This beautifully rendered artist’s sketch of Jerry Storvick was sent to us recently by a CPHS graduate, Stephen Michaud. The artist, Franco Soriano, was given a photo of Jerry out of the 1965 Klahowya by Stephen who paid the artist $100 to produce the sketch.
The reason that Stephen sent the sketch to us is two-fold. First, as a CPHS graduate, he has, as we do, a passion for Clover Park School District; and second, as a CPHS graduate, Stephen started, earlier this year, The Jerry Storvick Fund, which is specifically directed to the Clover Park School District kids of low-income families. He did this in cooperation with the Washington-State-based charitable organization, InvestED.
For more information about InvestED and The Jerry Storvick Fund, click on the following website links:
The Jerry Storvick Fund: https://www.invested.org/campaigns/jerry-storvick
InvestED works with local groups around the state to create and promote local funds, such as The Jerry Storvick Fund, to help kids in low-income families in individual school districts. The focus of The Jerry Storvick Fund is to help families of low income kids in the Clover Park School District. Many of these families have been hard hit by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and are in desparate need of assistance.
A total of $1.4 million was raised by InvestED from donors to help low-income families around the state, including those in the Clover Park School District. To-date, The Jerry Storvick Fund has raised over $20,000 in donations for Clover Park School District families. The current goal is to continue raising funds for CPSD for kids in low income families as well as for funding scholarships for CPSD families. If you are interested in contributing to The Jerry Storvick Fund, donation information is given on The Jerry Storvick Fund webpage shown above. Any amount you can give will help their effort.
Jerry Storvick, who passed in March 2018, will be remembered by graduates of CPHS who had the priveledge and pleasure of taking one of his classes. More about Jerry follows, below, in our tribute to him.
As for our original questions, “When will he slow down?”, When will it all stop?”, we hope not for a long time. We’re all a little better off because of your contributions and your efforts. Keep up your good works, mighty warrior!
Henry Schatz was one of two people who were awarded the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Milgard School of Business, University of Washington, Tacoma, at a ceremony at the Tacoma Convention and Trade Center on April 11, 2019. In the presence of friends, employees, and family members in attendance, including his two boys, Michael and Richard (in the above photo), Henry was featured as one of two recipients of the coveted award, which is given to citizens of the Tacoma area, each year, for their exceptional contributions to the community.
Henry was recognized for his contributions of time and money to several worthy causes. Included among them are Endowed scholarships he set-up for the Milgard School of Business. He also has been an active supporter of the Boys and Girls Club of South Puget Sound, the Henry T. Schatz Branch. He has also made several generous cash donations to the UofW Tacoma. Henry, along with the Milgard family and many others, is one of the reasons that the UofW Tacoma has become so successful.
Also noteworthy is that Henry is the owner and retired President and CEO of General Plastics Mfg. Co. in South Tacoma. General Plastics has been a thriving business in Tacoma since 1941 when it was established by his father, L. W. Schatz. In this video, which was shown at the award ceremony (https://youtu.be/5TOJ2ol8uSA), several General Plastics’ employees praise Henry for his dedicated and caring leadership over the years. Though he is retired from active involvement in the business, he is frequently seen walking around the plant talking with employees. As Henry states in the video, the employees are like family. He cares for them deeply and wants them to succeed and prosper. In fact, he cares so much that he reorganized the company, financially, so that all of the profits from the business are awarded and paid to the employees, based on their performance assessment. This is an incredibly rare gesture. Another especially revealing fact about Henry’s positive impact on the employees is that the average time with the company is 25 years. And many of the employees have worked there for more than 40 years. That kind of employee loyalty and dedication is highly uncommon and can be attributed to exceptionally good leadership.
These facts along with the many other thoughtful and generous things that Henry does and has done are a tribute to the exceptional person that he is. We would like to think that part of the reason for his extraordinary achievements is the positive influence that we of the Class of 1959 have had on him! Whatever the influence, we are proud of the notable contributions and high achievements that led to this prestigious Lifetime Achievement award. Well done, Henry.
