Thursday, March 12, 2020
VOL. NINETY SIX,  Issue 37
Thursday at 5 
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This week's "Thursday at 5" event will be hosted by KBTC Public Television at the Asia Pacific Cultural Center: 4851 S Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA 98409. Please join us for some fun program previews, including the new 5-part documentary, Asian Americans, while enjoying light snacks, mingling with fellow Rotarians, and participating in a service project to support literacy.   If you haven't had a chance to bring a new or gently used children's book to Rotary in support of the District Governor's Literacy goal, there's still time - simply bring it with you that night! We look forward to seeing you there! Please register here.
There are many questions going around about the novel Coronavirus and COVID-19 illness.  Here are the current plans for Rotary #8. 
At this time, we are proceeding with all our upcoming meetings and events.  If we are partnering with a non-profit on a project we will ask them to be responsible for letting us know if the project is still scheduled.
If there are any changes to our schedule, we will communicate that to you through email, posts on our website, and social media.
We are regularly checking information from the Center for Disease Control, Pierce County Public Health, and the City of Tacoma Mayor’s Office.
We are working with the Yacht Club and they are providing additional cleaning and taking precautionary steps for their guests. They will make hand sanitizer available in the lobby.
Our recommendations for you.  Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. You can also use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. 
Practice “social distancing”. Hand shaking and hugging is discouraged; try the “elbow bump” instead.
If you are feeling ill, please stay home and take care of yourself. 
March 19
Report from Olympia - Jake Fey
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March 26
Community Service Award & Daffodil Court
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After Meeting Project Success!
We must have had at least 40 members and guests remain after the meeting on Thursday to help us with our 3rd after meeting project this year! What an amazing group of People of Action helped lend a hand! The Red Cross was packed up and out the door just a little after 2. Special thanks to the Projects Committee and their Co-Chairs Diane Kelleher and Gil Quante and the project lead Becky Fontaine, assisted by her staff and Military Affairs Co-Chairs Julie Foley and John Murray. Your support of the auction gives us the funds we need to do these projects where we bring the work to you. Your dedication to our community and the service members who will receive these comfort kits is truly appreciated!
You have seen some of our Auction Committee members selling raffle tickets before the meeting and hope that you have taken the opportunity to purchase your ticket or take a book to sell to friends, family and co-workers.  At the last auction meeting we realized that if just 30 members took a book of tickets and promised to sell them, we would have all of the tickets sold and could move on to focus on other auction task.  Thanks to 4 members and our ticket sellers,we only have 24 books left to sell!! As an incentive, whoever sells (or buys) the most tickets will win two tickets to a Sounders game this summer!! 
Check out the website for our latest list of sponsors, and don't forget to turn in your procurement forms!
We have Seahawks tickets, Sounders tickets and a variety of golf packages from Fircrest to Sahalee and more (we are just looking for those procurement forms!)
Membership Proposal
Unless written objections are submitted to the Board within 10 days of this posting, the following individual  will be invited to membership: 
Greg Beals
VP - Juniper Capital
Sponsor: Kirsten Willis
Sarah Commet
Architect - Keimig Associates
Sponsor: Carol Duris
Save the Date: Saturday, March 14! Are you tired of exercising only in the gym and not being outdoors lately? How about getting a total body workout in the fresh mountain air with your fellow Tacoma #8 Rotarians?  The Fellowship and Relationship Building Committee is organizing a Ski, Snowboard, Snowshoe, and/or Tubing Day at Snoqualmie Summit.  Bring your family, young and old, there is something for everyone to do.  We will start with a quick breakfast early on March 14th in Tacoma area. After a morning fun, we will gather up at a cabin within walking distance from the lifts or shuttle bus for lunch before heading back out for more snow fun.  For the die-hard plankers, an overnight trip may be possible depending on the number of cabins that we may be able to find.  If you have any questions, please contact Elaine Chan at  
Your next opportunity for an EFN Break Bag Pack is coming on March 21 from 12-2. Sign up sheets will be on the tables at upcoming meetings or you can email Gil Quante at if you are available to help!
