Join Us July 14th to Kick-Off the New Rotary Year!

Join us as we kick-off the new Rotary year! President Karyn will pass the gavel to Incoming President Jennifer. We will celebrate the past year and hear what's in store for the months ahead.
 
Exciting news: We are back to meeting in person at Urban Elk. We are pleased to be back at this location as it has served us very well in the past. The meeting will also be available via Zoom. 
 
Hope to see you all there and remember, guests are always welcome!
Join Us July 14th to Kick-Off the New Rotary Year! 2021-07-06 07:00:00Z 0

Washington State Attorney General

April 14th Meeting - Bob Ferguson

Bob Ferguson is Washington State’s 18th Attorney General. As the state’s chief legal officer, Bob is committed to protecting the people of Washington against powerful interests that don’t play by the rules. He is a fourth-generation Washingtonian, a graduate of the University of Washington and New York University law school.  Bob and his wife, Colleen, are the proud parents of 13-year-old twins, Jack and Katie.
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BGCSPS Youth of the Year 2021

Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound Youth of the Year 2021

Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound recently announced their 2021 Youth of the Year, Azalia, a senior at Clover Park High School, who will represent the organization at the State level later this month. Hear about the impact of the Boys & Girls Clubs from not only Azalia, but also Rotarian Jinnie Horan as she introduces the program and Lakewood Branch Manager Christney Kpodo who was the 2009 BGCA Pacific Region Youth of the Year and had the exciting opportunity to meet President Obama at the White House. We hope you will join us as we celebrate Azalia as she represents the South Puget Sound for this prestigious national competition.  
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Guest Speaker: Jevin West “Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World”

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Our program for the Feb 9th meeting will be Jevin West.   Jevin is an Associate Professor in the Information School at the University of Washington. He is the Director of the new Center for an Informed Public at UW and co-founder of the DataLab. His research and teaching focus on the impact of technology on science and society, with a focus on slowing the spread of misinformation. He is the co-author of the book, “Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World”, which provides a set of tools for questioning numbers, data, and statistics  confidently and without any advanced degree in data science. The book is based on a course he co-developed in 2017 that is now being taught at universities around the globe. 
Guest Speaker: Jevin West “Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World” 2021-02-09 08:00:00Z 0

Holiday Giving Opportunities

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We have four opportunities for supporting families and community members during the holiday season.  Opportunities are:

  • 1 Community family - Mom, Dad, and three kids.  This is a family that was referred to us via a club member.
  • 1 Veteran family - Dad, disabled older daughter and her two children.  We are partnering with Redefining Your Future to support.
  • Multiple seniors from the Lakewood Senior Center
  • Toy Rescue Mission - focusing on older children/teenagers

SIGN UP FOR ITEMS IN THE "ONLINE REGISTRATION" SECTION TO THE LEFT OF THE EVENT DETAILS

There is a signup wish list for items that the families and organizations have requested.  For clothing items the signup includes gender and size.  Please wrap/gift bag the family's items with a label on the outside with the person's name.

The senior center support will be in the form of gift cards to Safeway and Fred Meyer, they are looking for 16 total.  The Toy Rescue Mission can use any support that we are able to provide.  The signup list includes a generic line if you have your own idea for a toy for teenagers and also includes a few options that are common/most requested items.  The items for the senior center and Toy Rescue Mission do not need to be wrapped.

Please deliver all items to Leigh Ann's house as you have them available, she can deliver to the senior center and Toy Rescue Mission a few times during collection.  Please have all family items and final items for all organizations to Leigh Ann by Sunday December 20th.  

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Urgent Volunteers Needed

From our Friends at Emergency Food Network
 
FOOD PANTRIES ARE IN URGENT NEED OF VOLUNTEERS
 
 
Nourish Pierce County
Volunteers are needed at their food pantries in Edgewood, Tacoma, Graham/S.Hill, and Lakewood. Help ensure that all these sites can stay open by signing up this week!

Email volunteer@nourishpc.org or find more info on their website.
 
Eloise's Cooking Pot
Located in East Tacoma, daily volunteers are needed to help pack boxes, serve guests curbside, or to assist with delivering food to guests' doors.

Email raymond@themadfseattle.org or find more info on their website.
 
