Thursday, June 27, 2019
Linda Kaye Briggs - Turnover
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We will enjoy wrapping up an amazing year under the leadership of Linda Kaye Briggs, hearing about some of our accomplishments, introducing 2 new members and enjoying a skit by our wonderfully talented members.  You are sure to be well entertained. The gavel will also pass to our incoming president Carol Duris , who will have the opportunity to thank Linda Kaye for her dedication over the past year!
No meeting July 4
July 11
Thursdays at 5
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July 18
John Gaines - It Matters
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One of the changes to the By-Laws allows the club the opportunity to elect a Vice-President as part of our succession planning. President Linda Kaye has called the current Officer Nominating Committee together to vet candidates who are interested in moving into the role of President 2021-22.  Part of the urgency in electing the candidate now is that they will be able to join President-Elect Kathryn Nelson at the Large Club conference in Chattanooga in October. Please contact President Linda Kaye if you are interested in serving. 
This major revision to our Bylaws began with an ad hoc committee that was formed for the initial purpose of addressing outdated attendance requirements.  The work of this committee spawned a broader effort to update all of our By-Laws to make them more usable and consistent with our Club Constitution and the current requirements of Rotary International.  Following detailed review and, in some cases, rewrite by the Executive Committee, the proposed By-Laws were then sent to all Members for their input.  After incorporating suggestions from the Members, the Board voted to approve presentation of the proposed By-Laws to the general membership for a formal vote. 
For his leadership in initiating and following through with this process, we sincerely thank Greg Rolsma as Chairman of the ad hoc committee, along with its members: Kirsten Willis, Jeff Albers, Jim Henderson, Jeff Rounce, Maria Harlow, Stephen Deal, Charley Rance, Cindy Niemi and Mark Anderson
We had a wonderful surprise at the meeting last week when President Linda Kaye Briggs presented two new awards that were developed by a group of past presidents a few years ago.   Receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award was Cap Pearson (who also received a major donor award from Rotary International) and the Presidential Citation was presented to Jim Henderson. Here are some  excerpts from the nominations.  
Cap is one of those members who quietly supports all things Rotary. He is a faithful donor of not only the RI Foundation, but also our own Tacoma Rotary Foundation, he has been a donor to Project Greater Good since its inception and sponsors our auction every year.  He has served on the board in 2006-2008 and then as the club as Secretary from 2014-16. He continues to volunteer for committees serving on the PGG/Foundations Committee and the Classification committee.  When there is a call for volunteers you will usually see Cap with his hand raised.
Jim is a past President and is a current board member. He has served the Club as secretary and has been on most committee’s, chairing a number of them.  He is a quiet and effective leader who offers his support and mentorship freely. He is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and Art Wickens Fellow and is also remembering both Foundations with a planned gift. He is dedicated to the club. He worked on the teams that planned the move to the Yacht Club as well as the office move.  He spends time in the Rotary Office to help with the auction or other administrative functions that just need that extra few hours of work.  Jim is truly a servant leader, who is a shining example for each and every one of us.
Welcome to our June  Members - 
We have welcomed 3 wonderful new members so far this month!
Phil Carter, from the YWCA was introduced by his sponsor Carol Webster.  Phil is a Tacoma native and has been at the YMCA for many years and is well known by many of our members. 
Molly Peterson, from Ben Bridge Jewelers, was introduced by Bob Swanson. Molly is also a Tacoma native and although not as many of us know Molly, it's evident she will be an active member. 
Monique Valenzuela Trudnowski, from the Tacoma Youth Marine Foundation was introduced by her sponsor Mike Dunbar.  Monique  is a native of El Paso, Texas, but has been in the community for a number of years and has been active in many ways.  We look forward to her participation with the club.
Please welcome these great new members next time you see them!
Gabriel Bringman - Sweden
Nicolas Galy - France
We have two young men who will be joining us this year and will need 6 hosts families.  We are looking for their first host families who will be welcoming them in August. 
Gabriel has and older brother and sister who are off studying so he has experienced being an "only child" for a short time. He says that one of his strong characteristics is that he is friendly. He is an active teenager who enjoys playing soccer, kickboxing and skiing.  He has been golfing for the last couple of years and enjoys that game as well.  For the last two years he has coached floorball.  He has traveled to Africa, Asia and North American and extensively in Europe. 
