Thursday,February 1, 2018
VOL. NINETY-FOUR, Issue No. 31
We Are In the Grand Ballroom!
Malaria in Uganda
Dr. Dorothy Echodu is the CEO of Pilgrim Africa, a 501(c)3 engaged in malaria control, advocacy and education in Uganda. In the decade she's worked with Pilgrim Africa, she has led and overseen the organization's engagement in malaria control and advocacy. On the control side, Pilgrim Africa focuses on community-scale field exercises using both tested and novel approaches to comprehensive control in high transmission areas. On the advocacy side, Pilgrim Africa emphasizes the high human and economic toll caused by ongoing tolerance of high morbidity as well as mortality, and continually strives for just, economically realistic solutions to the need for more malaria control. In 2013, Pilgrim Africa pioneered the largest issue-related social media campaign in East Africa on the topic of a "Malaria Free Uganda". This year, Pilgrim Africa is pleased to partner with Rotary International and Rotarian Malaria Partners to bring comprehensive control to a poor, rural, highly endemic region in Eastern Uganda. 
Linda Kaye with Elizabeth Eckford
What an experience I had representing our club at the Large Club Conference in Little Rock from January 14 through the 17th.  About 60 of the 75 large clubs sent representatives and I was anxious to learn of our similarities and differences.
The opening session of the conference was at the Clinton Presidential Library where we heard from Congressman J. French Hill of Little Rock Rotary Club #99. His message was right to the point as he recognized the incredible impact Rotarians have around the world in our service to others and celebrating that we will be the catalyst leading the effort to eradicate polio from the world.
On the first day of the conference, Martin Luther King Day, Kathi and I had the awesome experience of walking the path of the Little Rock Nine as they began their quest to desegregate Little Rock Central High School.  It was an impactful experience, especially when I had the opportunity to meet Elizabeth Eckford the first student to reach the high school on September 4, 1957. A current student at Little Rock Central High has decided to build a replica of the bench at the bus stop where Elizabeth found herself after not getting into school. The visiting Rotarians quickly pledged $15,000 from the clubs throughout the United States to assist her in her efforts.
The conference also saw us spending a significate amount of time identifying and learning about our own personality types to educate us on how to work best with each and every person we interact with, and the communications skills that will serve us well.
Another exciting development is a “People in Action” Rotary International marketing program that will help to brand Rotary.  Research showed that 75% of folks have heard about Rotary, however 60% are unaware of any local Rotary in their community.  A great tool has been developed for us to use. You will see a sample ad in the slide show at our meeting!
 Kathi and I decided to ask everyone we met the same questions in anticipation that we would benefit from lessons learned.  Here is what we asked.
  • Do you assign classifications and restrict who joins your club? The overwhelming answer was that classifications are still assigned, but there are no limits or restrictions in each classification. Some clubs are migrating to badges that just have the Rotarian's name and company.
  • Do you track attendance and still enforce standards?  The answer was a resounding no enforcement, although most are still tracking attendance.  All clubs realize that members have busy schedules and try to have captivating programs that will entice attendance. Something that helps other clubs is that they have a prepaid meal plan causing members to attend since they have already paid for the meal.  There are still a few clubs that recognize 100% attendance.
  • How often do you meet and has that ever changed? Almost all clubs are still meeting weekly at lunchtime, but a large club trend is having one meeting a month after work.  They have found that this alternative to a lunch meeting is proving to be a successful networking and recruiting opportunity and they are also identifying speakers who have availability at that time of day.
I just want to say thanks for the opportunity to learn, network and share with my peers the great things about the Rotary Club of Tacoma #8! I am looking forward to serving you and ask that you contact me if you have any questions, concerns or thoughts about how we can bring our club to new heights. 
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!
Membership Proposal

Unless written objections are submitted to the Board within 10 days of this posting, the following individual will be invited to membership:

Sharon Jaffee
REAL ESTATE - Senior Housing
Resident Sales Counselor
Narrows Glen
Sponsor: Peter Norman

You have touched the hearts and warmed the feet of hundreds of homeless men, women and children in our community. We collected dozens of socks and raised over to $900. Almost 1,000 pairs of socks have been secured for Project Homeless Connect who distributed them during their Point- In -Time count last week. THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR GENEROSITY! (Remember if you gave to Projects through Project Greater Good you also contributed to this effort)
Our Next Offsite Meeting Is Coming
We had a wonderful turn out last Thursday and we are hearing many positive comments about the meeting at the Yacht Club. We are surveying all members who attended to get their feedback.  The next venue we are visiting will be the Salvation Army at 1110 South Puget Sound Avenue.  That meeting will be on February 22 and we will begin collecting reservations this week. 
Members enjoying the Firesides last October


You should have received your assignment for the Winter Firesides happening on Tuesday night January 30.   An email was distributed to club members last Friday, if you were not assigned a home and are interested in participating please contact the host directly to see if you can be accomodated.  Also if you are unable to attend please let your host or co-host know so they can plan the meal accordingly. If you have any questions please contact our amazing organizer Maria Harlow at

