Rotary Club
of Seattle
Weekly Totem
Founded 1909                            Weekly News and Highlights                      May 18, 2018

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May 30
The Westin
Tod Leiweke - NHL in Seattle
June 6
The Westin
Opioid Epidemic
June 13
The Westin
James Whittaker, Distinguished Engineer and Tech Evangelist, Microsoft
June 20
Hyatt Olive 8
Program TBA
June 27
Hyatt Olive 8
Program TBA
July 4
No Meeting
Happy Independence Day!


May 19
Jeff Gill
Lillian Sherman
May 21
Jill Dougherty
Joel Ferrell
May 22
Lisa Bury
Harry Short
May 23
John Kelly
Taylor Shimizu
May 25
Beth Knox
May 26
Harvey Rubinstein
May 27
Blake Hilty
Jevon Powell
May 28
Alan Kunovsky
May 29
Fedva Dikmen
Roberta Nestaas
1 Year
Gary Volesky
Yoichiro Yamada
Howard Crabtree
Cody Fritz
Kevin Medved
2 Years
Lisa Bury
Michele Centanni
Troy Coalman
Nathaniel Donohue
Joseph Montgomery
Jeff Snell
5 Years
Lina Kim
6 Years
Bareq Peshtaz
Peter Wright
7 Years
Lisa Bridge
Elizabeth Powell
Sarah Weaver
8 Years
David Fontana
9 Years
Kenneth Grant
Faouzi Sefrioui
10 Years
Susan Beller
Jann Curley
15 Years
Jean Thompson
16 Years
Jerilyn Brusseau
John Kilpatrick Ph.D.
17 Years
Charley Dickey
19 Years
Maureen Brotherton
20 Years
Kirk Greene
21 Years
Stephen Sundborg
22 Years
David Endicott
23 Years
Robert Hunt
24 Years
Len Cereghino
25 Years
J. Scott Harrison
26 Years
Douglas Seto
32 Yeas
Timothy Bendokas
35 Years
Thomas Herche
47 Years
Ken Lowthian
56 Years
Leigh Rabel
57 Years
William Bain


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!


Bob Alexander


Intended as a library of past presentations, 
Seattle Rotary Online sponsorships are available to companies or other organizations that wish broader awareness within the club or community.
Sponsorships are available for as little as $500. Please contact Seattle 4 Rotarian, David Endicott by email or at 206-409-3275.


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


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We change the world

Once a year we ask you to make two donations.  One is to the Seattle Rotary Service Foundation (SRSF).  The other is to The Rotary Foundation (TRF).  If you have not yet made your donations, please consider doing so today.  Thank you! 

Entrepreneur Panel with GeekWire

May 23 at Noon
The Westin, 1900 5th Ave.

GeekWire's Todd Bishop will celebrate entrepreneurs from around the Pacific Northwest by leading a panel discussion with Dr. Harlan Robins of Adaptive Biotechnologies, Jill Nelson of Ruby Receptionists, and John Oppenheimer of Columbia Hospitality. What lessons have they learned? What are the risks, challenges, and opportunities? What is the state of entrepreneurialism in our region? And we'll hear from Sue Borgman, Principal at EY, regarding their Entrepreneur Of The Year program which highlights those business leaders in our region who have disrupted industries and built global brands right here in our own backyard.


Our Firefighters, Our Heroes - Honored by Seattle 4 in A Tribute to Service

Totem Report May 16, 2018
By Mike Colbrese

Bylaws Amendments

At its March and April 2018 meetings, the Board of Directors approved the following three amendments to the Club’s Bylaws. Per the Bylaws, the Club’s membership needs to be provided at least two weeks written notice of the proposed changes before a vote to approve or reject the amendments. This notice of the proposed amendments will appear in the May 11, 18 and 25th Totems, and a vote of Club members to approve the amendments is scheduled for the lunch meeting on May 30, 2018.
Baby Boutique
Saturday, May 19
9:15-11:30 am @ Wellspring Family Services, 1900 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle 
Volunteer with Wellspring Family Services Baby Boutique.
Bring your friends and family – ages 4 and older are welcome! Space is limited, RSVP to Tai Powell.
YRL Cocktails and Conversation
Thursday, May 24
7:00-10:00 pm @ 1221 1st Ave.
Enjoy networking and quality conversation with fellow Rotarians. Member Conrad Wouters will be sharing his home, DJ skills, craft cocktails, and a stunning sunset view. Young and young at heart are welcome. Tickets are $15.
Tiny House Painting Work Party
Saturday, May 26
9:00 am @ 1714 E. Yessler Way
Rotary volunteers are needed to paint tiny houses on May 26. A photographer from Rotary International will be at the site to document the work local Rotary clubs are doing to end homelessness in Seattle.  Contact Cathy Burnell or Eva Agrawal to sign up.


