Rotary Club
of Seattle
Weekly Totem
Founded 1909                            Weekly News and Highlights                      May 25, 2018

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June 6
The Westin
Opioid Epidemic
June 13
The Westin
James Whittaker, Distinguished Engineer and Tech Evangelist, Microsoft
June 20
Hyatt Olive 8
Program TBA
June 27
Hyatt Olive 8
Mark's Last Meeting
July 4
No Meeting
Happy Independence Day!
For those who drive to our weekly luncheons, here is some information about available parking options.
The Westin - for self-park or valet, obtain coupon at meeting registration for a discounted rate of $14.
Pacific Place is another good option only a couple blocks from most of our venues. The cost is $12 for up to 3 hours. The garage is accessed from either 6th or 7th  between Pine and Olive.
The Sheraton, Grand Hyatt, and Hyatt Olive 8 do not offer discounted parking.


May 25
Beth Knox
May 26
Harvey Rubinstein
May 27
Blake Hilty
Jevon Powell
May 28
Alan Kunovsky
May 29
Fedva Dikmen
Roberta Nestaas
May 31
John Blackman
June 2
Stacie Sherman
Mariah Kimpton
June 3
Ken Hamm
1 Year
Gary Volesky
Yoichiro Yamada
Howard Crabtree
Cody Fritz
Kevin Medved
2 Years
Lisa Bury
Michele Centanni
Troy Coalman
Nathaniel Donohue
Joseph Montgomery
Jeff Snell
5 Years
Lina Kim
6 Years
Bareq Peshtaz
Peter Wright
7 Years
Lisa Bridge
Elizabeth Powell
Sarah Weaver
8 Years
David Fontana
9 Years
Kenneth Grant
Faouzi Sefrioui
10 Years
Susan Beller
Jann Curley
15 Years
Jean Thompson
16 Years
Jerilyn Brusseau
John Kilpatrick Ph.D.
17 Years
Charley Dickey
19 Years
Maureen Brotherton
20 Years
Kirk Greene
21 Years
Stephen Sundborg
22 Years
David Endicott
23 Years
Robert Hunt
24 Years
Len Cereghino
25 Years
J. Scott Harrison
26 Years
Douglas Seto
32 Yeas
Timothy Bendokas
35 Years
Thomas Herche
47 Years
Ken Lowthian
56 Years
Leigh Rabel
57 Years
William Bain


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.


Do you have a friend, co-worker, or acquaintance who you think would enjoy Rotary membership? 
Contact Caroline Bobanick at 206-623-0023 or for more information or to reserve a complimentary lunch for a prospective member. 
Mark Wright

Cindy Runger 
President-Elect Nominee
Kim Moore

Immediate Past-President
Catherine Gibson 
Board Chair
Roberta Nestaas

Vice President for Membership
Corinne Cavanaugh 

Vice President for Service
Kelly Pearson 

Vice President for Programs
Hamilton McCulloh

Virginia McKenzie

Carolyn Hojaboom

Ken Grant 
TRF Chair
Roberta Greer
David Siebert
Ken Colling

Terms ending 6/30/2018
Roberta Greer
Trent Mummery
Allison Parker
David Siebert
David Woodward 

Terms ending 6/30/2019
Linda Cheever
Jimmy Collins
Beth Knox
Ben Linford
Kim Moore

Terms ending 6/30/2020
Ken Colling
David Levine
Rob LoBosco
Harold Scoggins
Jane Tornatore


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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! 

Tod Leiweke
President and CEO,
Seattle Hockey Partners

May 30 at Noon
The Westin, 1900 5th Ave.

Tod Leiweke recently returned to Seattle as the President and CEO of Seattle Hockey Partners to lead the effort to rebuild the Arena at Seattle Center and build an NHL franchise from the ground up. He most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer at the NFL. Tod’s no stranger to the Seattle community as he spent seven years leading the Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle Sounders FC. He was very involved in the community during that time, serving on many non-profit boards, including leading the King County United Way Fund and the Boeing Classic. Tod’s impressive sports management leadership includes the Tampa Bay Lightning, Minnesota Wild, Golden State Warriors and the PGA Tour. His next assignment may be his toughest challenge yet – making sure Seattle is ready for the NHL in 2020.


Rotary Celebrates Entrepreneurs of Service and Business 

Totem Report May 23, 2018
By Gary Smith
Meet Sarah Mackay

Bylaws Amendments

At its March and April 2018 meetings, the Board of Directors approved the following three amendments to the Club’s Bylaws. Per the Bylaws, the Club’s membership needs to be provided at least two weeks written notice of the proposed changes before a vote to approve or reject the amendments. This notice of the proposed amendments will appear in the May 11, 18 and 25th Totems, and a vote of Club members to approve the amendments is scheduled for the lunch meeting on May 30, 2018.
Tiny House Painting Work Party
Saturday, May 26
9:00 am @ 1714 E. Yessler Way
Rotary volunteers are needed to paint tiny houses on May 26. A photographer from Rotary International will be at the site to document the work local Rotary clubs are doing to end homelessness in Seattle.  Contact Cathy Burnell or Eva Agrawal to sign up.
Secret Lives of Muslims Screening
Thursday, May 31
5:30-7:30 pm
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center, 440 5th Ave. N.
The Seattle Rotary PeaceBuilder Committee invites you to attend an engaging and interactive evening exploring social justice filmmaking, advocacy and activism, and global citizenship at the screening of The Secret Life of Muslims. The free event, co-hosted by World Without Hate and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will be held at the Gates Foundation Discovery Center.


