Thursday, March 22, 2018
VOL. NINETY-FOUR, Issue No. 38
We Are Staying On the Rooftop!
I Walked 444 Miles to Make a Memory

New York Times best selling author Andra Watkins lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, Michael T. Maher. A non-practicing CPA, she has a degree in accounting from Francis Marion University. She’s still mad at her mother for refusing to let her major in musical theater, because her mom was convinced she’d end up starring in porn films.

She’s the author of four books and counting. Her acclaimed first novel To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis was published by Word Hermit Press on March 1, 2014. Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace is a memoir about her dysfunctional family adventure; it is a National Book Award nominee and a New York Times best seller. Natchez Trace: Tracks in Time is a book of photography, shot during her 15-mile daily hikes on her 444-mile Natchez Trace walk. Hard to Die is Andra’s latest novel. It’s an afterlife story of Theodosia Burr Alston, tragic daughter of Aaron Burr and subject of the song “Dear Theodosia” from the Tony-award-winning smash Hamilton: An American Musical. Available everywhere November 1, 2016.

Andra is a highly decorated Rotarian. She is a past club president, past district communications chair, founding chair of Rotary Friendship Exchange, two-time Rotarian of the Year, multiple Paul Harris Fellow, and recipient of her district’s Distinguished Service Award. 


Welcome to Geoff 
Geoff Oakley was introduced by his sponsor Carol Duris at the meeting on March 15th, 2018, which so very luckily happened to coincide with the Ides of March; luckily it wasn't the only good news at the meeting.  Geoff’s most recent project is executing the role of Chief Operations Officer/Supply Chain for the Grit City Baking Company. Prior to his endeavor into the baking industry, he spent several years in the Aerospace Industry supporting Boeing, Airbus, and the F-35 JSF, and prior to that worked in the Semiconductor Industry, supporting Intel and Micron. He served as United States Army Armor Officer, and deployed to both the Republic of Iraq as well as the Republic of South Korea. He is a graduate of The University of Puget Sound, with a B.A. in English Rhetoric, and a B.A. in Business and Leadership. Geoff has lived in Tacoma, WA for most of the last 20 years, but originally hails from central Massachusetts and North Carolina. He is also an avid football and ice hockey fan.

The little free libraries are a project of the Literacy Committee.  Rotarians, lead by members of the Literacy Committee, have helped build 8 little free libraries  to be installed in the Salishan community.  The first 3 libraries were installed by Rusty Hersey, Gil Quante and John Schneider.  Special thanks to Carol Webster for storing the libraries and Mark Anderson for cutting and helping assemble. Sherri Stanton stocked the first library on Friday and will stock the others on Tuesday afternoon.

March 24 - Break Bag Pack
We are collecting names for another wonderful service opportunity at the EFN. We need about 30-35 volunteers on Saturday, March 24  from noon- 2. So far the following members have volunteered;  Jamie Brooks (+7), Julie Foley (+1), Joyce Glavish, Whitney Grisaffi, Donna Haynes, Rusty HerseySharon JaffeeGil Quante, Annie Ramirez (+1), Debbie Regala (+1), Greg RolsmaPat Steel, Carol Webster (+1) and Jim Whitacre (+2).  You can sign up at the meetings or contact Jim or Gil if you are available to help. 
You can still register for District 5020 Training Assembly & Conference. We are hoping for great representation from Tacoma #8 members.  This is a wonderful opportunity for fellowship and education! 
 Featured items this week
Cabin on the Oregon Coast.
Artwork from Janet Anderson
Procurement Update
We're looking for more items!  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. Do you have a favorite restaurant, coffee shop, mechanic, hair salon, pet groomer that you visit regularly?  We have a letter and procurement form ready for you to deliver to ask for support.  If you would like a suggestion of what we still need check out the lists that will be on the tables or contact our awesome Procurement Chair, Cindy Grady
Call for Volunteers
Our Co-Chairs for volunteers Rusty Hersey and Kirsten Willis are making the rounds. We need many volunteers for a successful event. Let them know if you have a talent to share.
Raffle Tickets
If you are unable to be at the meetings, but still want your chance to win a 12 day cruise please contact the Rotary office or Christina Turner to purchase your tickets. 
Get ready to make your reservations!
Several of our sponsors have already turned in the names of their guests for the auction, but there is still plenty of time to reserve your place!  The invitations will be mailed on Monday with instructions about how to RSVP.  I hope you have all help April 28 on your calendars!
Larry Treleven -  Denver, CO
Larry Treleven -  Tacoma North
Kathryn Nelson- Tacoma North
Karena Kirkendoll - Tacoma North
Barry Benson - Tacoma North
Monique Nadeau - Puyallup South Hill
Fred Moisio - Oosterdam 
Invocation - Christina Turner
National Anthem and 4 Way Test -  Pat Steel
Piano - On the Rooftop!
Board Greeter- Roving Mic - Carol Duris
Greeter - Roving Mic -  
Birthdays - Becky Fontaine
Fine Counter - Nick Frank
Meeting Reporter for Gearshift - Stephen Deal
Meeting Sponsor - Ali Criss
AV Assistance -  Chris Serface
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 
Kirsten Willis - Mar 19
Stephanie Farrar - Mar 20
Karena Kirkendoll - Mar 20
Missy Zenczak - Mar 20
Mike Hansch - Mar 22
Brett Thomas - Mar 23
Anniversaries to celebrate
Laurie Jinkins - 8 years 
Kelly Lane - 3 years
Fred Matthaei - 37  years 
Jerry McLaughlin - 21  years 
George Williams - 66 years 
Conor McCarthy - 6  years 
Shon Sylvia - 11 years 
Carol Duris - 8 years cumulative
Coming Soon - Spring Break Lunch Sacks 
At our meeting on March 22 we will be taking up a collection to supplement the money that the Projects Committee has put aside to support the purchase of food for families in need during spring break. Michelle Roberts will lead this project again this year! 
3/22/2018 Rotary Social
Fircrest Golf Club
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 22
Fircrest Golf Club
1500 Regents Blvd
March 29
8827 N. Harborview Dr
Gig Harbor
April 5
Carlyn Roy’s Home
2915 N 30th Street
Tacoma, WA
Bring a bottle of wine for the Auction and one to share at the social
Bring an appetizer to share
April 12
Peaks & Pints
3816 N 26th
Tacoma, WA
April 19
The Camp Bar
1310 Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, WA
Table side S’mores with all the fixing!!
April 26
Dirty Oscars
2309 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA

