Rotary Club
of Seattle
Weekly Totem
Founded 1909                            Weekly News and Highlights                       November 17, 2017

Seattle Rotary Evening Edition

No Evening Edition November 23
November 30
Bill Weisfield
Your Business and Your Life---25 Tips in 25 Minutes
Anthony's Pier 66

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November 29
Amazon HQ2
December 6
The Westin
Jonathan Sposato
December 13
The Sheraton
Holiday Party
December 20
No Meeting - Happy Holidays!
December 27
No Meeting - Happy Holidays!


November 18
Gary Smith
November 20
Rod Waldbaum
November 24
Lauren Domino
Nina Odell
November 25
Trish Bostrom
David Brenner
November 27
Art Mazzola


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

Membership Anniversaries

1 Year
Kathleen Fondren
Rebecca Hellman
James Hill
Jaime Mendez
Shouan Pan
2 Years
Danny Hocoy
3 Years
Molly Carney
April Collier
David Fain
Jeffrey Gill
Robyn Grad
Melissa Merritt
5 Years
Lisa Yeager
6 Years
Karen Lee
9 Years
Jane Pryor
11 Years
David Kraft
15 Years
Thomas Hayward **
Terry Van Nostrand
16 Years
Jeffrey Pyatt
18 Years
Paul Ishii
Patricia Bostrom
Michael Colbrese
19 Years
Jonelle Johnson
Laura Rehrmann
20 Years
Susan McNab
29 Years
James Linardos
Tracy Garland
32 Years
J. Shan Mullin
34 Years
William Smead
69 Years
Donald Kraft

Bob Alexander


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 pull a speaker’s presentation off the shelf, Seattle Rotary Online is available to companies or other organizations that wish broader awareness within the club or community.
Sponsorships are available for as little as $500. Please contact Seattle 4 Rotarian, David Endicott by email or at 206-409-3275.

No Meeting - Happy Thanksgiving!

Next Luncheon: November 29
Amazon HQ2

Rwanda Girls Primed to Lead Thanks to Bellevue Women

Totem Report by Gary T. Smith
November 15, 2017


Electronic ballots were sent via email on November 15th. ELECTRONIC VOTING CLOSES AT 11:59PM ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5. Ballots will also be available at the December 6th 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, Cathy Gibson, presented the  slate of candidates for election on December 6, 2017 to serve for the Rotary year beginning July 1, 2018. 


Seattle Rotary Service Foundation
Board of Trustees

10 candidates to run for 5 positions, 3-year terms

  1. Nancy Cahill
  2. Cynthia Chirot
  3. Margaux Kendall
  4. Virginia McKenzie
  5. Trent Mummery
  6. Eric Newman
  7. Derrick Pasternak
  8. Jeff Pritchard
  9. Lillian Sherman
  10. George Twiss


Rotary Club of Seattle
Board of Directors

10 candidates to run for 5 positions, 3-year terms

  1. Janet Arthur
  2. David Brenner
  3. Corinne Cavanaugh
  4. Michele Centanni
  5. Fedva Dikmen
  6. Paula Houston
  7. Jan Levy
  8. Kevin Medved
  9. Connie Miller
  10. Ben Wicks


Rotary Club of Seattle Officers
One-year terms starting July, 2018

President-Elect, Cindy Runger

Club Chair, David Woodward

VP of Programs, Rob LoBosco

VP of Service, Susie Roe

VP of Membership, Liz Powell

Sergeant-at-Arms, Ken Grant

Treasurer, Carolyn Hojaboom

Secretary, Jennifer Porto


President-Elect Nominee Kim Moore (will serve as president in 2019-20)

Proposed Amendments to the Bylaws 

On October 26, 2017 the Club's Board of Directors approved amended language in the Club’s Bylaws. 
To view the board-approved Bylaws change before the membership votes on November 29th, click the link below.

