Thursday, December 19, 2019
VOL. NINETY SIX,  Issue 25
Gabe and Nico and Holiday Traditions
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This will be a perfect way to get into the holiday spirit.  Hear from Gabe and Nico about some of the traditions in their country and their homes. We will also be treated by some of our talented members as they sing and act their way through their own production of A ROTARIAN CAROL, a new take on A Christmas Carol with a Pandaka being shown the reasons why they want to be a part of Rotary.  
No Meetings 12-26 or 1-2 
January 9 - Thursday at 5
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January 16 - SeaTac Airport
Stephanie Bowman and Lance Lyttle
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January 23 - Yes Works
Adam Utley and Aaron Schmooker
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Use this link to register for our anniversary dinner.  Joy will send you an invoice or you can make a note in your reservation to charge your card on file. 
Join us on Wednesday, January 29 at 5:30 at the Hotel Murano Bicentennial Pavilion to commemorate our 110 Years of Service!  We are looking forward to a room full of members and guests who will join us to celebrate all that we have accomplished in our 110 years of living our motto of Service Above Self. If you are interested in helping with the dinner contact our chair Kim Bedier.  
Since January 29,1910, when the organizing committee gathered for the first time, thousands of members have filled our membership rosters and we are honored to count you among our current members.  The following gentlemen have been enjoying lunch with their Rotary friends for over forty years.  (and they are among those that were most supportive when our club joined with Rotary clubs around the world to welcome our first female members in 1987)   Jim Harris - 40  Dick Heaton - 40  Fred Moisio - 40  Peter Norman - 40  Larry Treleven - 40  Bill Matthaei - 41  Pat Steel - 42  Jim Merritt - 42  Jamie Will - 44  Gordon Pickering - 44  Glenn Everitt - 44  Larry Gaffney - 45  Jeff Lovely - 48  Joe Gordon, Jr.- 50  John West - 53  Larry Ghilarducci - 57  John C. Dimmer - 58  Kirk Hull - 59  Buck Thompson - 65!!!!
2019 Toys for Kids Shopping Night
Our carts were overflowing and the shelves were getting bare as we shopped for over 200 children on Tuesday, December 10. Our hearts were warmed by knowing that we were helping families who have critically ill children at Mary Bridge. Special thanks to members (and their friends and families)  who stayed up way past their normal bedtimes;  Betty Capestany, Libby Catalinich, Elaine Chan, Jacki Farrar, Julie Foley, Becky Fontaine, Maria Harlow, Diane Kelleher, Cindy Niemi, Molly Peterson, Christina Turner, Monique Valenzuala, Ann Voves, Jennifer Weddermann, Kathi Willis and John Winskill.  
We had an incredible group of Rotarians working hard on Saturday December 14 packing 1,000 Break Bags for the Emergency Food Network.  Talk about People of Action, these members are super;  Phillip Carter, Mike Dunbar, Maria Harlow, Donna Haynes, Seth Kaplowitz, Kelly Lane, Gil Quante, Greg Rolsma, and Jim Whitacre.   These folks also included their friends and family to share their hearts and hands of service! 
Gifts ready for pickup
We are spreading joy. Thanks so much to all of the members who took tags from the Giving Tree, staffed the tree and those who called in to say they could help as well! We had over 60 participants and helped well over 150 kids and their families.  The gifts that were purchased with thoughtful care and all of the gift cards that were donated were valued at well over $5,000.  Thanks for making the holidays brighter for children that you will never know, but who are grateful for your caring.  Here is a list of the Elves!
Amanda WeidmanDonna HaynesLibby Catalinch
Amy WigstromDoug RohnerLinda Kaye Briggs
Andrew ImholtEvelyn RybergLinn Larsen
Andy LaycockFrank DaccaMaria Harlow
Becky FontianeFred MatthaeiMarsha Burns
Betty CapestanyGil QuanteMary McNally
Brenda GasperGreg RolsmaMichele Johnson
Brien ElvinsIvan HarrellMike Bitterling
Cap PearsonJace DwinellMike Dunbar
Carol DurisJacki FarrarMonique Nadeau
Carol WebsterJan AndersonMonique Valenzuela
Carolyn WeyrickJennifer WeddermannPat Steel
Christina TurnerJeremy SimlerRick Triggs
Cynthia DarlandJim WhitacreRobin Echtle
Dan BogartJohn Bailey Roger Lilley
Dane MeyerKathi WillisSally Glover
David FlentgeKathleen SandeSally Leighton
DeAnn HamiltonKathryn NelsonSherri Stanton
Diane KelleherKelly LaneSkip Anderson
Diane TilstraKirsten WillisWhitney Grisaffi
Don HansenCindy GradyMiriam Barnett
Message from Taylor in Finland!
I've been with my second family for exactly one week, and they are the best. I already know I'm going to love my time here!
For Christmas, I am incredibly fortunate to be able to spend it with my host family in their summer cottage all the way north in Lapland, in a town called Muonio. We will be there for a total of two weeks. I think Christmas in the actual north pole will be amazing! I will have a Christmas lunch with my rotary club before we leave, but I'm not expected to give a presentation.
Its good to hear that they have snow in Norway! They have it in northern Finland, but I live in the south very near the coast. We had snow for a few days but sadly it's all melted away. The weather here is much the same as in Western Washington being grey and rainy most of the time. That combined with the early darkness really does wear me down at times, but I'm fortunate to have a supportive host family and friends, and soon when the snow comes it will all be bright and beautiful! 
I've made lots of exchange friends during the rotary events, and I've been able to meet up with them a few times. I have one group of five that I met the first week in language camp who I've really bonded with. Three of us spent the day in Turku visiting all the historical sites, as well as a day in Tampere some weeks later. They live quite far from me so it's not often that we get to meet. The trip to Lapland was really fun because it was the first time since language camp that all 5 of us were together.
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 11 AM - 2 PM to be People of Action! Please come help us fill the kettles for the Salvation Army, we have the volunteer slots covered, but we welcome additional participants if you still want to help. Our bell ringers would love to have you stop by to fill their buckets as well! Please contact Ann Voves of you have questions-  253-988-5607 or Here is the schedule. 
Cindy Niemi,Christina Turner-Farelli’s 11-12t
Jackie Lindstrom, Jeremy Fogelquist-Farelli’s 12-1
Kelly Lane,Gabe Bringman,Ray Schuler-Farellis’s 1-2
Rusty Hersey,Gil Quante-Katie Downs 11-12
Ann Voves,Jim Whitacre,Michelle Roberts-Katie Downs 12-1
Mike Dunbar,John Schneider-Katie Downs 1-2
Monique Valenzuela,Dan Bogart-Harmon 11-12 
Jacki Farrar, Jennifer Weddermann-Harmon 12-1
John Bailey, Don Hansen-Harmon 1-2 