Nicolas has three older siblings and a younger brother. He loves music and plays the piano.  He is involved in Student Government and has been his class representative three times.  He has played tennis for 2 years and golf for 5 years. He has traveled to Canada, Thailand and Italy with his family and is looking forward to his exchange year to fully engage in a new culture. 
Please think about how being a host parent will bring you new joys and experiences.  Here are 10 reasons to be a host parent!
  1. You can learn that country’s may be different (culture, food, art, politics), but we are also not that different (want peace, family issues are the same, people vacation and go to work like we do).
  2. Teenagers keep you young and you tend to go places and do things you wouldn’t normally. 
  3. You get to know/see your city and state because you want to ensure they see it too. Great excuse!
  4. Hosting provides an invaluable international/cultural experience for your children without leaving home.  
  5. Creates a lifetime friendship around the world, which inspires a never ending worldly perspective. 
  6. The world gets a little smaller and better. We love our International kids!  
  7. Your entire family has a mutually beneficial education experience. 
  8. Your eyes are open to what the younger generation is thinking.  We were able to have tremendously insightful discussions with our student on the different views regarding culture, society, government, world history and even politics.
  9. You have the chance to learn or practice a foreign language.
  10.  You create a lifetime of memories, with someone who will always be in your heart.  
Mandatory Fun Night- Rotary At the Rainiers
Diane Kelleher, Christina Turner & Mark Anderson
Can you find the Rotary 8 members? 
It's that time again to join with Rotary Clubs in District 5020 to tailgate and enjoy a Rainiers Game.  The game this year will be August 15.   The evening starts with tailgating in the parking lot at 5:15 followed by the game at 7:05. For $18.00 you will receive a reserved seat ticket and enjoy a great tailgate party with lots of food both outside and inside the park. For $10 you can tailgate only! Reservations are due by July 12. You can use this link to make a reservation.  Please let me know in comments how many tickets you need. There will also be sign up sheets at the meeting, and President Elect Carol Duris already has 25 members signed 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. 
July 18 - Camp Goodtimes Ann Voves
July 19 - Justice Family Barbecue (need grillmasters) Jim Whitacre
August 22 - Community in Schools stuff the backpacks at Rotary! John Douville
August 24 - Courage in Leavenworth Carolyn Weyrick
Date pending for a St. Vincent dePaul Saturday Sort

It's time to pull out your calendar and make a plan to help out this summer at Camp Goodtimes on Vashon Island.  Our day will be July 18, and once again Ann Voves will be coordinating volunteers.  We will have sign up sheets at the meetings starting at the end of May, the theme this year is Super Human!


Thanks to the 60 members who are able to join us at Galleyside. The boats are full but there could be some cancellations so contact Maria Harlow at if you want to join us.  There is still the option to drive to the Wollochet Bay Outpost in Gig Harbor, but we need to know so that we can change our meal count number.   The barbecue dinner will be $35. Call the office right away if you want to join us by driving. 
Reflection - Stacey Ogle
Board Greeter/Roving Mic - Carol Webster
Board Greeter/Roving Mic-  
National Anthem & 4 Way Test - Chris Serface
Piano- Steve Smith
Fine Counter- Dan Bogart
Storywriter - Libby Catalinich
Meeting Sponsor - Sandi Wollum
AV Assistant- Don Sheppard
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
Sharon Benson - Jun 23
Julie Foley - Jun 23
Larry Gaffney - Jun 24
Anniversaries to Celebrate
Jennifer Weddermann - 3 years cumulative
Julie Foley - 4 years 
Jeremy Fogelquist - 5 years 
Christian Anderson - 6 years 
Jim Boardman - 7 years 
Jace Dwinell - 7 years 
Larry Treleven - Puyallup
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.
June 27
July 4
No Social
July 11 
Thursday at 5 
Timberland Bank
Reflections from the meeting of June 20 by Stephen Deal
President Linda Kaye Briggs rang the bell on time to open the meeting on another beautiful late spring day, the day before summer Solstice!