The Daffodil Dash is back and your Projects Committee has agreed to manage the Tacoma leg of the race on Saturday April 4.  They are looking for volunteers to help with a variety of tasks including race day registration and handing out water to the runners and cheering them on along the route! Shifts start at 7:30 and you should be done by 10.  Proceeds from the race will be used to support a non profit that improves conditions in a health care desert in Tacoma, as Pierce County is 3rd from the bottom in health ranking of 39 counties in Washington. You can also support the race by signing  up as a runner. Here is the 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
Roger Lee
Tracy Peacock
Cathy Hall
Jim Whitacre
Anniversaries to Celebrate
Joyce Glavish - 3 years
George Pilant - 6 years 
John Bailey - 8 years  
Chung Lee - 13 years 
Fred Moisio - 41 years 
Fred Moisio - Sun City Del Sol, AZ
Ray Schuler - Gig Harbor
Larry Treleven - Gig Harbor
Social at Coles 2-20
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.
March 12
Thursdays at 5
Hosted by KBTC
Asia Pacific Cultural Center
4851 S. Tacoma Way
March 19
Foleys on the Green
7108 Lakewood Drive West
March Madness Begins!
March 26
The Beach Tavern
8612 6th Avenue
Reflections from March 5 from Past President Barry Benson
President Carol rang in the meeting at 12:03. Stephen Deal offered an invocation, emphasizing the importance of even small acts of kindness. Monique Valenzuela of Youth Marine Foundation led the national anthem and 4 way test. President Carol took a couple of important moments to remind us of the precautions we need to take to minimize the impact of the coronavirus: wash often, no touching, sneeze into your elbow, stay home if not feeling well. By now most of us know the proper steps; it’s just a matter of remembering!
Missy Zenczak Candler (United Way) and Kim Bedier (City of Tacoma) carried the mics for visiting Rotarians and visitors, of which there were many, including a number of prospective members as well as several family members of our speaker, Chris Henderson.
As meeting sponsor, Becky Fontaine, celebrated Red Cross month (March) telling the club that the Red Cross is one of the oldest organizations in US (founded 1881).  Red Cross has 6 major areas of focus (now, including COVID 19.) May 2nd is a date to put on our calendars, not just for our auction in the evening but during the morning to help Red Cross install smoke alarms in homes where needed. In addition, after the meeting we as a club will be assembling “comfort kits” for active duty military, reservists and veterans. 
Jennifer Weddermann made a paid announcement for an upcoming event for Tacoma Youth Symphony.
Club anniversaries were then celebrated: Tony Belot (2 years), Tina Vasen (2 years), Carla Santorno (7 years), Andrew Imholt (9 years), Ann Voves (21 years), and Pamela Transue (30 years).
Gil Quante celebrated birthdays for the month of March. The question he put to each of the celebrants was: “What pearl of wisdom will you share with newer Rotarians.” Bill Duppenthaler said to think of Rotary meetings as divine appointments. Kirsten Willis suggested we all remember to register for every meeting to keep her mom (and our club administrator) Kathi from having heart attack every week as she compiles a list of those needing lunch.  Missy Zenczak Candler suggested signing up for business expo or sponsoring a meeting. She also suggested  meeting as many members as possible. Jerry McLaughlin feels fortunate to be from the area. John West got a poem from Pamela Transue in 2009 and recently found the poem suggesting God gave him nothing he wanted but everything he needed. Buck Thompson was president 37 years ago when there were no women in the club, and today the club has become so much better since women have joined! Tracy Peacock reminded us to never judge a book by its cover. And to remember you can always find common ground with others issues, they are cancelling.  Sherri Stanton is exploring other options for next week’s Thursday at 5 and will announce when she has a plan.
Auction Chair Sharon Benson (Windermere Real Estate) offered recognition to members who have stepped forward with sponsorships.  Two particularly noteworthy sponsors are Financial Insights with a $10,000 sponsorship and Timberland Bank at $7,500,  along with others who were recognized. Sharon then reminded us to take a sponsorship form from the blue folders and to fill it out, encouraging us all to be superheros. Procurement is, as usual a key to a successful auction. (those forms were in the folders too.) We still need items to be donated to the auction.  Think outside the box. And finally she reminded us to buy a few $50  raffle tickets. The winner will get $1000!
Scarves Up Sounders Fans!! 
