Thursday, March 15, 2018
VOL. NINETY-FOUR, Issue No. 37
We Are On the Rooftop!
Korean Women's Association Services for Seniors

Troy Christensen is the Executive Director of the Korean Women’s Association- an internationally recognized non-profit focused on providing housing, food, healthcare, immigration and naturalization and other social services to a multicultural population throughout Western Washington.  Prior to KWA Troy was the Chief of Operations and Strategy at MDC- the Metropolitan Development Council, a large non-profit focused on reducing poverty by providing equitable access to housing, healthcare, education and employment.  Highlights of his career include 15 years at Greater Lakes Mental Healthcare as Clinical Director; Executive Director of the Geneva Foundation- a non-profit medical research company that supports and conducts medical research in military hospitals and federal laboratories; Mental Health Manager for Pierce County and as Pierce County’s Homeless Programs Administrator.

Troy has a bachelor’s degree in music performance from Willamette University, and graduate degrees in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, and Health Administration.

Troy volunteers on several boards of directors- the National American Leadership Forum Board, The Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, the Rainbow Center (advisory board), and the Metropolitan Development Council.

Social justice is a key factor in how Troy spends his time, both occupationally and volunteering.  Core to KWA’s mission is to impact institutional racial and gender bias and the gaps in equitable opportunity for these populations.

