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Wednesday noon
March 16, 2016

Police body cams,
dash cams, and a camera on every street corner: invasion of privacy or necessary steps toward safety and accountability?
Panel discussion


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Preview of March 9, 2016
Rick Steves
Reports from the Road: Thoughts on safety in Europe, marijuana legalization, and travel in the Holy Land and Cuba

Guidebook author and travel TV host Rick Steves is America's most respected authority on European travel. Rick took his first trip to Europe in 1969, visiting piano factories with his father, a piano importer. As an 18-year-old, Rick began traveling on his own, funding his trips by teaching piano lessons. In 1976, he started his business, Rick Steves' Europe, which has grown from a one-man operation to a company with a staff of 100 full-time, well-travelled employees at his headquarters in Washington state. There he produces more than 50 guidebooks on European travel, America's most popular travel series on public television, a weekly hour-long national public radio show, a weekly syndicated column, and free travel information available through his travel center and Rick Steves' Europe also runs a successful European tour program. Rick Steves lives and works in his hometown of Edmonds, Washington. His office window overlooks his old junior high school.
The After Party

♦♦  Thursday, March 17, 5-7pm  ♦♦♦
Oliver's - 405 Olive Way
Join us to continue the conversation: Government Transparency (and celebrate St. Patrick's Day!)
Review of March 2, 2016
Into the Shark Tank:  The Art of Innovation

Reporter:  Jeanne McKnight

Even before we got down to business, Wednesday’s meeting promised to be nothing short of “grand,” as 10 Grands winner Mac Pitts took to the stage to make some beautiful music as Seattle #4 Rotarians and guests took their seats for an early start.

President Sue Nixon called the meeting to order, introducing Virginia McKenzie and Freeman Fong, who led us singing the National Anthem. Nancy Cahill gave the invocation.

Rotary Cares - A Tribute to Danner:  President Sue then informed everyone that our tireless Polio Plus volunteer and tireless embodiment of “Service Above Self,” Danner Graves—celebrating his 73rd birthday March 2—is now in hospice care after his previous cancer “returned with a vengeance.”  In addition to signing birthday cards that were placed at every table, Club members sang Happy Birthday to Danner via cell phone recording, and Sue encouraged those with cell phones handy to send Danner a text. (For those who weren’t able to send a message to Danner yesterday, his cell phone # is 206-240-4113.)

Carla Fowler
then took to the microphone to announce 10 upcoming events, including a request for 60 hosts for the upcoming Winners for Life meeting on March 30.  Joel Paget then introduced our newest member, Salvation Army Major Bill Dickinson, accompanied by his wife, Lisa. Thanks to Todd Summerfelt and Dave Siebert for the nomination.

To see “feelingly.” For the short program, Kathy Fahlmandewalt then formally introduced Mac Pitts. Mac, who is completely blind, started playing piano at age two and a half, we learned, and now has a repertoire of hundreds of thousands of songs—some which we heard before the program started.  Fun fact:  Mac got himself “discovered” after he essentially crashed a recent 10 Grands performance by playing one of the pianos before the competition. Following his brilliant performance, President Sue asked Mac what gives him the courage to get up and perform with such ease.  “Maybe it’s my lack of vision,” he answered. “Because I can’t see anybody, I don’t always get nervous.” Mac’s incredible and too-short performance included audience participation in the Beatles’ Hey, Jude and a little bit of incredible showing his skills by turning around and playing the keyboard with his hands behind his back. Shakespeare fans, such as this reporter, might be reminded of the words that the blind Gloucester tells King Lear (King Lear, Act 4, Scene 6) when asked how he can see the world: “I see feelingly.” 

How do you top that? 

Swimming with the Sharks:  Day Chair Erick Slabaugh took to the stage to introduce our celebrity guest, Kevin Harrington, best known as the “Inventor of the Infomercial” (“Kevin looked at that wasted dead airtime as an opportunity,” Erick reminded us) and as one of the original members (150 appearances) of “Shark Tank.” So what are some of the take-aways from one of the original (and more benign) Sharks? 
1)    Come up with ideas your customers haven’t thought of yet. Case in point:  The infomercial. In 1984, there were 30 cable channels (compared with just 4-5 a few years prior). When traditional programs ended, “the channels went dark.” (Or rather, striped.)

