Thursday, November 28, 2019
VOL. NINETY SIX,  Issue 22
Isn’t it amazing and wonderful how much our world can change in just one year?!! As I ponder the last year’s challenges and opportunities, it brings me back to our most recent program of Gratitude and how much we as Rotarians have to give thanks for in this past year.  I look back to just one year ago, last Thanksgiving, I had so much to look forward to in anticipation of my year as your President. I never imagined that this year I would find myself expressing untold gratitude for this new little one who will enter my life in a few short weeks. What an amazing Blessing on top of serving four and a half months as your President.  My heart is filled with joy that you have given me the opportunity to serve you and our club in this role.  Your support as my life has changed is nothing short of amazing…I always knew that my Rotary family was special, but you exceed my expectations every week!!  My days have been full, but my heart is fuller with the gratitude I have for each of you and all of the good work you do in this community and around the world through your membership in Rotary.  During this Thanksgiving week I offer you and your families heartwarming thanks for the dedication, service and generosity you show. Good wishes, good food, good health for you this Thanksgiving.
December 5
Rotary 8 Invests to End Malaria in Zambia
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December 12 - Thursday at 5
Ben Bridge
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December 19 - Holiday Program
Gabe - Nico & Rotary Talent
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There is always an opportunity to get involved in a Rotary Project. Below is the upcoming schedule from the Projects Committee. For more information you can contact the Projects Committee Co-Chairs Diane Kelleher or Gil Quante, or the Project lead as noted below.  Please let them know if you have an idea for a project as well. 
November - December 12- Giving Tree - Miriam Barnett and Pat Steel
December 10 - Toys for Kids Shopping- Christina Turner
December 14-EFN Break Bags - Gil Quante
December 20-Salvation Army Bell Ringing- Ann Voves
Join us on Wednesday January 29 at the Hotel Murano Bi-Centennial Pavilion! to celebrate our 110 years of Service!
Rotarians at Work Supporting Raising Girls 
The bags were all packed at the meeting and members  had another great chance to participate in a project.  How rewarding to see our charitable dollars and work and to know that those bags and notes will go to young ladies here in Tacoma who will feel the love and support!   Special thanks to the members who help set up and deliver the bags to Jason Lee and the Raising Girls headquarters; Rusty Hersey, Andy Laycock, Jackie Lindstrom, Gil Quante, Carol Webster and the Project Chair Sharon Chambers-Gordon
We had an incredible group of Rotarians working hard on Saturday November 23 packing 1,000 Break Bags for the Emergency Food Network.  Talk about People of Action, these members are super; Jan Anderson, Jan Brazzell, Jace Dwinnell (and our Interact students), Jacki Farrar, Julie Foley, Whitney Grisaffi, Maria Harlow, Dianne Kelleher, Gil Quante, Ann Voves, Carol Webster, Jim Whitacre and Missy Zenczak. These folks also included 23 friends and family to join them, sharing their hearts of service!
The Giving Tree
WOW - JUST WOW! Tacoma 8 Rotary members are the most generous community members. All of the ornaments have been claimed, although I am sure each of the agencies we are working with will welcome an extra gift card or two, if you haven't had a chance to sign up, just bring the gift card to an upcoming meeting and we will pass it along. The ornaments, attached to the gift or gift card must be returned by December 12.  Please, if you took an ornament with a gift, you are supposed to do the shopping and return the gift unwrapped. (we really don't have little shopping elves standing by to do the shopping for you)  You can return them at meetings or to the office until December 12! Thank you for helping to make the holidays bright for children you will never know, but who will be so grateful.  Gifts this year will go to children at the YWCA domestic violence shelter, Tacoma Rescue Mission’s Adams Family Campus, and Catholic Community Services.  Thank you for your generosity and care for others during the holidays!
Rusty H & Gil                 Whitney, Stacey & Di
Jeremy & Jeff                   Jim & Ann             
It's that time of year again to clear some time on Friday, December 20  from 11 AM - 2 PM to be People of Action! Please come help us fill the kettles for the Salvation Army, we almost have the 20 volunteer slots covered, but we welcome additional participants if you still want to help. Please sign up at the meetings on December 5 or 12 or contact Ann Voves 253-988-5607 or to volunteer! Here is the schedule. 
