotary 8 members to have a broader impact for individuals and families in need in the Greater Tacoma area. And I know that the diligent process used by the Grants Committee assures that the funds will be put to good use through reputable organizations."
The House that Rotary Built
We had a wonderful meeting on June 7 as we presented a reproduction of our check to Habitat for Humanity.   We have learned that the house we will be building is in Tillicum and that our efforts will begin this summer.  Maureen Fife and Elliot Stockstad delivered the  "wall of hope" stud, which will be at our meetings for each of us to sign and will then be placed in the house we construct.  There will be opportunities throughout the summer for all of us to be involved.  Can't swing a hammer or pound a nail, or raise a wall?  Maybe you can serve refreshments to the workers.  This is going to be a wonderful opportunity for us to all work side by side and change lives in Pierce County!
It's time to sign up for our annual transition of leadership.  We will be hoping for sunny skies, but regardless of the weather what could be better than spending the afternoon on a boat with great friends?  You will enjoy a picnic at Dockton and have the chance to watch Mark get up and personal with a pie in the face, or maybe a dunk in the water.  This is the last week to sign up either at the meeting or you can call the office and we will take your reservations. You will enjoy a great barbecue for $35.  We may still need a boat if you have one that you could offer, or if you have a friend who is a captain! Another option if you can't be away the entire afternoon will be to ferry over. Check your calendar and plan to join in the fun!
Welcome New Members 
Jack & Angela Connelly
DeAnne Hamilton & Jennifer Wedderman
What a great meeting we had on June 14 when we welcomed 4 new members!  Angela Connelly grew up in Pierce County and is a passionate volunteer and wonderful mother to 9 children.  She is currently a reader columnist for the News Tribune and is a very insightful writer.  Jack is a native of Chicago and began his law career with Gordon Thomas Honeywell and recalled watching Joe Gordon Sr. and Joe Gordon Jr. head off to Rotary every Thursday.  He currently has his own practice with offices in Tacoma and Seattle. DeAnne Hamilton is the new Executive Director and General Manger of KBTC Public Television.  She is a native Oregonian, but her career has taken her to California, Michigan and Pennsylvania.  She does have a connection in Washington as she is a proud University of Washington graduate. Jennifer Wedderman returns to the club after a break of a few years. She is the owner of Wedderman Architecture.  We are all familiar with the amazing and creative metal work that she does that is on display in buildings and exhibits around the area.  We are so fortunate to be joined by these talented and dedicated members.  You can plan to see them actively involved! If you are a committee chair invite them to join your committee!  
Membership Proposal
Unless written objections are submitted to the Board within 10 days of this posting, the following individual will be invited to membership: 
Dean Carrell
ASSNS - Foundations - Library
Pierce County Library Foundation
Sponsor: Linda Kaye Briggs
Sally Leighton
Community Volunteer
Retired Attorney
Sponsor: Linda Kaye Briggs
Maddie Merton
ASSNS - Business Development
VP Business Retention & Expansion
EDB Tacoma/Pierce County
Sponsor: Rusty Hersey
What no one travelling?
Invocation - Rick Oldenburg
National Anthem and 4 Way Test -  Jan Brazzell
Board Greeter- Roving Mic - Bryan Flint
Greeters  - Jennifer Wedderman
Birthdays -  Donna Haynes
Fine Counter - Dan Bogart
Meeting Reporter for Gearshift -  Jim Henderson
Meeting Sponsor -   Sandy Wollum
AV Assistance - Jeff Rounce
There are clipboards at every meeting for you to sign up to help out!
--Leading the National Anthem & Four Way Test
--Giving the Moment of Reflection
--Playing piano
--Assisting with Audio/Visual
--Greeter and Roving Mic
--Sponsoring a meeting
Birthdays to Celebrate 
Stacey Ogle - Jun 18
Linda Kaye Briggs - Jun 20
Jeff Lovely - Jun 21
Julie Foley - Jun 23
Larry Gaffney - Jun 24
Anniversaries to Celebrate 
Christine Cason - 18 years 
Linda Kay Briggs - 19 years 
Cap Pearson - 22 years 
John B. Dimmer - 28 years 
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.
June 21, 2018
Primo Grill
2701 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA
June 28, 2018
Galleyside !!
July 5, 2018
Happy 4th of July no social !
July 12, 2018
Boathouse 19
9001 S 19th Street
Tacoma, WA
July 19th, 2018
Camp Goodtimes celebration!
Anthony’s Point Defiance
5910 N Waterfront Drive
Tacoma, WA
Enjoying the Social at Uncle Thurms
Reflections from the meeting of June 14 from Jamie Brooks
President Mark welcomed everyone to the June 14 meeting of Rotary Club Tacoma on the Roof Top Garden at Tacoma’s Landmark.
