Rotary Club
of Seattle
Weekly Totem
Founded 1909                            Weekly News and Highlights                       December 1, 2017
Seattle Rotary Evening Edition
Thursday, Dec. 7
Anthony's Pier 66
2201 Alaskan Way
This Evening Edition we will hear from Ezra Fain on “Action through Leadership.” Ezra has built Bridge Partners to a consulting firm with 300 employees and 5 locations. He will share his insights on growing a small business.

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December 13
The Sheraton
Holiday Party
Click Here for Tickets
December 20
No Meeting - Happy Holidays!
December 27
No Meeting - Happy Holidays!
January 3
The Westin
John Medina
January 10
Hyatt Olive 8
Steve Ballmer
January 17
Hyatt Olive 8
Special Olympics
January 24
Location TBA
General Barry McCaffrey


December 1
Mike Barrett
Ruthann Howell
Erin Welch
December 2
Carese Busby
Carl Lucks
December 3
Dave Lenox
December 5
Bret Anderson
December 6
Erik Cullen
December 7
Arnie Ness
December 8
Terry Van Nostrand
December 10
Carolyn Hojaboom
December 11
Dick Hopp


Celebrate and support your fellow Rotarians during good and difficult times. Share news of kudos, awards, illness or loss with the Rotary Cares Committee (co-chaired by Fedva Dikmen & Jane Tornatore) — our group is dedicated to supporting and celebrating Seattle #4 members. Click here to contact the committee and share your news!


Bob Alexander


Seattle Rotary Online is a significant marketing opportunity that is available to organizations that wish to help co-sponsor it. Intended as a library where you can pull a speaker’s presentation off the shelf, Seattle Rotary Online is available to companies or other organizations that wish broader awareness within the club or community.
Sponsorships are available for as little as $500. Please contact Seattle 4 Rotarian, David Endicott by email or at 206-409-3275.

November Membership Anniversaries

1 Year
Kathleen Fondren
Rebecca Hellman
James Hill
Jaime Mendez
Shouan Pan
2 Years
Danny Hocoy
3 Years
Molly Carney
April Collier
David Fain
Jeffrey Gill
Robyn Grad
Melissa Merritt
5 Years
Lisa Yeager
6 Years
Karen Lee
9 Years
Jane Pryor
11 Years
David Kraft
15 Years
Thomas Hayward 
Terry Van Nostrand
16 Years
Jeffrey Pyatt
18 Years
Paul Ishii
Patricia Bostrom
Michael Colbrese
19 Years
Jonelle Johnson
Laura Rehrmann
20 Years
Susan McNab
29 Years
James Linardos
Tracy Garland
32 Years
J. Shan Mullin
34 Years
William Smead
69 Years
Donald Kraft

working with women leads to extraordinary products and profits

December 6 at Noon
The Westin, 1900 5th Ave
Jonathan Sposato is Chairman of both Geekwire and of PicMonkey. He has the distinct honor of being the only person to sell two companies to Google. A successful tech investor for two decades, in 2015 he made national headlines by committing to only investing in companies founded by women. 

Women are half of our species and over half of the earth’s population. There is no product or service that women don’t buy. And yet, today only 24 women CEOs lead America’s Fortune 500 companies.  Jonathan's goal is to provide managers, employees, CEOs, and board members a guide to build a sustainable robust female workforce at all levels.

Jonathan will be interviewed by Teri Citterman, contributing writer to the Puget Sound Business Journal and author of From the CEO’s Perspective

Remember to Vote!

Online ballots are due by Tuesday night at 11:59pm. You should have received your ballot by email. If you don't see it, try searching your junk or promos folder. The email was sent from via SurveyMonkey, subject line: Seattle Rotary 2017 Election Ballot.
Paper ballots will be available prior to the December 6th luncheon, and results will be announced at the end of the program. 

Panel Discusses Amazon HQ2 and Service Foundation Campaign Reaches 40% of $250,000 Goal

Totem Report November 29, 2017
By Pete DeLaunay
Meet Mitch Grafstein

Cathy Gibson Named District Governor Designee

We are excited to announce that Seattle 4 Immediate Past Cathy Gibson has been selected as the District Governor Designee. She will serve as District Governor for District 5030 in the 2020-2021 Rotary year. 

