Thursday, December 13, 2018
Thursday at 5

Lori Harnick and Mike Shields of Goodwill of the Olympics & Rainier Region are looking forward to welcoming you for Rotary 8’s THURSDAYS AT 5 meeting on December 13. Please join us for an evening of fellowship and networking that will include food prepared by students in Goodwill’s Culinary Skills program and the opportunity to tour the Milgard Work Opportunity Center (MWOC). Rotarians and guests can join any one of three tours that will feature two recognition displays acknowledging the significant role Rotary 8 and its membership played in the construction of the Milgard Work Opportunity Center.  Tours will include the REACH Center which was Rotary 8’s Centennial Project.    

WHAT:          Thursday at 5

WHEN:          Thursday, December 13 (5pm to 7pm)

WHERE:        Goodwill’s Milgard Work Opportunity Center 714 South 27th Street, Tacoma

RSVP:  To help our hosts prepare for our meeting, please register by Tuesday

PARKING:  The recommended parking site is in the Goodwill lot located at the NE corner of South 27th and G Street. Additional parking is available in any of the Goodwill lots adjacent to the MWOC.

PLEASE NOTE:  All guest should enter the MWOC via its main (3rd floor) entrance, which is just off the the culdesac located in the upper parking lot. The REACH Center doors (1st floor) will not be open.

Thursdays at 5
Use this link for December 13 at Goodwill 
Holiday Program With Renata and Jacob
Use this link for December 20 at the Yacht Club
Outstanding pledge statements were sent out recently, if you have any questions regarding your accounts please contact Joy at the Rotary Office.  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.  We are just a little short of where we were last year with gifts to support Project Greater Good. Please consider joining with the 127 members who have already made a pledge!
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 2018 donation. Their mailing address is; 
The Rotary Foundation
14280 Collections Center Dr.
Chicago, IL 60693
Membership Proposal
Unless written objections are submitted to the Board within 10 days of this posting, the following individual will be invited to membership: 
Noah Baskett
ASSN;SOC SVC - Human Services
Tacoma Rescue Mission
Sponsor: Fred Matthaei

At our meeting on December 6 we awarded a grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters and they don't just want our money they would like our time, and the Projects Committee has agreed to forward this opportunity on to club members.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound has been selected by the Seattle Seahawks and Paul G. Allen Philanthropies as a Spirit of 12 Partner for 2018!

As a Spirit of 12 Partner, they will be distributing the Seahawks game day programs at two home games – and receive 100% of the proceeds! And that’s not all…Paul G. Allen Philanthropies have generously offered to match it – DOUBLING all money raised and making DOUBLE THE DIFFERENCE for the kids they serve.

Can you help them distribute programs at CenturyLink Field on Sunday, December 23rd? (SEA vs. Kansas City Chiefs)

The shift runs from 1 pm until half-time. All volunteers will be fed, and you will be able to stay in the stadium for the second half of the game to cheer on the Hawks.

To volunteer, sign up here.

If you have questions please contact Corey Little, our Spirit of 12 Head Coach, at 206-456-9788 or

Space is limited so please sign up ASAP to lock in your spot.

Thank you for your support! Together we will make a BIG difference for the kids we serve.

Go Hawks!