Neal Dempsey graduated from Clover Park in 1959 and has gone on to great business achievements as a venture capitalist, board member and mentor to entrepreneurs. For the CP class of 1959 website, Neal sat down with Jane Gideon, one of the CEOs he advises, to give us a candid view on his successes, disappointments and the one thing he wishes everyone would try at least once.
Henry T. Schatz
"The Henry T. Schatz Branch"
Henry T. Schatz…in high school who would have guessed that his name would be part of the name for a fabulous new branch of a Boys and Girls Club of America? Well, it’s true; the new Donald T. Topping Hope Center, Henry T. Schatz Branch of the Boys and Girls Club of South Puget Sound (HYPERLINK "http://www.bgcsps.org/henry-schatz" www.bgcsps.org/henry-schatz) held their dedication ceremony on Thursday, September 2, 2010. Henry’s name is in fact officially in the name of this new Boys and Girls Club branch. This beautiful, modern, very well equipped new facility at 3875 So. 66th Street is just a few blocks west of South Tacoma Way and south of General Plastics Mfg. Co.
Because of Henry’s Passion for the Education and Development of our younger generations, he was encouraged and persuaded by several illustrious community leaders and generous donors to make a large gift so this dream would become a reality.
An Impressive Tour of the New Facility
On September 1st, the day prior to its public dedication, Bert Johnson and Rich Longstreth were given a personal tour of the new facility by Henry, Judy Hosea, Vice President of Development, and Mark Starnes, President/CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound. Bert & Rich were impressed by the size of the facility and with its many functional areas for athletics, learning, socializing, and relaxing. Sizeable spaces are set aside for future expansion. One of the larger spaces might be used for a DECA (i.e., Distributive Education Clubs of America) operation. The DECA operations would serve two valuable purposes: 1) give the kids hands-on experience with business, manufacturing, marketing, and finance, and 2) create opportunities to generate at least a small portion of the funds needed to pay for operation of the new facility.
Other impressive features of the club include a technology center that is equipped with the latest in computers. Hewlett Packard corporation donated 23 new wide-screen desktop PC’s. In addition, there are several more PC’s located throughout the club. The building houses a well-equipped dental clinic, which will provide low-to-no cost dental services to the kids. There are two large gymnasiums to accommodate basketball, volleyball, and other gym sports. One of those gyms is equipped with sound equipment and acoustics for meetings and musical events. The managers of the Henry T. Schatz Branch plan to actively solicit outside use of the various facilities (i.e., for business meetings, board meetings, corporate training, special events etc…) to generate revenue. (Note: go to HYPERLINK "http://www.CloverPark1959.com" www.CloverPark1959.com to see photos of the tour in the "Photo Albums" page)
A Cause Worth Supporting
The various fees generated by these activities, along with the generous donations from Henry and many other charitable donors, small and large, will help to pay the on-going operating costs of the club. However, considerable new donations will continue to be needed to replenish and supplement those sources of funds. Henry encourages any and all who might be interested to volunteer their time and/or money to the Boys and Girls Club of your choice. In the Puget Sound area you can go to this website to learn more: (HYPERLINK "http://www.bgcsps.org/henry-schatz" www.bgcsps.org/henry-schatz). You can also call Judy Hosea, VP of Development (253) 502-4607 (office), or (253) 229-9008 cell. Be sure to tell Judy that you are a classmate of Henry’s. Judy has lots of information to share about different ways you could help.
His Other Charitable Causes
If you are looking for something in the Education field to which you can offer your support, one of Henry's other charitable interests might "fit the bill"!
University of Washington
Besides supporting the Boys and Girls Club and Bates Technical College, Henry has become a UofW "Presidential Laureate" by making major donations for an endowed "Chair", two endowed undergraduate scholarships in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle, plus several endowed scholarships for Science, Technology, Business, Social Responsibility and Ethics studies at the UW Tacoma.
Clover Park Foundation
Since 2001, Henry has served on the Clover Park Foundation, and has established and provided substantial funding for the Schatz "Continuing Education Support Fund". The purpose for this fund is to reimburse the many fine teachers in our Clover Park and Steilacoom School Districts for the costs of supplemental books and materials they personally buy to more effectively implement in their classrooms what they learned from their "Continuing Education" Classes they must take to maintain certification.
