About Us

A Powerful force for good

Of thousands of Rotary clubs in the world today, Seattle was number four, and we’ve been growing ever since. It’s a legacy that our business and community leaders take seriously, gathering weekly to manifest the Rotarian ideals of friendship, fellowship, and service. As one of the world’s largest Rotary clubs, we can and do make big things happen--and you can help us achieve even more. 

Service Above Self: Our History, Our Future

The Past 100 Years

For the past 100 years, the Rotary Club of Seattle has played an instrumental role in helping to develop the international organization and to meet the needs of deserving people in our community and elsewhere. For one, we pioneered the ideal of service as a core Rotary value. We also led the way in sharing Rotary locally, regionally, and across the Pacific. Above all else, Seattle #4 has always exemplified the ideals of community service. For a historical perspective on our first 100 years, please download our 2009 Centennial Anniversary booklet (1.8MB, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader available as a free download from Adobe) 

Quality Membership

Quality of membership has always been of prime importance to Seattle Rotary. We have consistently sought out leaders in a wide variety of business professions throughout the Seattle area. Today, we work proactively to make sure our membership represents the diversity of men and women in positions of leadership in the Seattle community.


Seattle #4 member Irv Sandman penned this thoughtful summary of his perspective:

What Seattle Rotary is:

  • The State’s most influential speaker’s podium for policy and business topics.

  • The State’s largest regular gathering of business principals and executives.

  • The most effective current and historical force for ethical business values and practices in the region.

  • A significant contributor to local, regional, national, and international causes that enhance positive relationships, increase opportunities, and benefit humanity.

What Seattle Rotary provides its members:

  • Education and perspectives, not otherwise available, on issues important to business and to a balanced, aware, business life and career.

  • Valuable business networking and connections.

  • A weekly perspective that instills ethical business values and practices important for one's reputation and longevity in business.

  • Opportunities to express one's desire to serve the community and the region.