Rotary Club
of Seattle
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    Founded 1909                     Weekly News and Highlights                       December 7, 2018

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December 19
The Sheraton
Annual Holiday Party
December 26
No Meeting
Happy Holidays!
January 2
No Meeting
Happy Holidays!
January 9
Hyatt Olive 8
Bob Donegan, Ivar's & Seattle
January 16
The Hilton
Economic Outlook with Michelle Mathieu, Fulcrum Capital
January 23
The Grand Hyatt
Mark Anderson, The Strategic News 
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December 6
Kelly O'Brien
December 7
Arnie Ness
December 8
Terry Van Nostrand
December 10
Carolyn Hojaboom
December 11
Dick Hopp
December 12
Nicole Klein
December 13
Len Cereghino
Jim Spady
December 14
Steve Boyer
Nathan Donohue
Vicky Oxley
December 16
Bruce Jones
December 17
Kevin Crane
David Herrild
December 18
Bill Center
1 Year
Mark Gantar
Jane Nishita
Tatyana Tsyrlina-Spady
Charlie Farra
Hyung-jong Lee
Brendon Lehman
Paul Tsai
2 Years
Adel Sefrioui
Mary Wagner
4 Years
James Kraft
Jane Tornatore
7 Years
Bret Anderson
8 Years
Alan Bergen
Andrew Rapp
11 Years
Brian Bruce
14 Years
Mark Wright
17 Years
Heather Fitzpatrick
21 Years
Michael Gano
William Montero
24 Years
Linda Walton
25 Years
David Siebert
Paul Cressman Jr.
26 Years
Susan Adler
Jim Duncan
27 Years
Assunta Ng
38 Years
Skip Kotkins
40 Years
Carl Behnke

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!
Access the club membership directory on the go! The ClubRunner app is free and available for iPhone and Android users. Here's how:
  1. Go to your app store, search for the ClubRunner app, and install for free.
  2. Login using the same information you use to login via the website.
  3. Easily search or browse the directory from anywhere.
If you don't know your login information, please email Mariah at

Do you have a friend, co-worker, or acquaintance who you think would enjoy Rotary membership? 
Contact Caroline at for more information or to reserve a complimentary lunch for a prospective member.


Support our Rotary Foundations for a Year of Action and Impact!

As Rotarians, we are leaders connecting for extraordinary good –both in our community and around the world.  Together we are eradicating polio and malaria, bringing fresh water to rural villages worldwide to stop the spread of disease, and helping our neighbors in need with housing, healthy foods, and educational opportunities.
Once a year we ask you to fulfill your membership obligations and take action by making two gifts that will impact the world.  One is to the Seattle Rotary Service Foundation (SRSF).  The other is to The Rotary Foundation (TRF).  Thank you for taking action now to help our club have a powerful and positive impact on our world.
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
Johnny Lau

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
Lillian Sherman

John Carlson and General Peter Chiarelli: Gun Control Debate

December 12 at noon
The Hyatt Olive 8, 1635 8th Ave.
Our past-president and KING 5 anchor, Mark Wright, will moderate an informative debate over prevailing approaches to curtailing gun violence.  On one side, General Peter Chiarelli U.S. Army (Ret.), who, in addition to his illustrious military career, is known for his efforts to reduce the high rate of suicides among veterans, the majority of which occur with a gun.  On the other side will be John Carlson, conservative radio host, gubernatorial candidate, and co-founder of the Washington Policy Center, who has written about ways to reduce gun violence that don’t diminish gun rights.
The goal of this program is to provide you with new information about this important public issue.  The focus will be on you and others attending next Wednesday.
Because time is limited, we will implement the “Seattle Rotary debate format” developed several years ago by the Program Committee. 
First, both advocates have provided a written overview of their positions (see below) for you to review in advance. 
Second, each will be asked at the beginning of the program by moderator Mark Wright to take four or five minutes to review their essential positions. 
Third, we will adjourn for a few minutes of “table talk." Each table will consider what they’ve just heard and come up with one question they’d like to ask of both proponents.  Our roving mic handlers will then go to as many tables as possible, where one representative will state that table’s question.
We ask that speeches be eliminated and that the table’s question be stated simply.  The shorter the questions, the more time we’ll have for thoughtful responses.


Getting Enlightened About Aging

Dr. Eric Larson provided some great insights about aging at our club meeting.  Larson is vice president for research and health care innovation at Kaiser Permanente.  He’s an expert on aging well and shared insights from his new book, Enlightened Aging:  Building Resilience for a Long, Active Life.
Larson started by sharing about Van Shuler, a 100-year woman who he picked for a study on aging.  When he first arranged to meet with her, she explained that she was only available that day because she was leaving the next day for tango dancing trip to Argentina.  Shuler is a great example of enjoying life regardless of your age, and Dr. Larson suggested most of us have the potential to live into our 90s and 100s if we can follow Van’s example and live life to the fullest.


