Rotary Club
of Seattle
Weekly Totem
Founded 1909                            Weekly News and Highlights                      June 8, 2018

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June 20
Hyatt Olive 8
"What Happened to My Seattle?" with Knute Berger and Greg Hanscom
June 27
Hyatt Olive 8
Celebration of  Service Above Self
July 4
No Meeting
Happy Independence Day!
July 11
Four Seasons
President Cindy's First Meeting
July 18
The Westin
Frank Blethen, The Seattle Times
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, Grand Hyatt, and Hyatt Olive 8 do not offer discounted parking.


June 10
John Pohl
Linda Rough
June 12
John Durbin
June 13
Adel Sefrioui
June 14
Amy Ridley
A.D. Vickery
June 15
Michael Isensee
June 18
Larry Granat
June 19
Ken Grant
1 Year
Lacey Clark
Mark Dyce-Ryan
Mahnaz Eshetu
Timmy Pham
Harry Short
Roger Wylie
Matt Barnhart
Kathy Snowden
2 Year
Johnny Lau
Dulcie Patner
3 Years
Lynn Beck
5 Years
Patricia Gorham
Steve Davis
Rob Nielsen
6 Years
Michael Harney
7 Years
John Pohl
8 Years
Petros Koumantaros
Beth Wojick
9 Years
Matt Bratlien
10 Years
Julian Wier Harman III
11 Years
Marli Iverson
14 Years
Anne Gillingham
16 Years
Daniel Mead Smith
Joe Phillips
John Adams
19 Years
Bill Franklin
Steve Boyer
22 Years
Alan Sclater
25 Years
Robin Pasquarella
26 Years
Roberta Greer
Michael Troyer
28 Years
Astrid Berg
29 Years
Irvin Sandman
31 Years
Stan Foster Jr.
32 Years
David Kelly


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!


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 may benefits. To learn more, click here, or contact David Endicott.


Bob Alexander


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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Two gifts...
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! 

James Whittaker, Microsoft  Rise of Machines: Our amazing, unnatural, subservient, and uncertain future with our robot overlords

June 13 at Noon
The Westin, 1900 5th Ave.

According to James Whittaker, we are the first human generation smart enough to build artificially intelligent machines and stupid enough to actually build them. In as little as a single generation from now, we will coexist with machines smarter than ourselves and live a life that is bereft of labor and responsibility. How will this technology evolve? What impact will it have on our social structures and economic institutions? Join Microsoft Distinguished Engineer James Whittaker as he takes us on an educational and inspiring romp through the near-term future using examples from everyday life as they edge closer to the science fiction world of tomorrow. Come ready to be challenged and most of all, brace for impact.  


Opioids 101: straight talk about a misunderstood epidemic

Totem Report June 6, 2018
By Laura Rehrmann
Meet Jevon Powell

Get your tickets now for the party of the year!

President Mark's Celebration Dinner - Anchor's Away
June 20, 2018
Queen City Yacht Club (QCYC)
2608 Boyer Ave E., Seattle, WA 98102

4:30 pm Dockside Rotary Mariners hosted pre-function with drinks and appetizers
5:30 pm Cocktails in the clubhouse
6:30 pm Dinner
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!
Rotary First harvest
Saturday, June 9
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.
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.
Search & Rescue Night
Saturday, June 9
7:30-11:30 pm @ Union Gospel Mission - Men's Shelter, 318 2nd Ave. Extension S.
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.
Bid to support Rotary First Harvest
Auction ends June 12 at 10:00 pm
Take a look at the fun online auction items available and bid from the comfort of your home to support getting produce into our local food banks:
Baby Boutique
Saturday, June 16
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.
EdWard S. Curtis: The Picture opera
Monday, June 18
5:30 pm @ the Rainier Club, 820 4th Ave.
Join the Arts Committee in a  viewing of portraits by national prize-winning photographer Edward Curtis.  Unseen for over 100 years, his original hand-colored slides have been reproduced on canvas for the Rainier Club’s gallery thanks to  Robert and Judith Winquist. Hear from the Winquists as they unveil their private collection in celebration of the sesquicentennial of Curtis’s birth. RSVP to Robyn Grad.
Happy Hour for Good
Thursday, June 21
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 Alpha Supported Living - providing supported living and group home services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in homes in King County.


Thursday, June 28
5:00-7:00 pm @ the Women's University Club, 1105 6th Ave.
Enjoy a spotlight session with an esteemed member of Seattle Rotary, Laura Rehrmann, followed by quality conversation. Laura retired in 2014 from Group Health Cooperative where she was vice president and CEO of the Group Health Foundation. Her 26-year philanthropic career included work in the arts, social services, education and healthcare as a development professional for the University of Washington, Catholic Community Services, Seattle College, and Group Health. 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!
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. 
Seattle City Rotaract Ticket Sales
Thursday, July 12
6:00-8:00 pm @ 2125 1st Ave.
Celebrate the start of the new year with Seattle City Rotaract, a young professionals club sponsored by Seattle #4. You'll have the opportunity to hear more about what they've accomplished this year and their plans for 2018-2019 at this casual rooftop barbecue. Tickets are $20 and include food and drinks.
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.

In Memoriam

This week we lost a beloved former member of our club, former King County Executive Randy Revelle. 


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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