Rotary Club
of Seattle
Weekly Totem
    Founded 1909                          Weekly News and Highlights                            May 3, 2019
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May 15
The Westin
Seattle Fire Department Awards
*Bell rings at 12:00*
May 22
The Westin
Program TBA
May 29
The Sheraton
AI Ethics Panel
June 5
The Grand Hyatt
General Volesky, Commander of America's First Corps
June 12
The Sheraton
Caryl Stern, President and CEO​​​​​​ of UNICEF 
June 19
The Westin
The Mental Health Spectrum: How it Impacts Us Everyday 
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May 3
Tom Hayward
James Wong
May 4
Howard Burton
Alan Sclater
May 5
Eric Robinson
May 6
Alan Bergen
May 8
Susan Adler
Jane Pryor
May 9
Mary Johnstone
Walt Maas
Allison Parker
Paul Tsai
May 10
Mahnaz Eshetu
Neil Larson
Rich Senseney
May 12
Daniel Weiner
May 13
Matt Barnhart
Carl Behnke
Dan Varghese
1 Year
Jevon Powell
Eric Roecks
Stacie Sherman
2 Years
Howard Crabtree
Cody Fritz
Kevin Medved
Yoichiro Yamada
Gary Volesky
3 Years
Nathan Donohue
6 Years
Lina Kim
7 Years
Peter Wright
8 Years
Lisa Bridge
Liz Powell
Sarah Weaver
10 Years
Ken Grant
Faouzi Sefrioui
11 Years
Sue Beller
Jann Curley
16 Years
Jean Thompson
17 Years
John Kilpatrick Ph.D.
Jerilyn Brusseau
18 Years
Charley Dickey
20 Years
Maureen Brotherton
21 Years
Kirk Greene
22 Years
Father Steve Sundborg
25 Years
Len Cereghino
26 Years
Scott Harrison
27 Years
Doug Seto
33 Years
Tim Bendokas
36 Years
Tom Herche
48 Years
Ken Lowthian
58 Years
Bill Bain

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
Robyn Grad
Terms ending 6/30/2021
Fedva Dikmen
Paula Houston
Ben Wicks
Lillian Sherman
Sue McNab

The Future of Seattle Public Schools

May 8 at Noon
The Renaissance, 515 Madison St.

When we focus on ensuring racial equity in our educational system, unapologetically address the needs of students of color who are furthest from education justice, and work to undo the legacies of systemic racism, only then will we eliminate opportunity and achievement gaps and provide every student with a high-quality, world-class education.

That is the bold approach of the 2019-24 Seattle Public Schools Strategic Plan, largely shaped by Denise Juneau from the moment she became the 22nd Seattle Public Schools Superintendent on July 1, 2018.  Throughout her career in public education, Denise has championed equitable access to quality education.  She will share her inspiring story with us and give a glimpse into the future of our public schools.

Self-parking is available at the Renaissance for a $12 flat rate. Please pay with the cashier in the ballroom foyer before or after the luncheon to receive the special rate. 


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

Integrating the Arts as a Strategy, not a Charity 

Written by Pete DeLaunay
For more than 50 years, ArtsFund has promoted the value of the arts in King County, and recently commissioned The Social Impact of the Arts Study, about how art impacts communities.  ArtsFund Vice President Sarah Sidman said arts organizations contribute $2.4 billion and 35,000 jobs to the Washington state economy, as she delivered powerful results from the GMA Research study that showed how art changes lives in three areas: youth and education, health and wellness, and neighborhood vitality.

Meet Alvaro Jimenez

It is my pleasure to introduce our newest member, Alvaro Jimenez, who is the founder of Gaudium Capital.  Alvaro’s classification is Investments.  He has been nominated by David Woodward and Jim Odom.

Meet Chris Johnson

I’d like to introduce you to Chris Johnson, classification Human and Community Services, proposed by Molly Carney and Paul Ishii.
Thursday, May 9
5:30-8:30 pm @ the Hard Rock Cafe, 116 Pike St. 
Back by popular demand, we are hosting our second business networking event Thursday, May 9th at the popular Hard Rock Café. This is a time to build business connections both with our members and the greater business community. Please feel free to bring your colleagues and club prospects.
Tickets are free for current Seattle Rotary members and $10 for non-members. There will be a no-host bar plus an array of delicious appetizers. Plenty of parking is available nearby.
You can sign up through the link below. So grab your cards and get ready to connect. We hope to see you there!
Rotary First Harvest Work Party
Saturday, May 11
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.
Keeks Meeting
Thursday, May 16
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!
Because the Rainier Club needs to prepare for our group, please RSVP to Kevin Crane.
Saturday, May 18
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.
Save the Date: Wellspring 10th-anniversary celebration
Thursday, June 13
5:00-7:00 pm @ the Rotary Support Center for Families, 1900 Rainier Ave. S. 
Ten years ago we helped Wellspring build a home: The Rotary Support Center for Families. Join us on June 13 for an open house where we will celebrate the impact of your generosity. 
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. 


Seattle Rotarians attending the conference are invited to join Seattle City Rotaract for a social during the Saturday afternoon break from 3:00-5:30 pm.  Event details have been emailed to attendees we know of - if you did not receive an email, please contact Mariah for more information.
Seattle #4 Rotarians who have registered for the conference include Larry Granat, Dorothy Echodu, Charley Dickey, Kathy Williams, Linda Cheever, Virginia McKenzie, Cathy Gibson, Jacki Lorenz, Suzanne Griffin, Jennifer Porto, Sten Crissey, Steve Crane, Jim Moore, and Matt Albertson.

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. 

In Memoriam

Ted Kibble, a former Seattle Rotary member and co-founder of the firm Kibble & Prentice, passed away on April 30. 


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, 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 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

Contact Us

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
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 Club Manager, Caroline Bobanick, or Associate Club 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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