Rotary Club
of Seattle
Weekly Totem
    Founded 1909                          Weekly News and Highlights                            August 2, 2019
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August 14
The Westin
Charles Finkel, Pike Place Brewing
August 21
4:00 pm
Town Hall Seattle
Jeff Robinson
SOLD OUT for General Admission Tickets
August 28
Hyatt Olive 8
Scott Lindsay, System Failure
September 4
The Westin
David Domke, Common Purpose and Civic Action
September 11
The Renaissance
September 18
The Westin
Garry Stobbe
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

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.


August 2
Harold Scoggins
August 3
Steve Sundborg
Tatyana Tsyrlina-Spady
August 5
Jim Ellis
Patrick Evans
August 8
Mike Adams
August 11
Joseph Chard
Freeman Fong
August 12
Paul Suzman
August 16
Patrick Carter
1 Year
Arlesia Bailey
Suzanne Fortune
Kela Hall
Kelly O'Brien
Dan Varghese
Janet Welcher
2 Years
Lauren Martin
Annie Wakefield
3 Years
Amy Ridley
Ross Stewart
4 Years
Jennifer Porto
5 Years
Krista Dalton
6 Years
Anne Bugge
7 Years
Liz McGrath
8 Years
Ben Reiber
Catherine Willis Cleveland 
10 Years
Fred Grimm
Eric Robinson
12 Years
Virginia McKenzie
17 Years
Bill Marshall
18 Years
Stan Savage
19 Years
Bruce Williams
24 Years
Rich Senseney
26 Years
Carl Lucks
28 Years
Dorothy Bullitt
30 Years
Bob Lucurell
34 Years
Mark Davis
35 Years
Paul Suzman
Watt Taylor
45 Years
Tom Betts
Dick Vadnais

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

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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!

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.


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.
Kim Moore

Jeff Borek

Immediate Past-President
Cindy L. Runger 

Vice President for Membership
Patrick Carter

Vice President for Service
Jimmy Collins

Vice President for Programs
Jeff Pyatt

Lina Kim

Robert Stadler

Ken Grant 

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
Terms ending 6/30/2022
Rob LoBosco
Jaime Mendez
Susie Roe
Faouzi Sefrioui
Nyasha Tunduwani



August 7 at Noon
The Westin, 1900 Fifth Avenue


Joe Ottinger is a technology entrepreneur, management consultant, author, and thought leader in the areas of leadership, entrepreneurship, and innovation. He is the Founder of the Iinnovate Leadership Network, a leadership network and advisory firm for the innovation economy that provides executive advisory and consulting services for companies seeking to innovate, scale and renew their companies in a rapidly changing, tech-enabled environment. Ottinger is the author of Iinnovate- A Guide for Engaging in the Innovation Economy, and Beyond Success: Building a Personal, Financial and Philanthropic Legacy. In addition, he has written and published numerous papers and articles, which have appeared in Forbes, Chief Executive Magazine, The Financial Times, Worth Magazine, and the Stanford Center for Social Innovation.  
Ottinger will provide a whirlwind tour exploring how Seattle’s innovation economy was built, where it ranks versus other regions nationally and globally, and what its success means for businesses and our community today and in the future. 

Seattle 4's Annual Seafair Celebration

On a picture perfect Seattle summer afternoon at Bell Harbor, President Kim rang the bell that officially called to order the Seattle 4 Rotary Club luncheon. President Kim summarized the importance of a very special custom that has been embraced by Seattle dating back 70 years: Seafair.
The Seattle Rotary Club officially welcomed the Navy to Seattle, which has become a Seafair tradition. Jimmy Collins introduced the Navy Band Northwest and Evan Vis sang the national anthems of the United States and Canada. Jimmy Collins then introduced the members of the Brass Quartet: Michael Bream, Darryl Forney, Mike Donaldson and Trevor Currie.


Congratulations to member, Lauren Domino, and welcome newborn, August Orie Schroederwho was born on July 31 at 4:56am.  Gus weighed 8lbs 14.6oz and was 20 inches long.  The family is doing well and excited to have a new addition!


