Recently two of our Little Free Libraries were installed.  The LFL at Hope Sparks was installed on August 22nd and was dedicated to PCPC member Christopher Lee, and another LFL was installed at McCarver Elementary. 
The same evening as the dedication of the LFL at HopeSparks, members also added "Book donated by the Rotary Passport Club of Pierce County" labels to hundreds of books that will be available in our LFLs around Pierce County.  Nice job!!
LFL at HopeSparks  Dedication of Christopher Lee LFL 
 
Little Free Library
LFLs installed and dedicated 2018-09-24 07:00:00Z 0 Little Free Library
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We hope you are able to join us for this month's social. We will be building more Little Free Libraries at York Enterprises. Come prepared for lots of fun and great conversation while we paint and glue our little libraries together.

Food will be catered for this event. A donation of $10 or a shareable beverage is suggested. Please click here to sign up for this event. Guests are welcome!

LFL Little Free Library Social
Sept social and LFL Build 2018-09-24 07:00:00Z 0 LFL,Little Free Library,Social
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President Elect TONY CAMORODA was our greeter as we all met at Johnny's Dock.  They were newly remodeled, had a new menu, and the service went very smoothly. 
President Jinnie called the meeting to order at 6:03 as dinner orders were taken.  JENNIFER WOLBRECHT ably led the Four-Way Test.  Rotary anniversaries were announced:  Haley 1 year, Nita 22 years, and Neel 23 years. 
Fine Time:
  • Gerald: likes Eric Boles’ quote: “If you always focus on what you’re comfortable doing, you’ll never be great.”
  • Megan celebrated today by stepping in cat vomit!
  • Nita: 50th wedding anniversary in Galapagos Islands
  • Kaaren: son needs work while Tumwater schools on strike
  • Beverly: Going to Spokane for meetings with Kaaren
  • Terri: great July vacation, then appendectomy followed by 2nd surgery in August!
  • Helen: new grandbaby, Brelynn Renette.
  • Jennifer D: Hunter and wife evacuating out of So. Carolina to Atlanta
  • Neel: house resold; took garden tour of Colorado steppes.
  • Jennifer W: “I’ve had a long day”…and about 5 other people in the room nodded vigorously!  Had a big party to celebrate her 40th and their 10th anniversary.
  • President Jinnie: invited us all to Wine and Bingo on 11/3 for B&G Clubs.
 
Our wonderful August Rotarian of the Month, Sue Dahlin, awarded the September Rotarian of the Month recognition to HALEY EVANS.  She added that it was a pleasure to recognize a relatively new Rotarian’s commitment and excellence!
Our Co-Chair of the Foundation Committee, Nita Sell, was happy and proud to award BEVERLY VINCENT with her second Paul Harris Fellowship.  Beverly donates, contributes, volunteers and gives money to the Foundation, proving she is a great Passport Rotarian.
Beverly and Nita then jumped ahead on the agenda to give our club goals for giving to The Rotary Foundation ($3500) and Polio Plus ($500) during President Jinnie’s year, 2018-2019.  Of course our primary goals is EREY – every Rotarian donates at least $25 every year.
Club Administration update:  Jinnie stood in for Karyn.  Reminder to fill in the form at each meeting if you attended another Rotary club, attended a committee meeting, and/or volunteered for a project.  Or use the passportrotary@gmail.com to send it in.
Membership update: Jennifer D. reminded us to bring friends to our meetings and that we just received a new member application. 
  • Dorothy Lewis just hates missing our meetings but is still dealing with her stenosis issues; let’s all send her emails, cards, or messages to say we’re missing her.Check out Boon Supply before you buy anything because part of your money comes back to our club! https://www.boonsupply.com/collections/all?fundraiser=90043
 
