Rotary Club
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Weekly Totem
    Founded 1909                    Weekly News and Highlights                     May 12, 2017


May 18
Tap House Grill
1506 6th Ave

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Looking Ahead

May 17
Grand Hyatt
Coming to America: Washington State Welcomes the World
May 24
Hyatt Olive 8
Bryan Mistele, Innovation in Traffic Technologies
May 31
Andrew Russell, Intiman Theater: The Life Changing Power of Live Theater
June 7
Bell Harbor
Exploration of Implicit Bias
June 14
Grand Hyatt
Virtual Reality Panel
June 21
Seattle Arts Fair
June 28
End of Year Celebration


May 12
Jackie Kopson
Daniel Weiner
May 13
Carl Behnke
May 14
Melissa Merritt
May 15
Jerilyn Brusseau
Mark Davis
Bob Mucklestone
May 16
Randy Frisch
Connie Miller
Jim Moore
May 17
Sam Davidson
Dave Siebert
May 19
Jeff Gill
Lillian Sherman
May 21
Jill Dougherty
Joel Ferrell
May 22
Lisa Bury
May 23
John Kelly

May Membership Anniversaries

1 Year
Lisa Bury
Michele Centanni
Troy Coalman
Nathaniel Donohue
Joseph Montgomery
Jeff Snell
4 Years
Lina Kim
5 Years
Heidi Happonen
Bareq Peshtaz
Peter Wright
6 Years
Amy Bautista
Lisa Bridge
Dave Carlson
Liz Powell
Sarah Weaver
7 Years
David Fontana
8 Years
Terry Burns
Ken Grant
Faouzi Sefrioui
9 Years
Sue Beller
Jann Curley
14 Years
Jean Thompson
15 years
Jerilyn Brusseau
Paul Dziedzic
John Kilpatrick
16 Years
Charley Dickey
18 Years
Maureen Brotherton
19 Years
Kirk Greene
20 years
Fr. Steve Sundborg
21 years
David Endicott
22 Years
Robb Hunt
23 Years
Len Cereghino
24 Years
Scott Harrison
25 Years
Doug Seto
31 Years
Tim Bendokas (PP)
32 Years
Mason Sizemore
34 Years
Tom Herche
46 Years
Ken Lowthian
55 Years
Leigh Rabel
56 Years
Bill Bain


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.

Coming to America: Washington State Welcomes the world

May 17 at Noon
The Grand Hyatt, 721 Pine St. 

In a two-part program, learn from WA State Lt Governor Cyrus Habib about international relations at the state-level, and hear firsthand from four Muslim students attending Washington universities about their “coming to America” experience.

Honoring Our Heroes:

Seattle #4 Sponsors City of Seattle Fire Department Annual Awards Luncheon

Totem Report by Jeanne McKnight
"DIG" at the Burke Museum

Saturday, May 13
1:00-3:00pm @ The Burke Museum UW campus (enter through the loading Dock on the west side)

Seattle Rotary members are invited to experience a “DIG” at the Burke Museum where you get a chance to experience a mini field camp and learn how K-12 teachers are being trained to teach STEM in the classrooms with real science. You will be working with 66 million year-old fossils from actual field samples and see the Tuft-Loves Tyrannosaurus Rex.  This is where you learn to become researchers.

Space is limited so please let us know if you are coming by emailing Megan at or call 206.420.2152.

Ten Grands
Saturday, May 13
5:30pm reception, 7:00pm performance @ Benaroya Hall
200 University St.
Please join us on May, 13, 2017 for the show and the VIP party ahead of time on the Promenade!

Tickets have been saved for Rotarians at the price levels of $81 (orchestra level sides, as in the past) or $101 (orchestra level center). Purchasing these tickets allows Rotarians entry to the complimentary VIP party. To get these great seats and admittance to the party the code is GRANDS17 when purchasing.        

