Rotary Club
of Seattle
Weekly Totem
    Founded 1909                   Weekly News and Highlights                     November 11, 2016


November 17
5:00-7:00 pm
Wellspring Family Services Rotary Support Center for Families
1900 Rainier Ave. South
Special Feature: Parking available on site, drinks and appetizers provided

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Looking Ahead

November 16
Washington State Convention Center
Seattle Rotary Service Foundation Campaign Kick-off
November 23
Happy Thanksgiving!
No meeting
November 30
The Westin
Joseph Cirincione, President of the Ploughshares Fund
December 7
Benaroya Hall
Lodovic Morlot, Music Director of the Seattle Symphony
December 14
The Sheraton
Annual Holiday Party: A Holiday Songbook
December 21
Happy Holidays!
No meeting
December 28
Happy New Year!
No meeting


November 12
Jeff Borek
Hollie Ellis
Bob Johnson
Dave Kelly
November 13
Adrienne Jeffrey
Anna Liotta
Liz McGrath
November 14
Jeff Clarke
Paul Cressman Jr.
Roberta Greer
Maria Wilcox
November 15
Tom Mesaros
November 18
Gary Smith
November 20
Rod Waldbaum
November 22
Abraham Dairi


62 (68) years
Donald Kraft (PP) *
31 Years
J. Shan Mullin
28 Years
Tracy Garland
James Linardos
19 Years
Susan McNab
18 Years
Laura Rehrmann (PP)
Jonelle Johnson
17 Years
Michael Colbrese
Patricia Bostrom
Paul Ishii (PP)
15 Years
Jeffrey Pyatt
14 Years
Terry Van Nostrand
Adm (Ret) Thomas Hayward
13 Years
Mary Ross
10 Years
David Kraft
9 Years
Scott Robertson
8 Years
Jane Pryor
5 Years
Karen Lee
4 Years
Lisa Yeager
2 Years
Molly Carney
April Collier
David Fain
Jeffrey Gill
Robyn Grad
Melissa Merritt
Susan Schalla
1 Year
Christopher Destro


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.

Foundations Campaign Kickoff

November 16th at Noon
Washington State Convention Center
Ballroom 6C
Celebrate the Parade of Club Projects as we launch the annual campaigns for the Seattle Rotary Service Foundation and The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International!
This week's program sponsored by:
Meet John Hojaboom
It is my pleasure to introduce our newest member, Hojaboom.  John has been nominated by his wife of nearly 50 years, Carolyn Hojaboom, and our president, Cathy Gibson.  Thanks to Carolyn’s active membership in our club, John is well known to many of us, so for a number of you this is not an introduction, but instead a re-introduction.
Meet Jaime Mendez
If you think about capturing lightening in a bottle, you’ll have a good sense of what it’s like to talk with one of our newest young Rotarians, Jaimé Mendez.  I know you will all join me in giving a warm Seattle 4 welcome to Jaimé Mendez – smiles, technology and business; classification, technology.

Starbucks’s Corporate Commitment to Veterans and a Message of Unity

Totem Report 
by Dan Mead Smith
Trivia for a Cause
Monday, November 14
7:30pm @ Chuck's Hop Shop, 2001 E. Union St. 
Make a team and grab a beer. Play trivia for a good cause! Proceeds to benefit Seattle City Rotaract's Monday Mentoring Program at the King County Juvenile Detention Center. No need to RSVP.
Volunteer to Deliver Dictionaries to 3rd Graders
Various dates, October-December
The joint project of the Seattle 4 Education and Community Service Committees, funded by your SRSF, provides almost 600 dictionaries for third graders in some of Seattle’s most needy schools. 
Your help is needed with the distribution to the children in their classrooms.  We work in teams of two and have dictionaries for 10 schools.  

rotary at seattle rep: king charles III

Friday, November 18
6:00pm Reception, 7:30pm Play @ Seattle Repertory Theater
It's that time again for our annual play and behind-the-scenes reception at Seattle Rep! We only have 30 tickets on hold this year so get your tickets soon since this event has sold out the past two years. 
UW Football Tailgate
Saturday, November 19
1:30pm @ Husky Stadium, E-1 Parking Lot
Share with the members of Fellowship and the Rotary Club of Seattle the magic on Montlake. The Huskies (currently ranked 5th in the nation) take on Arizona State on Saturday Nov. 19th. No game ticket required just an interest in fellowship!
$5 per person contribution requested to cover full tailgate including a sandwich bar, beer, wine, and snacks.

Save the Date: Annual Holiday Party

December 14 @ the Sheraton
Tickets on sale starting November 16th

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

The Rotary Foundation Centennial Dinner
Tuesday, January 10
6:00-10:00pm @ The Washington Athletic Club
$100/person. More details to follow
Seattle #4 Rotary Luncheon
Wednesday, January 11
12:00pm @ The Washington State Convention Center

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 weekend of fun, fellowship, and inspiration. The conference will be held April 21-23 at the Hilton in Downtown Portland. 


Changes to Attendance Policy

In April 2016, the Rotary International Coucil on Legislation passed that Rotary Clubs may relax their attendance requirements.  On August 25, 2016 the Board of Directors for Seattle Rotary adopted this policy.  Going forward, attendance at our regular Rotary lunch meetings will still be captured and reported to the District 5030 secretary.
What does this mean to you?
  • If you are a Committee Chair or organizer of a Service Project / Fellowship Event, you are not expected to report attendance to the Rotary office.
  • If you like to show consistency for 100% attendance and you miss a Seattle Rotary lunch, you should self-report your make up at (on the homepage under "Meeting Information")
If you have questions about this policy please contact our Club Secretary, Virginia McKenzie, at


by Corinne Cavanaugh

Connecting for Good Tour

Rotary and polio eradication have become synonyms over the years. You might ask, how does a membership organization filled with volunteers make this happen? Strong and steady leadership.
Recently a few of these leaders from Rotary International including President John and Judy Germ, incoming President Ian and Juliet Riseley, Trustee Mike McGovern, Carol Pandak, Director of PolioPlus, Kris Tsau, Advocacy Specialist, and David Alexander, Chief of Communications joined local Rotarians who have had a steadfast commitment to on the ground work for National Immunization Days and advocacy efforts. During the event, District Governor Bo Darling presented a check from Rain City Rotary for PolioPlus to President John Germ. Together we will see this disease through to full eradication!
In attendance: 
Rotary International: President John and Judy Germ, incoming President Ian and Juliet Riseley, Trustee Mike McGovern, Carol Pandak, Director of PolioPlus, Kris Tsau, Advocacy Specialist, and David Alexander, Chief of Communications
Rotary 5030 & 5020: Past Seattle Rotary President and Secretary of State Ralph Monroe, District Governor Bo and Patti Darling, Past District Governor Ezra and Yobi Teshome, 5030 PolioPlus Chair Steve Crane, Incoming Seattle Rotary President Mark Wright, Olympia Rotary President Wendy Holden, and PolioPlus Advocate Corinne Cavanaugh


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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
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