Fast-forward to the Philadelphia Home Show that same year, when Kevin Harrington notices a gentleman demonstrating a very, very sharp knife (remember “The Blade” – aka the Ginsu Knife?). Hmmmm, thinks our young Mr. Harrington, what if we take a video of this guy (Arnold Morris) and put it on the air to help sell these sharp knives?
With sales reaching a half billion dollars in short order, and sales going to England, Saudi Arabia, Latin America, and Asia, the world woke up the power of the infomercial to sell consumer products.

2)    Are YOU ready for your future customers?  Not only are attention spans getting shorter, but technology has changed utterly the channels of communication, as illustrated in one of Kevin’s slides showing how long it has taken over the years to reach an audience of 50 million people.  

What does this mean to business owners and budding entrepreneurs? There are now millions of channels broadcasting to a few people rather than a few channels broadcasting to millions. How you reach customers has changed and savvy entrepreneurs need to be aware of that fact.  For example, Kevin pointed out, “Millennials are ditching TV at a record rate,” getting information instead off of mobile phone apps. “Millennials are spending more time watching apps than watching TV,” he added. For consumer products companies, this means adapting to this new 
“ADD-vertising” model.

3)    Big Idea #3 revolves around employee morale and engagement in a company. Kevin’s big pitch to the Rotary audience is that businesses need to create more of a “Shark Tank” culture that emphasizes innovation and employee contribution.  A recent Gallup poll bears this out:  68.5% of the American workforce is NOT engaged; 17.5% of the American workforce reports hating their jobs; Millennials are the LEAST engaged group. 
So what to do? Create your own Shark Tank that emphasizes innovation and the putting forth of new, often risky, ideas. Whether these ideas get “green-lighted” or not is not the point, says Kevin. Even businesses that got booted off the TV show ended up succeeding, he noted.  
Who is creating a Shark Tank culture? Companies like Pfizer, Microsoft, AT&T, and universities such as Auburn and Columbia. He also noted that some Shark Tank kinds of approaches are addressing the issue of defeating ISIS, and cited SOFWERX as an example of a “New Idea Lab” whose goal it is to produce 10x the innovations in one-tenth the time.

Singing happy birthday to Danner!
Wider World of Rotary

Wider World of Rotary
Brought to you by the Rotary Relations Committee
Committee Chair: Trent Mummery
Club Secretary: Lisa Mayfield

Discount Deadline Coming on March 15 for District 5030 Conference
Join the fun at the annual District conference in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on April 29-May 1.  This is a great way to network with fellow Rotarians, learn from inspiring speakers and feel energized to keep doing good in our community. 

The Coeur d’Alene Resort has a block of substantially discounted hotel rooms (only $95-$135) for the Rotary District Conference. The hotel will hold the rooms only through March 15 on a guaranteed basis. After March 15, the room rates will only be honored subject to availability.   To register for the conference, visit the conference site here and call the Resort now directly to reserve your room.

NEW "Kids Camp" at Conference 
What? Will there be drop-off child care at the Kids Camp?   Yes, there is drop-off care at the Kids Camp provided by Family Biz Kids during designated hours for ages 5-14 on Sat. and Sun. at the Coeur d’Alene Resort during the conference.  There will also be some activities for children of any age with an adult chaperone: kite building, service project with school backpack assembly for Syrian refugees, a kids corner, a movie night, hear from Youth Exchange high schoolers, kids menu, games, prizes, and more.  Register your kids at the conference link above. If you’ve been reluctant to bring your children or grandchildren or other future Rotarians to the district conference, hesitate no more! Questions about Kids Camp: contact Jean Thompson at  

The following Seattle 4 Rotarians have already registered: Cathy Burnell, Daryl Campbell, Corinne Cavanaugh, Ken Colling, Sten Crissey, Jann Curley, Clark Daffern, Mark Davis, Ralph & Lynn Davis, Cathy Gibson, Roberta Greer, Carolyn Hojaboom, Paul Ishii, Mariah Kimpton, Sandra Kemp, Ben Linford, Lisa Mayfield, Barry McConnell, Carma McKay, Virginia McKenzie, Tom Mesaros, Jim Moore, Trent & Alexandra Mummery, Derick Pasternak, Harvey Rubinstein, Mason Sizemore, Jean Thompson, and Kathy Williams. See you there!