Science Olympiad
It's that time of year again when we need to recruit volunteers to assist us on Saturday January 12 at Curtis High School for the Science Olympiad.  We will need 150-20 members who can assist us with a variety of tasks.  Writing tests (prior to the event) event registration and proctoring at the event.  Please contact Gil Quante at if you can help.  We will also have sign up sheets available at upcoming meetings.  
The Pandaka committee would like to thank the following individuals for jumping in to mentor our new members. We truly appreciate you! If you would like to mentor a new member (we have a lot in the pipeline) please reach out to Amanda Weidman at
Barry Benson, Jan Brazzell, Linda Kaye Briggs, Brien Elvins, Whitney Grisaffi, Maria Harlow,  Jim Henderson, Harrison Laird, Monique Nadeau, Gil Quante, Elliot Stockstad, Carol Webster, Jim Whitacre and Kirsten Willis
Watch for our next group of Pandaka’s who will graduate in January!!
2018 Toys for Kids Shopping Day
Here’s another fun opportunity to help kids at Mary Bridge – we need shoppers and baggers! That’s right; you’ll shop for Mary Bridge patients and their siblings using funds raised by a wonderful group of folks headed up by Dr. Winskill. For 28 years, Toys for Kids, raises money all year long to provide Christmas gifts for families of patients with long-term intensive care at home. Contact Christina Turner at if you can help. 
When:  Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 at 11:00 pm (yes, you read that right 11:00 pm) until about 2:00 am or until we’ve finished shopping
Where: Target,  3320 S 23rd St,  Tacoma, WA 98405
Rotarians already signed up:  Jackie Farrar, Sally Glover, Diane Kelleher, Cindy Niemi, Gil Quante, Christina Turner, Joy Vivar Beeks, Amanda Weidman, Kirsten Willis, Kathi Willis, Dr. John Winskill
The Giving Tree Is Empty - Please Return Your Gifts!
It is that time of year when Tacoma Rotary 8 members show their generosity for the community by making the holidays bright for children at four local nonprofit organizations. The Giving Tree was  full of paper ornaments and members have picked the tree clean!  Fellow Rotarians Miriam Barnett, Cindy Grady or Jennifer Wedderman have entered all of the gift information and now we are waiting for you to bring gifts back, unwrapped, with the ornament taped to the gift. Please bring the gifts to Thursdays at 5 this week at Goodwill or you can drop them off at the Rotary office at the Landmark during office hours 830-5 Monday through Thursday or Friday by noon.  Pat Steel will once again play  Santa and deliver the gifts to the nonprofits on Friday, 12-14.  Any questions? Please contact Miriam at or 253 341 6285.  Thank you so  much for sharing your Rotary spirit of service above self!
Please join us this Saturday December 15 as we pack break bags for students and their families for their Christmas break.  Thanks to the following members who have volunteered to date; Marsha Burns, Cynthia Darland +1, Mike Dunbar, Whitney Grisaffi, Maria Harlow, Jeremy Fogelquist +2, Kelly Lane, Gil Quante +1, Greg Rolsma +1, Carol  Webster +1, Jennifer Wedderman +1 and Jim Whitacre . Contact Gil Quante or the office to sign up. 
Be sure to drop by these special locations on Friday 12-21 to support our members who will be ringing the bells for Salvation Army.  We will be at Katie Downs, Harmon (on Pacific)  and Farrelli's at Point Ruston.  Below is the final schedule, thanks to everyone who has volunteered.  Please contact the office or Ann Voves if there are any changes!
Katie Downs 11am-12pm Gil Quante, Rusty Hersey  12-1 Jim Whitacre, Ann Voves 1-2 John Schneider, Carlyn Roy, Rob Pfarr, Tina Vasen
Harmon 11am-12pm Dr. Jamie Brooks and Kids  12-1 Rusty George, Steve Smith 1-2 Alex Trettin, Dan Bogart
Farelli’s Point Ruston – 11am-12pm Whitney Grisaffi, Stacey Ogle 12-1pm Kelly Lane, Jeff Lovely, Jeremy Fogelquist 1-2 Julie Foley, Meghan Foley
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Our Board of Directors recently ratified a new Club Constitution in the mandatory, standard form required by Rotary International.  Because each club around the world is unique, however, the language of the Rotary International standard club constitution permits clubs to establish Bylaws that reflect local practice.  We have a committee now working to update our Bylaws; those proposed changes will be presented to the Board and to the club in the new year.  You can find our new Club Constitution on our website.  If you have any questions about the new Club Constitution, feel free to contact the office or Mark Anderson
Mike Dunbar - Palm Springs
Fred Matthaei - Lake Union
Welcome to our 5 newest members
Lisa Mansfield
Lisa was introduced by her sponsors Karena Kirkendoll and Kathryn Nelson.  She works for the Pierce County Department of Assigned Counsel. Lisa was born in Nashville, Tennesee and comes from a family of service as she remembers the volunteer work that her father did.  She is looking forward to getting involved, please welcome her and invite Lisa to join your committee!. 
Skip & Jan Anderson
Husband and wife Skip and Jan Anderson are two licensed captains and owners of the Flagship Maritime school in Tacoma,Washington. Captain Skip is a lifetime boater, Navy veteran, and professional mariner. Captain Jan is the owner of Jan’s Marine Photography and longtime photography contributor to Northwest Yachting magazine. They are pictured here with Mocha, the sea dog and professional “student relaxer.”  They became interested in Rotary through their brother Mark and have attended and contributed to the auction for a number of years. 
John Gaines
John, a native of Tacoma is a graduate of Bellarmine Preparatory School where he was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2016. John earned his Master of Arts in Business Management & Leadership from Liberty University and previously played football and attained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from East Central University. Professionally, John has worked at the Boeing Company. Prior to his work at Boeing, he worked as the Teen Program Coordinator at the Al Davies Boys and Girls Clubs in Tacoma. Currently, as Community Relations Manager with Tacoma Public Utilities, he works with TPU’s business units on community outreach efforts throughout this region. John remains active with a number of community organizations, particularly those that work with young people. In his off time, John operates a non-profit focusing on inspiring young people. John, his wife, and their new born baby girl live in Tacoma.
Victoria Woodards
