Rotary Club
of Seattle
Weekly Totem
    Founded 1909                      Weekly News and Highlights                         June 29, 2018

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Looking Ahead

July 11
Four Seasons
President Cindy's First Meeting
July 18
The Westin
Frank Blethen, The Seattle Times
July 25
The Westin
John Sileo, the Hacker's Blacklist
August 1
Bell Harbor
August 8
The Westin
Steve Griessel, Betz Winery
August 15
The Westin
Judge James Robart
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.
June 29
Paul Ishii
Marli Iverson
Beth Wojick
July 1
Simone Loban
July 2
George Cox
July 3
Mike Colbrese
July 4
Doug Boyden
Rita Koefod
John Nesholm
Linda Thompson-Black
Tim Tomlinson
July 5
Nyasha Tunduwani
Karen Wong
July 6
Krista Dalton
July 7
Jean Bateman
Jim Odom
Skip Rowland
July 8
Dan Ketchel
Carol Nygren
July 9
Dave Kraft
1 Year
Lacey Clark
Mark Dyce-Ryan
Mahnaz Eshetu
Timmy Pham
Harry Short
Roger Wylie
Matt Barnhart
Kathy Snowden
2 Year
Johnny Lau
Dulcie Patner
3 Years
Lynn Beck
5 Years
Patricia Gorham
Steve Davis
Rob Nielsen
6 Years
Michael Harney
7 Years
John Pohl
8 Years
Petros Koumantaros
Beth Wojick
9 Years
Matt Bratlien
10 Years
Julian Wier Harman
11 Years
Marli Iverson
14 Years
Anne Gillingham
16 Years
Daniel Mead Smith
Joe Phillips
John Adams
19 Years
Bill Franklin
Steve Boyer
22 Years
Alan Sclater
25 Years
Robin Pasquarella
26 Years
Roberta Greer
Michael Troyer
28 Years
Astrid Berg
29 Years
Irvin Sandman
31 Years
Stan Foster Jr.
32 Years
David Kelly


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!


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 Sponsors, Ken Hamm of First Choice Health and Bob Alexander.

In addition to supporting our club, becoming a Seattle Rotary Online sponsor brings may benefits. To learn more, click here, or contact David Endicott.


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Do you have a friend, co-worker, or acquaintance who you think would enjoy Rotary membership? 

Contact Caroline Bobanick at
206-623-0023 or for more information or to reserve a complimentary lunch for a prospective member. 
Mark Wright

Cindy Runger 
President-Elect Nominee
Kim Moore

Immediate Past-President
Catherine Gibson 
Board Chair
Roberta Nestaas

Vice President for Membership
Corinne Cavanaugh 

Vice President for Service
Kelly Pearson 

Vice President for Programs
Hamilton McCulloh

Virginia McKenzie

Carolyn Hojaboom

Ken Grant 
TRF Chair
Roberta Greer
David Siebert
Ken Colling

Terms ending 6/30/2018
Roberta Greer
Trent Mummery
Allison Parker
David Siebert
David Woodward 

Terms ending 6/30/2019
Linda Cheever
Jimmy Collins
Beth Knox
Ben Linford
Kim Moore

Terms ending 6/30/2020
Ken Colling
David Levine
Rob LoBosco
Harold Scoggins
Jane Tornatore

No Meeting Wednesday, July 4 - Happy 4th of July!

Photo Courtesy Avi Loud

Cindy's First Meeting Featuring Daniel Pak

July 11 at Noon
The Four Seasons, 99 Union St.
President Cindy Runger will celebrate her first meeting at the Four Seasons on July 11. Philanthropist and musician Daniel Pak will share his work of amplifying youth voices through music. He will also bring the "Aloha spirit" to Rotary with a musical performance done in the Hawaiian tradition of  kanikapila that he grew up with, or jamming and storytelling.  The program will be a great way to start off the new year with action and impact. You won't want to miss it!
Four Seasons Parking Information:
Parking at the Four Seasons is valet only at a rate of $32 per car. A number of self-parking options are available near the hotel:
Target - enter on Union between 1st and 2nd, $13 for two hours, or 2 hours free with a $20 purchase
Russell Investments - enter on Union between 1st and 2nd, $20 for 2 hours
Republic Parking, 1400 2nd Ave - $13 for 2 hours

