Rotary Club
of Seattle
Weekly Totem
    Founded 1909                     Weekly News and Highlights                        November 9, 2018

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November 21
No Meeting
Happy Thanksgiving!
November 28
The Westin
Dr. Mike Jensen, Seattle Children's Hospital
December 5
Hyatt Olive 8
Dr. Eric Larson, Enlightened Aging
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!
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November 10
William Dickinson
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
November 15
Tom Mesaros
November 16
Reggie Woods
November 18
Gary Smith
1 Year
Eugene Boes
2 Years
Kathleen Fondren
Rebecca Hellman
Jaime Mendez
Shouan Pan
4 Years
Molly Carney
April Collier
David Fain
Jeffrey Gill
Robyn Grad
7 Years
Karen Lee
10 Years
Jane Pryor
12 Years
David Kraft
16 Years
Thomas Hayward
Terry Van Nostrand
17 Years
Jeffrey Pyatt
19 Years
Paul Ishii
Patricia Bostrom
Michael Colbrese
20 Years
Jonelle Johnson
Laura Rehrmann
21 Years
Susan McNab
30 Years
James Linardos
Tracy Garland
35 Years
William Smead

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!

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

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

You're more powerful than you think: a citizen's guide to making change happen

November 14 at noon
The Westin, 1900 5th Ave.
This is an age of epic political turbulence in America. Old hierarchies and institutions are collapsing. All the “givens” of civic life are no longer given. From the fracturing of the major political parties to the spread of bottom-up movements like Black Lives Matter and $15 Now, citizens across the country and across the political spectrum are reclaiming power. It is no longer the exclusive domain of CEOs, political elites, and insiders from either political party. And the questions today’s rising citizens face: Are you ready? Do you understand power? And if you want to make change in the world, do you know how?
This is the message of Eric Liu’s latest book, You’re More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen.  A former speechwriter and policy advisor to President Bill Clinton, a regular columnist for, and the founder & CEO of Citizen University, Eric leads a movement to foster responsible and empowered citizenship through activation, communication, and education. 

From East Texas to the Middle East: the Ezell's Famous Chicken Story

Our featured speaker on this crisp and clear fall day was Lewis Rudd, the co-founder of Ezell’s Famous Chicken. He was introduced by Skip Rowland, who delivered a passionate and heartfelt introduction for an extraordinary and determined man.
Skip said he was honored to be “part of this inspirational program; be the inspiration!” He introduced Mr. Rudd as a “brother from another mother” who was a high school dropout from Marshall, Texas, who served in the military and then moved to Seattle in 1977.


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.
Rotary First Harvest Work Party
Saturday, November 10
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 November and December are two 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!
Seattle Union Gospel Mission: Search & Rescue Night

Saturday, November 10
7:30-11:00 pm @ Union Gospel Mission, 318 2nd Ave. Extension South

Join fellow Rotarians on a search and rescue evening with Seattle's Union Gospel Mission.

The night is spent providing wool blankets, food, water, and other supplies to our homeless neighbors. It also offers them the opportunity to come inside for a night of safe shelter at the mission.

This event is for Seattle Rotary members, family, and friends.

Wednesday, November 14
12:00-1:45 pm @ the Rotary Luncheon Venue
Wellspring Family Services are seeking donations of children’s clothing, bedding, and essential items to stock their Baby Boutique, a free thrift store for families experiencing homelessness. Their wish list is below and any donations can be brought along to the November 14th Rotary meeting, where Heather Fitzpatrick will collect them.
See the flyer below for more details and Wellspring's wish list. 
Keeks Meeting

Thursday, November 15
7:30 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!
Since this is a breakfast meeting and the Rainier Club needs to prepare for it, please RSVP. The cost is $21 and will be collected at the door
Volunteer with Operation Warm
Thursday, November 15 
8:00 am-12:00 pm @ Chinook Elementary School 
Join the Community Service Committee in volunteering with Operation Warm, a national nonprofit which gifts nearly 400,000 brand new winter coats to kids in need each year. Operation Warm has a long history with Rotary, having started as a Rotary project 20 years ago at the Longwood Rotary in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.
Four volunteers are needed for each of the coat giving events. You will be assisting Rotarian Linda Sherran in overseeing volunteers from various companies and helping kids in need try on and select brand new warm winter coats.
Cystic Fibrosis Stair climb
Thursday, November 15
5:45 pm relay teams begin
6:15 pm individuals begin
@1201 3rd Ave, Seattle
Join Seattle City Rotaract and Seattle #4 Young Rotary Leaders in the 30th Annual Cystic Fibrosis StairClimb or donate to the team! You can climb as an individual, as a relay 3-Person relay or donate to the team to help reach our goals.
Saturday, November 17
9:15-11:15 am @ Rotary Support Center for Families, 1900 Rainier Avenue South
Spend a Saturday morning with your fellow Rotarians by helping families experiencing homelessness at Wellspring Family Services.
Your morning will be spent helping to sort donations for Wellspring’s Baby Boutique, a free clothing store for families facing homelessness. Afterwards, anyone in the group who is interested can meet for a dim sum lunch at Top Gun Seafood Restaurant in Bellevue.
All are welcome at the event, so don’t be shy, bring your friends, family, and neighbors along!
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. 

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. 
The 5th Avenue Theatre is offering Seattle #4 Rotarians a 25% discount on tickets to this season's production of Annie. Click the link below for details!

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.


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
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
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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