Officers of Rotary Club of Seattle, one-year term starting July 1, 2019
President and Board Chair - Kim Moore
President-Elect - Jeffrey Borek
Immediate Past President - Cindy Runger
VP Programs - Jeff Pyatt
VP Service - Jimmy Collins
VP Membership - Patrick Carter
Secretary - Lina Kim
Treasurer - Robert Stadler
Sergeant at Arms - Ken Grant
Rotary Club of Seattle Board of Directors, three-year term
Rob LoBosco
Jaime Mendez
Susie Roe
Faouzi Sefrioui
Nyasha Tunduwani
Seattle Rotary Service Foundation Board of Trustees, three-year term
Jim Duncan
Jan Levy
Ben Linford
Whitney Mason
Todd Summerfelt

Annual Holiday Party

Wednesday, December 19
11:00 am Reception and Caroling with the Rotary Rogues
12:00 pm Luncheon
The Sheraton, Grand Ballroom
Join us on December 19th at the Sheraton for a very special holiday celebration! Ring in the holiday season starting at 11:00 am with a cocktail (or two) and caroling with the Rotary Rogues. Then experience a unique Rotary lunch starting at 12:00 pm with your fellow Rotarians and some world-class circus performers in an interactive and entertaining program brought to you by the people behind the amazing Teatro Zinzanni.
As always, you’ll be on your way by 1:30 pm, but not without a memorable experience to cherish and share with friends and family. Don’t miss it!
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 will be available after the luncheon on December 12 and online through Thursday, December 13.
If you have any questions or would like to reserve a table, please contact Mariah at or (206) 623-0023.
Holiday Shopping with the Rotary Boys & Girls Club
Saturday, December 8
10:00 am-3:00 pm @ the Rotary Boys & Girls Club, 201 19th Ave, Seattle
Each year the Rotary Community Service Committee, in conjunction with the Rotary Boys & Girls Club, creates a wonderful opportunity for all Rotarians, friends, and families to take a deserving, less-fortunate child on a holiday shopping outing. 
The idea is simple: On one day in December volunteers who are willing to donate and spend their own money are paired with a child and accompany them on a 1-3 hour shopping excursion in downtown Seattle.  This event is a wonderful way to help a child in need during the holidays.
Contact Joel Ferrell for more information or to sign up. 
ring bells for the Salvation Army
Thursday, December 20
10:00 am-5:00 am @ Pacific Place, 600 Pine St.
The Community Service Committee invites Rotarians to ring bells for the Salvation Army on Thursday, December 20th. This is a fun way to join together, share the Christmas spirit, and raise money for Seattle and King County residents in need. 
We are looking for people to fill one or two hour shifts throughout the day.  Please email Jeff Snell at and include the time you’d like to ring. 
Remember to dress warmly and festively!  Do you have a well mannered dog?  Dress it up and bring it along!
Rotary First Harvest Work Party
Saturday, January 12
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.

Tour to Fight Malaria

Rotarian Malaria Partners tours malaria eradication projects where the Seattle Rotary Service Foundation has contributed. Earlier this year we visited a large project in Uganda with so much energy and appreciation that we will repeat the tour next May 6-15. Besides learning about malaria initiatives, the group meets Ugandan Rotarians, visits a phenomenal environmentally sensitive resort, and goes on a safari, all in 10 days for less than $200 per day including all meals, hotels, safari game drive and boat trip, private motor coach, chartered air flight, beverages including beer and wine, and gratuities.
In addition, there’s an opportunity to visit the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to visit one of two mountain gorilla habitats in the world.
For more information, the tour agenda can be reached via or contact Larry Granat at

Rotarian Malaria Partners Seeks Senior Executive

Rotarian Malaria Partners is seeking an experienced and passionate Rotarian to develop and lead the organization as its Managing Director, Strategic Engagement.  

Wider World of Rotary

By Derick Pasternak

The Republic of Georgia is a country of almost 4 million inhabitants in the Caucasus Mountains. After regaining its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, it embraced Western values, including the establishment of three Rotary Clubs.  In 2016, two Rotarians from District 5030 had the pleasure to meet with several members of these clubs on the occasion of the visit of the Governor of District 2452 (see the above picture at the banquet).  District 2452 may be the most geographically varied district in the Rotary world, embracing Georgia, Armenia, Bahrain, Cyprus, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Sudan, and the United Arab Emirates.  The Rotary Club of Rustavi (Georgia) focuses on children with disabilities, for whom few resources exist in the country.  As a result of this trip by District 5030 Rotarians, a joint project between the Rotary Club of Rustavi and Rotary Club of Bellevue established a modern kitchen for a home of disabled children in rural Georgia.  The author of this column will return to Georgia in the coming year, seeking further opportunities for collaboration.
The 5th Avenue Theatre is offering Seattle #4 Rotarians a 25% discount on tickets to this season's production of Annie. Click the link below for details!


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
*Due to the holidays, the November committee meeting has been moved to December 5 at 11:00 am.*
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
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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