Rotary Club
of Seattle
Weekly Totem
Founded 1909                            Weekly News and Highlights                        November 8, 2017

Seattle Rotary Evening Edition

Thursday, Nov. 16
The James Moore Bar + Kitchen
1920A Second Ave.
This Evening Edition we will hear from Adam Farish, the CEO of 8Stem, a new platform for the distribution and consumption of music. Learn about the iPhone App that he created with the guidance and insight of Bruce Pavitt, the founder of Sub Pop records.
Upcoming Evening Editions:
November 30
Bill Weisfield
Your Business and Your Life---25 Tips in 25 Minutes

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November 22
No Meeting
Happy Thanksgiving!
November 29
The Grand Hyatt
Amazon HQ2
December 6
The Westin
Jonathan Sposato
December 13
The Sheraton
Holiday Party


November 10
William Dickinson
Jim O'Donnell
November 12
Jeff Borek
Hollie Ellis
Bob Johnson
Dave Kelly
November 13
Adrienne Jeffrey
Anna Liotta
Liz McGrath
November 14
Paul Cressman Jr.
Roberta Greer
Maria Wilcox
November 15
Tom Mesaros
November 18
Gary Smith
November 20
Rod Waldbaum


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!

Membership Anniversaries

1 Year
Kathleen Fondren
Rebecca Hellman
James Hill
Jaime Mendez
Shouan Pan
2 Years
Danny Hocoy
3 Years
Molly Carney
April Collier
David Fain
Jeffrey Gill
Robyn Grad
Melissa Merritt
5 Years
Lisa Yeager
6 Years
Karen Lee
9 Years
Jane Pryor
11 Years
David Kraft
15 Years
Thomas Hayward **
Terry Van Nostrand
16 Years
Jeffrey Pyatt
18 Years
Paul Ishii
Patricia Bostrom
Michael Colbrese
19 Years
Jonelle Johnson
Laura Rehrmann
20 Years
Susan McNab
29 Years
James Linardos
Tracy Garland
32 Years
J. Shan Mullin
34 Years
William Smead
69 Years
Donald Kraft

Bob Alexander


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 pull a speaker’s presentation off the shelf, Seattle Rotary Online is available to companies or other organizations that wish broader awareness within the club or community.
Sponsorships are available for as little as $500. Please contact Seattle 4 Rotarian, David Endicott by email or at 206-409-3275.

Suzanne McGill, Rwanda Girls Initiative

November 15 at Noon
The Grand Hyatt, 721 Pine St
KING5’s Joyce Taylor will speak with Suzanne McGill, Co-Founder and President of Rwanda Girls Initiative. The non-profit organization was founded in 2008 with a mission to educate girls in Rwanda. Suzanne passionately believes education, particularly the education of women and girls, is one of the most powerful tools we have to break the cycle of poverty. To date, more than 400 girls have graduated from the school they built from the ground up and they are now pursuing degrees in science and technology around the world.

Veterans Day: Stories of Service

Totem Report by Dann Mead Smith
November 8, 2017

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! 
Saturday, November 11
9:15-11:30am @ Wellspring Family Services, 1900 Rainier Ave S., Seattle
Wellspring Family Services’ Baby Boutique.
Bring your friends and family – ages 4 and older are welcome! Space is limited. 
Andrew Wyeth: in retrospect
Thursday, November 30th
5:30pm @ the Seattle Art Museum, 1300 1st Ave.
Join the Seattle #4 Arts Committee for a docent-led tour. Meet at Admissions at 5:30pm. No-host social hour at Goldfinch Tavern to follow. Space is limited to 30, so RSVP soon.
Holiday Gift Drive
November 29-December 6
Weekly Lunch Venue
Please join us in the 2017 Holiday Gift Drive for Kids! We are supporting two different organizations this year and have the need for gifts, as well as gift cards.  Members can pick up gift tags from Nov 29th – Dec 6th at the Wednesday meetings. Gifts can be dropped off at the December 6th and December 13th meetings.
Saturday, December 9
10:00am-3:00pm @ Rotary Boys & Girls Club
201 19th Ave
Each year the Rotary Community Service Committee, in conjunction with the Rotary Boys & Girls Club, creates a wonderful opportunity for all Rotarians (and friends/families) to take a deserving, less-fortunate child on a holiday shopping outing. All of the children are from the Rotary Boys & Girls Club and are selected for the program on the basis of need.
Help us support Rotary First Harvest - a program of Rotary District 5030 - through BECU's People Helping People Awards
BECU received over 230 nominations this year and has selected 18 finalists --Rotary First Harvest being one of those 18.
From November 3-17 vote for your favorite organization to win the People’s Choice AwardPlease consider voting for Rotary First Harvest and help them win $15,000 to support hunger programs in Washington State!
Rotary First Harvest connects farmers, truckers, volunteers and foodbanks to reduce hunger and food waste. More than half those served by hunger relief programs in our state are either children or seniors.


The Seattle Rotary Service Foundation (SRSF) has announced a new pilot program called “Opportunity Grants”.  SRSF is trying 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.
All applications must be received by SRSF by December 1, 2017.

Members in the News

Lillian Sherman, Executive Director of the Pike Place Market Foundation, was named one of the Puget Sound Business Journal's Women of Influence. Learn more here.
Molly Carney, Executive Director of Evergreen Treatment Services, responded to President Trump's declaration of the opioid crisis as a public-health emergency in an op-ed in the Seattle Times. Read the article here.

Wider World of Rotary

Please join us for a District Social this month which will be themed the Show Your Colors event. We will be celebrating the Apple Cup along with everyone coming in their own school colors. The District is providing Rotary Husky and Cougar pins for all who come to the party. The details are below and we hope to see you there.


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
8:00 am, 3rd Tuesday Sept-June
Stoel Rives, 600 University St., 36th floor
International Service
10:30 am, 3rd Wednesday
1201 3rd Ave. Davis Wright Tremaine, #2200

11:00 am, 4th Wednesday
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
Torchy's on the 2nd floor of the WAC
3rd Thursday of the month at alternating times and venues. Email reminders will be sent in advance of each month's meeting.

Contact Us

Rotary Club of Seattle
1326 5th Ave, Suite 342
Seattle, WA 98101
Caroline Bobanick
Club Manager
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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