Thursday, May 2, 2019
Rotarian of the Year - Cindy Grady
Cindy, whose family has been in the area for over 100 years, has been a member of our club for 8 years. She attended Annie Wright through the 6th grade and then transitioned to public school in Federal Way. She followed her parents to the University of Puget Sound where she received her undergraduate degree.  She also completed courses for a certificate in Non-Profit Management from the University of Washington - Tacoma. Her career has focused in retail;  first as a buyer and then moving into the wholesale side of the business.  She currently is a partner in a consulting business but spends almost as much time volunteering as running her business.  She has two wonderful sons, Corey who graduated from Rutgers and is in New York working in finance and Sam, who graduated from Central and is in his second year in China teaching English as a second language. What keeps her busy now are her two big dogs at home Brodie and Oliver.
Cindy’s passion for service started when her sons attended Charles Wright and she was on the auction committee for years. She has volunteered for numerous non-profits and is currently on the board of the YWCA and Ashley House. Her service to Rotary started as soon as she joined and she was recruited to the Grants Committee, which she chaired for 2 years.  She accepted a request to become the Procurement Chair for the auction in 2017 and since that time has become an invaluable resource and volunteers hundreds of hours in outreach and behind the scenes work.
Cindy is as generous with her finances as she is with her time, contributing to numerous non-profits. You have probably seen her at almost every fundraising lunch in Tacoma.  She is a Paul Harris and Art Wickens Fellow. Plan to join us this week to learn a little more about this member who truly lives Service Above Self.
Thursday at 5 - May 9
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Rick Garza - May 16
5 years legal - Cannabis in Washington
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Moss Adams looking forward to welcoming you for May 9th “Rotary #8 Thursday at 5” meeting in their office located at 1301 A Street, Suite 600, Tacoma.
X-Group will provide heavy appetizers and Moss Adams will also have beverages on hand.
Parking: Street parking is available as well as a parking lot directly past the Columbia Bank building on the right. This garage is a pay lot until 5 p.m. but opens to the public after that time. Once you enter the main doors off A Street proceed to the elevators and head to the 6th floor.
Moss Adams looks forward to welcoming you!  You can use this link to register right now.
Please contact Jacki Farrar at if you have any questions.
What a buzz we had around the room. Good conversations and connections were being made! Special thanks to those members who supported the club and shared their expertise.
Banner Bank is a dynamic full-service financial institution, operating safely and profitably within a framework of shared integrity. Working as a team, we will deliver superior products and services to our valued clients. 
Coldwell Banker Commercial Danforth is a full-service commercial real estate company specializing in the sales, leasing and valuation of commercially zoned properties in the Puget Sound region.  We treat every client’s real estate transactions like we would our own.
Community Healthcare has a mission to provide the highest quality health care with compassionate and accessible service for all.
Edward Jones  Our mission remains steadfast: to help individuals achieve their serious, long-term financial goals while understanding their needs and implementing tailored solutions.
Financial Insights Growing your future, together. We specialize in comprehensive financial planning and investment management. Our team works closely with you to help you realize your goals in all phases in life. We strive to be the only financial advisory team you will need.
Habitat for Humanity With God’s grace and the cooperation of people from all walks of life, we partner with families in need to build and own simple, decent, affordable homes in safe communities. Habitat envisions a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
KBTC Public Television engages viewers, communities, and supporters by delivering media experiences that educate, inspire, and entertain.
Mission Possible Ignite Rotary. Change Lives With the generous support of our members and donors we will change and save lives locally and globally.
The MultiCare Foundations partner with businesses and organizations to create healing and a healthy future for our community through philanthropy. Through our foundations, anyone can give back to the health care causes closest to their hearts, in ways that help provide children and families access to the quality health care they deserve, through all stages of life.
The PLU School of Business is a community of engaged faculty, staff & administrators who provide an excellent business education in a student-centered learning environment grounded in the liberal arts that inspires students to LEARN for life, LIVE purposefully, LEAD responsibly, and CARE for others.
Pierce County Library Foundation We ignite literacy of all kinds for every child, teen, and adult in Pierce County to build a knowledgeable, aware, engaged, and empowered community, critical to fueling our social and economic prosperity.
Pivotal Presentations Do you suffer from speaker’s anxiety or are unsure how to construct a presentation that is informative, clear, enjoyable to deliver and gets you the results you need? You will increase your leadership capacity and career opportunities when you can easily speak to audiences of any size.
Sound Options Our mission is to improve the lives we touch through the compassionate delivery of high quality family care.
At Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community it's all about our residents. They are the reason we strive every day to provide a welcoming home and thriving community.
At Timberland Bank, we strive to be your best connection to local advice, credit and service. Throughout our 100 year history, we’ve grown to understand the unique needs of businesses located in the Pacific Northwest—and are ready to help your business grow with handcrafted business banking solutions.