Proposed Amendments to the Bylaws 

On October 26, 2017, the club's Board of Directors approved amended language to the club’s Bylaws. To view the board-approved Bylaws changes before the membership votes on December 6, click the link below.  
Annual Holiday Party
Wednesday, December 13
11:00am Reception and Caroling with the Rotary Rogues
12:00pm Luncheon 
The Sheraton, Grand Ballroom
Holiday classics straight from Broadway performed by The 5th Avenue Theatre performers. Celebrate the season, sing-along with your fellow Rotarians, and share the joy with friends, family and colleagues. It's an annual tradition you don't want to miss.
Members on the program plan do not need to RSVP.
For members not on the program plan and guests, tickets must be purchased in advance and are available online and after the weekly meeting on December 6. Tickets at the door are not guaranteed, and are first come, first serve.
Tickets are $42 for guests and members not on the program plan. We also have kid's tickets available for a discounted price of $28. Starting December 7, the price for all tickets will rise to $45.

Two gifts...
We change the world

Once a year we ask you to make two donations.  One is to the Seattle Rotary Service Foundation (SRSF).  The other is to The Rotary Foundation (TRF).  If you have not yet made your donations, please consider doing so today.  Thank you! 
Holiday Gift Drive
November 29-December 13
Weekly Lunch Venue
We are supporting Farestart and Spruce Street by providing gifts for children in need. Gift tags will be available for pick up at the meetings through Dec 6th. Bring your gifts or gift cards to a Rotary meeting before Dec 13th
Saturday, December 9
9:15-11:30am @ Wellspring Family Services, 1900 Rainier Ave S., Seattle
Wellspring Family Services’ Baby Boutique.
Bring your friends and family – ages 4 and older are welcome! Space is limited. 
Saturday, December 9
10:00am-3:00pm @ Rotary Boys & Girls Club
201 19th Ave
Each year the Rotary Community Service Committee, in conjunction with the Rotary Boys & Girls Club, creates a wonderful opportunity for all Rotarians (and friends/families) to take a deserving, less-fortunate child on a holiday shopping outing. All of the children are from the Rotary Boys & Girls Club and are selected for the program on the basis of need.


Unless  protests are received in the time period required (seven days), the following will receive a "Welcome to Rotary" notification that their membership has been accepted:
  1. Paul Tsai, Owner of Clear Fountain LLC Real Estate – Individual membership with Real Estate classification - Proposer, Burr Stewart
  2. Charlie Farra, Representation Broker, Newmark Knight Frank – Individual membership with Real Estate classification – Proposer, Trent Mummery
  3. Brendon Lehman, Co-founder/COO, Region 6 Ventures – Young Rotary Leader with Hospitality classification – Proposer, Rob LoBosco


For more information on committees, including those that do not have regular meeting times, see the committee page on our website. Meeting times and locations are subject to change, contact committee chairs for more information. 


11:00 am, 2nd Wednesday
Lobby of the Rotary Club meeting venue
Business Mentor Program
1:30 pm, 1st Wednesday 
Rotary Club luncheon room
Community Service
11:00 am, 1st Wednesday
1326 5th Ave., 7th floor conference room
8:00 am, 3rd Tuesday Sept-June
Stoel Rives, 600 University St., 36th floor
International Service
10:30 am, 3rd Wednesday
1201 3rd Ave. Davis Wright Tremaine, #2200

11:00 am, 4th Wednesday
Rotary Club meeting venue
5:30 pm, on 1st and 3rd Thursdays
Perkins Coie, 49th floor of 1201 3rd Ave
Virginia McKenzie, Liaison
Rotary Boys & Girls Club
11:30 am, 3rd Wednesday
Lobby of the Rotary Club meeting venue
11:00 am, 4th Wednesday September-June
Northern Trust, 1301 Second Ave., Suite 2600


10:00 am, 3rd Tuesday
1215 4th Ave., 3rd floor conference room
5:00 pm, 1st Tuesday
The Columbia Tower Club
3rd Thursday of the month at alternating times and venues. Email reminders will be sent in advance of each month's meeting.

Contact Us

Rotary Club of Seattle
1326 5th Ave, Suite 342
Seattle, WA 98101
Caroline Bobanick
Club Manager
Phone: 206-623-0023
Fax: 206-623-0216
Mariah Kimpton Associate Club Manager
We love to see our Rotary members promoting good works in our community and abroad!  If you have a project or fundraiser that you are excited about and would like to promote to your fellow club members, please check in with our Club Manager, Caroline Bobanick, or Associate Club Manager, Mariah Kimpton, before distributing information or invitations through our email roster.  We value the privacy of our members’ contact information and can let you know the appropriate ways to reach out to folks in our club. Thank you!!          
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