Rotary Club
of Seattle
Weekly Totem
    Founded 1909                          Weekly News and Highlights                            August 9, 2019
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August 21
4:00 pm
Town Hall Seattle
Jeff Robinson
SOLD OUT for General Admission Tickets
August 28
Hyatt Olive 8
Scott Lindsay, System Failure
September 4
The Westin
David Domke, Common Purpose and Civic Action
September 11
The Renaissance
September 18
The Westin
Gary Stobbe
September 25
October 2
Grand Hyatt
Carmen Best, Seattle Chief of Police
October 9
Grand Hyatt
Philip Welkhoff, Director of Malaria, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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

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.


August 11
Joseph Chard
Freeman Fong
August 12
Paul Suzman
August 16
Patrick Carter
August 17
Peter Wright
August 19
Steve Davis
Tracy Garland
August 20
Russ Taylor
August 21
Nick Anderson
Caitlin Grant
KC Herren
August 22
Kari Rallo
August 23
John Hojaboom
1 Year
Arlesia Bailey
Suzanne Fortune
Kela Hall
Kelly O'Brien
Dan Varghese
Janet Welcher
2 Years
Lauren Martin
Annie Wakefield
3 Years
Amy Ridley
Ross Stewart
4 Years
Jennifer Porto
5 Years
Krista Dalton
6 Years
Anne Bugge
7 Years
Liz McGrath
8 Years
Ben Reiber
Catherine Willis Cleveland 
10 Years
Fred Grimm
Eric Robinson
12 Years
Virginia McKenzie
17 Years
Bill Marshall
18 Years
Stan Savage
19 Years
Bruce Williams
24 Years
Rich Senseney
26 Years
Carl Lucks
28 Years
Dorothy Bullitt
30 Years
Bob Lucurell
34 Years
Mark Davis
35 Years
Paul Suzman
Watt Taylor
45 Years
Tom Betts
Dick Vadnais

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

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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!

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.


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.
Kim Moore

Jeff Borek

Immediate Past-President
Cindy L. Runger 

Vice President for Membership
Patrick Carter

Vice President for Service
Jimmy Collins

Vice President for Programs
Jeff Pyatt

Lina Kim

Robert Stadler

Ken Grant 

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
Terms ending 6/30/2022
Rob LoBosco
Jaime Mendez
Susie Roe
Faouzi Sefrioui
Nyasha Tunduwani



August 14 at Noon
The Westin, 1900 Fifth Avenue


Charles Finkel has entertained the wine, beer and spirits industry for more than 50 years. He is critically acclaimed in the craft brewing industry and has been named in the Who’s Who in the World of Beer and included in the Northwest Brewers Hall of Fame.   In addition to being a craft brewing expert, Charles is an artist, writer, designer and entrepreneur.  He and his wife, Rose Ann, are part of a team that manages the Pike Brewing Company, the Pike Pub and Tankard & Tun Oyster Bar.  Don’t miss this opportunity to get the inside scoop on Seattle’s brewing culture. There may even be samples!   

Seattle's Innovation Economy

Our member Mark Davis introduced our keynote speaker, Joe Ottinger, who he met 20 years ago through a former member Walter Schoenfeld who was Joe’s father-in-law.
Joe is the founder and CEO of Iinnovate that is based in Seattle. He is the author of two books, “Beyond Success: Building a Personal, Financial and Philanthropic Legacy” and “iInnovate- a guide for engaging in the innovation economy.”  Iinnovate “helps implement strategic change to accelerate growth and profit” in the tech sector.

Meet New Member Alicia Flatt

Meet Alicia Flatt, classification Technology, proposed by Jane Tornatore and Michele Centanni.   Alicia was born in White Rock, British Columbia, a dual citizen of both the U.S. and Canada.  Her father is a professional drummer, her mother works in education, her brother and his wife own a CPA firm specializing in cross-border taxes, and her sister is a music teacher. Following the family music tradition, Alicia spent three years at Western Washington University where she majored in music.  Her instrument was the trumpet which she played in a rock/ska band, The Crawdaddies, for five years.

