Rotary Club
of Seattle
Weekly Totem
    Founded 1909                    Weekly News and Highlights                     February 24, 2017


March 2
Oliver's - 405 Olive Way

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Looking Ahead

March 1
Mayor Ed Murray with a State of the City address. Short program with General Stephen Lanza, JBLM

March 8
Bell Harbor
Chris Murray, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at UW. Short program with the Seattle Women's Chorus

March 15
McCaw Hall
Pacific Northwest Ballet, Peter Boal & Ellen Walker with a sneak peak of the upcoming performance "Director's Choice" featuring PNB dancers

March 22
Grand Hyatt
Guns in America: Finding Common Ground with Rex Caldwell from the WA State Criminal Justice Commission, Second Amendment Foundation and Alliance for Gun Responsibility
March 29
Washington State Convention Center
Winners for Life Celebration with Dwane Chappelle


February 28
Nancy Giunto
Candy Lee
March 1
Burr Stewart
March 2
Jim Burdett
March 3
Jim Kraft
March 4
Dennis Fleck
Jaime Mendez
March 6
Florence Klein
Jack Lauderbaugh
March 7
Sherry Calvert
March 8
Sharon Bloome
Michele Shaw

February Membership Milestones

1 Year
David Brenner
William Dickinson
Jill Dougherty
Sandra Walsh
2 Years
Tony Mestres
Steven Shaw
Lyle Tenpenny
3 Years
Stephen Lanza
David Levine
4 Years
Jan Levy
5 Years
Paul Graves
Deanna Hobson
Jeffrey Parker
6 years
James Miller
Eric Weiss
7 Years
Steven Crandall
Carolyn Hojaboom
Maren Norton
8 Years
Susan Ershler
10 Years
Kenneth Hamm
Hamilton McCulloh
13 Years
Alan Kunovsky
John Warner
Peter DeLaunay
David Woodward
14 Years
Roy Mann
16 Years
Kim Moore
17 Years
Donald Kurth
18 Years
Michael Barrett
20 Years
John Nesholm
Jack Lauderbaugh
Bill Center (PP)
24 Years
Dennis Fleck
27 Years
Rodney Waldbaum
29 Years
Jonathan Bridge
Larry Granat
Carol Nygren
30 Years
Arthur Mazzola


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.

Seattle #4 Community day with Mayor Ed Murray

March 1 at Noon
The Westin, 1900 5th Ave

Coming up March 8th...

Scoring Death: How The UW's Innovative Health Data Guides Research Around the World

Dr. Chris Murray and the institute he founded at UW, The Institute  for Health Metrics and Evaluation,  are collecting the best evidence in the world for how people die and what messes up the quality of people's lives.  IHME is at the core of the Gates Foundation's recent gifts to UW of over a half billion dollars. Dr. Murray will tell us how accurate numbers are fundamentally reshaping global health research and care. 

When Diplomats Speak of War Rooms

Totem Report by Gary T. Smith

SRSF Campaign Update

We have now collectively raised $209,038.72.  This means we are over 80% of the way to meeting our fundraising goal of $250,000.  
Let's wrap up this campaign.  Keep in mind:
  • It's not too late qualify as Pinkham and Steel Circle member.   All donors who contribute  $1,000 or more during the Rotary year are eligible.
  • Stock donations can count toward your contribution.
  • Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) can be donated tax-free.
On behalf of the Foundation Trustees, thank you to all of you who have already made your contributions.  We look forward to the participation of the rest of the members.  We need your help.
Cindy  L. Runger,
SRSF President, 2016-2017

