Rotary Club
of Seattle
Weekly Totem
    Founded 1909                   Weekly News and Highlights                     December 2, 2016

The After Party

December 8
Seattle Yacht Club - Elliot Bay Marina
2601 W Marina Pl
After Party & Mariners Holiday Party
The party is open to ALL Rotarians, their families, and guests. 
Bring a bottle of your favorite wine or other drink and a plate of appetizers to share. 

Receive a weekly text with meeting location and program: 

Seattle4 to 313131

Looking Ahead

December 7
Benaroya Hall
Simon Woods & Ludovic Merlot from the Seattle Symphony with a live performance
December 14
The Sheraton
Annual Holiday Party: A Holiday Songbook
No ticket needed for members on the meal plan. Guests and non-meal plan members, please get your tickets in advance. Tickets at the door are not guaranteed.
December 21
Happy Holidays!
No meeting
December 28
Happy New Year!
No meeting
January 4
Hyatt Olive 8
Economic update with Chris Mefford from Community Attributes
January 11
Washington State Convention Center
Come meet Rotary International President John Germ
January 18
Hyatt Olive 8
Christina Lomasney, CEO Modumetal
and General Lanza
January 25
Grand Hyatt
Jerry Dipoto, Mariners GM


December 2
Carese Busby
Carl Lucks
December 3
Clark Daffern
Dave Lenox
December 5
Bret Anderson
December 6
Erik Cullen
December 7
Nicole Nazzaro
Arnie Ness
December 8
Terry Van Nostrand
December 10
Carolyn Hojaboom
December 11
Dick Hopp
December 12
Len Cereghino
December 13
Scott Robertson
Jim Spady
December 14
Steve Boyer
Nathaniel Donohue
Craig Nelson
Vicky Oxley

December Membership Milestones

2 Years
James Kraft
Jane Tornatore
4 Years
Susan Haris
5 Years
Bret Anderson
6 Years
Alan Bergen
Andrew Rapp
9 Years
Brian Bruce
Stephen Sprenger
12 Years
Mark Wright
14 Years
John Rafn
15 Years
Heather Fitzpatrick
16 Years
Maria Tringali
19 Years
Michael Gano
William Montero
20 Years
Ann Marie Kimball
22 Years
Linda Walton
23 Years
Paul Cressman Jr.
David Siebert
24 Years
Susan Adler
James Duncan
25 Years
Assunta Ng
29 Years
Anne Farrell, PP
36 Years
Skip Kotkins, PP
38 Years
Carl Behnke
40 Years
Cork Hardinge


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.

Meet your Seattle Symphony!

December 7th at Noon
Benaroya Hall - 200 University St.
Musical Director Ludovic Morlot and Symphony CEO Simon Woods welcome Seattle Rotarians to Benaroya Hall for a special musical program.
Parking is available in the Benaroya Hall Parking Garage- entrance on 2nd Avenue between University and Union Street. Affordable parking is also available at Target on Union St. between 1st and 2nd Ave. (2 hours free with $20 purchase)
Meet Kathleen Fondren
I would like to introduce you to our new member, Kathleen Fondren, who was proposed by Daron Vchulek. Her classification is Health Care.

Risks and Opportunities to Reduce the Threat of Nuclear Weapons in the Trump Era

Totem Report 
by Jeanne McKnight
What can we as private citizens do to reduce the threat of nuclear weapons? What can we expect from the new administration? Should we be afraid, or hopeful—or both? Global security expert and President of Washington, DC-based Ploughshares Fund, Joe Cirincione, gave us reason to be both concerned and hopeful as the new administration takes office.
PRESIDENT CATHY’S CALL TO ACTION on Nov 30th:If you want to contact your elected representatives about nuclear weapons policy, here is contact information:
Miss this week's meeting? Check out our video archive to see what you missed. 
Rotary Mariners Holiday Party and Rotary Afterparty
Thursday, December 8 
5:30-8:00pm @ SYC Outstation, Elliot Bay Marina (the building just EAST of Palisades Restaurant)

The party is open to ALL Rotarians, their families, and guests. This our opportunity to share some Mariner’s joy (and libations) with the rest of the club.

