Thursday, March 29, 2018
VOL. NINETY-FOUR, Issue No. 39
Join Us in the Ballroom
 A Conversation with Derek Kilmer

An Update from the Other Washington

Derek Kilmer is currently serving his third term as the United States Representative for Washington’s 6th Congressional District. Derek sits on the House Appropriations Committee and was elected by his colleagues to fill the role of Vice Ranking Member for the committee. Derek lives in Gig Harbor with his wife, Jennifer, and their two daughters, Sophie and Tess.


Look at this dedicated group of volunteers
What a great group showed up on Saturday to do good work for our community!  We are truly fortunate to have members who so willingly give their time and effort to help those who are less fortunate.  THANK YOU!!
Membership Proposal
Unless written objections are submitted to the Board within 10 days of this posting, the following individual will be invited to membership: 
C. Marshall Bennett
EDUCATION - Community College
Director of Advising Services
Tacoma Community College
Sponsor: Pat Steel
What amazing Rotarians responded to our request to host the Princesses and their chaperones on April 5. We are pretty close to having all of our guests assigned to a host, but if you would like to help please email the office at  The following are the members who have committed; 
John Bailey, Dan Bogart, Marsha Burns, Cynthia Darland, Stephen Deal, Carol Duris, Carolyn Else, Cindy Grady, Whitney Grisaffi, Maria Harlow, Jim& Enid Harris, Jim Henderson, Rusty Hersey, Shanna LaMar, Marty Lough, Jim Merritt, Cindy Niemi, Geoff Oakley, Gil Quante, Debbie Regala, Greg Rolsma and Ray Schuler. 

There is still time to get your table for the  Business Expo. We're changing it up a bit this year and here are the benefits you will enjoy, 
  • For two weeks, display your business/organization’s logo in the Gearshift, which is sent to over 250 Rotary #8 Club Members weekly
  • Exhibit at your own dedicated table before and after the meeting
  • Personally market your business/organization and network with over 80 community leaders and potential customers/supporters
  • Spend two minutes at the mic showcasing your business/organization, accompanied by one PowerPoint slide of your choice
 Please contact Missy Zenczak at or Kathi Willis to reserve your space!

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.