Programs and Meeting Organization: update:  Haley and Sue
  • Social at York Enterprises on the 26th 5:30-7:00 where we will build more little libraries!  $10 to cover food.
  • Meeting with District Governor Craig on the 10th at the Lakewood Ram.  He’s is actually a great speaker so bring your friends and families.
  • December social moved up to 12/19 at Mad Cap Marketing, courtesy of Past President Stephanie.
  • Coat Drive in October; recipient organization to be announced.
NEEL PARIKH gave her talk about joining other Rotarians from our District who visited the grant project in Guatemala:  Business Development for Guatemalan Women. https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50092/stories/district-rotarians-visit-grant-project-in-guatemala.  How inspiring it is to learn that micro lending to women entrepreneurs works!
HOWARD SVIGALS, Assistant District Governor and District Foundation Chair gave an excellent report by starting out: “The Guatemala project is a perfect example of what The Rotary Foundation does!”  For the 10th year in a row, Charity Navigator has given us their highest rating.  The Gates Foundation will double our donations to Polio Plus over the next 3 years; we could reach $150,000,000. 
Meeting was adjourned at 7:10 pm. 
   
service opportunities
Great meeting at Johnny's Dock 9/12/18 Nita Sell 2018-09-14 07:00:00Z 0 service opportunities
August 8, 2018 meeting Passport club Tony Camoroda 2018-09-10 07:00:00Z 0
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Reminder that our new monthly location for the Club Meetings will be at the Lakewood Ram.  Social time starts at 5:30 and the meeting will begin about 6:00pm.
The Lakewood Ram is located at:
RAM - Lakewood
10019 59th Ave SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
 
New Club Meeting Location - Lakewood Ram 2018-06-05 07:00:00Z 0
A huge thank you to our Nova Scotia friends for their Friendship Exchange presentation during our meeting on May 23rd.  It was great to hear about what the clubs in their district are doing and learn
more about how the exchange works. 
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Congratulations to Neal Parikh!  Foundation Chair, Nita Sell, award Neal with her 3rd Paul Harris during our social meeting on May 23rd. 
 
Thank you Neal for your supporrt of The Rotary Foundation. 
 
Click here to make a donation to The Foundation.  Reminder that our club is also offering a points challenge to help member achieve a Paul Harris. 
Neal Awarded with Paul Harris 2018-06-05 07:00:00Z 0
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On Friday, June 8th, from 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm, Eastside Boys & Girls Club is holding a family carnival night for kids at the club and their families. Volunteers are needed to help with activities. Check out the event page (here) to sign up! If you'd like to contribute towards buying cupcakes for the families and staff, connect with Jinnie to donate (253.970.2338).
 
Our club is volunteering at Emergency Food Network's Mother Earth Farm on July 14th from 9 am until 12 pm. We'll be doing gardening work like weed removal, compost spreading, and/or seeding crops. We'll also have a potluck picnic on the farm after our shift. All ages are welcome, so feel free to bring family/friends! Up to 25 people can be accommodated. Click here to sign up.
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Rotary Fellowships are international groups that share a common passion. Being part of a fellowship is a fun way to make friends around the world, explore a hobby or profession, and enhance your Rotary experience.  Click here to learn more about RI Fellowships and to see a full list of current fellowships. 
One fellowship is the International Fellowship of Rotarian Musicians (IFRM).  The IFRM's mission statement is "is to promote Rotary fellowship by encouraging clubs to sing,to organize musical activities for performance at all levels of Rotary functions, and to support community music organizations and school music programs." The IFRM allows Rotarians to connect and engage with one another and provide service to those in need around the world through their passion for music. 
One way that anyone can help support the IFRM is through the donation of needed items such as: 
  • Sheet music, musical scores, recorded music (CDs and tapes)
  • New and/or used musical instruments, especially wind instruments, guitars, and drum sets
If you have any sheet music that you would like to donate, contact Karyn Siegrist, she will be collecting the donated sheet music and mailing it to the IFRM.
 
Check out our Facebook page though out the month of June as we highlight other Rotary Fellowships.
 
 
Fellowships IFRM music
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As my Rotary year comes to a close I am so thankful for the memories we have made in our second year of being the Passport Club. I appreciate all our members support and camaraderie. 

To go out with some fun I hope everyone can join me for the "outgoing party!".  As I started my year stating that Rotary family is important to me I am holding true to that with this last shin dig with a family friendly bowling night. 
 
