Rotary Club
of Seattle
Weekly Totem
    Founded 1909                     Weekly News and Highlights                       November 30, 2018

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December 12
Hyatt Olive 8
Gun Debate with General Peter Chiarelli and John Carlson
December 19
The Sheraton
Annual Holiday Party
December 26
No Meeting
Happy Holidays!
January 2
No Meeting
Happy Holidays!
January 9
Hyatt Olive 8
Bob Donegan, Ivar's & Seattle
January 16
The Hilton
Economic Outlook with Michelle Mathieu, Fulcrum Capital
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November 30
Bill Gates Sr.
George Twiss
December 1
Mike Barrett
Ruthann Howell
December 2
Carese Busby
Carl Lucks
December 3
Dave Lenox
December 5
Bret Anderson
December 6
Kelly O'Brien
December 7
Arnie Ness
December 8
Terry Van Nostrand
December 10
Carolyn Hojaboom
December 11
Dick Hopp
1 Year
Mark Gantar
Jane Nishita
Tatyana Tsyrlina-Spady
Charlie Farra
Hyung-jong Lee
Brendon Lehman
Paul Tsai
2 Years
Adel Sefrioui
Mary Wagner
4 Years
James Kraft
Jane Tornatore
7 Years
Bret Anderson
8 Years
Alan Bergen
Andrew Rapp
11 Years
Brian Bruce
14 Years
Mark Wright
17 Years
Heather Fitzpatrick
21 Years
Michael Gano
William Montero
24 Years
Linda Walton
25 Years
David Siebert
Paul Cressman Jr.
26 Years
Susan Adler
Jim Duncan
27 Years
Assunta Ng
38 Years
Skip Kotkins
40 Years
Carl Behnke

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 Sponsor, 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.

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.

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 & Sue McNab) — our group is dedicated to supporting and celebrating Seattle #4 members. Click here to contact the committee and share your news!
Access the club membership directory on the go! The ClubRunner app is free and available for iPhone and Android users. Here's how:
  1. Go to your app store, search for the ClubRunner app, and install for free.
  2. Login using the same information you use to login via the website.
  3. Easily search or browse the directory from anywhere.
If you don't know your login information, please email Mariah at

Do you have a friend, co-worker, or acquaintance who you think would enjoy Rotary membership? 
Contact Caroline at for more information or to reserve a complimentary lunch for a prospective member.


Support our Rotary Foundations for a Year of Action and Impact!

As Rotarians, we are leaders connecting for extraordinary good –both in our community and around the world.  Together we are eradicating polio and malaria, bringing fresh water to rural villages worldwide to stop the spread of disease, and helping our neighbors in need with housing, healthy foods, and educational opportunities.
Once a year we ask you to fulfill your membership obligations and take action by making two gifts that will impact the world.  One is to the Seattle Rotary Service Foundation (SRSF).  The other is to The Rotary Foundation (TRF).  Thank you for taking action now to help our club have a powerful and positive impact on our world.
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

Robert Stadler

Ken Grant 
TRF Chair
Jeff Pyatt
Jimmy Collins
Paula Houston 

Terms ending 6/30/2019
Linda Cheever
Jimmy Collins
Beth Knox
Ben Linford
Johnny Lau

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
Lillian Sherman

Enlightened Aging: Building Resilience for a Long, Active Life

December 5 at noon
The Hyatt Olive 8, 1635 8th Ave.
What happens to the brain as we age and how can we ensure successful, productive, and healthy aging? Dr. Eric Larson is a leading expert in the science of healthy aging.  Since 1986, he has led a renowned local research study, Adult Changes in Thought (ACT), that has likely included some of our members or their families. The program focuses on delaying and preventing Alzheimer’s, other forms of dementia, and declines in memory and thinking.  It has become a “living laboratory” of aging—especially the aging brain. 
Dr. Larson will share his story and discoveries from decades of research into healthy and productive aging, as captured in his latest book, Enlightened Aging: Building Resilience For a Long, Active Life.

Building a World Without Childhood Cancer

Member Doug Picha, president of Seattle Children's Hospital and Research Foundation, introduced Dr. Mike Jensen of the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research.   
With the hopeful proclamation that "amazing cures are on their way,"  Dr. Mike Jensen discussed the premise and the promise of his medical research which is changing the landscape of childhood cancer treatment. Noting that the traditional cancer therapies of radiation and chemotherapy typically cause tremendous harm to children's bodies, Dr. Jensen has focused his 30 years of research on harnessing the body's own curative power via gene and immunotherapies. Dr. Jensen works with T-cells which he hailed as the "warrior cells" of our immune systems. He praised our immune systems for walking a tightrope every day, saying they must attack invaders without creating auto-immune reactions.  

Meet Andrew Lyon

Andrew oversees leadership and major gift stewardship programs for Compass Housing Alliance.  Compass provides day services, emergency shelter, transitional housing and affordable housing with 23 sites throughout the Puget Sound Area. They employ 300 staff with a $19 million budget.

Meet Michelle Stone

I am delighted to have the opportunity to introduce to you one of our newest and youngest members, Michelle Stone.
Michelle is the group dining and community relations manager for Ivar’s Restaurants.  She comes to us as a Young Rotary Leader and has the full support of her employer and my friend, Bob Donegan, who is here today along with Chris Gleason, Ivar’s director of operations. 

This week's Recruiter Rewards prize was donated by Jon Bridge and Ben Bridge Jewelers

For over 100 years, Ben Bridge has had a singular mission: help customers celebrate special moments. With a commitment to quality jewelry, best possible values, and exceptional personal service, they have brought a lasting sparkle to those forever moments--from engagements, anniversaries, birthdays, and promotions to “just because”.

