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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
President Elect
Secretary
Treasurer
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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Due to inclement weather and concerning road conditions the Rotary Club of Tacoma South meeting scheduled for Feb. 6 at noon is canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience.

I grew up a Club kid. I started going to the Boys and Girls Club for youth sports when I was just five years old, but really became a Club Kid in middle school when I needed a safe and positive environment after school.

On Nov. 28, our club visited McChord Field and learned more about our neighbors at JBLM and their contributions to Operation Deep Freeze. We also toured the C-17. What a great opportunity!

In 2016-17, The Rotary Foundation turns 100. That's a century of helping Rotary members change lives and improve communities all over the world.

Throughout the year we're posting excerpts from "Doing Good in the World: The Inspiring Story of The Rotary Foundation's First 100 Years." You can purchase the book at shop.rotary.org.

To learn more about the Foundation's centennial and find tips and resources for celebrating, visit www.rotary.org/foundation100.

Rotarians we are just $4,000 from our goal of $45,000 to purchase a new van for the Schatz Branch of the Boys and Girls Club. The online link for donations is https://www.commitchange.com/wa/tacoma/boys-and-girls-clubs-of-south-puget-sound/campaigns/rotaryvan and I encourage you to share it on social media and via email to help us close the final gap and get that van on the way!
 
On Oct. 25 Gary Klein and I presented to the Rotary Club of Tacoma North about the project. We will continue to hit the road to raise the last few thousand dollars, but if you have anyone who wants to help us get there please let us know!
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:

http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50092/SitePage/district-conference-2016

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.
 
 
 
 
Speakers
Keith Galbraith
Feb 27, 2017
Family Renewal Shelter Update
Stuart McGehee, Pacific Northwest Asset Management
Mar 06, 2017
Level the Playing Field
/Diego Sierra
Mar 13, 2017
Junior Achievement
Cindy Niemi, Mary Bridge Childrens Foundation
Mar 20, 2017
New Changes to Courage Classic
Mic McDaniel
Mar 27, 2017
Update on India
Mel Oyler
Apr 03, 2017
CPTC Bachelor's Degree Program
La Marco Mitchell
Apr 10, 2017
Relay for Life Tacoma
Club President Tawny Dotson
Jun 05, 2017
Fellowship
 
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Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Culture: Life in the bike lane
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...