We are the Rotary Club of Tacoma #8
Established in 1910, the Rotary Club of Tacoma is the 8th oldest Rotary Club in the world. We believe in the power of in-person connection, enhancing our beautiful local community, and contributing to the well-being of the world in which we live. We would be delighted if you would join us at our next club meeting. Please contact the office at 253.473.7723 for information.
Thursday, August 25, 2022
The Gearshift is a weekly publication to inform members of current events in the Rotary Club of Tacoma #8.
This Week at Rotary
August 25, 2022
Creating a more resilient, anti-racist community

In 2021, members of the Joint Municipal Action Committee (JMAC) – elected officials representing eight Tacoma-area governments and agencies – agreed to align their work in key areas to create a more resilient, anti-racist community. They are focusing their work on initiatives within these 3 strategic themes: Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI); public health and safety; and community wealth building. Elizabeth Bonbright, president of the Tacoma School Board and chair of JMAC will talk about the initiatives that are under way and how this consortium is working with the community to capitalize on collective strengths and opportunities. 

Elizabeth Bonbright is an industry leader in Early Childhood Education policy.  Prior to joining the Tacoma School Board in November 2019, she spent over 22 years as the Executive Director of Child Care Aware of Washington building a network of high-quality child care providers and creating a public system to evaluate and ensure quality services. 

In her roles as Vice President and President of the Tacoma School Board, Elizabeth has focused on strengthening school district policies that ensure equity and access for all students and that support staff to nurture innovation in learning environments.  On August 25, 2022, the Tacoma School Board will be passing one of the first Anti-Racism policies to be adopted by a school board in either Washington State or across the nation.

As Chair of the Joint Municipal Action Committee (JMAC) -- a coalition of elected officials representing Tacoma/Pierce County governmental entities -- Elizabeth is leading the JMAC visioning process to strengthen inter-governmental collaboration and to innovate together to address strategically the critical policy issues facing our community. COVID-19’s disruption in our “normal” operations has offered elected officials the rare opportunity to reimagine what an economically vibrant, healthy, educated, more equitable and anti-racist community might look like.  This collaborative project strives to build a culture of racial justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI) creating environments that truly welcome and nurture all people – regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identification, socio-economic status, homelessness, and inclusive of other community members experiencing systemic oppression.

Elizabeth earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Trinity College (Hartford, CT) and completed the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute program.

Register here. 

The Rotary Club of Tacoma #8 is open to all people who want to make positive changes in our community and world.  We welcome all members and guests, regardless of race, nationality, religion, faith, gender, sexual orientation, cultural background, and ability. 
We will not tolerate racism.   We strive to become an anti-racist organization.  We are committed to learning more about how systemic racism has led to inequality in all systems – including education, housing, health, employment, wealth accumulation, policing, prosecution, sentencing, and incarceration – and working to eradicate inequality wherever we encounter it.
We will take these actions:    
  • We will review and update our Club’s procedures, policies, meetings, events, communications, grants, projects, scholarships, and traditions.
  • We will broaden our recruiting practices to align our membership more closely with the demographics of Tacoma.
  • We will use our grants, projects, and scholarships to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice in our community.

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 35,000 Rotary clubs worldwide.  The Rotary motto is "service above self.” 

Within Tacoma, the Rotary Club of Tacoma #8 invests in non-profit organizations throughout the community, recommended by the Community Grants Committee, that serve low-income children and seniors.   Rotary #8 also has many “hands-on” projects where Rotarians offer their service.  Some of these "hands on" projects that have been supported are:  
Food Drives and Repacks - for the Emergency Food Network. Regularly club members volunteer to participate in  repacking food for distribution into 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 nearly $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 always welcomed inbound students and have identified local students to travel to other  countries to participate in this life-changing experience. 
November Little Free Library Installation
Books Labeled for Distribution at Our Meeting on July 15
Libraries Ready for Installation
Stocking Our Libraries
Books for the Lincoln Lit Abes
Website Sponsors
August 2022
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Programs
Elizabeth Bonbright
Aug 25, 2022
Creating a More Resilient Anti-Racist Community
Laura Moscatello
Sep 01, 2022
Tacoma Lawn Bowling
Kaitlyn Keel
Sep 15, 2022
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We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
La Quinta Inn and Suites
1425 East 27th St.
Tacoma, WA 98421
United States of America
(253) 473-7723
We meet every Thursday except for the second Thursday of the month. On the second Thursday, we have Rotary @ 5 and have a vocational visit to a place of business of one of our Rotary Club members.
The office will be closed:
May 13 - District Convention
May 27-30 in observance of Memorial Day.
July 1-4 in observance of Independence Day.
September 2-5 in observance of Labor Day.
November 24-25 for Thanksgiving.
December 23 - 30 for the holiday observance.
Club Executives & Directors
President 2021-2023
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Treasurer 2021-2023
Secretary 2022-2024
Board Member 2022-2023
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Board Member 2022-2023
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Board Member 2021-2024
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Board Member 2022-2025
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Tacoma Rotary 8 Foundation Board President
Youth Services Officer
Youth Protection Officer
Club Administrator
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