Looking Ahead

March 16, 2016
Governmental Transparency: Police Body Cameras, Cameras on our Streets

March 23, 2016

The Burke Museum: Local Treasure with Global Impact
Convention Center

March 30, 2016
with Ed Taylor,
UW Vice Provost and Dean


Winners for Life Hosts Needed!
Each year, the Rotary Club of Seattle honors high school students who have shown exceptional character in overcoming significant obstacles to remain in school. Poverty, homelessness, substance abuse, domestic violence, teen pregnancy, and language and learning disabilities are just some of the challenges these kids have surmounted. These remarkable students are quietly building bright futures in difficult circumstances. They are our “Winners for Life.”

On Wednesday, March 30, we need 60 Seattle Rotarians to each host a “Winner for Life” at the reception and regular Rotary luncheon. Rotary pays for the reception and meals of the Winner and their guest, and Winners receive a plaque, but YOU make the recognition more personal!  Please take a moment to fill out the form (HERE) and host a student. Thank you!


Fellowship Event - Race & Racism

Race and Racism:  The Conversation Continues

Dr. Robin DiAngelo will once again lead a discussion in an intimate setting with Rotarians as we continue to deepen our knowledge and understanding of the issues of race, racism and white privilege. 

Date:  March 8, 2016

Time:  6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Location: The home of Catherine Willis Cleveland, 833 33rd Ave. South, Seattle, WA  98144

RSVP by March 3 to:  Paula Houston


YRL Dinner Series

TRUE GRIT: A Dinner with Faith Ireland, March 10

Join us from 6:00-8:30 PM at FareStart on Thursday, March 10 for an entertaining and inspiring evening with former Washington State Supreme Court Justice - and 5 time World Champion powerlifter - Faith Ireland. Faith has overcome numerous obstacles on her path to success. The discussion will illuminate the qualities of integrity and perseverance that drove her to break down barriers in both her personal and professional life.

Audience interaction will be encouraged during this lightly moderated discussion, and there will be ample time for Q+A afterward. Arrive at 6:00pm to enjoy a drink and conversation before we sit down to dinner and further discussion with Faith.  Your $56 ticket covers the Guest Chef Night dinner, tax and gratuity. Bar is no host.

Open to all Rotarians and their guests. More information and RSVP:
Mug Drive - March 16
MUG Drive – March 16
Seattle 4’s Community Service Committee is organizing the First Annual MUG DRIVE for Angeline's Center for Homeless Women on Wednesday, March 16.  Bring your new or lightly used mugs to the meeting at Hotel Motif for collection. Company logo and advertising mugs gladly accepted, so dust off that top shelf of your kitchen cabinet ~ a simple way of helping women in need!
Fellowship Event - Retirement
Seattle Rotary #4 Fellowship invites you to a very special Program Series
RETIREMENT:  NOW WHAT?  aka What Color is Your Hammock?
Tuesday, March 22, 5-7 p.m.
Space Limited, must RVSP by Friday March 18 to
Mayflower Park Hotel in Seattle - Light hors-d’oeuvres (free) & Cash bar
Click HERE for the flyer
Fellowship Event - Turkish Dinner
Join Fedva Dikmen on Wednesday, March 30 for another fabulous ethnic dinner night!  Enjoy Turkish cuisine and good company at Bistro Turkuaz. Click HERE for more details.
Tulip Time on April 6

ImageThe Rotary Club of LaConner and Seattle 4's Ollie Iversen will be bringing loads of beautiful tulips to our April 6 luncheon.  A bouquet of 10 stems is only $5 -- you'll want a bunch! 

Traveling Rotarians
Seattle 4 member Kirk Greene recently traveled to Guatemala with a Santa Barbara Rotary group. The team bought and installed 12 cement block cooking stoves, six water purification units, and completed the building of a two room home.  Whew!
Happy Birthday!
March 9
Shan Mullin, Dick Vadnais

March 11
Norm Johnson

March 12
Paul Dziedzic

March 14
Stephanie Axelrod, Herb Bridge, Rod Hooker

March 15
Al Benaroya, Corinne Cavanaugh
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