Rotary Club
of Seattle
Weekly Totem
    Founded 1909                   Weekly News and Highlights                     December 9, 2016

The After Party

December 15
Tap House Grill
1506 6th Ave.

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Looking Ahead

December 14
The Sheraton
Annual Holiday Party: A Holiday Songbook
December 21
Happy Holidays!
No meeting
December 28
Happy New Year!
No meeting
January 4
Hyatt Olive 8
Economic update with Chris Mefford from Community Attributes
January 11
Washington State Convention Center
Come meet Rotary International President John Germ
January 18
Hyatt Olive 8
Christina Lomasney, CEO of Modumetal,
and General Lanza
January 25
Grand Hyatt
Jerry Dipoto, Mariners GM
February 1
Scilla Andreen, IndieFlix
February 8
Hyatt Olive 8
Stockton Rush, OceanGate and Whoosh Innovations


December 10
Carolyn Hojaboom
December 11
Dick Hopp
December 12
Len Cereghino
December 13
Scott Robertson
Jim Spady
December 14
Steve Boyer
Nathaniel Donohue
Craig Nelson
Vicky Oxley
December 16
Bruce Jones
December 17
Kevin Crane
December 18
Bill Center

December Membership Milestones

2 Years
James Kraft
Jane Tornatore
4 Years
Susan Haris
5 Years
Bret Anderson
6 Years
Alan Bergen
Andrew Rapp
9 Years
Brian Bruce
Stephen Sprenger
12 Years
Mark Wright
14 Years
John Rafn
15 Years
Heather Fitzpatrick
16 Years
Maria Tringali
19 Years
Michael Gano
William Montero
20 Years
Ann Marie Kimball
22 Years
Linda Walton
23 Years
Paul Cressman Jr.
David Siebert
24 Years
Susan Adler
James Duncan
25 Years
Assunta Ng
29 Years
Anne Farrell, PP
36 Years
Skip Kotkins, PP
38 Years
Carl Behnke
40 Years
Cork Hardinge


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.

Annual Seattle Rotary Holiday Party

December 14th at 11:00am
The Sheraton Grand Ballroom - 1400 6th Ave
11:00am - Reception and caroling with the Rotary Rogues
11:45am - Ballroom doors open
12:00pm - Luncheon begins
1:30pm - Luncheon concludes
At this year’s Rotary Holiday Luncheon, the 5th Avenue Theatre's David Armstrong will join us, along with some of our favorite Seattle performers, to share the fascinating stories and secrets behind the music.
And remember — only at this event will you hear the inspiring tale of the Seattle 4 hero, Rudolph the Rotary Reindeer!
Members on the program plan do not need to RSVP for this year's event.
Ticket sales have now closed. Tickets at the door are not guaranteed, and are first come, first serve.
If you want to attend but did not get a ticket before the cutoff, or would like to reserve a table, please contact the office at 206-623-0023 or

Rotarians visit the seattle symphony

Totem Report 
by John Hamer
“Listen Boldly” is the motto of the Seattle Symphony, and the day’s program gave every member and guest a chance to do exactly that.
Special thanks to the musicians who performed for us:
Stephen Bryant, violin
Mara Gearman, viola
Roberta Downey, cello
Jeffrey Barker, flute
Toys for tots toy drive
Wednesday, December 14
11:00pm @ The Sheraton
Grand Ballroom
Help make the holidays special for children across Seattle. Donate new, unwrapped toys for any age. Donations also accepted online through the link below.

Save the Date: meet Rotary International President John Germ this January!

Seattle #4 Rotary Luncheon
Wednesday, January 11
12:00pm @ The Washington State Convention Center. Guest tickets must be purchased in advance. 

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. 


Election Results

We're happy to announce the results of the 2016 election for the Rotary Club of Seattle and Seattle Rotary Service Foundation:
Seattle Rotary Service Foundation Board of Trustees, three-year term
Trish Bostrom
Tom Mesaros
Jean Tompson
Gerry Adams
Rotary Club of Seattle Board of Directors, three-year term
Ken Colling
David Levine
Rob LoBosco
Harold Scoggins
Jane Tornatore
Officers of Rotary Club of Seattle, one-year term starting July 1, 2017
President: Mark Wright
Club Chair: Roberta Nestaas
Vice President of Programs: Hamilton McCulloh
Vice President of Service: Allison Parker
Vice President of Membership: Corinne Cavanaugh
Sergeant at Arms: Ken Grant
Secretary: Virginia McKenzie
Treasurer: Carolyn Hojaboom
President-Elect Nominee, to serve as President 2018-2019
Cindy Runger

Great News – A fast start for the annual campaigns

Two gifts…Service for Humanity.

Our Seattle Rotary Service Foundation and Rotary International Foundation’s annual fundraisers are combined into a single drive each fall and we want to hear from you by year’s end.  Our goals are 100% member participation in both campaigns and to raise $300,000.  It’s easy to:
  • complete your pledge forms online through the link below,
  • or complete the forms sent to you by mail.
If you haven’t already, please act on both opportunities before December 31st.

Wider World of Rotary

By Virginia McKenzie 

Young Professionals Holiday Hobnob

Holiday Hobnob is an event where Young Professionals from across Rotary District 5030 come together for holiday cheer! This is a casual social event, sweethearts and fellow young-at-heart Rotarians are also welcome.

Sip on happy hour drinks and food from a amazing Italian spot in South Lake Union while we do a friendly white elephant gift exchange. Bring a wrapped gift under $15 - the cheezier the better. Re-gifts? Yes! Awkward Rotary shirt? Yes! A Chia Pet? Yes! The goal of this event is to enjoy friendship and fellowship with other Rotarians.

Wednesday, December 14
Rigoletto, 420 Pontius Avenue North

In case you would like a a white elephant gift exchange works.
Space is limited, RSVP as soon as possible!


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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