President Mark Celebrates his last meeting with your rotary story

Totem Report June 27, 2018
By Dann Mead Smith
Sunday, July 1
10:30 am @ Husky Stadium,  3800 Montlake Blvd. NE
Join Rotarian volunteers as part of the cheer line for the Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies.  Volunteers will form a human line and cheer for the athletes as they make their way to the Stadium.  General admission tickets to attend the Opening Ceremonies are $20. Please contact Nancy Cahill if you are interested in volunteering
Thursday, July 12
6:00-8:00 pm @ 2125 1st Ave.
Celebrate the start of the new year with Seattle City Rotaract, a young professionals club sponsored by Seattle #4. You'll have the opportunity to hear more about what they've accomplished this year and their plans for 2018-2019 at this casual rooftop barbecue. Tickets are $20 and include food and drinks.
Rotary First Harvest 
Saturday, July 14
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.
Saturday, July 21
11:00 am-1:00 pm @ Seattle Harbor Patrol Marina, 1717 N. Northlake Pl.
Join the Seattle Rotary Mariners for a personalized tour with the Seattle Police Harbor Patrol.
Tuesday, August 14
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
2321 Fairview Ave. E Slip #6
The Seattle 4 Rotary Mariners invite you to a night of fun on Lake Union with Duck Dodge. More details to come!
FareStart Guest Chef Night
Thursday, September 6
7:00 - 10:00 pm @ FareStart, 700 Virginia St. 
Join fellow Rotarians to volunteer at FareStart's Guest Chef Night. No experience is necessary. This is FareStart's most popular opportunity and is consistently booked a year in advance.
SAve the Date: Ethnic Dinner
Thursday, September 6
7:00 - 10:00 pm @ FareStart, 700 Virginia St. 

Join fellow Rotarians for another fun fellowship night at FareStart.
RSVP to Fedva Dikmen.

Peace Pole planting at St. Mark’s Cathedral
Sunday, July 15
12:30 pm @ St. Mark’s Cathedral, 1245 E 10th

With grant funding from SRSF, the Peacebuilder Committee is recognizing the many community programs of St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral that promote peace and justice. One of the most recent activities was the sponsorship of a forum and peaceful march to highlight the separation of families and children at the border. Following the brief  peace pole ceremony at 12:30, Rotarians and family members are invited to tour the I AM exhibit in the nave. I AM celebrates the rich, diverse and pivotal contribution that Middle Eastern women make to the enduring global quest for harmony and peace. 

Memorial for Randy Revelle

Memorial services have been planned for long-time Seattle Rotary member and former King County Executive Randy Revelle. A celebration of life will take place on July 8 at 2:00 pm at St. Marks Cathedral.


The Seattle Rotary Education Committee is launching a task force to re-think how to best manage and execute our Winners for Life project.  It’s a club favorite project that connects us with 40+ amazing Seattle students year in and year out.  At the same time, managing $25,000+ annual scholarships to 10+ scholars is a complicated project that requires a lot of dedication and support from education committee members and club volunteers.   We need your help. We must ensure that we have the right process combined with Rotary service power to provide the students with the quality and support that they deserve.  Please join us in this effort to make Winners for Life the best project it can be and email Lori Walker at if you would like to be on the task force.


Unless  protests are received in the time period required (seven days), the following will receive a "Welcome to Rotary" notification that their membership has been accepted:
Michael Symers, VP of Engineering/Co-founder of Coinme - Young Rotary Leader membership with a Technology classification. Proposer, Jaime Mendez, and seconder, Bartek Nowierski. 


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
4:00 pm, 3rd Thursdays
Horizon House, 900 University St. 
International Service
10:30 am, 3rd Wednesday
1201 3rd Ave. Davis Wright Tremaine, #2200

11:00 am, last Wednesday of the month
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
The Columbia Tower Club
3rd Thursday of the month at alternating times and venues. Email reminders will be sent in advance of each month's meeting.
Rotary Relations
11:00 am, 2nd Wednesday
Rotary Club meeting venue

Contact Us

Rotary Club of Seattle
1326 5th Ave Suite 342
Seattle, WA  98101
Caroline Bobanick
Club Manager
Phone: 206-623-0023
Mariah Kimpton Associate Club Manager
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