Committees

How do Seattle 4 Rotarians connect and develop friendships?

One important way is through participation in our committees, which organize our philanthropic, social, club, and special-interest activities. Whether you're interested in contributing to the community, networking, or boating, biking, or golfing with fellow Rotarians, you'll be sure to find a group to fit your interests. Note that the work of the service committees is funded, to a large degree, by the Seattle Rotary Service Foundation.

SERVICE COMMITTEES

Arts

Meets 11:00 am on the 2nd Wednesday of every month in the lobby of the Rotary Club meeting venue.

Jim Loder, chair
Mission of the Arts Committee is to be an advocate for the arts - not only within Rotary but within our community. Goals include learning more about the breadth and diversity of local arts through related programs and fellowship events; supporting arts organizations in their educational and outreach initiatives; and gaining an understanding and appreciation of the value of arts organizations to our economic and cultural life.

Business Mentor Program

Meets the first Wednesday of every month following our regularly scheduled Rotary meeting.

William Marshall and Terry Van Nostrand, co-chairs
Undergraduate student teams provide 400-600 hours of consulting services to minority and women owned business and small businesses in low- and moderate-income communities. At the University of Washington, 80-90 students and 20-30 Rotary mentors are involved with this program each year. To date, more than 1,200 students and 300 businesses have been through this program, which has generated more than 5,000 new and retained jobs and $65 million in new revenues.

Community Service

Meets 11:00 am 1st Wed. of each month at The Skinner Building, 1326 5th Ave., 7th floor conference room.

Erin Welch
Mission: To promote community service and to create projects for club members to respond to community needs, particularly for youth, education and the homeless. We typically embark on projects right here in Seattle, where we can “get our hands dirty” and create a direct connection with the community.

Education

Meets 8:00 a.m. on 3rd Tues. Sept-June at Stoel Rives, 600 University St., 36th floor.

Ben Linford and Janice Winemiller, co-chairs
Provides broad-based support to enhance the education and well being of all youth in our community through three areas of focus: Education of Rotary member; Service to the School Community; and, Recognition of Students and Teachers. With education and youth among the highest service priorities of this club, members have the opportunity to provide leadership and support where it really matters.

International Service

Meets 10:30 a.m. 3rd Wednesday of each month at 1201 3rd Ave. #2200, Davis Wright Tremaine.

Jennifer Porto and Jean Thompson, co-chairs 
Serves to fulfill Rotary's mission of "advancing international understanding, goodwill, and peace." Committee selects projects that positively impact the health, education and welfare of less advantaged people in other countries, with a particular emphasis on youth. Actively works with clubs in our District and abroad to leverage — via matching grants — the amount of money available for a project. Members get involved through direct knowledge of the project or by volunteering. Prior focus has included Vietnam, South Africa, Russia, and Mexico.


Peacebuilders

Harold Scoggins and Roberta Nestaas, co-chairs
The mission of the Peacebuilder Committee is to encourage and empower all members of our communities to exercise mutual respect, understanding and cooperation; and to advocate both globally and locally for peace and the non-violent resolution of conflict. Prospective projects include anti-bullying programs for at-risk youth, planting Peace Poles at prominent public installations, and outreach to facilitate greater dialogue and collaboration between law enforcement and ethnically diverse, urban neighborhoods.

Rotaract

Meets 5:30 pm. on 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month on the 49th floor of 1201 3rd Ave

Virginia McKenzie, Liaison
Seattle City Rotaract is made up of young professionals ages 21-30 in the Seattle Metro area who are interested in leadership, professional development, community service, and having fun. We’re part of a global community of young adults taking action for positive change. Rotaract members identify needs in our community and work to fill them, by proposing, planning, and carrying out ideas for service projects both locally and internationally. Inspired by mentors in their own lives, Seattle City members began a pilot program in 2015 to bring personal connections and resources to incarcerated youth at the King County Juvenile Detention Center.
See their website at www.seattlecityrotaract.org or contact them at seattlecityrotaract@gmail.com

Rotary Boys & Girls Club

Meets 11:30 am on the last Wednesday of each month in the lobby/foyer of that day's Rotary meeting location.

Melissa Merritt and Simone Loban, co-chairs
Develops methods whereby the talents and expertise of members can assist the Rotary Boys & Girls Club in fulfilling their mission. Committee members are responsible for developing the policies and systems to make this happen.

