Rotary Club
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Weekly Totem
    Founded 1909                    Weekly News and Highlights                     March 10, 2017


March 16
Frye Art Museum
704 Terry Ave
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Looking Ahead

March 15
McCaw Hall
Pacific Northwest Ballet, Peter Boal, Artistic Director & Ellen Walker, CEO together with a prima ballerina will update us about the ballet with  an interview and sneak peak of the upcoming performance "Director's Choice" featuring PNB dancers. Please stay until 2PM if you can. 

March 22
Grand Hyatt
Guns in America: Finding Common Ground with Rex Caldwell from the WA State Criminal Justice Commission, Second Amendment Foundation and Alliance for Gun Responsibility
March 29
Washington State Convention Center
Winners for Life Celebration with Dwane Chappelle
April 5
The Westin
China - U.S. Relations with Gary Locke, Nelson Dong and Bob Kapp. Short program: Pacific Science Center and the Terracotta Warriors.
April 12
Grand Hyatt
Dr. Bill Thomas, ChangingAging and Steve Lee, City of Seattle
April 19
Grand Hyatt
Brad Tilden, CEO of Alaska Airlines
May 3
In-meeting service project with World Vision


March 11
Troy Coalman
Norm Johnson
March 12
Paul Dziedzic
March 14
Herb Bridge
March 15
Al Benaroya
Corinne Cavanaugh
March 17
Paul McTaggart
March 18
David Moore
Marc 19
Jon Bridge
Irv Sandman
John Steckler
March 20
Don Kraft
Alex Mummery
Julleen Snyder
March 21
Joel Paget

March Membership Milestones

1 Year
Daron Vchulek
2 Years
Mike Hurt
Kelly Pearson
Marc Rapaport
3 Years
Robert Boeshaar
4 Years
Trent Mummery
Theresa Wang
David Owens
Eric Newman
James Collins
5 years
Dorothy Echodu
8 Years
Gary Smith
11 Years
Candy Lee
Erick Slabaugh
Janice Winemiller
12 Years
Cindy Runger
Jeffrey Pritchard
13 Years
Shelley Rotondo
Livingston Wernecke
14 Years
John Hamer
15 Years
Leon Rowland
James Odom
16 Years
Paul Heppner
James Wong
Joel Ferrell
17 Years
Einer Handeland
Kenneth Martin
19 Years
John Steckler
20 Years
Joel Paget
21 Years
Craig Dawson
22 Years
R. Bryan Cairns
Jacqueline Bardsley
23 Years
Gerry Maurer
Judith Whetzel
24 Years
Christine Charbonneau
D. Jerry Burtenshaw
25 Years
Mark Weed
Laurel James
27 Years
Rich Lacher
28 Years
Douglas True
29 Years
Rita Ryder
39 Years
Frederic Weiss
67 Years
James G McCurdy (PP)


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.

Pacific Northwest Ballet

March 15 at Noon
McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St. 
Peter Boal, Artistic Director & Ellen Walker, CEO together with a prima ballerina will update us about the ballet with  an interview and sneak peak of the upcoming performance "Director's Choice" featuring PNB dancers. Please stay until 2PM if you can.
Meet John Kelly
If you attended our November 9th meeting, you will recognize our newest member, John Kelly, who serves as SVP for Global Social Impact and Public Policy at Starbucks.  John joined us that day to describe Starbuck’s military veterans hiring program, which falls under his domain.

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation Tracks Global Health

Club President's Recommended Reading

SRSF Grant deadline Fast Approaching

The Seattle Rotary Service Foundation (SRSF) is seeking applications for regular service committee grants, as awarded in the past.  In addition to these grants, SRSF will be granting at least three “Innovative Grants” to Seattle Rotary service committee.  This is a pilot program to increase engagement and foster creativity within our service committees. 
SRSF Innovative Grant Proposal Submission Deadline:  March 15, 2017

Grant Award Notification:  April 3, 2017
SRSF Regular Service Committee Grant Proposal Deadline:  April 26, 2017
Grant Award Notification:  June 2017
Support Cindy Runger, Seattle #4 President-Elect Nominee, and Plymouth Housing Group!
Rotary first harvest Work Party
Saturday, March 11
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!
Special Edition After Party
Thursday, March 16
5:00-7:00pm, Frye Art Museum
704 Terry Ave
Please join us for the After Party at the Frye Art Museum on March 16 from 5PM to 7PM. We will meet in the Museum Café for social hour (Beer and wine is available for purchase). Afterwards, museum staff will take us into the gallery and tell us about Charles Frye’s favorite painting. We will also learn about the museum’s Creative Aging Program which is designed to enrich the lives of older adults suffering from dementia. Space is limited to 20, so please RSVP.
Seattle Women’s Chorus at Cornish Playhouse
March 17-19, various times
Cornish Playhouse,
201 Mercer St
Enjoy this week's short program? See more at A Woman’s World, which introduces us to uplifting stories of trailblazing women who have shattered glass ceilings and transformed our world. 
Human Trafficking film screening and panel

Tuesday, April 4
6:30pm @ SIFF Cinema Uptown
511 Queen Anne Ave. N

SOLD tells the story of a Nepali girl who gets tricked into prostitution.  At the end of the film there will be a panel discussion with the producer of the movie, the executive director of Spruce Street Crisis Care Clinic, and a survivor of prostitution.

Also we'll announce hands-on service and awareness building opportunities for you to help End Sex Trafficking Now alongside your fellow Rotarians. 

Remembering Members who have passed

Every year at the District conference, we remember those Rotarians who have passed this year. You can help us honor this important tradition!
If you know of a former member of Seattle #4 Rotary who has passed away since Mary, 2016, please email Mariah at with their name so they can be recognized at the conference. 

What an Opportunity” will Become “What a Weekend!”

Rotary District Conference
Portland, OR  April 21-23

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. 
Seattle # 4 Rotarians who have registered already include:
Derick Pasternak, Corinne Cavanaugh, Roberta Greer, Jeffrey Borek, James Collins, Robert Davis, Jane Tornatore, Krista Dalton, Ralph Davis, Charley Dickey, David Endicott, Catherine Gibson, Gerry Maurer, Jeff Pritchard, Daron Vchulek, Kathryn Williams, Ken Colling, Sten Crissey, Robyn Grad, Suzanne Griffin, Carolyn Hojaboom, Candy J. Lee, Virginia McKenzie, Thomas Mesaros, Jim Moore, Mason Sizemore, Jean Thompson, Steve Crandall
To get the reduced rate Hilton hotel rooms, register now!
Cathy Gibson, Virginia McKenzie, Corinne Cavanaugh and others are taking the Amtrak train on Thursday at 11:15 and returning Sunday at 2:50, and they would love to have you join them!
If any questions, contact Ken Colling 206 391-9053.

Wider World of Rotary


Seattle City Rotaract members joined our rotary lunch!

By Virginia McKenzie

This is a club designed for young professionals aged 21 to 30. They have their own charter, meetings, leadership team, fellowships and hands on service projects. They meet on the first and third Thursday of the month at 5:30pm. To learn more go to The world needs more Rotaractors!

Join tens of thousands of Rotarians in Atlanta to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation and 30 years of women in Rotary!

Seattle # 4 Rotarians who have registered already include:

Catherine Gibson
Jean Thompson
Lisa Mayfield
Mason Sizemore 
Roberta Nestaas 
Jann Curley
Virginia McKenzie
Tom Mesaros 
Corinne Cavanaugh 
Mark Wright
Kathy Williams
Jim Moore


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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