Rotary Club
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Weekly Totem
    Founded 1909                    Weekly News and Highlights                     April 7, 2017


April 13
Ivar’s Acres of Clams – 1001 Alaskan Way

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Looking Ahead

April 12
Grand Hyatt
Dr. Bill Thomas, Aging: Life’s Most Dangerous Game
April 19
Grand Hyatt
Brad Tilden, CEO of Alaska Airlines
April 26
Hyatt Olive 8
Skylar Olsen, Zillow Senior Economist
May 3
In-meeting service project with World Vision
May 10
2nd Annual Seattle Fire Department Awards lunch
May 17
Grand Hyatt
May 24
Hyatt Olive 8
Colby Underwood, Blue Marble CEO
May 31
Andrew Russell, Intiman Theater: The Life Changing Power of Live Theater


April 7
Gerry Adams
Ron Bayley
Fred Weiss
April 10
Astrid Berg
Mike Flynn
April 11
Ev Billingslea
April 12
Jimmy Collins
April 13
Amy Bautista
Trent Mummery
Theresa Wang
Sarah Weaver
April 14
Laurie Jonsson
April 15
Craig Dawson
John Hamer
Diankha Linear
Mason Sizemore
April 16
Jim Miller
Sandy Walsh
April 17
Ken Colling
Bob Lucurell
April 18
Mark Long
Jim McCurdy
Jennifer Porto

March Membership Milestones

1 Year
Suria Elbietar
Lauren MacLeod
2 Years
Michael Adams
Rosanne Lapan
Constance Miller
Benjamin Wicks
3 Years
Ian Hudson
Christopher Otto
4 Years
Domino, Lauren
Michele Shaw
7 Years
Erik Cullen
Kelly Holm
Kari Rallo
Kristin Stred
8 Years
Gary Drobnack
Jill Wakefield
9 Years
Steve Boyd
Bob Mucklestone
Jim O'Donnell
11 Years
Richard Hopp
Stephen Sundquist
12 Years
Linda Cheever
13 Years
Hollie Ellis
Freeman Fong
14 Years
Al Benaroya
17 Years
Jean Bateman
Norman Johnson
24 Years
Mike O'Byrne
30 Years
Bob Parks
32 Years
Rex Clark
33 Years
Jim Burdett
40 Years
Ralph Munro (PP)


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.

Aging: Life’s most dangerous Game with Dr. Bill Thomas

April 12 at Noon
Grand Hyatt, 721 Pine St.  
Dr. Bill Thomas is an author, entrepreneur, teacher, and physician whose wide-ranging work explores the terrain of human aging. Best known for his health care system innovations, he is the founder of a global non-profit (The Eden Alternative) which works to improve the care provided to older people. He is the creator of The Green House® which Provider Magazine has called the “pinnacle of culture change.” Dr. Thomas also developed the Senior ER model of care and is now working to transform the acute care services provided to elders. His synthesis of imagination and action led the Wall Street Journal to highlight Dr. Thomas as one of the nation’s “top 10 innovators” changing the future of retirement in America and US News and World Report to name him as one of “America’s best leaders.” The magazine noted his “startling commonsense ideas and his ability to persuade others to take a risk,” and concluded that “this creative and wildly exuberant country doctor has become something of a culture changer–reimagining how Americans will approach aging in the 21st century.” Whether you consider yourself to be aging or not, you are in for a treat. Dr. Thomas will remind us that getting older is nothing to fear!
Meet Dan Ketchel
Dan grew up in the Midwest part of America, got his degree in business at the University of Michigan, and began working for Delta Air Lines 9 years ago.
Meet Blake Hilty
Although Blake was born in Texas, he counts himself a native Washingtonian, as he moved here when he was about five.  Blake earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration at the University of Washington, where he first met his proposer and friend, Jay Blazey.

China in 2017: A New Look

Totem Report by Mike Colbrese
Rotary first harvest Work Party
Saturday, April 8
8:30-11:00am @ Northwest Harvest Warehouse in Kent
Please join us at the next District 5030 Rotary First Harvest Food Pack at the NW Harvest warehouse in Kent. Spouses, friends and children (3rd grade and older) always welcome. This is a great way to give back while connecting with other Rotarians and enjoying complimentary pastries, tea and coffee!
Music4Life™ Instrument Drive 
Wednesday, April 12
11:30am @ Grand Hyatt
721 Pine St.
Music4Lifeand 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
Tulip time at rotary
Wednesday, April 12
1:30pm @ the Grand Hyatt
The Rotary Club of LaConner  will be bringing loads of beautiful tulips to our April 12th luncheon.  A bouquet of 10 stems is only $5 -- you'll want a bunch!
Earth Day service Event
Saturday, April 22
9:00am-1:00pm @ Washington Park Arboretum
2300 Arboretum Drive
Join the Seattle Rotary Sustainability Committee in a service project at Washington Park Arboretum. Volunteers will work on restoration through planting, mulching, removing invasive species, and maintaining trails throughout the arboretum. 
Ethnic Dinner 
Tuesday, April 25
6:00pm @ Tamarind Tree
1036 S. Jackson St.
RSVP now for an ethnic dinner at Tamarind Tree, a popular spot for inventive Vietnamese cuisine and cocktails in an elegant setting.

