Thursday,February 22, 2018
VOL. NINETY-FOUR, Issue No. 34
We Are Offsite at the Salvation Army
Erin Guinup
Tacoma Refugee Choir
When we are having a bad day, one of the simplest and yet most powerful ways of modulating our mood is to turn on some music and sing along.  Music has the power to uplift and motivate us through hard times, inspire us to be better people and unite us in a common purpose.  This is the idea behind the Tacoma Refugee Choir, a unique new ensemble that aims to create a more welcoming community through singing together.  In this time in history when fear dominates the headlines, singing can be a powerful tool for replacing hatred and xenophobia with hope and unity and heal some of the divisiveness that plagues our society.  Of course, we couldn’t talk about music without some singing.  This fun and high energy presentation will emphasize why music matters and how it can play a role in fostering meaningful relationships that heal and strengthen our communities.
Membership Proposals

Unless written objections are submitted to the Board within 10 days of this posting, the following individuals will be invited to membership:

Geoff Oakley
Director of Supply Chain & Inventory 
Grit City Bakery
Sponsor: Carol Duris
Jack & Angela Connelly
LAW PRACTICE - Litigation
Connelly Law Offices
Sponsor: Missy Zenczak
Tina Vasen
INSURANCE - Claims Administration
Vice President Sales and Marketing
Trusteed Plans Service Corporation
Sponsor: Julie Foley
Robert Modarelli
EDUCATION - Private Schools
Sponsor: Peter Comfort
Welcome to Sharon Jaffe
Sharon was introduced by her sponsor Peter Norman at the meeting on February 15. She is the Resident Sales Counselor for Narrows Glen. Sharon is returning to the club and we look forward to her energy and participation.  While doing her introduction she quipped that trying to condense her bio into 2 or 3 minutes would be impossible, but she is looking forward to getting to know each of you...(maybe over a glass of wine)  Be sure to welcome Sharon next time you see her!
You have the opportunity to pick up a book and read with a child on March 2.  Volunteer to read in a Tacoma elementary school in your neighborhood.  We have many red and white hats to share as you get ready to celebrate Dr. Seuss. Volunteers are being managed by Graduate Tacoma, click here to register. Please share your pictures of this fun day.
Each year, our club recognizes a non-Rotarian who is providing exemplary service in the community.  This person will be honored at our meeting on Thursday, April 5, and receive a contribution from our club to his/her favorite charitable organization. Nominations are due to the Rotary office by Thursday, March 1.  If you would like to nominate an individual for this Community Service Award, complete a nomination form which can be found on our website under Member Services - Forms - Community Service Awards-2018 Nomination Form.  Email your nomination to the Rotary office at or  fax it to 253-473-7738. Forms will also be available at our weekly meetings. Don't delay!
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Following are the members who have  signed-up for our meeting this week at the Salvation Army at 1110 South Puget Sound Ave.  Joy emailed invoices on Thursday after the meeting, if you do not see your name, did not receive the statement or are not on the prepaid meal plan please call the office if you plan to join us.  Jeff Albers, Mark Anderson, John Bailey, Barry Benson, Michael Bitterling, Dan Bogart, Jan Brazzell, Linda Kaye Briggs, Marsha Burns, Peter Carlstrom, Libby Catalinich, Anthony Chen, Peter Comfort, Don Doman, Carol Duris, Jace Dwinell, Robin Echtle, Carolyn Else, Brien Elvins, Joan Engle, Stephanie Farrar, David Flentge, Bryan Flint, Julie Foley, Becky Fontaine, Laura Fox,  Joyce Glavish, Joe Gordon, Cindy Grady, Whitney Grisaffi, Don Hansen, Enid Harris, James Harris, Donna Haynes, Chuck Heaton, Daryl Hembry, Jim Henderson, Rusty Hersey, Corey Hjalseth, Andrew Imholt, Sharon Jaffee, Harrison Laird, Roger Lilley, Jeff Lovely, Fred Matthaei, Mary McNally, Jim Merritt, Monique Nadeau, Cap Pearson, Arvind Phukan, George Pilant, Gil Quante, Annie Ramirez, Charley Rance, Michelle Roberts, Jeff Rounce, John Schneider, Pete Taylor, Diane Tilstra, Alex Trettin, Christina Turner, Jack Warnick, Carol Webster, John West, Carolyn Weyrick, Jim Whitacre, Kathi Willis, Kirsten Willis, Scott Winship, Missy Zenczak and Clay Zhang.
 Featured items this week
Sports or Theater??
We have tickets for both!
A message from your Auction Committee
Here is a new opportunity to help with decorations.  We would like to feature pictures of our own veterans in uniform, but since we are going to focus on  the idea of Rotary USO and a World War II theme we would be delighted if you have vintage pictures of your family members who served in the military that we could use that evening to honor their service.  If you could scan the photos and send them to the Rotary office that would be ideal. We are looking forward to an amazing auction!
News from Ali Simyari our student in Taiwan
Abby McDermott in Chile
Just checking in to give the club an update. I am currently still on summer vacation and won't go back to school until March. I am being spoiled with this South American summer! Sunny and upper 80s/ lower 90s everyday. My new host family has a pool that I swim in every morning.
I moved to my second host family in January. Living in different socioeconomic levels has been eye opening. My current family took me with them on their two week beach vacation. We stayed at their beach house and walked down to the sand and the sea everyday. I got pretty sun burned on our 5 hour hike along the coast but the desert/coastal scenery and the time spent with my host dad and two host siblings was well worth it.
In April I will hopefully go to Easter Island for a week with my district! I am so excited. It is amazing to live in a country with such a vast, beautiful landscape. Seriously, Chile has everything from the driest desert in the world to Antarctica. Also, my third family has invited me and my German best friend Kira to go camping with them in Argentina. I have been so lucky with all of my travel opportunities this year!
I have developed a wonderful relationship with my first host mother. Just yesterday I biked the thirty minutes into town to go shopping with her for my school uniform. It was a lot of fun to walk around the city I now know by heart, hunting for the best deals. At the end of the evening we got ice cream and she gave me some advice about what to do with my future. I had locked my bike in the parking lot of a nearby gym and we returned to find it closed! Mama Maca had to help hold the chain link fence down while I squeezed through it and the barbed wire above to get to my bike. A hilarious experience I wouldn't want to have shared with anyone else.
Thank you so much for this opportunity. Not a day goes by that I don't think how blessed I am to be here. I am grateful to the Tacoma Rotary Club # 8 for helping me to make the best decision of my life!! Thank you for allowing me to make a difference down here in South America.
Already about 5 and 1/2 months in Taiwan. I've had an abundant amount of new experiences. Currently I'm on a nearly one month winter break due to Chinese new year. Right before my vacation I took a class school trip to the south of Taiwan. During that span of time my classmates and I bonded and made many lasting memories.
Following the start of my winter break I've been enjoying my time with my host family and friends. Lately these past few days ( First week of February) I attended RLYA. This was a youth leadership event hosted by Rotary. Among the topics we discussed were Enterprises/Business that are relevant to society (社會企業). It was difficult to understand everything, but at least I had the opportunity to participate in this event.
Lastly Rotary was planning to take all of is exchange students on a winter tour. However recently our hotel was destroyed by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake. All of us our fine and safe. Though the city in which we planned to stay at (Hualien) was damaged pretty badly. 
Stepanie Farrar - Federal Way
Greg Rolsma - Coachella Valley, CA
Larry Treleven - Sacramento, CA
Invocation - Don Sheppard
National Anthem and 4 Way Test - Barry Benson
Piano - Offsite
Board Greeter - Carol Duris
Greeter - Roving Mic - Annie Ramirez
Fine Counter - Dan Bogart & Nick Frank
Meeting Reporter for Gearshift - Kirsten Willis
Meeting Sponsor - Don Sheppard
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
--Playing piano
--Assisting with Audio/Visual
--Greeter and Roving Mic
--Sponsoring a meeting

