Thursday, January 2, 2020
VOL. NINETY SIX,  Issue 27
Wishing you beautiful moments
and treasured memories in 2020!
She arrived during our meeting on December 19, she is truly a Rotary Baby!!  At 12:45 President Carol delivered this precious bundle of joy and her name is Harper May Duris.  She weighted in at 7 pounds 10 ounces and is 21 inches long.  Carol and Scarlett and Grandma Kathleen are adjusting their schedules around the needs of Harper and are loving every minute.  CONGRATULATIONS President Carol!! 
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 9 - Thursday at 5
Use this link to register
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
Special thanks to our members who braved the weather on Friday December 20 and were out ringing the bells for the Salvation Army. 
Alecia Cunningham, Cindy Niemi, Christina Turner, Jackie Lindstrom, Jeremy Fogelquist, Kelly Lane, Gabe Bringman, Nico Galy, Ray Schuler, John McMasters,Gil Quante, Ann Voves, Jim Whitacre, Michelle Roberts, Carolyn Weyrick, Mike Dunbar, John Schneider, Monique Valenzuela, Dan Bogart, Jacki Farrar, Jennifer Weddermann, John Bailey and Don Hansen

At this time of year, many members decide to make year-end donations.  If you are interested in giving to the Tacoma Rotary Foundation or to the club’s fundraising account we must have your check or credit card number for processing by noon on December 31.  For those of you who are of the age when you need to take a Required Minimum Distribution from your IRA we want to remind you that you can do a Qualified Charitable Distribution to the Tacoma Rotary Foundation. These are also referred to as an IRA Charitable Rollover and because the money goes directly to charity you are able to avoid taxes, because it is no longer considered income to you. You should always consult a tax professional or lawyer if you are considering a sizable gift. If you would like to make a donation to Rotary International Foundation please contact them directly here. If you are sending a check it must be postmarked on December 31 in order for it to count as a 2019 donation. Their mailing address is: 
The Rotary Foundation
14280 Collections Center Dr.
Chicago, IL 60693
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
Carol Duris - Jan 04
Anniversaries to Celebrate
Katina Self - 1 year
Bill Baarsma - 18 years
Tim Daly - 27 years cumulative
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 2
No Social Happy New Year
January 9
YMCA - Thursday at 5
1710 Market
January 16
2810 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA
January 23
The Matador
721 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA
THANK YOU! People of Action July - December
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 way for you to start the New Year!!!  

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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
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Tacoma, Washington 98405

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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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Projects Committee Meeting
Jan 03, 2020 8:15 AM
110th Anniversary Committee Planning
Rotary Office
Jan 07, 2020
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
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
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