Rotary Club
of Seattle
Weekly Totem
    Founded 1909                      Weekly News and Highlights                        March 15, 2019
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March 27
The Westin
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Darlene Wilczynski
April 3
Hyatt Olive 8
Diversity Panel
April 10
Grand Hyatt
Dow Constantine, King County Executive
April 17
The Westin
Wellspring Family Services
April 24
Grand Hyatt
Admiral Bill Owens
May 1
The Westin
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March 15
Al Benaroya
March 18
David Moore
March 19
Jon Bridge
Irv Sandman
John Steckler
March 20
Don Kraft
Alex Mummery
March 21
Joel Paget
March 23
Gary Drobnack
Timmy Pham
March 24
Mike Harney
March 26
Lindsay Klarman
Lauren Martin
1 Year
Zach Haveman
Sarah Mackay
Joyce Robertson
Taylor Shimizu
Jesse Thomas
Bonita Towne
3 Years
Daron Vchulek
4 Years
Kelly Pearson
Marc Rapaport
5 Years
Robert Boeshaar
6 Years
Trent Mummery
Theresa Wang
James Loder
Mark Long
Eric Newman
Jimmy Collins
7 Years
Dorothy Echodu
Rita Koefod
Arnold Ness
10 Years
Gary Smith
13 Years
Candy Lee
Janice Winemiller
14 Years
Cindy Runger
Jeff Pritchard
15 Years
Liv Wernecke
17 Years
Leon Rowland
James Odom
18 Years
Paul Heppner
James Wong
Joel Ferrell
19 Years
Einer Handeland
21 Years
John Steckler
22 Years
Joel Paget
23 Years
Craig Dawson
25 Years
Gerry Maurer
Judith Whetzel
26 Years
Christine Charbonneau
27 Years
Mark Weed
Laurel James
29 Years
Rich Lacher
30 Years
Douglas True
31 Years
Rita Ryder
32 Years
D. Jerry Burtenshaw
41 Years
Fred Weiss
69 Years
James G McCurdy

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

Matthew Trunnel:
How Seattle's Tech Community is Working with Fred Hutch to Cure Cancer

March 20 at Noon
The Westin, 1900 5th Ave. 
Last October, Fred Hutch CEO Dr. Gary Gilliland shared his vision of curing most cancers by 2025.  He told us that achieving that vision depends on gathering and analyzing data on a scale never before imagined.
Next week, his Chief Information Officer, Matthew Trunnell, will tell us exactly what that entails.  He’s responsible for creating the Hutch Data Commonwealth, a cloud-based scientific commons, where scientific and technology organizations use massive data and computing resources to accelerate the discovery of cancer cures.
Come hear Matthew and learn how our tech and scientific communities use Big Data to establish Seattle as the epicenter of the cure for cancer.
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
The 21st Century Zoo: One Zoo. Many Stories
Alejandro Grajal, CEO and president of Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo, first fell in love with zoos as a toddler.  A visit to the Madrid Zoo with his mother set him on his life path of science, including a stop on Jacques Coustou's Calypso as a biologist and earning a Ph.D. in zoology at the University of Florida before coming here.  Alejandro came to Seattle three years ago drawn here, he explained, by the unbeatable combination of the Woodland Park Zoo's international reputation for zoo innovation and its emphasis on conservation.
Meet Paul Casey

It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Paul Casey, classification Marketing and Public Relations, proposed by Pete DeLaunay and Doug Picha.

Paul was born in Springfield, Massachusetts and moved to Bellevue with his parents, arriving just before the Seattle World’s Fair opened in 1962. After graduating from Newport High School, Paul attended Washington State University, where he was student body president and graduated with a degree in political science and a minor in communications.

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.
Keeks Meeting
Thursday, March 21
7:30-8:45 am @ the Rainier Club, 820 4th Ave.
Meet fellow members, learn more about the club, and check off another item on your yellow badge checklist!
Please RSVP and contact Kevin Crane with any questions. 
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. No RSVP needed - contact Mark Davis if you have questions.
Tiny House Construction
March 29 and 30 @ Interbay Tiny House Village
On March 29th and 30th, five more volunteers with carpentry skills are needed to help construct a tiny house at the Interbay Tiny House Village run by the Low Income Housing Institute.  Funds for these houses were provided by a tiny house district grant led by the Mercer Island Rotary Club and supported by SRSF.  Contact Eva Agrawal to RSVP or for more information.
Rotary First Harvest Work Party
Saturday, April 13
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.
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!
#Boldforblood district Blood Drive
Monday, April 15
11:00 am-5:00 pm (closed 1-2 pm) @ 2014 4th Ave.
Rotary District 5030 is hosting a series of blood drives with local nonprofit Bloodworks Northwest this spring to help provide lifesaving blood to people in need in our community. It’s the easiest way there is to save three lives in the time span of your lunch hour and the perfect way to live up to Rotary’s motto: Service Above Self.
Please come to the blood drive at the Seattle 4 Rotary Club bloodmobile in Seattle on Monday, April 14. See the flyer for more information and how to sign up!


May 16-19
Spokane Convention Center
Tickets to this year's conference are now sold out! Visit the event site to join the waitlist. 
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 on May 16-19, 2019.
Keynote speakers include 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. 
Visit the conference website for more information about the schedule and to join the waitlist. 
Seattle #4 Rotarians who have already registered include: Larry Granat, Dorothy Echodu, Charles Dickey, Kathryn Williams, Linda Cheever, Virginia McKenzie, Derick Pasternak, Catherine Gibson, Jacqueline Lorenz, Suzanne Griffin, Jennifer Porto, Sten Crissey, Steve Crane, James Moore, and Matthew Albertson.
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.​​​​​​​
Members in the News
Seattle #4 member Patricia Bostrom was featured in a Seattle Times article recognizing her contributions to the fight for gender equity in college sports. Trish will be one of 12 people inducted into the Pac-12 Hall of Honor this Friday.

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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