Thursday, December 28, 2017
VOL. NINETY-FOUR, Issue No. 26
Enjoy a week off, but plan on joining us in the new year with a great meeting on January 4!
Science Olympiad
We will be co-sponsoring a Science Olympiad invitational competition at Curtis High School on January 13, 2018. We have an opportunity for 20 members (family or friends) who would like to assist with the judging and supervision of events at the competition. We have been assigned the Building events which include: Electric Vehicle, Helicopters, Towers, Wind Power, Hovercraft, Robot Arm and Leaf Challenge (design, build, and test a tethered electric aircraft that carries as heavy a load as possible). Training and instruction will be provided for all of these events. Contact Gil Quante at or Jim Whitacre at for more information.
Our next auction meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 10, at the Esplanade Community Room at 1515 Dock Street. We will have a light dinner ready to be served at 5 pm.  Please let us know if you are able to join us.  Bring $5 to help offset the price of food  or a bottle of wine to share.  We will socialize until 6 and then do some focused work from 6-7.  There is a place for every single member of our club to be involved, let us know how you would like to help. Easy options include being a sponsor, donating an item or joining us and bringing friends to the auction on April 28.  Procurement forms are available at the meetings or online.  If you plan to hit any of after Christmas sales, consider picking up something to donate to the auction! Please email the office at if you can join us at the January meeting..  
We were at Katie Downs, Harmon and Farrelli's at Point Ruston in the cold and wind! Thanks to the following members who had volunteered to staff the red buckets; Mark Anderson, Whitney Grisaffi, Julie Foley, Jeremy Fogelquist, Cathy Hall, Donna Haynes, Rusty Hersey, Kelly Lane, Jackie Lindstrom, Cosette and John Pfaff, Debbie Regala, Gil Quante, John Schneider, Ann Voves, Jim Whitacre, Kirsten Willis and Clay Zhang. 
Outstanding pledge statements were sent out recently, if you have any questions regarding your accounts please contact Joy at the Rotary Office.  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 4 pm on December 28.  We are just a little short of where we were last year with gifts to support Project Greater Good. Please consider joining with the 130 members who have already made a pledge!
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 2017 donation. Their mailing address is; 
The Rotary Foundation
14280 Collections Center Dr.
Chicago, IL 60693
Congratulations to our new President Elect Nominee – Carol Duris and Secretary Cindy Niemi
Your new Board Members – Libby Catalinich, Jace Dwinell, Daryl Hembry and Carol Webster
Invocation - Stephen Deal
National Anthem and 4 Way Test -  Jan Brazzell
Piano - Barbara Mead
Board Greeter- Roving Mic -  Marsha Burns
Membership Greeter - Roving Mic -  Jim Whitacre
Birthdays Kirsten Willis
Fine Counter - Robin Echtle
Meeting Reporter for Gearshift - Jim Henderson
Meeting Sponsor - Could you volunteer?

There are clipboards at every meeting for you to sign up to help out!
--Leading the National Anthem & Four Way Test
--Giving the Invocation
--Playing piano
--Mentoring a Pandaka
--Greeter and Roving Mic
--Writing the Gearshift Meeting Notes
Enjoying the Social at Indochine!

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!
January 4, 2018
The Spar
2121 N. 30th 
Tacoma, WA
January 11, 2018
Ted Brown Music
6228 Tacoma Mall Blvd
Tacoma, WA
Gather at 5:00 for beer, wine and light snacks
Drum circle starts at 6:00 kids are welcome

Reflections from the meeting of December 21 from Kirsten Willis
On the 21st of December the Rotary Club of Tacoma #8 meeting was called to order, with the ringing of the bell, at 12:07pm. President Mark Anderson welcomed everyone to the annual Holiday Program and Ross Hjelseth, Life Christian provided the reflective invocation reminding Rotarians of the impact our club has in the community serving as a light for those in need.
Chris Serface, Tacoma Little Theatre led the National Anthem followed by the 4‑way Test, accompanied by Barbara Mead, Moss Adams, on the piano.
Mike Dunbar and Ali Criss from Financial Insights brought the microphones around to visiting Rotarians and guests. It was great to see so many people with family members attending the meeting.
President Mark introduced our meeting sponsor Larry Treleven, Sprague Pest Solutions.
We celebrated the following anniversaries:Van Sawin-3 years, Gretchen Adams-10 years, Don Hansen-20 years, Barry Benson-27 years, Jim Whitacre-36 years
Carla Santorno - Tacoma Public Schools wished the following Rotarians a Happy Birthday: Christine Cason, Laura Fox, Jeff Rounce, George Pilant, Emily Happy and  Larry Norvell. In honor of their birthday Carla donated to their favorite charity! George Pilant was happy to designate his donation to Emergency Food Network.
Carolyn Weyrick made an auction announcement about hitting up the after-holiday sales for an auction item and joining the committee meeting on Wednesday, January 10th at 5pm for the next auction meeting.
Without further ado President Mark introduced Chris Serface who directed our“Twas Our Night Before Christmas” holiday program with narrator Gil Quante. The program included the Rotary Singers, Libby Catalinich, Ali Criss, Carlyn Roy, Steve Smith and Chris Serface and holiday hits including: Oh Hanukkah – performed by Chris Serface, Baby It’s Cold Outside – duo by Steve Smith and Ali Criss. Up on the Housetop – Rotary Singers
We also heard from our exchange students: Mikulas, from the Czech Republic, told of the holiday traditions from his country and family. We learned that Mik really likes sugar, getting the tree on Christmas Eve, and misses the Christmas carp – fish kept in the bathtub! Veerle, from the Netherlands, told the audience about celebrating throughout November, jigsaw puzzles and leaving her shoes by the fireplace for Sinterklass!
The Rotary Singers were back to help get the crowd in the spirit with more songs and poems including:
I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas – Libby Catalinich, Silent Night – Rotary Singers, Oh Holy Night – Carlyn Roy  It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Rotary Singers (+ President Mark) 
It was another amazing holiday program. A big thank you and much appreciation for all the hours and talent that went into such a super program.
At 1:03pm our meeting was adjourned and President Mark reminded us to go out and Live Rotary


Sound Advice for Service Above Self Living, by Past President Bill Baxter

These words of inspiration have been generously researched and provided by Bill for several years.  He asked that the torch be passed to other past presidents to continue the tradition and give each of us some food for thought as we go through the week. We are grateful for this wonderful service to the club and thank Bill for his years of dedication!



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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 Landmark Temple Theatre 47 St. Helens Avenue, Tacoma 
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