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Doug Seto
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Karen Lee
November 2
Steve Tyler
November 3
Steven Shaw
November 4
Sue McNab
Don Root
November 6
Jim Loder
November 8
Darlene Corkrum
Suzanne Griffin
November 10
William Dickinson
November 12
Jeff Borek
Hollie Ellis
Bob Johnson
Dave Kelly
November 13
Liz McGrath


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Mary Johnstone
3 years
Susan Bean
Gene Boes
4 Years
Jaime Mendez
6 Years
David Fain
Robyn Grad
9 Years
Karen Lee
12 Years
Jane Pryor
14 Years
Dave Kraft
18 Years
Tom Hayward
Terry Van Nostrand
21 Years
Trish Bostrom
22 Years
Jonelle Johnson
Laura Rehrmann
23 Years
Sue Mcnab
32 Years
Tracy Garland
Jim Linardos
66 Years
Don Kraft

Bob Alexander



Video of Seattle 4 Rotary Programs are available online thanks to the generous support of our Seattle Rotary Audio Visual Sponsors.

Special thanks to our Gold Level Sponsor, Bob Alexander.

In addition to supporting our club, becoming a Seattle 4 Rotary Audio Visual Sponsor brings many benefits. To learn more, click here, or contact Mariah for more details at

Get Involved - Join a Committee!

You can find a full list of our committees with descriptions on our website. Contacting the committee chair, listed below, is the best way to find out how to get involved. 


Business Mentor Program
Community Service
International Service
Rotary Boys & Girls Club


Member Engagement
New Member Introduction
Membership Recruitment
Rotary Cares
Rotary Mariners


Social Media
Totem Report


Diplomacy Initiative Task Force
David Woodward, Founder
Dr. Skip Rowland, Co-chairperson
Dr. Suzanne Griffin, Co-chairperson

Would You Like Support from Your Fellow Members? 

Our Rotary Cares team is ready to listen and to  support you.  One of the wonderful things about our club is that you have many friends --you just need to reach out to tap into our amazing network of caring people.  Please contact one of our Rotary Cares Committee Co-chairs listed below to let us know how we can help. 
Fedva Dikmen:
Sue McNab:



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November 4th at 12:00 pm

*Social time starting at 11:45 am*

Reuniting the American Spirit and Healing our National Pain

Regardless of your hopes for election day outcomes, we all can agree our country is facing a crisis of spirit that has been building for decades. This crisis has left us starving for purpose, for courage, for connection, for each other. Now is the time to remember what we have in common and commit to uniting in a shared purpose.
It’s the tallest aspiration imaginable – a vision of mutual respect, solutions that transcend tired debates and old divides, and universal belonging – and the greatest challenge of our times to finally achieve. This week's speaker, Tim Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics International, will share how his initiative, UNITE, is promoting national unity and solidarity across differences, and how each of us can be part of this new groundswell of change.
Join on your computer by clicking HERE
Or dial in on your phone: (253) 215 8782
Meeting ID: 259 970 584

Links from the October 28th Meeting

Watch this week's opening music video. Learn more about the song, The Logical Song, the cover artist, Pomplamoose, and the original artist, Roger Hodgson, formerly of Supertramp. 
Learn more about the Downtown Seattle Association (DSA) and watch the DSA's Virtual Annual Meeting
Meet Rear Admiral Stephen Barnett
Seattle Rotary has a legacy of connecting with regional leaders of our Armed Forces.  Today we will meet the senior shore-side leader of your Navy: Rear Admiral Stephen D. Barnett, Commander, Navy Region Northwest.
RDML Stephen Barnett is a native of Columbia, Tennessee.  He is an alumnus of Tennessee State University, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.  He is also a graduate of Troy State University in Alabama where he earned his Master of Business Administration.

With Two Gifts,
We Can Change the World!

