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February 24, 2016

The 30/30 Project:
Living with and Combating AIDS in Africa

with Julie Lewis, 30 Year
HIV Survivor

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Preview of February 17, 2016
Rotarians Save Lives - and YOU Can Too!  

Join us on February 17 for a compelling program showcasing how our community works together to save lives in our area. Seattle Fire Department Chief and Seattle 4 Rotarian, Harold Scoggins, will start our program with an overview of our region’s emergency response services and highlight how local systems like MEDIC ONE collaborate in a unique way to save lives in our community multiple times every day! Following a brief demo, everyone in the ballroom will have a hands on CPR lesson delivered by one of 30 MEDIC ONE volunteers joining us. Mark Wright will close our program with an inspiring interview with a real life-saving hero who saved the life of a fellow Rotarian!  You never know when you might be the one to make the difference between life and death for a family member, colleague or a complete stranger… so come learn and/or refresh your CPR skills. If you can donate blood next Wednesday (before or after lunch) please register HERE for yet another live-saving act.

Chief Harold Scoggins was named Seattle Fire Chief in April 2015. As Fire Chief, he oversees a workforce of more than 1000 uniform and civilian members who respond to approximately 90,000 emergency runs a year while serving a population of nearly 650,000 residents. 
With 30 year of fire service experience, Chief Scoggins brings a vast wealth of knowledge and skills to the Seattle Fire Department. For the past quarter century, Chief Scoggins served the City of Glendale, California. Before joining Glendale Fire, Chief Scoggins began his career in the fire service as a firefighter for the United States Air Force.
Chief Scoggins has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Cal State University Long Beach and a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from Cal State University Los Angeles.  He is married to his beautiful wife Abigail and has a son Anthony, 26, a daughter Jasmine 23, a daughter Nicole 14 and son, Isaiah 12.

The After Party

♦♦  Thursday, February 25, 5-7pm  ♦♦♦
Triple Door – 216 Union Street

Join us to continue the conversation: 30/30 Project: Living with and Combating AIDS in Africa.
Review of February 10, 2016
Diplomacy Day defines NW position for trade & international students

Reporter: John Hamer

A festive international theme greeted Rotarians at The Westin, where tables held signs with the names of many different nations around the world. After President-Elect Cathy Gibson welcomed the crowd, Linda Rough and John Iverson led the singing of “What a Wonderful World” and Erick Slabaugh delivered the invocation.

David Woodward, who was born in Iran and now heads Associates in Cultural Exchange, said today was Seattle #4’s first annual “Diplomacy Day.” He asked members of the Diplomacy Task Force to stand, which he said was “not a committee but a resource group of members with a special passion for international relations.” He noted that more than 10% of Washington residents were born outside of the U.S. The Kent School District has students who speak 125 different languages, making it the most diverse in the nation, he added.

Woodward introduced four Consuls General who were seated at a head table, representing Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Brazil. Then he introduced all the others around the room, representing Canada, Russia, Mexico, Belgium, Hungary, France, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Peru, Finland, Albania, Poland, Ethiopia, Turkey, Estonia, and Ukraine. “As Pope Francis put it, let us overcome the globalization of indifference,” he said. “None of us can solve our own problems or the world’s problems by ourselves.”

Hyeok Kim, Deputy Mayor of Seattle, offered thanks from Mayor Ed Murray for Rotary’s international efforts. “Seattle is growing its reputation as a global city and having a global impact,” she said, which helps support a thriving local economy. She noted that after the accident on the Aurora Bridge, over 50 people were admitted to local hospitals, including 15 different nationalities. She cited the “important role of the consular community to triage that crisis” and help reunite families. “That crystallized the city’s deep relationship with our consular corps.”

Dr. Ross Stewart, interim dean of Business, Government and Economics at Seattle Pacific University, introduced Dr. Daniel J. Martin, who is in his 4th year as president at SPU. Martin said that providing global education and internationalizing the campus are key goals. “Rotary’s mission around the world connects closely with this trend in higher education,” Martin said. The U.S hosted 970,000 undergraduate and graduate students from other countries last year, he said. At SPU, they went from 4% to 10% of the student body.

