Rotary Club
of Seattle
Weekly Totem
    Founded 1909                   Weekly News and Highlights                     November 18, 2016



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Looking Ahead

November 23
Happy Thanksgiving!
No meeting
November 30
The Westin
Joseph Cirincione, President of the Ploughshares Fund
December 7
Benaroya Hall
Lodovic Morlot, Music Director of the Seattle Symphony
December 14
The Sheraton
Annual Holiday Party: A Holiday Songbook
December 21
Happy Holidays!
No meeting
December 28
Happy New Year!
No meeting
January 4
Hyatt Olive 8
Economic update with Chris Mefford from Community Attributes
January 11th
Washington State Convention Center
Come meet Rotary International President John Germ
January 18th
Hyatt Olive 8
Christina Lomasney, CEO Modumetal
and General Lanza
January 25th
Grand Hyatt
Jerry Dipoto, Mariners GM


November 20
Rod Waldbaum
November 22
Abraham Dairi
November 24
Lauren Domino
Nina Odell
November 25
Trish Bostrom
David Brenner
Carma McKay
November 27
Art Mazzola
November 29
Wier Harman III
Lauren MacLeod
November 30
Bill Gates Sr.
Deanna Hobson
George Twiss


62 (68) years
Donald Kraft (PP) *
31 Years
J. Shan Mullin
28 Years
Tracy Garland
James Linardos
19 Years
Susan McNab
18 Years
Laura Rehrmann (PP)
Jonelle Johnson
17 Years
Michael Colbrese
Patricia Bostrom
Paul Ishii (PP)
15 Years
Jeffrey Pyatt
14 Years
Terry Van Nostrand
Adm (Ret) Thomas Hayward
13 Years
Mary Ross
10 Years
David Kraft
9 Years
Scott Robertson
8 Years
Jane Pryor
5 Years
Karen Lee
4 Years
Lisa Yeager
2 Years
Molly Carney
April Collier
David Fain
Jeffrey Gill
Robyn Grad
Melissa Merritt
Susan Schalla
1 Year
Christopher Destro


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.

No Lunch meeting on wednesday, nov. 23

Next club meeting is noon on November 30th @ the Westin.
Reducing the Threat of Nuclear Weapons: What is being done
Meet David McFadden
Warm welcome to Dave McFadden, Managing Director, Economic Development Division at the Port of Seattle.

Foundations Celebration and Campaign Kickoff

Totem Report 
by Laura Rehrmann


Every Rotarian, Every Year
TWO gifts, ONCE a year, EVERY member
The Seattle Rotary Service Foundation & The Rotary Foundation

Seattle Rotary Service Foundation (SRSF)

For over 100 years, the Rotary Club of Seattle has been dedicated to helping others in our community and throughout the world. Much of the club’s philanthropic work is accomplished through the Seattle Rotary Service Foundation (SRSF) of which all Seattle #4 Rotarians are automatically members. The Foundation’s budget is raised through our annual member fund drive, and it is both our privilege and obligation to contribute to this worthy cause every year.

$400 Minimum expected contribution for Seattle #4 members

$150 Young Rotary Leader Minimum expected contribution

$1,000 Contributing members who give $1,000 or more in a given year are recognized as members of the Pinkham and Skeel Circle of Service Society and enjoy a special June reception

Double your gift by taking advantage of your Company Match.Talk to your employer or email Carma at foundation@seattlerotary for more information

Click here to make your contribution

The Rotary Foundation (TRF)

The Rotary Foundation (TRF) transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary International, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio, providing clean water, and promoting peace.  Your donation is essential for our club to qualify for matching grants from the District and Rotary International.
$100 Contribution counts toward your Paul Harris Fellow award.
$500 Contributing members are invited to a special donor reception.
$1,000 Contributing members who give $1,000 or more in a given year are recognized as Paul Harris Fellows.
UW Football Tailgate
Saturday, November 19
1:30pm @ Husky Stadium, E-1 Parking Lot
Share with the members of Fellowship and the Rotary Club of Seattle the magic on Montlake. The Huskies (currently ranked 5th in the nation) take on Arizona State on Saturday Nov. 19th. No game ticket required just an interest in fellowship!
$5 per person contribution requested to cover full tailgate including a sandwich bar, beer, wine, and snacks.
Rotary Mariners Holiday Party and Rotary Afterparty
Thursday, December 8 
5:30-8:00pm @ SYC Outstation, Elliot Bay Marina (the building just EAST of Palisades Restaurant)

The party is open to ALL Rotarians, their families, and guests. This our opportunity to share some Mariner’s joy (and libations) with the rest of the club.

