Service Above Self
The Tacoma Narrows Rotary Club


Monday, September 01, 2014
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New Member Proposal
by Suzanne Ring

Special Club Bulletin Date: August 20, 2010 To: All Club Members Tacoma Narrows Rotary Club From: Club Secretary, Sue Ring Re: The following individual has been proposed for membership to our club: Marjorie Schimmel Classification: Business Owner Sponsoring Member: Karol Whealdon-Andrews The Classification Committee, Membership Committee, and Board of Directors have ruled favorably on this proposed member. If you should require further information about this proposed member, please contact the sponsoring member. If you have an objection in connection with this proposal, as of the date of this notice, you have seven days to contact the Club Secretary at 253-297-2448(day) or (e-mail). You will be asked to put your objection in writing. In the interest of expediting new member proposals, no response from you will be seen as approval for membership.
Welcome to our Full Year Exchange Student, Wan Petchbut!!!!
by Stewart, Wade

Wan made an appearance at the Tacoma Narrow Rotary's Tuesday meeting with her host family, the Thompson's!



Wan joins us for a full-year exchange from Thailand.  She is attending school at the University Place School District and appears in the photo above to the left of host sisters Katelyn and Cameron.

Tacoma Narrows Rotary club members look forward to a year of introducing Wan to the people and places of the greater Puget Sound.  

Please help is in a warm welcome for Wan!!

WE HAVE MOVED - after 20+ years!
by Seitz, Scott

Starting Tuesday, September 2nd, we will be meeting at Tower Lanes Bowling Center at 6323 6th Ave, Tacoma.

We are very grateful to the Fircrest Golf Club for giving us a home for the past 20 years. We will miss the staff as well as the beautiful grounds.

Come join us at the same day and time (Tuesdays at 7:00) and see our new home. Please note, until Rotary International 'recognizes' our move and it trickles down to everyone, some websites will show the old place.

Silent Auction Item: Casitas
by Stewart, Wade


Coming to our Polo Tournament are some GREAT vacation getaways in our Silent Auction.  Check out this one!

A village of brightly painted casitas, all with ocean views from their spacious terraces. Located only steps from the private Playa Rosa beach club and restaurant. Many of the casitas have splash pools or oversized jacuzzis on their terraces. Richly landscaped with flowering plants, the village of casitas blooms like tropical garden. The casitas come with kitchen and includes daily maid and concierge service.

SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, August 23, 2014 Pony Up For The Kids!
by Stewart, Wade


For over 21 years, Tacoma Narrows Rotary has held a dinner auction in April or May.  The proceeds from these auctions have funded student scholarships, international water projects, literacy projects, and our support of local non-profits, as well as many other worthy projects that benefit our community, and the world. 


This year, we have decided to do something different.  On August 23rd, we will be holding a family event at the Tacoma Polo Club in Roy, Washington.  We hope this will be the first annual PONY UP FOR THE KIDS polo fundraiser. 


You will enjoy a real polo tournament, and be treated to a catered barbecue luncheon, a hat contest, kid’s events, divot stomp, a silent auction and more.  This Family Event will run from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.  We hope we can count on you to attend and continue to support Tacoma Narrows Rotary.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER TICKETS, or contact us at:

Thank you for your past support, and for your anticipated future support!


Texas Hold'Em Tournament Fundraiser Complete!
by Stewart, Wade


Our 2nd Texas Hold'Em Tournament Fundraiser on March 29, 2014 Was A Stunning Success!




Tacoma Narrows Rotary Club's Second Texas Hold'Em Tournament Fundraiser was an unqualified success.  We had more players and raised more money than last year and had many familiar faces join us again!  Please considering joining us at our next event!

Tacoma Narrows Rotary Ends 2013 with "The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe"
by Stewart, Wade

Rotarians and their guests enjoyed Lakewood Playhouse's production of "The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe" on Sunday, December 22nd.



Closing out a great year for Tacoma Narrows Rotary, President Jay Mosser brought the club and guests together to celebrate the success of 2013 and get energized for an exciting new fundraising year with great new events to come in 2014.

