Rotary Club
of Seattle
Weekly Totem
    Founded 1909                      Weekly News and Highlights                         August 10, 2018

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August 22
Hyatt Olive 8
Jessie Irwin, Immersive Technology - Building a New Reality
August 29
Grand Hyatt
Dr. Lorenzo Iovino, Rotary Global Grant Scholar
September 5
The Westin
Sylvie Di Giusto, The Image of Leadership
September 12
The Westin
Daniela Luzi Tudor and Murphy Jensen, Innovators for Social Good
September 19
Hyatt Olive 8
Will Ludlam, Edelman Trust Barometer
September 26
The Westin
Kurt Dammeier, Beecher's Sound Food Uprising
October 3
The Westin
Noah Purcell, Washington State Solicitor General
October 10
The Westin
Dr. Gary Gilliland, President and Director of Fred Hutch
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August 11
Joseph Chard
Freeman Fong
August 12
Paul Suzman
August 16
Patrick Carter
August 17
Peter Wright
August 19
Steve Davis
Tracy Garland
August 20
Russ Taylor
August 21
Nick Anderson
KC Herren
1 Year
Lauren Martin
Anne Wakefield
2 Years
Amy Ridley
3 Years
Jennifer Porto
4 Years
Krista Dalton
5 Years
Anne Bugge
6 Years
Elizabeth McGrath
7 Years
Catherine Cleveland
Ben Reiber
9 Years
Fred Grimm
George Harris
Eric Robinson
11 years
Catherine Burnell
Steve Crane
Virginia McKenzie
16 years
Bill Marshall
17 years
Stan Savage
18 years
Bruce Williams
23 years
Richard Senseney
25 years
Carl Lucks
27 years
Dorothy Bullitt
28 years
George Twiss
29 years
Bob Lucurell
33 years
Mark Davis
34 years
Paul Suzman
Waller Taylor
44 years
Dick Vadnais
Tom Betts

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

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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

Carolyn Hojaboom

Ken Grant 
TRF Chair
Jeff Pyatt
Jimmy Collins
Paula Houston 

Terms ending 6/30/2019
Linda Cheever
Jimmy Collins
Beth Knox
Ben Linford
Robert Stadler

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

Judge James Robart

August 15 at Noon
The Westin, 1900 5th Ave
Federal Judge James Robart was nominated to the Washington US District Court in 2003 by George W Bush and was confirmed to that position by a unanimous vote of 99-0 by the US Senate. Democratic Senator Patty Murray has praised Robart for "his generous sense of community and service through his work with at-risk and special needs youth.”
On February 3, 2017, he famously issued a temporary restraining order on President Trump’s travel and immigration ban on the citizens of seven majority Muslim countries. This earned a furious tweet from the President labeling this highly respected jurist as "a so-called judge." Subsequent credible death threats caused federal marshals to put the Robarts under their protection for several months thereafter. His ruling was upheld six days later by a unanimous ruling of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Judge Robart will address Rotary on this case and other constitutional challenges currently faced by our democracy.

Steve Griessel Shares Insights on the Washington Wine Industry

Bill Weisfield introduced Steve Griessel of Betz Family Winery and the vice chair of the Washington Wine Commission as the “ultimate entrepreneur.”  Steve ran the largest tourism business in South Africa before he left for the United States and found his way to Woodinville and Betz Winery. Steve started his lively presentation with some facts about the Washington wine industry:
  • There are now 900 wineries in the state
  • It has grown from producing 30,000 tons of grapes to 230,000
  • The economic impact of the industry is $4.8 billion
  • They are now second behind only apples as the top ag product in our state

20+ Year Seattle 4 Rotarians – special recognition

Wednesday, August 22nd
12:00 – 1:30 pm @ Hyatt Olive 8
For our loyal, tenured Seattle 4 members who have been with the club for 20 years or longer, please join us at lunch for special recognition. We’d like to take the opportunity to publicly thank you with a small token of our appreciation for your committed service to giving back through Rotary. We have more than 100 members with service beyond 20 years, and we hope to see you all there!

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.


Registration is now open for the 2018-2019 Rotary Academy which will start this September. The Rotary Academy is a comprehensive self-paced study program of Rotary information — great for both new and experienced Rotarians and anyone considering club or district leadership positions.   
Rotary First Harvest Work Party
Saturday, August 11
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.
Tuesday, August 14
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
2321 Fairview Ave. E Slip #6
Rotarians have three boat options for fellowship and fun on Tuesday, August 14. Mike O’Byrne on his boat ‘Boomerang’, Pete DeLaunay on his boat ‘Corvette,’ and Sue Nixon on her houseboat safely secured to the dock welcome Rotarians to join the fun!  The Duck Dodge weekly theme on 8/14 is ‘Pajama Night’ but not to worry as your favorite night wear is optional! Please bring a food or beverage to share.  RSVP are important as space is limited. Contact for a sailboat crew assignment or  Sue Nixon  for a place on her houseboat’s lovely deck.
Happy Hour for Good
Thursday, August 16
6:00-8:00 pm @ the Center for Wooden Boats, 1010 Valley St.
Lake Union Rotary's third Thursday Happy Hour for Good continues this summer on the lakefront. For $30 you will enjoy wine, microbrews, appetizers and live music on the dock. All are welcome, 21 and over. All proceeds benefit YouthCare - getting homeless youth off the streets and prepared for life.
Rotary Night with the Seattle Storm
Sunday, August 19
4:00 pm @ Key Arena,
305 Harrison St.
Join the #1 ranked Seattle Storm on August 19th at 4pm for Rotary Night! Rotary members, family and friends will receive special savings through this exclusive offer. A portion of each ticket will benefit Rotary First Harvest.
Young rotary Leaders Fellowship

Thursday, August 30
6:00 - 9:00 pm @ 7326 Bowlyn Pl. S.

Member Faith Ireland will be sharing her home and a stunning view of Lake Washington for the evening.  Young Rotary Leaders and Rotarians young of heart are welcomed. Please bring a drink of choice and a potluck dish.

Save the Date
Thursday, September 6
7:00 - 10:00 pm @ FareStart, 700 Virginia St. 
Join fellow Rotarians for another fun fellowship night at FareStart. The dinner will feature chef Ana Sainz, executive chef at the Consulado de Mexico en Seattle. The cost is $33 per person and space is limited, so RSVP to Fedva Dikmen soon!
Rotary Day at UW Football
Saturday, September 8
2:00 pm @ Husky Stadium, 3800 Montlake Blvd. NE.
Join Rotarians from across the district as the Dawgs take on North Dakota at Husky Stadium. 
Essential Elements Seminar
Saturday, October 27 
8:30 am- 12:00 pm @ South Seattle Community College - Georgetown Campus
Join Rotarians from across the district for a brand, membership, and foundation seminar with education, workshops, and networking opportunities. A fellowship event at Pyramid Alehouse will follow. Registration is now available through the District website. 

Do you have a friend, co-worker, or acquaintance who you think would enjoy Rotary membership? 
Contact Caroline Bobanick at
206-623-0023 or for more information or to reserve a complimentary lunch for a prospective member.


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
4:00 pm, 3rd Thursdays
Horizon House, 900 University St. 
Mary Wagner and Janice Winemiller 
International Service
10:30 am, 3rd Wednesday
Davis Wright Tremaine, 1201 3rd Ave. Suite 2200
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
Caroline Bobanick
Club Manager
Phone: 206-623-0023
Fax: 206-623-0216
Mariah Kimpton Associate Club Manager
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