St. Leo's Food Connection
Located in the heart of Tacoma, St. Leo's needs more helping hands at their food pantry and at the Springbrook Mobile Food Bank.

Email carolinec@foodconnection.org or find details on their website.
 
Puyallup Valley Corps Salvation Army Food Pantry
Ongoing support is needed to keep up with packing boxes and distribution to guests.

Email Diane.warbus@usw.salvationarmy.org or find details on their website.
 
This is a volunteer opportunity open to anyone so please share. If you volunteer you can check a box off on your club Passport soon to be in your mailbox!
 
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Jennifer Jones Nominated as President 2022-2023

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Jennifer Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has been nominated to become Rotary International's president for 2022-2023, a selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organization's 115-year history.
 
A current Rotary Foundation trustee, Jones has been a member since 1997 and has served as vice president, director, training leader, committee chair, moderator and district governor.
 
Please join me in welcoming Jennifer to her new position as our future leader.
Jennifer Jones Nominated as President 2022-2023 2020-08-06 07:00:00Z 0 Rotary International

Jennifer Jones Nominated as President 2022-2023

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Jennifer Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has been nominated to become Rotary International's president for 2022-2023, a selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organization's 115-year history.
 
A current Rotary Foundation trustee, Jones has been a member since 1997 and has served as vice president, director, training leader, committee chair, moderator and district governor.
 
Please join me in welcoming Jennifer to her new position as our future leader.
Jennifer Jones Nominated as President 2022-2023 2020-08-06 07:00:00Z 0 Rotary International

Rotarian of the Month 2020-2021

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Each month a club member is named as Rotarian of the Month.  The newly awarded member will then be the one to select next month's ROTM for the reason of their choosing.  
Congratulations to:
July - Joe LeRoy
August - Stephanie Shramm
September - Terri Scott
October - Tony Buhr
November - Anne Hand
December - Karyn Siegrist
January - Jennifer Durham
 
Rotarian of the Month 2020-2021 2020-08-05 07:00:00Z 0 Rotarian of the Month

8/12/20 Meeting - Kids Mental Health Pierce County

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Join us on Wednesday July 12th for our meeting as we welcome Ashley Mangum, MSW, LICSW.  She is the project manager at Kids Mental Health Pierce County and will be speaking to us about their program and the resources they provide.  If you would like to join us for a meeting please email Jennifer Durham at hosteventplanning@gmail.com for login information.
 
Kids’ Mental Health—Pierce County (KMHPC) is a coalition of people and agencies in Pierce County that are joining together to address the growing behavioral health crisis among school age children and youth.
 
 
8/12/20 Meeting - Kids Mental Health Pierce County 2020-08-05 07:00:00Z 0 Meeting,mental health

Success! July EFN Food Drive

Way to go Passport Club of Pierce County! Weighing in at over 640 pounds we exceeded our goal of over 500 pounds of easy to prepare food items for Emergency Food network!!
 
Why Easy to Prep Food 
EFN has a brand new home delivery program delivering boxes of fresh and nonperishable food directly to our neighbors in need. One major barrier for many of these individuals may be access to a kitchen. To serve our community members, they need more easy-to-prep food items that do not need to be cooked or prepped too much.
 
As a club we contributed many cans of tuna, soups, chili, peanut butter, crackers, bottled water, fruit cups and more, way to go team!!
 
As a reminder, everyone who participated will be entered into a drawing for a gift card. If you dropped items off at EFN and didn't let anyone know please email Jennifer Durham to be included!!
Success! July EFN Food Drive Jennifer J Durham 2020-07-20 07:00:00Z 0

Good News for Polio Eradication!

Rotary was challenged with a match by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to raise $50 million dollars for Polio Plus in the 2019-2020 year which ended June 30th. The great news is that Rotarians met the challenge and the reward is an additional $100 million dollars from the Gates Foundation toward our efforts to eradicate polio! 
 
You can contribute to the Rotary International Foundation in many ways, one of which is directly to Polio Plus. Contributions to both Polio Plus and to the Annual Fund (this is the fund that comes back to the district in matching grants) count as donations toward your Paul Harris Fellowship. For more information on the Foundation, Polio efforts and to sign up to donate to the Foundation sign-in (or create a log in) to My Rotary https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary/rotary-foundation.
 