Remember when Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole invited us to participate in trainings with her officers?  Here are two opportunities for April.  

The training facility is located in SODO on Airport Way South. They will send a map    


Bias free policing:
Wednesday April 26, 8:00am-12:00pm

If interested in either training or future ones, please email Peacebuilder Committee co-chair Roberta Nestaas.
Rotary boys & girls Club Annual Maintenance day
Saturday, April 29
9:00am-12:00pm @ Rotary Boys & Girls Club, 201 19th Ave.
Join us for Day of Service at the Rotary Boys & Girls Club Annual Maintenance Day!
For more information, email
Ten Grands
Saturday, May 13
5:30pm reception, 7:00pm performance @ Benaroya Hall
200 University St.
Please join us on May, 13, 2017 for the show and the VIP party ahead of time on the Promenade!

Tickets have been saved for Rotarians at the price levels of $81 (orchestra level sides, as in the past) or $101 (orchestra level center). Purchasing these tickets allows Rotarians entry to the complimentary VIP party. To get these great seats and admittance to the party the code is GRANDS17 when purchasing.        
TerraCotta Warriors Tour
Tuesday, May 16
5:00pm @ Pacific Science Center, 200 2nd Ave. N.
Save the Date for a tour of the Terracotta Warriors exhibit featured in the April 5th short program. More details to come!
Rotary at the rep
Thursday, May 25
6:30pm cocktails, 7:30pm play
@ Seattle Repertory Theater 155 Mercer St. 
Come enjoy this great play with Seattle Rotary #4 and enjoy a pre-theater reception with no-host bar. Reception will be held in the Spirit’s Lounge on the second floor of the theater lobby.

Shooting Lesson

In follow up to the recent Guns in America program: John Hamer is organizing a group of Rotarians to visit a local shooting range. Click here for info on opportunity to participate in a shooting lesson.

Don't Miss Out!

Rotary District Conference
Portland, OR  April 21-23

Register NOW for our fun, informative and inspiring Rotary District Conference April 21-23 at the Hilton in downtown Portland!
Seattle # 4 Rotarians who have registered already include:
Derick Pasternak, Corinne Cavanaugh, Roberta Greer, Jeffrey Borek, James Collins, Robert Davis, Jane Tornatore, Krista Dalton, Ralph Davis, Charley Dickey, David Endicott, Catherine Gibson, Gerry Maurer, Jeff Pritchard, Daron Vchulek, Kathryn Williams, Ken Colling, Sten Crissey, Robyn Grad, Suzanne Griffin, Carolyn Hojaboom, Candy J. Lee, Virginia McKenzie, Thomas Mesaros, Jim Moore, Mason Sizemore, Jean Thompson, Steve Crandall
Cathy Gibson, Virginia McKenzie, Corinne Cavanaugh and others are taking the Amtrak train on Thursday at 11:15 and returning Sunday at 2:50, and they would love to have you join them!
If any questions, contact Ken Colling 206 391-9053.

Wider World of Rotary


Rotarians raise awareness against sex trafficking

By: Virginia McKenzie
On Tuesday, April 4 Seattle #4 Rotary hosted a private screening of the movie SOLD.  This award winning film is designed to raise awareness against sex trafficking.  We filled 141 theater seats with Rotarians, family members and friends from all over District 5030.  After the movie Cathy Gibson moderated a panel discussion with the movie producer, a survivor, the Executive Director from Spruce Street Crisis Care Clinic and a lawyer from Center for Children Youth Justice.  To see what the Wider World of Rotary is saying about bringing an End to Sex Trafficking Now, please watch this video produced by the Rotary Action Group Against Slavery:  Wow!!  Just, wow.  I am very proud that Seattle Rotary is stepping up to be part of the solution! 

Join tens of thousands of Rotarians in Atlanta to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation and 30 years of women in Rotary!

Seattle # 4 Rotarians who have registered already include:

Catherine Gibson
Jean Thompson
Lisa Mayfield
Mason Sizemore 
Roberta Nestaas 
Jann Curley
Virginia McKenzie
Tom Mesaros 
Corinne Cavanaugh 
Mark Wright
Kathy Williams
Jim Moore
Larry Granat


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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