We leave you with President Jay and the cast and crew of "The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe"!

Happy New Year!


Tacoma Narrows Rotary Awards Fund-A-Need Recipient Camp Agape NW
by Stewart, Wade


President Jay Mosser and Past President Pat Johnson present our Fund-A-Need recipient Camp Agape (represented by Emily John) with our fund raising check of $35,000 to help kids and their families as they battle cancer. Congratulations and keep up the great work!

At our weekly meeting on Tuesday, September 24th, we had the honor of welcoming Emily John to present the 2013's Fund-A-Need fundraising check of $35,000 to Camp Agape Northwest.

Camp Agape Northwest is a camp designed to cater to the needs of children with cancer and their families. It is an expense free week of memory making, fun and relaxation.  Every July the children, their family, and volunteers gather at Raft Island, located near Gig Harbor, Washington to offer a break from the daily stresses of living with cancer.

The total amount raised for our Auction was over $100,000 which also goes in part to funding the Tacoma Narrow's Rotary Club's service to our local and international community.  

Without the generous local support from our community, we couldn't help these wonderful organizations like Camp Agape Northwest.  Thank you to all our friends that help us at Tacoma Narrows Rotary continue do good in the world for over 40 years!

Youth Exchange News!
by Stewart, Wade

In August, the Tacoma Narrows Rotary enjoyed the return and departure of students on Youth Exchange, as well as welcoming some new international students who've come to enjoy some time here in the Pacific Northwest!


We saw Amelia Harvey off on her trip to Montélimar, France this month. 

Amelia Harvey
Amelia Harvey

You can keep up on Amelia's adventures on her blog and photo blog below:

Photo Blog

Meeting up at the airport was our inbound exchange student, Frauke de Buhr.

Host Family
Linzee & Rich Langsford, Frauke de Buhr, Cambrie Langsford, Ken Baker, Amelia Harvey

Our inbound Frauke de Buhr is hosted by Rich and Linzee Langsford. They have a son, Bennie, who will be a junior at Curtis. He is currently on summer exchange to Brazil. Frauke will be with this family until the first of January.


Courage Classic 2013
by Stewart, Wade

Tacoma Narrows Rotary kicked off work to support this great yearly event Saturday August 3rd by washing and preparing over 500 potatoes for hungry riders of the Courage Classic 2013.

The Courage Classic is an annual bicycle riding event to raise money to support the Rotary Endowment for the Intervention and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. This endowment will ensure that the children in our communities and their families will never be turned away from the help they might need in the case of sexual or physical abuse.

Potato Wash

Tacoma Narrows Rotary Awards Rotarian of the Year at Charter Celebration
by Stewart, Wade

June 15th, 2013

Today at Fircrest Park’s Pavilion, the Tacoma Narrows Rotary Club gathered for the annual charter event celebrating the works of the previous presidency and welcoming new leadership.


Each year one club member is selected by the President to receive the Rotarian of the Year award.  The award recognizes members who exemplify the motto “Service Above Self” in their work with the club.

This year, President Pat Johnson and Asst. District Governor Scott Seitz awarded Karol Whealdon-Andrews with the Rotarian of the Year award.  “Karol served on the Board of Directors and was the chairperson of the Dinner/Auction event in April. She is tireless in her support of the Tacoma Narrows Rotary. “

Karol’s leadership at the Club’s Dinner/Auction brought a record-breaking $100,000+ in this signature annual fundraising event.

About Tacoma Narrows Rotary:

Tacoma Narrows Rotary was founded in 1970 and serves Fircrest & University Place as well as engaging in projects around the world supporting Rotary International’s 5 Avenues of Service:  Club Service, Vocational Service, Community Service, International Service, and New Generations Service.

Tacoma Narrows Rotary Club meets on Tuesdays at the Fircrest Golf and Country Club in Fircrest, WA.  For more information please visit

Tacoma Narrows Rotary 20th Annual Auction Success!
by Stewart, Wade

A HUGE thank you to everyone who made this year's 20th anniversary auction the best yet!

