Rotary Club
of Seattle
Weekly Totem
    Founded 1909                          Weekly News and Highlights                            June 7, 2019
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June 19
The Westin
The Mental Health Spectrum: How it Impacts Us Everyday
June 26
The Sheraton
The Boys in the Boat
July 4
No Meeting
Happy 4th of July!
July 10
The Westin
Father Stephen Sundborg
July 17
The Westin
Jason Wilson, Fire & Vine
July 24
The Westin
John Crocker, "Following Fifi"
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

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June 7
Cindy Runger
June 8
Susie Roe
June 10
John Pohl
Linda Rough
June 12
John Durbin
June 13
Adel Sefrioui
June 14
Amy Ridley
A.D. Vickery
June 18
Larry Granat
1 Year
Carla Anderson
2 Year
Lacey Clark
Mark Dyce-Ryan
Mahnaz Eshetu
Thanh Pham
Harry Short
3 Years
Zhen Liu Lau
Dulcie Patner
4 Years
Lynn Beck
6 Years
Steve Davis
7 Years
Michael Harney
8 Years
John Pohl
9 Years
Petros Koumantaros
10 Years
Matt Bratlien
11 Years
Julian Wier Harman III
12 Years
Marli Iverson
15 Years
Anne Gillingham
17 Years
Daniel Mead Smith
Joe Phillips
John Adams
Nina Odell
20 Years
Bill Franklin
Steve Boyer
26 Years
Robin Pasquarella
27 Years
Roberta Greer
Michael Troyer
29 Years
Astrid Berg
30 Years
Irv Sandman
32 Years
Stan Foster Jr.
33 Years
David Kelly

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!

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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

Diplomacy Day with Caryl Stern, President & CEO of UNICEF USA

June 12 at Noon
The Sheraton, 1400 6th Ave. 
Next week we’ll celebrate our Diplomats with a very special guest speaker.  In addition to recognizing our local Consuls General and other dignitaries, we will hear from Caryl Stern, President & CEO of UNICEF USA.
Caryl will share how UNICEF, alongside Rotary International and other partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, works to reach every child with the polio vaccine.  She will describe the journey from UNICEF’s Supply Division to some of the most remote communities on Earth, emphasizing the invaluable contribution from the frontline workers whose community engagement makes polio eradication possible.
She will also offer remarks on the millions of uprooted children around the world and what UNICEF is doing to ensure every child is protected, cared for, and has the support needed to thrive.
This week's program is sponsored by:

Meeting Our Army Neighbors from JBLM 

By Bret Anderson

Jimmy Collins introduced our main speaker, Lieutenant General Gary Volesky, and pointed out that the United States Army celebrates its 244th birthday this year. He also invited members to join the Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) Freedom Fest on the 4th of July. RSVP to Jimmy if you'd like to attend.  

Lt. Gen. Volesky opened by placing JBLM in perspective for the state of Washington.  It is the second largest employer in the state and provides jobs for 50,000 people.  In a year, JBLM contributes nearly eight billion dollars to the Washington State economy. 


Meet Jordan Hathaway

In the game of life, some people can get dealt a very difficult hand. How they let that, or don’t let that, dictate their life or their future and how they take advantage of new cards and new opportunities, tells you a lot about that person.

Meet Matt LeMaster

He runs like a Duck, he talks like a Husky and his blood flows Coug-crimson.  So, he must be a ….??  
Rotary First Harvest Work Party
Saturday, June 8
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.
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. 
Saturday, June 15
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.
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. 
End Polio Night at the Mariners
Wednesday, July 3
7:10 pm @ T-Mobile Park, 1250 1st Ave. S.
The Mariners have reserved the first pitch for Rotary International VP John Matthews on a night with fireworks to join Rotary's fight to end polio. A portion of proceeds from discounted tickets will benefit Rotary's PolioPlus campaign. See the flyer for more information. Tickets can be purchased at using the promo code POLIO.
Seattle City Rotaract Kickoff Party
Thursday, July 11
5:30-8:30 pm @ 2125 1st Ave. 
Celebrate the start of the new year with Seattle City Rotaract, a young professionals club sponsored by Seattle #4. You'll have the opportunity to meet the members, hear more about what they've accomplished this year, and learn about their plans for 2019-2020 at this casual rooftop barbecue. Rotarians, friends, family, and anyone interested in learning more about the club are welcome to attend. Tickets are $20 and include food and drinks.

Pinkham & Skeel Reception

Invitations for the Pinkham & Skeel reception for June 18 have been emailed via paperless post. If you contributed to SRSF at the $1,000 or more level and did not receive an invitation, please reach out to Caroline Bobanick and Nancy Cahill for assistance. Thank you, everyone, for your generosity towards Seattle Rotary Service Foundation! You all are appreciated. 

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.


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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