Rotary Club
of Seattle
Weekly Totem
    Founded 1909                          Weekly News and Highlights                            May 17, 2019
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May 29
The Sheraton
The Impact of Artificial Intelligence
June 5
The Grand Hyatt
General Volesky, Commander of America's First Corps
June 12
The Sheraton
Diplomacy Day Featuring Caryl Stern, President and CEO​​​​​​ of UNICEF 
June 19
The Westin
The Mental Health Spectrum: How it Impacts Us Everyday
June 26
The Sheraton
The Boys in the Boat
July 4
No Meeting
Happy 4th of July!
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May 17
Sam Davidson
Dave Siebert
May 19
Jeff Gill
Lillian Sherman
May 21
Joel Ferrell
May 22
Harry Short
May 23
John Kelly
Taylor Shimizu
May 25
Beth Knox
May 26
Harvey Rubinstein
May 27
Jevon Powell
May 28
Alan Kunovsky
1 Year
Jevon Powell
Eric Roecks
Stacie Sherman
2 Years
Howard Crabtree
Cody Fritz
Kevin Medved
Yoichiro Yamada
Gary Volesky
3 Years
Nathan Donohue
6 Years
Lina Kim
7 Years
Peter Wright
8 Years
Lisa Bridge
Liz Powell
Sarah Weaver
10 Years
Ken Grant
Faouzi Sefrioui
11 Years
Sue Beller
Jann Curley
16 Years
Jean Thompson
17 Years
John Kilpatrick Ph.D.
Jerilyn Brusseau
18 Years
Charley Dickey
20 Years
Maureen Brotherton
21 Years
Kirk Greene
22 Years
Father Steve Sundborg
25 Years
Len Cereghino
26 Years
Scott Harrison
27 Years
Doug Seto
33 Years
Tim Bendokas
36 Years
Tom Herche
48 Years
Ken Lowthian
58 Years
Bill Bain

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, and Silver Level Sponsor, Sherry Calvert of Caliber Investments.

In addition to supporting our club, becoming a Seattle Rotary Online sponsor brings many benefits. To learn more, click here, or contact Mariah for more details at

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

Robert Stadler

Ken Grant 
TRF Chair
Jeff Pyatt
Jimmy Collins
Paula Houston 

Terms ending 6/30/2019
Linda Cheever
Jimmy Collins
Beth Knox
Ben Linford
Johnny Lau

Terms ending 6/30/2020
Ken Colling
David Levine
Barbie Seifert
Jane Tornatore
Robyn Grad
Terms ending 6/30/2021
Fedva Dikmen
Paula Houston
Ben Wicks
Lillian Sherman
Sue McNab

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan

May 22 at Noon
The Westin, 1900 5th Ave.
Jenny Durkan is the 56th Mayor of Seattle and the first woman to lead the city in nearly a century.  She entered office on November 28, 2017, with the challenge of making Seattle affordable and inclusive for all.  She is focused on the housing affordability crisis, helping those experiencing homelessness, creating economic opportunity, and providing free college tuition to Seattle’s high school graduates—while also delivering on basic city services.

Come hear about her first 18 months in office, the state of the city, and her answers to your questions. 


Guests, visiting Rotarians, and members who are not on the meal plan can now purchase their lunch in advance. Online sales end the Friday before each luncheon.
If you miss the cutoff, guests can still register by contacting Mariah at
Members are still welcome to purchase their lunch at the door.

If you plan to bring a prospective member as a guest, please contact Caroline at

Seattle Fire Department Heroic Achievements Honored 

Written by Paul Casey
President Cindy Runger welcomed Fire Chief Harold D. Scoggins and members of the Seattle Fire Department (SFD) at a recognition luncheon in honor of the SFD and other local agencies who work together to keep us safe. The gathering took place at the Westin Hotel Grand Ballroom to an overflow crowd of Rotarians and friends.
When you open this week's Totem Report you may notice that our website is under construction. Stay tuned for more information about this change.
Saturday, May 18
9:15-11:15 am @ the Rotary Support Center for Families, 1900 Rainier Avenue South
Spend a Saturday morning with your fellow Rotarians by helping families experiencing homelessness at Wellspring Family Services.
Your morning will be spent helping to sort donations for Wellspring’s Baby Boutique, a free clothing store for families facing homelessness.
Rotary First Harvest Work Party
Saturday, June 8
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.
Save the Date: Wellspring 10th-anniversary celebration
Thursday, June 13
5:00-7:00 pm @ the Rotary Support Center for Families, 1900 Rainier Ave. S. 
Ten years ago we helped Wellspring build a home: The Rotary Support Center for Families. Join us on June 13 for an open house where we will celebrate the impact of your generosity. 
Save the Date: Pinkham & Skeel Reception
Tuesday, June 18
@ The Seattle Yacht Club, 1807 E Hamlin St, Seattle
Save the date for the Pinkham & Skeel Reception at the Seattle Yacht Club on June 18.  If you contributed to the Seattle Rotary Service Foundation at the $1,000+ level, you will receive a personal invitation to this reception very soon!  New this year, each committee will be spotlighting one of their successful projects from the 2018-19 Rotary year.  This reception will be an opportunity for you to interact directly with beneficiaries of our service grants.  It will be very special for all who attend. If you’d like to join in the festivities, it’s not too late to top up your donation to the Pinkham & Skeel level.  And we hope you do!
Cindy's Proverbial President's Party
Thursday, June 27
5:30-8:15 pm @ the Queen City Yacht Club, 2608 Boyer Ave. E
Join fellow Rotarians and friends for the 50th Annual Seattle Rotary Mariners President’s Party on June 27 at the Queen City Yacht Club.  The President’s Party will
recognize President Cindy for her leadership and insightful end-of-meeting proverbs. 

In Memoriam

This month we lost beloved WWII veteran, Seattle businessman, and 48-year Seattle Rotary member Jerry Costacos. He passed away on May 8 at the age of 92.  Jerry was featured in our 2018 Veteran's Day video, which you can watch here. We will have a moment of remembrance for Jerry at our May 22 luncheon.

Members in the News

This week Laurel James was honored in an article for her work to bring the first women's  Olympic marathon trials to Olympia in 1984.

Register for the 2020 District Conference - discount available this weekend only!

Starting on May 17, take advantage of this one time offer and purchase your tickets to next year’s 2020 conference at a discount.

The regular price of $350 will be slashed to $290

This discount is only available Friday, May 17th through Monday, May 20th.
The conference will be held along the beautiful Seattle waterfront at the Seattle Waterfront Marriott and Bell Harbor Conference Center on April 3-4.

Visit the 2020 conference website at to register and use the discount code: $Seattle2020

Rotary Means Business

The Puget Sound Rotary Network is a great resource for Rotarians to share their business with others and learn about products and services offered by other Rotarians in the region. 

Interested in Proposing a New Member?

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
11:00 am, 1st Wednesdays
Rotary Club luncheon venue
Mary Wagner and Lori Walker
International Service
10:30 am, 3rd Wednesday
Puget Sound Plaza, 1235 4th Ave. 15th-floor conference room
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
1326 5th Ave Suite 342
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-623-002
Caroline Bobanick
Club Manager
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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