What to bring:  Bring a bottle of your favorite wine or other drink and a plate of appetizers to share.  We’ll have a keg of beer. See you there!
Toys for tots toy drive
Wednesday, December 14
11:00pm @ The Sheraton
Grand Ballroom
Help make the holidays special for children across Seattle. Donate new, unwrapped toys for any age. Donations also accepted online through the link below.
Seattle Rotary Holiday Party
Wednesday, December 14
11:00am - Reception and Caroling with the Rotary Rogues
12:00pm - Luncheon begins
The Sheraton, Grand Ballroom
At this year’s Rotary Holiday Luncheon, the 5th Avenue Theatre's David Armstrong will join us, along with some of our favorite Seattle performers, to share the fascinating stories and secrets behind the music.
And remember — only at this event will you hear the inspiring tale of the Seattle 4 hero, Rudolph the Rotary Reindeer!
Members on the program plan do not need to RSVP for this year's event.
For members not on the program plan and guests, tickets must be purchased in advance and will be available online and after the weekly meeting on December 7. Tickets at the door are not guaranteed, and are first come, first serve.
Tickets are $42 for guests and members not on the program plan. We also have kid's tickets available for a discounted price of $28. Starting December 8, the price for all tickets will rise to $45

Save the Date: meet Rotary International President John Germ this January!

The Rotary Foundation Centennial Dinner
Tuesday, January 10
6:00-10:00pm @ The Washington Athletic Club
$100/person. More details to follow.
Seattle #4 Rotary Luncheon
Wednesday, January 11
12:00pm @ The Washington State Convention Center. Guest tickets must be purchased in advance. 

Registration is now open for the 2017 District Conference!

Join Rotarians from across the district to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Rotary International Foundation and the 30th anniversary of women in Rotary with a weekend of fun, fellowship, and inspiration. The conference will be held April 21-23 at the Hilton in Downtown Portland. 


In Memoriam: Joe James
Our dear friend Joe James passed away on November 17.


Every Rotarian, Every Year
TWO gifts, ONCE a year, EVERY member
The Seattle Rotary Service Foundation
& The Rotary Foundation

Election Slate

Electronic ballots were sent via email on November 28th. ELECTRONIC VOTING CLOSES AT 11:59PM ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6. Ballots will also be available at the December 7th meeting until 12:25pm, at which time voting will be closed for tallying. An election announcement will be made at the end of the meeting.

Immediate Past-President, Sue Nixon, presented the  slate of candidates for election on December 7, 2016 to serve for the Rotary year beginning July 1, 2017. 

update: Ugandan Youth Robotics Team competes in Seattle

Here is a link to a local TV news story on the young people Charley Dickey introduced at the Wednesday Rotary lunch a couple of weeks ago from Pilgrim Africa’s Soroti (UG) based Beacon of Hope School. They competed in the Kings School robotics championship in Shoreline the following Saturday.  The team had limited practice time as it had to rebuild its robots as both were damaged in baggage handling on their flight from Uganda.  With this unforeseen hurtle to overcome and all other things considered, they finished very respectfully among ten other local teams.

Wider World of Rotary

By Virginia McKenzie 

Rotary Foundation has been recognized as the Outstanding Foundation of 2016 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals

The award honors organizations that show philanthropic commitment and leadership through financial support, innovation, encouragement of others, and involvement in public affairs.
“We are honored to receive this recognition from the AFP, which gives us even more reason to celebrate during our Foundation’s centennial year,” says Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Kalyan Banerjee. “The continued strong support of Rotary members will help us keep our promise of a polio-free world for all children and enable the Foundation to carry out its mission of advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace. We look forward to another 100 years of Rotary members taking action to make communities better around the world.”


Contact Us

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