Rotary Club
of Seattle
Weekly Totem
    Founded 1909                      Weekly News and Highlights                        March 1, 2019

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March 13
Hyatt Olive 8
Alejandro Grajal, Woodland Park Zoo
March 20
The Westin
Matthew Trunnell, CIO of Fred Hutch on Big Data
March 27
The Westin
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Darlene Wilczynski
April 3
Hyatt Olive 8
Diversity Panel
April 10
Grand Hyatt
Dow Constantine, King County Executive
April 17
The Westin
Wellspring Family Services
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March 1
Burr Stewart
March 2
Jim Burdett
Sarita Mackay
March 3
Jim Kraft
March 4
Dennis Fleck
Jaime Mendez
March 5
Gene Boes
March 6
Jessica Bhuiyan
Jack Lauderbaugh
March 7
Sherry Calvert
March 8
Michele Shaw
March 9
Dick Vadnais
March 10
Howard Crabtree
Pierce Murphy
Amelie von Saint Andre-von Arnim

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!



As Rotarians, we are leaders connecting for extraordinary good –both in our community and around the world.  Together we are eradicating polio and malaria, bringing fresh water to rural villages worldwide to stop the spread of disease, and helping our neighbors in need with housing, healthy foods, and educational opportunities.
Once a year we ask you to fulfill your membership obligations and take action by making two gifts that will impact the world.  One is to the Seattle Rotary Service Foundation (SRSF).  The other is to The Rotary Foundation (TRF).  Thank you for taking action now to help our club have a powerful and positive impact on our world.

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.

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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
Terms ending 6/30/2021
Fedva Dikmen
Paula Houston
Ben Wicks
Lillian Sherman

Alone and afraid: The Plight of the Immigrant Spouse

March 6 at Noon
The Sheraton, 1400 6th Ave. 
Imagine yourself a victim of domestic violence in this country.  What are your options?  What are your rights?  Chances are, due to our ever-increasing awareness, you would likely know these answers.
Now imagine yourself an immigrant victim of domestic violence in this country, dependent on the abuser, unsure of your options, ignorant of your rights.  Alone and afraid.
In recognition of International Women’s Day, Past President Dorothy Bullitt will moderate a panel, including Consul General of Japan, Yoichiro Yamada, and three women who are actively working to address and raise awareness of this lesser-known, but equally devastating aspect of domestic violence.
NEW! 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


New Seattle Chamber Leader Exemplifies Impact and Action

Marilyn Strickland, selected last year to lead the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, illustrated in her talk to Seattle 4 that she embodies President Cindy’s twin themes of Impact and Action.
She called on Rotarians to be proud advocates and partners in supporting business, to recruit and promote diversity in the workforce, and to support restoring the practice of affirmative action.

Meet Stephen Shepherd

Steve’s grandmother was a Pilot, but not the kind that comes to mind first.  No, she was an active member of Pilots International, a Rotary-like service organization in Texas.  A seed was sewn!
Rotary First Harvest Work Party
Saturday, March 9
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.
World Rotaract Week Social and Supply Drive
Thursday, March 14
5:30-8:00 pm @ Optimism Brewing Company, 1158 Broadway
Join Seattle City Rotaract for a social and supply drive benefiting REST: Real Escape from the Sex Trade for World Rotaract Week. We'll be collecting feminine hygiene products for those served by REST. 
For those who can't attend but would still like to contribute, check out this Amazon wish list for supplies that can be sent directly to the club. See full details and RSVP on Facebook.
Hearts & Wine - New date
Friday, March 15
6:00-9:00 pm @ The Foundry by Herban Feast, 4130 1st Ave. S.
Support Rotary First Harvest and local food banks by drinking good wine!
Please join us for Hearts & Wine 2019, an elegant evening of great wine, food, jazz, live auction of unique experiences/wine, and so much more!
Saturday, March 16
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.
Keeks Meeting
Thursday, March 21
7:30 am @ the Rainier Club, 820 4th Ave.
Meet fellow members, learn more about the club, and check off another item on your yellow badge checklist!
RSVP available soon, contact Kevin Crane with any questions. 
Sunday, March 24
11:00 am @ Denny Creek Lodge at Alpental
Members, family, and guests are invited to a winter sports outing. Attendees will meet in the Denny Creek Lodge at Alpental at 11:00 am for some fellowship cheer and no host lunch, then spend the afternoon skiing, snowboarding, snow shoeing, sledding, or simply enjoying lunch together at one of the most beautiful mountain places in the Cascades.
Interurban Trail Clean Up
Saturday, April 13
10:00 am @ the Interurban Trail
Rotarians from across the district will be teaming up to adopt sections of the Interurban trail for this fun, hands-on service event. Contact our club's event lead, Eric Christensen, to participate. Stay tuned for more details!