Rusty Hersey, Superior Linen, gave a beautiful invocation reminding all of us to always act with the highest of ethics, be patient in all our dealings and remember how important it is to have a sense of humor.  Rusty also read the minds of everyone in the club as he thanked Linda Kaye for her Presidential year of devoted service to our club and our community. Carlyn Roy, TAPCO led us in the National Anthem accompanied on the piano by Jack Warnick. She followed leading an impromptu birthday serenade to Linda Kaye. The 4-way test was then recited.  Jace Dwinell, Heritage Bank and Robin Echtle, Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Foundation ran the mics around as we introduced a big group of guests and visiting Rotarians. We had 12 Guests and visiting Rotarians including Rotarians from Greensboro, NC, Tacoma Sunrise and Yakima Southwest.
Lori Harnick,Goodwill, the meeting sponsor, came forward and gave a brief update about their new Vision and Mission statements distilled down to “Helping People Thrive”. Lori highlighted two of their effective programs that help their clients achieve the skills that they need to succeed.
We had two new members introduced at the meeting.  Bob Swanson of Ben Bridge Jewelers came forward to introduce his successor at Ben Bridge Molly Peterson. Carol Webster took the mic and introduced Phil Carter, of the Tacoma YMCA.
Jim Henderson came forward with Project Greater Good Committee members to present Paul Harris Fellows awards. We had nine new awards including Julie Foley, Alex Trettin, Jan and Skip Anderson, John Bailey, Marsha Burns, Maria Harlow, Kathryn Nelson, Ron Anderson and Kathi Willis. Together these generous people represent over $33,000 in donations!  Jim also recognized all Paul Harris Fellows in attendance. Our members have donated close to $1.3 million to Rotary International. 
President Linda Kaye exercised her executive privilege and recognized two Rotarians for their exemplary service to our club.  With a standing ovation the president gave the lifetime achievement award to Cap Pearson for his 23 years of dedicated service to our club.  Cap is the consummate Rotarian and is always there to lend a hand! With another standing ovation, President Linda Kaye recognized Jim Henderson with a Presidential Citation.  Jim’s leadership and continued support for our club, his tireless volunteering, his quiet advocacy, and his gentle manner set the standard for all of us as Rotarians.
The President recognized anniversaries including Angela ConnellyJack ConnellyDeAnne Hamilton, Brenda GasperRick Triggs all with 1 year, John Pfaff - 4 years, Sandi Wollum -11 years, Christine Cason -19 years, Linda Kaye Briggs - 20 years, David Flentge - 22 years, Cap Pearson - 23 years, and John B. Dimmer -30 years.
Hunter George introduced  Roger Stanton of Metro Parks. Roger gave us an overview and update on the Dune Peninsula Park which surrounds the Yacht Club. Many years in the works and truly a civic treasure, the new park is opening on July 6th. Set along the waterfront the park includes trails, a picnic pavilion, lawns, a stage, slides for the young at heart and a 600 ft pedestrian bridge connecting the waterfront park to the larger Point Defiance Park. Rotarians were invited to a sneak preview of the park immediately after the meeting!
Mark Anderson came forward and presented the new revised by-laws for a vote of approval by the membership. The new by-laws bring our club in line with the recommendations of Rotary International and streamline and simplify the rules governing our club. Barry Benson moved for a vote seconded by Maria Harlow.  After a few thoughtful questions the by-laws were adopted unanimously by the club members present. Thanks to Mark who led the charge and to everyone who read the by-laws, provided input and took ownership of the rules of our club.
President Linda Kaye thanked everyone who worked to make this meeting happen and congratulated all the award nominees.  She highlighted the evening social at Johnny’s Dock, 1900 East D.  Next week we will introduce the final 2 news members of the year, have a brief recap of all the accomplishments and enjoy our talented singers during the turnover program. As always President Linda Kaye ended the meeting on time and encouraged us all to “go out and reignite your Rotary”
Watching the incredible diversity and array of people involved with our club who work to make the meeting happen and our club successful, I am struck by the seamless teamwork all around me.  19th Century Industrialist Andrew Carnegie summed up what I see highlighted with every interaction I have with Rotary 8…. “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision, the ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results."

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Jul 18, 2019
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