Thursday, August 9, 2018
KBTC is looking forward to welcoming you to their studios on August 9th for Rotary 8’s first ever THURSDAYS AT 5 meeting.  Join us for a sneak peek at some upcoming PBS programs and then consider staying to help with a Rotary 8 Literacy Committee project to get the last of the books destined for Reach Out and Read clinics stickered and packed up for delivery.   Get to know KBTC and participate in a service project at the same time…a great way to Reignite Your Rotary!
You do need to register for the meeting in order to help  with the head count for food. Please use this link todayLinda Kaye will ring the bell at 5 and we will open a new chapter for this 108 year old club!  Here are the members that have registered. Jeff Albers, Susan Barbeau, Jan Brazzell, Linda Kaye Briggs, Marsha Burns, Dean Carrell, Libby Catalinich, Cynthia Darland, Mike Dunbar, Heather Faverman, Bryan Flint, Becky Fontaine, Sally Glover, Cindy Grady, Whitney Grisaffi, Cathy Hall,  Jim Harris, Enid Harris, Jim Henderson, Andrew Imholt, Diane Kelleher, Sally Leighton, Barbara Mead, Monique Nadeau, Kathryn Nelson, Cindy Niemi, Betty Nokes Capestany, Cap Pearson, Gil Quante, Debbie Regala, Jeff Rounce, Chris Serface, Steve Smith, Pete Taylor, Diane Tilstra, Christina Turner,Carolyn Weyrick and Missy Zenczak.
Linda Kaye Briggs, Rusty Hersey and DG Craig Gillis
Rotarians at work

Wow what an incredible  project.  We had close to 100 members and guests in attendance at the meeting 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 on Wednesday to get everything organized and set up. Our club will bring smiles to children on their first day of school!  

We do need help hauling the backpacks and extra supplies over to Mt. Tahoma, please call the office if you are available to help with a load or two.