Two gifts...
We change the world

Once a year we ask you to make two donations.  One is to the Seattle Rotary Service Foundation (SRSF).  The other is to The Rotary Foundation (TRF).  If you have not yet made your donations, please consider doing so today.  Thank you! 
Holiday Gift Drive
November 29-December 13
Weekly Lunch Venue
We are supporting Farestart and Spruce Street by providing gifts for children in need. Gift tags will be available for pick up at the meetings through Dec 6th. Bring your gifts or gift cards to a Rotary meeting before Dec 13th
Andrew Wyeth: in retrospect
Thursday, November 30th
5:30pm @ the Seattle Art Museum, 1300 1st Ave.
Join the Seattle #4 Arts Committee for a docent-led tour. Meet at Admissions at 5:30pm. No-host social hour at Goldfinch Tavern to follow. Space is limited to 30, so RSVP soon.
Saturday, December 9
10:00am-3:00pm @ Rotary Boys & Girls Club
201 19th Ave
Each year the Rotary Community Service Committee, in conjunction with the Rotary Boys & Girls Club, creates a wonderful opportunity for all Rotarians (and friends/families) to take a deserving, less-fortunate child on a holiday shopping outing. All of the children are from the Rotary Boys & Girls Club and are selected for the program on the basis of need.
Help us support Rotary First Harvest - a program of Rotary District 5030 - through BECU's People Helping People Awards
BECU received over 230 nominations this year and has selected 18 finalists --Rotary First Harvest being one of those 18.
From November 3-17 vote for your favorite organization to win the People’s Choice AwardPlease consider voting for Rotary First Harvest and help them win $15,000 to support hunger programs in Washington State!
Rotary First Harvest connects farmers, truckers, volunteers and foodbanks to reduce hunger and food waste. More than half those served by hunger relief programs in our state are either children or seniors.


The Seattle Rotary Service Foundation (SRSF) has announced a new pilot program called “Opportunity Grants”.  SRSF is trying 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.
All applications must be received by SRSF by December 1, 2017.

Wider World of Rotary

District Honors from TRF and Stunning PolioPlus Results
Our District 5030 and its 47 Rotary clubs have just received two prestigious awards from The Rotary Foundation:
1st Place for Continuity of Achievement over Five Years
1st Place for Percentage of Members Giving to the Rotary Foundation
That’s 1st among 21 districts up and down the West Coast.  It reflects the TRF campaign leadership of Jim Moore, Roberta Greer and Jim Duncan.  In making this announcement, Jim Moore congratulated the 10 clubs in our district where 100% of their members contribute.   He thanked each of you who has already contributed to this year’s campaign and urged those who haven’t yet to help Seattle 4 reach 100%.
There is stunning news from our District’s PolioPlus campaign in October.  With the District’s, TRF’s and the Gates Foundation’s matches, donations of $34,000 from 21 clubs have raised over $214,000!


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
Business Mentor Program
1:30 pm, 1st Wednesday 
Rotary Club luncheon room
Community Service
11:00 am, 1st Wednesday
1326 5th Ave., 7th floor conference room
8:00 am, 3rd Tuesday Sept-June
Stoel Rives, 600 University St., 36th floor
International Service
10:30 am, 3rd Wednesday
1201 3rd Ave. Davis Wright Tremaine, #2200

11:00 am, 4th Wednesday
Rotary Club meeting venue
5:30 pm, on 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
11:00 am, 4th Wednesday September-June
Northern Trust, 1301 Second Ave., Suite 2600


10:00 am, 3rd Tuesday
1215 4th Ave., 3rd floor conference room
5:00 pm, 1st Tuesday
Torchy's on the 2nd floor of the WAC
3rd Thursday of the month at alternating times and venues. Email reminders will be sent in advance of each month's meeting.

Contact Us

Rotary Club of Seattle
1326 5th Ave, Suite 342
Seattle, WA 98101
Caroline Bobanick
Club Manager
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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