Rotary Club
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Founded 1909                            Weekly News and Highlights                        October 11, 2017


Thursday, Oct. 19
The Rainier Club
820 4th Ave
Seattle Rotary Evening Edition will welcome Liberian health leader Dr. Mosoka Fallah at the Rainier Club to share his experiences with the Ebola epidemic and  rebuilding care for mothers and children in Liberia. He will also describe Refuge Place--an opportunity for Rotary to make a difference. The evening begins at 5pm, so please join us!

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October 18
Hyatt Olive 8
Attorney General
Bob Ferguson
October 25
The Westin
Steve Davis,
"PATH at 40"
November 1
Hyatt Olive 8
Entrepreneurs Angela Shen, Rebecca Lyman, and Jody Hall
November 8
The Westin
Veteran's Day
November 15
The Grand Hyatt
Suzanne McGill and Joyce Taylor
November 22
No Meeting
Happy Thanksgiving!


October 14
Ken Lowthian
Rita Ryder
October 15
Craig Klinkam
Eric Newman
Michael Troyer
October 17
Tom Betts
Jim Bowles
Lacey Clark
October 18
Jerry Burtenshaw
October 21
Liv Wernecke
October 22
Sue Nixon
October 23
Rich Lacher
October 24
Faouzi Sefrioui

Rotary Cares!

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!

1 Year
John Hojaboom
David McFadden
2 Years
Karl Herren
John Hrabar
Simone Loban
John Maietta
3 Years
Amy White
Aubrey Buxton
Carla Fowler
5 Years
Carese Busby
Joseph Chard
Timothy Tomlinson
7 Years
Sheree Wen
9 Years
Stephen Whyte
William Bryant II
12 Years
Susan Lane
Barbie Seifert
15 Years
April Mobley
16 Years
Daniel Weiner
18 Years
James Moore
19 Years
Vicky Oxley
Derick Pasternak
22 Years
Thomas Mesaros
Ruthann Howell
Jeanne McKnight 
23 Years
Robert Johnson
Darlene Corkrum
24 Years
Neil Larson
Kathryn Williams
25 Years
Karl Ege
27 Years
John Blackman
28 Years
Roger Chaffin
Louis Lundquist
Nancy Osborne
30 Years
Ronald Bayley
31 Years
Cynthia Chirot
35 Years
Steven Prince
46 Years
John Durbin

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 just 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 $500Please contact Seattle 4 Rotarian, David Endicott by email or at 206-409-3275.

Washington State Attorney General, Bob Ferguson

October 18 at Noon
The Hyatt Olive 8
1635 8th Ave
Bob Ferguson is Washington State’s 18th Attorney General. As the state’s chief legal officer, he is committed to protecting the people of Washington against powerful interests that don’t play by the rules. He is a fourth-generation Washingtonian, a graduate of the University of Washington and New York University law school. Ferguson is included on the Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2017. He’s had a very busy year responding to a series of Presidential Executive Orders.


Create great customer experiences: exceed guest expectations

Totem Report October 11, 2017
By Bret Anderson

Meet Derryl Willis
Rotary First Harvest
Saturday, October 14
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.
Baby Boutique Volunteer Opportunity
Saturday, October 14
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.  This will be an ongoing Second Saturday activity.
Elwha Exploration Day
Saturday, October 14
10:00am-2:00pm @ 
NatureBridge, 111 Barnes Point Road,Port Angeles, WA 98363

This program, offered by SRSF grant recipient NatureBridge Olympic National Park, provides Rotarians with an opportunity to experience firsthand the profound changes that have occurred in the Elwha River ecosystem after the removal of the Elwha Dam.

Barber of Seville @ Seattle Opera - Rotary night
Wednesday, October 18
6:00-10:00pm @ McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St
Please join us for Rotary night at The Barber of Seville on Wednesday, October 18th and enjoy 20% off single ticket prices. Rotary members are invited to the Allen Room donor lounge, located off the First Tier Lobby, for a pre-show reception and backstage tour of McCaw Hall.
  • Pre-Performance Reception 6:00pm
  • Backstage Tour 7:00pm
  • Show Starts at 7:30pm
RFH Apple Picking Party
Saturday, October 21
10:00am-1:00pm @
572 Ringsrud Lane Cashmere, WA  98815
We are reaching out to our amazing Rotary First Harvest volunteers (like you!) to ask your help in harvesting thousands of pounds of apples from an orchard in Cashmere.
Last year, volunteers gleaned 20,000 pounds of apples. We'd like to double that amount this year - can you help us make that happen? 
Holiday Shopping with Rotary Boys & Girls Club Kids
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.

Contribute to the greater success of our Seattle  Public School students

The Seattle Public School District has asked Seattle #4 Rotarians to share their  ideas, insights, and  experiences toward the District’s goal of re-envisioning  middle and high schools to make each student “Seattle Ready” for further education and employment to meet our job opportunities and fulfill their potential.

The goal of the new state 24-credit requirement is to identify skills and knowledge that high school students need to be in order to be  “trade school, college and career” ready upon graduation.

Questions for SEATTLE #4 Rotary MEMBERS:

1) As professionals, in your opinion, what knowledge, skills, and attitudes do schools need to emphasize to increase the success of students in trade school, college, or the workplace?

2) If your business can offer internships to Seattle public school students please email:

If attending the meeting with Seattle Public Schools on Thursday, October 19th from 4-5pm at the Rainier Club, please RSVP to

OR please email your suggestions and insights to

Did you know!?

By Corinne Cavanaugh
Our club has a mobile app with a slick directory of all our members! Have you have used the login at to access Club Runner?  Now you can easily access that same information from a mobile app on your phone!
Above are photos, just go to your app store, install the free ClubRunner app, login, and voila! You simply use the same login information you normally would use when going to If you don't know your login information, please email Caroline at

Seattle Rotary Service Foundation Opportunity Grants

The Seattle Rotary Service Foundation (SRSF) has announced a new pilot program called “Opportunity Grants”.  SRSF is trying to be responsive to the preferences of our member donors and the needs of our community, recognizing that sometimes our usual structure of annual grants does not make funds available when special opportunities, emergencies, and unique needs arise.
All applications must be received by SRSF by December 1, 2017.

Wider World of Rotary

By Virginia McKenzie
Seattle will be the focal point for World Polio Day on October 24.   The End Polio Now website will show the event by live stream at 2:30pm, broadcast from the Gates Foundation’s Atrium.  Mark Wright will be the Master of Ceremonies. District Governor Alex Hopkins has announced that every contribution from members in our district to PolioPlus in October up to a total of $25,000 will be matched 100% .


Contact Us

Rotary Club of Seattle
1326 5th Ave, Suite 342
Seattle, WA 98101
Caroline Bobanick
Club Manager
Carma McKay
Seattle Rotary Service Foundation
Phone: 206-623-0023
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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