Thursday, May 30, 2019
Jacob, Renata, Scholarships and Interact!!!
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Talk about an inspirational meeting, and one of our most popular every year!  Out Exchange Students,  Jacob and Renata will share with you some of their experiences during their time with us. We have been a very fortunate group to have these 2 amazing students with us this year. If that's not enough to make you proud we have also invited a group of 16 high school seniors who are the recipients of your generosity. We have over $25,000 in scholarships to award! While we are mentioning incredible students, you will enjoy hearing from our Life Christian Interact Club and what they have accomplished this year as well.  Please make a reservation now!
Matt Kelley - Action Mapping Project - June 6
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Thursday at 5 - June 13
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Membership Proposal
Unless written objections are submitted to the Board within 10 days of this posting, the following individual  will be invited to membership: 
Phil Carter
ASSNS: SOC SVS - Health & Recreation
Sponsor: Carol Webster
Spring Fireside with Kelly Lane

A great time was had by all members who were able to participate in the Firesides on May 21. Special thanks to our hosts and co- hosts Stacey Ogle, Linda Kaye Briggs, Kelly Lane, Ann Voves, Carolyn Weyrick, Maria Harlow and Rusty Hersey.  There were some good discussions about the how we should use the money that is raised at the auction and who should be responsible for the decision. If you are interested in this topic here is a link to the minutes. 


It's time to pull out your calendar and make a plan to help out this summer at Camp Goodtimes on Vashon Island.  Our day will be July 18, and once again Ann Voves will be coordinating volunteers.  We will have sign up sheets at the meetings starting at the end of May, the theme this year is Super Human!


GALLEYSIDE - June 27 - Save the Date!!
Sign up sheets will be available at the meetings.  Plan to spend the afternoon and early evening sailing with friends and celebrating a great year with President Linda Kaye!  The barbecue at Dockton Park will start about 5 and the price is $35. You can also ferry over to the island if you wish.  Here is a link if you want to sign up on line. Maria Harlow will have all of the assignments out well in advance of June 27. 
June 23 11 a.m.Enjoy a fresh juice and mimosa brunch at the NE Tacoma home of Cindy Grady. Your chefs and hostesses for the meal, which will include fabulous homemade treats will be Cindy Grady and Miriam Barnett. Price per person is $100.
August 3 530 p.m.How about a culinary trip to Spain?  Your main dish will be a Barcelona style Paella made with arroz bomba, shrimp, chicken, Chorizo, clams or mussels depending on availability.  You will enjoy this feast at the Lake Bay home of Barry and Sharon Benson. (about 30 minutes from the Tacoma side of the Narrows Bridge.) Price per person is $100
September 14  5:30 p.m. The Mount Rushmore dinner as it has never been before!  Hosted in September by Past-President Linda Kaye Briggs, President Carol Duris and President- Elect Kathryn Nelson.  You will enjoy this multi course meal and wines at the Baker Condominiums Community Room at Point Ruston.  Price per person is $125
Welcome to our Newest Members - 
Sharon Chambers-Gordon was introduced by her sponsor Kit Evans. She is a native of Jamaica, and has been in the US since 1989. She received her Bachelors degree from Indiana University and Masters from the University of Alabama.  Her family moved to Tacoma in 2002 and she was at University of Puget Sound for 15 years. She is well known in the community for her many leadership and volunteer activities and currently works for Windermere Professional Partners and is the Founder and CEO of Raising Girls Organization.Be sure to ask Sharon about her many hobbies. 
James Harper is an native of Connecticut and came to Tacoma about 8 years ago through AmeriCorps. He was introduced to the club by his sponsor DeAnne Hamilton.  He works for St. Leo Food Connection and has gotten to know many of our members through our support of that organization.   In his visits to our club he discovered an admiration for what we do in the community and is looking forward to serving our community through Rotary.  He stated that he would enjoy a cup of coffee with you so he could talk about table top games, cedar strip canoes and the environment. 
