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Nov 13, 2019 12:00 PM
The Westin, 1900 5th Ave.
Nov 20, 2019 3:18 PM
Renaissance Hotel, 515 Madison Street
Nov 27, 2019 12:00 PM
Dec 04, 2019 12:00 PM
The Westin, 1900 5th Ave.
Dec 11, 2019 12:00 PM
The Westin, 1900 5th Ave.
Dec 18, 2019 12:00 PM
The Sheraton, 1400 6th Ave
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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.


Nov 8
Darlene Corkrum
Suzanne Griffin
Nov 10
William Dickinson
Nov 12
Jeff Borek
Hollie Ellis
Bob Johnson
Dave Kelly
Nov 13
Liz McGrath
Nov 14
Paul Cressman
Roberta Greer
Nov 15
Dow Constantine
Tom Mesaros
Nov 20
Rod Waldbaum


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Mary Johnstone
2 Years
Susan Bean 
Gene Boes
3 Years
Kathleen Fondren
Jaime Mendez
5 Years
David Fain
Robyn Grad
8 Years
Karen Lee
11 Years
Jane Pryor
13 Years
Dave Kraft
17 Years
Tom Hayward
Terry Van Nostrand
20 Years
Trish Bostrom
Paul Ishii
21 Years
Laura Rehrmann
Jonelle Johnson
22 Years
Sue McNab
31 Years
Tracy Garland
Jim Linardos
65 Years
Don Kraft

Bob Alexander



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

Phone: 206-623-002

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!! 

J. Lennox Scott and the Seattle Real Estate Market: The Correction, the Recovery, and What's Next 

November 13th at Noon
The Westin, 1900 Fifth Avenue 


Home prices in the Seattle metro area have risen steadily in recent years, usually outpacing the national average. However, a recent Seattle home price forecast offered a different picture, suggesting that house values could drop slightly over the course of the next year. According to this same source, house values have declined by 4.5% over the most recent 12-month period. Is it time to start worrying about the housing market again?

Lennox Scott is the third-generation Chairman and CEO of John L. Scott Real Estate founded in 1931 by his grandfather in Seattle. He is very involved with the National Association of Realtors as past Chair of both the Large Residential Firms Advisory Group and NAR Research Committee.  Lennox has been recognized by Realtor Magazine as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Real Estate Brokers in the nation.

Chimpanzees Are Our Closest Relatives   

Author, speaker and family physician, John Crocker, shared his observations and experiences with wild chimpanzees that were inspired by his mentor -- well known English primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall. “Chimp behavior was an adventure in itself learning chimp behavior right up close in Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park for eight months,” he began. “Short of having the ability to speak, the DNA of chimpanzees is only 2% different than humans.” 


As a Stanford undergraduate, Dr. Crocker took a year off to join Jane Goodall and live and learn from chimpanzees. “Before I left, I agreed to ‘babysit’ an orphaned chimp named Baboo. Carrying a backpack of bottles, bananas and pampers, I took Baboo on outings as he grew to depend on me, not unlike other primates developing a mother-infant relationship,” he said. “Ironically, as my adventure in Tanzania was to begin Baboo went off to Stanford’s primate center while I went to Africa to learn more about chimps.” 


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Together, Rotarians Transform the World

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 transform our 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.

Peacebuilder Book Club Discussion - Round 2


November 13th @ 11:00am

Westin Hotel Downtown


This is a special meeting for those who have read So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo.  Many who attended the Peacebuilders first dynamic discussion led by Paula Houston asked for more time to read the book.

Notice to the Membership:
Proposed Bylaws Changes

Vote - December 4th Meeting

The board is recommending a change to the current club bylaws. The proposed changes are driven by a strategic decision for a greater emphasis on membership recruitment and retention including the establishment of a second Vice President level board position focused in this area. 

Seattle Rotary Service Foundation (SRSF)
Large Grant Update

SRSF has sent out a request for proposals to organizations that work with the chronically homeless in Seattle, especially individuals who deal with substance abuse and mental illness.  As previously reported in the Totem, this topic was selected for the $40,000 grant after results from our September Table Talk. Proposals are due in early December and the decision will be made in January.  
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Harvest Against Hunger Work Party
Northwest Harvest Warehouse
Nov 09, 2019
8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Networking Night with Keeks and Mary Johnstone
The Rainier Club
Nov 14, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Wellspring Family Services Work Party
Rotary Support Center for Families
Nov 16, 2019
9:15 AM – 11:15 AM
Cystic Fibrosis Climb
1201 Third Avenue
Nov 21, 2019 4:30 PM
Holiday Shopping with Kids
Rotary Boys and Girls Club
Dec 07, 2019
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Rotary World Peace Conference 2020
Ontario Convention Center
Jan 17, 2020 7:00 AM –
Jan 18, 2020 10:00 PM
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