Thursday, November 14, 2019
VOL. NINETY SIX,  Issue 20
Thursday at 5
Greater Tacoma Convention Center
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The award-winning team at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center invites Rotarians to join them in celebrating 15 years in downtown Tacoma, at the November 14 Thursday at 5 meeting! They won’t make you sing happy birthday (or will they?).
The Greater Tacoma Convention Center hosts an average of 220 events annually with more than 125,000 attendees. More than 32,000 room nights are confirmed through 2024, for an estimated $20 million in economic impact over the next five years. The construction of the four-star, 304-room Marriott Tacoma Downtown hotel is changing the downtown landscape right before our eyes.
They have plenty to celebrate! The venue was just recognized by Northwest Meetings & Events magazine as one of the top convention centers in Washington state and also by industry publication Exhibitor magazine as one of the top 20 convention centers in North America.
Please join us in the first floor lobby at 1500 Commerce St, from 5pm - 7pm.  If you don't want to worry about downtown parking take the Link Light Rail and be dropped at the front door! 
Please RSVP NOW, to help with the catering count (we turned in a preliminary number on Friday.)
November 21
Gratitude - Jim Harris, John Schneider & Katrina Self
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December 5
Rotary 8 Invests to End Malaria in Zambia
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December 12 - Thursday at 5
Ben Bridge
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Welcome Victor Mitre and Greer Todhunter
Victor Mitre joined the club on 10-31.  He is looking forward to being active and engaged in the Tacoma community.  Victor along with his wife and high school daughter moved from California to Washington making their home in Tacoma. Victor is the Vice President of Fundraising for Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region and is working to advance philanthropic initiatives to support participants in the vocational education and job training programs. He has been in the nonprofit sector for over 20 years as he has lead  strategic partnerships for organizations across the nonprofit sector including healthcare, higher education, social service and faith-based organizations.He is from San Jose, California and earned an MBA from California State University, Stanislaus and MA in Organizational Leadership and Development from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara. Please welcome Victor to the club!
Greer Todhunter was also introduced on Halloween.  Greer is a born and bred Washingtonian, having lived in the area her whole life. She left Pierce County for Gonzaga University, graduating in 2011, moved back afterwards, and began her career in fundraising. She recently joined The Salvation Army as their Donor Relations Director for the South Sound, and enjoys spending time with donors and connecting them to the organization’s mission. Greer and her husband, Brian, spend a lot of time exploring the fun things our community has to offer and fixing up their new to them 100 year home. Rotary has been something that Greer has been excited to join, and is happy that it’s finally official!
There is always an opportunity to get involved in a Rotary Project. Below is the upcoming schedule from the Projects Committee. For more information you can contact the Projects Committee Co-Chairs Diane Kelleher or Gil Quante, or the Project lead as noted below.  Please let them know if you have an idea for a project as well. 
November - December 12- Giving Tree - Miriam Barnett and Pat Steel
November 21-In Meeting Project-Sharon Chambers-Gordon
November 23-EFN Break Bags 
December 14-EFN Break Bags
December 20-Salvation Army Bell Ringing-Ann Voves
We have something for everyone in our list of upcoming projects.  Our next project happening after a meeting will be on November 21 when we will be packing 200 hygiene bags for Raising Girls. This Friday 11-15 at 2 we need some volunteers to gather at the office to sort the items into bins and boxes for transport to the Yacht Club.  If you can spare an hour drop on by! Your Projects Committee is working with the Interact Committee to see if the students from Life Christian can join us at the EFN Break Bag event on November 23.  We need about 25 volunteers that Saturday, it's a great project!! Before we know it we will be filling the slots for Bell-Ringing for the Salvation Army. 
Rusty H & Gil                 Whitney, Stacey & Di
Jeremy & Jeff                   Jim & Ann             
It's that time of year again to clear some time on Friday, December 20  from 11AM - 2PM to be People of Action! Please come help us fill the kettles for the Salvation Army, we need 20 volunteers to cover hour long shifts at Farrelli's, Harmon and Katie Downs. Please contact Ann Voves 253-988-5607 or to volunteer!