Celebration of Life for Joe James

Sunday, May 21
4:00pm @ Broadmoor Golf Club
2340 Broadmoor Dr. E.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Past President Joe James at 4 pm on Sunday May 21 at Broadmoor Golf Club. All Seattle Four members are welcome.
TerraCotta Warriors Tour
Tuesday, May 23 
5:00pm @ Pacific Science Center, 200 2nd Ave. N.
Save the Date for a tour of the Terracotta Warriors exhibit featured in the April 5th short program. More details to come!
Rotary at the rep
Thursday, May 25
6:30pm cocktails, 7:30pm play
@ Seattle Repertory Theater 155 Mercer St. 
Come enjoy this great play with Seattle Rotary #4 and enjoy a pre-theater reception with no-host bar. Reception will be held in the Spirit’s Lounge on the second floor of the theater lobby.
May 26-29
11:00am-6:00pm daily @ Seattle Center
Join the fun of FolkLife and your Rotary friends as we collect instruments at the Seattle Center FolkLife Festival, May 26,27,28 and 29, 2017.
We would be excited if you could volunteer for a two hour time slot, or more. Please sign up with your name, email, phone number and time and date(s) available.
Marli Iverson, Music4Life Volunteer Co-Chair, with Lynn Lindsay
Edward Thomas House Tour
Wednesday, May 31
10:30-11:30am @ Jefferson Terrace
800 Jefferson St. 
You're invited to take a first look and celebrate the impact of Seattle Rotary Service Foundation's 2014 large grant. 
Save the Date: Pinkham and Skeel Reception
Tuesday, June 27
5:00-7:00pm @ the Seattle Yacht Club
Seattle Rotary Service Foundation's Pinkham & Skeel Circle of Service donors ($1,000+) are invited to a special reception at the Seattle Yacht Club.

Remember when Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole invited us to participate in trainings with her officers?  Here is another opportunity for May, join Ken Colling in attending!  

The training facility is located in SODO on Airport Way South. They will send a map    

Bias free policing:
Thursday, June 1, 7:00am-11:00am

If interested in please email Peacebuilder Committee co-chair Roberta Nestaas at

a Spring Fellowship Hike
Thursday, June 1
5:30pm @ Chirico trailhead
DISTANCE: 4 miles roundtrip
HIGHLIGHT: Great views from the top and can watch the paragliders.
WHAT TO BRING: Water and a picnic supper if you want to eat at the top.
DETAILS: Ben Wicks
Seattle City Rotaract Annual Kickoff Party
Wednesday, June 28
6:00pm @ Via6 Rooftop
Join us in celebrating the end of another successful year! Learn more about what we’ve accomplished and what we have planned for 2017-2018. Tickets are $20 and include food and drinks, all proceeds will benefit our mentoring program with youth in the King County Juvenile Detention Center.
Save the Date: President's PArty
Thursday June 29
Queen City Yacht Club
 Every year in June, Seattle Rotary Mariners celebrate the completion of the term of Seattle Rotary’s president with a President’s Dinner Celebration, which is open to all members of the Rotary Club and their guests.  This year the event will be at the Queen City Yacht Club. 

Wider World of Rotary

By Virginia McKenzie

Join President-elect Mark Wright and his leadership team at the District 5030 Training Assembly on May 20th from 8am to 12:30pm in the Gene J Colin Education Hall at South Seattle Community College's – Georgetown Campus (6737 Corson Ave S  Seattle, WA  98108)
Seattle #4 Rotarians will be leading the following sessions:
  • What a Club Treasurer Needs to Know by Carolyn Hojaboom
  • How to Use Social Media and PR to Attract and Retain Members by Corinne Cavanaugh
  • How to Create a Community Free of Sex Trafficking by Virginia McKenzie
Register for DTA here:
If you have not attended many Rotary events outside of Seattle #4, the District Training Assembly is the perfect place to start! It’s FREE, it’s in Seattle and it will really open your eyes to the Wider World of Rotary.  We hope to see you there!!

Congress Comes Through on Polio Funding

By Steve Crane
Good news for polio funding in the FY17 Omnibus bill President Trump signed May 5.  $234 million goes to the Centers for Disease Control and USAID, $5 million more than last year.  After the concerns about cuts to both agencies, sustained polio funding affirms continued US leadership among the donor countries, which is critical to achieving eradication.  Polio advocacy’s focus now shifts to FY18, where cuts will be proposed again.  The support of Washington’s delegation will continue to be essential.  So are Rotarians’ contributions to PolioPlus.

Join tens of thousands of Rotarians in Atlanta to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation and 30 years of women in Rotary!

Seattle # 4 Rotarians who have registered already include:

Catherine Gibson
Jean Thompson
Lisa Mayfield
Mason Sizemore 
Roberta Nestaas 
Jann Curley
Virginia McKenzie
Tom Mesaros 
Corinne Cavanaugh 
Mark Wright
Kathy Williams
Jim Moore
Larry Granat


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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