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October 23
Rich Lacher
October 24
Faouzi Sefrioui
October 25
Carolyn Ladd
October 26
David McFadden
October 28
Bill Gates III
Mark Weed
October 29
Kathy Williams
October 30
Doug Seto
October 31
Karen Lee
November 2
Steve Tyler
November 3
Steven Shaw
November 4
Sue McNab
Don Root
November 6
Jim Loder


1 Year
Dow Constantine
2 Years 
Ashok Gangolli
Joseph Smith
4 Years
John Hojaboom
David McFadden
6 Years
Carla Fowler
Lorna Tumwebaze
7 Years
Eric Christensen
8 Years
Carese Busby
10 Years
Dan & Nancy Evans
Sheree Wen
12 Years
Bill Bryant
15 Years
Barbie Seifert
18 Years
April Mobley
19 Years
Daniel Weiner
21 Years
Nancy Osborne
Jim Moore
22 Years
Vicky Oxley
23 Years
Cynthia Chirot
25 Years
Tom Mesaros
26 Years
Darlene Corkrum
Bob Johnson
27 Years
Neil Larson
Kathy Williams
28 Years
Karl Ege
31 Years
Lou Lundquist
32 Years
Jeff Pyatt
33 Years
Ron Bayley
38 Years
Steve Prince
49 Years
John Durbin

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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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:
Stephen Morse, Producer, PHP Agency. Young Rotary Leader Membership with an Insurance Classification. Proposer, Virginia McKenzie, and Seconder, Doug Seto.
Tabitha Gross, Development Manager at Neighborcare Health. Young Rotary Leader Membership with a Health Care Classification. Proposer, Barbie Seifert.

October 28th at 12:00 pm

*Social time starting at 11:45 am*

The Time Is Now
Michele Storms, Executive Director of ACLU of Washington

It is more important than ever to maintain a robust democracy in which all people can flourish. Innovation has never been needed more than it is today. We need a vaccine, we need to jump-start the economy. All of these priorities will require innovation and diligent attention. The same is true with civil liberties and rights. Michele will share her ideas for urgently-needed, efficient, and often cost-effective solutions that increase justice, equity, and liberty. She will touch on drug policy, school safety, the right to vote, and things that YOU can do to strengthen our democracy and ensure equity and justice for all.
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 21st Meeting

Watch this week's pre-meeting song. Learn more about the original song, written by John Lennon, and the cover artist, Morgan James
Secretary Robert Gates' new book, Exercise of Power: American Failures, Successes, and a New Path Forward in the Post-Cold War World is available on Amazon and at local bookstores.  
Meet Consul General Hisao Inagaki
For the first diplomatic member introduction, I would like to welcome the new Consul General of Japan in Seattle, Hisao Inagaki.  
Hisao was appointed as Consul General of Japan in Seattle in July 2020 after serving as Director of Internet Public Relations Division, Minister’s Secretariat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).  Hisao first joined the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1985 following graduation from the Tokyo Institute of Technology in the field of information systems management.
Meet Director General Daniel Chen
I would like to welcome back to Seattle the new Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Seattle, Daniel Kuo-ching Chen. A few years ago Daniel served as Senior Consular Officer in the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Seattle so he knows our region well. We hope Daniel will now think of Seattle as his “second home” in the U.S. 

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, October 29th at 5:00 pm

District 5030 Workshop: Enhancing Your Online Presence

Making a great virtual impression with your image and voice is essential for connecting with your audience. Is your virtual image an accurate reflection of your real self? Does it enhance or detract from who you are? How can you be more effective as a virtual presenter, facilitator, or leader?

In this 90-minute workshop, you’ll learn tips to apply immediately that will help you master your virtual image and increase connection at Rotary meetings and at work. Join us for this lively session with Virtual Image Master (and Toastmaster) Rebecca P. Murray who will give you a proven 5-point image and audio checklist to ensure you shine in every virtual scenario. This event is open to all District 5030 Rotarians. Click the link below to register.

PLEASE NOTE: This session is limited to 100 Rotarians.  So register right away!


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. 

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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