Thursday, April 4, 2019
Shalisa Hayes
Community Service Award Winner
In 2011, Shalisa Hayes endured the nightmare of losing her 17-year-old son, Billy Ray Shirley, to senseless gun violence. Inspired and encouraged by Billy Ray’s friends (Team Billy Ray), Shalisa formed the Billy Ray Shirley, III Foundation and set out to transform her devastating pain into realizing Billy’s Ray’s vision of creating a safe haven for East Tacoma youth to pursue positive activities.
Shalisa reached out to countless leaders in business, philanthropy, government and politics to rally financial support, proclaiming, “We lost one life, but we shall save many more.” Shalisa’s compelling story, and her tireless, impassioned, and enlightened advocacy, garnered the support of Metro Parks, City of Tacoma, Tacoma Housing Authority, Tacoma School District, and Washington State officials, as well as the Greater Metro Parks Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound boards. Together, they formed Imagine Eastside – a collaborative, public-private partnership that, with the help of generous philanthropic foundations, businesses, and individuals, built and opened the new Eastside Community Center in 2018. Meanwhile, Shalisa maintained her full-time job with an insurance company; founded a program to support other mothers who had lost children to violence; mentored countless young people as “Mama Shay;” and served actively on the Imagine Eastside Campaign Cabinet.
Shalisa continues to make a positive difference as she shares her story with others affected by violence, and presents at conferences and workshops locally and around the world.
Community Service Award  - Shalisa Hayes
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Thursday at 5 Banner Bank
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Elizabeth Pauli - City Manager
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The Co-Chairs of our Vocational Services Committee, Missy Zenczak and Andrew Imholt are busy planning our next Business Expo scheduled for Thursday, April 25, during our regular meeting time.  This is your chance to sponsor a booth for $150 and let members know all about your business. Contact Missy at or Andrew at if you want to reserve your space to make this the best Expo ever!  Thanks so much to those businesses that have already signed up; Banner Bank, Financial Insights, Pierce County Library Foundation, PLU School of Business, Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Center, Uncharted Waters Float Center, Washington Business Week,  Wedderman Architecture and Westley Bradley Park.  There are only 20 spots so sign up soon!
The Daffodil court will be visiting this week when we honor our Community Service Award winner this year, Shalisa Hayes.  We will be meeting at the Salvation Army because the Yacht Club had a conflicting engagement booked before we signed our contract.  The following members have agreed to be at the meeting to host;  Dan Bogart, Mike Dunbar, Becky Fontaine, Brenda Gasper, Hunter George, Cindy Grady, Jim & Enid Harris,  Donna Haynes, Rusty Hersey, Kyle Lauderdale, Sally Leighton, Barbara Mead, Cindy Niemi, Cap Pearson, Kierra Phifer, Debbie Regala, Greg Roslma, Evelyn Ryberg, Carla Santorno, Pat Steel, Pamela Transue,  Jennifer Wedderman and John West Marsha Burns, Carol Duris, Maria Harlow and Mary McNally cannot join us but will assist with the lunch expense associated with hosting.   Please plan to be at the meeting just a little early to help welcome these special young ladies who did a terrific job helping us at the auction on Saturday! 
Welcome to our newest member
Andrea Keikkala
Andrea  is a transfer from the Kent Rotary Club who also had service as a Rotarian in Sitka, Alaska.  She was a great leader in those club and we look forward to her involvement in Rotary #8.  She is the Executive Director of Washington Business Week after serving for 10 years as the CEO of the Kent Chamber of Commerce.   Be sure to introduce yourself to Andrea at the next meeting!