Cindy Niemi, Robin Echtle-Farelli’s 11-12
Jackie Lindstrom, Jeremy Fogelquist, Christina Turner-Farelli’s 12-1
Kelly Lane, Gabe Bringman-Farellis’s 1-2
Rusty Hersey, Gil Quante-Katie Downs 11-12
Ann Voves, Jim Whitacre, Michelle Roberts-Katie Downs 12-1
Mike Dunbar, John Schneider-Katie Downs 1-2
Monique Valenzuela, Dan Bogart-Harmon 11-12 Need help from 12-2!!!
Fred Moisio - No luck at North or Sunset
Membership Proposal
Unless written objections are submitted to the Board within 10 days of this posting, the following individual  will be invited to membership: 
Kathleen Sande
PAST SERVICE - Education
Sponsor: Carol Duris
Sarah Allen
EDUCATION - Vocational Services
Executive Director College Advancement & Foundation
Sponsor: Lin Zhou
Emily Mendez-Bryant
ASSNS: SOC SVS - Community Collaborations
Chief Development Officer
United Way
Sponsor: Missy Zenczak
We will be presenting our 2nd Annual Lifetime Achievement award to coincide with the celebration of our 110 year anniversary.
Criteria for selection
Commitment to the club through service activities as well as financial support. It is important to recognize the quality and quantity of service to the club.  Additional factors that could be considered is service to the local and global community
Qualification of nominees
  1. Must have been a Rotarian for a minimum of twenty (20) years. Here is a link of 20 year members. Service in other clubs will be considered as well
  2. Must be a Rotarian of Tacoma Rotary 8 in good standing.
  3. Past Presidents are eligible having been out of office three full Rotary years
  4. A member may be nominated more than once.
  5. Deceased members may be nominated provided they were alive during  part of  the award year
Please take the time to thoughtfully consider a worthy recipient.  Fill out the form completely (including your name as the nominator) They need to be returned to the office by December 5, for distribution to the selection committee. Forms will be at the meeting or use this link to download one. 
Please contact Kathi to volunteer 
--Leading the National Anthem & Four Way Test
--Giving the Moment of Reflection
--Assisting with Audio/Visual
--Greeter and Roving Mic
--Sponsoring a meeting
--Check in Assistant
Birthdays This Week
Joe Missel - Nov 24
Dane Meyer - Nov 25
Doug Rohner - Nov 26
Chris Coates - Nov 27
Michele Johnson - Nov 27
Corey Hjalseth - Nov 28
Mark Anderson - Nov 29
Miriam Barnett - Nov 29
Isiaah Crawford - Nov 29
Marty Lough - Nov 29
Anniversaries to Celebrate
Jan Anderson - 1 year  
Skip Anderson - 1 year  
Jan Brazzell - 18 years  
John Gaines -1 year
Marti Lough - 12 years  
Cindy Niemi - 18 years  
Victoria Woodards - 1 year
Social at The Table May 16
Upcoming Socials
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.

November 28
No Social Happy Thanksgiving
December 5
Christmas Party Carlyn Roy’s house
2915 N 30th Street
Tacoma, WA
Starts at 5:30
Bring a bottle of wine or beer and an appetizer to share
December 12 - Thursday at 5
Ben Bridge
4733 Tacoma Mall Blvd, Suite 100
Tacoma, WA
December 19
Dirty Oscar’s Annex
2309 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA
December 26
No Social Merry Christmas
Reflections from the meeting of November 21 from Noah Baskett
President Carol rang the bell then Gus Martin from Life Christian provided the invocation, and Sharon Chambers-Gordon from Windermere Professional Partners led us in the National Anthem and the 4-way Test. She was accompanied by Libby Catalinich, Pierce County, on the piano. Whitney Grisaffi, of Ted Brown Music, served as the meeting sponsor and shared about the 4-generation legacy of the business. She graciously invited Rotarians to visit Ted Brown to participate in a free Drum Circle held every Thursday at 6:30.