When: June 27th, 2018 (our social meeting day)
Time:  6:00 - 8:00pm
Cost: $15.00 pp to bowl. Include shoes. Payable to the club.
Come hang out, bowl if you wish, eat, drink and have fun. All are welcome. 
-President Stephanie
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The Project and Volunteer Committee has some great opportunities lines up for this summer.  Contact Megan Schoor for more details.
  • June 2nd - Hope Sparks Rummage Sale: Donate items and/or volunteer.
  • June 8th - Boys and Girls Club event from 3:30pm - 7pm: run booth and/or donate food for dinner at family night. Click here for more details.
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Passport Club of Pierce County had quite a few members at DTA and the District Conference Celebration Dinner.  As a first time attendee, PCPC member Megan Schoor had a great time, "DTC was a great opportunity to hear inspiring speakers, network with other Rotarians (including Rotaractors!) in our district, and exchange ideas about service projects that are both easy to coordinate and helpful to our community."  Her experience was echoed by all members attending. 
 
District 5020 DTA
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The Rotary Foundation Committee would like to remind members about the 2 for 1 offer.  Any member making a donation before June 30th to The Rotary Foundation for at least $100 will receive 100 matching points towards a Paul Harris Fellowship.  Donations may be turned into Nita Sell at the May 23rd meeting or via credit/debit on the Foundation's webs site.  If making a donation on the website, please make sure to let Nita know once you have made the donation in order to receive your 100 matching points.  If you are not able to make it to the meeting on the 23rd and would like to mail a check to the club for us to process, it can be mailed to: PO Box 111674, Tacoma, WA 98411.
Rotary Foundation Rotary PCPC TRF
Foundation 2 for 1 matching points 2018-05-14 07:00:00Z 0 Rotary Foundation,Rotary PCPC,TRF
Welcome Mike Yoder 2018-05-13 07:00:00Z 0

Joe LeRoy invites you t the Hope Sparks Rise & Shine Breakfast.

You’ll experience a powerful program and learn how you can directly impact resilient children and families in our community who face trauma, abuse and overwhelming life challenges.

Together, we will create the hopeful, critical outcomes that children and families need to achieve healthy and predictive lives.

Let’s light the way together!

Register TODAY!

HopeSparks Rise and Shine 2018 2018-04-23 07:00:00Z 0
 

The 8th and I Neighbors' Park was interested in installing a Little Free Library, and the Rotary Passport Club of Pierce County was happy to provide them with one. 

 

The group has been collecting books in anticipation of their new LFL and eager to stock the library once installed.

 

The whole community is extremly excited to have the a LFL, especially the kids.

 
The Thank You! sign that was made special for us :-)
8th & I Neighbors' Park LFL Dedication 2018-04-23 07:00:00Z 0
May is Youth Services Month within Rotary.

Rotary’s programs are developing the next generation of leaders, providing funding to make the world a better place, and making peace a priority. And our programs are not just for club members. Learn how you can make a difference in your community through Rotary.

Check out more information about some of the Rotary Youth Services such as:

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)

New Generations Service Exchange

Rotary Youth Exchange

 
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April is "Maternal and Child Health Month" within Rotary.  Learn more on the Rotary International Website.

Rotary makes high-quality health care available to vulnerable mothers and children so they can live longer and grow stronger.

We expand access to quality care, so mothers and children everywhere can have the same opportunities for a healthy future. An estimated 5.9 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation — all of which can be prevented.
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Passport members held a successful book giveaway at a Winter Wonderland event hosted by Metro Parks Tacoma and Tacoma Public Schools for children with disabilities and their families. The Winter Wonderland event also included family fun activities like bounce houses, face painting, outdoor games, and horse-drawn carriage rides. The kids were so excited to learn they could get a free book! Leftover books from the event were donated to Tacoma Public Schools' Little Free Libraries.
Winter Wonderland Giveaway 2018-04-23 07:00:00Z 0
March is Water and Sanitation Month within Rotary.  Clean water and sanitation is a human right.  When people, especially children, have access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, they lead healthier and more successful lives. Lear more about how Rotary is involved in water and sanitation on the RI website at https://www.rotary.org/en/our-causes/providing-clean-water.
 