Travel Leaders Our brand embodies our commitment to our customers and our progressive approach toward travel.  Welcome to Travel Leaders.
Uncharted Waters We invite the citizens of Puget Sound to unplug from their smart phones, breakthrough mental barriers, transcend old habits, heal mental and physical trauma, and explore their own personal uncharted waters.
Washington Business Week We create a hands-on experiential environment to educate, empower and encourage a diverse population of high school students to recognize and achieve their potential. 
Wedderman Architecture We will maintain a high level of design and client focus. We will continue to have a positive impact on our community. We will expand our investigation of architecture through hands on exploration and craft.
Wesley Bradley Park a part of a faith based, not-for-profit organization, will offer Independent Living, Catered Living, Memory Care and Skilled Nursing all at a beautiful new Puyallup campus. 
Opportunity to Volunteer
On Saturday May 4, club members can join forces with the Red Cross and other community volunteers for the annual Sound the Alarm: Save a Life Project by installing smoke alarms and providing fire prevention education in Tacoma’s Central Neighborhood.  We will kick-off and end our day at 1110 South Puget Sound Avenue (the Salvation Army).  Plan to arrive at 8 AM and be done by 2pm.   Please contact Becky Fontaine - - to sign up!  Volunteers must be 16 years of age. Training will be provided on-site.
Larry Treleven - Boise
Larry Treleven - Lakewood
Fred Moisio - Clover Park
Reflection - Bill Duppenthaler
Greeter  -  Seth Kaplowitz
Greeter - Andrea Keikkala
Board Greeters -  Carol Duris
National Anthem & 4 Way Test - Ali Criss
Piano - Barbara Mead
Fine Counter - Dan Bogart
Storywriter - Debbie Regala
Meeting Sponsor - Harrison Laird
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 
Anita Eixenberger - Apr 29
Jim Harris -  Apr 30
Bill Matthaei - Apr 30
Ryan Wheaton -  Apr 30
Alex Davis - May 01
Joan Engle - May 02
Jeremy Fogelquist - May 02
John McMasters - May 02
John Bailey - May 03
Andrew Imholt - May 04
Anniversaries to Celebrate 
Melissa Malott – 3 years 
Dianne Stoehr - 5 years
John McMasters – 10 years
Charley Rance – 10 years
Gordon Pickering - 44 years
Social at Cooks Tavern in November
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.
May 2
Over the Moon Cafe
709 Opera Alley
Tacoma, WA
May 9
Moss Adams
Thursdays at 5
May 16
The Table
2715 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA
May 23
Indochine on Pearl
4612 N Pearl
Tacoma, WA
May 30
Primo Grill
2701 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA
Reflections from the meeting of 4-25 from Barry Benson

President Linda Kaye rang in the meeting at 12:08. Robin Echtle, Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community Foundation offered an appropriate spring invocation, followed by Elliot Stockstad, Lutheran Community Services Northwest, leading  the National Anthem (acapella) and the Four Way Test for an attendance of just over 100 people. Thanks, Rotarians and guests for attending!
The club gave a super warm welcome to special guests, exchange student Jacob’s parents Fartein and Heidi Christensen who flew over from Norway for a visit. Besides seeing son Jacob, during their week they experienced the sights in Seattle, then on to Walla Walla for a first class wine tour (reportedly one of the top events on their list!). But their tourist activities were topped only by sitting in on a physics class with Jacob at Stadium high school.
We then celebrated club anniversaries: Bryan Flint with 10 years cumulative; Amy Wigstrom with 12 years cumulative; Betty Ann Pope with 19 years; and Harry Pritchard with 33 years.
President Linda Kaye offered special recognition and an appreciative thanks to Kathi and Joy, inspired by Administrative Professionals day.
Spring firesides are coming May 21 as announced by Maria Harlow and Diane Kelleher invited members to volunteer for Sound the Alarm -Save a Life activity on Saturday May 4.
Vocational service co-chairs Missy Zenczak of United Way and Andrew Imholt (whose grandfather was club president in the 70’s) of Pilkey Hopping and Ekberg  kicked off our annual Business Expo followed by enthusiastic 2 minute pitches from our 20 Business Expo sponsors.
We are grateful to this year’s Business Expo sponsors: Banner Bank, Coldwell Banker Danforth Commercial, Community Healthcare, Edward Jones, Financial Insights, Habitat for Humanity, KBTC, Mission Possible (that’s our recent wildly successful auction), MultiCare Foundations, PLU School of Business, Pierce County Library Foundation, Pivotal Presentations, Sound Options, Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community, Timberland Bank, Travel Leaders, Uncharted Waters, Washington Business Week, Wedderman Architecture, and Wesley Bradley Park.
Attending Rotarians were given 10 minutes to visit the booths and get passport cards marked for a drawing at the end of the meeting. But first there was a special drawing which provided a year’s worth of Gearshift advertising for lucky winner Uncharted Waters, Jonathan Murray. Cap Pearson won a gift card and mug. Dr Chung Lee was the winner of one of the drawings; Jim Harris won a “free float” at the Uncharted Waters. Becky Fontaine won the KBTC television prize. The Habitat for Humanity gift went to Dean Hanks, Starbucks cards from Banner Bank went to Mike Dunbar and Barbara Mead, and finally Jace Dwinell won the Travel Leaders gift. Linda Kaye facilitated the drawing for some additional prizes. Mike Dunbar was a double winner, selecting a wine basket. Steve Smith (birthday on Saturday) drew Diane Kelleher’s name. She then selected the coffee basket. Harrison Laird drew Dane Meyer’s name for a gift certificate to Red Robin.
Then exchange student Renata jumped into the spotlight and drew Becky Fontaine’s name (another double winner!) for a Claim Jumper gift certificate.
Finally, at 1:00 PM sharp President Linda Kaye adjourned the meeting with the final ringing of the bell and an enthusiastic “Reignite your Rotary!”

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Tacoma Rotary Foundation Board
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May 02, 2019
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May 02, 2019 11:00 AM
Weekly Meeting - Rotarian of the Year
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May 02, 2019
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PGG - Foundations
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May 02, 2019 1:00 PM
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May 04, 2019
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Literacy Committee
Red Elm
May 07, 2019
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Rotary Meeting - Thursdays at 5!
Moss Adams
May 09, 2019
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Projects Committee Meeting
May 10, 2019 8:15 AM
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May 14, 2019
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Classification Committee Meeting
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