The Giving Tree
Tacoma 8 Rotary members are the most generous community members during the holidays. With your help again this year, we will provide holiday memories for dozens of children and their families. At the meeting on Thursday over 80 ornaments flew off the tree, leaving just 50. Here are a few ideas to think about. Kelli, a 5 year old girl would love a coat or a Hatchimal toy. A not quite yet born little boy would like a blanket, clothes or size 2 diapers. Ava, a 2 year old girl would like a puzzle or book. Destiny, a 15 year old girl would like makeup or a gift card. For Rotarians who prefer an easy option, pick up a $25 gift card to Target, WalMart, or Fred Meyer. Be sure to have the elves at the Giving Tree write down which ornament(s) you take so we can keep track for the agencies we are helping. The back of the ornament says when to return them, unwrapped please.  Thank you for helping to make the holidays bright for children you will never know, but who will be so grateful.  Gifts this year will go to children at the YWCA domestic violence shelter, Tacoma Rescue Mission’s Adams Family Campus, and Catholic Community Services.  Thank you for your generosity and care for others during the holidays!
We had a group from our club join in with other Pierce County Rotary clubs to assemble hundreds of bicycles for children in need.  Still waiting for the list of all of our wonderful volunteers, but preliminary thanks to Jacki Farrar, Gil Quante and Jennifer Weddermann.  What a great group of members who were up early Saturday morning to be People of Action!
November is Rotary Foundation Month.  The  Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.  Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.  The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
The Foundation awarded $86,677,399 in funding to 1,306 grants during fiscal year 2018. Here is a breakdown of causes the grants supported: preventing disease, providing clean water, supporting education, growing local economies, saving mothers and children and promoting peace.  Remember to donate to the Rotary Foundation….Every Rotarian….Every Year.
Pete Taylor - Hilton Head, SC
Fred Moisio - Surprise, AZ
Stacey Ogle - Federal Way
Stacey Ogle - Seattle 4
We will be presenting our 2nd Annual Lifetime Achievement award to coincide with the celebration of our 110 year anniversary.
Criteria for selection
Commitment to the club through service activities as well as financial support. It is important to recognize the quality and quantity of service to the club.  Additional factors that could be considered is service to the local and global community
Qualification of nominees
  1. Must have been a Rotarian for a minimum of twenty (20) years. Here is a link of 20 year members. Service in other clubs will be considered as well
  2. Must be a Rotarian of Tacoma Rotary 8 in good standing.
  3. Past Presidents are eligible having been out of office three full Rotary years
  4. A member may be nominated more than once.
  5. Deceased members may be nominated provided they were alive during  part of  the award year
Please take the time to thoughtfully consider a worthy recipient.  Fill out the form completely (including your name as the nominator) They need to be returned to the office by December 5, for distribution to the selection committee. Forms will be at the meeting or use this link to download one. 
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
Ed Hill - Nov 10
Kelly Lane - Nov 10
Larry Treleven - Nov 10
LaTasha Wortham - Nov 11
Kathy Martin - Nov 13
Marsha Burns - Nov 14
Nurhan Karakas - Nov 15
Steve O'Brien - Nov 15
Anniversaries to Celebrate
Laura Fox - 17 years
Ryan Wheaton - 3 years 
Jacki Farrar - 4 years cumulative
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.
November 14 - Thursday at 5
Great Tacoma Convention Center
November 21
Katie Downs
3211 Ruston Way
Tacoma, WA
November 28
No Social Happy Thanksgiving
December 5
Christmas Party Carlyn Roy’s house
2915 N 30th Street
Tacoma, WA
Starts at 5:30
Bring a bottle of wine or beer and an appetizer to share
Reflections from the meeting of November 7 from Jim Henderson
President for a day, Robin Echtle rang the bell right at 12:02pm at the weekly meeting of Tacoma #8 Rotary at the Tacoma Yacht Club.  Donna Haynes gave the reflection, followed by Past President Mark Anderson leading everyone in the National Anthem on this Veterans Day program, and the four way test, accompanied on the piano by Barbara Mead.  Thanks given to Jonathan Murray,  Uncharted Waters, for sponsoring today’s meeting.
Robin asked us to sign cards being circulated for Bob Swanson who had hip surgery recently and a card for the wife of George Williams, who passed away.  There will be a eulogy for George in the near future.  He was 93 and was our longest tenured member at 67 years.
Visiting Rotarians and Guests were asked to stand as mics were brought around by Elaine Chan FIOH, and Gil Quante, N2Publishing.  There were a large number of guests today, including our two Exchange Students, Nico from France and Gabriel from Sweden who told us he went to the Seattle Seahawks game on Sunday.  There was a table of guests from the Tacoma Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, Past President Pat Steel had a table of military guests, and President Elect Kathryn Nelson had guests of the Military Person of the year.
