Rotary Club
of Seattle
Weekly Totem
    Founded 1909                   Weekly News and Highlights                     January 27, 2017


February 2
The James Moore Bar 1920 2nd Ave

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Looking Ahead

February 1
Scilla Andreen, IndieFlix
February 8
Hyatt Olive 8
Stockton Rush, OceanGate and Whoosh Innovations

February 15
Current Immigration Issues with Jorge Baron of Northwest Immigration Rights and Joel Paget  of Ryan, Swanson, and Cleveland

February 22
Bell Harbor
Diplomacy Day with Canadian CG James Hill and Mexican CG Roberto Dandisch

March 1
Mayor Ed Murray with a State of the City address

March 8
Bell Harbor
Chris Murray, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at UW

March 15
McCaw Hall
Pacific NW Ballet


January 27
Doug True
January 30
Ben Wicks
January 31
Matt Bratlien
Jann Curley
Charley Dickey
February 1
Chris Destro
Omura Masahiro
Bob Watt
February 3
Anne Bugge
February 4
John Warner
February 5
Petros Koumantaros
February 6
Chuck Holmes Jr.
February 7
John Kilpatrick Ph.D.
Dave Levine
February 8
Steve Crandall

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.

Taking a closer look at independent films

February 1 at Noon
The Westin, 1900 5th Ave
Meet Scilla Andreen, founder of indieflix – for an insider view of this exploding sector of the entertainment industry. Scilla is just back from Sundance with the latest scoop.
Meet Steve Tyler
Steve is the Director of Orion Contact Center Services for which he was the first hire.  He has managed the development of the Contact Center from the ground up into the award – winning state-of-the-art facility that it is today. 
Meet Mary Wagner
In December Mary “retired” from Starbucks, where she had been Senior Vice President responsible for Food Quality, Research & Development. Hers was a global responsibility with 250 person staff and centers in Seattle, London and Shanghai. Previously Mary held executive positions with Mars Botanical, E & J Gallo Winery, Taco Bell, and General Mills.

Polio eradication nearly complete and Mariners GM promotes new team

Totem Report by Pete DeLaunay
Mentorship Mixer

Saturday February 4 
4:00-6:00pm @ WeWork SLU, 500 Yale Avenue North Seattle

This will be a networking event with the goal to provide the opportunity for Rotaractors and Rotarians to connect in a meaningful way. This is a no-pressure opportunity to meet experienced Rotarians and enthusiastic young people who make up Rotary in District 5030. You'll walk away with new connections that may lead to mentorship relationships.

Tickets are $10 and include drinks and light appetizers. Space is very limited so get yours soon!

Special thanks to Corinne Cavanaugh and Virginia McKenzie for helping make this event possible. For additional information please contact Zoe Mote at

Ethnic Dinner
Tuesday, February 7
5:30pm @ Mamnoon, 1508 Melrose Ave.
Save the date for an ethnic dinner at Mamnoon, where you'll enjoy a modern union of Middle Eastern cuisines. 
Space is limited. To reserve your spot contact Fedva Dikmen at by January 23.
Hearts and Wine 2017
Friday, February 10
6:00pm @ The Foundry by Herban Feast in Sodo  
Rotary First Harvest invites you to Hearts & Wine 2017, an elegant evening of wine, jazz, friends and fun! Join us in helping RFH to continue to provide healthy produce for our neighbors and to reduce food waste.
Tickets include admittance, Herban Feast heavy appetizers, desserts, 15 wine-tasting tokens, live jazz, entrance to the exclusive mini-auction, and more.
Trivia for a Cause with Seattle City Rotaract
Monday, February 20
7:30pm @ Chuck's Hop Shop, 2001 E. Union St. 
Our last trivia night was such a success, they invited us back for another! Make a team and grab a beer. Play trivia for a good cause! Proceeds to benefit Seattle City Rotaract's Monday Mentoring Program at the King County Juvenile Detention Center. No need to RSVP.
Winners for Life Hosts Needed
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 WA State Convention Center.
Please sign-up today…March 29th will be here soon! The sign-up deadline is Friday, March 3rd.
Learn more here:

Registration is now open for the 2017 District Conference!

Join Rotarians from across the district to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Rotary International Foundation and the 30th anniversary of women in Rotary with a weekend of fun, fellowship, and inspiration. The conference will be held April 21-23 at the Hilton in Downtown Portland. 

Polio Survivor and Independent Living Activist Honored on 

By Virginia McKenzie

Ed Roberts was an early leader of the disability rights movement. After contracting polio at age 14, Roberts was paralyzed from the neck down. He was confined to a special wheelchair with a respirator during the day and slept in an 800-pound iron lung at night. He played a integral role in disability rights, and was honored in 2014 by the Berkeley Rotary club with their Rotary Peace Grove Award. 


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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