Rotary Club
of Seattle
Weekly Totem
    Founded 1909                          Weekly News and Highlights                            May 24, 2019
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June 5
The Grand Hyatt
General Volesky, Commander of America's First Corps
June 12
The Sheraton
Diplomacy Day Featuring Caryl Stern, President and CEO​​​​​​ of UNICEF 
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
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May 25
Beth Knox
May 26
Harvey Rubinstein
May 27
Jevon Powell
May 28
Alan Kunovsky
May 29
Fedva Dikmen
Roberta Nestaas
June 2
Mariah Kimpton
Stacie Sherman
1 Year
Jevon Powell
Eric Roecks
Stacie Sherman
2 Years
Howard Crabtree
Cody Fritz
Kevin Medved
Yoichiro Yamada
Gary Volesky
3 Years
Nathan Donohue
6 Years
Lina Kim
7 Years
Peter Wright
8 Years
Lisa Bridge
Liz Powell
Sarah Weaver
10 Years
Ken Grant
Faouzi Sefrioui
11 Years
Sue Beller
Jann Curley
16 Years
Jean Thompson
17 Years
John Kilpatrick Ph.D.
Jerilyn Brusseau
18 Years
Charley Dickey
20 Years
Maureen Brotherton
21 Years
Kirk Greene
22 Years
Father Steve Sundborg
25 Years
Len Cereghino
26 Years
Scott Harrison
27 Years
Doug Seto
33 Years
Tim Bendokas
36 Years
Tom Herche
48 Years
Ken Lowthian
58 Years
Bill Bain

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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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.
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 Ethics of Artificial Intelligence: Facial Recognition

May 29 at Noon
The Sheraton, 1400 6th Ave.
Artificial Intelligence software is already present in our personal and professional lives and its use is rapidly increasing.  With it comes fascinating innovations and even life-saving discoveries.  But, its unprecedented potential also raises serious ethical concerns as the software’s displacement of human judgment can have unintended consequences.
You’ve likely heard of the controversy surrounding the use of facial recognition software by Police Departments, or San Francisco’s recent ban on the use of the technology.  And, of course, there are two sides to the story.  However, the fight over our own state legislature’s attempt to control the technology caused one side, the makers of the technology, to decline our invitations.
But we are undeterred.  Come join us our own David Brenner moderates a discussion with local civil-liberty and faith-based leaders on the ethical use of this technology, and the potential ramifications of its unfettered use.
After the luncheon, you're invited to a post-program discussion, "Technology and Social Control in China” from 1:45-2:45 in the Richmond room (4th floor). Space is limited.


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

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan

Written by Dann Mead Smith

President Cindy opened our meeting on a beautiful, sunny spring day reflecting on the importance of sharing our Rotary story with others.  She encouraged us to use our phones at meetings to share Rotary and our meetings with the goal of encouraging others to join us.

She reported on the District Conference that was held in Spokane last week and specifically mentioned our own Mark Wright’s interview with Bill Gates and the Rotary International President at the event.


Meet Alex Fan

It is my pleasure to introduce to you the honorable Alex Kuo-shu Fan, who is the director general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Seattle.  During this introduction, there will be some pictures on the screens showing Director Fan performing some of his diplomatic duties.  He was sponsored by David Woodward, who we thank. His classification is Diplomat - Republic of China.  
When you open this week's Totem Report you may notice that our website is under construction. Stay tuned for more information about this change.
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.
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. 
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.
Save the Date: Pinkham & Skeel Reception
Tuesday, June 18
@ The Seattle Yacht Club, 1807 E. Hamlin St., Seattle
Save the date for the Pinkham & Skeel Reception at the Seattle Yacht Club on June 18.  If you contributed to the Seattle Rotary Service Foundation at the $1,000+ level, you will receive a personal invitation to this reception very soon!  New this year, each committee will be spotlighting one of their successful projects from the 2018-19 Rotary year.  This reception will be an opportunity for you to interact directly with beneficiaries of our service grants.  It will be very special for all who attend. If you’d like to join in the festivities, it’s not too late to top up your donation to the Pinkham & Skeel level.  And we hope you do!
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 and to get tickets. 
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.

Members in the News

Virginia McKenzie and Fire Chief Harold Scoggins were featured in a KING 5 News segment on efforts to fight human trafficking in King County - a great example of Rotary “connecting for good” in our local community!

District Conference Highlights

On Saturday evening, Mark Wright moderated a panel with Bill Gates and RI President in front of a sold-out crowd at the conference in Spokane. Before the panel, Mark sat down with Bill for an interview that aired on KING5 News. You can see the video here. 
Also during the conference, Seattle City Rotaract, a young professionals club sponsored by Seattle 4 Rotary, was honored with the District 5030 Rotaract Club of the Year Award

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. 


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
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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