What to bring:  Bring a bottle of your favorite wine or other drink and a plate of appetizers to share.  We’ll have a keg of beer.
See you there!
Seattle Rotary Holiday Party
Wednesday, December 14
12:00pm @ The Sheraton, Grand Ballroom
At this year’s Rotary Holiday Luncheon, the 5th Avenue Theatre's David Armstrong will join us, along with some of our favorite Seattle performers, to share the fascinating stories and secrets behind the music.
And remember — only at this event will you hear the inspiring tale of the Seattle 4 hero, Rudolph the Rotary Reindeer!
Members on the program plan do not need to RSVP for this year's event. For members not on the program plan and guests, tickets must be purchased in advance and will be available online and after the weekly meetings on November 23, 30, and December 7. Tickets at the door are not guaranteed, and are first come, first serve.
Tickets are $42 for guests and members not on the program plan. We also have kid's tickets available for a discounted price of $28. Starting December 8, the price for all tickets will rise to $45

Save the Date: meet Rotary International President John Germ this January!

The Rotary Foundation Centennial Dinner
Tuesday, January 10
6:00-10:00pm @ The Washington Athletic Club
$100/person. More details to follow.
Seattle #4 Rotary Luncheon
Wednesday, January 11
12:00pm @ The Washington State Convention Center

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. 



Election Slate

Electronic ballots will be sent via email on November 28th. ELECTRONIC VOTING CLOSES AT 11:59PM ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 5. They will also be available at the December 7th meeting until 12:25pm, at which time voting will be closed for tallying. An election announcement will be made at the end of the meeting.

Immediate Past-President, Sue Nixon, presented the following slate of candidates for election on December 7, 2016 to serve for the Rotary year beginning July 1, 2017:

Seattle Rotary Service Foundation
Board of Trustees

8 candidates to run for 4 positions. 3-year terms. 

  1. Gerry Adams
  2. Amy Bautista
  3. Lynn Beck
  4. Trish Bostrom
  5. Cynthia Chirot
  6. Margaux Kendall
  7. Tomas W. Mesaros
  8. Jeam Thompson

Rotary Club of Seattle
Board of Directors

10 candidates to run for 5 positions. 3-year terms

  1. Ken Colling
  2. Harold Scoggins
  3. David Levine
  4. Ben Wicks
  5. Simone Loban
  6. Jane Tornatore
  7. Rob LoBosco
  8. David Fain
  9. Melissa Merritt
  10. John Hrabar

Rotary Club of Seattle Officers
One-year terms starting July, 2017

President-Elect, Mark Wright

Club Chair, Roberta Nestaas

VP of Programs, Hamilton McCulloh

VP of Service, Allison Parker

VP of Membership, Corinne Cavanaugh

Sergeant-at-Arms, Ken Grant

Treasurer, Carolyn Hojaboom

Secretary, Virginia McKenzie


President-Elect Nominee Cindy Runger (will serve as president in 2016-17)



On November 9, 2016 the Club's Board of Directors approved amended language in Section One of the Club’s Bylaws to clarify terms for club officers. 
To view the board-approved Bylaws change before the membership votes on November 30th, log into Club Runner and click on “My Club Runner” (in Admin) and then “View Club Documents.”  Or click here for the PDF.

Changes to Attendance Policy

In April 2016, the Rotary International Coucil 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


Unless WRITTEN, SIGNED protests are received in the time period required, the following will receive a "Welcome to Rotary" notification that their membership has been accepted:
  1. Mary Wagner, Manufacturing – Innovation Food Safety. SVP, Product Innovation/Food Safety, Starbucks. (Lauren Domino/Jerilyn Brusseau)
  2. Adel Sefrioui, Real Estate. Owner, PNW Development LLC. (Faouzi Sefrioui/Michael Verchot)


by Virginia McKenzie

Rotary International Zone Institute

President Cathy Gibson and VP of Programs Lisa Mayfield were honored to attend the Rotary International Zone 25/26 Institute in Santa Barbara, CA November 10-13.  The RI Zone Institute is an annual Rotary convention where current, past and future district governors come together with RI leaders to learn, connect and get inspired.  This year, leaders from the 25 largest Clubs within Zone 25/26 were invited to have the opportunity to brainstorm with other large club leaders. 
The weekend included packing back packs for local Rotary Boys & Girls Clubs as the finale to the Connecting for Good tour which was in Seattle earlier this month.  Lisa and Cathy also visited Seattle 4 Rotarian, Kirk Greene, at his home away from home Rotary Club in Santa Barbara.  Cathy Gibson and Past District Governor, Rosemary Aragon, were a part of a panel to discuss hot topics within Rotary: large clubs, young professionals and women in Rotary.  A weekend filled with Rotarians connecting for good!
Some fun Rotary facts: our Club is part of Zone 25.  Zones 25 and 26 encompass 23 of the 538 districts in the Rotary world and span the far western regions of the United States and Canada. The territory includes parts of British Columbia and the states of Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii and a portion of Idaho with a combined membership of approximately 60,000 members in 1,300 clubs. 


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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