For questions about the foundation please contact Foundation Chair, Tony Buhr.
Good News for Polio Eradication! Jennifer J Durham 2020-07-20 07:00:00Z 0

Community Volunteer Opportunities in January

Our club member Mike Yoder would like to announce two volunteer opportunities to serve our community through or associated with his organization:
 

1)      Volunteers needed for our County’s annual “Point in Time” homeless census (details here: https://southsoundbiz.com/volunteer-to-help-people-experiencing-homelessness/)

2)      Volunteers needed for Associated Ministries’ next “Project Homeless Connect” homeless resource fair (details here: https://associatedministries.org/supportive-services/phcvolunteer/)

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Celebrate the Newest Club - Graham-Frederickson-Eatonville

You are invited to the Charter night of District 5020's latest Rotary club, the Rotary Club of Graham-Frederickson-Eatonville (GFE). 
 
The Charter Party is taking place at Frontier Park Lodge (Pierce County Fair Grounds 21718 Meridian E. Graham, WA) on Saturday, January 25th at 6PM.
 
Please RSVP to rcofgfe@gmail.com by Jan. 20th, (so they can be prepared for food/drink). 

Cost is $15 per person or $25/couple.

Thank you for your support for District 5020's latest Rotary Club! Any questions, please email rdofgfe@gmail.com.
Celebrate the Newest Club - Graham-Frederickson-Eatonville 2020-01-13 08:00:00Z 0

Repack February 1st

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Join us on February 1st as we will help repackage bulk food items into smaller, family-sized portions for distribution to food pantries. With your help, we are able to help EFN provide Pierce County with a consistent, diverse, and nutritious food supply so that no person goes hungry.
 
Please RSVP to President Tony so that we know how many volunteers to expect.
 
All volunteers over the age of 18, must fill out this volunteer application prior to volunteering with EFN.  
 
Date and Time: Saturday, February 1, 9:00 am – 11:30 am
 
Where: EFN Distribution Center, 3318 92nd Street South, Lakewood, 98499
 
Group Size: 8-15 volunteers, per session
 
Attire:
  • Closed-toe shoes are required. Volunteers in flip-flops or sandals will be unable to repack.
  • If open food is being repacked, hair nets will be required – you are welcome to bring a hat to wear instead.
  • We will be working in the warehouse, which can be cold, please make sure to wear warm clothes and consider layers.
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Signs of our Time Jan 18th

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Join us for a Mimosa Matinee to learn more about our communities homeless and to raise funds for the Homeless in our community. Presented by the Rotary Club of Tacoma Sunset, the Rotary Club of Tacoma North and the Rotary Passport Club of Pierce County.
 
Signs of Our Times, The Signs You See, The People You Don’t - Have you ever wondered about the person behind the cardboard signs by the freeway on and off ramps? What is the story there? That is exactly what was behind the making of the documentary 
 
Date:          Saturday, January 18, 2020
Time:         10:30 AM
Location:  Blue Mouse Theatre, Tacoma Proctor District
Tickets:     $25     
 
 
The event will feature mimosas, a small silent auction, fun and games, a raise the paddle, and a showing of this important film all to benefit this important cause. The Blue Mouse will also donate a portion of all concession sales back to the event!
 
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Signs of our Time Jan 18th

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Have you ever wondered about the person behind the cardboard signs by the freeway on and off ramps? What is the story there? That is exactly what was behind the making of the documentary Signs of Our Times, The Signs You See, The People You Don’t.
 
Tacoma Sunset Rotary member Sue Pivetta spent a year driving up and down the I-5 corridor from Canada to San Diego interviewing people holding cardboard signs, asking surprising questions. Still Sue wondered how could this full length fascinating film could be more than an artistic adventure to be shown at film festivals? Her question was answered when the creativity and passion of Tacoma Sunset Rotary members took action.
 
Tacoma Sunset Rotary teamed up with Tacoma Narrows Rotary and Passport Rotary Club of Pierce County to present Sue's film and raise funds for local charities to fight homelessness.   Club Members came together to show this captivating one hour documentary film for the benefit of three local homeless charities.  The Blue Mouse Theatre put the film up on the big screen in a Saturday afternoon event hosted by Sunset Rotary, Narrows Rotary and the Passport Club. In addition to a paddle raise, the Rotary members put together an event with games and prizes and a silent auction to raise funds.
 