Ivan Harrell was the 3rd introduction on May 16 and Pamela Transue was pleased to welcome the President of Tacoma Community College to the club. Dr. Harrell was born in Ohio, but came to Tacoma from his last position at Georgia Piedmont Technical College.  He has a diverse background in higher education and we are so fortunate that he landed in Tacoma. Dr. Harrell is a published author and engaging speaker. He completed his doctor of philosophy degree (Ph.D.) at Florida State University,and holds a master’s degree (M.Ed.) from Vanderbilt University, and a bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from Wittenberg University. 
Wow what wonderful new additions to this great club! Please welcome them as you see them at upcoming meetings. 
Pete Taylor - Emerald Princess (Spain)
Larry Treleven - Gig Harbor
Reflection-Kirsten Willis
Greeter/Roving Mic-Sharon Chambers-Gordon
Greeter/Roving Mic-James Harper
Board Greeters - 
National Anthem & 4 Way Test-Jennifer Weddermann
Piano-Steve Smith
Fine Counter-Dan Bogart
Storywriter-Rusty George
Meeting Sponsor-Sharon Jaffee
AV Assistant-Jeff Rounce
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 
Monique Nadeau - May 26
Alex Trettin - May 27
Amanda Weidman - May 28
Tony Belot - May 29
John Douville - May 29
Roger Lilley - May 29
Enid Harris – June 1
Anniversaries to Celebrate
Sally Glover - 1 year
Emily Happy - 6 years
Gil Quante - 19 years cumulative
Richard Jamison - 29 years
John C. Dimmer - 58 years
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.
May 30
Primo Grill
2701 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA
June 6
Alma Mater
1322 S Fawcett Avenue
Tacoma, WA
June 13 - Thursday at 5
Sprague Pest Solutions
June 20th
Johnny's Dock
1900 East D Street
Tacoma,  WA
June 27
Reflections from the meeting of May 23 by Kim Bedier
President Linda Kaye rang the opening bell for the May 23rd meeting at 12:03. Kim Bedier delivered the Invocation, reminding us of the Rotary Motto “Service Above Self” and that “one profits most who serves best” – to that end, today’s Committee Fair provided the opportunity to consider where you as a member can best serve Rotary 8 and our community locally, regionally and globally. If you were unable to attend, you can still sign up for the committee of your choice.
Past President Pat Steel led the National Anthem accompanied by Barbara Mead on the piano. PP Pat noted that Carlyn Roy had returned after an extended absence – welcome back!
Introductions of Visiting Rotarians included Past President Kathleen Olson, now with the Marysville Rotary Club. Jacki Farrar and Jeremy Simler handled the mics for Guest introductions.
Maria Harlow announced details for the upcoming turnover and Galleyside June 27th and encouraged Rotarians to sign up to attend.
Condolences to Eric Lind, Jan Brazzell and Jim Henderson. Our hearts are with you and your families.
Anniversaries: Jan Schwenger, 23 years; Mike Dunbar, 27 years; Jeff Lyon, 36 years – thank you for your Rotary service!
To kick off the Committee Fair portion of the meeting, Kirsten Willis and Rusty Hersey presented the Art Wickens Awards, which are given to those who contribute $1000+ to the Rotary Foundation. This year’s awardees: Carlyn Roy, Charlie Rance, Rob Novasky(2), Marsha Burns (2), Harry Pritchard (3), Cap Pearson (8), Cynthia Darland(10), Kathi Willis (10). They also acknowledged the largest donors to the Foundation, who were both in attendance,  Buck Thompson (27) and Mike Dunbar (30). Thanks all for your generosity. The Tacoma Rotary Foundation currently has $1.6 M in trust as of April 30. These funds support the Grants Committee; $85,000 in grants were made this year to 18 non-profit organizations such as Tacoma Community House, YWCA, Big Brothers/Sisters and many others. Project Greater Good saw 132 members donating $65,000 in pledges. The Foundation has a goal of 100% member participation; currently we are at 47%. Donations of any level are welcome.
