Thursday, January 9, 2020
VOL. NINETY SIX,  Issue 28
The Y is excited to host Rotary 8’s upcoming Thursdays at 5. In partnership with the University of Washington Tacoma, we invite you to experience the new University Y Student Center. You will experience a personalized health and well-being experience as well as meet Y staff and volunteer leaders serving a variety of areas in our community. This will include information about the new Scott and Sis Names Family YMCA, arts outreach, teen outreach, and more. Hear from local business man, philanthropist, and community volunteer, Cal Bamford. Also in attendance will be University of Washington Tacoma Chancellor Mark Pagano.  As if that weren’t enough, we will hear from Charlie Davis, President and CEO of the YMCA. These leaders will discuss the collaboration that continues to make the University Y a success.
Appetizers will be served. Please feel free to dress casual and be ready to have fun! Please RSVP using this link.  
When: 5 pm Thursday, January 9
Where: University Y Student Center, 1710 Market Street
Parking information can be found here
Use this link to register for our anniversary dinner.  Joy will send you an invoice or you can make a note in your reservation to charge your card on file. 
Join us on Wednesday, January 29 at 5:30 at the Hotel Murano Bicentennial Pavilion to commemorate our 110 Years of Service!  We are looking forward to a room full of members and guests who will join us to celebrate all that we have accomplished in our 110 years of living our motto of Service Above Self. If you are interested in helping with the dinner contact our chair Kim Bedier, or join us at our meeting on January 7 at 5 in the Rotary Office.  
Time for 2020 Rotarian of the Year Nominations
Each year, our club recognizes a Rotarian who has provided exemplary service to the club and to our community.  It is that time of year again – we are now seeking nominations from our membership for our 2020 Rotarian of the Year. 
So put on your thinking caps and nominate someone to be our 2020 Rotarian of the Year.  To do so, complete a nomination form available at meetings or use this link and send it to  the Rotary 8 Office (  Criteria for selection are included on the nomination form. Use this link to see our past Rotarians of the Year
Please submit any nominations no later than the close of business Thursday January 23.  The selection committee, including Past Presidents, Past Rotarians of the Year and current and incoming Presidents will meet immediately following the Rotary meeting on Thursday, January 30 to go over all the nominations and select the next worthy recipient of this prestigious award. 
The recipient of this year’s Rotarian of the Year award will be honored at our lunch meeting on Thursday, February 27 where he or she will receive a Paul Harris Fellowship and tremendous adulation, followed by thundering applause, all in recognition of their outstanding service.  That evening, they will also be treated to a first-rate dinner in the company of Past Rotarians of the Year.
Although many are deserving, only one can be honored as our Rotarian of the Year.  Please take the time to nominate our club’s most commendable Rotarian.
We have the opportunity to kick off the new year with another wonderful chance to serve our community.  The Science Olympiad will be held at Curtis Jr. High School on Saturday January 11. There are a wide variety of volunteer options with some starting as early as 7 am and some that will end at 530.  They need help with many tasks such as helping to manage/grade tests, manage events, sort the paperwork to be delivered to the various schools, concession stand duties, and organizing the score room information as the events are processed. Please contact  Gil Quante at or Jim Whitacre at  if you would like to help. 
January 16 - SeaTac Airport
Lance Lyttle
Use this link to register
January 23 - Yes Works
Adam Utley and Aaron Schmooker
Use this link to register
January 30 - Census 2020
Lorraine Ralston
Use this link to register
February 6- Black History Month
Lyle Quasim & T'wina Nobles
Use this link to register
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
Diane Kelleher - Jan 05
Deb Robinett - Jan 08
Bob Fredrickson - Jan 11
Don Hansen - Jan 11
Victor Mitre - Jan 11
Anniversaries to Celebrate
Barb Tankersley - 4 years 
Michelle Roberts - 17 years 
Steve Smith - 24 years 
Arvind Phukan – 30  years 
Stacey Ogle - Seattle 4
Social at The Table
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.
January 9
YMCA - Thursday at 5
1710 Market
January 16
2810 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA
January 23
The Matador
721 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA
Congratulations on your accomplishments so far this year!!
July - Camp Goodtimes
Stuff the Bus - August
St Vinnie Sort - August & October
Raising Girls - October
Bike Build - November
EFN - November & December
Giving Tree November thru December
Toys for Kids - December
Bell-Ringing - December
RYE - We Love Our Kids!!!
Interact Students - Food Drive
Grants - Awarded $35,000 in December!
Literacy Committee - Little Free Library
World Community Services - Supporting World Wide Grants
PGG/Foundations - Over $80,000 in donations!
Membership - 8 New Members for Rotary 8
Neel Parikh, Alecia Cunningham, David Setford, Clarence Henderson, Elaine Chan, Phillip Curiale, Greer Todhunter and Victor Mitre!
Special thanks to all of our committees and the work they do to keep our club vibrant. Along with the Committees listed above our Communications Committee is capturing our meeting photos, working on our Facebook page and has produced articles for our District Magazine. Our Engagement and Pandaka Committees are assuring new and seasoned members are fully involved in the club.  Our Program Committee continues to recruit and manage interesting and thoughtful meeting speakers. Our Finance Committee helps every week with fine-counting as well as reviewing our financials.  Our Scholarship Committee is gearing up for the new year and is tracking the dedicated students who have received awards. Our Classification Committee works closely with membership to assign classifications to our new members. Our Fellowship Committee continues to provide social opportunities for members to gather outside of our weekly meetings. Our Military Affairs Committee produced a touching and thoughtful Veterans Day program and continue to look for other ways the club can support the military men and women in our community. Our small but mighty Vocational Services Committee recruits meeting sponsors every week as well as our Thursday at 5 hosts.  Be looking for an announcement soon from this committee for the Business Expo in the spring! Last, but certainly not least is the committee that has a HUGE impact on our ability to do everything listed above - our wonderful Auction Committee.  They are Calling All Heroes for the auction on May 2, there is a place for every single member to make a difference!
If you aren't yet tied into a committee what a great New Year resolution for you!  