Reflections from the meeting of March 15 from Jeff Rounce
It was a bright, sunshiny spring day at the top of the world — or the top of the Landmark Building — on March 15, 2018, when President Mark Anderson convened the regular weekly meeting for Rotary Club of Tacoma #8.  What a perfect weather day to be displaced from our normal (and our usual alternate) meeting space, moving the session to the Rooftop Garden venue.  Just outside the windows, we could see a beautiful scene of downtown, Port of Tacoma and Mount Rainier in the distance.
Miriam Barnett, Executive Director at YWCA of Pierce County, shared a delightful poem in recognition of the blossom-bursting season.   Tacoma Little Theater ED Chris Serface led the crowd through a vigorous rendition of the national anthem and Rotary 4-Way Test, which were followed by the introduction of visiting Rotarians and guests.  Microphone carriers Maria Harlow, Names Family Foundation, and Erik Kramer, from Listen and Talk presided over this form.
A guest of special note was Jim Phillips from Olympia Rotary Club, who recalled with much gratitude how Tacoma #8 members and leaders (Messers Kilworth and others) welcomed him in the early 1950s and ended up providing him with a scholarship to Pacific Lutheran University. For a young man with ambition, but little in the way of family finances, this was the beginning for a life of service that became a career with Boy Scouts of America.  He retired from the top staff position at the Scouts Council office in Tumwater.
President-Elect Nominee Carol Duris took the podium to introduce our newest club member, Geoff Oakley, the Chief Operating Officer of a new commercial bakery opening in the Hilltop Business neighborhood.  Geoff is a native of Massachusetts who was graduated from University of Puget Sound, then spent five years as an officer in the Armor branch of U.S. Army.  For a fascinating conversation, ask him about the importance of “supply chain.”
President Mark invited Program Committee veteran Carol Webster to introduce Troy Christensen, CEO of Korean Women’s Association, to deliver the day’s program.  KWA is a 46-year-old Tacoma social services agency that actively serves clients of all ethnic backgrounds in the areas of affordable housing, in-home care, citizenship and English-as-second-language education, as well as health screening and navigator guidance.   From a modest start by Korean war brides of American servicemen who returned to the local area, this ambitious organization presently as a $40 million annual budget and 1,300 employees operating in 11 counties of western Washington.  It has more than 200 units of affordable senior housing and is working to open another 100+ units in the coming year, as well as community meeting facilities in East Tacoma.   A very impressive story, indeed.
Jan Brazzell, Principal of Advancement Consulting, spoke next as the meeting sponsor sharing the information that deliberations within the halls of Congress threaten to bring big changes to the current taxing situation with non-profit organizations.  If you have interest in the charitable world, Jan suggests that you look into the proposed repeal of Johnson Amendment.
Taking our meeting in an entertaining direction, Chris Serface and Elliott Stockstead, Habitat for Humanity, deliver a musical diddie from the world of Rotary U.S.O. that promoted the approaching Rotary #8 fund-raising auction on April 28th.
Members with club anniversaries this week received recognition from President Mark, before Whitney Grisaffi, with Ted Brown Music, introduced the one member attending whose birthday falls within this week, John West, retired financial investments adviser.
Six local agencies that serve low-income families and seniors were introduced by co-chair Miriam Barnett of our club’s Grants Committee.  Each received a check to support their good work, having passed muster with the #8 funding disbursal process.  Write 253, Point Defiance-Ruston Senior Center, Trinity Learning Center, The Rescue Mission, Hilltop Artists and Lindquist Dental Clinics for Children were the worthy recipients.
Club activities announcements then came from Gil Quante, Greenhaven Tech, and Don Sheppard, with the Salvation Army.
The admissions of various trips and travels to Hawaii, London and a 36-day road trip through other corners of the U.S. filled the meager time available for true confessions.
Noting the passing of time, President Mark wrapped up the day with thanks to all participants and urging that all attendees should “Live Rotary” and the magnificent approach of Springtime.  Meeting adjourned.


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

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.  Eleanor Roosevelt


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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 
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