Thursday, January 18, 2018
VOL. NINETY-FOUR, Issue No. 29
Meeting in the Grand Ballroom
Building a Productive and Positive Culture Through Strategic Leadership

Learn the art of motivating others - and yourself - to be more productive, effective and to enjoy yourself; whether on the job or at Rotary. 

Shari Storm has been a member of Rotary Club of Emerald City since 2006.

She spent 16 years as an executive at a credit union. She is  now the CEO of a consulting company called Category 6.

Her book, Motherhood is the New MBA: Using Your Parenting Skills to be a Better Boss,  was published by St. Martin’s Press. With almost 7,000 copies sold, it has been translated and published in China and was purchased for publication in Brazil.

She speaks around the country on a variety of topics. You can also see her TEDx talk on her website:  

Shari grew up in sunny Kennewick and now lives in Edmonds, WA with her movie-making husband, three young daughters and a dog named Cedar. 

Membership Proposal

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

Tony Belot
METAL RECYCLING - Government Relations
Government & Public Affairs Manager
Schnitzer Steel
Sponsor: Melissa Malott
Science Olympiad
What an amazing Saturday we had at the Science Olympiad invitational competition at Curtis High School. We were inspired by the bright, creative and energetic students we saw.  Thanks so much to following members who devoted their time to this great endeavor; Cynthia Darland, Heather Faverman, Diane Kelleher, Roger Lilley, Gil Quante, Sherri Stanton, Michael Thompson and Jim Whitacre.
Our next auction meeting will be held Wednesday, February 7, at the Esplanade Community Room at 1515 Dock Street. We will have a light dinner ready to be served at 5 pm.  Please let us know if you are able to join us.  Bring some cash to help offset the price of food  or a bottle of wine to share.  We will socialize until 6 and then do some focused work from 6-7.  There is a place for every single member of our club to be involved, let us know how you would like to help. Easy options include being a sponsor, donating an item or joining us and bringing friends to the auction on April 28.  Procurement forms are available at the meetings or online. At the first meeting of each month we will have a drawing for a gift card for all members who have turned in a procurement form (one entry for each item!) Jim Henderson was our first winner. Raffle tickets were in hot demand this week and they will be available until close to the auction.  This year we have a 12 day Holland America Cruise.  Please email the office at if you can join us at the auction meeting. 

It's that time of year again when we are doing our best to serve the needs in our community.  During this cold weather it is particularly important that we replenish the need for warms socks.  We are focused on getting adult socks, but can also use some for children.  Please bring your socks to the meeting this week. Maria Harlow will be delivering our contributions to Project Homeless Connect, to be distributed to adults and children during the Point in Time Count being held around the state on January 25.  It will warm your heart to warm the feet of those in need. 
Over the last couple of months we have welcomed 2 new members;  Annie Ramirez and Erik KramerAnnie was introduced by her sponsor, Don Sheppard in December.  She works for the Salvation Army and is a former member of the Corpus Christi Rotary Club. She has strong connections to Rotary and has already joined the Scholarship Committee. Ask her about her experiences!  Erik was introduced by his sponsor, LaTasha Wortham earlier this month. He works for an organization called Listen and Talk and his background is in finance.  He is looking forward to giving back to this community and is a wonderful addition to the club.  Be sure to welcome Annie and Erik to the club the next time you see them.
Tacoma Yacht Club Offsite Meeting
Make your reservation today to hold your spot at our next offsite meeting on January 25, at the Tacoma Yacht Club, 5401 Yacht Club Rd. Lunch will be $21.50 per person, and you are welcome to invite guests.   Cancellations must be made by noon, January 19 to avoid being charged.  We have had a great response and you must sign up by Thursday. If you won't be at the  meeting please email the office at to reserve a place. Following are the members who have reserved their spot! Jeff Albers, Mark Anderson, Miriam Barnett, Barry Benson, Linda Kaye Briggs, Marsha Burns, Peter Carlstrom, Peter Comfort, Cynthia Darland, Peter Darling , Stephen Deal, Mike Dunbar, Carol Duris, Jace Dwinell, Robin Echtle, Brien Elvins, Bryan Flint, Cindy Grady, Don Hansen, Maria Harlow, Lori Harnick, Chuck Heaton, Jim Henderson, Rusty Hersey, Corey Hjalseth, Richard Jamison, Diane Kelleher, Kelly Lane, Roger Lilley, Jeff Lovely, Fred Matthaei, John McMasters, Mary McNally, Barbara Mead, Stacey Ogle, Mary Lynn Pannen, Cap Pearson, John Pfaff, George Pilant, Gil Quante, Annie Ramirez, Charles Rance, Debbie Regala, Michelle Roberts, Doug Rohner, Jeff Rounce, John Schneider, Sherri Stanton, Pat Steel, Alex Trettin, Christina Turner, Joy Vivar-Beeks, Jack Warnick, Carol Webster, Carolyn Weyrick, Jim Whitacre, Kathi Willis, Kirsten Willis, Missy Zenczak, Clay Zhang
Paul Harris Fellows
We were pleased to be joined at our meeting by District Governor Tom Carroll, who provided some meaningful remarks about the Rotary International Foundation before handing out awards for new fellows assisted by Kirsten Willis and Peter Comfort. Those who received awards were Peter Carlstrom, Andy Laycock, David Snow, Kirsten Willis and David Flentge. Kathleen Olson couldn't be with us to receive her award, so Rick picked it up and was also awarded a fellowship, from the club, as a token of our appreciation for his faithful support in managing the audio visual needs at the meetings.  It was heartwarming to see the large number of members who stood to be recognized as current fellows.  The list on the tables represented 150 members with cumulative club giving of over $1.2 million. 
Members enjoying the Firesides last October