Thursday, May 31
5:00-7:00 pm @ the Women's University Club, 1105 6th Ave.
Enjoy a spotlight session with an esteemed member of Seattle Rotary, Laurel James, followed by quality conversation. Laurel founded Super Jock 'n Jill, the first running store in the USA, in 1975. She and her son also put on the first Marathon running trials for participation in the LA Olympics. She is an inspiration in sports and fitness education and has been a charismatic leader in Seattle Rotary since joining our club in 1992. A heavy appetizer buffet for $15, $6-8 wine, and $8-10 mixed drinks are available to purchase by credit card. Onsite parking is also available for $15. Hope to see you there!
District Training Assembly
Saturday, June 2
8:00 am-12:00 pm @ the Georgetown Campus of South Seattle Community College, 6737 Corson Ave. S.
This annual leadership training event is geared for club officers, board members, and committee co-chairs. There will be 12-15 break-out sessions on topics including membership, service, fundraising, public relations,  vocational service, and a range of other club leadership subjects.
Mariners Fire Boat Tour
Saturday, June 9
11:00 am-2:00 pm @ Seattle Fire Station 5, 925 Alaskan Way
Join Seattle Rotary Mariners in a tour of the newly remodeled Seattle Fire Department Station 5 on the Seattle waterfront. Children ages five and older are welcome to join the tour. After the tour, we will have lunch at Ivar's Acre's of Clams.
President's Party
Wednesday, June 20
4:30 pm hosted dockside pre-function
5:30 pm cocktails
6:30 pm dinner
Queen City Yacht Club, 2608 Boyer Ave. E.
The Seattle Rotary Mariners invite you to share in the annual antics and honor a year of Service Above Self as we toast and roast outgoing president Mark Wright. This event frequently sells out so get your tickets soon!
Special Olympics Cheer LIne
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. 
Search & Rescue Night
Saturday, June 9
7:30-11:30 pm @ Union Gospel Mission - Men's Shelter, 318 2nd Ave. Extension South
Join fellow Rotarians on a Search and Rescue evening with Seattle's Union Gospel Mission. The night will be spent providing wool blankets, food, water, and other supplies to our homeless neighbors. We will also offer them the opportunity to come inside for a night of safe shelter at the Mission.
Seattle Police Harbor Patrol Tour
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.

Wider World of Rotary

19 Rotarians and guests from Seattle #4 and two other clubs recently traveled to Uganda to observe the accomplishments of a recent Global Grant in the Katakwi region.  This region has been the site of what looks like a very successful effort of controlling malaria in an entire community.  The team started its trip at the Uganda Cancer Institute, an affiliate of Fred Hutch, where they learned about the recent expansion of the fight against cancer in the country.  Then, accompanied by members of the Rotary Club of Soroti, they traveled to Katakwi, visiting the regional hospital and observing the community-wide treatment that is the lynchpin of the current effort.  The physician travelers then visited Soroti Hospital, while others learned about how residual spraying of homes and treated bednets complete the three-pronged control of the deadly disease. The Global Grant is now being renewed with the collaboration of the Gates Foundation and Pilgrim Africa.  The visitors attended a church service at a school sponsored by Pilgrim Africa and enthusiastically helped paint classrooms.  A festive banquet with RC Soroti leaders and members was enjoyed by all. The trip ended with some of the visiting group attending the District Conference in Entebbe.

Members in the news

Karen Wong, a fourth-generation Seattleite, attorney, author, community leader, and long-time Rotarian was honored as a recipient of the Women’s University Club of Seattle’s Brava! Award on Wednesday, April 25.

Member Moments

This June, Rotarian Dorothy Bullitt will end her tenure as Senior Lecturer and Distinguished Practioner at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy & Governance. For over a decade, Dorothy has taught invaluable leadership courses to undergraduate and Master of Public Administration students, including Executive Leadership. In her time at the Evans School and beyond, Dorothy has mentored countless students, making an incredible impact on their lives and careers. Rotarians can send notes of congrats to Dorothy that will be presented to her on May 31st by emailing Rotarians can also make a gift to the Evans School in Dorothy’s honor here.    


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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