Membership Proposal
Unless written objections are submitted to the Board within 10 days of this posting, the following individuals will be invited to membership: 
Seth Kaplowitz
REAL ESTATE - International Business
All Points Development, LLC
Sponsor: Harrison Laird
Monique Trudnowski
ASSN: SOC SVC - Youth Training
Tacoma Youth Marine Center
Sponsor: Mike Dunbar
Jeremy Simler
ASSN: SOC SVC - Furniture
Northwest Furniture Bank
Sponsor: Stacey Ogle
Sharon Chambers-Gordon
REAL ESTATE - Residential
Windermere Professional Partners
Sponsor: Kit Evans


$10,000 - Fallout
Financial Insights
$7,500 - Ghost Protocol
Timberland Bank
Titus Will Auto Group
$5,000 - Rogue Nation
Dimmer Family Foundation
Rusty George Creative
Johnson Stone & Pagano PS
Kathryn Nelson
Union Bank
John & Audrey West
$2,500 - Ethan Hunt
Cole Graphic Solutions
Cornerstone Financial Services
MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions
Superior Linen
Tacoma Screw 
Carol & Chris Webster
$1,500 - Peter Graves
Banner Bank
Catalyst Workplace Activation
DP & C
Express Employment Professionals
Moss Adams
Cap Pearson
$1,000 - IM Force
Advancement Consulting
Albers and Company
Artistic Plastic Surgery
Sharon & Barry Benson
Marsha & Andrew Burns
Cascade Park Communities
Community Health Care
Jim & Enid Harris
Heritage Bank
Homestreet Bank
Roger Lilley
Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Foundation
Buck & Joane Thompson
Trusteed Plans Service Corporation
Members of our Life Christian Interact Group were on hand to help us sell out all of our desserts! 
Preparing the Crème brûlée for delivery!
As our President Linda Kaye is fond of saying "it takes a village" It took a village of volunteers and hundreds of hours to pull off another wonderful event.  Along with the Interact Students we were honored to have help from The Daffodil Court and the Bellarmine Softball team. 
Please say thank to your auction committee - Monique Nadeau - Chair, Cindy Grady - Procurement, Carol Duris & Mike Dunbar - Sponsorships, Rusty Hersey & Miriam Barnett - Volunteers, Kirsten Willis - Desserts Kim Bedier & Stacey Ogle - Decorations, Rusty George - Design, Chris Serface - MC, Christina Turner - Raffle & Announcer, Stephen Deal - Video Producer, Linda Kaye Briggs, Libby Catalinich, Brien Elvins, Maria Harlow, Cindy Niemi, Jennifer Wedderman, Amanda Weidman and  Carolyn Weyrick
Additional volunteers; Jacob Christensen, Cynthia Darland, Robin Echtle, Jacki Farrar, Sally Glover, Katie Guild (Outbound RYE Exchange Student), Kelly Lane, John McMasters, Dane Meyer, Cap Pearson, Rob Pfarr, Gil Quante, Renata Ramirez, Jeff Rounce, Diane Tilstra, Taylor Webb (Outbound RYE Student) and Carol Webster
Reflection - Pamela Transue
Greeters  -  Our Daffodil Court Hosts  
Board Greeters - Daryl Hembry
Board Greeters -  
Birthdays - Harrison Laird 
National Anthem & 4 Way Test - Ali Criss
Fine Counter - Dan Bogart
Storywriter - Kim Bedier
Meeting Sponsor - Andrew Imholt
AV Assistant - Don Sheppard
Please contact Kathi to volunteer 
--Leading the National Anthem & Four Way Test
--Giving the Moment of Reflection
--Assisting with Audio/Visual
--Greeter and Roving Mic
--Sponsoring a meeting
--Check in Assistant
Birthdays This Week 
Barry Benson -  Apr 01
Paul Doty -  Apr 01
Pamela Transue - Apr 05
Anniversaries to Celebrate 
Larry Hosley – 31 years
Jim Merritt - 42 years
Bill Pickles - 20 years
Glenn Everitt - 44 years  
Dick Heaton, II - 40 years
Rob Novasky - 7 years
Social at Cooks Tavern in November
Upcoming Socials
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.