Bates Vocational & Technical College
He is an Avid supporter of the Bates Vocational & Technical College (HYPERLINK "http://www.bates.ctc.edu" www.bates.ctc.edu) in Tacoma. His focus there is promoting education in 10 different industrial technology skills such as sheet metal, welding, manufacturing, machining, electronics and the like. Henry has experienced shortages of people with good training and experience in manufacturing in his own business. To address this problem, he has donated generously both time and money to Bates to attract and train more people in an effort to meet the demand.
While Henry does a lot, he can’t do it all himself. So he has established a "Challenge Grant" to attract other "forward thinking" people, who want to encourage Vocational Education in Manufacturing Technologies, to match his funds for endowed scholarships at Bates. Many, such as the Milgard Family Foundation, have met the challenge, which, including Henry's matching funds, has already raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for these endowed scholarships. Henry' Goal is to raise hundreds of thousands more!
Several Other Popular Causes
Other popular local causes that have received his support include the Tacoma Art Museum, the Museum of Glass, the Lemay America Car Museum, the Emergency Food Network, and the Festival of Trees, which raises funds for the Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital.
Henry's civic contributions are more than just monetary. Since 2006, he has been working on the UW Tacoma Advisory Board. In 2008, he was a member of the UW "Creating Futures" College of Engineering Fundraising Campaign Executive Committee, which exceeded their goal of raising $250 million to advance the excellence of engineering teaching, education and research! In 2004, he participated on the Steering Advisory Committee of the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound Capital Campaign Development Study. Also, he has been a "Hometown Mentor" for several "Gates Achievers Scholars" at Clover Park High School.
His Life in a Nutshell After CP
Henry graduated with our not-so-wild, but very confident and capable class in 1959. Except for the time it took him to obtain his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering at the UofW, and work 4 years at the FMC Corp. Central Engineering Labs in San Jose, Ca, Henry has been a resident of our now-pretty-wild greater Lakewood area.
For 42 years, Henry has worked at General Plastics Manufacturing Co. in Tacoma, founded by his father in 1941, (HYPERLINK "http://www.generalplastics.com" www.generalplastics.com), which is a high-tech business providing high paying job opportunities for over 150 well educated, skilled, smart, hard working, productive people who make a variety of environmentally friendly plastic parts and materials for the aircraft, aerospace and other industrial markets. Henry was President of the business for 20-years, and has served as Chairman for the past 3 years.
Henry has two sons and four grandkids from his 1st marriage. In recent years, Henry has been in a committed "Spiritual Partnership" with another of our classmates, Helen Bitar. He and Helen share much in common. They enjoy doing many things, including traveling, together. While Henry has been to Alaska, Bora Bora, China and Egypt, and he has traveled with Helen to British Columbia, Palm Desert, Paris and New York, he says the trips he enjoys most are the times they spend at their Condo in Newport on the Oregon coast.
He has also been actively involved in planning most of our class reunions, and has made some nice donations to help more people to attend our reunion events.
Does Henry Have a Wild Side?
Well, Helen and he recently went to a Lady GaGa concert at the Tacoma Dome. They liked it! It WAS Wild! Maybe that doesn’t really qualify as a "Wild Side", but it is further evidence of his well-known inquisitive, adventurous and fun-loving nature. Henry enjoys listening to a wide variety of music from classical to rock and from "oldies" to country western. When Henry isn’t working on charitable projects, transitioning into retirement from General Plastics, and traveling with Helen, he enjoys the mental stimulation of "Lifetime Learning", and the pleasure and peace of working in his garden.
A Welcome Inspiration!
Many of our classmates have distinguished themselves in their careers and in the community. Henry has done so in ways that positively affect our kids, the work place, and our community. Our hats are off to Henry for his generous donations of time and money in such important areas. Henry, you are a welcome inspiration for our class; congratulations for all that you do.
Classmates: Submit Your Suggestion
Many of our classmates have distinguished themselves in ways similar to Henry. We invite you to recommend other fellow classmates who you feel we might profile here. We can always use a little more inspiration in these extra-challenging times. To submit your candidate(s), contact Charlie, Rich, Bert, Henry, or any reunion committee member.