Rotary Club
of Seattle
Weekly Totem
    Founded 1909                      Weekly News and Highlights                         July 27, 2018

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Looking Ahead

August 8
The Westin
Steve Griessel, Betz Winery
August 15
The Westin
Judge James Robart
August 22
Hyatt Olive 8
Jessie Irwin, Immersive Technology - Building a New Reality
August 29
Grand Hyatt
Dr. Lorenzo Iovino, Rotary Global Grant Scholar
September 5
The Westin
Sylvie Di Giusto, The Image of Leadership
September 12
The Westin
Daniela Luzi Tudor and Murphy Jensen, Innovators for Social Good
September 19
Hyatt Olive 8
Will Ludlam, Edelman Trust Barometer
September 26
The Westin
Kurt Dammeier, Beecher's Sound Food Uprising
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.
July 27
Lynn Beck
Neil McReynolds
Steve Prince
David Woodward
July 28
Molly Carney
Joe Phillips
July 29
Stan Savage
July 30
Fred Grimm
Lyle Tenpenny
August 2
Harold Scoggins
August 3
Father Steve Sundborg
Tatyana Tsyrlina-Spady
August 5
Jim Ellis
Patrick Evans
2 Years
Lacey Stone
3 Years
Jackie Kopson
Harold Scoggins
5 Years
Allison Parker
6 Years
Jim AuBuchon
7 Years
Beth Knox
Ben Linford
9 Years
Brian Marks
Paula Houston
10 Years
Karl Neiders
Michael Isensee
11 Years
Travis Keeler
James Keating
Susie Roe
13 Years
Craig Wright
14 Years
Ken Colling
Wally Kegel
15 Years
Sue Nixon
Bernie Griffin
16 Years
Roberta Nestaas
Lori Walker
Lynn Lindsay
17 Years
Kristi Marchbanks
18 Years
Catherine Gibson
19 Years
Suzanne Griffin
24 Years
Bob Alexander
28 Years
Russ Taylor
30 Years
Don Root
32 Years
Bruce Jones
33 Years
Todd Summerfelt
34 Years
Walt Maas


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


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 many 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. 
Cindy Runger

 Kim Moore

Immediate Past-President
Mark Wright 
Board Chair
David Woodward

Vice President for Membership
Liz Powell 

Vice President for Service
Susie Roe

Vice President for Programs
Rob LoBosco

Jennifer Porto

Carolyn Hojaboom

Ken Grant 
TRF Chair
Jeff Pyatt
Jimmy Collins
Paula Houston 

Terms ending 6/30/2019
Linda Cheever
Jimmy Collins
Beth Knox
Ben Linford
Robert Stadler

Terms ending 6/30/2020
Ken Colling
David Levine
Barbie Seifert
Harold Scoggins
Jane Tornatore
Terms ending 6/30/2021
Corinne Cavanaugh
Fedva Dikmen
Paula Houston
Ben Wicks

Seafair Fleet Week
Women in the military panel

August 1 at Noon
Bell Harbor, 2211 Alaskan Way
It is the first week of August in Seattle and that means the summer Seafair festival will come to a crescendo on Lake Washington and in the air. Come to learn about what is new and what traditions continue in Genessee Park.  Following that update, you'll be treated to a panel of high-performing military women. Leaders from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps will provide insights to their success in America's volunteer military culture.  Seattle 4 members, including Past President Bill Center, Seafair CEO Richard Andersen, and two of our experienced military members will join guests in the program. We assure you will be inspired by their stories!
We recommend parking in the Bell Street Pier Garage, which connects directly to Bell Harbor and via the sky bridge and can be accessed at both 2323 Elliott Avenue and 9 Wall Street.
President Cindy Runger rang the bell, welcomed all attendees, and then introduced Skip Rowland and Freeman Fong who led the group in a spirited rendition of the National Anthem.
George Twiss provided the inspiration of the day, remarking that we should each seek out and breath in nature. 
President Cindy then introduced guests and visiting Rotarians. Charley Dickey welcomed the club's newest member, Carla Anderson, who is a descendant of Finnish fishermen. She is engaged in protecting the remnants of their first home, the Isle Royale in Lake Superior. Carla is the general manager of aircraft interior design for Mitsubishi International. 