We have received some amazing items and we will start featuring them at upcoming meetings.  Remember, at the first meeting of each month we will have a drawing for everyone who has turned in a procurement form. Please bring your forms to the meeting this week.  If you have already turned in an item or form, you are in the drawing, but why stop at one?  We will need help from each one of you to make this the most successful auction ever!
Fred Matthaei - Tacoma North
Rick Olson - Tacoma North
Larry Treleven - Salt Lake City
Invocation - Carol Webster
National Anthem and 4 Way Test - Chris Serface
Piano - In the Ballroom
Board Greeter- Roving Mic - Stacey Ogle
Membership Greeter - Roving Mic - Jace Dwinell
Birthdays - George Pilant
Fine Counter - Cynthia Darland
Meeting Reporter for Gearshift - Carol Duris
Meeting Sponsor -  Heather Faverman
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 
Carroll Dickson - Jan 29
Carolyn Else - Jan 31
Rick Oldenburg - Jan 31
Cosette Pfaff – Feb 2
Anniversaries to celebrate
Michael Wark - 8 years - Jan 28 
Heather Faverman - 4 years - Jan 30 
Jake Fey - 22 years - Feb 01 
Roger Lilley - 23 years - Feb 02 
Margaret McCormick - 23 years - Feb 02 
Chris Coates - 7 years 11 - Feb 03 
The Drum Circle at Ted Brown Music

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!

Primo Grill
2701 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA
1924 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA
The Tides Tavern
2925 Harborview Drive
Gig Harbor, WA
The Loose Wheel
6108 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA 

Reflections from the meeting of January 25 from Miriam Barnett
Call to order by President MarkRick Olson gave the invocation. Elliot Stockstad sang the anthem minus a piano and minus a flag! This was followed by introductions of guests. Even though we were offsite we were pleased to welcome several guests. 
Carla Santorno was our speaker. Carla is a member of our club and the Superintendent of Tacoma Schools.  She started by explaining the reason she was limping is because she took an Intro to Yoga class last night and it involved more than sitting on a mat and learning the history of yoga!
Update on Tacoma Public Schools: 
Carla was asked to speak in San Diego because of our reputation for how we partner towards a common goal. Tacoma Schools are getting recognized nationwide. There was a recent article in the WA Post about the whole child Initiative in Tacoma.  The Wallace Foundation contacted 148 Schools districts to do a letter of inquiry for funding. From this pool, 48 were asked to apply. It was reduced to 28 applications that went forward.  8 were flown to NY.  6 were awarded and Tacoma is one. This equates to millions of dollars over 6 years. Tacoma schools are rocking it under Carla’s leadership. They are still working to make sure we reduce discipline disparity. Restorative justice is the focus. She then shared about the renewal of two school levies. We have to run a levy every four years. Preschools are not funded by the state. There is a state mandated goal of reducing class size to a 17/1 ration in k-3rd grade. Can’t do it. Not enough teachers. Not enough money. Not enough classrooms. So cannot use $9 million from state. The state allocates money that is not green and can't be used. Tacoma has increased graduation rates from 55% to 86%.  Levy Prop One was $70 million, now $38 million. If the legislature passes a new law it could get to $70 million. Prop Two is about technology which is rapidly changing. 47% of kindergartners will need to be prepared for jobs that don’t exist yet. If both pass Tacoma tax payments would decrease over the next four years. We currently pay $4.59 per $1,000 of accessed property value. This would decrease to $3.52. Carla shared a flyer explaining the levies. One side was in English and the reverse side was in Spanish. Let’s support every Tacoma student!
Questions: Any push back? Not really. Is SAMI entry merit based or lottery? Lottery so it is equitable for all schools. 
Meeting sponsor Michael Thompson from Metro Parks, shared several slides about the development in the area. There will be an open house to learn about future plans at Pt Defiance. 
A card was circulated for past member Chris Lee who is experiencing serious health issues. 
Anniversaries were announced as listed in the Gearshift.  Birthdays with Jim Whitacre. The three present were: Rusty George, Ross Hjelseth, and  Christa Brothers
Maria Harlow announced this is the last meeting to sign up to attend a Fireside. Tuesday we will have members gathering at homes around the area.
Chris Serface and Elliot Stockstad sang a song to inspire folks about the auction. Outstanding!
Raise the paddle goes to build a house in partnership with Habitat. It costs $75,000 to build one house. The house will benefit a family of a service member. We will also be swinging hammers and providing sweat equity. 
It was Rick and Kathleen Olson's  last meeting. They are moving to Arlington. Kathleen has over 23 years in the club. She has a new job with Purrfect Pals, a cat sanctuary.  Standing ovation!
True confessions:  Mary Lynn Pannen received an award for leadership excellence in Washington.  Fred Matthaei helped Mik create a state of Washington bird list to bring back to Czech Republic. He identified 21 new birds during their visit to Okanogan County and so far has 120 species logged. Jim and Claudia Merritt  recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary.  John West 52 years in club. Talked about his sponsor Floyd Jones who did very well with investments. Arvind is working on solving problems of the ocean. Article about him and his accomplishments.  Jeff Lovely was on King 5 news talking about erosion issues at his Packwood cabin. He is retiring after 46 years at the end of February. Brien Elvins mentioned his dad worked with Floyd Jones.  Mark gave thanks to all of our meeting presenters.
Next meeting will be Dorothy Echodu speaking about Malaria in Uganda.   Social at El Borracho on 6th Ave. 
The meeting was adjourned. 

Sound Advice for Service Above Self Living, by Past President Pat Steel

“ Love the life you live, live the life you love”  Bob Marley


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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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