In the spirit of the holidays and as a special Thanksgiving version of Tacoma Rotary #8’s program, President Carol invited three Rotarians to share stories of gratitude and thanks.  Jim Harris shared first. As a long time Rotarian, and former club president (’93-94), Jim shared several themes of a lifetime of gratitude. He first shared gratitude for his wife and family. He met his wife, Enid and was engaged 13 days later! This gratitude is personified in four generations of family gathering each Sunday at their house. He also shared gratitude for being able to serve as the architect for several significant buildings in downtown Tacoma. And he shared how his travel through international Rotary conferences and service trips was an another important avenue for gratitude in his life. John Schneider then shared. He likewise gave a great word of thanksgiving for his family, wife and two sons. He expressed gratitude for his work with Edward Jones, particularly the ability to play golf on Fridays and the potential to grow his business as much as he wanted. He gave a particular note of thanksgiving for his recently earning his CFP, along with the faithful support of his branch office administrator, Teresa. Lastly, John expressed gratitude for Rotary #8, where he feels like he has found his tribe and is grateful for the past 17 years of membership. Katrina Self, likewise described the importance of her family as part of what she is grateful for. In particular, she’s made it a point to take on the near-impossible task of teaching her toddlers how to be grateful, saying please and thank you. She wryly expressed gratitude for having preserved 20% of her soul after years as a lawyer in corporate litigation. Significantly, as told through remarkable illustrative photos, Katrina expressed gratitude as well for 80’s hairdos. These included her mom’s perm, her husband’s mullet, and her very own Dorothy Hamill wedge cut. Katrina described deep gratitude for the beauty of the Pacific Northwest in which we are surrounded. And lastly, she described immense gratitude for being connected to Raising Girls, Sharon Chambers-Gordon’s nonprofit—given her emotional connection to this mission, she has her business as a partner and now serves on its board of directors.
President Carol then called on Rusty Hersey and Kirsten Willis to present Art Wickens awards to members; Mike Dunbar, Buck Thompson, Cap Pearson, Rusty Hersey, Becky Fontaine, John McMasters, Cindy Grady, Laura Fox, Jamie Brooks and Jan & Skip Anderson  Kirsten reported that this year, we have exceed our PGG goal of raising $75k, but are still short of the 75% participation, it's never too late to give.  Cindy Grady then reported that it was time to begin working on the Annual Auction Calling All Heroes. She was accompanied by a stuffed talking parrot. Christina Turner then invited Rotarians to participate in Mary Bridge’s Toys for Kids program, a shopping night for over 300 kids served by the hospital. Anne Voves shared about the Salvation Army bell ringing challenge and the Apple Cup rivalry when the winning alumni of U of W or WSU will be served apple pie on December 5. Carol reminded Rotarians to return ballots for new officers by 12/2.
True confessions followed: True Confession – Gratitude Version;
  • John McMasters: grateful he survived first dad’s weekend to WSU for daughter (he’s a husky)
  • Jeff Gellert: grateful for surviving; Azores hiking trip
  • Kelly Lane: grateful for 18 friends to join her in Mexico to celebrate 50th birthday;
  • Buck Thompson: Still upright; just got back from 3 weeks in China;
  • Jeff Lovely: Gayle and he went to two weeks in Mazatlán, Mexico;
  • Jim Merritt: Great report on wife—cancer free—two days out at the ocean; Italian festival in Reno; week in Maui; meeting relatives in Tuscany in April 2020
  • Don Hansen: is grateful for having worked for Jim Harris
  • Carol: Grateful for week in Hawaii to see sister getting married; lots of pool time; 30 days left until delivery
President Carol then rang the bell, inviting us to be People of Action, and invited us for a packing party associated with the Raising Girls nonprofit.

Thought for the Week

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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 Yacht Club, 5401 Yacht Club Road, Tacoma, WA. 
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Dec 05, 2019
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Dec 12, 2019
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Executive Committee Meeting
Red Elm
Dec 03, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
World Community Service Committee Meeting
Cole Graphic Solutions
Dec 05, 2019 7:00 AM
Community Service Grants Committee Meeting
Sound Options
Dec 05, 2019 8:00 AM
Literacy Committee
Red Elm
Dec 05, 2019
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Program Committee Meeting
Tacoma Yacht Club
Dec 05, 2019
11:00 AM – 11:55 AM
Weekly Meeting - Ogle & Peacock
Tacoma Yacht Club
Dec 05, 2019
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PGG - Foundations
Tacoma Yacht Club
Dec 05, 2019 1:00 PM
Projects Committee Meeting
Dec 06, 2019 8:15 AM
Thursday at 5 - Ben Bridge
Ben Bridge Jewelers
Dec 12, 2019
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
EFN Break Bag Pack
EFN Distribution Center
Dec 14, 2019
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