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Nov 06, 2019
Hyatt Olive 8, 1635 8th Ave
Nov 13, 2019 12:00 PM
The Westin, 1900 5th Ave.
Nov 20, 2019 3:18 PM
Renaissance Hotel, 515 Madison Street
Nov 27, 2019 12:00 PM
Dec 04, 2019 12:00 PM
The Westin, 1900 5th Ave.
Dec 11, 2019 12:00 PM
The Westin, 1900 5th Ave.
Dec 18, 2019 12:00 PM
The Sheraton, 1400 6th Ave
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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.


Nov 2
Steve Tyler
Nov 3
Steven Shaw
Nov 4
Sue McNab
Don Root
Nov 6
Jim Loder
Nov 8
Darlene Corkrum
Suzanne Griffin
Nov 10
William Dickinson


1 Year
Mary Johnstone
Andrew Lyon
2 Years
Susan Bean 
Gene Boes
3 Years
Kathleen Fondren
Rebecca Hellman
Jaime Mendez
5 Years
David Fain
Robyn Grad
8 Years
Karen Lee
11 Years
Jane Pryor
13 Years
Dave Kraft
17 Years
Tom Hayward
Terry Van Nostrand
20 Years
Trish Bostrom
Paul Ishii
21 Years
Laura Rehrmann
Jonelle Johnson
22 Years
Sue McNab
31 Years
Tracy Garland
Jim Linardos
65 Years
Don Kraft

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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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. Melissa Potter, Business Relationship Manager for Bank of America. Individual membership with a banking classification. Proposer, Jacki Lorenz, and Seconder, Skip Rowland.
  2. Carmen Best, Chief of Police, Seattle Police Department. Government Department membership with a Government Official classification. Proposer, Kim Moore,  and Seconder, Harold Scoggins.


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 Executive Director, Caroline Bobanick, or Program 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!! 


We would like to celebrate our members who are veterans during our Wednesday program on November 13th. If you would like to participate in our presentation, please contact Mariah by Tuesday, November 4th at 10:00am to sign up at Mariah@SeattleRotary.orgThank you for your service!

Adventures Among Wild Chimpanzees:  Lessons Learned from Our Closest Relatives and Understanding the Roots of Human Behavior

November 6th at Noon
Hyatt Olive 8, 1635 8th Avenue 

Dr. John Crocker is a local family physician, author and speaker who will share lessons learned from his time studying chimpanzees with Jane Goodall in Tanzania. An advocate for the environment and for better understanding of emotional well-being, he speaks and writes about the importance of protecting all living things and his own experience as a physician in understanding why anxiety, depression, and even ADD have remained in our human genetic make-up. 
He combines his work alongside Dr. Goodall with his 35 years of experience as a family doctor in the Pacific Northwest in his book, Following Fifi. In addition to appearing on King 5 and writing for the Huffington Post, Dr. Crocker’s work has been featured on the Jane Goodall Institute’s news site.
Dr. Crocker was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and attended Stanford University where he met Jane Goodall.  He received his MD from Case Western School of Medicine in Cleveland. He has two sons who occasionally help validate the closeness of chimpanzee and human behavior. 

Cybersecurity, Democracy and Private Sector Diplomacy

Tom Burt works on a new frontier.  He is Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President for Customer Security and Trust.  He has been there in various leadership capacities for 24 years and now leads an interdisciplinary team across the company to advance cybersecurity.  Burt spoke at our pre-Halloween meeting.  He highlighted how technology empowers our lives but also has a dark side.  It brings risks on many levels.  From phishing threats to identity theft to disturbing democracies, our digital universe touches every fabric of our lives.

Meet New Member Jonny Holz
I am always amazed at people who continually reinvent themselves as they experience and move through life.  Our newest Rotarian is just that type of individual. Jonny Holz joins us today under the classification of Food and Beverage.

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Together, Rotarians Transform the World

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 transform our 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.

Peacebuilder Book Club Discussion - Round 2


November 13th @ 11:00am

Westin Hotel Downtown


This is a special meeting for those who have read So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo.  Many who attended the Peacebuilders first dynamic discussion led by Paula Houston asked for more time to read the book.

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Real Escape from the Sex Trade (REST) - Site Visit
Nov 01, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Harvest Against Hunger Work Party
Northwest Harvest Warehouse
Nov 09, 2019
8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Networking Night with Keeks and Mary Johnstone
The Rainier Club
Nov 14, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Wellspring Family Services Work Party
Rotary Support Center for Families
Nov 16, 2019
9:15 AM – 11:15 AM
Cystic Fibrosis Climb
1201 Third Avenue
Nov 21, 2019 4:30 PM
Holiday Shopping with Kids
Rotary Boys and Girls Club
Dec 07, 2019
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Rotary World Peace Conference 2020
Ontario Convention Center
Jan 17, 2020 7:00 AM –
Jan 18, 2020 10:00 PM
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Shanghai Rotary Celebrates 100 Years

Past President Cathy Gibson traveled to Shanghai this month to present Shanghai Rotary Club President Terri Lau with a certificate noting Seattle #4’s gift to Rotary Peace Centers in honor of the RC Shanghai Centennial. Seattle Rotary sponsored the Shanghai Club's founding as the first Rotary Club in China 100 years ago. 


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