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NEWS FROM ROTARY INTERNATIONAL Tacoma 8 Celebrates Seattle’s Centennial Though we were misidentified in the program as an "out-of-state" club, around 20 members of Rotary Club of Tacoma #8 attended the Centennial Celebration for our "parent" or founding club, Seattle #4, last week. It was a sell-out attendance at 1,000 in the State Convention & Trade Center, with a keynote address from Microsoft Founder Bill Gates III, who now is engaged as a Rotary partner through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The speaker was introduced very movingly by his father, Bill Gates Jr., who joked that he used to be somebody special in the area with big name recognition of his own.
Tacoma #8 members observed a number of ways we can improve on the Seattle experience in our own Centennial Celebration scheduled for Saturday, February 6,
UPS Rotaract Club Chartering Night The University of Puget Sound Rotaract Club received its official chartering documents and members their club pins in a Chartering Ceremony on the UPS campus on Tuesday, March 3. Club co- Presidents Lisa Griswold and Monica Cowdery accepted the documents from District Governor Brian Beagle and received
congratulations from other Rotaract Clubs within District 5020. The UPS Rotaract Club began in the fall of 2006 and was officially recognized by Rotary International in June 2008, and has grown in student participation each academic year. It is also an official organization of the student government at UPS. Among the service projects the club has undertaken are serving at area food banks, community centers, feeding the homeless in downtown Tacoma, a Toy Rescue Mission project, two networking seminars on campus on Marketing and Non-Profits featuring Tacoma #8 members as the panelists, and assistance at two Tacoma #8 auctions.
Tacoma #8’s three exchange students attended along with three students from the Life Christian Interact Club and several other members of Tacoma #8 to welcome the Rotaract Club into the greater Rotary family. President Jeff Rounce congratulated the club members and urged them to continue their work as "partners in service" with the rest of the #8