Thursday,February 15, 2018
VOL. NINETY-FOUR, Issue No. 33
We Are In the Grand Ballroom!
 Is Our Weather Becoming Too Extreme?
University of Washington Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and renowned Seattle weather prognosticator/personality Cliff Mass has joined KNKX’s roster of commentators, to host "Weather with Cliff Mass", on Friday's. He is a pre-eminent authority on Northwest weather and has published dozens of articles on Northwest weather and leads the regional development of advanced weather prediction tools.We are sure to be entertained by this renowned authority. 
News from Ali Simyari our student in Taiwan
Abby McDermott in Chile
Just checking in to give the club an update. I am currently still on summer vacation and won't go back to school until March. I am being spoiled with this South American summer! Sunny and upper 80s/ lower 90s everyday. My new host family has a pool that I swim in every morning.
I moved to my second host family in January. Living in different socioeconomic levels has been eye opening. My current family took me with them on their two week beach vacation. We stayed at their beach house and walked down to the sand and the sea everyday. I got pretty sun burned on our 5 hour hike along the coast but the desert/coastal scenery and the time spent with my host dad and two host siblings was well worth it.
In April I will hopefully go to Easter Island for a week with my district! I am so excited. It is amazing to live in a country with such a vast, beautiful landscape. Seriously, Chile has everything from the driest desert in the world to Antarctica. Also, my third family has invited me and my German best friend Kira to go camping with them in Argentina. I have been so lucky with all of my travel opportunities this year!
I have developed a wonderful relationship with my first host mother. Just yesterday I biked the thirty minutes into town to go shopping with her for my school uniform. It was a lot of fun to walk around the city I now know by heart, hunting for the best deals. At the end of the evening we got ice cream and she gave me some advice about what to do with my future. I had locked my bike in the parking lot of a nearby gym and we returned to find it closed! Mama Maca had to help hold the chain link fence down while I squeezed through it and the barbed wire above to get to my bike. A hilarious experience I wouldn't want to have shared with anyone else.
Thank you so much for this opportunity. Not a day goes by that I don't think how blessed I am to be here. I am grateful to the Tacoma Rotary Club # 8 for helping me to make the best decision of my life!! Thank you for allowing me to make a difference down here in South America.
Already about 5 and 1/2 months in Taiwan. I've had an abundant amount of new experiences. Currently I'm on a nearly one month winter break due to Chinese new year. Right before my vacation I took a class school trip to the south of Taiwan. During that span of time my classmates and I bonded and made many lasting memories.
Following the start of my winter break I've been enjoying my time with my host family and friends. Lately these past few days ( First week of February) I attended RLYA. This was a youth leadership event hosted by Rotary. Among the topics we discussed were Enterprises/Business that are relevant to society (社會企業). It was difficult to understand everything, but at least I had the opportunity to participate in this event.
Lastly Rotary was planning to take all of is exchange students on a winter tour. However recently our hotel was destroyed by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake. All of us our fine and safe. Though the city in which we planned to stay at (Hualien) was damaged pretty badly. 
Membership Proposals

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

Geoff Oakley
Director of Supply Chain & Inventory 
Grit City Bakery
Sponsor: Carol Duris
Jack & Angela Connelly
LAW PRACTICE - Litigation
Connelly Law Offices
Sponsor: Missy Zenczak
Tina Vasen
INSURANCE - Claims Administration
Vice President Sales and Marketing
Trusteed Plans Service Corporation
Sponsor: Julie Foley
Robert Modarelli
EDUCATION - Private Schools
Sponsor: Peter Comfort
Welcome to Veronica Rollins
Veronica was introduced by her sponsor Cindy Niemi at the meeting on February 1. She is the South Regional Director for the Girl Scouts of Western Washington. She was born in Okinawa Japan where her father was stationed at the time. Her family has lived in the area since 1964.  Veronica has an undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and a law degree from Seattle University law-school formally UPS School of Law. She and her husband raised their two boys in the US Virgin Islands where they lived for 17 years. Veronica was a Girl Scout from first grade to 12th grade and has returned to help girls realize their dreams.
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!
Following are the members who have  signed-up for our meeting this week at the Salvation Army.  Joy emailed invoices on Thursday after the meeting, if you do not see your name, did not receive the statement or are not on the prepaid meal plan please call the office if you plan to join us.  Jeff Albers, Mark Anderson, John Bailey, Barry Benson, Michael Bitterling, Dan Bogart, Jan Brazzell, Linda Kaye Briggs, Marsha Burns, Peter Carlstrom, Libby Catalinich, Anthony Chen, Peter Comfort, Don Doman, Carol Duris, Jace Dwinell, Robin Echtle, Carolyn Else, Brien Elvins, Joan Engle, Stephanie Farrar, David Flentge, Bryan Flint, Julie Foley, Becky Fontaine, Laura Fox,  Joyce Glavish, Joe Gordon, Cindy Grady, Whitney Grisaffi, Don Hansen, Enid Harris, James Harris, Donna Haynes, Chuck Heaton, Daryl Hembry, Jim Henderson, Rusty Hersey, Corey Hjalseth, Andrew Imholt, Sharon Jaffee, Erik Kramer, Harrison Laird, Roger Lilley, Jeff Lovely, Fred Matthaei, Mary McNally, Jim Merritt, Monique Nadeau, Cap Pearson, Arvind Phukan, George Pilant, Gil Quante, Annie Ramirez, Charley Rance, Michelle Roberts, Jeff Rounce, John Schneider, Pete Taylor, Diane Tilstra, Alex Trettin, Christina Turner, Jack Warnick, Carol Webster, Carolyn Weyrick, Jim Whitacre, Kathi Willis, Kirsten Willis, Scott Winship, Missy Zenczak and Clay Zhang.
 Featured items this week. 
 Special dinner from Mike Dunbar
Golf with John Schneider at Lake Tapps
Stepanie Farrar - Federal Way
Invocation - Marsha Burns
National Anthem and 4 Way Test - Evelyn Ryberg
Piano - In the Ballroom
Board Greeter - Maria Harlow
Membership Greeter - Roving Mic - Erik Kramer
Badge Board - Roving Mic - Annie Ramirez
Birthdays - Michelle Roberts 
Fine Counter - Carol Duris
Meeting Reporter for Gearshift - Andrew Imholt
Meeting Sponsor -  David Flentge
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 
Donna Haynes - Feb 14
Harry Pritchard - Feb 14
Linn Larsen - Feb 15
Jeanne Werner-Spaulding - Feb 15
Cindy Grady - Feb 16
Libby Catalinich - Feb 17
Anniversaries to celebrate
John Rieke - 8 years - Feb 11 
Harrison Laird - 4 years - Feb 13 
Erica Doctor - 1 year - Feb 16 
Michele Johnson - 12 years - Feb 16
Ron Anderson - 35 years - Feb 17 
Jamie Brooks - 7 years - Feb 17 
Social at Primo Grill

