Thursday, August 16, 2018
Shalisa Hayes
A mother's grief is bringing good things to the Eastside of Tacoma. Shalisa Hayes is the founder of the Billy Ray Foundation, an organization in Tacoma whose mission is to reduce violence and teach young people to be civically engaged while connecting them to educational and employment opportunities. After suffering the loss of her teenage son to gun violence, Shalisa also founded the Mothers of Magnitude (M.O.M.) support network which works to connect mothers of deceased children. Her story has also inspired the building of the new Eastside Community Center that will be opening in October. Her mantra: “When he died, he gave me purpose”
Linda Kaye Briggs, Rusty Hersey and DG Craig Gillis
Rotarians at work

Stuff the Bus!

Wow what an incredible  project.  We had close to 100 members and guests in attendance on 8-2 to hear our District Governor and the majority stayed to help us pack well over 300 backpacks. What a great way to wrap up the meeting. Special thanks to John McMasters and Rusty Hersey for leading our efforts, and to Kirsten Willis for coming in to get everything organized and set up. Our club will bring smiles to children on their first day of school! 

You can still bring supplies to the office before Wednesday and if you have time on Friday,  Communities in Schools could use volunteers at Mount Tahoma from 8 until 6 to stuff backpacks. Email Trisha Tracy at ttracy@Tacoma.K12.Wa.US if you would like to help out!