Thursday, May 31
5:00-7:00 pm @ the Women's University Club, 1105 6th Ave.
Enjoy a spotlight session with an esteemed member of Seattle Rotary, Laurel James, followed by quality conversation. Laurel founded Super Jock 'n Jill, the first running store in the USA, in 1975. She and her son also put on the first Marathon running trials for participation in the LA Olympics. She is an inspiration in sports and fitness education and has been a charismatic leader in Seattle Rotary since joining our club in 1992. A heavy appetizer buffet for $15, $6-8 wine, and $8-10 mixed drinks are available to purchase by credit card. Onsite parking is also available for $15. Hope to see you there!
District Training Assembly
Saturday, June 2
8:00 am-12:00 pm @ the Georgetown Campus of South Seattle Community College, 6737 Corson Ave. S.
This annual leadership training event is geared for club officers, board members, and committee co-chairs. There will be 12-15 break-out sessions on topics including membership, service, fundraising, public relations,  vocational service, and a range of other club leadership subjects.
Nonprofit Roundtable
 @ WeWork SLU, 500 Yale Ave. N.
Seattle Rotary attracts some of the most impactful nonprofits and NGO's serving our local community and abroad. At this event you are the program. Come get to know others from our cohort of not-for-profit members and share the important social good initiatives and programs you are working on, then explore how you can work together.
Prospective nonprofit and NGO members are also welcome, RSVP is required.
Rotary First harvest
Saturday, June 9
8:30-11:00 am @ Northwest Harvest Warehouse, 22220 68th Ave S., Kent
Join Rotarians and Rotaractors from around the district for a morning of hands-on service.  You'll be helping to pack some of the millions of pounds of healthy fruits and vegetables RFH provides every year for families and individuals in need.
Mariners Fire Boat Tour
Saturday, June 9
11:00 am-2:00 pm @ Seattle Fire Station 5, 925 Alaskan Way
Join Seattle Rotary Mariners in a tour of the newly remodeled Seattle Fire Department Station 5 on the Seattle waterfront. Children ages five and older are welcome to join the tour. After the tour, we will have lunch at Ivar's Acre's of Clams.
Search & Rescue Night
Saturday, June 9
7:30-11:30 pm @ Union Gospel Mission - Men's Shelter, 318 2nd Ave. Extension S.
Join fellow Rotarians on a Search and Rescue evening with Seattle's Union Gospel Mission. The night will be spent providing wool blankets, food, water, and other supplies to our homeless neighbors. We will also offer them the opportunity to come inside for a night of safe shelter at the Mission.
Baby Boutique
Saturday, May 19
9:15-11:30 am @ 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.
President's Party
Wednesday, June 20
4:30 pm hosted dockside pre-function
5:30 pm cocktails
6:30 pm dinner
Queen City Yacht Club, 2608 Boyer Ave. E.
The Seattle Rotary Mariners invite you to share in the annual antics and honor a year of Service Above Self as we toast and roast outgoing president Mark Wright. This event frequently sells out so get your tickets soon!
Happy Hour for Good
Thursday, June 21
6:00-8:00 pm @ the Center for Wooden Boats, 1010 Valley St.
Lake Union Rotary's third Thursday Happy Hour for Good continues this summer on the lakefront. For $30 you will enjoy wine, microbrews, appetizers and live music on the dock. All are welcome, 21 and over. All proceeds benefit Alpha Supported Living - providing supported living and group home services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in homes in King County.
Special Olympics Cheer LIne
Sunday, July 1
10:30 am @ Husky Stadium,  3800 Montlake Blvd. NE
Join Rotarian volunteers as part of the cheer line for the Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies.  Volunteers will form a human line and cheer for the athletes as they make their way to the Stadium.  General admission tickets to attend the Opening Ceremonies are $20. Please contact Nancy Cahill if you are interested in volunteering. 
Seattle Police Harbor Patrol Tour
Saturday, July 21
11:00 am-1:00 pm @ Seattle Harbor Patrol Marina, 1717 N. Northlake Pl.
Join the Seattle Rotary Mariners for a personalized tour with the Seattle Police Harbor Patrol.

Wider World of Rotary

The Rotarian Malaria Partners were represented at the recent London Malaria Summit 2018. Learn more about the Summit and RMP's work in the article below. 


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 Thursdays
Horizon House, 900 University St. 
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 Wednesday
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
Mariah Kimpton Associate Club Manager
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