March 12 - 18 is World Rotaract Week.  Rotaract clubs bring together people ages 18-30 to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service.  Did you know that our member Megan Schoor was a Rotaract when she was in college?  Currently there are 250,792 Rotaractors worldwide in 10,904 Rotaract clubs, which are in 184 different countries.  Lear more about Rotaract on the RI website at: https://www.rotary.org/en/get-involved/rotaract-clubs
 
 
March 31 the Preregistration discount ends for the .  Click on the link to learn more about RI Convention.  It is in Toronto, Canada this year.  If you are considering going, make sure to register before the 31st to receive the discount.
 
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Save on tickets to the movies, sporting events, online and in person shopping, hotels, and much more.
Explore Rotary Global Rewards to find discounts and special offers, along with opportunities to give back to Rotary while doing your online shopping. 
 
Just a few of the offers that I found when doing a quick glance down the list included Office Depot (online or in person, discount off of purchase), discounted movie tickets (AMC, Regal, and Cinemark are included), and much more. 
 
The site also allows for members to post their own offerings.  Does your business have a product that you would like to offer to other Rotarians?  Consider making it available to the Rotary family.
 
In addition to the site, there is also an app for the Rotary Global Rewards, available for both Apple and Android, just search for Rotary Global Rewards.
 
To view the discounts and ways you can help support Rotary, log into your RI account and select the Rotary Global Rewards. 
 
Happy shopping, saving, and supporting Rotary!
 
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Christopher Howard Lee, a charter member of our Rotary Passport Club of Pierce County, passed away early Tuesday, February 6, 2018, after a courageous battle. Chris was Chair of the Membership Committee and had previously been a member of Tacoma 8 Rotary from 2012-2016. Chris’ energy and passion were felt by those who knew him. From his business in Sandler Training, to his love of Egyptology, to being a Rotarian, he did it all with love and enthusiasm. The Passport Club awarded Chris his first Paul Harris Fellowship. When he learned of this honor, he clutched the Paul Harris medallion to his heart, got tears in his eyes, and said that he was thrilled to receive it. Chris was grateful, and we are grateful to have had him in our lives. He is survived by his wife, Lynn, whom he loved and adored. Lynn thanks the Passport Club for the card with words of comfort and for the gift she received. A public celebration of Chris’ life is being planned for early summer and will be announced to the Club. Chris will be missed terribly.
Remembering Christopher Howard Lee 2018-02-26 08:00:00Z 0
Social Meeting Location Change - The RAM - Lakewood 2018-02-25 08:00:00Z 0
On Thursday, May 3, 2018, the day before the start of the 2018 Rotary District 5020 Conference and Training, the 2017/2018 Rotary District Leadership is proud to partner with The Outreach Program and The Hotel Murano to bring you the First Annual Rotary 5020 District Wide Service Project.
 
During our Club Meeting on February 14th we heard from a co-chair for the event, Sally Porter Smith.  She told us about the first annual District Wide Service Project.  Together, we will package 50,000 meals in four two-hour segments starting at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 3, 2018 and ending at 4:00 p.m. that same day. We are searching for 336 Rotarian volunteers to work 14 to a workstation and there will be six workstations to each two-hour segment, therefore, each Rotarian will only work a two-hour segment. Each meal is nutritious and packed with proteins and vitamins and has a two-year shelf life.
 
Attendance at DTA is not required in order to participate in the service project.  More information about the project can be found on the district website: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50092/sitepage/2018-district-training-and-conference/service-project-information
 
Here is a link to the video that Sally mentioned that highlights the service project. 
 