Past President Jim Henderson introduced his nephew, Chris Henderson, of the Seattle Sounders with the following facts about Chris and the Sounders.  On November 10, 2019, the Seattle Sounders defeated Toronto FC to win the 2019 MLS Cup.  Kelvin Leerdam, Victor Rodriguez and Raul Ruidiaz all scored for Seattle as the Rave Green captured its second championship in four seasons.  A raucous crowd of 69,274 provided the largest stand-alone attendance for a sporting event in the history of Century Link Field and also was the largest for a soccer match in the history of Washington state.  Our speaker is the Seattle Sounders Vice President of Soccer and Sporting Director, as he assists the team’s General Manager in all areas of soccer operations, including scouting, player management, coaching decisions and the club’s youth system. He is regarded as one of the most successful soccer players ever produced by the state of Washington, having represented the U.S. at the international level 79 times and winning championships in both the MLS (with Kansas City) and NCAA, at UCLA. He played 11 seasons for five different MLS teams and his 80 regular season assists is #10 all time and finished his career with 51 goals. He is an inductee in the UCLA Hall of Fame, was National High School Gatorade Soccer Player of the Year and at age 19, was the youngest member of the US roster in the 1990 World Cup.  He was recently inducted into the Washington State Soccer Hall of Fame, along with his father Dick. Chris talked about the 2019 MLS title game, and how he scours the world to find the talent that keeps the Sounders at or near the top of the MLS.  Chris began by thanking his Dad, Past President Jim Henderson’s brother, for his support as Chris honed skills in soccer. A big deal is the little things like attitude. Can teach skills but not attitude. Chris travels the globe in search of talent –talent with the right attitude. South Korea’s Kim Jin Won is a good example as presented in a video shown to the club. The video spotlighted as an example soccer in South Korea where the sport is a relatively new phenomenon. While we as fans often focus on the star, Chris emphasized the need and importance to focus on teamwork. The Sounders looks for a balanced player. Chris travels the world, spending 3-4 months every year away from home. Having done scouting and selection for 12 years, Chris says he is coming to understand key cultural differences. Japanese players always strive for perfection (the concept of continuous improvement, or Kaizen is a key element of their culture). Koreans are sturdier and strong. Japanese are more technical. Icelandic players feel like they are the underdog…tough and strong.  Tacoma Defiance is the next project. Eventually all Sounders will come through Tacoma’s local club for which the Sounder organization is hoping to get a stadium built. Last year the team started working with 8-9 teenagers and signed 3 of them to the Sounders team At the end of his talk, Chris offered an auction experience—a chance to visit training for 5 or six people during which Chris will serve as host and explain expectations etc. Our auction winners will also  be able to get autographs. Next Chris fielded questions from the club, for example how does the organization support a new player, say, from Korea when they don’t speak language? They help them with all the acclimatization, visas, housing and assisting when foreign players bring their families along. Mike Dunbar asked about using technology in assessing talent.  Chris says he has software that records player actions.  Every time a player touches the ball, it is clipped. In addition to traveling and observing potential recruits live, Chris has logged thousands of hours watching these software films. Scouts and data analysts then talk together about the various players.
President Carol reminded us of the evening social to be held at McMenamins at 5 PM. Finally just before the formal meeting adjourned Becky Fontaine gave the  instructions for building the comfort kits. Each a kit will have 11 pieces of hygiene items. Becky was hoping we could build 1000 in 30 minutes. (It did take a little longer, but we got it done!)

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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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Recycle Reset: How International Market Changes Are Impacting Tacoma
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Rotary Club of Tacoma
Mar 18, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
World Community Service Committee Meeting
Cole Graphic Solutions
Mar 19, 2020 7:00 AM
Rotary Youth Exchange Committee
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Mar 19, 2020 11:00 AM
Weekly Meeting- Jake Fey
Tacoma Yacht Club
Mar 19, 2020
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Mar 23, 2020
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The Spar
Mar 24, 2020 5:00 PM
Weekly Meeting CSA and Daffodil Court
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Mar 26, 2020
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM
Literacy Committee
Red Elm
Apr 02, 2020
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PGG - Foundations
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Apr 02, 2020 1:00 PM
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Red Elm
Apr 14, 2020
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