Associated MinistriesShared Housing and Child of Fortune shared the funds raised during the event to help those in our homeless community.  Yet not only money was raised from this event. Understanding and compassion for people asking for assistance through their cardboard signs was elevated for all attending.
 
Sue Pivetta commented:
 
“I knew the film was compelling and moved people to better understanding from various showings I had given to the art community. People said they were ‘changed’.  But when Rotary did the paddle raise and so many responded, I was truly proud of the film and grateful to Rotary. I want this film to be shown by every Rotary in every community.  Together we can raise awareness and raise money for helper agencies.  And you will be enriched seeing the people and hearing the stories of those behind the signs - as I was.
 
You can reach Sue Pivetta to host a showing at 253.732.4360 or SuePivetta@myself.com.
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January Social at Carrs

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Our social on January 22nd will be held at Carr's Restaurant on Bridgeport Way.  Its a joint social as Tacoma South and Clover Park will join us.  The cost is $10.00 per person for food to be provided for this fee.  If you'd like to order off the menu, you can. No Host Bar for refreshments will be available.  More to information will come later on in the Month.
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June 10th, 2019 Club Meeting 

Posted on Jul 10, 2019
5:30 Social fellowship begins. 
 
5:50 a special treat in that King 5 news came on and highlighted the Relife School project and our very own Michelle was on there! Such a Rockstar!
 
6:00 President Jinnie rings the bell  for the last time
 
Adjourned at 
June 10th, 2019 Club Meeting Stephanie Schramm 2019-07-10 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Night at the Rainiers

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Join your fellow Rotarians from Pierce County and beyond for a fun night of food, drink, baseball and friends! This is our 6th annual event and last year we have nearly 300 people in attendance! 
 
Date:             August 15, 2019
Tailgate:       5:15 pm
Game Time: 7:05 pm
 
Tickets are available for the tailgate and game for $18 or for the tailgate only for $10 and you can purchase tickets through our website by clicking the Register now link below. You will receive the number of tickets you order during the tailgate the night of the game. Deadline to purchase tickets is July 12th, we hope you will join us!
 
 
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2018-2019 PCPC Rotarian of the Year 2019-06-24 07:00:00Z 0 Rotarian of the Year

PCPC Rotary ReLife Auction!

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Thank you to everyone that gave and participated in our on-line auction!
 
Your auction dollars went far for kids in our community! All proceeds from the ReLife Auction went towards items to renovate our 5th-7th grade classroom at the ReLife School in Puyallup, which serves students grades 2-12 from King, Pierce, and Thurston Counties.
 

A little about ReLife - A Regional Center of Excellence

ReLife School is a program of Puget Sound Educational Service District designed to address the academic and behavioral needs of students (Grades 2 - 12) with significant social, emotional and behavioral disabilities.  The program employs a strong focus on the individual academic growth of students. Through efforts to improve our students’ executive functioning, attention to detail and social interactions, we engage students in appropriate study skills and assignment/project completion, resulting in their movement toward increased successful classroom experiences. We seek to create a safe and structured environment for students to learn skills and strategies for coping with the stresses of daily life and to replace inappropriate behavior with socially adaptive behavior. We do this through a combination of in-class lessons, modeling and reinforcement, individual, group, and family therapy and through individualized interventions. Our goal is to transition each student from the program to the larger world, be it their neighborhood school, a job site, or post-secondary education, with the skills and knowledge needed to navigate that world successfully.

 
If you have questions about the PCPC Rotary ReLife Auction, please contact Karyn Siegrist.
If you have questions about the PCPC Rotary ReLife Classroom Project, please contact Megan Schoor or Leigh Ann Stemm.
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ReLife School Project

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ReLife School Project: July 7th Classroom Makeover!
Our club is partnering with Coldwell Banker Bain, University Place Refuse & Recycling, University Place Lions Club, and PTA to renovate the ReLife School in Puyallup. We are making over a 5th - 7th grade classroom in the school on July 7th. We need volunteers to assemble and organize classroom furniture before the big reveal at 4 pm. Check out the ReLife School Renovations event page to register as a volunteer and review the information from the last club meeting! 
 
The Amazon wish list for our 5th - 7th grade ReLife School classroom is now available! Click on the link below to review items that were identified as needs by the classroom teachers. All items that are donated will be placed in storage and brought to the school the day of the makeover. 
 
