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    Founded 1909                      Weekly News and Highlights                        March 22, 2019
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April 3
Hyatt Olive 8
Diversity Panel
April 10
Grand Hyatt
Dow Constantine, King County Executive
April 17
The Westin
Wellspring Family Services
April 24
Grand Hyatt
Admiral Bill Owens
May 1
The Westin
May 8
The Renaissance
Denise Juneau, Seattle Schools Superintendent
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March 23
Gary Drobnack
Timmy Pham
March 24
Mike Harney
March 26
Lindsay Klarman
Lauren Martin
March 27
Liz Powell
March 28
Jane Tornatore
March 29
Kelly Holm
March 31
Hamilton McCulloh
Jesse Thomas
April 2
Ben Linford
1 Year
Zach Haveman
Sarah Mackay
Joyce Robertson
Taylor Shimizu
Jesse Thomas
Bonita Towne
3 Years
Daron Vchulek
4 Years
Kelly Pearson
Marc Rapaport
5 Years
Robert Boeshaar
6 Years
Trent Mummery
Theresa Wang
James Loder
Mark Long
Eric Newman
Jimmy Collins
7 Years
Dorothy Echodu
Rita Koefod
Arnold Ness
10 Years
Gary Smith
13 Years
Candy Lee
Janice Winemiller
14 Years
Cindy Runger
Jeff Pritchard
15 Years
Liv Wernecke
17 Years
Leon Rowland
James Odom
18 Years
Paul Heppner
James Wong
Joel Ferrell
19 Years
Einer Handeland
21 Years
John Steckler
22 Years
Joel Paget
23 Years
Craig Dawson
25 Years
Gerry Maurer
Judith Whetzel
26 Years
Christine Charbonneau
27 Years
Mark Weed
Laurel James
29 Years
Rich Lacher
30 Years
Douglas True
31 Years
Rita Ryder
32 Years
D. Jerry Burtenshaw
41 Years
Fred Weiss
69 Years
James G McCurdy

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

Darlene Wilczynski
The Federal Reserve and You: Seattle’s Impact on the Nation’s Central Bank

March 27 at Noon
The Westin, 1900 5th Ave. 
You know the Fed is important.  But do you know what it does?  How it impacts your daily life?  Or even that it has a Seattle branch?
Darlene Wilczynski is the head of that branch and will tell us what the Fed does and why it matters to our region, and vice versa.  Darlene is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and has been with the Fed since 1997.  She will unlock some of the mysteries of our financial system, and share some fascinating behind-the-scenes stories.  If you’ve ever wondered what the Fed really does and why you should care, this program is for you.
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

Fred Hutch Partners With Tech Community to Advance Fight Against Cancer

Taylor Shimizu introduced our program and reminded us it is a perfect complement to Gary Gilliland’s October program on eradicating cancer.  Mathew Trunnell is a man on a mission.  He was recruited by the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center to bolster their research capabilities using data analytics.  As Hutch’s chief data officer, Michael has been able to advance cancer care and treatment through innovative partnerships with local technology companies. 

Jawad Khaki Shares Reflections after Christchurch Massacre

He got a standing ovation – most of us would have stood even longer.  Jawad Khaki provided our club with some timely solace and inspiration after another horrible, hate-filled tragedy filled our lives.  A quintessential part of being a Rotarian is to build goodwill and spread peace around the globe.  During these difficult times, it was comforting to hear one of our local Muslim leaders provide his insights on how we can respond to and overcome hate and intolerance.  

Meet Romanita Hairston

Imagine standing inside the top of the Soweto cooling towers in Johannesburg and free-falling more than 200 feet down.  Sound scary?  I would call it terrifying.  Our newest Rotarian, Romanita Hairston, described this SCAD (Suspended Catch Air Device) freefall as her "most fun adventure.”  That’s what I call a risk taker!

Education Committee Meeting Time Change

The Education Committee is moving their regular monthly meeting from March 27 to April 3. The time and location will remain the same.  
For more information on committee meeting times and locations, see the committee schedule at the bottom of this email. 
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. No RSVP needed - contact Mark Davis if you have questions.
Tiny House Construction
March 29 and 30 @ Interbay Tiny House Village
On March 29th and 30th, five more volunteers with carpentry skills are needed to help construct a tiny house at the Interbay Tiny House Village run by the Low Income Housing Institute.  Funds for these houses were provided by a tiny house district grant led by the Mercer Island Rotary Club and supported by SRSF.  Contact Eva Agrawal to RSVP or for more information.
Rotary First Harvest Work Party
Saturday, April 13
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.
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!
#Boldforblood district Blood Drive
Monday, April 15
11:00 am-5:00 pm (closed 1-2 pm) @ 2014 4th Ave.
Rotary District 5030 is hosting a series of blood drives with local nonprofit Bloodworks Northwest this spring to help provide lifesaving blood to people in need in our community. It’s the easiest way there is to save three lives in the time span of your lunch hour and the perfect way to live up to Rotary’s motto, Service Above Self.
Please come to the blood drive at the Seattle 4 Rotary Club bloodmobile in Seattle on Monday, April 14. See the flyer for more information and how to sign up!
Saturday, April 20
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.
Tulip Time at Rotary
Wednesday, April 24
Sales start at 11:30 am @ the Grand Hyatt
The Rotary Club of La Conner  will be bringing loads of beautiful tulips to our April 24 luncheon.  A bouquet of 10 stems is only $5 -- you'll want a bunch!
Rotary Boys & Girls Club
Saturday, April 27
9:00 am-12:0o pm @ the Rotary Boys & Girls Club,
201 19th Ave.
Rotarians, friends, and family are invited to come help spruce up your investment at the Rotary Boys & Girl Club's Annual Maintenance Day on Saturday April 27th. We'll get started at 9:00 am and finish with lunch at 12:00 pm. The club is located on the corner of 19th & E. Spruce.  Bring your favorite gloves or tool. Please contact Stacy Sherman for more information or to RSVP.
Business Networking Night
Thursday, May 9
5:30-8:30 pm @ the Hard Rock Cafe, 116 Pike St. 
Get out your business cards! Our last Networking Night was such a success, we're doing it again!
Seattle Rotary will be hosting another business networking event at the Hard Rock Cafe. This is a chance to build business connections among our own club members and also welcome potential members from the downtown core.
This event will feature a no-host bar (please order in our designated room) plus an array of delicious appetizers. Tickets are free for Seattle Rotary members and $10 for all others. 
Help us make this event a success by attending and bringing a prospect. We’ll be promoting this on social media and would appreciate your help in spreading the word through your own network. If you would like to help with the event logistics, please see Taylor Shimizu or Liz Powell
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. 


May 16-19
Spokane Convention Center
Tickets to this year's conference are now sold out! Visit the event site to join the waitlist. 
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.
Seattle #4 Rotarians who have already registered include: Larry Granat, Dorothy Echodu, Charles Dickey, Kathryn Williams, Linda Cheever, Virginia McKenzie, Derick Pasternak, Catherine Gibson, Jacqueline Lorenz, Suzanne Griffin, Jennifer Porto, Sten Crissey, Steve Crane, James Moore, and Matthew Albertson.


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. 
The 5th Avenue Theatre is offering Seattle #4 Rotarians a discount on tickets to this season's production of Marie, Dancing Still. Click the link below for details!


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

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
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