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!

The Tides Tavern
2925 Harborview Drive
Gig Harbor, WA
The Loose Wheel
6108 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA 

Reflections from the meeting of Feb 8 from Jamie Brooks
President Mark Anderson rang the bell and called for a moment of silence for former member Chris Lee who recently passed away. 
Becky Fontaine, American Red Cross, did the reflection honoring Rosa Parks. 
Carlyn Roy, Tapco Credit Union, led us in the National Anthem and the 4-Way Test.
Elliot Stockstad, Habitat for Humanity, and Veronica Rollins, Girl Scouts, brought the mics to guests and visiting Rotarians.
President Mark introduced our speaker, Lew Cox of Violent Crime Victims Services (VCVS). VCVS provides services in our community for the victims/survivors of homicide. They advocate for the families offering them peer support groups, peer court support, crisis intervention, mental health referrals, and faith community referrals. Lew showed a touching video that included testimonials of those affected by the tragedy of homicide and how VSVC helped them. To see the video and to learn more, visit their website at Lew reminded us that "we live in a world of assumptions" however, what happens when those assumptions are turned upside down by the tragedy of homicide? Since 1991, Lew has been working to help support the co-victims in those situations. A co-victim is a loved one who is affected by a murder victim. They do not advertise and many do not know they exist until they are affected. VCVS automatically steps in and helps. They develop a path to help them put the puzzle pieces back together. Lew also has a book called ‘Coping with Traumatic Death’ that is available for anyone who may benefit.
Meeting Sponsor, Nick Frank, from Moss Adams gave an overview of Moss Adams and the types of services they provide.
Art Wickens Awards - President Mark called on Kirsten Willis to present Art Wickens Awards. Mary McNally was present to accept her award and gave a touching testimonial about why she gives.
Susan Barbeau, First 5 FUNdamentals, made a paid announcement. They are looking for nominations to recognize 5 Champions for Children (advocate for kids). She also made an announcement from the Literacy Committee asking for volunteers for Read Across America on March 2. Sign up on the Graduate Tacoma website.
John Schneider, Edward Jones, celebrated birthdays for Mary McNally and Malcolm Russell. Not present: Mary Lynn Pannen, Jim Fry and Don Meyer.
Happy Anniversary to Don Sheppard - 4 years, Greg Unruh - 4 years, Robin Lucas - 5 years, Enid Harris - 13 years, Don Meyer - 18 years, Jim Fry - 35 years, Bill Matthaei - 40 years.
Carolyn Weyrick reminded us of about the Auction on April 28th. Start looking for fun attire to celebrate the theme, ‘United Serving Others’ and encouraging everyone to procure items and get ready to raise the paddle for Habitat for Humanity.
George Pilant reminded us to sign up for the offsite meeting on February 22 at the Salvation Army.
Jim Harris encouraged the club to think about a non-rotarian to recognize for the annual Community Service Award.  Nominations are due by March 1 and award will be given on April 5.
Pete Taylor encouraged everyone to attend the District Conference and Training at the Hotel Murano on May 4 & 5. Four reasons we should attend are: inspirational speakers, informative training sessions, fellowship and fun and learning  from others. Expect to see familiar faces like  President Mark, President Elect Linda Kay and Carol Duris and Past President Becky.
True Confessions:
Jeff Rounce: Happily retired and would like to share office furniture with anyone who is in need
Larry Treleven: Daughter Jane was in Hawaii during the ‘threat’ last month. Fortunately, it all turned out for the best and she managed to place 3rd in the Maui marathon and her husband shot a 71 on the golf course.
Elliot Stockstad: Shout out to Alex Trettin, Travel Leaders, for helping Habitat for Humanity make a last minute change to their service trip flight reservations from Guatemala to Bogota, Columbia to serve families in need.
Barbara Mead: Happy to announce that she is a new grandma. Son, Jeff, and his girlfriend, Sarah, welcomed a new baby into the world, Jackson Stewart Mead.
The Social  will be at Indochine at 1924 Pacific Avenue.
Our Next Meeting will feature Cliff Mass from NPR who will address the question – Is our weather becoming too extreme?Now go out and Live Rotary! Meeting was adjourned.


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

"If at first you don’t succeed, you’re in great company." Elden Peterson


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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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