Rotary Club
of Seattle
Weekly Totem
    Founded 1909                     Weekly News and Highlights                         September 21, 2018

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October 3
The Westin
Noah Purcell, Washington State Solicitor General
October 10
The Westin
Dr. Gary Gilliland, President and Director of Fred Hutch
October 17
The Westin
Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman, Voting Security
October 24
The Westin
Dr. Jay Wenger, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: World Polio Day
October 31
The Westin
Ambassador Rick Barton, Peace Works
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!
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September 21
Joe Heslet
Jonelle Johnson
Lisa Mayfield
September 23
Cynthia Chirot
September 24
Jim G McCurdy
September 25
Nancy Cahill
Ann Marie Kimball
Shirley Lansing
Jeff Parker
September 27
John King
Jennifer Robinson
September 29
Lisa Bridge
September 30
Dorothy Bullitt
Virginia McKenzie
October 1
Matt Albertson
October 2
Rex Clark
Marc Kurose
Evan Steinruck
1 Year
Marc Kurose
James Stevens
Linda Thompson-Black
Amelie von Saint Andre-von Arnim
Derryl Willis
2 Years
Matthew Albertson
Kevin Crane
Lindsay Klarman
David Lenox
Nima Samiee
4 Years
Nick Anderson
Jennifer Robinson
8 Years
Nyasha Tunduwani
10 Years
Lisa Mayfield
14 Years
Michael Verchot
15 Years
Linda Rough
Dominik Musafia
19 Years
Howard Burton
Harvey Rubinstein
24 Years
Thomas Mormino
Karen Wong
26 Years
James Bowles
James W. McCurdy
29 Years
George Futas
31 Years
Faith Ireland
32 Years
Donald Murphy
48 Years
Jerry Costacos

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 Caroline Bobanick at
206-623-0023 or for more information or to reserve a complimentary lunch for a prospective member.

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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

Carolyn Hojaboom

Ken Grant 
TRF Chair
Jeff Pyatt
Jimmy Collins
Paula Houston 

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

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

Sound Food Uprising

September 26 at noon
The Westin, 1900 5th Ave.
According to The Lancet, the average lifespan in Seattle varies by as much as 14 years for women and 18 years for men depending on zip code.  The Beecher’s Foundation believes that food is the central ingredient of this injustice.  It has set its sights on reducing demand for foods with the “holy trinity” of characteristics: overly-processed, heavily-sugared, and additive-laden.  Its Sound Food Uprising campaign intends to education one million consumers and empower them to improve their health through better foods.
Founder Kurt Beecher Dammeier will tell us all about the campaign and other great things the foundation is doing.  Plus, we’ll get to sample some of Beecher’s famous cheese!  Come meet Kurt, bring a guest or prospective member, and spread the word!


Trust in Media and Government Decline, Giving Business an Opportunity to Lead

“Fake news is a U.S. phenomenon with seven in ten informed respondents worried about false news as a weapon, and 59% uncertain about what is real and what is fake,” said veteran public relations counselor Will Ludlum, who leads Edelman’s Pacific Northwest region.  He reported key takeaways from Edelman’s respected annual Trust Barometer, an acclaimed worldwide survey.  Citing a decline in trust for "big data" platforms such as Facebook and Google, he is hopeful for a rise in trust in traditional journalism, saying,  “you simply can’t convey true thinking in a tweet.”

Meet Janet Welcher

It is my pleasure to introduce to you Janet Welcher as our newest member.  Her classification is Financial Advising and Wealth Management and she was nominated by Mark Davis and Jacki Lorenz, who we thank.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this week's committee fair!

Miss the fair? It's never too late to join a committee!
Visit to see a list of our club's committees. Contact committee chairs to learn more about opportunities to get involved. 

Last Chance to submit board nominations 

The nomination process to identify officers and at-large board members for the next year's Rotary Club Board of Directors, and Trustees for the Seattle Rotary Service Foundation is now underway.  The election will conclude on December 5th at our annual membership meeting during the luncheon.  Individuals may be proposed by club members or members may self-nominate.  Nominations must be submitted in writing or by email no later than September 21st.  Any questions and nominations can be referred to David Sievert at
Mariners Game with Seattle City rotaract
Friday, September 28
7:10 pm @ Safeco Field, 1250 1st Ave. S.
Join the young professionals of Seattle City Rotaract for a fun fellowship night as the Mariners take on the Texas Rangers. Rotarians, friends, and family are all welcome!
Ilha Formosa: Music of Taiwan
Saturday September 29
2:00 pm @ Benaroya Hall, 
200 University St.
The Diplomacy Task Force invites you to a cultural experience Saturday, September 29. Over 100 musicians from Taiwan, Canada and the US join together onstage, performing masterworks by Taiwanese composers of past and present. 
Rotary members receive a 10% discount using the code ROTARY.
Rotary Night at Come from Away
Thursday, October 11
5:30-9:00 pm @ the 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 5th Ave.

The Arts Committee is proud to present a special evening at the 5th Avenue Theatre. Enjoy pre-show appetizers while hearing from Kenny Alhadeff who was one of the producers who brought this show to life.

This event is now sold out.

Rotary First Harvest Work Party
Saturday, October 13
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.
Essential Elements Seminar
Saturday, October 27 
8:30 am- 12:00 pm @ South Seattle Community College - Georgetown Campus
Join Rotarians from across the district for a brand, membership, and foundation seminar with education, workshops, and networking opportunities. A fellowship event at Pyramid Alehouse will follow. Registration is now available through the District website. 
In Memoriam
Virgil Fassio, a former Seattle Rotary member, passed away on the morning of September 5 at the age of 91. 
The Seattle Rotary Peacebuilder and Education Committees partnered with the Seattle Public Schools to “plant” a peace pole today on the U.N. International Day of Peace.

Wider World of Rotary

By Derick Pasternak
While we know that Rotary International is active in being the inspiration in most countries of the world, there is a wider world of Rotary right here in our backyard.  There are almost 50 active clubs within the Seattle-Bellevue area and communities within easy driving distance that make up Rotary District 5030.  Our district governors have for years encouraged interactions among Rotarians not just at district conferences (including the next one in Spokane May 16-19, 2019), but also through district assemblies, training sessions, and social events.  This fall the district will be holding a social event on October 18 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the Seattle Glassblowing Studio, 2227 5th Avenue.  If you can think of a prospective Rotarian, this may be a good event to invite him or her to. Rotaractors have also been invited. 

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.


Registration is now open for the 2018-2019 Rotary Academy which will start this September. The Rotary Academy is a comprehensive self-paced study program of Rotary information — great for both new and experienced Rotarians and anyone considering club or district leadership positions.   


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
Caroline Bobanick
Club Manager
Phone: 206-623-0023
Fax: 206-623-0216
Mariah Kimpton Associate Club Manager
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