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
Mexican Vacation?
Jewelry from Ben Bridge
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!
You should have received your invitations by now and we hope that you have 9 friends to join you to fill a table.  We have incredible items and a wonderful evening planned, you will not want to miss this auction!  
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.  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.
Monique Nadeau - Puyallup South Hill
Fred Moisio - Oosterdam 
Invocation - Rusty Hersey
National Anthem and 4 Way Test -  John McMasters
Piano - In the Ballroom!
Board Greeter- Roving Mic - Stacey Ogle
Greeter - Roving Mic -  Geoff Oakley
Birthdays - George Pilant
Fine Counter - Cynthia Darland
Meeting Reporter for Gearshift - Sherrie Stanton
Meeting Sponsor - Bellarmine Alums; Comfort, Henderson, Pearson, Willis
AV Assistance -  Jeff Rounce/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 
Jerry McLaughlin - Mar 25
Karena Kirkendoll - Mar 28
Buck Thompson - Mar 29
Stephanie Christensen - Mar 30
Nick Frank - Mar 31
Harrison Laird - Mar 31
Carla Santorno - Mar 31
Anniversaries to celebrate
Dean Curry -  12 years
Carolyn Weyrick - 14 years
Brien Elvins - 21 years 
Paul Doty - 35 years 
Jim Harris - 39 years 
Spring Break Lunch Sacks 
Thanks to the generous support of members at the meeting and the money that the Projects Committee has allocated from their budget (that comes from PGG donations and the auction proceeds), Michelle Roberts will be busy shopping for 100 Stanley Elementary families to support them during spring break. 
3/29/2018 Rotary Social
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 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 22 from Stephen Deal
On a rainy gray day in Tacoma we met at the “Top of the Landmark” and President Mark Anderson rang the bell right on time welcoming everyone.  As always the crew at the Landmark made us a wonderful lunch with Salmon and a baked potato bar including all of the “bad for you toppings” with bacon.  According to a famous sign somewhere on the walls of a diner in the south, “Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as Bacon.”
Christina Turner, Multicare provided the invocation reminding us all of the power behind gratitude and the joy found in a spring day. Steve Smith led us in an “a cappella” version of our national anthem sung robustly with an enthusiastic recitation of the 4‑Way Test. Meeting sponsor Ali Criss, Financial Insights, opted not to do a presentation and graciously ceded her time allowing for a little more relaxed agenda.
We were honored to have three guests.  Corey Hjalseth introduced his niece Mckenna and his daughter Kate. Ed Pollin from the Puyallup South Hill Rotary club joined us as our only visiting Rotarian.
Geoff Oakley of Grit City Baking Company (one of our newest members,) valiantly tried to run the mics through the crowded room. President Mark introduced Missy Zenczak of the Geneva Foundation who introduced our guest speaker, Andra Watkins.
Andra Watkins is a New York Times bestselling author living in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, Michael T. Maher. 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 including To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis, Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace, and Hard to Die.   Ms. Watkins is a highly decorated and very generous Rotarian very involved in her local club and district. She is a past club president, past district communications chair, founding chair of Rotary Friendship and recipient of her district’s Distinguished Service Award. She graced us with an inspirational and very entertaining presentation. Waxing poetic about Stephen E. Ambrose’s acclaimed book Undaunted Courage, Ms. Watkins detailed how this biography of Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark Expedition inspired her first novel.  She connected this first novel to her decision to walk the 444 mile long Natchez Trail and her subsequent memoir about her relationship with her father and his support of her journey.  Ms. Watkins presentation was truly entertaining and inspiring. On the PowerPoint slides playing during her presentation was a snapshot of a fortune cookie fortune that read, Struggle as hard as you can for what you believe in.”  This adage summed up the spirit of Ms. Watkins.  She regaled us with stories of her reluctant journey with her father and the challenge of walking 444 miles along a paved road in the rural south. Everyone laughed as we heard about the sexual adventures of Lewis and Clarke, the brutally honest loving description of Ms. Watkin’s father and the creative use of gatorade for personal hygiene.  Ms. Watkins reminded us to “…not forget to find the amazing thing in your day” and to cherish those things. She encouraged us to “…grab those people in our lives who are disappearing a little every day” and spend some time with them.   Ms. Watkins also reminded us that it is the memories that make the ones in our lives immortal.  As an author, Andra Watkins clearly understands the power of the written word and the joy that a simple story can bring to a room full of Rotarians.
President Mark recognized the anniversaries including Kelly Lane - 3 years, Connor McCarthy - 6  years, Carol Duris - 8 years  cumulative, Laurie Jinkins - 8 years, Shon Sylvia - 11 years, Jerry McLaughlin - 21  years and  Fred Matthaei - 37  years.  We had a special shout out and standing ovation for George Williams for his 66 years of support and membership in our club.
Past President Becky Fontaine of the American Red Cross celebrated birthdays and Kirsten Willis shared her inspirational Motto, “anything is possible.”  Missy Zenczak reminded us that it is “easier to be kind than to be mean” and encouraged us all “be silly, be brave, be honest and be kind.” Becky gave birthday celebrants a Red Cross personal safety kit.
Announcements commenced with Linda Kaye Briggs asking us to be a lunch hosts for a member of the Daffodil court. Missy Zenczak talked about the upcoming Business Expo, Brien Elvins talked about the District Conference and Carolyn Weyrick reminded us of the auction and highlighted some pretty amazing items. Michelle Roberts talked about the EFN Repack and solicited support for the Spring Lunch food baskets given to families with children on spring break and invited members to an upcoming social to be held at the home of Carlyn Roy
There were lots of interesting true confessions with our colleagues taking some wonderful vacations celebrating important moments in their lives. By sharing with our club we learn a bit more about our fellow Rotarians and strengthen the bonds of friendship that hold us all together.
The social on the 22nd will be held at Fircrest Golf Club 1500 Regents Blvd Tacoma.
President Mark closed the meeting thanking everyone for their participation and presence and encouraging us all to join the meeting next week when our guest speaker will be US representative Derek Kilmer.  
This scribe wishes to extend a special thank you to the program committee and our erstwhile staff for putting together a very entertaining and inspiring Rotary 8 meeting.  It was the antidote for an otherwise gloomy day. Every presentation, speaker, conversation and shared moment seemed to embody what President Mark means when he closes every meeting with his tag line, “Now go out and Live Rotary!”  


Sound Advice for Service Above Self Living, by Past President and Past District Governor Jim Harris

 “Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it." Andy Rooney


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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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Apr 05, 2018 1:15 PM
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Apr 06, 2018 8:15 AM
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