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Weekly Totem
    Founded 1909                    Weekly News and Highlights                     February 3, 2017


February 2
Elephant & Castle 1415 5th Ave

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Looking Ahead

February 8
Hyatt Olive 8
Stockton Rush, OceanGate and Vince Bryan III, Whoosh Innovations

February 15
Current Immigration Issues with Jorge Baron of Northwest Immigration Rights and Joel Paget  of Ryan, Swanson, and Cleveland

February 22
Bell Harbor
Diplomacy Day with Canadian CG James Hill and Mexican CG Roberto Dandisch

March 1
Mayor Ed Murray with a State of the City address

March 8
Bell Harbor
Chris Murray, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at UW

March 15
McCaw Hall
Pacific NW Ballet

March 22
Grand Hyatt
Guns in America: Finding Common Ground with Rex Caldwell from the WA State Criminal Justice Commission, Second Amendment Foundation and Alliance for Gun Responsibility


February 4
John Warner
February 5
Petros Koumantaros
February 6
Chuck Holmes Jr.
Conrad Wouters
February 7
John Kilpatrick Ph.D.
Dave Levine
February 8
Steve Crandall
February 9
Navi Bains
February 10
Paula Houston
February 11
Dave Carlson
February 12
Rachelle Nesta
February 13
Whitney Mason
February 15
Craig Wright

February Membership Milestones

1 Year
David Brenner
William Dickinson
Jill Dougherty
Sandra Walsh
2 Years
Tony Mestres
Steven Shaw
Lyle Tenpenny
3 Years
Stephen Lanza
David Levine
4 Years
Jan Levy
5 Years
Paul Graves
Deanna Hobson
Jeffrey Parker
6 years
James Miller
Eric Weiss
7 Years
Steven Crandall
Carolyn Hojaboom
Maren Norton
8 Years
Susan Ershler
10 Years
Kenneth Hamm
Hamilton McCulloh
13 Years
Alan Kunovsky
John Warner
Peter DeLaunay
David Woodward
14 Years
Roy Mann
16 Years
Kim Moore
17 Years
Donald Kurth
18 Years
Michael Barrett
20 Years
John Nesholm
Jack Lauderbaugh
Bill Center (PP)
24 Years
Dennis Fleck
27 Years
Rodney Waldbaum
29 Years
Jonathan Bridge
Larry Granat
Carol Nygren
30 Years
Arthur Mazzola


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 just pull a speaker’s presentation off the shelf, Seattle Rotary Online has been sponsored by First Choice Health CEO, Ken Hamm. Ken is willing to share the financial load (and public awareness!) with companies or other organizations that wish broader awareness within the club or community.
Sponsorships are available for as little as $500Please contact Seattle 4 Rotarian, David Endicott by email or at 206-409-3275.

Every Rotarian, Every Year

Please make your 2016-2017 contribution to The Rotary Foundation today so Seattle #4 is eligible for Rotary International and District Matching Grants. Thank you!

underwater innovations

February 8 at Noon
Hyatt Olive 8, 1635 8th Ave
We’ll learn about the latest techniques for safer fish passage in our waterways plus marvel at the very latest manned submersible technologies.
Meet Meisha Rouser

Fellow Rotarians, it is my pleasure to introduce Meisha Rouser, our newest member. Meisha’s classification is Consulting.  With the Nofsinger Group, she works with top level executives. 

Meet Vincent Yao

Please join me in giving a warm Seattle 4 welcome to Vincent Yao, Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Seattle.

Taking a closer look at independent films

Totem Report by John Hamer

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Ethnic Dinner
Tuesday, February 7
5:30pm @ Mamnoon, 1508 Melrose Ave.
Save the date for an ethnic dinner at Mamnoon, where you'll enjoy a modern union of Middle Eastern cuisines. 
Hearts and Wine 2017
Friday, February 10
6:00pm @ The Foundry by Herban Feast in Sodo  
Rotary First Harvest invites you to Hearts & Wine 2017, an elegant evening of wine, jazz, friends and fun! Join us in helping RFH to continue to provide healthy produce for our neighbors and to reduce food waste.
Tickets include admittance, Herban Feast heavy appetizers, desserts, 15 wine-tasting tokens, live jazz, entrance to the exclusive mini-auction, and more.
Trivia for a Cause with Seattle City Rotaract
Monday, February 20
7:30pm @ Chuck's Hop Shop, 2001 E. Union St. 
Our last trivia night was such a success, they invited us back for another! Make a team and grab a beer. Play trivia for a good cause! Proceeds to benefit Seattle City Rotaract's Monday Mentoring Program at the King County Juvenile Detention Center. No need to RSVP.
Winners for Life Hosts Needed
Wednesday, March 29
11:00am @ the Washington State Convention Center
The annual Winners for Life Reception and Luncheon, sponsored by the Youth, Schools and Early Education Committee, is seeking Rotarian Hosts for the March 29th event.
The Hosts will not be expected to contribute anything monetarily…but they will be asked to help make our Winners and their guests comfortable, and devote the time for the 11 a.m. reception followed by the noon luncheon at the WA State Convention Center.
Please sign-up today…March 29th will be here soon! The sign-up deadline is Friday, March 3rd.
Learn more here:

Registration is now open for the 2017 District Conference!

Join Rotarians from across the district to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Rotary International Foundation and the 30th anniversary of women in Rotary with a weekend of fun, fellowship, and inspiration. The conference will be held April 21-23 at the Hilton in Downtown Portland. 

In Memoriam
Former Seattle #4 Rotarian Stan Boreson passed away January 27. 

Seattle #4 Rotarians at pets 

By Virginia McKenzie

Seattle #4 Rotary is well represented at PETS:  Presidents Elect Training Seminar.  Every year, at about this time, all of the President Elects (PE’s) for the 49 Rotary Clubs in District 5030 gather for training.  The event lasts two weekends so the PE’s can choose to attend one weekend or the other.  Our very own Corinne Cavanaugh and David Endicott are in attendance to educate on how to create a social media presence and Music4Life.  Way to go Seattle #4 Rotary!

Polio Update

Dr. Chris Elias receives Dr. Jonas Salk's Congressional Gold Medal from PDG Ezra Teshome and presents his polio update at  He said we're in the bottom of the 9th inning with 2 outs!


Contact Us

Rotary Club of Seattle
1215 4th Ave. Suite 1215
Seattle, WA 98161
Caroline Bobanick
Club Manager
Carma McKay
Seattle Rotary Service Foundation
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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