Rotary Club
of Seattle
Weekly Totem
    Founded 1909                     Weekly News and Highlights                        October 26, 2018

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November 7
The Hyatt Olive 8
Lewis Rudd, CEO of Ezell's Famous Chicken
November 14
The Westin
Eric Liu, Citizen Power
November 21
No Meeting
Happy Thanksgiving!
November 28
The Westin
Dr. Mike Jensen, Seattle Children's Hospital
December 5
Hyatt Olive 8
Dr. Eric Larson, Enlightened Aging
December 12
Hyatt Olive 8
Gun Debate with General Peter Chiarelli and John Carlson
December 19
The Sheraton
Annual Holiday Party
December 26
No Meeting
Happy Holidays!
January 2
No Meeting
Happy Holidays!
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October 26
David McFadden
October 28
Bill Gates III
Mark Weed
October 29
Kathy Williams
October 30
Doug Seto
October 31
Karen Lee
November 2
Steve Tyler
November 3
Rebecca Hellman
Steven Shaw
November 4
Sue McNab
Don Root
November 5
Karl Newman
Michael Smyers
November 6
Jim Loder
2 Years
John Hojaboom
David McFadden
3 Years
Karl Herren
John Hrabar
Simone Loban
Amy White
4 Years
Carla Fowler
5 Years
Eric Christensen
6 Years
Carese Busby
Joseph Chard
Timothy Tomlinson
8 Years
Sheree Wen
10 Years
William Bryant II
13 Years
Susan Lane
Barbie Seifert
16 Years
April Mobley
17 Years
Daniel Weiner
19 Years
James Moore
20 Years
Vicky Oxley
Derick Pasternak
23 Years
Thomas Mesaros
Ruthann Howell
24 Years
Robert Johnson
Darlene Corkrum
25 Years
Neil Larson
Kathryn Williams
26 Years
Karl Ege
29 Years
Nancy Osborne
Louis Lundquist
31 Years
Ronald Bayley
32 Years
Cynthia Chirot
36 Years
Steven Prince
47 Years
John Durbin

Bob Alexander


Video of Seattle Rotary Programs are available online thanks to the generous support of our Seattle Rotary Online Sponsors.

Special thanks to our Gold Level Sponsor, Bob Alexander.

In addition to supporting our club, becoming a Seattle Rotary Online sponsor brings many benefits. To learn more, click here, or contact David Endicott.

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, Four Seasons, Grand Hyatt, and Hyatt Olive 8 do not offer discounted parking.

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 & Sue McNab) — our group is dedicated to supporting and celebrating Seattle #4 members. Click here to contact the committee and share your news!

Do you have a friend, co-worker, or acquaintance who you think would enjoy Rotary membership? 
Contact Carma McKay at for more information or to reserve a complimentary lunch for a prospective member.
Cindy Runger

 Kim Moore

Immediate Past-President
Mark Wright 
Board Chair
David Woodward

Vice President for Membership
Liz Powell 

Vice President for Service
Susie Roe

Vice President for Programs
Rob LoBosco

Jennifer Porto

Robert Stadler

Ken Grant 
TRF Chair
Jeff Pyatt
Jimmy Collins
Paula Houston 

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

Terms ending 6/30/2020
Ken Colling
David Levine
Barbie Seifert
Harold Scoggins
Jane Tornatore
Terms ending 6/30/2021
Corinne Cavanaugh
Fedva Dikmen
Paula Houston
Ben Wicks

The Need for American INgenuity in Global Peacebuilding: A conversation with Ambassador Rick Barton

October 31 at noon
The Westin, 1900 5th Ave.
A quarter-century of U.S. military interventions around the globe – Bosnia, Rwanda, Haiti, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria – have had high costs and few peacebuilding successes.  U.S. policymakers have not been able to turn strategic advantages into positive and sustainable changes in places wracked by war. Why not? And what does the United States need to do differently? We will be joined by the World Affairs Council for a luncheon discussion with Ambassador Rick Barton, who argues that innovation is crucial for successful peacebuilding. Barton’s experience as a diplomat, having been immersed in more than forty global conflicts, drives his insights as to when, where, and how the United States can make a meaningful difference in ending violent conflicts and bringing about a more peaceful world.