 
This project provides multiple ways to be involved.  We will need people to help the day of with assembly and renovation of the room, we have the Amazon wish list for items that are needed in the classroom, and there will be a mini-pop-up auction that starts next week which all proceeds will go towards the costs for renovating our classroom. 
 
Remember, this is an 'Extreme Home Makeover Edition' style project, where most renovations happen on Reveal Day - July 7th! Channel your inner Speed Racer!
 
To sign up to volunteer for the July 7th classroom makeover, check out the event page here. 
 
If volunteering isn't an option, then come to the big Reveal Day at 4 pm and join the crowd as we cheer "MOVE THAT BUS!" for the big reveal!
 
Updates will be made as more information is available.  
ReLife School Project 2019-06-02 07:00:00Z 0

Prez Jinnie's Last Club Meeting

We hope that you can join us on Wednesday June 12th as President Jinnie leads her last club meeting of her Presidential term.
Prez Jinnie's Last Club Meeting 2019-06-02 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Convention - special pricing

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Are you thiking of going to Honolulu for the 2020 International Convention?  Special pricing to register for the 2020 Honolulu convention is now available for $395 from June 1 to June 5, 2019 ONLY.   On June 6, 2019 the registration fee will be $450. 

For those of you who will be in Hamburg at the 2019 Convention, registration will be onsite in the House of Friendship, or registration is available to everyone online at www.riconvention.org.

There are so many Rotarians who want to attend the Honolulu Convention from June 6-10, 2020 that it is wise to start planning now! 

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Camp Goodtimes: July 18, 2019

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Our club is partnering with Tacoma #8 to provide a fun-filled carnival day for kids at Camp Goodtimes, a week-long summer camp for children with cancer. Come help with event setup, run activities, and prepare snacks! Check out the Camp Goodtimes event page to sign up and get location information and other details.
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Passport Club Hunger Walk & 5K Run Team

Join the Passport Club team to support Emergency Food Network!
 
May 4, 2019
Fort Steilacoom Park
7:00 am - Check-in Open
8:00 am - Run Start
9:00 am - Walk Start
 
To register to be on the Walk/Run team please use this link - Run Sign Up - which will take you directly to our team's page. To volunteer, enter our club event page on the right sidebar of the website. If you can't attend, you can donate to our team using this link: https://runsignup.com/passportrotary and you can share this donation link to whomever you'd like!
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Register for District Training & Conference

 
Have you registered for District Training Assembly & Conference yet?  Registration is OPEN!  Click here for more information and registration.
 
Why attend?    It is a great opportunity for all Rotarians to learn and to celebrate.  Bring a team----travel together---learn from skilled presenters----adopt ideas----make friends----enjoy the ambience of beautiful Victoria.   Be motivated by world class speakers whose life journey brings heart, hope, and inspiration.
 

Register by March 1, 2019……and be eligible for one of 6 Early Registration prizes:
  • Gowlland Harbour Resort (Quadra Island) --- one night accommodation for 2 and Quadra Island Golf Course --- two 18 hole rounds
  • Storey Creek Golf Course (Campbell River) -----two 18 hole rounds
  • Campbell River Golf and Country Club----four 18 hole rounds and 2 power carts
  • Campbell River Daybreak Wine and Blues Fest May ---- 2020 ---- tickets for 4
  • Quay West Restaurant (Campbell River) ----  Dinner for 2
  • Crowne Isle Golf  (Courtenay) --- two 18 hole rounds
Register for District Training & Conference 2019-03-26 07:00:00Z 0 District 5020 DTA,district 5020

March Social - Note Location!

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We hope you are able to join us for our March social meeting on Wednesday March 27th which will be at the 6th Ave Farrelli's location at 5PM.  Please note that this location is different than noted previously. 
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Spares and Strikes for Service Fundraiser

Join us for our first bowling fundraiser!
Sunday, April 7th, 4:30 - 6:30
Chalet Bowl
3806 N. 26th St
 
Click here for the PDF flyer with more information you can email to anyone you would like to invite. Help us raise money and possibly win prizes too! There are three registration options:
 
1) Adult Bowler - $50: Includes unlimited bowling during the event, pizza, non-alcoholic beverages
2) Kids 17 and under - $15: Includes unlimited bowling during the event, pizza, non-alcoholic beverages
3) Cheering Section - $25: Don't want to bowl but want to support us? Come cheer us on and enjoy  pizza, non-alcoholic beverages
 
Spares and Strikes for Service Fundraiser Jennifer J Durham 2019-03-20 07:00:00Z 0

District Photo Contest 2019

District Governor Elect Maureen Fritz-Roberts has launched a photo contest to highlight our district.  Please see the message below from Mo which includes details of how to participate. 
 