Donna Haynes, Pilkey, Hopping and Ekberg gave the invocation, Libby Catalinich, Pierce County led us in the National Anthem and the 4‑Way Test. Thank you to Peter Comfort and the Project Greater Good team for sponsoring the meeting. Jan Brazzell, Advancement Consulting and Sally Glover, South Sound Care brought the mics around the room for Visiting Rotarians to introduce themselves and for members to introduce their guests.
Debbie Regala introduced our speaker Michael Mirra, of the Tacoma Housing Authority. Michael explained that the primary mission of the Tacoma Housing Authority is to provide high quality, affordable housing and supportive services to persons and families in need. They want the households to succeed, not just as tenants, but as "parents, students, wage earners and builders of assets." If they are capable of working, they aim for their time in the programs to be transforming and temporary for adults and children alike. They also want to help our communities succeed, and to do so equitably, with a shared prosperity. They seek to do their part in making neighborhoods "attractive places to live, work, attend school, shop, and play", and to help Tacoma and Pierce County be "safe, vibrant, prosperous, attractive and just." It is projected that there is a 5 year window before Tacoma becomes unaffordable and they are focusing on buying instead of building. They are determined to make sure that Tacoma can handle the higher density and believe that higher density can still ‘look good.’ Recent example of their work are the education project at McCarver Elementary, approval to house 150 TCC students, and a college saving program for the children of Salishan. It has been shown that kids are 4 times more likely to go to college if they have funds set aside for their education.
Congratulations to four new members! Missy Zenczak welcomed Angela and Jack Connelly, Jan Brazzell introduced DeAnne Hamilton and Maria Harlow welcomed Jennifer Wedderman. Jack and Angela Connelly are joining as corporate members. Angela is a long time Tacoman, graduated from Franklin High School and was a Franklin Pierce Daffodil Princess. She is the mother of 9 children and grandmother of 2. Jack attended Lakes High School and Stanford Law School. He practiced for many year with Gordon, Thomas and Honeywell and currently has a private practice in Tacoma and Seattle, Connelly Law Offices. DeAnne Hamilton is the Executive Director for KBTC association and television. Originally from Portland, she attended the University of Washington and earned her degree in journalism. She has two grown kids (New York and Tacoma) and her four legged child, Watson, a 4 1/2 year old golden retriever. Jennifer Weddermann owner and lead architect of Weddermann Architecture. She is LEED certified and is planning to open her new space near El Gaucho in Downtown Tacoma. She is also a talented metal sculpture artist, loves music and has two children, ages 12 and 15.
Kirsten Willis and Peter Comfort used the meeting sponsor time to honor our generous Art Wickens recipients. Congratulation anniversary celebrants John Pfaff (3 years), David Flentge (21 years) Sandi Wollum (10 years), Linda Kaye Briggs (15 years Tacoma 8, however 19 Years total as a Rotarian) Mike Dunbar celebrated birthdays. There were two Rotarians in attendance: Jack Warnick - Jun 11 and Elliot Stockstad - Jun 16. Also celebrating were Jim Merritt, Rob Roth and Bill Pickles.
True confession were made by Elliot Stockstad, Debbie Regala, Clay Zhang, Don Hansen, Pat Steel, Maria Harlow, Mike Dunbar, and Deb Robinett.
President Mark thanked Michael Mirra for speaking to our club, as well as Peter Comfort for the meeting sponsorship, Donna for being our invocator and Libby for being our singer.  He welcome to our new members and thanked to their sponsors. The social was held at Cooks Tavern, 3201 N. 26th.
Next week, we will hear from Coach John Hutchinson the coach of the Sounders - S2  and Aaron Artman, Tacoma Rainiers President who will talk about their new partnership. Reminder that Galleyside is on June 28.  President Mark charged member to ‘Now go out and Live Rotary!’

Sound Advice for Service Above Self Living by Past President and Past District Governor  Jim Harris

"Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself." - Carlyle


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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 Landmark Temple Theatre 47 St. Helens Avenue, Tacoma 
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Dockton State Park, in Quartermaster Harbor, Vashon Island
Jun 28, 2018
Projects Committee Meeting
Jul 06, 2018 8:15 AM
Executive Committee Meeting
Jul 10, 2018
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Membership Recruitment Committee
Landmark Meeting Room Before Rotary
Jul 12, 2018 11:00 AM
Fellowship & Relationship Building Committee
Jul 17, 2018 5:00 PM
Camp Goodtimes
Jul 19, 2018
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
World Community Service Committee Meeting
Cole Graphic Solutions
Aug 16, 2018 7:00 AM
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