Habitat Build 
We have our build dates!!! August 18 and 31 and September 15 and 28. You can use this link to register. This is going to be a wonderful opportunity for us to all work side by side.  You will be hearing soon from our Coordinators, Heather Faverman and Gil Quante with more information about how you can be involved.
EFN Repack Coming
We had a successful July repack with volunteers packing almost 5,000 pounds of vegetables, now let's  double the effort in August! Please mark your calendar for the next repack on 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, Whitney Grisaffi, Gil Quante, Annie 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.
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. The Youth Exchange Committee is working 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. 
Welcome new members !
Maddie Merton was introduced on July 26. She is the VP for Business Retention and Expansion for the Economic Development Board of Tacoma Pierce County. She and her husband live in South Hill with their 10 year old Yorkie and she is looking forward to getting involved.  Two transfers were welcomed 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
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 
Larry Ghilarducci - Aug 05
Dona Ponepinto - Aug 07
Clay Zhang - Aug 07
Stephen Deal - Aug 09
Anniversaries to Celebrate 
Anita Eixenberger - 2 years 
Joan Engle - 2 years 
Barbara Mead - 23 years 
Jim Henderson - 34 years 
Larry Treleven - 39 years 
Diane Kelleher, Christina Turner & Mark Anderson
Can you find the Rotary 8 members? 
The annual Rainiers game for the Pierce County Rotary Clubs was Thursday, August 2nd and a great group of members went out to enjoy the game and mingle with other clubs! Participants included  Mark Anderson, Frank Dacca, Carol Duris, Brien Elvins,Diane KelleherJeff Lovely, Jim Merritt , Monique Nadeau, Gil Quante ,Greg Rolsma, Van SawinChristina Turner, Jim Whitacre and Kathi Willis
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 9
Thursdays at 5 Meeting
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
Reflections from the meeting of Aug 2 from Jim Henderson
President Linda Kaye Briggs called the August 2nd meeting of the Rotary Club of Tacoma #8 to order at 12:07 pm in the Temple Theatre at the Landmark Convention Center.  Bryan Flint, Metro Parks Foundation gave the invocation, and talked about new beginnings, in honor of the annual visit by our District Governor Craig Gillis. Chris Serface, Tacoma Little Theatre lead us in both the Canadian National Anthem and our National Anthem, and the Four Way Test.  President Linda Kaye thanked the Executive Committee for being this week’s meeting sponsor.
Maria Harlow, the Names Foundation, and Dean Carrell, Pierce County Library Foundation, took the mics around for introducing guests and visiting Rotarians.  Among the visiting Rotarians were the President of the Passport Rotary Club, a member of Tacoma Narrows Rotary, and a visitor from the Des Moines Iowa Rotary Club.
Two new members were introduced today.  First President Linda Kaye introduced Tamara Williams, who is transferring to Tacoma #8 from Spokane #21 Rotary.  She is the Sales Manager for Tacoma Living Local Magazine.  She has been a freelance writer and as she commented, a ‘recovering hairdresser’ who had a salon in Spokane.  She graduated from Arizona State University, and was an English Literature major.  Tamara is the mother of four and a grandmother also.  Coming forward next was Sue Dreier, from Pierce Transit to introduce Ryan Wheaton, who is transferring to Tacoma #8 from Shelton Skookum Rotary.   Ryan works at Pierce Transit in Marketing and Community Relations.  His background has been in education and spent the last 18 months working in Shelton.  He has been married for 16 years and he and his wife have three sons.
Club service anniversaries were then recognized: Monique Nadeau – 9 years; Ed Ramos – 9 years; and Karena Kirkendoll – 1 year.  George Pilant, RE Max, then came forward to celebrate the August birthdays.   Present to celebrate their August birthdays were Christina Turner, Cindy Niemi, Pete Taylor, Stephen Deal, Whitney Grisaffi, Clay Zhang and Rick Triggs.  They were asked what their favorite Canadian city is and which Club Committee is their favorite.
President Linda Kaye then mentioned a series of announcements.  Habitat Build dates have been set and the first is August 18, use the link in an earlier article to sign-up.  There is an auction kick off meeting on August 22 at the Rotary office. Don’t forget to sign up for the Courage beer garden. Carolyn Weyrick and Diane Kelleher are leading that effort.  There will be an EFN repack on August 25.  We were reminded to sign up for committees and to fill out the Project Greater Good form.  Already 50 members have signed up for Project Greater Good and pledged $27,000.  Special thanks was given to Teresa Maxwell, President of Tacoma South Rotary and Executive Director of Communities in Schools for her assistance with today's backpack project, as well as Rusty Hersey, John McMasters and Kirsten Willis for all of the set up work they did to make this happen.  Tonight will be Rotary at the Rainiers.  We were also reminded not to forget the first ‘Thursday at 5’ meeting on August 9 at KBTC.  There is a link in the gearshift to sign up and registrations are required.
President Linda Kaye then called forward the Foundations Committee Co-Chairs – Kirsten Willis and Jim Henderson to make presentations of two new Paul Harris Fellows:  Debbie Regala and Stephen Deal.  DG Craig came down from the podium to actually hand Paul Harris Pins and Certificates to each.
President Linda Kaye then introduced AG Jennifer Durham who introduced District Governor Craig Gillis.  Jennifer told us that Craig joined the Campbell River Daybreak Rotary Club in 2001 and was Club President in 2010-2011.  He worked as both a teacher and an administrator and he and his wife have a son and a daughter.
DG Craig then said he was deeply honored to be at Tacoma #8.  He reminded us of the Rotary International Theme this year of ‘Be the Inspiration’.   District 5020 has 90 clubs and 4,600 Rotarians.  He recognized as mentors, past District Governors Jim Harris and Pete Taylor.  To help us join the dots, he talked about the ‘Heart and Science of Service’ of Rotary.  Science is how to do things and making a difference in the life of others.  He reminded us of Rotary Moments where stories of the work we do in communities are strands of service.  Membership growth is important so we have more hands and more hearts.  He related the story of a Rotary Student of the Month, Mary,  from his Campbell River Daybreak Club, (which meets by the way at 6:45 am). This 73 year old was graduating from high school.  She had been unable to read and therefore did not graduate high school many years ago.  In talking about the Science of Rotary, he said that the RI Foundation is our best story.  It is both simple and complex.  We gather funds from Rotarians and three years later they are returned back to the district.  He asked can we imagine Rotary not in existence in the world?   Rotary takes our dollars and invests them purposefully.  He urged us all to do a little more, to move the needle more so that we can have a large impact.  He said together we can shape our future and create lasting change, across the globe and in our community and in ourselves.  DG Craig complimented Tacoma #8 as a leader in the Rotary Youth Exchange program.  He said the reasons we have Exchange Students is the the student takes with them part of our clubs and members, and also leaves parts of themselves in the club.  The students return back home as Peace Ambassadors.  On each table was a thank you card and we were encouraged to take it and send a note of thanks to someone who has inspired us – a note of inspiration to someone.  He said that together we can all make a difference.  DG Craig was an engaging and inspirational speaker.  Besides the standing ovation at the beginning of his talk, he received another standing ovation from the members for his inspirational and heartfelt comments as a fellow Rotarian in District 5020.   DG Craig was presented his speaker gift by President Linda Kaye which is an original gift of art designed by the students at Hilltop Artists.  He was thanked for the insight he provided the members about the difference each one of us can make by always remembering Service above Self.
President Linda Kaye thanked Bryan for the invocation and Chris for being our singer and managing our AV needs.  There will be no social tonight as we will join other Rotarians at the Tacoma Rainiers night.  Special thanks to everyone for being at the meeting today and enjoying the thoughts from our wonderful District Governor Craig Gillis.  Next week the meeting will be the first ‘Thursday at 5’ at KBTC.  The meeting was adjourned at 1:07 pm and members were invited to stay to stuff the backpacks for hundreds of Tacoma students in need. 

A Thought for the Week from DG Craig Gillis

From his speech about the Heart and Science of Rotary

"Remember you can't touch our wallets until you have touched our hearts" 



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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 
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