 
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Tacoma Schools & MetroParks (ALF Class 24) is hosting an event on March 11th from 2:30 pm - 8:30 pm at the STAR Center for families who have children with disabilities. Our Rotary Club goal is to collect 2,200 books (K-5 reading level) to give away at the event. Any leftover books from the event will go to our Little Free Libraries. With 1,000 books already collected, we are nearly halfway to our event goal! We’ll hold a book drive at our February 14th and February 28th meetings, so feel free to bring any children’s books with you. To volunteer to hand out books to children at the event, please sign up here for a two-hour shift. Large quantities of books can also be dropped off to Jinnie Horan at Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound (in the building next door to the STAR Center). If you have any questions, feel free to contact Joe LeRoy, Jinnie Horan, or Megan Schoor.
Book Drive/Giveaway for STAR Center's Winter Wonderland Stephanie Schramm 2018-02-14 08:00:00Z 0
LFL Book Donation 2018-01-24 08:00:00Z 0
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During our Club meeting on January 10th Nita Sell awarded Jinnie Horan with a Paul Harris.  Thank you Jinnie for your contributions and support of the Rotary International Foundation. 
Donations for the Rotary International Foundation may be made online at: https://www.rotary.org/en/donate.  There is also a link to RI donation site in the right navigation bar on the PCPC website.
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Our club is busy! We have two opportunities for service this month, both are sure to be fun for all! 
 
Friday August 25th - Join us at Hope Sparks in Tacoma to build backpacks for over 200 children and their families to get what they need to go back to school! We will work from  2:00pm - 3:30pm (perhaps some social time after??) Click HERE for a map and directions! 
 
Wednesday August 30th - Our Second build event of Little Libraries! The first build was a blast so come and help us finish our remaining seven libraries to be installed in areas of our community with the most need. We will be meeting at York Enterprises at 6pm. This is a BYOB and Pot Luck Event so PLEASE bring some food to share with others and wear some clothes that you are willing to do a little work in! 
 
This event will be similar to our first build night, assembly style, and some power tools! For the address to York Enterprises, click HERE. THANK YOU AGAIN to Tyler and Duke York for their incredible hospitality and expertise with this project. It would be not be a success with you!!!! 
 
Club members and guests are always welcome. If you are interested in joining us as a guest and have never visited us before please contact Membership Chair Jennifer Durham with any questions and for more information!
August Service Opportunities Jennifer Durham 2017-08-24 07:00:00Z 0
We hope you are able to join us this Wednesday for our August Club meeting at Urban Elk.  Social time starts at 6:00 and the meeting will begin about 6:30.
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Happy Summer! The July social will be our annual picnic. We will be at Wapato Park in the Main Picnic Shelter - 6500 S. Sheridan Ave, Tacoma, WA 98408.  This shelter is just past the building we were in last year. basic directions below.
 
The club will be hosting the protein portion of the barbeque (hamburgers and hot dogs, bun, condiments. We just ask that everyone bring a dish to share, salad, appetizer, chips, dessert, etc.
 
Please RSVP here if you are attending and include in the comments how many (families welcome) so we can purchase accordingly. We look forward to seeing many of you there!
 
You can get into the park from either S. 72nd Street or Sheridan. If you enter on S. 72nd go to the right to the North end of the park for the closest parking. Directions here
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The Tacoma North club is gathering a group including Rotarians, city representation, school district reps and more. If anyone from our club would like to participate please let me know. Participating in this first meeting (date and time TBD) does not obligate you or us to a committee or any future anything at this point. Contact President Stephanie or Past_Pres Jennifer if you are interested.
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Join other Rotarians from the area for a night at the ballpark.  Last year we had over 200 Rotarians at the game and a good time was had by all. Ticket cost is $18 which includes a pre-event tailgate at 5:30 complete with food, beer, and wine. I have to give a count and $$ to the Rainier's July 1st so please let me know ASAP if you want tickets and how many. All ages, friends and potential Rotarians welcome!

Contact Past-President Jennifer for tickets. 

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June 24th from 9:00-11:30 will be our second repack at Emergency Food Network (EFN)

15 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

EFN's project description:

Volunteers at our Repack Project help prepare bulk foods for distribution to food banks by repackaging the food into smaller, family portions. Bulk foods may include rice, beans, oats frozen corn and peas, oranges, and apples.