Message from Maureen:
 
Do you like to take pictures?
Would you like to have one of your photos featured on a District 5020 banner?
 
We are looking for "the" photo that best depicts our district.  Send us the image you feel represents Rotary from the tip of Vancouver island to the bottom of Washington State.
 
The attached file is an example of what other Districts have created.  [photos are added to the bottom of this story]
 
Submit your photo to rotarymfr@gmail.com
Size matters.
It must be very high resolution as it will be enlarged to create a banner.
 
All photo entries must be received by April 30th, 2019
 
I look forward to receiving some great pictures.
 
Cheers,
Mo
 
Maureen "Mo" Fritz-Roberts
District Governor Elect
 
     
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Check out the new Little Free Library page on our site

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Hot off the press...the PCPC Little Free Library page on our website.  Stop by and check it out.  
The page lists all of the LFL that have been installed, recognition for our generous donors, and a section at the bottom that someone could fill out if they are interested in having one of our libraries in their community.
 
Thank you to all of our members, friends and family that have donated material, time, work, and books to this project.  
Reminder - we are always collecting books at meetings to help keep the shelves of the libraries full.  
 
Check out the new Little Free Library page on our site 2019-03-19 07:00:00Z 0

LFLs installed and dedicated

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 
 
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Sept social and LFL Build

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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!

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Great meeting at Johnny's Dock 9/12/18

Posted by Nita Sell
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. 
   
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

New Club Meeting Location - Lakewood Ram

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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
 
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Visitors from Nova Scotia

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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Neal Awarded with Paul Harris

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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. 
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Service Opportunities at Boys and Girls Club and EFN

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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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June is Fellowships Month in Rotary

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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.
 
 
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Outgoing Party - President Stephanie

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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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PCPC At DTA 2018

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. 
 
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Foundation 2 for 1 matching points

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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.
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

HopeSparks Rise and Shine 2018

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!

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8th & I Neighbors' Park LFL Dedication

 

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 :-)
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May 2018 Rotary Theme is Youth Service Month

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 2018 Rotary Theme

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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Winter Wonderland Giveaway

     
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.
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This Month in Rotary - March 2018

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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Rotary Global Rewards

Explore Rotary Global Rewards to find discounts and special offers, along with opportunities to give back to Rotary while doing your online shopping. 
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.
 
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.
 
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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Remembering Christopher Howard Lee

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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.
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Social Meeting Location Change - The RAM - Lakewood 2018-02-25 08:00:00Z 0

2018 Rotary District 5020 Service Project

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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Book Drive/Giveaway for STAR Center's Winter Wonderland

Posted on Feb 14, 2018
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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
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Jinnie Receives Paul Harris Fellowship

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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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August Service Opportunities

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

August Club Meeting

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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Summery Family BBQ 2017

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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Tacoma Rotary Clubs group discussion on homeless Tacoma school students.

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.
Tacoma Rotary Clubs group discussion on homeless Tacoma school students. 2017-07-02 07:00:00Z 0

Night at the Rainiers

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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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Repack - Saturday June 24th

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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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Springbrook Park Playground

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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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Repack & Little Free Libraries

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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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DTA 2017

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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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Rotary Fellowships and Action Groups

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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PCPC Member Announcements

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. 
 

 
 
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Welcome Koree Wick

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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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Update on Micro Finance Project in Guatemala

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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. 
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Welcome Pam Wiles

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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!
 
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Where in the World is Lori Duester?

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:
 
 
 
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Little Free Library Build Party

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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
 
 
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Brianna Mitchell - Boys and Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound's 2017 Youth of the Year

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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

The Rotary Foundation Centennial Dinner

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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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Join Us!

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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Newest Assistant Governor - Congratulations President Jennifer

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!!!
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