Winter Firesides are coming on January 30!   This is a great way to socialize with a smaller group of Rotarians in the comfort of a members home. If you are willing to host a group please sign up or contact Maria Harlow. Reports from Maria indicate that she has had a good response for guests and hosts at the meetings,  but we are hopeful to have record breaking attendance!  President Mark is working on a topic that is sure to generate a lively conversation. Clear your calendar for Tuesday January 30 and plan on a great time. 

As you have have  probably heard  Kathleen and Rick Olson have had an offer on their home and are working to ready their new house in Arlington for their move. We will miss this dynamic duo and all they have given to this club. We will feel a void for sure. Our immediate need is developing a plan for the management of the audio/visual needs at the meetings without the technical ability of the Fixit Wizard. We are working with the Landmark staff to train us on the equipment, but would greatly appreciate having a cadre of volunteers who could help us with the microphones, sound board and slide shows on a regular basis. Special thanks to Past President Jeff Rounce and Maria Harlow who have said they are willing to help. If you would be willing join them and to be scheduled once a month to manage those activities please let Kathi or Joy know.  
Maria Harlow - Passport
Invocation - Robin Echtle
National Anthem and 4 Way Test - Libby Catalinich
Piano - In the Ballroom
Board Greeter- Roving Mic - Jeff Albers
Membership Greeter - Greg Rolsma
Birthdays - Michael Thompson
Fine Counter - Dan Bogart
Meeting Reporter for Gearshift - Jeff Rounce
Meeting Sponsor -  George Pilant
AV Assistance - Rick Olson, Jeff Rounce, Maria Harlow

There are clipboards at every meeting for you to sign up to help out!
--Leading the National Anthem & Four Way Test
--Giving the Invocation
--Playing piano
--Mentoring a Pandaka
--Greeter and Roving Mic
--Writing the Gearshift Meeting Notes

Birthdays to celebrate 
Chung Lee - Jan 14
Bruce Dammeier - Jan 17
Jeff Mead - Jan 19
Anniversaries to celebrate
Doug Page – 5 years 
Brian Haynes - 13 years 
Michael Stewart - 13 years 
Brett Thomas - 13 years 
Ken Olson - 29 years 
Kirk Hull - 58 years 
Buck Thompson - 64 years 
Enjoying the Social at Indochine!

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!
January 18, 2018
Terry's Office Tavern
3410 N Proctor
Tacoma, WA 

