Rotary Club
of Seattle
Weekly Totem
Founded 1909                            Weekly News and Highlights                      March 30, 2018

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April 11
The Westin
Paul Ishii, "Islam for Dummies, Like Me"
April 18
Embassy Suites
Brad Smith, President of Microsoft
April 25
The Westin
Naveed Jamali, Double Agent
May 2
Grand Hyatt
Program TBA
May 9
The Westin
Ally Svenson, Enlightened Leadership
May 16
The Sheraton
Annual Seattle Firefighter Awards


March 31
Hamilton McCulloh
Erick Slabaugh
Jesse Thomas
April 2
Ben Linford
April 6
Bill Franklin
April 7
Gerry Adams
Ron Bayley
Fred Weiss
April 9
Gary Hartman
April 10
Astrid Berg
1 Year
Daniel Ketchel
2 Years
Daron Vchulek
3 Years
Kelly Pearson
Marc Rapaport
4 Years
Robert Boeshaar
5 Years
Trent Mummery
Theresa Wang
James Loder
Mark Long
David Owens
James Collins
6 Years
Dorothy Echodu
Rita Koefod
Arnold Ness
9 Years
Gary Smith
12 Years
Candy Lee
Erick Slabaugh
Alan Vickery
Janice Winemiller
13 Years
Cindy Runger
Jeffrey Pritchard
14 Years
Livingston Wernecke
16 Years
Skip Rowland
James Odom
17 Years
Paul Heppner
James Wong
Joel Ferrell
18 Years
Einer Handeland
20 Years
John Steckler
21 Years
Joel Paget
22 Years
Craig Dawson
23 Years
Jacqueline Bardsley
24 Years
Gerry Maurer
Judith Whetzel
25 Years
Christine Charbonneau
26 Years
Mark Weed
Laurel James
28 Years
Rich Lacher
29 Years
Douglas True
30 Years
Rita Ryder
31 Years
Jerry Burtenshaw
40 Years
Frederic Weiss
68 Years
James George McCurdy

Did you lose something at a recent Rotary meeting? We may have found it! We are looking for the owners of the following items:

- High-end ballpoint pen

Please email 
if you think they may be yours.


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 & Jane Tornatore) — our group is dedicated to supporting and celebrating Seattle #4 members. Click here to contact the committee and share your news!


Bob Alexander


Intended as a library of past presentations, 
Seattle Rotary Online sponsorships are available to companies or other organizations that wish broader awareness within the club or community.
Sponsorships are available for as little as $500. Please contact Seattle 4 Rotarian, David Endicott by email or at 206-409-3275.

Interested in Proposing a New Member?

Do you have a friend, coworker, or acquaintance who you think would enjoy Rotary membership? 
Find the membership application below, and contact Caroline Bobanick at 206-623-0023 or for more information or to reserve a complimentary lunch for a prospective member. 
Board of Directors
Mark Wright

Cindy Runger 
President-Elect Nominee
Kim Moore

Immediate Past-President
Catherine Gibson 
Board Chair
Roberta Nestaas

Vice President for Membership
Corinne Cavanaugh 

Vice President for Service
Kelly Pearson 

Vice President for Programs
Hamilton McCulloh

Virginia McKenzie

Carolyn Hojaboom

Ken Grant 
TRF Chair
Roberta Greer
David Siebert
Ken Colling

Terms ending 6/30/2018
Roberta Greer
Trent Mummery
Allison Parker
David Siebert
David Woodward 

Terms ending 6/30/2019
Linda Cheever
Jimmy Collins
Beth Knox
Ben Linford
Kim Moore

Terms ending 6/30/2020
Ken Colling
David Levine
Rob LoBosco
Harold Scoggins
Jane Tornatore

Two gifts...
We change the world

Once a year we ask you to make two donations.  One is to the Seattle Rotary Service Foundation (SRSF).  The other is to The Rotary Foundation (TRF).  If you have not yet made your donations, please consider doing so today.  Thank you! 

Slade Gorton and art thiel, Saving the Seattle Mariners 

April 4  at Noon
The Renaissance, 515 Madison
Slade Gorton is one of the state’s longest-serving political figures. Among his many accomplishments, he played key roles in saving Major League Baseball for Seattle — not once, but three times. As state attorney general in 1972, he sued the American League after the Pilots left, forcing the owners to award a franchise to Seattle in 1977 that became the Mariners. As U.S. Senator in 1991, he connected Japanese billionaire Hiroshi Yamauchi with a group of Seattle-area tech-business leaders to buy the franchise to keep it in town. In 1996 Slade Gorton stepped in again, intervening when King County threatened to stop the stadium funding plan. Art Thiel of SportsPressNW will have a conversation with Slade Gorton about his passion for baseball and the effectiveness of strong political leadership.  

