Thursday,March 1, 2018
VOL. NINETY-FOUR, Issue No. 35
We Are In the Ballroom Again
Commander David Kaiser
USS Dallas

Service on board a nuclear submarine of the United States Navy requires that a sailor be a team player who is smart, physically fit, and mentally tough.  When they go to sea, many submariners must sadly say goodbye to their family, at least for a while, and must be confident that their loved ones will be safe and secure until they return.  While at sea, submarine sailors work alongside a new family: their fellow crewmembers, to fulfill the mission requirements and to ensure the safe operation of a tremendously complex and capable warship. 

Our presenter this week will speak about family in the Submarine Service.  Commander David I. Kaiser, a native of Ft. Myers, Florida, enlisted in the Navy in 1990. Certified as a nuclear trained Reactor Operator, he was selected for the Nuclear Enlisted Commissioning Program and earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington.  Commander Kaiser received his commission as a naval officer in 1997.

During his career, Commander Kaiser has served aboard numerous nuclear submarines, including the USS HENRY M. JACKSON (SSBN 730)(B), the USS LOUISVILLE (SSN 724), the USS OKLAHOMA CITY (SSN 723), the USS MISSISSIPPI (SSN 782) and, most recently, as the Commanding Officer of the USS DALLAS (SSN 700).  Commander Kaiser has also served at various shore commands, and earned a Master of Science degree in Operations Management with a certificate in Business from the University of Arkansas.  Commander Kaiser has received numerous individual service awards plus various unit and campaign awards and citations. 

Commander Kaiser and his wife Kathi live in Poulsbo, Washington.

Pandaka Graduation!


Pandaka's we are presenting blue badges this week and we will have a badge ready for the following members; Erica Doctor, Sue Dreier, Anita Eixenberger, Joan Engle, Stephanie Farrar, Nick Frank, Hunter George, Joyce Glavish, Jeff Mead, Tasha Smith, Sherri Stanton and Clay Zhang.   If you have not already told a committee member you will be at the meeting please contact Malcolm Russell or the  office. 
Membership Proposal
Unless written objections are submitted to the Board within 10 days of this posting, the following individual will be invited to membership: 
Franklin Dacca
District Court Judge
Pierce County District Court
Sponsor: Jim Merritt
Welcome to Sharon Jaffe
Sharon was introduced by her sponsor Peter Norman at the meeting on February 15. She is the Resident Sales Counselor for Narrows Glen. Sharon is returning to the club and we look forward to her energy and participation.  While doing her introduction she quipped that trying to condense her bio into 2 or 3 minutes would be impossible, but she is looking forward to getting to know each of you...(maybe over a glass of wine)  Be sure to welcome Sharon next time you see her!
You have the opportunity to pick up a book and read with a child on March 2.  Volunteer to read in a Tacoma elementary school in your neighborhood.  We have many red and white hats to share as you get ready to celebrate Dr. Seuss. Volunteers are being managed by Graduate Tacoma, click here to register. Please share your pictures of this fun day.
Each year, our club recognizes a non-Rotarian who is providing exemplary service in the community.  This person will be honored at our meeting on Thursday, April 5, and receive a contribution from our club to his/her favorite charitable organization. Nominations are due to the Rotary office by Thursday, March 1.  If you would like to nominate an individual for this Community Service Award, complete a nomination form which can be found on our website under Member Services - Forms - Community Service Awards-2018 Nomination Form.  Email your nomination to the Rotary office at or  fax it to 253-473-7738. Forms will also be available at our weekly meetings. Don't delay!
 Featured items this week
Seahawks Tickets
Golf at Northshore?
A message from your Auction Committee
Here is a new opportunity to help with decorations.  We would like to feature pictures of our own veterans in uniform, but since we are going to focus on  the idea of Rotary USO and a World War II theme we would be delighted if you have vintage pictures of your family members who served in the military that we could use that evening to honor their service.  If you could scan the photos and send them to the Rotary office that would be ideal. We are looking forward to an amazing auction!
Procurement Drawing This Week
(your name is entered if you have turned in a form) 
We're looking for items in all of the right places!  If you have that procurement form ready to go please bring it to the meeting this week, or email it to the office.  We have wonderful volunteers standing by, ready to add your donation to the database. Help us out by returning the forms in the next few weeks. If you would like a suggestion of what we still need, contact our awesome Procurement Chair, Cindy Grady
Greg Rolsma - Coachella Valley, CA
Larry Treleven - Sacramento, CA
Larry Treleven -  Sunrise
Invocation - Arvind Phukan
National Anthem and 4 Way Test - Jan Brazzell
Piano - In the Ballroom
Board Greeter- Roving Mic - Linda Kaye Briggs
Greeter - Roving Mic - Sharon Jaffee
Birthdays - Malcolm Russell
Fine Counter - Roger Lilley
Meeting Reporter for Gearshift - Miriam Barnett
Meeting Sponsor - Cap Pearson (for Habitat) 
AV Assistance - Jeff Rounce
There are clipboards at every meeting for you to sign up to help out!
--Leading the National Anthem & Four Way Test
--Giving the Moment of Reflection
--Playing piano
--Assisting with Audio/Visual
--Greeter and Roving Mic
--Sponsoring a meeting