One of the hallmarks of Rotary membership is joyful giving.  We are blessed with generous members paving the way for our club to make a difference in people’s lives, and every donation makes a difference!  Whether contributing to a myriad of local efforts addressing big challenges regarding housing, education, health, and the environment, as well as to international efforts to improve the quality of life for people in need, we have opportunities every year to make a difference. 
As Seattle 4 Rotarians, we give on an annual basis as part of our membership commitment. We invite you to make two gifts that will have meaningful impact: the first is to the Seattle Rotary Service Foundation (SRSF), and the second is to The Rotary Foundation (TRF)Thank you for your generosity – it is our combined commitment to attend, to serve, and to give that allows our club to make a difference in the world!
Jeff Pritchard and Whitney Mason
SRSF Campaign Co-Chairs 2020-2021


Thursday, November 19th at 6:30 pm

The Power of Servant Leadership: A Conversation With Howard Behar

Join this year's VP of Membership Mark Wright for a special Happy Hour conversation with Howard Behar, former president of Starbucks Coffee Company International and the author of It's Not About The Coffee: Leadership Principles from a Life at Starbucks.  Look for more details in upcoming Totem newsletters. 

Saturday, November 21st from 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Save the date for a Rotary District 5030 Symposium on Race. More details to come!

Thursday, December 3rd at 5:00 pm

Peacebuilders Book Club - Caste: The Origins of our Discontents

Join the Peacebuilders Committee on Thursday, December 3rd at 5:00 pm (Zoom info to be provided) to discuss Caste: The Origins of our Discontents, written by Isabel Wilkerson!  In her critically acclaimed non-fiction work, Wilkerson explores the United States’ unseen caste system and the historical influences. You can find multiple formats of the book on Amazon.  Questions?  Reach out to Caitlin Grant or David McDonald.

Share Rotary with Your LinkedIn Network in Three Easy Steps

1. Join our club's LinkedIn Group.
2. Forward invitations to meetings and events to your network. 
3. Include Caroline's email ( so your friends and associates can reserve their spot and get access codes.
If you don't already have a LinkedIn profile, CLICK HERE to learn how to get started. 

Volunteers Needed at the Rotary Boys and Girls Club

The Seattle Rotary Boys & Girls Club, under the leadership of Patrick Carter, has taken on the role of full-day academic support and childcare for the Seattle Public Schools. This means they need to ensure students are online and learning with their respective classrooms. What problem does online learning present?  Without human touch and guidance, the students are having their share of struggles. Some of them still can’t read or are having problems with basic math. Unlike the kids who can stay at home, they don’t have a parent or guardian to step in and help them when they run into problems.
Seattle Rotary Boys & Girls Club needs volunteers to come down and help. The time slots 8:30 – 11:30 and 12:30 – 2:30 are available and all COVID-19 procedures are being followed. No reported cases have been identified during the past six months of operation at the club. Volunteers will need to complete a simple background check and follow the guidelines.
Please consider signing up to help by emailing Patrick Carter at
Learn more about the Rotary Boys & Girls Club on their website. 

Do You Have Any Musical Instruments to Donate to Students in Need?  

Music4Life is a non-profit and project of Rotary District 5030 that distributes musical instruments to public school students in need. 

We welcome any gently used musical instruments you wish to donate. They can be delivered directly to these local music stores that are now open: American Music in  Phinney  Ridge and Kennelly Keys Music in Bellevue, Lynnwood, and Everett.

Please accompany your instrument with the PDF donation form, linked below.

Contact Marli Iverson at for additional information or visit the website at

Do you have content you'd like to share on our club's Facebook? Here are two ways to do that:
1. All members are invited to join and post in our Members-only Facebook Group
2. Send your ideas and requests for content for our public Facebook Page to Social Media Chair Bailee Neyland

Rotarians of District 5030 Facebook Group

You're invited to join District 5030's Facebook Group for local Rotarians. 

Once you're in, members are welcome to post club activities to share with other clubs around the area. We have lots to tell each other....the unique projects our clubs are doing in this unusual year will boost our enthusiasm for ROTARY and for each other.


Rotary Club of Seattle
1326 5th Ave Suite 342
Seattle, WA 98101

Phone: 206-623-0023

Caroline Bobanick
Executive Director

Mariah Kimpton
Program 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 Executive Director, Caroline Bobanick, or Program 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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