May 16-19
Spokane Convention Center
Tickets are going fast! Get yours today!
For the first time, Rotary District 5080 (Spokane area clubs) and District 5030 (Seattle area clubs) will Come Together in Spokane for a joint district conference on May 16-19, 2019.
Keynote speakers include Rotary International President, Barry Rassin, and the legendary Bill Gates reflecting on Rotary's partnership with the Gates Foundation.
Workshops will help to mold new thinking. Socials and home visits will introduce you to new friends and Rotary partners. 
Visit the conference website for more information about the schedule and to register. 
Seattle #4 Rotarians who have already registered include: Ben Wicks, Catherine Gibson, Derick Pasternak, Jacqueline Lorenz, James Moore, Linda Cheever, Steve Crane, and Virginia McKenzie.
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. 


Unforgettable moments are made at the Rotary International Convention, a place where the Rotary spirit fills the air with a level of energy and enthusiasm you can’t find anywhere else. This is the event where Rotarians unite and take action to create true and lasting change in the world. The 2019 event will be held in Hamburg, Germany June 1-5.​​​​​​​

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. 


Unless  protests are received in the time period required (seven days), the following will receive a "Welcome to Rotary" notification that their membership has been accepted:
  1. Geoff Ball, Millionair Club Charity.  Corporate membership with a Human & Community Service classification. Proposer, Jacki Lorenz, and Seconder, Joyce Robertson.  
  2. Nicholas Curatola, Commercial Sales Associate for Fidelity National Title.  Young Rotary Leader with a Sales & Marketing classification.  Proposer, Trent Mummery, and Seconder, Patrick Carter.
  3. Alvaro Jimenez, Founder of Gaudium Capital.  Young Rotary Leader membership with an Investments classification.  Proposer, David Woodward, and Seconder, Jim Odom.
  4. Chris Johnson, Executive Director of Evergreen Treatment Services, Corporate membership (taking over from Molly Carney) with a Human & Community Services classification.  Proposer, Molly Carney, no Seconder, but he is a member of the LA5 Rotary Club currently.
  5. Judith Kaiser, Administrative Director with Fred Hutch. Individual membership with a Health Care classification.  Proposer, Nancy Osbourne, and Seconder, Linda Cheever.
  6. David McDonald, Real Estate Specialist with DMD Real Estate.  Young Rotary Leader membership with a Real Estate classification.  Proposer, Liz Powell, and Seconder, Michele Centanni.
  7. Bailee Neyland, Manager of Corporate Partnerships with Seattle Sounders FC.  Young Rotary Leader with an Athletic & Sporting Events classification.  Proposer, Brian Bruce, and Seconder, Jeff Pritchard.
  8. Derek Ruckman, Vice President for Recology.  Corporate membership with a Transportation & Logistics classification. Proposer, Heather Fitzpatrick.
  9. William Hammond (re-instatement of membership), Retired physician.  Individual membership with a Retired – Health Care classification.  Proposer, Linda Cheever, and Seconder, Paul Ishii.


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, 4th 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

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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
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