Habitat Build 
We have our build dates!!! August 18 and 31 and September 15 and 28 and the spaces are filling up fast.(in fact 8-31 is full!) You can use this link to register. This is going to be a wonderful opportunity for us to all work side by side.  If those dates don't work for you there are many other opportunities over the next several weeks to volunteer.  Use this link for a different date.  Here are the members  who  have signed up. Jan Brazzell, Mike Dunbar, Greg Rolsma, Kim Bedier, Marsha Burns, Libby Catalinich, Sally Glover, Michele Johnson, Cindy Niemi, Debbie Regala, Alex Trettin, Tamara Williams, Heather Faverman and Gil Quante. 
EFN Repack Coming
We had a successful July repack with volunteers packing almost 5,000 pounds of vegetables.  Let's  double our effort in August with 25 volunteers needed! Please mark your calendar for Saturday, August 25 from 12-230.  We will have sign up sheets on the tables at the meetings or you can contact the office to sign up.  Here's a list of the early volunteers! Marsha Burns, Becky Fontaine, Whitney Grisaffi, Rusty Hersey, Gil Quante, Renata Ramirez and Debbie Regala. 
Courage Beer Garden
Our club will host the beer garden and provide entertainment at the Courage ride stop in Eatonville (Pack Forest), August 25th.  Please contact Co-Chairs Diane Kelleher or Carolyn Weyrick if you are able to help.  We have 3 or 4 hour shifts from noon until 10 PM. We will also have sign up sheets at the upcoming meetings. Here are some of the fun members who have already signed up to help! Mike DunbarLinn Larsen, Jeff Lovely, Dane Meyer, Monique Nadeau, Geoff Oakley, Carlyn Roy and Christina Turner.
The letters requesting support were just mailed 4 weeks ago and what wonderful response we have received, with gifts and pledges of over $37,000. Please let us know if you did not receive a letter. Pledge forms will be available at the meetings in the folders on the tables.  Check out the ever changing
                           Honor Roll of Donors!
Jeff Albers
Sally Glover
Steve O'Brien
Ron Anderson
Joe Gordon
Mary Lynn  Pannen
John Bailey
Cindy Grady
Cap Pearson
Susan Barbeau
Whitney Grisaffi
George Pilant
Miriam Barnett
Dean Hanks
Jan Schwenger
Dan Bogart
Maria Harlow
Don Sheppard
Jan Brazzell
Lori Harnick
John Spencer
Linda Kaye Briggs
Enid Harris
Pat Steel
Jamie Brooks
Jim Harris
Scott Sutherland
Marsha Burns
Daryl Hembry
Pete Taylor
Libby Catalinich
Jim Henderson
Brett Thomas
Peter Comfort
Rusty Hersey
Buck Thompson
Angela Connelly
Ross Hjelseth
Diane Tilstra
John Connelly
Andy Laycock
Pamela Transue
Tim Daly
Roger Lee
Larry Treleven
Cynthia Darland
Roger Lilley
Peter Darling
Kathy Martin
Joy Vivar-Beeks
Stephen Deal
Jerry McLaughlin
Jack Warnick
Mike Dunbar
John McMasters
Jeanne Werner-Spaulding
Carol Duris
Barbara Mead
Carolyn Weyrick
Robin Echtle
Jim Merritt
Jamie Will 
Brien Elvins
Don Meyer
Kathi Willis
Jake Fey
Monique Nadeau
Kirsten Willis
David Flentge
Kathryn Nelson
Bryan Flint
Cindy Niemi
We have our two students, Renata who will arrive  from Paraguay on August 20 and Jacob who will arrive from Norway on August 25! The Youth Exchange Committee continues to work on vetting the 6 host families who are needed for the Exchange. Thanks to this dedicated group of volunteers and club members who make this happen. Please consider inviting the students on your outings while they are with us. 
We need to turn our attention to recruiting Tacoma students to travel abroad, do you know a student? This is an incredible opportunity and should be considered like a $24,000 international scholarship. Contact Marsha Burns or Diane Tilstra for information, or check out the district website at Interviews will take place in September. 
Membership Proposal
Unless written objections are submitted to the Board within 10 days of this posting, the following individuals will be invited to membership: 
Pat Nagle
FOOD & BEVERAGE - Restaurants
Harmon Brewing company
Sponsor: Cindy Niemi
Byron Okutsu
HEALTH SERVICES - Business Management
Director - Payor Contracting
MultiCare Health System
Sponsor: Cindy Niemi
Welcome new members !
Two transfers were welcomed to the club on August 2. Tamara Williams joins us from Spokane #21. She is new to our area and is looking forward to getting involved.  She has found a new passion in sales after enjoying many years as a hairdresser.  Ryan Wheaton is joining us from the Shelton Skookum Club. He is returning to Pierce Transit as the Executive Director for  Planning and Community Development, after 18 months as the Shelton City Manager. His undergraduate and first Masters degrees were received in Colorado and he received a 2nd Masters in Business from PLU. Please introduce yourself to these great members and invite them to join you on a committee!
Maria Harlow -  Tacoma North
Fred Moisio - Tacoma North
Barry Benson - Sunrise
Fred Matthaei - Sunrise
Barry Benson - Gig Harbor Morning
Fred Matthaei - Gig Harbor Morning
Invocation/Reflection - Pat Steel
Anthem & 4 Way Test -  Pat Steel
Board Greeter- Roving Mic - Cindy Niemi
Greeter- Roving Mic  -  Maddie Merton
Fine Counter - Dan Bogart
Meeting Reporter for Gearshift - Brenda Gasper
Meeting Sponsor - Elliot Stockstad
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
--Assisting with Audio/Visual
--Greeter and Roving Mic
--Sponsoring a meeting
Birthdays This Week 
Warren Foster - Aug 14
Richard Jamison - Aug 14
Betty Ann Pope - Aug 15
Whitney Grisaffi - Aug 17
Ed Ramos - Aug 18
Anniversaries to Celebrate 
Lori Harnick - 1 year 
Hunter George - 2 years 
Sherri Stanton - 2 years 
Lori Bemis - 8 years
Chris Hays - 16 years 
Mike Bitterling - 23 years 
Doug Rohner - 26 years 
Phil Berggren - 34 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
August 16
Stanley and Seaforts
115 East 34th Street
Tacoma, WA
August 23
Johnny’s Dock
1900 East D Street
Tacoma, WA
August 30
The Social Bar
1715 Dock Street
Tacoma, WA
September 6
No Social-Happy Labor Day
September 13
Thursdays at 5 Meeting
Johnson Stone & Pagano
September 20
Chambers Bay Grill
6320 Grandview Drive West
Tacoma, WA
September 27
5104 Grand Loop
Ruston, WA
Enjoying the Social at Boathouse 19
WOW!! Special thanks to DeAnne Hamilton and Sherri Stanton for hosting our first Thursday at 5 at KBTC. We are so fortunate to have this amazing public television station in our community. We received an insiders look at the studio and learned about some of the great upcoming programs they will be airing. I am sure that most members left the meeting with some new knowledge about this community gem!  The meeting was then turned over to the Co-Chairs of our Literacy Committee Susan Barbeau and Sherri Stanton. We learned about the impact we are having through one of the non-profits we support, Reach Out and Read.  This program delivers books to children at well child visits encouraging early reading and interaction between parents and children. The Executive Director Jessica Mortenson and Medical Director Dr. Mary Ann Woodruff explained how we are changing and developing lives by donating books to their program. So, as our Co-Chairs so eloquently explained, it was much easier bringing us to the 10,000 + books that needed to be labeled rather than bringing the books to us. The meeting was adjourned and most members found themselves elbow to elbow delivering on our promise to provide service to others. 
Presidential Picture - Finishing  the last box.
Steve Smith, Don Hansen, Jeff Rounce, Jim Harris
Jim Henderson, Linda Kaye Briggs & Jim Whitacre.
Also there; Mark Anderson, Barry Benson, Mike Dunbar,
Becky Fontaine & Pete Taylor who missed this photo.
Members (and guests) hard at work!
More dedicated Rotarians!

A Thought for the Week from Past President Pat Steel

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Aesop



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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 Roof Garden Room, 47 St. Helens Avenue, Tacoma 
Noon - 1:00 pm
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Rotary Meeting - Thursdays at 5!
Aug 15, 2018 5:00 PM –
Sep 12, 2018 7:00 PM
Auction Committee
Rotary Office
Aug 22, 2018
5:15 PM – 6:30 PM
Project - Courage
Pack Forest
Aug 25, 2018
12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Project - EFN Break Bag Pack
EFN Distribution Center
Aug 25, 2018
12:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Landmark Doric Room; fourth floor
Aug 27, 2018
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Community Service Grants Committee Meeting
Sound Options
Sep 06, 2018 7:30 AM
Literacy Committee
Red Elm
Sep 06, 2018
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Membership Recruitment Committee
Rotary Office
Sep 06, 2018 11:00 AM
PGG - Foundations
Rotary Office - After Lunch
Sep 06, 2018 1:00 PM
Projects Committee Meeting
Sep 07, 2018 8:15 AM
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