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Tacoma South

Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
Red Lobster
1929 S 72nd Street
Tacoma, WA  98408
United States
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Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Committee Chair 2016-2017
Director (2014-2017)
Committee Chair 2016-2017
Director (2016-2019)
Director (2014-2017)
Committee Chair (2016-2017)
Director (2016-2019)
Director (2016-2019)
Director (2014-2017)

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Tacoma #8 has challenged us! The Rotary Club of Tacoma #8 has challenged our club to raise $10,000 in our raise the paddle event at the mini-golf fundraiser on Oct. 21 and they will match our funds raised (up to $10K)! I am certain we can meet their challenge! Please let those you invite to our mini-golf event that this is an opportunity to make a new van for enrichment, intramural sports, and higher education tours a reality for the Henry Schatz Branch of the Boys and Girls Clubs in South Puget Sound (Tacoma)! Let's do this!

November is Rotary Foundation month and a great opportunity to consider joining the movement. The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, they tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.

Strong financial oversight, a stellar charity rating, and a unique funding model mean that they make the very most of your contribution. Give and become a part of Rotary’s life-changing work!

Governor's Message
Rotary Serving Humanity is the theme that Rotary International President John Germ has chosen for this Rotary year. I very much like the theme because it speaks to everything we do in Rotary. Each club is very different in their focus and projects, but everything we do serves humanity in one way or another.
The July Rotary Club of Tacoma South Board meeting will take place on July 18th at NOON at the Blazing Onion, located at 4502 S Steele St #1510, Tacoma, WA 98409, near the Tacoma Mall. Our meeting agenda will include discussion of our upcoming events, review of planned activities, and preparation for the mini-golf tournament. All members are welcome to join us!
In our first meeting of the 2016-2017 year we designed four fantastic fellowship events to ensure our club stays engaged and connected with each other. The first event, a Seahawks Viewing Party, will take place on July 25th at Brink and Sadler. More details to come.
Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in the club's first fellowship-focused meeting. It was fun to see everyone engaging in conversation with each other. We were a lively bunch!

District Conference is in Olympia 24-25 June.  Join Governor Rose Bowman for this great event, and help celebrate with Joanne Croghan as she starts her year as Governor! Registration and hotel information can be found here:

Please register today; the first 100 to register will receive a free copy of the book, "If I Only Had a Water Buffalo"

And don't forget to strongly encourage your incoming Board of Director to attend a well!

Tom Carroll

2016 District Conference Chair

On Nov. 9, Dr. Lonnie L. Howard, president of Clover Park Technical College, joined us to share an update on the college. While he visited we provided him with a $5,000 check to add to our club's endowment for scholarships.
Oct 31, 2016
Evelyn Ryberg, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
How they help philanthropic individuals with their giving
Nov 07, 2016
Cindy Niemi, Mary Bridge Childrens Foundation
Mary Bridge services and new things on the horizon
Nov 14, 2016
Sandy Leek, Proj Manager for PSE
New LNG plant on Tideflats
Nov 28, 2016
McChord Field Tour
Operations Support Squadron
Dec 05, 2016
Dec 12, 2016
Emily Barnett and Don Sosnowski
Invista Performance Solutions
Jan 09, 2017
Club President Tawny Dotson
State of the Club
Jan 09, 2017
Feb 06, 2017
Mar 06, 2017
Apr 03, 2017
Virtual reality films bring new dimension to polio fight
At this year’s World Polio Day celebration in Atlanta, Rotary is harnessing the power of virtual reality technology to build empathy and inspire action in our fight to eradicate polio. Rotary, with support from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, produced a virtual reality film that tells the story of Alokita, a young adult who suffered paralysis from polio as a child growing up in India, which has been polio-free since 2011. “When you open your eyes and see a different environment around you, you relate to the subject on a visceral, personal level,” says Vincent Vernet, direct of digital and...
Rotary Day at UN highlights role of business in building a better world
From the United Nations’ earliest days in the aftermath of World War II, the organization’s humanitarian mission has always dovetailed with Rotary’s efforts to administer aid and build peace. This year’s Rotary Day at the United Nations, 12 November, will highlight the role businesses can play in that collaboration as we work toward a more just and equitable world. The theme of this year’s gathering at UN headquarters in New York City, “Responsible Business, Resilient Societies,” recognizes Rotary’s role at the intersection of commerce and cause. As leaders in their professions and...
ShelterBox prepares for Mosul refugees
Today marked the start of the battle to take control of Mosul back from the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS. The city is the group's last major stronghold in Iraq. But humanitarian aid agencies have known about the military offensive, giving them an unusual opportunity to prepare for the crisis. "It is rare for the world to get early warning of a vast human catastrophe," says Chris Warham, chief executive of ShelterBox. "The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees issued a paper in July saying this would likely be the biggest humanitarian crisis of the year — and we better get...
Skydivers raise thousands for polio eradication
The first time Noel Jackson jumped out of a plane at 14,000 feet, it had nothing to do with raising money for polio eradication. The Michigan dentist had received a gift certificate to go skydiving from his staff because they knew he was into adventure. “It is definitely a defining moment,” says Jackson, a member of the Rotary Club of Trenton, Michigan, USA, of that first jump, done in tandem strapped to a professional skydiver. “The rush of the free fall is beyond anything I have ever experienced before. Just the speed and acceleration is unbelievable. You don’t even have time to figure out...
Rotary and ShelterBox on the ground in Haiti
Even as parts of Haiti were still recovering from a catastrophic 2010 earthquake, Hurricane Matthew tore through the impoverished island country 4 October, leaving hundreds dead and many more homeless. The Category 4 storm affected an estimated 330,000 people in Haiti, including 6,400 who were moved to temporary shelters. Extensive damage to main bridges and other transportation networks have left some areas cut off and vulnerable. Torrential rains have resulted in flooding and landslides. And contaminated water supplies threaten to lead to a surge in cholera cases and other waterborne...