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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. 
Noon - 1:00 pm Except on the 2nd Thursdays when we meet in the evening at a member's business.
The Rotary Office is located at:
1001 Yakima Ave, Suite 9A
Tacoma, Washington 98405

PO Box 1777
Tacoma, Washington 98401-1777

Phone:  253.473.7723
Office Hours 
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Jan 16, 2020
Sea-Tac Airport
Jan 23, 2020
The Princess and the Pea Principle
Jan 30, 2020
Census 2020
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Upcoming Events
Thursday at 5 YMCA
1710 Market St.
Jan 09, 2020
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Science Olympiad
Curtis Junior High School
Jan 11, 2020
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Executive Committee Meeting
Rotary Office
Jan 14, 2020
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Finance Committee Meeting
Banner Bank
Jan 14, 2020 12:00 PM
Auction Committee Meeting
Rotary Club of Tacoma
Jan 15, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
World Community Service Committee Meeting
Cole Graphic Solutions
Jan 16, 2020 7:00 AM
Engagement Committee Meeting
Tacoma Yacht Club
Jan 16, 2020 11:00 AM
Membership Recruitment Committee
Tacoma Yacht Club
Jan 16, 2020 11:00 AM
Program Committee Meeting
Tacoma Yacht Club
Jan 16, 2020
11:00 AM – 11:55 AM
Rotary Youth Exchange Committee
Tacoma Yacht Club (before lunch)
Jan 16, 2020 11:00 AM
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Executives & Directors
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Immediate Past President
Secretary 2018-2020
Treasurer 2019-2021
Board Member 2017-2020
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Board Member 2018-2021
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Board Member 2019-2022
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Board Member 2019-2022
Board Member 2019-2022
Tacoma Rotary 8 Foundation Board President
Auction Chair
Classification Co-Chair
Classification Co-Chair
Communications Chair
Engagement Co-Chair
Engagement Co-Chair
Fellowship Chair
Finance Committee Co -Chair
Finance Committee Co-Chair
Grants Co-Chair
Grants Co-Chair
Information and Orientation Chair
Interact Co-Chair
Interact Co-Chair
Literacy Co-Chair
Literacy Co-Chair
Membership Recruitment Chair
Military Affairs Co-Chair
Military Affairs Co-Chair
PGG and Foundations Co-Chair
PGG and Foundations Co-Chair
Program Co-Chair
Program Co-Chair
Projects Co-Chair
Projects Co-Chair
Rotary Youth Exchange Chair
Scholarships Co-Chair
Scholarship Co-Chair
Vocational Services Co-Chair
Vocational Service Co-Chair
World Community Service Co-Chair
World Community Service Co-Chair
Youth Protection Officer
Youth Services Chair
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