The Last Days of Polio—Hard, But Near

If polio had a collective consciousness, it might sense its pending demise. 
No matter.  Poliovirus only survives in the environment a matter of days or weeks.  It is only transmitted by humans, mostly through their waste.  If people cannot be infected, the virus will die out. 
And the vaccination strategy built on these facts is working, stunningly.  Wednesday, October 24 was the sixth annual World Polio Day and Rotary Clubs the world over paused to review progress. At Seattle 4, Past President and former competitive college bowler Mark Wright interviewed Dr. Jay Wenger, who heads the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation effort to help eradicate polio.

This week's Recruiter Rewards prize was donated by Rita Koefod and Northgate Mall


Contact Seattle 4 member Rita Koefod, or 206-362-4778, to find out about Northgate Mall's Simon Giftcard® Corporate Sales Program. Choose from VISA or AMEX in popular designs, add an embossed message, or design your own custom card with your company logo. Cards can be used wherever VISA/AMEX is accepted. Visit to learn more or order. For online orders, please note "Seattle Rotary" in the "How Did You Hear About Us" field.


Support our Rotary Foundations for a Year of Action and Impact!

As Rotarians, we are leaders connecting for extraordinary good –both in our community and around the world.  Together we are eradicating polio and malaria, bringing fresh water to rural villages worldwide to stop the spread of disease, and helping our neighbors in need with housing, healthy foods, and educational opportunities.
Once a year we ask you to fulfill your membership obligations and take action by making two gifts that will impact the world.  One is to the Seattle Rotary Service Foundation (SRSF).  The other is to The Rotary Foundation (TRF).  Thank you for taking action now to help our club have a powerful and positive impact on our world.
Volunteer with Operation Warm
Thursday, November 1
8:00 am-12:00 pm @ White Center Heights School 
Wednesday, November 7
8:00 am-11:00 am @ Lister Elementary School
Thursday, November 15 
8:00 am-12:00 pm @ Chinook Elementary School
Join the Community Service Committee in volunteering with Operation Warm, a national nonprofit which gifts nearly 400,000 brand new winter coats to kids in need each year. Operation Warm has a long history with Rotary, having started as a Rotary project 20 years ago at the Longwood Rotary in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.
Four volunteers are needed for each of the coat giving events. You will be assisting Rotarian Linda Sherran in overseeing volunteers from various companies and helping kids in need try on and select brand new warm winter coats.
Essential Elements Seminar
Saturday, October 27 
12:00-4:00 pm @ Pyramid Alehouse, 1201 1st Ave. S.
Join Rotarians from across the district for a brand, membership, and foundation seminar with education, workshops, and networking opportunities. The time and location for the event have changed - click the flyer below for more details. 
nightmare at beaver lake
Saturday, October 27
7:00-10:00 pm @ Beaver Lake Park, 2600 244th Ave. SE, Sammamish
Seattle City Rotaract invites you to a very scary social at Nightmare at Beaver Lake!

We'll meet for dinner at the RAM Restaurant & Brewery in Issaquah (965 NE Park Dr.) at 7:00 pm, then head over to the haunted house and forest at Beaver Lake Park. Costumes are encouraged!

Men Engaging Men to End Violence
Wednesday, November 7
7:00–9:15 pm @ 1716 2nd Ave. N., Seattle
Register now to join the men of our Seattle Rotary Club and Peacebuilders Committee in this two-hour training which empowers men to become partners in the fight against sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.

We look forward to having you join us for this educational opportunity facilitated by our friends at Seattle Against Slavery (SAS), a grassroots coalition that fosters collaboration in the fight against human trafficking through education, advocacy, and mobilization. 
Rotary First Harvest Work Party
Saturday, November 10
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.
Seattle Union Gospel Mission: Search & Rescue Night

Saturday, November 10
7:30-11:00 pm @ Union Gospel Mission, 318 2nd Ave. Extension South

Join fellow Rotarians on a search and rescue evening with Seattle's Union Gospel Mission.

The night is spent providing wool blankets, food, water, and other supplies to our homeless neighbors. It also offers them the opportunity to come inside for a night of safe shelter at the mission.