- See more at: http://passportrotary.org/event/efn-repack-6-24-2017/#sthash.PBFn1yYq.dpuf

15 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

EFN's project description:

Volunteers at our Repack Project help prepare bulk foods for distribution to food banks by repackaging the food into smaller, family portions. Bulk foods may include rice, beans, oats frozen corn and peas, oranges, and apples.

- See more at: http://passportrotary.org/event/efn-repack-6-24-2017/#sthash.PBFn1yYq.dpuf

15 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

EFN's project description:

Volunteers at our Repack Project help prepare bulk foods for distribution to food banks by repackaging the food into smaller, family portions. Bulk foods may include rice, beans, oats frozen corn and peas, oranges, and apples.

- See more at: http://passportrotary.org/event/efn-repack-6-24-2017/#sthash.PBFn1yYq.dpuf
 
15 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Rotarians, those interested in Rotary, Friend and Family are welcome.  Ages 14+

EFN's project description:
Volunteers at our Repack Project help prepare bulk foods for distribution to food banks by repackaging the food into smaller, family portions. Bulk foods may include rice, beans, oats frozen corn and peas, oranges, and apples.
 
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This City of Lakewood is ready to celebrate the expansion of Springbrook Park.  For this project PCPC partnered with South Tacoma, Lakewood, and other local Rotary clubs.    Join us on Saturday, June 10 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the park located at 12601 Addison Street SW in Lakewood.  Bring the whole family – there will be lots to do.  Besides playing on our amazing new playground, some of the fun will include garden activities, arts and crafts, face painting, games, prizes, soccer skills, resource tables and refreshments.  So many people and partners to thank – our presentation will be at 3:00 p.m. - See more at: http://passportrotary.org/event/springbrook-park-playground/#sthash.vr53hGC8.dpuf
This City of Lakewood is ready to celebrate the expansion of Springbrook Park.  For this project PCPC partnered with South Tacoma, Lakewood, and other local Rotary clubs.    Join us on Saturday, June 10 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the park located at 12601 Addison Street SW in Lakewood.  Bring the whole family – there will be lots to do.  Besides playing on our amazing new playground, some of the fun will include garden activities, arts and crafts, face painting, games, prizes, soccer skills, resource tables and refreshments.  So many people and partners to thank – our presentation will be at 3:00 p.m. - See more at: http://passportrotary.org/event/springbrook-park-playground/#sthash.vr53hGC8.dpuf
This City of Lakewood is ready to celebrate the expansion of Springbrook Park.  For this project PCPC partnered with South Tacoma, Lakewood, and other local Rotary clubs.    Join us on Saturday, June 10 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the park located at 12601 Addison Street SW in Lakewood.  Bring the whole family – there will be lots to do.  Besides playing on our amazing new playground, some of the fun will include garden activities, arts and crafts, face painting, games, prizes, soccer skills, resource tables and refreshments.  So many people and partners to thank – our presentation will be at 3:00 p.m.
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12 Passport Rotary Club of Pierce County (PCPC) Members plus four guests completed two service project April 29th at Emergency Food Network (EFN) in Lakewood. EFN Executive Director Helen McGovern-Pilant, lead the way with a tour of the EFN warehouse followed by a repack project. PCPC members repacked 6,600 pounds of beans into smaller bags to be shipped out to over 70 food banks in Pierce County. The bags not only contained a family sized portion of beans, but a recipe to cook the beans in four different languages. Repack items will not only provide nutritional food for families, but a fun and family friendly way to cook them!  Click here to see all the pictures from the Repack
After the repack, PCPC members and guests, placed our clubs first Little Free Library (LFL) as part our literacy initiative project. The take a book - leave a book concept is great for neighborhood communities who will now have access to age appropriate books for free anytime! LFL's inspire a love of reading, build community, and spark creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges.  Click here to see all the pictures from placing the LFL at EFN
 
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The first weekend of May was District Training & Assembly (DTA) at the Suquamish Casino & Event Center and PCPC was well represented.  We had 8 members, 3 spouses, and 1 mascot.  Join us at the club meeting on May 10 to hear from members that were in attendance. 
Over the three days members had a great fellowship, learning and adventures. 
PCPC received an award for our growth in membership.  Thank you Joe, Stephanie and Karyn for photos
Members during a break in the speakers
 
Receiving our Membership Award
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When you join Rotary you are a member of a Club, District, Zone, Area, and Rotary International.  These are all determined by geography and where your club is located.  You may be aware of projects that the club is doing both locally and globally, but did you know that there are other ways which you can engage with Rotary?  There are Fellowships and Action Groups.  These are made up of individuals from around the world that share a common passion/interest in a particular topic or cause. 
 
