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Weekly Totem
    Founded 1909                    Weekly News and Highlights                     February 10, 2017


February 16
The Triple Door
216 Union St. 

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Looking Ahead

February 15
Current Immigration Issues with Jorge Baron of Northwest Immigration Rights and Joel Paget of Ryan, Swanson, and Cleveland

February 22
Bell Harbor
Diplomacy Day with Canadian CG James Hill and Mexican CG Roberto Dandisch

March 1
Mayor Ed Murray with a State of the City address. Short program with General Stephen Lanza, JBLM.

March 8
Bell Harbor
Chris Murray, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at UW. Short program with the Seattle Women's Chorus

March 15
McCaw Hall
Pacific Northwest Ballet, Peter Boal & Ellen Walker with a sneak peak of the upcoming performance "Director's Choice" featuring PNB dancers

March 22
Grand Hyatt
Guns in America: Finding Common Ground with Rex Caldwell from the WA State Criminal Justice Commission, Second Amendment Foundation and Alliance for Gun Responsibility
March 29
Washington State Convention Center
Winners for Life Celebration with Dwane Chappelle


February 10
Paula Houston
February 11
Dave Carlson
February 12
Rachelle Nesta
February 13
Whitney Mason
February 15
Craig Wright
February 17
Maureen Brotherton
Carl Donovan

February Membership Milestones

1 Year
David Brenner
William Dickinson
Jill Dougherty
Sandra Walsh
2 Years
Tony Mestres
Steven Shaw
Lyle Tenpenny
3 Years
Stephen Lanza
David Levine
4 Years
Jan Levy
5 Years
Paul Graves
Deanna Hobson
Jeffrey Parker
6 years
James Miller
Eric Weiss
7 Years
Steven Crandall
Carolyn Hojaboom
Maren Norton
8 Years
Susan Ershler
10 Years
Kenneth Hamm
Hamilton McCulloh
13 Years
Alan Kunovsky
John Warner
Peter DeLaunay
David Woodward
14 Years
Roy Mann
16 Years
Kim Moore
17 Years
Donald Kurth
18 Years
Michael Barrett
20 Years
John Nesholm
Jack Lauderbaugh
Bill Center (PP)
24 Years
Dennis Fleck
27 Years
Rodney Waldbaum
29 Years
Jonathan Bridge
Larry Granat
Carol Nygren
30 Years
Arthur Mazzola


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 just pull a speaker’s presentation off the shelf, Seattle Rotary Online has been sponsored by First Choice Health CEO, Ken Hamm. Ken is willing to share the financial load (and public awareness!) with companies or other organizations that wish broader awareness within the club or community.
Sponsorships are available for as little as $500Please contact Seattle 4 Rotarian, David Endicott by email or at 206-409-3275.

Every Rotarian, Every Year

Please make your 2016-2017 contribution to The Rotary Foundation today so Seattle #4 is eligible for Rotary International and District Matching Grants. Thank you!

Update on Current Immigration Issues

February 15 at Noon
The Westin, 1900 5th Ave 
Jorge Baron, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and Joel Paget, Immigration Attorney, Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland.
Meet Rebecca Hellman

Introduction from 1/4/17

When asked, “why Rotary?”  Rebecca said she had excellent role models as both her brother and a business partner were Rotarians.

Meet James Hill
Introduction from 1/4/17
It is my sincere privilege today to introduce, as the world’s newest Rotarian, the Canadian Consul General, James K. Hill.  

Exploring the Deep Blue Sea and Bringing Salmon Back Home: A Tale of Two Innovators

Totem Report by Jeanne McKnight
Trivia for a Cause with Seattle City Rotaract
Monday, February 20
7:30pm @ Chuck's Hop Shop, 2001 E. Union St. 
Our last trivia night was such a success, they invited us back for another! Make a team and grab a beer. Play trivia for a good cause! Proceeds to benefit Seattle City Rotaract's Monday Mentoring Program at the King County Juvenile Detention Center. No need to RSVP.
Rotary Community Day
Wednesday, March 1
12:00pm @ The Westin
1900 5th Ave
The Rotary Club of Seattle announces a Community Day Luncheon on Wednesday, March 1st. We will feature an interview with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray regarding the State of the City and honor Lieutenant General Stephen Lanza, commanding general of I Corps at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
This luncheon is open to the public. Rotary Club of Seattle members do not need to RSVP, but all others must purchase tickets here for $38 no later than Thursday, February 23 at 5pm. Please contact Caroline at 206-623-0023 or with questions.
Music4Life™ Instrument Drive 2017
Wednesday, March 8
11:30am @ Bell Harbor
2211 Alaskan Way
Music4Life™ and Seattle #4 Rotary Arts Committee invite you to support kids by donating a musical instrument.
Here’s what Seattle 4 Rotary Club members can do to help:
  1. Donate an Instrument.  We’ll collect them at the 2nd meeting of the month by the entry to the luncheon. 
  2. Invite your friends, family, colleagues, and social media contacts to do the same.
  3. Where appropriate, share this message with your co-workers and employees.  Ask them to donate an instrument.
  4. Learn more about Music4Life on their website 
Questions? Contact David Endicott at (206) 409-3275, or
Winners for Life Hosts Needed
Wednesday, March 29
11:00am @ the Washington State Convention Center
The annual Winners for Life Reception and Luncheon, sponsored by the Youth, Schools and Early Education Committee, is seeking Rotarian Hosts for the March 29th event.
The Hosts will not be expected to contribute anything monetarily…but they will be asked to help make our Winners and their guests comfortable, and devote the time for the 11 a.m. reception followed by the noon luncheon at the Washington State Convention Center.
Please sign-up today…March 29th will be here soon! The sign-up deadline is Friday, March 3rd.
Learn more here:
Human Trafficking film screening and panel

Tuesday, April 4
6:30pm @ SIFF Film Center
305 Harrison St

SOLD tells the story of a Nepali girl who gets tricked into prostitution.  At the end of the film there will be a panel discussion with the producer of the movie, the executive director of Spruce Street Crisis Care Clinic, and a survivor of prostitution.

Also we'll announce hands-on service and awareness building opportunities for you to help End Sex Trafficking Now alongside your fellow Rotarians. 

Registration is now open for the 2017 District Conference!

Join Rotarians from across the district to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Rotary International Foundation and the 30th anniversary of women in Rotary with a weekend of fun, fellowship, and inspiration. The conference will be held April 21-23 at the Hilton in Downtown Portland. 

Large Club Conference  

By Virginia McKenzie
Just recently Mark Wright and Caroline Bobanick attended the Large Club Conference.  This is a gathering for the President Elects and Club Managers of all the 100 Largest Clubs in the USA.  You may be interested to hear how Seattle #4 Rotary is currently stacking up against other clubs in terms of size.  In descending order of membership, note these stats are a few months old:
  1. 679 Oklahoma City
  2. 640 Birmingham
  3. 559 Nashville
  4. 526 San Diego
  5. 511 Baton Rouge
  6. 510 Madison
  7. 478 Seattle
  8. 443 San Jose
  9. 428 Toledo
  10. 422 San Antonio


Contact Us

Rotary Club of Seattle
1215 4th Ave. Suite 1215
Seattle, WA 98161
Caroline Bobanick
Club Manager
Carma McKay
Seattle Rotary Service Foundation
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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