April 4
110 B N Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, WA
April 11
Thursday at 5
Banner Bank
April 18
Narrows Plaza Bowl
2200 Mildred Street W
Tacoma, WA
They open at 4:30
April 25th
Oddfellas Pub & Eatery  
5741 N 26th Street
Tacoma, WA
Reflections from the meeting of March 28 from Jim Henderson
President Linda Kaye Briggs rang the bell at 12:05pm for the weekly meeting of Tacoma #8 Rotary at the Tacoma Yacht Club.   Prior to the beginning of the meeting the ‘Mission Possible’ auction video was played with a cast of characters which everyone enjoyed viewing again.  Rob Pfarr,  Allstate Insurance gave an clever invocation tied to a March Madness theme.  Today’s meeting was sponsored by Jack Connelly, Connelly Law offices.
Visiting Rotarians and guests were asked to stand as Noah Baskett, Tacoma Rescue Mission, and Missy Zenczak, United Way brought mics around.  There were a number of guests today, and we learned that our inbound Exchange Student, Jacob Christenson is about to move to his third host family.
District Governor Craig said he was looking forward to hearing what we did later in the meeting on Strategic Planning.  He also said that our district 5020 has seen a membership gain of plus 140 member in Zone 25.  He also invited everyone to the upcoming District Conference in Victoria.
This year’s Auction Chair, Monique Nadeau then came forward to recognize all of the members who have been working on planning and presenting our auction – Mission Possible.  She recognized sponsorships, procurement, baskets, raffle tickets, desert auction, guest experience, and the fund an item video production.  She then called forward for special recognition:  Kathi Willis, Joy Vivar-Beeks and Cindy Grady and thanked them for the long hours they have put in for the auction and presented them with flower bouquets.  They all received a standing ovation.
President Linda Kaye then called forward Missy Zenczak, United Way to introduce today’s speaker Dr. David Hirschberg, from RAIN, a Life Science Community Incubator growing companies, jobs and talent in biotechnology and entrepreneurship in Tacoma.  He is an Affiliate Professor and Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Urban Waters at the University of Washington – Tacoma.  He told us that RAIN is growing talent and companies and jobs, and started an incubator in Biotechnology.  He said we should be comfortable with technology and that young students should be exposed to it early.  One of their goals is to keep students in this the area.  RAIN trains students at the high school level and trains a technical workforce and utilizes Tacoma’s assets.  The incubator wants to be sustainable and do education and training.  President Linda Kaye then thanked Dr. Hirschberg and presented him with the speaker gift.
President Linda Kaye then recognized members who are celebrating service anniversaries this week:  Rob Modarelli – 1 year; Past President Carolyn Weyrick – 15 years; Past President Brien Elvins – 22 years; Frank Dacca– 35 years cumulative; Paul Doty – 36 years; and Past President and Past DG Jim Harris – 40 years.
President Linda Kaye then called forward Past President Mark Anderson and Jan Brazzell to lead the members in table talks around the proposed changes to the club’s Strategic Plan.
President Linda Kaye announced that at next week’s meeting we will present the Community Service Award and will also host the Daffodil Festival Princesses and that the meeting will be at the Salvation Army for that week only.
There was time for True Confessions.  Coming forward were Donna Haynes – who said she had a California trip with some senior, yet very active family members;  Past President Mark Anderson - a trip to California with his choir; Debbie Regala - three week trip in Mexico; Barbara Mead spent five weeks in Europe, and Steve O’Brien – for missing some meetings and an upcoming trip to the Masters
President Linda Kaye thanked Rob for the invocation,  Mark and Libby for the music, Jack Connelly, Connelly Law Offices for sponsoring the meeting.  Thanked again Dr. Hirschberg for his remarks. Tonight’s social is at Mediterranean Gyro Grill, 3555 Market Place.   Now go out and Reignite your Rotary.  The meeting was adjourned at 1:03pm.

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