Rotary Club
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Weekly Totem
    Founded 1909                   Weekly News and Highlights                     October 14, 2016


October 20
5:00-7:00 pm
Ivar's Acres of Clams
1001 Alaskan Way

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Looking Ahead

October 19
Sound Transit Initiative with Craig Kinzer and Kevin Wallace
October 26
Renaissance Seattle
Inequity in Our Community with Dow Constantine and Tony Mestres
November 2
UW President Ana Mari Cauce 
November 9
Washington State Convention Center
Veterans Day Program - Learn How Starbucks is Supporting Veterans and Their Families
November 16
Washington State Convention Center
Seattle Rotary Service Foundation Campaign Kick-off
November 23
Happy Thanksgiving!
No meeting


October 14
Ken Lowthian
Rita Ryder
October 15
Craig Klinkam
Eric Newman
Michael Troyer
October 16
Keith Petrak
October 17
Tom Betts
Jim Bowles
October 18
Jerry Burtenshaw
October 19
Steve Bean
October 21
Liv Wernecke
October 22
Sue Nixon
October 23
Rich Lacher
October 24
Faouzi Sefrioui
October 25
John Hrabar


1 Year
Karl Herren
John Hrabar
Simone Loban
John Maietta
2 Years
Carla Fowler
Aubrey Buxton
Amy White
3 Years
Eric Christensen
4 Years
Carese Busby
Joseph Chard
Timothy Tomlinson
6 Years
Sheree Wen
8 Years
William Bryant II
Stephen Whyte
11 Years
Barbie Seifert
Susan Lane
14 Years
April Mobley
Jan Sprake
15 Years
Daniel Weiner
17 Years
Nancy Osborne (27)
James Moore
18 Years
Vicky Oxley
Derick Pasternak
19 Years
Cynthia Chirot (30)
21 Years
Ruthann Howell
Jeanne McKnight 
Thomas Mesaros
22 Years
Darlene Corkrum
Robert Johnson
23 Years
Kathryn Williams
Neil Larson
24 Years
Karl Ege
26 Years
John Blackman
27 Years
Roger Chaffin
Louis Lundquist
29 Years
Ronald Bayley
34 Years
Steven Prince
37 Years
Terry Zerngast
45 Years
John Durbin
53 Years
John Allerton


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.

Pros and Cons of  Proposition 1

October 19th at Noon
Sheraton -  1400 6th Ave
The measure on the November ballot that will likely have the greatest impact on your bottom line is Sound Transit 3. It’s also known as Proposition 1 on the ballots in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties.
Learn the pros and cons of this $54 Billion measure that would add 62 more miles of light rail and 37 more stations.  It would expand Sounder Train service and add Bus Rapid Transit for Highway 522 and Interstate 405, along with more park-and-ride lots.
Save the date for our October 26th program
Inequity in our community with King County Executive, Dow Constantine and Tony Mestres, President & CEO of the Seattle Foundation.  This program will be moderated by Maud Daudon, President & CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.  If you have any questions for this panel, please email them to Lisa Mayfield at by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, October 19. 

Police Reforms Paying Dividends, Chief O’Toole Reports 

Totem Report 
by Gary Smith
If jam-packed, wide-ranging programs are your cup of tea, the Columbus Day program of 2016 might stand out for you.  Rotarians were treated to the Governor, the Police Chief, and a rising literary figure from Ghana – and completed a service project – all in one hour.


call for nominations for 2016 elections

The 2016 Rotary Nominating Committee will be meeting next week to consider nominees for the incoming Rotary Club of Seattle Board of Directors and Seattle Rotary Service Foundation Board of Trustees positions. 
We welcome your suggestions of members you believe to be strong candidates for consideration. Please send your input to by end of day Tuesday October 18.

revisions to the ByLaws - Vote on October 26

On September 29, 2016, the Bylaws of the Rotary Club of Seattle were amended by a supermajority (2/3) vote of the Club’s Board of Directors.  
Examples of material changes to the Bylaws are:
  • Allows for an officer or board member to fill a partial term followed by a full term.
  • Changes the size of the board of directors from a set number to a range of 15-25.
  • Allows for board action by unanimous written consent, and to hold meetings by telephone conference.
  • Allows for special meetings by both Club members and the board.
The amended Bylaws require that members of the Seattle Rotary Club vote on the amended Bylaws at a regular Club meeting.    This vote will occur during our lunch meeting on Wednesday, October 26, 2016.   
You can access the amended Bylaws by logging into Club Runner and clicking on “My Club Runner (in Admin)” and then “View Club Documents.”  Or, click here for the pdf.