We raised $34,450 for Camp Agape NW and total fundraising was over $100,000!!!  Nothing short of amazing.  

Thanks again and please check out Camp Agape and the wonderful work they do!

Our Fund-A-Need recipient this year is Camp Agape NW


Camp Agape Northwest is a camp designed to cater to the needs of children with cancer and their families. It is an expense free week ofmemory making, fun and relaxation.  Every July the children, their family, and volunteers gather at Raft Island, located near Gig Harbor, Washington to offer a break from the daily stresses of living with cancer.

Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament!!!
by Seitz, Scott

Enjoy playing Texas No Hold'em Poker.....thing you are good.....and would like to support our Rotary club's passions for improving our community? Then you have come to the right place.


Saturday February 23, 2013

When: 4:00 p.m. until you are out (about Midnight for the Winner!)

Where: Fircrest Golf Club, 1500 Regents Boulevard

Cost: $100 Donation (this includes Dinner and your Buy-in) Only $50 for Dinner and Watching - No chips

Who: Only 100 Players Available

Payouts: 1st - $1,000  •  2nd - $600  •  3rd - $400  •  4th - $200  •  5th - $100  

4:00 is the Check-in / Social • 5:00 is the Buffet Dinner of Lasagna, Salad, Garlic Bread Sticks and Dessert

Tickets Must Be Purchased In Advance - Contact Matt Owens at 253-377-0817


Santa Helpers from Tacoma Narrows Rotary
by Seitz, Scott

This article was published in the UP Patch on line newspaper 12/23/2011


Armed with only a smart phone for navigation and a sleigh full of presents, Santa’s Helpers from Tacoma Narrows Rotary club delivered Christmas wishes to 5 local families last night.  At this time of year, the local Rotary club adopts several families who need a little help making this Christmas special.  It is not the largest project the club does, but it is one of our most important ones.  President Scott Seitz said "The best present I purchased this year was for the seven year old boy that wanted a Hot Wheel set. He is going to love it.”  Mrs. Santa (Eileen Oye) said it best: "On a cold winter night, we are warmed by the opportunity to bring some joy to others for Christmas."


Pictured below from left to right: Rita, Exchange Student from Taiwan, Pat Johnson, President Elect and the Chair of Helping Hands Eileen Oye. Image


Tacoma Narrows Rotary club is comprised of 44 business men and women making the community and world a better place. Since 1970 the club has raised and invested $755,694 into our community, nation and the world.

Singing Christmas Carols? Tacoma Narrows?
by Seitz, Scott

It is true, we are not a singing club but being part of the Duck the Halls community event could not be passed up.  This event went so smooth that they were a head of the 'scheduled' times by over a half and hour.......Our ringers were not present.  So the president did what any scared to death person does: grab anyone he knew from the crouwd.  We are the group singing 33 seconds in.

Happy Birthday Rotary!!!
by Seitz, Scott

On February 23, 107 years ago, four men met for the first time in a small Chicago office.

Little did they know that from their association an international organization would grow to over 1.2 million members and have clubs in almost every country on the planet.

But that’s exactly what happen: Happy Birthday Rotary.

I am often asked, "What does Rotary do?" My answer has been the same over the past 15 years: we are group of business men and women in the community making our neighborhood, city, state, nation and the world a better place. Basically that’s just a textbook definition. A simple answer to give if we were in line at Safeway. But Rotary is so much more.

The more I hear what Rotarians are doing around the world, the more overwhelmed I get with that question. What do we do? Really?

  • We are dedicated to ridding the world of polio and other diseases
  • We are determined to build a better future through educating children everywhere
  • We are serving our communities with hands-on projects
  • We are bringing hope to people in need

How do we do it: Well,.........

Well, we raise $200 million dollars (in five years) to continue fighting polio, give Mosquito nets to prevent malaria in the sub-Saharan Africa, we give free cleft-palette operations in Bangladesh, Philippines, actually around the entire world. Drill a water-well for a village in Niger, provide all third graders in this area with their very own dictionary.

Sorry, sorry: there I go again……..basically the list of what we do goes on for about 107 years.

