Rotary Club
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Weekly Totem
    Founded 1909                    Weekly News and Highlights                     March 24, 2017


March 30
Elephant & Castle
1415 5th AVE

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Looking Ahead

March 29
Washington State Convention Center
Winners for Life Celebration with Dwane Chappelle
April 5
The Westin
China in 2017: Big Issues in a Big Country with Gary Locke, Nelson Dong and Bob Kapp. Short program: Pacific Science Center and the Terracotta Warriors.
April 12
Grand Hyatt
Dr. Bill Thomas, Aging: Life’s Most Dangerous Game
April 19
Grand Hyatt
Brad Tilden, CEO of Alaska Airlines
April 26
Hyatt Olive 8
Skylar Olsen, Zillow Senior Economist
May 3
In-meeting service project with World Vision
May 10
2nd Annual Seattle Fire Department Awards lunch
May 24
Hyatt Olive 8
Colby Underwood, Blue Marble CEO
May 31
Andrew Russell, Intiman Theater: The Life Changing Power of Live Theater


March 24
Mike Harney
March 25
Sheila Vortman
March 26
Lindsay Klarman
March 27
Liz Powell
March 28
Sue Ershler
Jane Tornatore
March 29
Kelly Holm
March 31
Hamilton McCulloh
Erick Slabaugh
April 2
Ben Linford

March Membership Milestones

1 Year
Daron Vchulek
2 Years
Mike Hurt
Kelly Pearson
Marc Rapaport
3 Years
Robert Boeshaar
4 Years
Trent Mummery
Theresa Wang
David Owens
Eric Newman
James Collins
5 years
Dorothy Echodu
8 Years
Gary Smith
11 Years
Candy Lee
Erick Slabaugh
Janice Winemiller
12 Years
Cindy Runger
Jeffrey Pritchard
13 Years
Shelley Rotondo
Livingston Wernecke
14 Years
John Hamer
15 Years
Leon Rowland
James Odom
16 Years
Paul Heppner
James Wong
Joel Ferrell
17 Years
Einer Handeland
Kenneth Martin
19 Years
John Steckler
20 Years
Joel Paget
21 Years
Craig Dawson
22 Years
R. Bryan Cairns
Jacqueline Bardsley
23 Years
Gerry Maurer
Judith Whetzel
24 Years
Christine Charbonneau
D. Jerry Burtenshaw
25 Years
Mark Weed
Laurel James
27 Years
Rich Lacher
28 Years
Douglas True
29 Years
Rita Ryder
39 Years
Frederic Weiss
67 Years
James G McCurdy (PP)


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.

Winners for Life

March 29 at Noon
Washington State Convention Center, 705 Pike St. 
Join us for this inspiring program to honor and celebrate 44 Seattle high school students who have overcome significant challenges and are on track to graduate.
Meet roberto Dondisch
We're happy to introduce Dr. Roberto Dondisch, the Consul of Mexico in Seattle.


Totem Report by Jeanne McKnight
Follow-up on Wednesday’s Guns in America program: click here for info on opportunity to participate in a shooting lesson.
I Corps Change of Command
Monday, April 3
10:00am @ Joint Base Lewis-McChord
Lt. General Stephen Lanza, fellow Rotarian, will formally relinquish command of the Army's I Corps on Joint Base Lewis-McChord April 3 at 10 a.m. The "I Corps Change of Command" promises to be a fantastic opportunity to see a traditional military ceremony, and the largest gathering of soldiers in formation in the Pacific Northwest. Individuals interested in attending the event should plan to arrive by 9:30am to find parking and seating.
Human Trafficking film screening and panel

Tuesday, April 4
6:30pm @ SIFF Cinema Uptown
511 Queen Anne Ave. N

SOLD tells the story of a Nepali girl who gets tricked into prostitution.  At the end of the film there will be a panel discussion with the producer of the movie, the executive director of Spruce Street Crisis Care Clinic, and a survivor of prostitution.

Also we'll announce hands-on service and awareness building opportunities for you to help End Sex Trafficking Now alongside your fellow Rotarians. 

Rotary first harvest Work Party
Saturday, April 8
8:30-11:00am @ Northwest Harvest Warehouse in Kent
Please join us at the next District 5030 Rotary First Harvest Food Pack at the NW Harvest warehouse in Kent. Spouses, friends and children (3rd grade and older) always welcome. This is a great way to give back while connecting with other Rotarians and enjoying complimentary pastries, tea and coffee!
Tulip time at rotary
Wednesday, April 12
1:30pm @ the Grand Hyatt
The Rotary Club of LaConner  will be bringing loads of beautiful tulips to our April 12th luncheon.  A bouquet of 10 stems is only $5 -- you'll want a bunch!
Earth Day service Event
Saturday, April 22
9:00am-1:00pm @ Washington Park Arboretum
2300 Arboretum Drive
Join the Seattle Rotary Sustainability Committee in a service project at Washington Park Arboretum. Volunteers will work on restoration through planting, mulching, removing invasive species, and maintaining trails throughout the arboretum. 
Ethnic Dinner - Save the Date!
Tuesday, April 25
Tamarind Tree
1036 S. Jackson St.
Save the date for an ethnic dinner at Tamarind Tree, a popular spot for inventive Vietnamese cuisine andcocktails in an elegant setting.
Ten Grands
Saturday, May 13
7:00pm @ 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.        
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.

Don't Miss Out!

Rotary District Conference
Portland, OR  April 21-23

Register NOW for our fun, informative and inspiring Rotary District Conference April 21-23 at the Hilton in downtown Portland!
Seattle # 4 Rotarians who have registered already include:
Derick Pasternak, Corinne Cavanaugh, Roberta Greer, Jeffrey Borek, James Collins, Robert Davis, Jane Tornatore, Krista Dalton, Ralph Davis, Charley Dickey, David Endicott, Catherine Gibson, Gerry Maurer, Jeff Pritchard, Daron Vchulek, Kathryn Williams, Ken Colling, Sten Crissey, Robyn Grad, Suzanne Griffin, Carolyn Hojaboom, Candy J. Lee, Virginia McKenzie, Thomas Mesaros, Jim Moore, Mason Sizemore, Jean Thompson, Steve Crandall
This is your last chance to get the reduced rate Hilton hotel rooms, so register now!
Cathy Gibson, Virginia McKenzie, Corinne Cavanaugh and others are taking the Amtrak train on Thursday at 11:15 and returning Sunday at 2:50, and they would love to have you join them!
If any questions, contact Ken Colling 206 391-9053.

Wider World of Rotary


By Virginia McKenzie

Membership recruitment and retention is on every Rotary Club’s mind.  For this week’s Wider World of Rotary, I decided to look for what other Rotary Clubs are thinking and doing on this topic.  I found this lovely gem on the Official Rotary International LinkedIn Group.  It is the Rotarian Economist Short Book.  It’s only 31 pages and it’s a free download to pdf.   
“Ten lessons emerge from the Capitol Hill pilot. In order to grow the membership of service clubs, the experience of the pilot suggests that it is a good idea to (1) Plan strategically; (2) Reduce meetings, increase service; (3) Improve service opportunities; (4) Reduce membership costs; (5) Partner with local nonprofits; (6) Invest in your club’s public image; (7) Tap your members’ networks; (8) Apply for funding; (9) Set targets and monitor progress; and finally (10) Ensure leadership and enjoy your luck!”

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


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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