This event is for Seattle Rotary members, family, and friends.

Cystic Fibrosis Stair climb
Thursday, November 15
5:45 pm relay teams begin
6:15 pm individuals begin
@1201 3rd Ave, Seattle
Join Seattle City Rotaract and Seattle #4 Young Rotary Leaders in the 30th Annual Cystic Fibrosis StairClimb or donate to the team! You can climb as an individual, as a relay 3-Person relay or donate to the team to help reach our goals.
Saturday, November 17
9:15-11:15 am @ Rotary Support Center for Families, 1900 Rainier Avenue South
Spend a Saturday morning with your fellow Rotarians by helping families experiencing homelessness at Wellspring Family Services.
Your morning will be spent helping to sort donations for Wellspring’s Baby Boutique, a free clothing store for families facing homelessness. Afterwards, anyone in the group who is interested can meet for a dim sum lunch at Top Gun Seafood Restaurant in Bellevue.
All are welcome at the event, so don’t be shy, bring your friends, family, and neighbors along!
Holiday Shopping with the Rotary Boys & Girls Club
Saturday, December 8
10:00 am-3:00 pm @ the Rotary Boys & Girls Club, 201 19th Ave, Seattle
Each year the Rotary Community Service Committee, in conjunction with the Rotary Boys & Girls Club, creates a wonderful opportunity for all Rotarians, friends, and families to take a deserving, less-fortunate child on a holiday shopping outing. 
The idea is simple: On one day in December volunteers who are willing to donate and spend their own money are paired with a child and accompany them on a 1-3 hour shopping excursion in downtown Seattle.  This event is a wonderful way to help a child in need during the holidays.
Contact Joel Ferrell for more information or to sign up. 
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SRSF Opportunity Grant

The Seattle Rotary Service Foundation announced the opening of the 2018 Opportunity Grants cycle.  This funding program works 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.
The maximum grant will be $7,500 and the minimum is $500.  All applications must be received by SRSF by December 1, 2018. 
Applications for these grants must come through the regular Seattle Rotary Service Committees.


Unless  protests are received in the time period required (seven days), the following will receive a "Welcome to Rotary" notification that their membership has been accepted:
  1. Andrew Lyon, Leadership Gifts Officer for Compass Housing Alliance – Young Rotary Leader membership with a Human and Community Services classification. Proposer, Susan Bean, and Seconder, Liz Powell.
  2. Mary Johnstone, Corporate Operations Engineer for Google – Young Rotary Leader membership with a Technology classification. Proposer, Taylor Shimizu, and Seconder, Kathryn Williams.


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
Jim Loder
Business Mentor Program
1:30 pm, 1st Wednesday 
Rotary Club luncheon room
William Marshall,  Terry Van Nostrand, and Michael Verchot
Community Service
11:00 am, 1st Wednesday
1326 5th Ave., 7th floor conference room
Daron Vchulek and Lacey Clark
11:00 am, 4th Wednesdays
Rotary Club luncheon venue
Mary Wagner and Lori Walker
International Service
10:30 am, 3rd Wednesday
Puget Sound Plaza, 1235 4th Ave. 15th-floor conference room
Sarah Weaver and Sarah Mackay

11:00 am, last Wednesday of the month
Rotary Club meeting venue
Matt Albertson and Alex Mummery
5:30 pm, 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
Robert Stadler and Stacie Sherman
11:00 am, 4th Wednesday September-June
Northern Trust, 1301 Second Ave., Suite 2600
Eric Christensen


10:00 am, 3rd Tuesday
1215 4th Ave., 3rd floor conference room
Jacki Lorenz and Jane Pryor
3rd Thursday of the month at alternating times and venues. Email reminders will be sent in advance of each month's meeting.
Kevin Crane
Rotary Relations
11:00 am, 2nd Wednesday
Rotary Club meeting venue
Derick Pasternak

Contact Us

Rotary Club of Seattle
1215 4th Ave. Suite 1215
Seattle, WA 98161
Phone: 206-623-0023
Fax: 206-623-0216
Caroline Bobanick
Club Manager
Mariah Kimpton
Associate Club Manager
Carma McKay
Membership 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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