Additional Resources from our speaker

Check out the links below to fill out a feedback form for this week's speaker, John Sileo, and see additional resources for protecting your identity and recovering if your identity has been hacked.
Meet Carla Anderson

New Badges and Other Changes for This Rotary Year

On July 25th, all members received a new badge. If you did not pick up your badge this week, they will still be available at registration for the next several weeks. If there is an error with your new badge or you feel your new classification doesn’t reflect your current status, please contact Club Manager, Caroline Bobanick at for assistance so we can fix this for you. 
Starting August 1st, lunch cost at the door will be slightly increased to $40 (from $38) which simply offsets increases in catering costs over the past couple of years

2018-2019 Rotary Academy 

Registration is now open for the 2018-2019 Rotary Academy which will start this September. The Rotary Academy is a comprehensive self-paced study program of Rotary information — great for both new and experienced Rotarians and anyone considering club or district leadership positions.   
Rotary First Harvest 
Saturday, August 11
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.
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. 
Happy Hour for Good
Thursday, August 16
6:00-8:00 pm @ the Center for Wooden Boats, 1010 Valley St.
Lake Union Rotary's third Thursday Happy Hour for Good continues this summer on the lakefront. For $30 you will enjoy wine, microbrews, appetizers and live music on the dock. All are welcome, 21 and over. All proceeds benefit YouthCare - getting homeless youth off the streets and prepared for life.
Young Rotary LEaders Fellowship

Thursday, August 30
6:00 - 9:00 pm @ 7326 Bowlyn Pl. S.

Member Faith Ireland will be sharing her home and a stunning view of Lake Washington for the evening.  Young Rotary Leaders and Rotarians young of heart are welcomed. Please bring a drink of choice and a potluck dish.

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.a
This event is now full.
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.
Rotary Day at UW Football
Saturday, September 8
2:00 pm @ Husky Stadium, 3800 Montlake Blvd NE
Join Rotarians from across the district as the Dawgs take on North Dakota at Husky Stadium. 
Saturday, October 27 
8:30 am- 12:00 pm @ South Seattle Community College - Georgetown Campus
Join Rotarians from across the district for a brand, membership, and foundation seminar with education, workshops, and networking opportunities. A fellowship event at Pyramid Alehouse will follow. 


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:
1.  Michael Birt, Owner/Principal of Age Pivot – Individual Membership with a Health Care classification.  Proposer, Connie Miller, and Seconder, Jane Tornatore.  
2.   Suzanne Fortune, Broker for Windermere Real Estate – Individual Membership with a Real Estate classification.  Proposer, David Endicott, and Seconder, Laurel James.
3.   Janet Welcher, Managing Director of Fulcrum Capital LLC – Corporate Membership with a Financial Advising & Wealth Management classification.  Proposer, Mark Davis, and Seconder, Jacki Lorenz.
4.   Linda Sherran, Partnership Manager for Operation Warm - Individual membership with a Human and Community Services classification.  Proposer, Dominik Musafia, and Seconder, Trent Mummery.
5.   Dan Varghese, Managing Partner for Amnis Consulting - Young Rotary Leader membership with a Technology classification.  Proposer, Jaime Mendez, and Seconder, Alan Kunovsky.   


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
Jim Loder
Business Mentor Program
1:30 pm, 1st Wednesday 
Rotary Club luncheon room
William Marshall,  Terry Van Nostrand, and Michael Verchot
Community Service
11:00 am, 1st Wednesday
1326 5th Ave., 7th floor conference room
Daron Vchulek and Lacey Clark
4:00 pm, 3rd Thursdays
Horizon House, 900 University St. 
Mary Wagner and Janice Winemiller 
International Service
10:30 am, 3rd Wednesday
Davis Wright Tremaine, 1201 3rd Ave. Suite 2200
Sarah Weaver and Sarah Mackay

11:00 am, last Wednesday of the month
Rotary Club meeting venue
Matt Albertson and Alex Mummery
5:30 pm, 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
Robert Stadler and Stacie Sherman
11:00 am, 4th Wednesday September-June
Northern Trust, 1301 Second Ave., Suite 2600
Eric Christensen


10:00 am, 3rd Tuesday
1215 4th Ave., 3rd floor conference room
Jacki Lorenz and Jane Pryor
3rd Thursday of the month at alternating times and venues. Email reminders will be sent in advance of each month's meeting.
Kevin Crane
Rotary Relations
11:00 am, 2nd Wednesday
Rotary Club meeting venue
Derick Pasternak

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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