Rotary Fellowships are independent, social groups that share a common passion. Being part of a fellowship is a fun way to make friends around the world.  Some examples are genealogy, bowling, fishing, photography, and much more.
Rotary Action Groups (aka - RAGs): A RAG is an autonomous group of Rotarians, family members, program participants and alumni who are experts in a particular field, such as microcredit or water and sanitation. Group members share their expertise by collaborating with clubs and districts on service projects.
 
The web page for each has a full listing of fellowships and groups.  Each edition of Connections we will highlight a fellowship/group.  If something sparks your interest, we encourage you to contact them and find out more about the activities of the group/fellowship. 
 
Highlighted Fellowship
Highlights from their website:
 

Why Not Join Us...

  • We are always looking for Rotarians that have an appreciation for wine and would like to enjoy this with fellow Rotarians..  Through your  membership you will be able to learn more about wine and gain a better appreciation for the many aspects of wine.  We look forward to your joining us.
  • We invite you to join one of the most enjoyable, wine related social groups in existence. Our objective is to learn more about wine, wine and food pairings and any other topics related to the appreciation of wine so that our own appreciation of good wine will be enhanced.
  • The fellowship has an email newsletter and members are encouraged to visit our interactive wine website  frequently for updates, features, articles and information on wine events and trips. Annual meetings are held at the RI International Conventions.
 
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If you or your business have something that you would like to share with the club, let us know and we can post it here.  Send any announcements to passportrotary@gmail.com.  If you have a photo to include, please send as a jpg. 
 

 
 
PCPC Member Announcements 2017-04-24 07:00:00Z 0
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Welcome to the Rotary Passport Club of Pierce County Koree!  Koree was introduced by the club's incoming Treasurer Stephanie Nicolas.
Koree is the Director of Finance with West Pierce Fire & Rescue.  She grew up in the area and then attended E. Oregon and UW. 
Koree has been involved in many ways helping to make Pierce County a better place.  She has served on the board of multiple not-for-profit organizations and was a member of ALF Class 23. 
Please welcome Koree to PCPC.
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JOIN - EFN Repack & Placement of Little Free Library - April 29th 2017-04-23 07:00:00Z 0
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During on our meeting on April 12th PCPC member Debbie Ranniger shared her recent trip to Guatemala where she met some of the recipients of the Micro Finance  Rotary Global Grant she helped create while a member of Tacoma 8 Rotary. The grant helped fund and educate 118 women to build their small businesses.  Thank you Debbie for sharing the amazing work that Rotary does on a global level.  This project is a great example of how the Districts Grants and International Grants can be maximized along with partnering with other clubs to make great things happen. 
Update on Micro Finance Project in Guatemala 2017-04-23 07:00:00Z 0
Area Events to Consider 2017-03-11 08:00:00Z 0
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Welcome to the Rotary Passport Club of Pierce County Pam!
During our meeting on March 8th, Ann Farrell introduced our club's newest member, Pam Wiles.
Pam is the business manager at Wiles Chiropractic.  When she is not working she enjoys running marathons, and has run in many, including the Boston Marathon.  She also enjoys hiking and other activities.  Pam has three children. 
We are excited to have you join the club, Welcome!
 
Welcome Pam Wiles 2017-03-11 08:00:00Z 0
Our fellow PCPC member Lori Duester has been on an African Adventure.  She and Carl were part of a IMG  (International Mountain Guides) expedition to the Serengeti and Kilimanjaro (to the summit none the less).  Lori, we look forward to hearing about your adventures first hand when you return. 
 
