Rotary Club
of Seattle
Weekly Totem
    Founded 1909                      Weekly News and Highlights                        April 26, 2019
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May 8
The Renaissance
Denise Juneau, Seattle Schools Superintendent
May 15
The Westin
Seattle Fire Department Awards
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 
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April 26
Catherine Cleveland
Anne Gillingham
April 28
John Adams
Tom Mormino
Shell Stone
April 29
Dorothy Echodu
May 1
Geoff Ball
May 2
Gerry Maurer
May 3
Tom Hayward
James Wong
May 4
Howard Burton
Alan Sclater
May 5
Eric Robinson
May 6
Alan Bergen
1 Year
Jessica Bhuiyan
2 Years
Alejandro Grajal
Gary Hartman
4 Years
Michael Adams
Rosanne Lapan
Benjamin Wicks
6 Years
Lauren Domino
Michele Shaw
9 Years
Kelly Holm
Kari Rallo
10 Years
Gary Drobnack
11 Years
Steven Boyd
13 Years
Stephen Sundquist
14 Years
Linda Cheever
15 Years
Hollie Ellis
Freeman Fong
16 Years
Alfred Benaroya
19 Years
Jean Bateman CFRE
26 Years
Michael O'Byrne
32 Years
Robert Parks
34 Years
Rex Clark
35 Years
James Burdett

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 Art of Community Building - Leveraging the Social Impact of the Arts

May 1 at Noon
The Westin, 1900 5th Ave
As our community undergoes rapid economic growth and increasing diversity, we face constant reminders that the benefits of this growth are not shared by all.  Homelessness, rising income inequality, race and gender issues, and an aging population are challenges we must continually address as we build a world-class community. 
Since 1969, ArtsFund has promoted the arts in pursuit of such a community, where arts are accessible to all and valued as central and critical to a healthy society.  Sarah Sidman, an ArtsFund Vice President, will share findings from their pioneering Social Impact of the Arts Study and discuss ways we can harness the impact of the arts to advance community priorities and sustain a thriving, equitable society in our region.
Plus, members of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra will perform a piece from the Lullaby Project, where they work with Mary’s Place parents and children in crisis to create personal lullabies.


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

Futurist Admiral Owens Addresses the US’s Role in a 2039 World

President Cindy Runger brought club member Paul Suzman to the stage to introduce the main speaker, retired Admiral Bill Owens. Paul mentioned that Admiral Owens, a native of North Dakota, is a former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, decorated war veteran, and business executive, who is currently co-authoring a book, which will be titled China and the US 2039: The End Game? Paul explained that Owens’s leadership was evident during the decade following the Cold War, which contributed directly to much of what today’s military does well.

Meet Derek Ruckman

I am proud to introduce Derek Ruckman to you.  
Derek joined Rotary for three reasons.
Heather Fitzpatrick, his proposer, is the first.  Because he admires the work Wellspring does, Derek asked to join the board.  The first question Heather asked was “are you in Rotary?”  Literally. 

Meet Geoff Ball

Please meet Geoff Ball, classification Human & Community Services, nominated by Jacki Lorenz and seconded by Joyce Robertson - thank you both.
Jacki describes Geoff Ball, who is the Director of Development for the Millionair Club Charity, as smart, funny and collaborative.  
ROTARY BOYS & GIRLS CLUB Maintenance day
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.
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 from 5:30-8:30 pm at the popular Hard Rock Café (116 Pike Street, between 1st and 2nd Ave). 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. 


May 16-19
Spokane Convention Center
Second-chance tickets are still available through this Tuesday. Don't miss your chance to attend this great annual event!
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.

Wider World of Rotary

Seattle #4 member Kirk Greene joined a group of Santa Barbara Rotarians who helped pack 12,000 meals for disaster relief on Saturday, April 20 at their local Boys & Girls Club. 
Visiting other Rotary Clubs is a great way to learn more about the wider world of Rotary and connect with a community you are visiting. You can find Rotary clubs around the world using Rotary International's Club Finder tool.    

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. Teresa Moore, Executive Director for Seattle CityClub.  Corporate membership with an Associations & Clubs classification.  Proposer, Jon Bridge, and Seconder, Lillian Sherman.
  2. Jonathan Bosch, Director of Corporate Partnerships for the Seattle Seahawks.  Young Rotary Leader membership with a Sports & Entertainment classification.  Proposer, Nancy Osborne, and Seconder, Mark Wright.
  3. Dorothy Miller, Director of Public Policy for Merck & Co Inc.  Individual membership with a Health Care classification.  Proposer, Liz Powell, and Seconder, Susie Roe.
  4. Dennis Williams Jr., Financial Advisor for Edward Jones.  Young Rotary Leader membership with a Financial Advising & Wealth Management classification. Proposer, Craig Dawson, and Seconder, Skip Rowland.
  5. Liam Li, Managing Director with Himalaya Capital Management.  Corporate membership with a Financial Advising & Wealth Management classification.  Proposer, Karl Ege, and Seconder, Virginia McKenzie.
  6. Jordan Hathaway, Group Sales Manager for Hotel Andra.  Young Rotary Leader membership with a Hospitality classification.  Proposer, Liz Powell.


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
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