Established in 1910, we're the 8th oldest Rotary club in the world. We believe in the power of in-person connections over online networking, enhancing our beautiful local community, and contributing to the well-being of the world we live in. We'd be delighted if you'd join us at our next club meeting, every Thursday at noon at the Tacoma Yacht Club.

Rotary is an international  organization whose purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian services, to encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world.  Rotary is open to all people regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, or political preference. There are more than 1.2 million Rotarians in over 34,000 Rotary clubs worldwide.  The Rotary motto is "service above self.” 

 
Within Tacoma, the Rotary Club of Tacoma (known as Rotary #8) donates grants to non-profit organizations, recommended by the Community Grants Committee, that serve low-income children and seniors.   Rotary 8 also has several “hands-on” projects where Rotarians offer their service.  Some of these "hands on" projects are:  
Read2Me - Rotarians  tutor 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students at four low-income schools;
Food Drives and Repacks - for the Emergency Food Network. Every quarter the club donates items and cash to support local food banks and other non rpofits as well as repackacking food for distribution in the community; and
Little Free Libraries - Rotarians build and install these libraries, filled with good children's books, near low-income elementary schools.
 
Rotary #8 has international projects such as clean water projects in Ethiopia and India, has brought firefighting equipment to Mexico, and has delivered school materials to Malawi.   Tacoma Rotarians have given Polio immunizations to children in India and Africa.
 
Throughout the world, Rotary Clubs, including Rotary #8, have contributed more than $900 million to eradicate polio in the world.   More than one half billion children in developing countries have been immunized against polio, through Rotary’s PolioPlus campaign.
 
Rotary’s Youth Exchange sends 7,000 high-school age students abroad each year, to study in another country and to learn about its society and culture.  The goal is to promote world peace.  Rotary 8 has incoming students from Paraguay (Renata)  and Norway (Jacob)  this year and our outbound student Rizley who will be studying in Slovakia. 

Presidential message

President 2018-19 Barry Rassin

Barry Rassin

President 2018-19

June 2019

As I look back on all the things I have seen and the people I have met since becoming president of Rotary International last July, I am certain of this: Rotary’s capacity to transform lives for the better is unparalleled. Our impact is far beyond anything I could have imagined when I first became a Rotarian.

I think about the Rotarians I met in Pakistan, who partnered with Coca-Cola to improve sanitation in Karachi’s neighborhoods while supporting polio eradication efforts. I think about the Puerto Rican Rotarians who are helping entire communities rebuild their lives after Hurricane Maria. I think about the German Rotaractors who are working to save bees — whose role as pollinators is so important to our planet — from extinction. I think about the six Rotarians and Rotaractors who were honored as People of Action: Young Innovators at Rotary Day at the United Nations in Nairobi, Kenya, in November for their work to create novel solutions to tough challenges.

It seems like only yesterday that I stood on a stage in San Diego and asked you to Be the Inspiration in your clubs, in your communities, and in the world. Your response was an inspiration to me. You are paving the way for Rotaractors to become our future leaders, helping start new Rotaract clubs and working to include Rotaractors in Rotary events and projects in your communities. You are working hard to eradicate polio, participating in 4,200 events in more than 100 countries for World Polio Day. And you are carrying out transformative projects that will create lasting change in your communities and in the world.

This year, I also saw how Rotary’s work to build peace is bearing fruit. The 98 Rotary Peace Fellows who are studying at our peace centers will soon graduate, joining more than 1,200 others in applying their conflict resolution skills to problems that need solutions. And this month, Esther and I will travel to Hamburg, Germany, for a convention where people of all races, nationalities, religions, and political backgrounds will unite because they want to make the lives of all people better.

Seeing what Rotary means to people — to the communities we serve and to Rotarians themselves — has deepened my affection and admiration for all that Rotary is and does.

Soon it will be time for Esther and me to return home to Nassau. When we get there, I will look out on the vast sea that surrounds our island, and it will remind me of Rotary’s limitless possibilities, and of the amazing future that awaits us beyond the horizon. I look forward to sailing there with you.

 
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Tacoma #8 Rotary meets Thursdays at Noon at the
Tacoma Yacht Club
5401 Yacht Club Road
Tacoma, WA  98407
United States of America
 
 
Club Information
 
STAFF
 
Kathi Willis, Club Administrator
Joy Vivar-Beeks, Bookkeeper
 
253-473-7723
PO Box 1777
Tacoma, WA 98401-1777
 
OFFICE HOURS
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Club Executives & Directors
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Auction Chair
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Finance Committee Co -Chair
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Grants Co-Chair
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Interact Co-Chair
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Literacy Co-Chair
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Membership Recruitment Chair
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Program Co-Chair
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Projects Co-Chair
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Rotaract Chair
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Scholarships Co-Chair
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Vocational Services Co-Chair
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World Community Service Chair
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