Lori has provided links to the IMG blog:
 
 
 
Where in the World is Lori Duester? 2017-03-05 08:00:00Z 0
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What a fun and rewarding night.  On February 22nd we had a great showing of members, friends, family and visiting Rotarians as we had our first club project, building little libraries!  Thank you to all that turned out.  We build 5 libraries that will be installed in South Tacoma/Pierce County for the community members to enjoy.  In the near future we will have a few more projects as we place the library in the community and we will be collecting books which will provide community members with adventure, entertainment and education. 
 
 
This project was truly a group effort.  A HUGE thank you to everyone that helped make this great night possible:
Tyler York for all of the pre-project planning and coordination. 
York Enterprises for hosting the event.
Schramm Marketing for providing the wonderful food and beverages
Matty Photography for the amazing photos
Our libraries were made possible by donations of materials from local companies: Gray Lumber, Kel-Tech Plastics and Sherwin-Williams
 
 
Little Free Library Build Party 2017-03-03 08:00:00Z 0
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On March 8th we will hear from Brianna Mitchell, the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound's 2017 Youth of the Year, during our club meeting. 
 
Brianna Mitchell is a ten year member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound, Lakewood Branch, and is currently a senior at Lakes High School. At the Club she is a member of Keystone, participates in SMART Girls, Healthy Habits, and drama programs. She is actively involved in volleyball, her school's student government, and community service. Brianna plans to attend Eastern Washington University to study psychology and pursue a career as a psychologist.
 
Brianna was named the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound 2017 Youth of the Year at the Legacy of HOPE event on February 16th. She will represent the organization at the Washington State Youth of the Year competition with 12 other teens representing their Clubs from across the State, March 21-23. As the BGCSPS Youth of the Year, Brianna will receive a minimum of a $5,000 scholarship.
 
Youth of the Year is Boys & Girls Clubs of America's premier youth leadership and recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club members. Candidates embody the values of leadership, service, academic excellence and healthy lifestyles. They exemplify the critical impact the Boys & Girls Clubs have on the lives of young people. Judges score each candidate based on their essays, interviews, public speaking and overall application. 
 
We hope you are able to join us for this meeting as we hear from this amazing young lady.
Brianna Mitchell - Boys and Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound's 2017 Youth of the Year 2017-03-03 08:00:00Z 0
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It’s time to CELEBRATE 100 years of Doing Good in the World!

In 2016-17, our Rotary Foundation turns 100. That’s one century of Rotarians improving lives and
communities all over the world. And that’s definitely something worth celebrating.

Our Foundation stands at the forefront of humanitarian service, having supported thousands of projects
to provide clean water, fight disease, promote peace, and provide
 
All Rotarians and guest are invited to the once in a life-time event to Celebrate one hundred years of the Rotary Foundation!
 
This event is hosted by the Rotary Clubs' for Pierce Country, District 5020 Areas 11 & 12
March 21, 2017 -- 6 PM at Hotel Murano - Venice Ballroom,  1320 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402
Cost $35 Please register early, deadline 3/15
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
 
Guest Speaker - Dean Rohrs, current Rotary International Board of Director and Incoming Rotary International Vice President
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Upcoming Meetings:
  • May 10th @ 6PM - Club Meeting - Urban Elk.
  • May 24th @ 6PM - Social Meeting  - Matty Photography - This meeting will be held at the studio of Matty Photography. 
 
Engagement, Service, and Fellowship Opportunities:
If you have a service project idea, please contact the Joe LeRoy
 
  • MAY
    • May 20th - Hunger Walk - to join the PCPC team or help support our team click here
  • JUNE
  • AUGUST
    • Back to School drive for HopeSparks Closet.  Volunteers to help assemble backpacks and school supplies.  Dates TBD
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On January 28th the District Council approved a proposal which will realign the areas in our district and create a new Area effective July 1, 2017.    Governor-Elect Tom Carroll has appointed Pierce County Passport Club's Jennifer Durham as the AG for this new Area.
CONGRATULATIONS Jennifer!!!
Newest Assistant Governor - Congratulations President Jennifer 2017-02-02 08:00:00Z 0
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