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Weekly Totem
    Founded 1909                    Weekly News and Highlights                     April 21, 2017


April 27
Elephant and Castle
 1415 5th Ave

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Looking Ahead

April 26
Hyatt Olive 8
The Zillow View of Regional Real Estate
May 3
In-meeting service project with World Vision
May 10
2nd Annual Seattle Fire Department Awards lunch
May 17
Grand Hyatt
Coming to America: Muslim Perspectives
May 24
Hyatt Olive 8
Bryan Mistele, Innovation in Traffic Technologies
May 31
Andrew Russell, Intiman Theater: The Life Changing Power of Live Theater
June 7
Venue TBA
Exploration of Implicit Bias
June 14
Grand Hyatt
Virtual Reality Panel
June 21
Seattle Arts Fair
June 28
End of Year Celebration


April 21
Derick Pasternak
April 22
Bill Smead
April 23
Chris Charbonneau
Jim Linardos
April 25
Rob Nielsen
Watt Taylor
April 26
Catherine Cleveland
Anne Gillingham
Tony Mestres
April 28
John Adams
Tom Mormino
April 29
Dorothy Echodu
May 2
Gerry Maurer
May 3
Tom Hayward
James Wong

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
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
Bob Mucklestone
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.

The Zillow View of Regional Real Estate

April 26 at Noon
Hyatt Olive 8, 1635 8th Ave.  
Seattle Metropolitan is changing, and fast. Population growth fueled by high earning and high education jobs are putting pressure on housing. Both home values and rent growth are among the fastest in the nation. When will it stop? What does this fast pace mean for Seattle and the surrounding area? What major issues loom on the horizon? Join Skylar Olsen, Senior Economist at Zillow, for an engaging talk using data to tell the story of housing in Seattle.

Coming Wednesday, May 3


Lunch Meeting Service Project with World Vision

Enjoy lunch, hear from Khalil Sleiman on the Global Refugee Crisis, and help assemble 700 backpacks and hygiene kits as part of an in-the-ballroom service project with World Vision.
Meet Randy Frisch

A visit from the CEO of Seattle's favorite Airline

Totem Report by John Hamer
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 is an opportunity 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
Aquarium Tour
Saturday, May 13
10:00am-12:00pm @ the Seattle Aquarium
Join us at the Aquarium for nature talk and a guided tour. Parents, grandparents and children third grade and older are welcome to what promises to be a fun event for all. For those of us who want to stay a little longer, the Aquarium Café will be open for lunch and afterwards we can tour to our hearts content.
Please RSVP via email to 206.229.0554. See you there.
"DIG" at the Burke Museum

Saturday, May 13
1:00-3:00pm @ The Burke Museum UW campus (enter through the loading Dock on the west side)

Seattle Rotary members are invited to experience a “DIG” at the Burke Museum where you get a chance to experience a mini field camp and learn how K-12 teachers are being trained to teach STEM in the classrooms with real science. You will be working with 66 million year-old fossils from actual field samples and see the Tuft-Loves Tyrannosaurus Rex.  This is where you learn to become researchers.

Space is limited so please let us know if you are coming by emailing Megan at or call 206.420.2152.

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.        
Weapon Use and Training
Saturday, May 20, 2017
10:30am @ Wade's Eastside Gun Shop, 13570 Bel-Red Rd

Includes training lesson and
use of weapons (ammunition extra)
Cost is $50. Space is limited so RSVP soon!
TerraCotta Warriors Tour
Tuesday, May 23 
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.
May 26-29
11:00am-6:00pm daily @ Seattle Center
Join the fun of FolkLife and your Rotary friends as we collect instruments at the Seattle Center FolkLife Festival, May 26,27,28 and 29, 2017.
We would be excited if you could volunteer for a two hour time slot, or more. Please sign up with your name, email, phone number and time and date(s) available.
Marli Inverson, Music4Life Volunteer Co-Chair, with Lynn Lindsay

Wider World of Rotary


















By: Virginia McKenzie

For the Wider World of Rotary this week, please let me draw your attention to page 46 of the April 2017 Rotarian Magazine or
It tells the story of an RV full of young professionals and Rotaractors who delivered service projects all along the west coast, and the story started in Seattle!  You may remember the Halloween Party our very own Rotarian Malaria Partners hosted for them. In the magazine article you’ll also see their service work with David Bobanick at the Elk Run Farm which is affiliated with Rotary First Harvest.  Seattle #4 Rotary has a wonderful reputation of being encouraging towards young professionals.  Way to be Seattle #4 Rotary!

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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