Rotary Club
of Seattle
Weekly Totem
    Founded 1909                      Weekly News and Highlights                        February 22, 2019

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March 6
The Sheraton
Alone and Afraid: The Plight of the Immigrant Spouse
March 13
Hyatt Olive 8
Alejandro Grajal, Woodland Park Zoo
March 20
The Westin
Matthew Trunnell, CIO of Fred Hutch on Big Data
March 27
The Westin
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Darlene Wilczynski
April 3
Hyatt Olive 8
Diversity Panel
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February 25
Jim Stevens
February 28
Candy Lee
Eric Roecks
March 1
Burr Stewart
March 2
Jim Burdett
Sarita Mackay
March 3
Jim Kraft
March 4
Dennis Fleck
Jaime Mendez
1 Year
Eu-wanda Eagans
Brandon Lee
Bartosz Nowierski
2 Years
Roberto Dondisch
Robert Stadler
3 Years
David Brenner
William Dickinson
Sandra Walsh
4 Years
Steven Shaw
Lyle Tenpenny
5 Years
David Levine
6 Years
Jan Levy
7 Years
Deanna Hobson
Jeffrey Parker
8 Years
Eric Weiss
9 Years
Steven Crandall
Carolyn Hojaboom
12 Years
Hamilton McCulloh
15 Years
Alan Kunovsky
John Warner
Peter DeLaunay
David Woodward
18 Years
Kim Moore
20 Years
Michael Barrett
22 Years
John Nesholm
Jack Lauderbaugh
Bill Center
26 Years
Dennis Fleck
29 Years
Rodney Waldbaum
31 Years
Jonathan Bridge
Larry Granat
32 Years
Arthur Mazzola
40 Years
Douglas Picha

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
Terms ending 6/30/2021
Fedva Dikmen
Paula Houston
Ben Wicks
Lillian Sherman

Marilyn strickland: Taking Action for an inclusive economy

February 27 at Noon
The Westin, 1900 5th Ave. 
Founded in 1882, The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce is the largest and most diverse business organization in our region, representing 2,400 companies and a workforce of approximately 750,000.  Former Tacoma Mayor, Marilyn Strickland, its new CEO, is only the second woman to hold the role, and the first person of color.

Marilyn is a champion of diversity and inclusion.  She leads the Chamber as a community partner for projects, initiatives, and people who make our region globally competitive as well as a great place to live, work, and raise a family.

NEW! 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

Gonzaga on the Move in the Classroom, on Campus, and on the Court

President Cindy Runger rang the bell and asked the members to share the name of their school mascot with someone whom they had not met before in the club. She then introduced Don Murphy and Marli Iversen who led the attendees in a rousing rendition of the National Anthem.
Father Stephen Sundborg provided the inspiration of the day, asking us to pray for the students who need help in getting their education because that support benefits the public good. He remarked that commitment goes a long way in helping those students be successful. He also asked that we pray for the leaders in our educational institutions to continue with their vision of creating strong learning communities.

Meet Dan Varghese

I have the pleasure of introducing to you our newest member, Dan Varghese, classification Technology.  He was proposed by Jaime Mendez and seconded by Alan Kunovsky, both of whom we thank.  Dan is joined here today by his partner, Theia. They have a seven-month-old son Elijah and live in Bellevue.
Rotary First Harvest Work Party
Saturday, March 9
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.
World Rotaract Week Social and Supply Drive
Thursday, March 14
5:30-8:00 pm @ Optimism Brewing Company, 1158 Broadway
Join Seattle City Rotaract for a social and supply drive benefiting REST: Real Escape from the Sex Trade for World Rotaract Week. We'll be collecting feminine hygiene products for those served by REST.  See full details and RSVP on Facebook. 
Hearts & Wine - New date
Friday, March 15
6:00-9:00 pm @ The Foundry by Herban Feast, 4130 1st Ave. S.
Support Rotary First Harvest and local food banks by drinking good wine!
Please join us for Hearts & Wine 2019, an elegant evening of great wine, food, jazz, live auction of unique experiences/wine, and so much more!
Saturday, March 16
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.
Sunday, March 24
11:00 am @ Denny Creek Lodge at Alpental
Members, family, and guests are invited to a winter sports outing. Attendees will meet in the Denny Creek Lodge at Alpental at 11:00 am for some fellowship cheer and no host lunch, then spend the afternoon skiing, snowboarding, snow shoeing, sledding, or simply enjoying lunch together at one of the most beautiful mountain places in the Cascades.
Interurban Trail Clean Up
Saturday, April 13
10:00 am @ the Interurban Trail
Rotarians from across the district will be teaming up to adopt sections of the Interurban trail for this fun, hands-on service event. Contact our club's event lead, Eric Christensen, to participate. Stay tuned for more details!
May 16-19
Spokane Convention Center
For the first time, Rotary District 5080 (Spokane area clubs) and District 5030 (Seattle area clubs) will Come Together in Spokane for a joint district conference May 16-19, 2019.
Keynote speakers include the nationally renowned business speaker, Angelo Lombardo, Rotary International President, Barry Rassin, and the legendary Bill Gates reflecting on Rotary's partnership with the Gates Foundation.
Workshops will help to mold new thinking. Socials and home visits will introduce you to new friends and Rotary partners.  This event will sell out, so register soon!
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. 


Unforgettable moments are made at the Rotary International Convention, a place where the Rotary spirit fills the air with a level of energy and enthusiasm you can’t find anywhere else. This is the event where Rotarians unite and take action to create true and lasting change in the world. The 2019 event will be held in Hamburg, Germany June 1-5.​​​​​​​

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, 4th 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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