Robin invited Past President Mark Anderson to the podium to give some reflections on his military service, which included graduating from the Naval Academy and joining the Nuclear Submarine force and his 21 years of service during the cold war.  Next Past President Pat Steel came forward to reflect on his military service and career.  He was drafted into the U.S. Army in March of 1953.  He applied to Officer Candidate School and served in Korea.  While a recruiting officer in Louisiana, he met his future wife, and they have been married now for 59 years.  He served in Germany where he became a Company Commander. 
Robin called forward from America’s Credit Union, Jacob Cuthbertson, to present the Military Citizen of the Year Award, the John Anderson Award, to Technical Sergeant Joel Johnson, whose wife Chelsey Johnson accepted the honor in his absence. 
Robin then called forward Jonathan Murray from Uncharted Waters to introduce today’s speaker, CMSgt Trisha Almond, recently retired from Camp Murray.  She recognized veterans in the audience and said she has tried to make service members better by helping them and using events during the year to do that, in transitions and employment.  She loved to take care of soldiers and airmen.  Among her passions were ‘Say Yes to a Vet’ and asked everyone to keep in mind spouses of our service members, and emphasizing to potential employers the skills a Vet would bring to a job.  Statewide there are over 1,000 employers participating.
Robin gave the podium to our meeting sponsor, Jonathan Murray who said that all next week, Veterans will receive free ‘floats’.  Past President Brien Elvins had a paid announcement to announce his annual dinner and toy drive on Dec. 5 to benefit ‘Toys for the Children’. Sharon Chambers Gordon came forward to talk about ‘Raising Girls’ and a project at the November 21st meeting, packing necessary hygiene products for girls.  There were cards on the tables for members to fill out with inspirational messages for the young ladies who will be receiving the packages.  Pat Steel reminded everyone of the Giving Tree which began today.  He urged everyone to take an ornament and return it with an unwrapped gift or a gift card of at least a $25 value.
Two service anniversaries were celebrated today, Stephen Deal with 3 years, who was present, and Past President Larry Ghilarducci, 57 years of service.  Immediate Past President Linda Kaye Briggs came forward to help celebrate birthdays.  Present was a large group of members celebrating November birthdays:  Mark Anderson, Diane Tilstra, Amy Wigstrom, Dane Meyer, Greg Rolsma,  Carlyn Roy, Miriam Barnett, Michele Johnson, Corey Hjalseth, David Flentge, Jonathan Murray, Kelly Lane, and Jacki Farrar.
Robin also announced the slate of Board Candidates: Dean Carrell, Jacki Farrar, Andrew Imholt, Seth Kaplowitz, Chris Serface, Sherri Stanton, Alex Trettin and Clay Zhang.   To be nominated for Club Secretary will be Cindy Grady.  Next week’s Thursdays at 5  meeting will be at the Greater Tacoma Convention center.  Nomination forms for the Lifetime Achievement Award were in the baskets on the table along with forms for the EFN Break Bags project and Bike Build. Thanks to Donna for offering the reflection, Jonathan for being our meeting sponsor, thanks to Pat Steel and Mark Anderson for reflecting on their time in the service, and Mark for singing, accompanied by Barbara Mead.  Thanks to the Chamber and their guests and America’s Credit Union for their sponsorship of the Military Citizen of the Year.  Congratulations to Technical Sergeant Johnson for being selected.
Tonight’s social is at the Fish Peddler at 1199 Dock Street.  Please go out this week and be People of Action.  The meeting was adjourned at 1:06 pm

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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 Yacht Club, 5401 Yacht Club Road, Tacoma, WA. 
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Nov 21, 2019
Dec 05, 2019
Rotary 8 Invests to End Malaria in Zambia
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Engagement Committee Meeting
Tacoma Yacht Club
Nov 21, 2019 11:00 AM
Rotary Youth Exchange Committee
Tacoma Yacht Club (before lunch)
Nov 21, 2019 11:15 AM
Weekly Meeting - Gratitude
Tacoma Yacht Club
Nov 21, 2019
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM
EFN Break Bag Pack
EFN Distribution Center
Nov 23, 2019
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Executive Committee Meeting
Red Elm
Dec 03, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
World Community Service Committee Meeting
Cole Graphic Solutions
Dec 05, 2019 7:00 AM
Program Committee Meeting
Tacoma Yacht Club
Dec 05, 2019
11:00 AM – 11:55 AM
Weely Meeting - Ogle & Peacock
Tacoma Yacht Club
Dec 05, 2019
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM
Thursday at 5 - Ben Bridge
Ben Bridge Jewelers
Dec 12, 2019
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
EFN Break Bag Pack
EFN Distribution Center
Dec 14, 2019
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
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