Welcome to Tony and Tina
Tony Belot was introduced by his sponsor Melissa Malott at the meeting on March 1. Tony has been the government and public affairs manager for the Northwest region of Schnitzer Steel since May of 2017.  Before joining the public affairs team, he was the managing director for the Seattle World Affairs Council, and Director of Programs for the USO (formerly RP/6).  He also served as a US Marine and deployed twice to combat operations in Iraq. Tony is a graduate of Chapman University with a B.A. in Political Science, and an M.P.A., from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington.  He also serves on the Board of Directors at the Tacoma Youth Marine Foundation, a former Mission Continues Fellow, Chapman fellow at the Chapman Center of Citizen Leadership, and VFW Senior-Vice Commander.  Most people don’t know that he has posed as a model for a WWII US Marine Raider Memorial for sculptor Mardie Rees, a fellow Gig Harbor Rotary member.  Tony resides in Tacoma, Washington with his wife, Julie, son Anthony Thomas Jr., and dogs Bravo and Charlie.     
Tina Vasen is the Vice President for Marketing at Trusteed Plans Service Corporation and was introduced to us by Julie Foley. Tina is a Northwest native, currently living in Edgewood with her husband and two dogs, and has three wonderful grown children.  She’s passionate about community service, serving as Community Involvement Committee Chair for TPSC for many years, and supporting the United Way of Pierce County, March of Dimes and the Tacoma Pierce County Humane Society along with many other local and national organizations.  She joined TPSC in 1988, being one of the owners for the past 7 years, and serves as Director and Vice President Sales and Marketing.  When not busy at work or volunteering, Tina spends much of her spare time enjoying the outdoors with her two dogs and competing in Dog Agility events.
March 24 - Break Bag Pack
We are collecting names for another wonderful service opportunity at the EFN. We need about 30-35 volunteers on Saturday, March 24  from noon- 2. So far the following members have volunteered;  Jamie Brooks (+7), Julie Foley (+1), Joyce Glavish, Whitney Grisaffi, Donna Haynes, Rusty HerseySharon JaffeeGil Quante, Annie Ramirez (+1), Debbie Regala (+1), Greg RolsmaPat Steel, Carol Webster (+1) and Jim Whitacre (+2).  You can sign up at the meetings or contact Jim or Gil if you are available to help. 
 Featured items this week
Behind the Scenes with the Sounders
Crystal Mountain Skiing and Gondola Ride
Procurement Update
We're looking for more items!  If you have that procurement form ready to go please bring it to the meeting this week, or email it to the office.  We have wonderful volunteers standing by, ready to add your donation to the database. Help us out by returning the forms in the next few weeks. Do you have a favorite restaurant, coffee shop, mechanic, hair salon, pet groomer that you visit regularly?  We have a letter and procurement form ready for you to deliver to ask for support.  If you would like a suggestion of what we still need check out the lists that will be on the tables or contact our awesome Procurement Chair, Cindy Grady
Call for Volunteers
Our Co-Chairs for volunteers Rusty Hersey and Kirsten Willis are making the rounds. We need many volunteers for a successful event. Let them know if you have a talent to share.
Auction Meeting This Week
Join us at the Rotary office this week at 5 for a light dinner and good discussion as we rally the troops and finalize plans. Please RSVP by Tuesday afternoon so we can plan the food accordingly. 
Larry Treleven -  Denver, CO
Larry Treleven -  Tacoma North
Kathryn Nelson- Tacoma North
Karena Kirkendoll - Tacoma North
Barry Benson - Tacoma North
Invocation - Miriam Barnett
National Anthem and 4 Way Test -  Chris Serface
Piano - On the Rooftop!
Board Greeter- Roving Mic - Carol Duris
Greeter - Roving Mic -  Erik Kramer
Birthdays - Whitney Grisaffi
Fine Counter - Carol Duris
Meeting Reporter for Gearshift - Chris Serface
Meeting Sponsor - Jan Brazzell
AV Assistance - Jeff Rounce & Chris Serface
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 
Cathy Hall - Mar 12
Karen Larsen - Mar 12
Jim Whitacre - Mar 14
John West - Mar 16
Anniversaries to celebrate
Nick Frank - 2 years 
Jeff Mead -2 years
George Pilant - 4 years 
Marsha Burns - 6 years 
Gordon Neu - 7 years 
Bob Fredrickson - 12 years  
Carolyn Else - 29 years 
Coming Soon - Spring Break Lunch Sacks 
At our meeting on March 22 we will be taking up a collection to supplement the money that the Projects Committee has put aside to support the purchase of food for families in need during spring break. Michelle Roberts will lead this project again this year! 
3/15/2018 Rotary Social
Farelli's on 6th
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!
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 March 8 from Jim Henderson
President Mark Anderson called the meeting of the Rotary Club of Tacoma #8 to order, in the Plaza Grand Ballroom, by ringing the bell at 12:10 pm and welcoming all.  Kirsten Willis provided a meaningful and concise reflection.  Linn Larsen, Larsen Commercial Industrial Realtors, came forward to lead us in the National Anthem, and also lead us in the Four Way Test.   President Mark asked members with guests to stand and there were a number of them this week, including our two Exchange Students, and two guests with Stephen Deal from United Way, who is this week’s meeting sponsor.
Debbie Regala then came forward to introduce this week’s meeting speakers – Les Eldridge and John Hough.  John is a Rotarian and also a fourth generation Puget Sounder,  and Les Eldridge has taught maritime history at the college level.  They focused their remarks on the fascinating history of trade and travel in the waters of the Puget Sound.  John traced the development of the explorers to the Puget Sound, beginning with the indigenous people, early explorers and the mosquito fleet days.
The indigenous people would use large trees to make their canoes and in the summer would fish and then head to their summer camps.  Among the early explorers were Capt. George Vancouver and Capt. Puget, and then also the Hudson’s Bay Company, and the Wilkes expedition.  All brought scientists with them which at that time were called naturalists.  In 1792 Capt. Vancouver was trying to settle where the entrance was for the Northwest Passage.  Part of his expedition was to do charting of the waters from where he was moored.
The next explorers were all associated with the Hudson’s Bay Company, and there were trusted by the Native Americans.  The third expedition was from a Capt. Wilkes who was on an around the world expedition.  He also put 261 American names on points in Puget Sound.  His charts were very good and he had brought nine scientists with him.   Another interesting period of time was the Mosquito fleets on Puget Sound as it was the best way to move goods and passengers. 
There were not many regulations in those days and the boats had too many passengers and boat captain would vie to beat other boats to port and get as many passengers in their boats as they could which by today’s standards, would be unsafe.  John Hough then showed a series of pictures of the Tacoma waterfront and famous ships along with scores of lumber mills.  It was a fascinating look at the Maritime history of the Puget Sound.
Meeting Sponsor Stephen Deal, from United Way then came forward to share some information on the work of United Way of Pierce County in the community, which has been around for 97 years.  He said 12% of Pierce County residents are below the poverty level and another 24% are just above the poverty line.  They are attempting to break the cycle of poverty and work for strong families.  He reminded everyone of their Celebrate Community event coming up on Tuesday, April 17.
There were a number of Anniversaries celebrated this week:  Joyce Glavish – 1 year; Carla Santorno – 5 years; John Bailey – 6 years; Barbara James – 6 years cumulative; Chung Lee – 11 years; Ann Voves – 19 years; Pamela Transue – 28 years; and Past President Fred Moisio – 39 years.
Past President Don Doman came forward to help celebrate birthdays.  The only celebrant in attendance was Terry Arca whose birthday was March 6. Terry answered three questions and Don had gift bags for him to take.  Also celebrating birthdays this week but not present were Dan Bogart, Jan Schwenger, Roger Lee, Mark Lindquist and Tracy Peacock.
President Mark then called forward Kirsten Willis to present some Paul Harris Fellow awards.  Earning Paul Harris Fellowships were John Bailey with his first; Cindy Grady with her first; President Mark Anderson with his fourth; Greg Rolsma with his fifth, and Kathi Willis with her 8thKirsten reminded all of us that the donations to the RI Foundation support the work of the foundation which in the past 100 years has spent $3 billion dollars on life-changing projects like promoting peace, providing clean water, saving mothers and children and supporting education and growing local economies.  More than 90% of donations go directly to supporting service projects around the world,
There were three announcements made by members.  Club Treasurer, Jeremy Fogelquist told everyone he had just signed up for the upcoming May 4-5 District Training and Conference at the Hotel Murano and asked all of those members who had also signed up to stand and be recognized. Kirsten Willis reminded all of us of the upcoming April 28 Auction and asked for members to sign up to be volunteers that day and evening and urged members to continue to look for items for the auction.  Donna Haynes urged members to sign up for the March 24th EFN Break Bag Pack
There was time for a few True Confessions.  Jack Warnick talked about spending a week in Arizona and following his grandson who coached the Northwest School in the Boys Class A State Basketball tournament last week.  Peter Darling is celebrating his 50th Wedding anniversary.  Elliot Stockstad thanked everyone who attended the recent Habitat for Humanity luncheon, and Bryan Flint thanked members for supporting the recent ‘Because Parks Matter’ lunch.
President Mark thanked our speakers Les and John for the informative program.  He thanked Stephen Deal for being the meeting sponsor, thanked Kirsten for her reflection and Linn for leading us in the national anthem and offered congratulations to all of our Paul Harris Fellows.  Tonight’s social will be at the West End Tavern, 3840 6th Avenue.  Our speaker next week will be Troy Christensen from the Korean Women’s Association talking about affordable housing for our aging citizens. 
As he adjourned the meeting at 1:12pm, President Mark said to now go out and Live Rotary!


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

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”  Albert Einstein


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