Sue Nixon is a friend to many of us, a past President of Seattle 4 Rotary, and Chief Marketing and Engagement Officer for Bloodworks NW.  Recently she has gone through open heart surgery and past District Governor Alan Merry is asking that we join him in donating blood during the next couple of weeks to support Sue.
The idea is to print out the attached BoldForSue.pdf file, find a local donation site, give your blood, take a selfie of yourself with the printout while doing so, and send the selfie back to Bloodworks.  You can support Sue even if you can’t give blood by taking a selfie of yourself while holding up the printout. 
The easiest way to find the nearest donation site is by texting bloodapp to 91985 on your smartphone.  You can easily schedule your appointment right from the Bloodworks app.  Also make sure that you join the Rotarians Bold for Blood Group, so that we can track the community impact we Rotarians are making.
Please send your photo to Katie Bunch, Bloodworks NW Donor Recruitment and Development Director, at
Rotary PeaceBuilders Potluck-End Trafficking Now
Saturday, August 3
1:00-4:00pm @ Trent & Alex Mummery's Magnolia Home
At this potluck lunch sponsored by Rotary PeaceBuilders, you will hear an update on the Healthcare Alliance from project partner, Seattle Against Slavery, and other Rotarians who are participating in this effort. Our most recent strategy is focused on developing training and getting it adopted by our healthcare system.
Saturday, August 3 - Sunday, August 4
Morning and Afternoon Shifts @ Northwest Harvest Warehouse in Kent, 22220 68th Ave S.
We have three times more books than ever before so many hands are needed.  Most work will be packing books into boxes to send to Kenya. Some people will be needed to move full boxes. 
Children younger than 16 need to have an adult. Small children are not allowed in the packing area as it is in a working warehouse.  Sign up through the link.
Sunday, August 4
9:30-11:30am @ Capitol Hill Neighborhood, corner of 15th Ave. E. and E. Aloha St.
Seattle City Rotaract invites Seattle Rotarians to join in their quarterly cleanup of 15th Avenue East on Capitol Hill. We will meet at the corner of 15th Ave. E. and E. Aloha St., and will clean up about a mile stretch of the street down to Union. Tools, gloves, and bags will be provided. After the cleanup, we'll be going out for lunch. RSVP through the link below or contact Mariah at
Saturday, August 10
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.
Saturday, August 17
9:15-11:15 am @ the Rotary Support Center for Families, 1900 Rainier Ave. S.
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.
Jeff Robinson
Who We Are: A Chronicle of RACISM in America
Wednesday, August 21
4:00-6:00 pm @ Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave
On Wednesday, August 21, instead of our usual luncheon, Seattle 4 Rotary will host a special community discussion at Town Hall Seattle featuring speaker Jeff Robinson. 
Following the public presentation, Seattle 4 Rotary members are invited to attend an exclusive reception with Jeff Robinson featuring heavy appetizers and a no-host bar. Space is limited, so this event will only be open to members and one guest each. Members and their plus-one do not need to register for this event.  Please make sure to bring your name badge for entry. 
General admission tickets for additional guests are SOLD OUT. Contact Mariah at if you would like guests placed on the wait list.  
Thursday, September 5
Starting at 4:10pm @ FareStart Restaurant, 700 Virginia Street
Join fellow Rotarians to volunteer at FareStart's Guest Chef Night. No experience is necessary. This is FareStart's most popular opportunity and is consistently booked a year in advance.  See the flyer for more information or contact Lacey Clark at
Sunday, September 15
3:00-5:00pm @ Einer and Marilyn Handeland's Mercer Island Garden
Join us for this special fellowship event sponsored by the Community Service Committee and enjoy the spectacular dahlia garden of Einer and Marilyn Handeland on Mercer Island.  The garden includes more than 800 plants and 160 varieties of award-winning dahlias which are in full bloom.  Bring a drink or appetizer to share.
For more information, contact member, Lacey Clark.
As a member of the Rotary Club of Seattle, you have access to The 5th Avenue Theatre’s discount program.  You can purchase tickets to ALL SHOWS in the 2019/20 Season NOW.  This is before any of the shows go on sale to the general public!  Your ongoing discount gets you 25% off all locally produced shows and 20% off national Broadway tours.  Ticket prices will increase based on demand, so don’t wait to purchase.
Just visit and put in Promo code: ROTARYSEATTLE to purchase your tickets.


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 and  Terry Van Nostrand
Community Service
11:00 am, 1st Wednesday
1326 5th Ave., 7th floor conference room
Steve Tyler and Mary Johnstone
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 Mackay and Rob LoBosco

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
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
Jane Pryor and Doug Seto
3rd Thursday of the month at alternating times and venues. Email reminders will be sent in advance of each month's meeting.
Kevin Crane

Contact Us

Rotary Club of Seattle
1326 5th Ave Suite 342
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-623-002
Caroline Bobanick
Executive Director
Mariah Kimpton
Program Manager
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