To paraphrase Mahatma Gandhi: we are the change we want to see in the world. Rotary International sees these six areas of focus for the next 107 years:

  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
  • Disease prevention and treatment
  • Water and sanitation
  • Maternal and child health
  • Basic education and literacy
  • Economic and community development

The club I belong to? We work very hard to provide hope with all of the money, blood, sweat and tears we use. We are the best Rotary club this side of Chicago.

Polio survivor and Proud Rotarian
by Seitz, Scott

Ten days before his 21st birthday, David Goldstone lay in a hospital bed near Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, his arms and legs paralyzed by polio, his body gripped by fever and in terrible pain. His hospital admission form read, "Life expectancy: 24 hours."

Six days later, Goldstone emerged from a semicoma and was moved out of isolation into a children's ward; adult polio victims were and still are relatively rare. "You will probably never walk again," the hospital’s chief medical officer told him.

"I will," Goldstone replied.

His story

By Dan Nixon
Rotary International News -- 27 December 2011

ImageThat was 55 years ago. Now 76 and a member of the Rotary Club of Crawley, Western Australia, Goldstone recounted his battle with polio at an October meeting of nearly 600 Rotarians gathered in support of polio eradication. He had never shared his story in public because of the emotional trauma it would have caused him. But fellow club member Michael Sheldrick, manager of the Global Poverty Project’s polio eradication campaign, had persuaded him to talk about his experience.

Throughout most of the story, Goldstone referred to himself as "John," a friend, revealing only at the end that the story was about him.

"For days, John's arms and legs were covered with sandbags to stop any deformity from occurring, [then] they were placed in splints," Goldstone told his listeners. "Then, John was placed in a half-body plaster cast to stop his limbs from changing shape, and was administered injections of morphine every four hours to help the pain. After six weeks, he became immune to the morphine and lived with the pain."

John was fortunate to receive physical therapy, Goldstone said. First, he learned to bend a knuckle, then to regain use of his left hand, to bend an arm, and to feed himself. Several weeks later, he sat in a wheelchair. From there, he learned to walk all over again, "just like a baby."

"Near the entrance to the ward were three iron lungs, always occupied with children," Goldstone continued. "John still has nightmares of the ghostly sound of the bellows pumping air. Whenever the level of sound changed, he knew another child had passed away."

Goldstone finished by saying, "There is no friend John. This is my story, and I do not want one more person in this world to suffer as I have suffered." He said that Rotary must keep the promise it made to the world's children 25 years ago to eradicate polio.

Pennies for Polio

For many years, Goldstone has worked extensively with children crippled by polio, inspiring them with the simple message: “If I can do it, you can do it.” And for 10 years, he chaired the polio eradication committee of District 9450 (now 9455). A signature accomplishment was the Pennies for Polio project, which he initiated in 1999. A partnership with the Perth Mint, the effort made available as collector's items 100,000 Australian pennies produced before 1964. Sales of the near-mint-condition coins raised more than A$84,000 for PolioPlus.

Goldstone now has postpolio syndrome, enduring fatigue, muscle and joint pain, and respiratory problems. Yet he continues to help young people with disabilities and disadvantaged youth by generating support for projects like CanTeen, Camp for Kids, Teen Challenge, and the St. John of God Horizon Program for the homeless. All told, he has raised $11 million for charity.

Goldstone has also been a leader in expanding the Crawley club, which now has a membership of more than 100, with an average age of 42 and with several corporate members. Recently, the club raised $20,000 for PolioPlus through an online petition drive in support of polio eradication, sponsored by Australian Rotarians and the Global Poverty Project. The club contributed $1 for each supporter's signature.

"If I have helped save a life or made someone's dream of a better life come true, then that is why I am proud to be called a Rotarian," Goldstone says.

More "Newest Rotarians in the World"
by Seitz, Scott

Our club has enjoyed great growth in membership this year.  Two of our newest Rotarians are Grant Blinn and Wade Stewart. Grant is a Prosecuting Attorney with Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney's Office and Wade is the Owner of Stewart & Son Computer Services.  Welcome to our club, gentleman.