Meet New Member Caitlin Grant

Let me take you back to January 31st of this year when we held one of our networking events. Caitlin was there with her manager. Not only was it her first event with Rotary, but it was her first networking happy hour, ever!  While I must give thanks to her manager who urged her to come, it is Virginia McKenzie and Susie Roe, who we should give a round of applause to, as they proposed her to the club under the classification of Accounting.  Caitlin fell in love with the Rotary --the people, the passion of the group to better the community and change the world, and her ability to be a part of it all.

Saturday, August 10
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.
Saturday, August 17
9:15-11:15 am @ the Rotary Support Center for Families, 1900 Rainier Ave. S.
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.
Jeff Robinson
Who We Are: A Chronicle of RACISM in America
Wednesday, August 21
4:00-6:00 pm @ Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave
On Wednesday, August 21, instead of our usual luncheon, Seattle 4 Rotary will host a special community discussion at Town Hall Seattle featuring speaker Jeff Robinson. 
Following the public presentation, Seattle 4 Rotary members are invited to attend an exclusive reception with Jeff Robinson featuring heavy appetizers and a no-host bar. Space is limited, so this event will only be open to members and one guest each. Members and their plus-one do not need to register for this event.  Please make sure to bring your name badge for entry. 
General admission tickets for additional guests are SOLD OUT. Contact Mariah at if you have any questions. 
Thursday, September 5
Starting at 4:10pm @ FareStart Restaurant, 700 Virginia Street
Join fellow Rotarians to volunteer at FareStart's Guest Chef Night. No experience is necessary. This is FareStart's most popular opportunity and is consistently booked a year in advance.  See the flyer for more information or contact Lacey Clark at
Sunday, September 15
3:00-5:00pm @ Einer and Marilyn Handeland's Mercer Island Garden
Join us for this special fellowship event sponsored by the Community Service Committee and enjoy the spectacular dahlia garden of Einer and Marilyn Handeland on Mercer Island.  The garden includes more than 800 plants and 160 varieties of award-winning dahlias which are in full bloom.  Bring a drink or appetizer to share.
For more information, contact member, Lacey Clark.

Join us for our next business networking event at the Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Seattle. This is your chance to build business connections with fellow Rotary members as well as other professionals in the downtown core.  

Here are the details:

  • Thursday, September 26 at the Hard Rock Cafe
  • Free for Seattle 4 Rotary members - registration is appreciated
  • $8 for non-Rotarians
  • No-host bar plus delicious appetizers

Grab your business cards and get ready to connect!!

As a member of the Rotary Club of Seattle, you have access to The 5th Avenue Theatre’s discount program.  You can purchase tickets to ALL SHOWS in the 2019/20 Season NOW.  This is before any of the shows go on sale to the general public!  Your ongoing discount gets you 25% off all locally produced shows and 20% off national Broadway tours.  Ticket prices will increase based on demand, so don’t wait to purchase.
Just visit and put in Promo code: ROTARYSEATTLE to purchase your tickets.
The unexpected passing of Steve Crane, District 5030's tireless champion of polio and malaria eradication, saddened our entire Rotary community. In honor of Steve's selfless efforts, the Seattle Rotary Service Foundation has established the Steve Crane Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund will provide financial assistance to one or more Rotaractors each year to attend either our District Conference, the Rotary International Conference, or a conference related to global health. 
If you would you like to support this scholarship fund in Steve's memory, send your tax-deductible contribution to the Seattle Rotary Service Foundation, 1326 5th Avenue, Suite 342, Seattle, WA  98101 and write "Steve Crane Fund" in the check's memo line.  Inquiries can be made to Jeff Pritchard.


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:
Jonathan Holz, Director of Sales for Lish.  Individual membership with a Food & Beverage classification.  Proposer, Jon Bridge, and Seconder, Dorothy Bullitt.


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 and  Terry Van Nostrand
Community Service
11:00 am, 1st Wednesday
1326 5th Ave., 7th floor conference room
Steve Tyler and Mary Johnstone
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 Mackay and Rob LoBosco

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
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
Jane Pryor and Doug Seto
3rd Thursday of the month at alternating times and venues. Email reminders will be sent in advance of each month's meeting.
Kevin Crane

Contact Us

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 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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