2018 Elections

Electronic ballots were sent via email on November 14th. Electronic voting closes at 11:59 pm on Tuesday, December 4. Ballots will also be available at the December 5th meeting until 12:25 pm, at which time voting will be closed for tallying. The election results will be announced at the end of the meeting.
Click the link below to view a list of candidates and their bios. 
If you did not receive your ballot, or if you have any issues casting your ballot online, please contact Mariah at

Bylaws Amendment

At its June 28, 2018 meeting, the Board of Directors approved an amendment to the Club’s Bylaws. Per the Bylaws, the Club’s membership needs to be provided at least two weeks written notice of the proposed changes before a vote to approve or reject the amendment. This notice of the proposed amendments will appear in the November 16, 23 and 30th Totems, and a vote of Club members to approve the amendment is scheduled for the Annual Meeting on December 5, 2018. Proposed changes are noted in blue.
Those with questions or wishing to discuss the proposed amendments may contact Jimmy Collins, Governance Committee Chair, at
Bylaws Amendment:  New language added to Article VII Committees, Section 1 of the Bylaws.
F) Insurance and Risk Management Committee shall consist of at least three members plus a chair, all to be appointed each year by the president/board chair. The Insurance and Risk Management Committee members may be selected on the basis of their expertise in the field of insurance and/or risk management. The Committee shall periodically review the club’s insurance coverages and providers, and related policies, practices and procedures. The Committee shall provide recommendations from time to time to the board of directors related to these matters.

Annual Holiday Party

Wednesday, December 19
11:00 am Reception and Caroling with the Rotary Rogues
12:00 pm Luncheon
The Sheraton, Grand Ballroom
Join us on December 19th at the Sheraton for a very special holiday celebration! Ring in the holiday season starting at 11:00 am with a cocktail (or two) and caroling with the Rotary Rogues. Then experience a unique Rotary lunch starting at 12:00 pm with your fellow Rotarians and some world-class circus performers in an interactive and entertaining program brought to you by the people behind the amazing Teatro Zinzanni.
As always, you’ll be on your way by 1:30 pm, but not without a memorable experience to cherish and share with friends and family. Don’t miss it!
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 will be available after the weekly meetings on December 5 and 12 and online through Thursday, December 13.
If you have any questions or would like to reserve a table, please contact Mariah at or 206-623-0023.
Duwamish Peace Pole INstallation
Saturday, December 1 
1:00 pm @ the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center, 4705 West Marginal Way SW

Join the Peaecbuilder Committee, Seattle Rotary President Cindy Runger, and Duwamish Chairman, Cecile Hanson for a peace pole dedication celebration on December 1. 

Rotary First Harvest Work Party
Saturday, December 8
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.
Typically December is one of the busiest months as many people get into the volunteer spirit, so to secure your spot soon by signing up through the link below!
Holiday Shopping with the Rotary Boys & Girls Club
Saturday, December 8
10:00 am-3:00 pm @ the Rotary Boys & Girls Club, 201 19th Ave, Seattle
Each year the Rotary Community Service Committee, in conjunction with the Rotary Boys & Girls Club, creates a wonderful opportunity for all Rotarians, friends, and families to take a deserving, less-fortunate child on a holiday shopping outing. 
The idea is simple: On one day in December volunteers who are willing to donate and spend their own money are paired with a child and accompany them on a 1-3 hour shopping excursion in downtown Seattle.  This event is a wonderful way to help a child in need during the holidays.
Contact Joel Ferrell for more information or to sign up. 
ring bells for the Salvation Army
Thursday, December 20
10:00 am-5:00 am @ Pacific Place, 600 Pine St.
The Community Service Committee invites Rotarians to ring bells for the Salvation Army on Thursday, December 20th. This is a fun way to join together, share the Christmas spirit, and raise money for Seattle and King County residents in need. 
We are looking for people to fill one or two hour shifts throughout the day.  Please email Jeff Snell at and include the time you’d like to ring. 
Remember to dress warmly and festively!  Do you have a well mannered dog?  Dress it up and bring it along!

Northwest Asian Weekly Recognizes President Cindy Runger

This month Northwest Asian Weekly recognized Seattle Rotary President Cindy Runger for her contributions to our club and community with a feature article. 
President Cindy will be honored at the Top Contributors award dinner on December 7 at House of Hong Restaurant in Seattle from 6:00–9:00 pm. Click the ticket link below for more information about the dinner or contact member Assunta Ng.

Rotarian Malaria Partners Seeks Senior Executive

Rotarian Malaria Partners is seeking an experienced and passionate Rotarian to develop and lead the organization as its Managing Director, Strategic Engagement.  

SRSF Opportunity Grant

The Seattle Rotary Service Foundation announced the opening of the 2018 Opportunity Grants cycle.  This funding program works to be responsive to the preferences of our member donors and the needs of our community, recognizing that sometimes our usual structure of annual grants does not make funds available when special opportunities, emergencies, and unique needs arise.
The maximum grant will be $7,500 and the minimum is $500.  All applications must be received by SRSF by December 1, 2018. 
Applications for these grants must come through the regular Seattle Rotary Service Committees.


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:
Stephen Shepherd, Broker with Windermere – Individual membership with a Real Estate classification.  Proposer, Laurel James, and Seconder, Jaime Mendez.


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
11:00 am, 4th Wednesdays
Rotary Club luncheon venue
Mary Wagner and Lori Walker
*Due to the holidays, the November committee meeting has been moved to December 5 at 11:00 am.*
International Service
10:30 am, 3rd Wednesday
Puget Sound Plaza, 1235 4th Ave. 15th-floor conference room
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
1215 4th Ave. Suite 1215
Seattle, WA 98161
Phone: 206-623-0023
Fax: 206-623-0216
Caroline Bobanick
Club Manager
Mariah Kimpton
Associate Club Manager
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