Rotary Club
of Seattle
Weekly Totem
    Founded 1909                   Weekly News and Highlights                     September 30, 2016


October 6
5:30-8:00 pm
BoConcept Store, 1400 NE 8th St, Bellevue
This week the After Party travels to the Eastside to join the Wellspring Social. Enjoy great food and drink, wonderful music, and learn how Wellspring is working to end family homelessness in King County. Our emcee is KOMO News anchor, Lee Stoll.
Tickets are $25 per person at the door (includes food, drinks, and free parking). This is a fundraiser and proceeds will benefit Wellspring Family Services. 

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Looking Ahead

October 5

Understanding WA Ballot Initiative 732 – Carbon Tax

October 12

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole & Special Guest, Governor Jay Inslee
October 19
Sound Transit Initiative with Craig Kinzer and Kevin Wallace
October 26
Renaissance Seattle
Inequality in Our Community with Dow Constantine and Tony Mestres
November 2
UW President Ana Mari Cauce 
November 9
Washington State Convention Center
Veterans Day Program - Learn How Starbucks is Supporting Veterans and Their Families
November 16
Washington State Convention Center
Seattle Rotary Service Foundation Campaign Kick-off
November 23
Happy Thanksgiving!
No meeting


September 30
Dorothy Bullitt
Virginia McKenzie
Duk-ho Moon
October 1
Matt Albertson
Don Kurth
October 2
Rex Clark
October 3
Don Murphy
October 4
Travis Keeler
October 5
Assunta Ng
October 7
Ross Stewart
October 8
Jim AuBuchon
Ege, Karl
Paul Heppner
Nancy Osborne
October 9
Steve Boyd
Michele Centanni
October 10
Jon Scholes
October 11
Lou Lundquist

voting on washington state's environmental future

October 5th at Noon
Westin - 1900 5th Avenue
Opinion is changing in the field of planet warming, both politically and scientifically.  From the recent Paris Accord to the Governor’s Clean Air Plan and the CarbonWA Ballot Initiative 732, we have decisions to make regarding our environmental future. Hear from two of the most qualified local experts on our climate status followed by three panelists each representing differing views of the path forward for Washington State.

Putting Down Roots in Boeing Country: Delta Airlines Grows its Presence in Seattle  

Totem Report 
by Jeanne McKnight
Delta Airlines Seattle VP, Mike Medeiros, made one point loud and clear: Delta has a clear plan for growing its presence in the Seattle market—a plan that includes giving back in a big way to the community.
Welcome Kevin Crane
Please welcome this *GEM* of an addition to our club, Kevin Crane, classification Retail - Fine Jewelry.
Welcome Dave Lenox
Please welcome our newest member who demonstrates through his heart the wisdom, actions and eternal values of a Rotarian, Dave Lenox.
hike with rotary on mt. Rainier - CANCELED
This event has been canceled due to weather. 
Rotary First Harvest Work Party
Saturday, October 8
8:30-11:00am @ Northwest Harvest Warehouse in Kent
Help pack fresh produce for our local food banks. RSVP to Alex Mummery at
seattle 4 celebrates with street bean
The official Grand Opening date is set for October 10th!
Drop by and purchase the Seattle Rotary Blend at the University District shop. It'll be available for purchase through the end of October, and online starting Monday through the end of November.
Elwha Exploration Day 
Saturday, October 15, 2016
10:00am @ NatureBridge in Olympic National Park
111 Barnes Point Road, Port Angeles
Join the Sustainability Commitee for a short tour of NatureBridge's Olympic campus and overview of the Elwha River Restoration Project, then head out to the now wild river for a “boots on the ground” look at the recovery site. You’ll enjoy a “field lunch” (provided by NatureBridge) in a beautiful location on the Elwha.

ethnic dinner

Wednesday, October 19
6:00pm @ Ephesus Restaurant
5245 California Avenue 

Join fellow Seattle 4 Rotarians for an authentic Turkish dinner! 

MV Hyak Tour
Thursday, October 20th
10:45 @ Seattle Ferry Terminal Colman Dock - Pier 52
Join us aboard the Washington state ferry MV Hyak on Thursday, October 20 on the Seattle/Bremerton route. During this tour you will get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what it takes to operate a ferry, including a full tour of the engine room and the pilothouse.  The tour will be led by Rotary member John Hrabar, Assistant Engineer, on the Hyak and a six-year employee of Washington State Ferries.
Volunteer to Deliver Dictionaries to 3rd Graders
Various dates, October-December
The joint project of the Seattle 4 Education and Community Service Committees, funded by your SRSF, provides almost 600 dictionaries for third graders in some of Seattle’s most needy schools. 
Your help is needed with the distribution to the children in their classrooms.  We work in teams of two and have dictionaries for 10 schools.  
Halloween Soiree
Tuesday, October 31st
6:30-8:30pm @ 41st floor of Insignia, 588 Bell Street
Join Rotary District 5030 in welcoming the Zone Connecting for Good Tour at a Halloween Soiree hosted by Seattle City Rotaract and Rotarian Malaria Partners.

rotary at seattle rep: king charles III

Friday, November 18
6:00pm Reception, 7:30pm Play @ Seattle Repertory Theater
It's that time again for our annual play and behind-the-scenes reception at Seattle Rep! We only have 30 tickets on hold this year so get your tickets soon since this event has sold out the past two years. 

Wider World of Rotary

By Virginia McKenzie 

Networking and Business Advertising in Rotary?

What would Rotary look like if they were to allow business advertising and networking? Would we grow in member size? Would we cease to be a service organization? Would we retain more members? Would the world look at us differently? As with most LinkedIn discussions, the responses were varied, but the person who I believe went right to the heart of the question was Past RI President, Cliff Dochterman, who said: 

That is an interesting “what if” question — because there is nothing in the policies of Rotary which would prevent networking or advertising within one’s Club. Networking, if there were such a concept was the essence of the Rotary organization in 1905 — and it really has not changed. However, it seems that some Clubs have artificially put a barrier on promoting one’s business. Let’s not forget that Vocational Service is our second Avenue of Service! The very definition of Vocational Service in our Manual of Procedure is “It is the opportunity each Rotarian has to represent the dignity and value of his or her vocation to other club members…” Just read the “Declaration for Rotarians in Business and Professions.” There is no prohibition of mentioning a Rotarian's business or profession at a Club Meeting — it is an historic part of Rotary.

A Rotarian should be aware that Rotarians neither seek nor grant to a fellow Rotarian a privilege or advantage not normally accorded others in a business or professional relationship. Just remember — business success and profit are not bad words in Rotary.

In a follow up response he added:

It always amazes me how some of the myths develop in the world of Rotary. I’ve been to clubs where the mere mention of a business or profession is “subject to a fine.” How absurd. We wouldn’t be in Rotary if we didn’t have a profession or business — so why not take advantage of it? In my home we always ask, “What Rotarian sells that product or whom should we ask about some item we need?” We go to Rotarians because we believe that they live up to just a little higher standard and can be trusted for honesty and fair dealing. That’s the Rotary way. It is always great to walk into a hotel or restaurant and see a sign “Rotary Meets Here.” Somehow, it gives us just a little satisfaction. I’ve always said, “One benefit of Rotary is that you never have to buy insurance from a stranger!”

Thanks, President Cliff!

Credit to Laura Day for posting this question on LinkedIn.

Credit to PDG Steve Lingenbrink for sharing this on our Rotary District 5030 Facebook Page.


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.


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Seattle, WA 98161
Caroline Bobanick
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Carma McKay
Seattle Rotary Service Foundation
Phone: 206-623-0023
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