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.  For those of you who are of the age when you need to take a Required Minimum Distribution from your IRA we want to remind you that you can do a Qualified Charitable Distribution to the Tacoma Rotary Foundation. These are also referred to as an IRA Charitable Rollover and because the money goes directly to charity you are able to avoid taxes, because it is no longer considered income to you. You should always consult a tax professional or lawyer if you are considering a sizable gift. 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 2019 donation. Their mailing address is: 
The Rotary Foundation
14280 Collections Center Dr.
Chicago, IL 60693
Reflection-Dean Hanks
Board Greeter/Roving Mic- Diane Kelleher
Greeter/Roving Mic-Greer Todhunter
National Anthem & 4 Way Test-Libby Catalinich
Piano-Barbara Mead
Fine Counter-Di Trenh 
Storywriter-Jim Henderson
Meeting Sponsor- Dan Bogart
AV Assistant-Don Sheppard
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
Brian Haynes - Dec 15
Christine Cason - Dec 18
Andrea Keikkala - Dec 18
Laura Fox - Dec 20
Jeff Rounce - Dec 21
Anniversaries to Celebrate
Di Trenh - 1 year 
Gretchen Adams - 12 years 
Alex Trettin - 12 years 
Don Hansen - 22 years 
Barry Benson - 29 years 
Jim Whitacre - 38 years 
Stacey Ogle - Seattle 4
Larry Treleven - Palm Springs
Social at The Table
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 19
Dirty Oscar’s Annex
2309 6th Avenue
December 26 & January 2
No Socials Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
January 9
YMCA - Thursday at 5
1710 Market
Thursdays at 5 at Ben Bridge
We had a great group of members enjoying wonderful hospitality from Molly Peterson, Cathy Hall and Bob Swanson as well as some of their staff.  We had time to learn about Ben Bridge and it looked like there was some holiday shopping happening as well. Our gracious hosts also had a photo booth and little favors as we left.  We all enjoyed great company as well as yummy food and beverages.  Phil Carter was there to check it out as he will be our host for our first meeting of the new year on January 9 -  Thursdays at 5 at the YMCA! 

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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. 
Noon - 1:00 pm
The Rotary Office is located at:
1001 Yakima Ave, Suite 9A
Tacoma, Washington 98405

PO Box 1777
Tacoma, Washington 98401-1777

Phone:  253.473.7723
Office Hours
Monday - Friday
830 - 5
Jan 16, 2020
Sea-Tac Airport
Jan 23, 2020
The Princess and the Pea Principle
Jan 30, 2020
Census 2020
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Upcoming Events
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Dec 20, 2019
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Projects Committee Meeting
Jan 03, 2020 8:15 AM
Executive Committee Meeting
Red Elm
Jan 07, 2020
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Thursday at 5 YMCA
1710 Market St.
Jan 09, 2020
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Program Committee Meeting
Tacoma Yacht Club
Jan 16, 2020
11:00 AM – 11:55 AM
Weekly Meeting - SeaTac Airport
Jan 16, 2020
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM
Fellowship & Relationship Building Committee
Jan 21, 2020 5:00 PM
Coffee with Carol
Yacht Club
Jan 23, 2020
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Weekly Meeting - The Yes Works
Jan 23, 2020
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM
110th Anniversary
Hotel Murano Bicentennial Pavilion
Jan 29, 2020
5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
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Immediate Past President
Secretary 2018-2020
Treasurer 2019-2021
Board Member 2017-2020
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Tacoma Rotary 8 Foundation Board President
Auction Chair
Classification Co-Chair
Classification Co-Chair
Communications Chair
Engagement Co-Chair
Engagement Co-Chair
Fellowship Chair
Finance Committee Co -Chair
Finance Committee Co-Chair
Grants Co-Chair
Grants Co-Chair
Information and Orientation Chair
Interact Co-Chair
Interact Co-Chair
Literacy Co-Chair
Literacy Co-Chair
Membership Recruitment Chair
Military Affairs Co-Chair
Military Affairs Co-Chair
PGG and Foundations Co-Chair
PGG and Foundations Co-Chair
Program Co-Chair
Program Co-Chair
Projects Co-Chair
Projects Co-Chair
Rotary Youth Exchange Chair
Scholarships Co-Chair
Scholarship Co-Chair
Vocational Services Co-Chair
Vocational Service Co-Chair
World Community Service Co-Chair
World Community Service Co-Chair
Youth Protection Officer
Youth Services Chair
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