Reflections from the meeting of January 11 from Jim Henderson
President Mark Anderson called the January 11 meeting of the Rotary Club of Tacoma #8 to order, in the Temple Theatre, by ringing the bell at 12:12 pm and welcoming all.  He asked all to stand for a moment of silence in recognition of the recent loss of the Pierce County Sheriff Deputy earlier in the week.  The invocation was given by Daryl Hembry, Key Bank, and Past President Pat Steel led us in the national anthem accompanied on the piano by Barbara Mead, Moss Adams. Pat also led us in the Four Way test.  The meeting was sponsored by Peter Darling and Carol Webster, on behalf of Read 2 Me.
Bryan Flint, Metro Parks Foundation and Greg Rolsma took the mics around to visiting Rotarians and those with guests.  President Mark then introduced District Governor Tom Carroll who came forward to share some words about the Rotary International Foundation before some members were honored with Paul Harris Fellowships.  DG Tom said this is a proud tradition in the Rotary World for members to continue to support the RI Foundation and be recognized for their generosity.  He said the support through the fellowships continues to multiply community impact and do good in the world. Also coming forward was Kirsten Willis, Project Greater Good Committee Chair to present the Paul Harris Fellowships to the following members: Peter Carlstrom – his second; David Flentge – his third; Andy Laycock – his fourth; David Snow – his fifth; Kathleen Olson her seventh, which was presented to her husband Rick Olson.  Rick was surprised with his second Paul Harris Fellow given to him by the club in recognition of his long standing help with the sound system and audio visuals at the weekly meetings, and received a standing ovation from the members for his efforts.  Peter Comfort assisted in the presentation as did DG Tom  and the final Fellowship was presented to Kirsten Willis, it was her 4th.
President Mark called on Debbie Regala to introduce today’s speaker – Peter Ansara, Director of Human Services for Pierce County, who talked about the state of mental health in Pierce County.  Peter who was born in Lowell MA, came to Tacoma in 1999 and was previously the Exec. Dir. of the Tacoma Housing Authority.  He told us that one in five residents of Pierce County has some mental health condition.  It also affects youth ages 12-17, and the suicide rate in Pierce County is above the average.  The county also has the highest domestic violence rate in the state.  But there are improvements coming in the services to those suffering from mental health issues.  There will be a Mobile Community Intervention Response Team established in the county and it will be outreach based.  There will be a Sheriff County Responder program where two mental health professionals will be paired with Sheriff Deputies.  Currently under construction is a 120 bed Behavioral Health Diversion Center in cooperation with Multicare and CHI Franciscan.  He mentioned two other programs – a Landlord Risk Mitigation Program and a Homeless Empowerment Labor program.  Mark thanked Peter for his remarks and said he would stay after the meeting for any questions members may have.
President Mark then introduced Carol Webster, today’s meeting sponsor, who talked about the Read 2 Me program, which is one of three Literacy programs supported by our club.  Carol showed a brief video of what tutors do to help students in the program with and appeal for more people to become mentors.
Celebrating Club Anniversaries this week were Barbara Tankersley – 2 years; Christa Brothers – 4 years; Michelle Roberts –15 years; Steve Smith – 22 years; and Andy Laycock – 34 years.  Past President Don Doman came forward to help celebrate birthdays.  Bob Fredrickson and Past President Don Hansen were both present to celebrate their special day.  Don had some special questions for both about their birthday date in history and presented them with appropriate gifts.  Also celebrating her birthday this week, but not present was Deb Robinett. 
There were a series of announcements: Christina Turner promoting the beginning of the auction raffle ticket sales; Gil Quante on the upcoming sock drive and Science Olympiad; Maria Harlow on Winter Firesides; Whitney Grisaffi on tonight’s social; and Past President Becky Fontaine promoting joining her at May’s District Conference held in Tacoma at the Hotel Murano.
President Mark reminded everyone to sign up for the January 25 offsite meeting at the Tacoma Yacht Club; we need 4 to 5 volunteers to take one week a month to assist with our AV needs; volunteers are needed for the moment of reflection, birthdays, greeting/roving mics and singing sign up sheets for weekly volunteers are always at the back table.  
True Confessions were held with President Mark saying he  became a second time grandfather and Dan Bogart has a new job with Banner Bank and will become a first time grandfather in July and a trip to California to help celebrate his Mom’s birthday.    President Mark thanked our speaker Peter Ansara for his remarks, and thanked Carol Webster and Peter Darling for being the meeting sponsor, Daryl Hembry for the reflection.  He also thanked DG Tom Carroll and his wife Laurie for joining us and helping to recognize the Paul Harris Fellows.  He congratulated the new Paul Harris Fellows and all in the club who proudly support the Rotary International Foundation.  Tonight’s social will be at Ted Brown Music.  Our next meeting will feature Shari Storm, a member of the Seattle Emerald City Rotary Club who will be our speaker.  He asked someone from each table to pick up the folders and handouts on the tables and bring them to the back of the room
As he adjourned the meeting at 1:10 pm, President Mark said to now go out and Live Rotary!

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

“ Do not let making a living prevent you from making a life”.  John Wooden


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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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