Incoming President Carol Duris spoke about the Auction Committee. Sharon Benson is the 2020 Auction Chair. Sign up if you are interested in procurement, sponsorships or any other task related to a successful auction as this is our biggest fundraiser of the year. Carol also spoke on the Communications Committee, which currently needs a chair  - if you are interested in getting the Rotary brand out to the community, engaging on social media and ensuring the website is up to date, please sign up for this committee. Mark Anderson, Julie Foley and Jonathan Murray highlighted the Military Affairs Committee. 10% of our members are veterans and this committee is looking for members to assist with care packages and recognition activities. Andrew Imholt is Co-Chair of the Vocational Services Committee with Missy Zenczak. Vocational Services helps Rotarians connect on a business level, signs up meeting sponsors to highlight their business at weekly meetings, schedules Thursdays at 5 meetings, and facilitates the annual Business Expo. Jace Dwinnell encouraged anyone interested in supporting the Interact Club which is based out of Life Christian Academy to sign up for the Interact Committee. Bob Fredricksen told us about the Scholarship Committee which needs 25 members. This committee accepts applications for scholarships, interviews students and determines awardees. Next week, $26,500 will be awarded to extremely deserving young people. Next year the budget will be increased by $25,000 due the successful Raise the Paddle at the 2019 Rotary Auction. The Finance Committee is chaired by Barbara Mead and supported by Treasurer Robyn Echtle. They have quarterly meetings, collect and count meeting fines and review financial statements. The Program Committee is co-chaired by Hunter George and Kim Bedier. Their goal is to move you, inspire you and educate you each week. The Committee maintains a list of speakers and are always looking for your suggestions to ensure variety, learning, and inspiration and connection with the annual Rotary Calendar (ie May is Youth Service Month so next week you will hear from our wonderful exchange students).The Membership Committee led by Jennifer Weddermann has one goal: recruit more members. They are currently recruiting up to 10 members for the committee and are not averse to bribing with chocolate. Jeff Albers described the Classification Committee (co-chaired by Scott Sutherland) which takes over once the Membership Committee gets new members in the pipeline, by vetting references and classification designations. This efficient group has reduced the time it takes for membership from 3 months to 2 weeks. Maria Harlow introduced the Information and Orientation Committee, Engagement CommitteePandaka Committee their goals are to assure that new members learn about the club, become active and engaged and are supported by active members who can serve as mentors.  World Community Service is chaired by Kathryn Nelson taking over next year are Barry Benson and Fred Matthaei. Stacey Ogle presented that this committee funds international projects such as toilets and wash stations in Zimbabwe and literally changes lives and saves lives around the world. We partner with other Rotary Clubs and can take advantage of global matching grants. Rotary Youth Exchange as relayed by Bill Duppenthaler will be hosting students from France and Sweden this coming year. Andrea Keikkala will be helping with our inbound students and Marsha Burns is still recruiting and screening outbound students. Committee members support and interact with the exchange students and we do need more host families and members who can help us promote this amazing opportunity. Carol Webster described the Grants Committee as “service above self” on a local level, where we learn about the needs of our community and distribute over $100,000 to sustained solutions and programs that really make a difference. You will want to join this Committee for their annual Whine and Wine Wrap Up meeting. Jim Whitacre pitched for the Fellowship Committee and chair Michelle Roberts who plan the weekly fellowship socials. Gil Quante and Diane Kelleher declared their Projects Committee “the most fun” with the opportunity to be hands on through projects like the Habitat for Humanity house project, Emergency Food Network, Stuff the Bus etc. The award-winning Literacy Committee is co-chaired by Sherry Stanton and Dean Carrell. They spearhead literary efforts to support District goals and engage with the community through Book Drives and reading opportunities. Rotarians there is no excuse, one of these committees is the right vehicle for your personal passion for service – sign up today!
Winners of the drawing for those who signed up for a committee on site: Jack Warnick, Cindy Niemi, James Harper, Seth Kaplowitz.
Before we wrapped up President Linda Kaye was honored to introduce a Visiting Rotarian all the way from Nairobi, Kenya, Eric Opot who presented a banner from his club.
President Linda Kaye is now off to Ignite Rotary in Hamburg Germany but reminded the rest of us to come and celebrate our Exchange Students Renata and Jacob and Scholarships to Seniors at next week’s meeting. The closing bell for this information packed but timely meeting was rung at exactly 1:03.

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Jun 06, 2019
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Weekly Meeting - Matt Kelley
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Jun 07, 2019 8:15 AM
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Jun 07, 2019
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Jun 11, 2019
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