ICE Detention center Tour - CANCELED

Continuing the conVersation on Immigration
Wednesday, March 8
1:30pm @ Bell Harbor
2211 Alaskan Way
Join fellow Rotarians and Northwest Immigration Rights staff after Rotary on March 8th from 1:30-2:30 to continue the conversation on immigration. Our meeting will be held at Bell Harbor Convention Center on that date.
RSVP to Michele Centanni at
Music4Life™ Instrument Drive 2017
Wednesday, March 8
11:30am @ Bell Harbor
2211 Alaskan Way
Music4Life™ and Seattle #4 Rotary Arts Committee invite you to support kids by donating a musical instrument.
Here’s what Seattle 4 Rotary Club members can do to help:
  1. Donate an Instrument.  We’ll collect them at the 2nd meeting of the month by the entry to the luncheon. 
  2. Invite your friends, family, colleagues, and social media contacts to do the same.
  3. Where appropriate, share this message with your co-workers and employees.  Ask them to donate an instrument.
  4. Learn more about Music4Life on their website 
Questions? Contact David Endicott at (206) 409-3275, or
Special Edition After Party
Thursday, March 16
5:00-7:00pm, Frye Art Museum
704 Terry Ave
Please join us for the After Party at the Frye Art Museum on March 16 from 5PM to 7PM. We will meet in the Museum Café for social hour (Beer and wine is available for purchase). Afterwards, museum staff will take us into the gallery and tell us about Charles Frye’s favorite painting. We will also learn about the museum’s Creative Aging Program which is designed to enrich the lives of older adults suffering from dementia. Space is limited to 20, so please RSVP.
Winners for Life Hosts - Last Chance to sign up!
Wednesday, March 29
11:00am @ the Washington State Convention Center
The annual Winners for Life Reception and Luncheon, sponsored by the Youth, Schools and Early Education Committee, is seeking Rotarian Hosts for the March 29th event.
The Hosts will not be expected to contribute anything monetarily…but they will be asked to help make our Winners and their guests comfortable, and devote the time for the 11 a.m. reception followed by the noon luncheon at the Washington State Convention Center.
Please sign-up today…March 29th will be here soon! The sign-up deadline is Friday, March 3rd.
Learn more here:
Human Trafficking film screening and panel

Tuesday, April 4
6:30pm @ SIFF Cinema Uptown
511 Queen Anne Ave. N

SOLD tells the story of a Nepali girl who gets tricked into prostitution.  At the end of the film there will be a panel discussion with the producer of the movie, the executive director of Spruce Street Crisis Care Clinic, and a survivor of prostitution.

Also we'll announce hands-on service and awareness building opportunities for you to help End Sex Trafficking Now alongside your fellow Rotarians. 

What an Opportunity” will Become “What a Weekend!”

Rotary District Conference
Portland April 21-23

A new attraction has been added to our District conference:  Sue Nixon’s “Nearly Dan” band will be performing Saturday night! This is one more reason for attending in addition to the following:  
  1. Seattle 4 will be singled out and honored 
  2. 30 years of women in Rotary will be celebrated
  3. Mark Wright will be the Emcee
  4. Peace poles will be “planted”
  5. Rotarians from throughout King County will be attending hence a great networking opportunity
  6. Seattle 4 will have its own Hospitality Suite with wine generously donated by Ralph Davis
  7. We get to know other Seattle 4 Rotarians even better
  8. There are outstanding speakers
  9. District Conference is a learning opportunity and just plain FUN!
To get the reduced rate Hilton hotel rooms, register now!
Cathy Gibson, Virginia McKenzie, Corinne Cavanaugh and others are taking the Amtrak train on Thursday at 11:15 and returning Sunday at 2:50, and they would love to have you join them!
If any questions, contact Ken Colling 206 391-9053.


Unless WRITTEN, SIGNED protests are received in the time period required, the following will receive a "Welcome to Rotary" notification that their membership has been accepted:
  1. Patrick Evans, Healthcare. President & CEO, Sound Mental Health. (Carolyn Hojaboom/Rob LoBosco)
  2. David Herrild, Hospitality. Managing Partner, Anthony’s Pier 66 and Bell Street Diner. (Gerry Adams/Garry Smith)
  3. Blake Hilty, Law Practice - Family Law. Member/Partner, Socius Law Group. (Jay Blazey)
  4. Sam Davidson, Insurance. Sales Executive, Kibble & Prentice USI (Sandy Walsh/Diankha Linear)
  5. Dan Ketchel, Aerospace. General Manager – Global Seattle, Delta Airlines (Cathy Gibson)

Wider World of Rotary

Seattle #4 member, Kirk Greene is an unofficial “49%" member in the Santa Barbara Rotary Club. He recently played guitar at an annual talent show to raise money to buy music instruments for local schools (much like our Music4Life program).  He played “Hey Good Lookin (what you got cookin’) and was a big hit!  Kirk will be back in Seattle at the end of March. 

Three cheers for Seattle City Rotaract!!

Seattle City Rotaract, who Seattle #4 sponsored two years ago, is thriving!  They just announced their next President-Elect Rekha Mathew.  She is the one in the middle of the front row with the big beaming smile!   We are all so happy to see Seattle City Rotaract enter their third year with so much momentum.   Look for your opportunity to meet some of these fine young leaders on May 3 when they join us for the World Vision kit build at lunch that day.


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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