Why? Because 18 of the top 20 highest ranked universities in the world are in the U.S., and 30 out of next 50 are also here. “There is a great demand for higher education in developing economies,” Martin said. As the world population grows, that demand will increase. He said that many foreign students are interested in making Seattle their home, to work in aerospace, technology, consumer retail and other sectors. Martin said this explosion of international students “has the capacity to build futures” and is a gateway to our region’s economy. “We must continue to attract the best minds. This helps our local businesses and industries.”
He said it also deepens understanding of what it means to be a “global citizen,” citing three key efforts:
-- Fulbright Scholars Program, which increases understanding between U.S. citizens and people around the word. Martin said SPU has had 5 Fulbrights in the last 5 years. “The impact of these interactions have long-term effects,” he said, noting that Washington colleges also led the nation in Peace Corps volunteers.
-- Associates in Cultural Exchange, which offers intensive foreign language courses. Martin cited a “Cultural Connections” program where ACE students practice their English with SPU students. “We want our students to become internationally literate and globally aware,” Martin said, adding that SPU has “study abroad” programs in 25 nations.
-- Interdisciplinary Programs, which integrate global issues into liberal arts, sciences, theology, and other SPU departments. “There is a subtle influence on students’ lives and awareness,” Martin said. He cited the example of an SPU graduate who now works for Landesa, a Seattle-based land-rights organization, who was inspired by social-justice classes at SPU. Helping the poor gain land rights means food, income and dignity.

“Internationalization is a long-term process, and it begins at both the personal level and the institutional level,” Martin concluded. His goal is to have a college campus “where students can wake up to their role in the broader world: Engaging the culture and changing the world.”

In the Question & Answer session, Steve Crane asked how SPU students are involved with the homeless. Martin said they brought “Tent City 3” to the SPU campus so the homeless were part of the community. “It is part of our strategic plan,” he said, to offer advocates, research and solutions. They are also partnering with the City of Seattle and Seattle University to address the issue.
Laura Rehrmann asked about global initiatives and the Fulbright program’s effects. Dean Stewart, who said he was “a Kiwi who served in Kenya,” said “Scholars can learn cultural humility in another country.” They then can tell students what “global acumen” is all about – from talking about soccer to discussing international development.
Faith Ireland asked if we were “guilty of doing a reverse brain drain” by bringing foreign students here to study and then get jobs. Stewart said it was still difficult for students to enter the U.S. workforce. “We have a very stringent system, but we do have to strike a balance.” He noted they can stay for a certain period of time, then must get H-1B visas. “We do put a little bit of a hurdle up. It is a tricky process.” Martin added that it can be a drain from other countries, but also a chance to partner with them. “Some countries underwrite students to come here and then they must return back to their homeland to work.”

Bill Smead asked if there was a difference in how Christian colleges and secular colleges handled these issues. Martin said SPU was affiliated with the Free Methodist Church, but was a “very ecumenical institution,” with over 50 different denominations, and many students “who don’t express any faith.” International students “can find a breadth of worship experiences.”

Bill Center noted that he ran the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program at the University of Washington, and introduced a former fellow who is now CEO of a software company in El Salvador that sent interns here for training. “This is a great example of the value that international education adds that’s almost invisible,” Center said. Rod Waldbaum asked what percentage of foreign college graduates stay in the U.S. vs. going home. Stewart said about 20-30% stay here.
Alex Mummery asked what were the top three countries that send students here and what was their graduation rate. Answer: China, India and Korea. Martin said that “International students are some of the best. They persist in our programs longer, and they typically graduate on time, because they are funded from back home or by a sponsor.”

In closing remarks, Ralph Munro, a 39-year Rotarian and former Secretary of State, said: “We’re blessed here in Washington state,” because our products are being used around the world, and our cherries and apples are in great demand. “All of these create jobs for Washington state workers. These people that you’ve honored here today are the connectors. They are the ones who open the doors, build the contacts, and make the connections.”  Cathy Gibson concluded: “It’s a big small world.” 

Photos by Brian Chu, Asst. Dir. of Marketing at Associates in Cultural Exchange (A.C.E.)
In Memoriam
Don Kraft's eulogies for Bob Ladd and Frank Pritchard can be viewed HERE.
Looking Ahead

February 24, 2016
The 30/30 Project: Living with and Combating AIDS in Africa
with Julie Lewis

March 2, 2016
The Art of Innovation
Kevin Harrington, original Shark Tank cast
and infomercial inventor

March 9, 2016
Travel guru Rick Steves


Winners for Life Hosts Needed!
Each year, the Rotary Club of Seattle honors high school students who have shown exceptional character in overcoming significant obstacles to remain in school. Poverty, homelessness, substance abuse, domestic violence, teen pregnancy, and language and learning disabilities are just some of the challenges these kids have surmounted. These remarkable students are quietly building bright futures in difficult circumstances. They are our “Winners for Life.”