Changes to Attendance Policy

In April 2016, Rotary International Counsel on Legislation passed that Rotary Clubs may relax their attendance requirements.  On August 25, 2016 the Board of Directors for Seattle Rotary adopted this policy.  Going forward, attendance at our regular Rotary lunch meetings will still be captured and reported to the District 5030 Secretary.
What does this mean to you?
  • If you are a Committee Chair or organizer of a Service Project / Fellowship Event, you are not expected to report attendance to the Rotary Office.
  • If you like to show consistency for 100% attendance and you miss a Seattle Rotary lunch, you should self-report your make up at (on the homepage under"Meeting Information")
  • If you have questions about this policy please contact our Club Secretary Virginia McKenzie at

ethnic dinner

Wednesday, October 19
6:00pm @ Ephesus Restaurant
5245 California Avenue 

Join fellow Seattle 4 Rotarians for an authentic Turkish dinner! 

RSVP by Monday, 10/17

MV Hyak Tour
Thursday, October 20th
10:45 @ Seattle Ferry Terminal Colman Dock - Pier 52
Join us aboard the Washington State ferry MV Hyak on Thursday, October 20 on the Seattle/Bremerton route. During this tour you will get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what it takes to operate a ferry, including a full tour of the engine room and the pilothouse.  The tour will be led by Rotary member John Hrabar, Assistant Engineer, on the Hyak and a six-year employee of Washington State Ferries.
Halloween Soiree
Tuesday, October 31st
6:30-8:30pm @ 41st floor of Insignia, 588 Bell Street
Join Rotary District 5030 in welcoming the Zone Connecting for Good Tour at a Halloween Soiree hosted by Seattle City Rotaract and Rotarian Malaria Partners.
Volunteer to Deliver Dictionaries to 3rd Graders
Various dates, October-December
The joint project of the Seattle 4 Education and Community Service Committees, funded by your SRSF, provides almost 600 dictionaries for third graders in some of Seattle’s most needy schools. 
Your help is needed with the distribution to the children in their classrooms.  We work in teams of two and have dictionaries for 10 schools.  
Seattle Rotary Mariners Potluck
Saturday November 5th
6:00pm @ Mike and Penny O'Byrne's House
The Seattle Rotary Mariners invite you for a good fellowship potluck and after dinner presentation by our own Sue McNab on the Northwest Passage.
RSVP to Mike O’Byrne –
Elwha Exploration Day - Postponed
Sunday, November 6, 2016
10:00am @ NatureBridge in Olympic National Park
111 Barnes Point Road, Port Angeles
Join the Sustainability Commitee for a short tour of NatureBridge's Olympic campus and overview of the Elwha River Restoration Project, then head out to the now wild river for a “boots on the ground” look at the recovery site. You’ll enjoy a “field lunch” (provided by NatureBridge) in a beautiful location on the Elwha.
Monday, November 7th
8:00am-8:00pm (tentative)
Joint Base Lewis McChord
Join Seattle #4 Rotarians for a VIP Tour of Joint Base Lewis McChord. More details to come! For more info or to RSVP, please contact Susan Adler at
RSVPs needed by 10/24
Rotary First Harvest Work Party
Saturday, November 12
8:30-11:00am @ Northwest Harvest Warehouse in Kent
Please join us at the next District 5030 Rotary First Harvest Food Pack at the NW Harvest warehouse in Kent. Spouses, friends and children (3rd grade and older) always welcome! This is a great way to give back while connecting with other Rotarians while enjoying complimentary pastries, tea and coffee!
RSVP through the link below or to Alex Mummery at

rotary at seattle rep: king charles III

Friday, November 18
6:00pm Reception, 7:30pm Play @ Seattle Repertory Theater
It's that time again for our annual play and behind-the-scenes reception at Seattle Rep! We only have 30 tickets on hold this year so get your tickets soon since this event has sold out the past two years. 


by Virginia McKenzie
Come meet folks from other Rotary clubs in your district! You could even pretend to be German,
Swiss or Austrian. Bring your Alpenhorn and lederhosen, yodeling contests permitted; free
admission, free parking, no minimum, no maximum (well maybe a maximum)....

Wednesday, October 26th
Big E Ales - 5030 208th Street SW Suite A, Lynnwood WA 98026 (Menu)

Octoberfest tip: Noch ein Bier, bitte: (nock ine beer bit-a) ~how to say “Another beer, please!” 
No need for reservations, just c'mon down! 
Bo Darling
District Governor
District 5030
Check out the District Newsletter:

Plymouth Housing Group Health Fair Success!

Congratulations to Lynn Beck and the Plymouth Housing Group on their 2016 Feel Better Fair.  Because of your SRSF support, Plymouth was able to expand the reach and impact of this health fair to their formerly homeless residents. Some results from this year’s event:
  • 75 tenants attended
  • Providers from 12 different organizations participated
  • 10 walkers were given away to residents-in-need
  • Flu shots were administered
  • Healthy “swag bags” and first aid kits were given out
Cindy Runger
SRSF President




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
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