Rotary Club
of Seattle
Weekly Totem
Founded 1909                            Weekly News and Highlights                       January 19, 2018

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January 31
The Westin
Governor Jay Inslee
February 7
The Westin
Norm Stamper
February 14
Grand Hyatt
Michelle Rhee
February 21
The Westin
Diplomacy Day
February 28
The Westin
March 7
The Westin
Dr. Astrid Pujari
March 14
Hyatt Olive 8
Winners for Life


January 19
Bob Parks
January 21
Patricia Gorham
Brian Marks
January 23
Lisa Yeager
January 24
Lori Walker
January 25
Roberto Dondisch
Carla Fowler
January 26
Catherine Gibson
January 27
Doug True
January 28
Derryl Willis
January 30
Ben Wicks
January 31
Matt Bratlien
Jann, Curley
Charley Dickey


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


Intended as a library of past presentations, 
Seattle Rotary Online sponsorships are 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.

January Membership Anniversaries

1 Year
Richard Andersen
Randy Frisch
John Kelly
Gary Mayes
Evan Steinruck
Steve Tyler
2 Years
Robert LoBosco
Alexandra Mummery
Karl Newman
3 Years
Daryl Campbell
Margaux Kendall
4 Years
Sherry Zins Calvert
Corinne Cavanaugh
Diankha Linear
7 Years
George Cox
Joseph Heslet
Lillian Sherman
10 Years
Conrad Wouters
11 Years
Adrienne Jeffrey
13 Years
Anna Liotta
Burr Stewart
14 Years
Whitney Mason
15 Years
Jim Spady
Jacqueline Lorenz
16 Years
Patrick Carter
17 Years
Everett Billingslea
18 Years
Jeffrey Borek
19 Years
David Moore
20 Years
Patrick Evans
21 Years
Bradley Fowler
23 Years
Nancy Cahill
25 Years
Christopher Clark
27 Years
David Herrild
28 Years
J. Sten Crissey
Douglas Boyden
29 Years
William Fetterley
Fedva Dikmen
30 Years
Laurie Jonsson
35 Years
Robert Davidson
38 Years
John King
39 Years
Robert Calhoun
40 Years
William Weisfield
44 Years
Neil McReynolds

Challenges to US National security

January 24 at Noon
NEW VENUE: The Hilton
1301 6th Ave
Seattle Rotarian Jill Dougherty will be speaking with General Barry McCaffrey (Ret.) about the national security challenges facing the United States around the globe. This promises to be a very enlightening conversation given their combined experience.
Jill is a Distinguished Visiting Practitioner at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., and a CNN Contributor. She served as a CNN correspondent for three decades, reporting from more than 50 countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, China, North Korea and Russia.  
Barry McCaffrey served in the United States Army for 32 years.  When he retired in 1996, he was the most decorated General serving in the United States Army, having been awarded three Purple Heart Medals for wounds received in combat, two Distinguished Service Crosses (the nation’s second highest award for valor), and two Silver Stars for valor. He served overseas for more than 12 years and four combat tours with the 82nd Airborne Division, the Vietnamese Airborne Division, the 1st Cavalry Division, and the 24th Mechanical Infantry Division.

New Venue Information:

Our meeting will take place in the Pacific Ballroom, located on the lobby level.
Parking is available in the LAZ Parking garage with an entrance on 6th Ave. Pick up a voucher at registration for a $5 flat rate.

#MeToo is us, too

Totem Report January 17, 2018
By Gary Smith
Brendon Lehman

Want to be a part of the action every Wednesday?

We're looking for volunteers to join the ranks of mic handlers. If you're interested, please contact Sergeant-at-Arms, Ken Grant.

Calling all Seattle Rotarians to Serve as Hosts for "Winners for Life"

Wednesday, March 14
11:00am-12:00pm reception 
12:00-1:30pm luncheon
Hyatt Olive 8, 1635 8th Ave. 
Each year, the Rotary Club of Seattle honors high school students who have shown exceptional character in overcoming significant obstacles to remain in school.

On Wednesday, March 14th, we need 40 Seattle Rotarians to each host a “Winner for Life” at the reception and regular Rotary luncheon.  Rotary pays for the reception and meals of the Winner and their guest, and Winners receive a plaque, but YOU make the recognition more personal!
Baby Boutique
Saturday, January 20
9:15-11:30am @ Wellspring Family Services, 1900 Rainier Ave S., Seattle 
Volunteer with Wellspring Family Services Baby Boutique.
Bring your friends and family – ages 4 and older are welcome! Space is limited, RSVP to Tai Powell.
Potluck Dinner: End Sex Trafficking Now
Sunday, January 21
5:00-8:00pm @ 2125 1st Ave
Your PeaceBuilder Committee has taken up the fight against sex trafficking.  We invite you to join us in a potluck dinner on January 21 to celebrate successes in 2017 and rally around next steps.  You will meet leaders from several community partners:  Stolen Youth, Seattle Against Slavery, Genesis Project and International Justice Mission.  
Fellowship Potluck
Friday, January 26
6:00pm @ Mike and Penny O'Byrne's house
The Seattle Rotary Mariners invite you to a potluck dinner and presentation by John Carey on the Clilpper Round the World Race. 
6:00pm Cocktails
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Presentation
Seattle Rotary Community Peace Pole Planting

Saturday, February 3
10:00am-1:00pm @ Seattle Fire Station #22, 901 East Roanoke St.

Join Seattle Rotary Peacebuilders for the planting of the first peace pole in 2018!
Participate in the dedication, help plant the Rotary peace pole, and join a tour of the new fire station led by Seattle #4 member and SFD Chief Harold Scoggins.
Hearts and Wine
Friday, February 9
6:00-9:00pm @ The Foundry, 4130 1st Ave S.
Support Rotary First Harvest and local food banks by drinking good wine!
Please join us for Hearts & Wine 2018, an elegant evening of great wine, food, jazz, live auction of unique experiences/wine, and so much more!
Rotary First Harvest
Saturday, February 10
8:30-11:00am @ Northwest Harvest Warehouse, 22220 68th Ave S., Kent
Join Rotarians and Rotaractors from around the district for a morning of hands-on service.

In Memoriam

Former Seattle Rotarian John Spellman Passed away earlier this week. Click here to read the Seattle Times article about his life. 


Memorial Services for Mason Sizemore


Church Service
Saturday, February 10 at 2:00pm at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church. 
Celebration of Life
Sunday, February 11 at 2:00pm at the WAC Crystal Ballroom. 
Both are open to friends, fellow Rotarians, and family.

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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! 


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
4:00 pm, 3rd Tuesdays
Two Union Square, 601 Union St. Suite 5122
International Service
10:30 am, 3rd Wednesday
1201 3rd Ave. Davis Wright Tremaine, #2200

11:00 am, last Wednesday of the month
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.
Rotary Relations
11:00 am, 2nd Tuesday
Rotary Club meeting venue

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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