On Wednesday, March 30, we need 60 Seattle Rotarians to each host a “Winner for Life” at the reception and regular Rotary luncheon. Rotary pays for the reception and meals of the Winner and their guest, and Winners receive a plaque, but YOU make the recognition more personal!  Please take a moment to fill out the form (HERE) and host a student. Thank you!


Seattle 4 Blood Drive
Seattle Rotary is excited to partner with Bloodworks Northwest in the pursuit of saving lives. You can share your one of a kind gift that will provide life to three people. Local patients need blood transfusions for many reasons like cancer, chronic illnesses, blood disorders and surgeries. One thing they don’t have to worry about when they are facing a health challenge is blood being available because of donors. Let’s show our support and give life this February!

Wednesday, February 17
4th & Virginia Bloodmobile
Sponsored by Seattle Rotary
Location: Mini Bus parked on east Side of 4th Ave just north of Virginia
9:30am – 3:30pm (closed 12-1pm)


Seattle Rotary Members – Schedule your appointment directly through Bloodworks at

For questions about eligibility please call (800)398-7888
Why Give?
The blood supply for our region depends on thousands of local individuals every week who make the decision to give blood and help keep folks safe when they need the gift of life-saving blood.  Did you know…
•    A total of 30 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S.
•    Only 5% of the population donates
•    Each day, nearly 900 people must donate with BloodworksNW to meet the local need
•    The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs
•    Every 2 minutes, someone in western WA is receiving a transfusion
5th Avenue Offer

The 5th Avenue Theatre is offering Seattle 4 Rotarians and their guests a chance to purchase tickets to How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying for $25*. All seats, all performances of the show from January 28- February 21 when you use promo code ROSEMARY. Click on the pic for more information and to purchase tickets.
Wider World of Rotary

Wider World of Rotary
Brought to you by the Rotary Relations Committee
Committee Chair: Trent Mummery
Club Secretary: Lisa Mayfield

Rotarians at Work

A big thank you to the Seattle 4 team who joined other District 5030 Rotarians at the monthly Rotary First Harvest food pack at NW Harvest.  We helped pack 9,930 lbs. of garbanzo beans (7,223 meals) and 14,320 lbs. of apples (11,015 meals) for local food banks.  Impressive! 


Our Seattle 4 food packing crew: Alan Bergen, Patrick Carter (with a group from Rotary Boys & Girls Club), Sten Crissey, Larry Granat, Ken Grant (with wife Kristin and daughters Annalisa and Zoe), Einer Handeland, Lisa Mayfield (with Aging Wisdom colleagues), David Siebert (with wife Carol) and former Rotarian Sarah Horrigan.

Save the date for the next food pack on March 12th from 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM.  RSVP to Lisa Mayfield if you are interested at


District 5030 Conference

Join the fun at the annual District conference in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on April 29-May 1.  This is a great way to network with fellow Rotarians and learn more about Rotary.  The following Seattle 4 Rotarians have already registered: Cathy Burnell, Daryl Campbell, Corinne Cavanaugh, Ken Colling, Sten Crissey, Clark Daffern, Mark Davis, Cathy Gibson, Roberta Greer, Carolyn Hojaboom, Mariah Kimpton, Ben Linford, Lisa Mayfield, Barry McConnell, Carma McKay, Virginia McKenzie, Tom Mesaros, Jim Moore, Trent & Alexandra Mummery, Derick Pasternak, Harvey Rubinstein, Mason Sizemore, Jean Thompson, and Kathy Williams.  See you there!  To register, visit the conference site at:



Meet Alexandra Mummery
Alexandra Mummery
Introduced on January 27, 2016 by Tom Jaffa

I am happy to introduce Alexandra Joan Mummery with the classification – Retired: Marketing & Business Development. 
Thanks to her proposer and #4 Rotarian, husband Trent Mummery and supporters Ralph Davis and Cathy Gibson.
Alex is a very passionate person and very excited to be part of our Club.  She had great success during her business career which included some underwriting, working with financial wealth management and real estate. Alex was born in Tacoma into an Army family; spent her first 6 years in Australia and then made stops in Salt Lake, Florida and Hawaii before coming back to Washington where she graduated from Hoquiam HS.  She loves living near water, which is one of the things she loves most about Seattle, which is “beautiful, happy, cozy, clean and green.”
Happy Birthday!
February 17
Maureen Brotherton, Carl Donovan

February 19
Bill Low

February 23
Kris Stred

Belated birthday wishes to Navkirin Bains (February 9)!

Totem Tip
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- Login to ClubRunner from the website homepage (email Sam if you trouble with your login name or password)
- Click on the Membership tab
- Click on Search Member eDirectory
- Enter criteria and click Search to generate results

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