Birthdays to celebrate 
Dick Heaton - Feb 22
Anniversaries to celebrate
Jamie Brooks - 7 years - Feb 17
Jeff Gellert - 18 years - Feb 21 
Larry Gaffney - 44 years - Feb 21 
Social at Primo Grill

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!

Feb 22
The Loose Wheel
6108 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA 
March 1
Cloverleaf  Pizza
6430 6th Ave
March 8
West End Tavern
3840 6th Ave
March 15
Farrelli's –March Madness!!
3518 6th Avenue
March 22
Fircrest Golf Club
1500 Regents Blvd
March 29
8827 N. Harborview Dr
Gig Harbor

Reflections from the meeting of Feb 15 from Andrew Imholt
President Mark Anderson rang the bell to kick-off the meeting on a fine Thursday afternoon, followed by a thoughtful invocation by Marsha Burns, Wells Fargo.
Evelyn Ryberg, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation lead us through the National Anthem and the 4-Way Test.
Erik Kramer, Listen and Talk and Annie Ramirez, Salvation Army helped bring microphones around to introduce visiting rotations and guests.
President Mark called forward Peter Norman to introduce our newest (and former) member, Sharon Jaffee. Sharon was “Glad to be back!”.
Jack Warnick was called upon next to introduce our guest speaker for the day, Cliff Mass, University of Washington Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and renowned Seattle weather prognosticator/personality.
Cliff took the floor for his presentation that asked, “Is our Weather Becoming Too Extreme?”
Atmospheric rivers, continued flooding, misinformation about the current impacts of extreme weather were some of the first points of the presentation. We learned that the Pacific Northwest manages to stay relatively cool compared to the rest of the nation because of the Pacific Ocean. However, this will change later in the century.  By the 2050's, surface air temperature will get progressively warmer. Cliff stressed that most of the world is misinformed about extreme weather. He closed by saying that it was important that realistic information about extreme weather, now and beyond, needs to be factual and communicated efficiently.
Meeting Sponsor, David Flentge, from Community Health Care gave a great talk about all the wonderful healthcare services they provide to our community.
Elliot Stockstad, Habitat for Humanity took the mic next to talk about the Raise the Paddle and shared a moving video about a family who benefited greatly from Habitat for Humanity’s assistance.
Michelle Roberts, brought up Linn Larsen and Libby Catalinich to celebrate their birthdays.
Happy Anniversary to Erica DoctorHarrison LairdJamie BrooksJohn RiekeMichele Johnson, and Ron Anderson. 
Susan Barbeau spoke about Read Across America and called for volunteers.
Linda Kay Briggs reminded the group about the offsite meeting on February 22 at the Salvation Army and informed Rotary 8 members that there have not been any nominations for community service awards, so submit nominees soon!
True Confessions ranged from fun vacations abroad, handsome bird counters and company acquisitions.
President Mark thanked Professor Mass for such an educational presentation, David Fletnge for sponsoring the meeting and Marsha Burns for the reflection. Sharon Jaffee was welcomed back with big thanks to Peter Norman for sponsoring her.
We were reminded that the next meeting was at the Salvation Army with Erin Guinup talking about the Tacoma Refugee Choir.
The meeting was adjourned, and Rotary 8 members left for the day to go Live Rotary!


Sound Advice for Service Above Self Living, by Past President Pat Steel

 “ If You always tell the truth, you never have to remember what you said.”  Anonymous


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