Get a Grip for a Solid Life





History Logs

Project Description

Country: USA

Location: Pocatello

Total Budget: $1,925

Areas of Focus: Peacebuilding and conflict prevention, Disease prevention and treatment, Community economic development

Activity Type: Health: Disease

Summary: Facilitated learning and practice pilot program for employed young adults to avoid mental health problems.

The need. Of all the things we are taught how to do in this life, we aren't given much training or strategies for mental health. Those old adages of "stiff upper lip" or "when the goin' gets tough the tough get going" only teach us to push on but not understand nor control. No one really teaches what to do when we're feeling down or overwhelmed. As a result people have anxiety, fears, or anger. People may be unproductive at work, unhappy in life, and self-defeating or destructive. Idaho needs a better talent base for the recovering and expanding economy.

Based on Rotarian Heather Murray's book, Think Get a Grip and principles of cognitive behavioral therapy, the professional skills of the Pocatello Centennial Rotary Club team will develop a workbook, lesson plans and facilitated instructional delivery to help young employees and their supervisors. The learning will promote self-awareness and emotional intelligence by teaching participants to "read" their emotions and distinguish healthy from unhealthy feelings along with helping understand how distorted perceptions and thoughts contribute to painful feelings. Workbook lessons can be on: voices in our heads, negativity, limiting beliefs, judgment, self worth, and habits all of which lead to having better grips on life.

Participants would be young employees and their supervisors with first invited to be Rotaract members, then ISU and SD-25

Pocatello Centennial Rotary team: Coordinator Larry Gebhardt, Ph.D.; Heather Murray master teacher/life coach; Terry Fredrickson, licensed counselor; Tami Moore former Salvation Army leader now Aid for Friends shelter director. Tonya Wilkes, SD25 Director of Student Services will be informal liaison. Idaho State University counseling and social work departments will assist. Project approved in club assembly vote May 4, 2020.

On completion, evaluation and reporting. If project is successful as expected than a separate expansion for 2-3 year implementation can be designed funded by Idaho Workforce Development grant and possible COVID-19 additional stimulus funding.

Funds Uses:

Workbook printing/binders $195

Get a Grip books $270

CBT Skills Workbook $160

Completion Stipend for 10 participant employees & supervisors $25 each $500

Coordination hospitality - space, snacks etc. $400

ISU counseling & social work grad student participant coaching stipends $400

Project Contact Person

District: 5400

Rotary Club of: Pocatello-Centennial

Primary Contact: Laurence P Gebhardt

Email: lpgebhardt@cableone.net

Project Status

This project is "Reported". This means that a report has been forwarded for review to the district leadership. This report is now being reviewed by the district leadership for approval. Once the report is accepted, the status of the project will be changed to "Completed".

Project listed for the 2020-21 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Pocatello-Centennial (5400)









Project Supporting Documents

Centennial Check Record

D5400 Check

District Reimburse Ck

Final Report

News article

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Project Photos

History Log Entries


by Ines Crespo

Your financing will need a slight adjustment. The required club funds for a $1,925 project will be $798, making your DDF request $1,127. You can find the financing guidelines in the district grant instructions under Tier 2B. Let me know if you have any questions. Ines Crespo, District Grants Chair, 208-320-8494, or ines@glassinbalance.com.


by Laurence P Gebhardt

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Laurence P Gebhardt

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.


by Laurence P Gebhardt

System Entry: Project signed by Laurence P Gebhardt.


System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Kate Fornarotto.


by Ines Crespo

System Entry: Project approved by the District Approval Committee.


by T. J. Adams

System Entry: Check for DDF payment issued by Foundation Treasurer.


by Laurence P Gebhardt

The Get a Grip project is ongoing and effective. Because of COVID the project was modified to use more Zoom-type connections. Pilot work with facilitators and participants has occurred. The project is expanding with connections to School District 25 and Idaho State University. A final report will be submitted in early May, 2021


by Marianne Barker

This is a reminder that you have a final or progress report due by May 15, 2015. Late report or no report may result in the club losing eligibility for a grant in 2021-22. If you need help, contact Ines Crespo, ines@glassinbalance.com or (208) 320-8494.


by Laurence P Gebhardt

System Entry: Project has been implemented and final report uploaded.

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