Rotary Club
of Seattle
Weekly Totem
    Founded 1909                    Weekly News and Highlights                     April 14, 2017


April 20
Tap House Grill
 1506 6th Ave

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Looking Ahead

April 19
Grand Hyatt
Brad Tilden, CEO of Alaska Airlines
April 26
Hyatt Olive 8
The Zillow View of Regional Real Estate
May 3
In-meeting service project with World Vision
May 10
2nd Annual Seattle Fire Department Awards lunch
May 17
Grand Hyatt
Coming to America: Muslim Perspectives
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
Venue TBA
Exploration of Implicit Bias
June 14
Grand Hyatt
Virtual Reality Panel
June 21
Seattle Arts Fair
June 28
End of Year Celebration


April 15
Craig Dawson
John Hamer
Diankha Linear
Mason Sizemore
April 16
Jim Miller
Sandy Walsh
April 17
Ken Colling
Bob Lucurell
April 18
Mark Long
Jim McCurdy
Jennifer Porto
April 20
Robyn Grad
April Mobley
April 21
Derick Pasternak
April 22
Bill Smead
April 23
Chris Charbonneau
Jim Linardos
April 25
Rob Nielsen
Watt Taylor
April 26
Catherine Cleveland
Anne Gillingham
Tony Mestres

March Membership Milestones

1 Year
Suria Elbietar
Lauren MacLeod
2 Years
Michael Adams
Rosanne Lapan
Constance Miller
Benjamin Wicks
3 Years
Ian Hudson
Christopher Otto
4 Years
Domino, Lauren
Michele Shaw
7 Years
Erik Cullen
Kelly Holm
Kari Rallo
Kristin Stred
8 Years
Gary Drobnack
Jill Wakefield
9 Years
Steve Boyd
Jim O'Donnell
11 Years
Richard Hopp
Stephen Sundquist
12 Years
Linda Cheever
13 Years
Hollie Ellis
Freeman Fong
14 Years
Al Benaroya
17 Years
Jean Bateman
Norman Johnson
24 Years
Mike O'Byrne
30 Years
Bob Parks
32 Years
Rex Clark
Bob Mucklestone
33 Years
Jim Burdett
40 Years
Ralph Munro (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.

Brad Tilden, President and CEO of Alaska Airlines

April 19 at Noon
Grand Hyatt, 721 Pine St.  
Welcome the President & CEO of the nation’s #1 airline: ALASKA AIRLINES! Brad Tilden will talk about all the latest happenings with Alaska Airlines, the aviation industry and its community focused initiatives.
Meet Robert Stadler
Meet Patrick Evans

“What are old people for?”

Totem Report by Bret Anderson
If you enjoyed Dr. Bill Thomas at Rotary, you won’t want to miss him at Town Hall on May 3rd. For tickets and more information, visit:

SRSF Announces Innovative Grant Winners

The Seattle Rotary Service Foundation received six (6) proposals from service committees for its Innovative Grants program.  After a rigorous, systematic evaluation process proposals from three committees were awarded grants totaling $58,000.  Congratulations to:
Community Service Committee   “Science with A Heart” in which Wellspring Family Services will train teachers at preschool care programs in early learning skills to annually benefit 400 children  from difficult family situations.
International Service Committee “Building Refugee Livelihoods.”  In partnership with the Rotary Club of Muyenga, 720 refugees in Kampala, Uganda will be trained in vocations with which they can earn a stable living and some will become trainers themselves.
Peacebuilders Committee  “Rebuilding Spruce Street Crisis Center’s Kitchen”.   The Center and its kitchen serve about 500 at risk youth per year, including some that have suffered sex trafficking.

Seattle Rotary Service Foundation Annual Campaign Status

With two and one-half months left in the Rotary year, Seattle Rotary ‘s Service Foundation has reached $225,000—90% of its “stretch” goal of $250,000.  And, 86% of our members have contributed.  Just 65 Seattle 4 Rotarians still need to make a contribution. With 95 members contributing $1,000 or more, the Foundation is 5% ahead of last year in “Pinkham & Skeel” donors.  Thanks to the SRSF trustees and, in particular, trustee Michael Troyer, the leader of this year’s campaign.
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 
Tuesday, April 25
6:00pm @ Tamarind Tree
1036 S. Jackson St.
RSVP now for an ethnic dinner at Tamarind Tree, a popular spot for inventive Vietnamese cuisine and cocktails in an elegant setting.

Remember when Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole invited us to participate in trainings with her officers?  Here are two opportunities for April.  

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


Bias free policing:
Wednesday April 26, 8:00am-12:00pm

If interested in either training or future ones, please email Peacebuilder Committee co-chair Roberta Nestaas.
Rotary boys & girls Club Annual Maintenance day
Saturday, April 29
9:00am-12:00pm @ Rotary Boys & Girls Club, 201 19th Ave.
Join us for Day of Service at the Rotary Boys & Girls Club Annual Maintenance Day!
For more information, email
Aquarium Tour
Saturday, May 13
10:00am-12:00pm @ the Seattle Aquarium
Join us at the Aquarium for nature talk and a guided tour. Parents, grandparents and children third grade and older are welcome to what promises to be a fun event for all. For those of us who want to stay a little longer, the Aquarium Café will be open for lunch and afterwards we can tour to our hearts content.
Please RSVP via email to 206.229.0554. See you there.
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.        
TerraCotta Warriors Tour
Tuesday, May 16
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.

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, 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, Trent Mummery, Alex Mummery, Mariah Kimpton, Jerilyn Brusseau, Tom Jaffa, Fedva Dikmen, Roberta Nestaas, Laurel James, Steve Crane, Jaime Mendez
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


Everett Rotary Club Celebrates 100 Years of Service

By: Virginia McKenzie
The Rotary Club of Everett, Washington invites Seattle #4 Rotary to join our Charter Day Party to celebrate our 100 years of service.
Tuesday May 2, 2017 5:30 to 7:30
We will meet on the Northwest Corner of Hewitt & Wetmore Avenues (in downtown Everett) in the parking lot behind Union Bank, the site of the former Weiser's Cafe where our club met 100 years ago.  Appetizers and a no host cash bar; 1917 Dress Optional. 
$30 per ticket. This party is not a fundraiser!  Hope to see you there!!

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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