Rotary Club
of Seattle
Weekly Totem
    Founded 1909                      Weekly News and Highlights                         July 13, 2018

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Looking Ahead

July 25
The Westin
John Sileo, the Hacker's Blacklist
August 1
Bell Harbor
August 8
The Westin
Steve Griessel, Betz Winery
August 15
The Westin
Judge James Robart
August 22
Hyatt Olive 8
Augmented Reality for Good
August 29
Grand Hyatt
Rotary Global Grant Scholar, Dr. Lorenzo Iovino
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 13
Bob Alexander
Lina Kim
Dann Mead Smith
July 14
Mark Gantar
July 15
Wally Kegel
Karl Neiders
July 16
Robin Pasquarella
Steve Sundquist
July 17
Anne Farrell
Bernie Griffin
Bareq Peshtaz
July 18
Linda Cheever
April Collier
Heather Fitzpatrick
July 20
Tim Bendokas
Jim Duncan
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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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


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. 

Frank Blethen, Publisher of the Seattle Times

July 18 at Noon
The Westin, 1900 5th Ave.
In this rapidly changing world of journalism, newspapers across the world are facing existential challenges.  Financial pressures, attacks on veracity, and the blurring of fact and opinion are forcing newspapers to innovate to survive.  Frank Blethen, publisher of The Seattle Times, one of America’s last independent, locally owned newspapers, will discuss our award-winning paper’s history, present, and future to reinforce the impact it has on our city.

President Cindy's vision builds on our strength, value proposition, communications, and fellowship

Totem Report July 11, 2018
By Pete DeLaunay
President Cindy Runger opened her first meeting as president of Seattle Rotary #4 with inspirational words of wisdom about our club’s position of strength in support of service projects, the importance of full engagement in service projects and fellowship, and how our club can grow career, mind, and spirit! Her words were amplified by Totem Star youth program founder, Daniel Pak, who described the importance of “loving what you do and doing what you love” as his organization has nurtured and encouraged more than 2,000 young people to embrace their passion for music. 

New Badges and Other Changes for This Rotary Year

We are pleased to announce that our club leadership has been working very hard to streamline club costs and that we will not be raising club dues or the cost of the program plan for this Rotary year!  Here are some additional changes that you need to know:
--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.  If you pay for your lunch at the meeting, you will receive a receipt and may be required to show this to our Rotary Greeters for proof of payment before entering the ballroom.
--On July 25th, all members will receive a new badge available for pick up at registration. New badges will now feature your company or organization.  Please note that your classification may have been modified to meet our new standardized list developed this past year by our Classifications Committee. If there is an error with your new badge or you feel your classification doesn’t reflect your current status, please contact Club Manager, Caroline Bobanick at for assistance so we can fix this for you. 
--We strongly encourage members to bring a guest to Rotary who they feel is a good prospect for membership and are pleased to continue offering a complimentary lunch.  Please note that you need to pre-register your prospective member guest with Club Manager, Caroline Bobanick, at, by Tuesday at midnight to ensure you receive a free lunch. Otherwise, you may be charged for your guest at registration. 
Thank you for your membership in Seattle 4 Rotary Club!!
Rotary First Harvest 
Saturday, July 14
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.
Peace Pole planting at St. Mark’s Cathedral
Sunday, July 15
12:15 pm @ St. Mark’s Cathedral, 1245 E 10th

With grant funding from SRSF, the Peacebuilder Committee is recognizing the many community programs of St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral that promote peace and justice. One of the most recent activities was the sponsorship of a forum and peaceful march to highlight the separation of families and children at the border. Following the brief  peace pole ceremony at 12:15, Rotarians and family members are invited to tour the I AM exhibit in the nave. I AM celebrates the rich, diverse and pivotal contribution that Middle Eastern women make to the enduring global quest for harmony and peace. 
Keekwullees Meeting
Thursday, July 19
7:30-8:45 am @ the Rainier Club, 820 4th Ave
Meet fellow members, learn more about the club, and check off another item on your yellow badge checklist!
Happy Hour for Good
Thursday, July 19
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 Rotary First Harvest - connecting farmers, truckers, volunteers, and food banks to reduce hunger and food waste.
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.
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. More details to come!
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.
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.


By Derick Pasternak
Just before the recent RI Convention, Toronto hosted the Rotary Peacebuilder Summit 2018.  Past President Cathy Gibson and several District 5030 Rotarians were among the 500+ attendees.  This exciting event built on regional meetings throughout the Rotary year, including one in Vancouver, BC, in February.
After RI President Riseley’s introduction, projects aimed at gender equity, mitigation of bullying, access to medicines, and other relevant topics were presented in plenary sessions and breakout groups. 
Bringing the Light, a documentary, chronicled the inspirational story of seven Nepali women with disabilities.
Youth participation featured Rotaract and NewGen Peacebuilders, an international NGO dedicated to peace education.  NewGen’s model of Positive Peace involves eight pillars: Well-Functioning Government; Equitable Distribution of Resources; Free Flow of Information; Good Relations with Neighbors; High Levels of Human Capital; Acceptance of the Rights of Others; Low Levels of Corruption; and Sound Business Environment. Positive Peace creates the optimum environment for human potential to flourish. The accompanying photo shows a hands-on Peace Mapping exercise.
One session was devoted to summarizing the regional meetings, emphasizing the connectivity of peacebuilding and environmental stewardship.  Several breakout sessions added Spanish or French interpretation.  Attendees left the summit energized to continue Rotary’s efforts in this sphere. 


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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