Rotary Club
of Seattle
Weekly Totem
    Founded 1909                     Weekly News and Highlights                        November 16, 2018

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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 16
Reggie Woods
November 18
Gary Smith
November 20
Rod Waldbaum
November 23
Ashok Gangolli
November 24
Lauren Domino
Nina Odell
Linda Sherran
November 25
Trish Bostrom
David Brenner
November 26
Joseph Smith
November 27
Art Mazzola
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 Caroline 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

No Meeting Wednesday, november 21

A World Without Childhood Cancer

November 28 at noon
The Westin, 1900 5th Ave.
While the human immune system is a powerful tool for fighting infections, cancer flies under its radar.  At Seattle Children’s Hospital, the Jensen Lab, led by Dr. Mike Jensen, is testing a cutting-edge treatment that reprograms a child’s defense system to attack and kill cancer cells, without chemotherapy or radiation, or their debilitating side effects.
Dr. Jensen will share his insights into this fascinating immunotherapy research and its potential impact in the fight against cancer.  He will be introduced by Doug Picha, President of Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and fellow Seattle Rotarian.

A Meeting of Hope, Progress, and Appreciation

Jan Levy likes smart, eloquent people. She was the perfect person to introduce Eric Liu, founder and CEO of Citizen University.  Here is a quote from the Citizen University web page where Eric describes himself:  

“I am the son of immigrants from China. As a second-generation American I am deeply conscious of the opportunities – and obligations – that come with my citizenship. That’s why all the work I do as a writer, educator, and civic entrepreneur is dedicated to making sure this country lives up to the promise of its creed.”


2018 Elections

At this week's luncheon, Immediate Past-President Mark Wright presented the slate of candidates for election on December 5, 2018 to serve for the Rotary year beginning July 1, 2019. 
Electronic ballots were sent via email on November 14th. Electronic voting closes at 11:59 pm on Tuesday, December 4. Ballots will also be available at the December 5th meeting until 12:25 pm, at which time voting will be closed for tallying. The election results will be announced at the end of the meeting.
Click the link below to view a list of candidates and their bios. 
If you did not receive your ballot, or if you have any issues casting your ballot online, please contact Mariah at

Bylaws Amendment

At its June 28, 2018 meeting, the Board of Directors approved an amendment to the Club’s Bylaws. Per the Bylaws, the Club’s membership needs to be provided at least two weeks written notice of the proposed changes before a vote to approve or reject the amendment. This notice of the proposed amendments will appear in the November 16, 23 and 30th Totems, and a vote of Club members to approve the amendment is scheduled for the Annual Meeting on December 5, 2018. Proposed changes are noted in blue.
Those with questions or wishing to discuss the proposed amendments may contact Jimmy Collins, Governance Committee Chair, at
Bylaws Amendment:  New language added to Article VII Committees, Section 1 of the Bylaws.
F) Insurance and Risk Management Committee shall consist of at least three members plus a chair, all to be appointed each year by the president/board chair. The Insurance and Risk Management Committee members may be selected on the basis of their expertise in the field of insurance and/or risk management. The Committee shall periodically review the club’s insurance coverages and providers, and related policies, practices and procedures. The Committee shall provide recommendations from time to time to the board of directors related to these matters.
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. 

Rotary First Harvest Work Party
Saturday, December 8
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 December is one 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!
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!


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.

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
*Due to the holidays, the November committee meeting has been moved to December 5 at 11:00 am.*
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
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