Rotary Club
of Seattle
Weekly Totem
    Founded 1909                     Weekly News and Highlights                        September 28, 2018

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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 29
Lisa Bridge
September 30
Dorothy Bullitt
Virginia McKenzie
October 1
Matt Albertson
October 2
Rex Clark
Marc Kurose
Evan Steinruck
October 3
Don Murphy
October 4
Travis Keeler
October 5
Assunta Ng
October 7
Ross Stewart
October 8
Jim AuBuchon
Karl Ege
Paul Heppner
Nancy Osborne
October 9
Steve Boyd
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 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

inside the courtroom: Tales from Washington State Solicitor General Noah Purcell

October 3 at noon
The Westin, 1900 5th Ave.

We’re all familiar with the state of Washington's epic battles in federal courts, as told to us recently by Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Federal Judge James Robart.  But what is it like actually arguing those cases?

Noah Purcell, Washington's solicitor general, is the one person who can tell us.  He is the chief legal representative of the state and chief counsel to the offices of the attorney general, secretary of state, and lieutenant governor.  He argued the immigration ban and other notable cases and will give us his unique perspective from inside the court and across the bench.

Changing the Way America Eats, One Bite at a Time

Kurt Beecher Dammeier, the founder of Beecher’s Cheese, is about more than cheese.  “Whey” more, it turns out. 

Meet Kelly O'Brien

It is my pleasure to introduce our newest member, Kelly O’Brien, vice president of philanthropy at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.  Kelly has been nominated by Carl Behnke and Karl Ege and her classification is Health Care.

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.
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.
District Professional Development Event
Thursday, October 18
6:00-8:00 pm @ the Seattle Glassblowing Studio, 2227 5th Ave. 
Come mix it up with community business professionals and innovators while gaining expert knowledge on today's hot topics.
Rotarians and non-Rotarians are welcome! Beer, wine and snacks will be provided.
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. 
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!

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 4 Rotary members, family, and friends.


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. Ashok Gangolli, CEO/Owner of Gramercy Consulting Group LLC – Corporate Membership with a Financial Advising & Wealth Management classification.  Proposer, Harvey Rubinstein, and Seconder, Fedva Dikmen.
  2. Joshua Martin, Digital Marketing Consultant with EasySocial – YRL membership with a Business Consultants & Services.  Proposer, Taylor Shimizu, and Seconder, Kathy Williams.
  3. Joseph Smith, Financial Consultant with AXA Advisors – Individual membership with a Financial Advising & Wealth Management classification.  Proposer, Jonathan Bridge, and Seconder, Cindy Runger.
  4. Michelle Stone, Community Relations Manager, Ivar’s – YRL membership with a Food & Beverages classification.  Proposer, Mark Davis, and Seconder, Jann Curley.
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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.


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
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