Birthdays to celebrate 
Cap Pearson - Feb 25
Andy Laycock - Feb 27
Daryl Hembry – Mar 1
Arvind Phukan – Mar 1 
Anniversaries to celebrate
Carroll Dickson - 30 years - Feb 25 
Jackie Lindstrom - 3 years - Feb 26 
Jack Warnick - 38 years - Feb 28 
Andrew Imholt - 7 - Mar 3 
Mark Starnes - 7 years - Mar 3 
          3/1/2018 Rotary Social
2/1/2018 - Social at Primo Grill

The Fellowship/Relationship Building Committee invites all members of Tacoma #8 to join them on Thursdays at 5 pm. These socials are a great way to meet some new Rotarians or catch up with old friends. Pandakas, these meetings will fulfill your "social" requirement prior to graduation and, for all members, it’s fun!
March 1
Cloverleaf Pizza
6430 6th Ave
March 8
West End Tavern
3840 6th Ave
March 15
Farrelli's –March Madness!!
3518 6th Avenue
March 22
Fircrest Golf Club
1500 Regents Blvd
March 29
8827 N. Harborview Dr
Gig Harbor

Reflections from the meeting of Feb 22 from Kirsten Willis
With the ringing of the bell at 12:06 pm, the Rotary Club of Tacoma #8 weekly meeting was called to order. President Mark Anderson welcomed everyone to our off-site meeting at the Salvation Army. Don Sheppard, Salvation Army provided the reflective invocation reminding Rotarians to seek Peace in all that we do. Being that our meeting was taking place at the Salvation Army, Don Sheppard also served as the meeting sponsor!
Past President Barry Benson led the National Anthem followed by the 4‑way Test! No piano needed for our harmonious group! Carol Duris, Timberland Bank and Annie Ramirez, Salvation Army brought microphones to our members with guests, including prospective member from Grit City Bakery, Geoff Oakley.
President Mark then called on Hunter George, Metro Parks Tacoma to introduce our speaker, Michael Collier, Board Chair with the Tacoma Refugee Choir. Tacoma Refugee Choir has been together for just over a year. Members come from a variety of backgrounds and do not have to audition to join. As Michael told us – “Everybody can sing – there are no wrong notes!” The desire of the choir is to create partnerships in order to build a more welcoming community. They want to perform, educate and provide entertainment!  Michael was born in Germany. After a difficult childhood and journey his family made the way to Tacoma. After experiencing some unwelcoming neighbors who threw rocks, Michael found a safe place at Tacoma Community House. To learn English, he found that singing helped. Knowing what it is like to be an immigrant and having first-hand knowledge of the power of music and language are just a couple of the reasons Michael began working with choir director Erin Guinup. So far 150 people have been a part of the Tacoma Refugee Choir. Some have lived in Tacoma for many years, while some are new to the area – from all over the world. Michael told us that some of the immigrants and refugees have said that being a part of the choir is the first time that they feel welcome in their new community. For more information visit their website at
President Mark introduced our meeting sponsor Don Sheppard, Salvation Army. Don shared the story from a client at the Family Shelter program. Every week the Salvation Army helps more than 1,000 community members with food, rental assistance, and other services. It really hit home hearing their story and being in same space where so many lives are changed!
President Mark wished Dick Heaton a Happy Birthday. Dick is in Arizona enjoying the warm weather and sends his best regards. We then celebrated the following anniversaries: Larry Gaffney - 44 years and Jeff Gellert - 18 years
We heard from fellow Rotarians about upcoming events and request for assistance: Debbie Regala announced Read Across America taking place on March 2nd – sign up today! Don Doman encouraged nominations for the Community Service Award. The deadline for nominations is March 1st.  Becky Fontaine presented information about the District Conference and Training taking place in Tacoma on May 4th-5th.
After a few snow-related fines our meeting was adjourned early at 12:51pm , and President Mark reminded us to go out and Live Rotary!


Sound Advice for Service Above Self Living, by Past President Jim Henderson

"Well done is better than well said."   Benjamin Franklin


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The Gearshift is a weekly publication to inform you about current happenings in the Rotary Club of Tacoma #8. We meet on Thursday at the Landmark Temple Theatre 47 St. Helens Avenue, Tacoma 
Noon - 1:00 pm
The Rotary Office is located at:
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Tacoma, Washington 98402

PO Box 1777
Tacoma, Washington 98401-1777

Phone:  253.473.7723
Fax:  253.473.7838
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Mar 01, 2018 1:15 PM
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Mar 02, 2018 8:15 AM
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Mar 06, 2018
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