Special Olympics Invites Rotarians to #RiseWithUs 

Totem Report March 28, 2018
By Dann Mead Smith

#4Bits Book Recommendations

Did you enjoy Don Kraft's #4Bits segment this week about Rotarian Luther Carr? See below for Frances Carr's black history book recommendations. The six books she recommended to Don in 1985 are included here, along with a few more Rotarians might enjoy.
Meet Taylor Shimizu
Meet Reggie Woods

2018 District Conference

Register now to join hundreds of Rotarians from across District 5030 for a weekend of fellowship, speakers, workshops, service opportunities and more. 
April 27-29 at Tulalip Resort & Casino
Full Conference Registration - $340
Saturday Only Registration - $199
Tulip Time at Rotary *rescheduled*
Wednesday, April 11
11:30am @ the Westin
The Rotary Club of LaConner  will be bringing loads of beautiful tulips to our April 11 luncheon.  A bouquet of 10 stems is only $5 -- you'll want a bunch!
Rotary first harvest
Saturday, April 14
8:30-11:00am @ 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.
Rotary Boys & Girls Club  Fellowship Night
Wednesday, April 18
4:30-7:30pm @ Buffalo Wild Wings, 1624 4th Ave
Join the Rotary Boys & Girls Club Committee for a night of fellowship benefiting the High School Leadership program at Rotary Boys & Girls Club. This is a great opportunity to meet our future leaders and a few board members from the club.  All Rotarians and friends are invited to attend to support the club. 10% of all proceeds from the evening will go to Rotary Boys & Girls Club. See Patrick Carter for more information.
Earth Day Service Project
Saturday, April 21
9:00am-12:00pm @ 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. 
More details and sign up coming soon!
Baby Boutique
Saturday, April 21
9:15-11:30am @ Wellspring Family Services, 1900 Rainier Ave S., Seattle 
Volunteer with Wellspring Family Services Baby Boutique.
Bring your friends and family – ages 4 and older are welcome! Space is limited, RSVP to Tai Powell.
world peace forum
April 20-21
Toronto, Canada
The Seattle #4 Rotary Peacebuilder Committee invites you to join the World Peace Forum. Every year, the World Peace Forum gathers scholars and students, peace activists and executives, journalists, religious leaders, politicians and artists from all corners of the globe to participate in the dialogue of Peace! 
Evening Edition
Thursday, April 26
Women's University Club, 1105 6th Ave
Enjoy a spotlight session with an esteemed Seattle Rotary member followed by quality conversations. Conveniently located downtown, join your fellow Rotarians and guests after work at the Women's University Club. A heavy appetizer buffet for $15, $6-8 wine, and $8-10 mixed drinks are available to purchase by credit card. Onsite parking is also available at a modest rate. We hope to see you there!
Maintenance Day at the Rotary Boys & Girls Club
Saturday, April 28
9:00-11:3oam @ the Rotary Boys & Girls Club,
201 19th Ave
Rotarians, friends, and family are invited to come help spruce up your investment at the Rotary Boys & Girl Club's Annual Maintenance Day on Saturday April 28th. We'll get started at 9:00 and finish with lunch at 11:30. The club is located on the corner of 19th & E. Spruce. Bring your favorite gloves or tool. Please see Robert Stadler or Simone Loban for more information.

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Unless  protests are received in the time period required (seven days), the following will receive a "Welcome to Rotary" notification that their membership has been accepted:
  1. Nicole Klein, Capital Campaign Manager, University of Washington Dept. of Recreation / Individual membership with an Education classification / Proposer, Michael O’Byrne, and Seconder, Kim Moore.
  2. Jessica Bhuiyan, Executive Director, World Without Hate / Corporate membership with a Leadership Development classification / Proposer, Hamilton McCulloh, and Seconder, Mark Wright


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
Business Mentor Program
1:30 pm, 1st Wednesday 
Rotary Club luncheon room
Community Service
11:00 am, 1st Wednesday
1326 5th Ave., 7th floor conference room
4:00 pm, 3rd Tuesdays
Two Union Square, 601 Union St. Suite 5122
International Service
10:30 am, 3rd Wednesday
1201 3rd Ave. Davis Wright Tremaine, #2200

11:00 am, last Wednesday of the month
Rotary Club meeting venue
5:30 pm, on 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
11:00 am, 4th Wednesday September-June
Northern Trust, 1301 Second Ave., Suite 2600


10:00 am, 3rd Tuesday
1215 4th Ave., 3rd floor conference room
5:00 pm, 1st Tuesday
The Columbia Tower Club
3rd Thursday of the month at alternating times and venues. Email reminders will be sent in advance of each month's meeting.
Rotary Relations
11:00 am, 2nd Wednesday
Rotary Club meeting venue

Contact Us

Rotary Club of Seattle
1326 5th Ave, Suite 342
Seattle, WA 98101
Caroline Bobanick
Club Manager
Phone: 206-623-0023
Mariah Kimpton Associate Club Manager
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