Victoria Woodards has called the “City of Destiny” her home for nearly her entire life. She is a proud graduate of Lincoln High School and served as a soldier in the United States Army while stationed at Fort Lewis. Before becoming Mayor, Woodards served for seven years as a citywide member of the Tacoma City Council. During that time, she chaired the Community Vitality and Safety Committee, led the City’s Equity and Empowerment initiative that resulted in the launch of the Office of Equity and Human Rights, brought partner organizations together for President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, and spearheaded the City’s Project PEACE initiative that bridged community members with the Tacoma Police Department.
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 
Michelle Roberts - Dec 09
Gordon Pickering - Dec 10
Joy Vivar-Beeks - Dec 12
Geoff Oakley - Dec 13
Brian Haynes -  Dec 15
Anniversaries to Celebrate 
Annie Ramirez - 1 year
Alex Trettin - 11 years 
Peter Comfort - 19 years 
Carlyn Roy - 20 years 
Corey Hjalseth - 22 years 
John Spencer - 25 years 
Social at Cooks Tavern 11-1
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 13
Thursdays at 5
714 S. 27th St.
December 20
CI Shenanigans
3017 Ruston Way
December 27 we have a fantastic Rotary evening planned as we will purchase group tickets to attend a performance of Scrooge.  The wonderfully talented cast includes two of our members Libby Catalinich and Chris Serface.  Check your calendar and make plans to join us. Tickets are $17 each, and we will have sign up sheets on the tables at an upcoming meeting. 
Reflections from the meeting of  December 6 by Andrew Imholt
After the ringing of the bell from President Linda Kaye, the December 6th Rotary 8 meeting’s thoughtful invocation was given by Missy Zenczak, United Way of Pierce County with the national anthem and 4-way test by Jennifer Wedderman, Wedderman ArchitectureRob Pfarr, Allstate Insurance and John Douville, Windermere Partners handled the passing of the microphones so guests and visiting Rotarians could be introduced.
President Linda Kaye then introduced our Club Secretary Cindy Niemi who presented the election results for our new board members. Congratulations to Diane Kelleher, Gil Quante, John Schneider and Christina Turner; Treasurer Robin Echtle and President Elect Nominee Kathryn Nelson!
Carol Webster was invited up next by President Linda Kaye to present community grants to: Job Carr Cabin Museum, YWCA Children’s Program, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Pierce County and Tacoma Little Theater.
Our newest member, Lisa Mansfield, was introduced warmly by Kathryn Nelson and Karena Kirkendoll. welcome, Lisa!
Thanks to our meeting sponsor Gil Quante, Greenhaven Interactive, we got to hear from Melissa Malott Citizens for a Healthy Bay. Melissa had a brief educational presentation about current issues and updates concerning Commencement Bay and its surrounding waters.
President Linda Kaye invited Marty Campell forward and he introduced  Stephanie Christy,  Salishan Association who told us that the work we did on the Little Free Libraries in Salishan allowed them to apply for a grant to supply books for the libraries in a variety of languages. 
President Linda Kaye then circled the group back to the main program by having Anthony Chen introduce Jacques Colon, Tacoma Pierce County Health Department. Jacques provided detailed insight on how we can improve population health in Pierce County. As the Health Equity Coordinator, Jacques presented research and data detailing how health is largely determined by social, environmental and economic factors. Jacques suggested that to affect positive health outcomes, partners and community members from all sectors can play a role in improving the health conditions of our neighbors. Rotary Clubs in Pierce County can play a key role in leading and fostering these improvements by identifying and implementing service work that can be done, that will benefit the health in their surrounding community the most. President Linda Kaye thanked Jacques for his insightful presentation, 
Next we had  Whitney Grisaffi come to the front to celebrate December Birthdays. Whitney had a couple of fun holiday related questions for Peter Comfort, Gil Quante, Michelle Roberts and Joy Vivar-Beeks : “What is your favorite Christmas carol?” and “what is your favorite “healthy” holiday food?”. Happy Birthday and Anniversaries to all!
Diane Kelleher and Gil Quante were up next to relay the recognition our club received from Communities in Schools for our Stuff the Bus project.
President Linda Kaye reminded members that there is still time to sign-up for the Break Bag Pack on December 15th and tickets are still available for Scrooge the Musical featuring Chris Serface and Libby Catalinich.
Rotarians were also reminded that Joy and Kathi could use help at the Landmark office with purging and organizing of club items over the next two months as the administrative offices prepare to move. Come down to have fun and help!
President Linda Kaye adjourned the meeting by thanking Missy for the invocation, Jennifer for singing the National anthem and Gil for sponsoring the meeting and giving the time to Melissa. President Linda Kaye welcomed our newest member Lisa Mansfield and thanked Karena and Kathryn for introducing her. Congratulations were extended to the new board members and officers and special thanks given to all of our grant recipients who do so much to serve those in need in our community.
This Thursday our “Thursdays at 5” meeting will be at Goodwill. Lori Harnick and Mike Shields have a wonderful evening planned including special tours that will include the REACH Center which was the beneficiary of our Rotary Centennial project. Sign-up for the meeting online or contact Kathi or Joy.
Lastly, special thanks was given to Hunter George and the staff at the Eastside Community Center as well as the caterer, New York Catering Company for the fun couple of offsite meetings. We’ll miss the slide!
The bell was rung by President Linda Kaye and Rotary 8 members left to Re-ignite their Rotary. 

A thought for the week from  Past President and Past District Governor Jim Harris

"There is no higher religion than human service."  Albert Schweitzer



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Dec 17, 2018
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Dec 20, 2018
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Rotary Holiday Program
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Dec 20, 2018
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Dec 21, 2018
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Scrooge the Musical
Tacoma Little Theatre
Dec 27, 2018
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Community Service Grants Committee Meeting
Sound Options
Jan 03, 2019 7:30 AM
Literacy Committee
Red Elm
Jan 03, 2019
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Jan 03, 2019 11:15 AM
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