Sustainability

Meets 11:00 a.m. 4th Wednesday of the month September-June at Northern Trust, 1301 Second Ave., Suite 2600.

Eric Christenson, chair 
The Sustainability Committee has five primary goals:

  • EDUCATING - ourselves, our Rotary colleagues and the public about how - and why - we should all conserve energy and resources, and adopt sustainable solutions.
  • DEMONSTRATING - the benefits to ourselves and future generations of a sustainable approach to business and living.
  • INNOVATING - with ideas promoted by our Rotary Club to switch to sustainable practices in all Rotary projects.
  • DONATING - to a Rotary Club project that offsets your unavoidable personal carbon emissions.
  • ADVOCATING- to our Rotary Club the importance of sustainability as the world wrestles with carbon emission reductions and other resource constraints.

We work to achieve these goals through educational, fellowship, service and advocacy opportunities for Rotarians in our Club, our families and the community.

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEES

Classification

Meets 3rd Tuesday at 10:00 am, 1215 4th Ave., 3rd fl. conference room.

Eric Robinson and Jacki Lorenz, co-chairs
Works with other Seattle Rotary membership committees to improve the quality and strengthen the diversity of the Club membership. Investigates proposed new members relative to: character, business or professional standing, community service record and potential to meet the obligations of membership in Seattle Rotary — including service, attendance, and financial. Also, reviews the occupation or profession of each new candidate for membership to ensure compatibility with open classifications. Members shall not serve more than five consecutive years without a two year break from this committee.

Fellowship

Meets on the 1st Tues. each month at 5:00 pm at Torchy's on the 2nd floor of the WAC

Susan Adler and Marc Rapaport, co-chairs 
This vibrant and fun committee plans unique social and networking events and activities for members, prospective members and their guests that promote friendship, fellowship, and finding common interests among Seattle 4 Rotarians.

Keekwulees

Meeting schedule for 2016-17 will be announced soon. Email reminders will be sent in advance of each month's meeting.

1st Year Keeks Counselors: 
2nd Year Keeks Counselors: Abraham Dairi, Bob Boeshaar
3rd Year Keeks Counselors: David Levine

The Seattle Rotary Keekwulees, or "Keeks," is the vehicle through which the education of new Seattle #4 Rotary members is accomplished. The word Keekwulee comes from the Pacific Northwest Indians and literally means "low person on the totem pole." As part of the indoctrination into the club, each new Rotarian is expected to attend three of these meetings within 12 months of becoming a member. Counselors serve staggered three-year terms.

Member Engagement

Lisa Yeager and Trent Mummery, co-chairs
Works to ensure new members are becoming engaged in the club by helping them identify opportunities, providing greater understanding of benefits of membership, and helping them move through the yellow badge process to obtain their white badge. Also identifies increased opportunities for engagement and connectedness to the club to ensure all members feel a sense of belonging; outreach to members who may have become disengaged for a variety of reasons.

Rotary Cares

Fedva Dikmen, chair 
Actively communicates with club members whose circumstances - career, family, health - warrant an expression of congratulations, caring and/or concern from fellow Rotarians. May take the form of a note, call or visit, relevant to the circumstances.

Rotary Mariners

Jeff Snell, Commodore
Ian Hudson, Vice Commodore
Daron Vchulek, Rear Commodore

Seattle Rotary Mariners is a fellowship of the Rotary Club of Seattle. Whether you are a master sailor or just dreaming of getting your first float, boating with fellow Rotarians and friends is a delightful way to make lasting friendships and practice the ideals of Rotary. We also have fellowship events not related to boating. Our fleet is one of over 90 in 22 countries that together form the International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians (IYFR)—the oldest and largest of many fellowships of Rotary International.

Visit the Rotary Mariners website

Rotary Relations

Meets at 11:00 am on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at Washington Trust Bank, 601 Union St., Suite 4747.

Trent Mummery, chair
Rotary Relations works to tie Seattle #4 more closely to Rotary District 5030 and Rotary International by educating each group about the goals and activities of the others, developing better two-way communication between the organizations, and then educating our members about the wider world of Rotary, and jointly leveraging our efforts to increase the impact of Rotary throughout the world. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts: Synergy=Rotary Relations.

Young Rotary Leaders

Margaux Kendall & Jay Blazey, co-chairs

The purpose of the Young Rotary Leader Committee is to build the future of Seattle Rotary by strengthening our network of young members to one another and the club at large. We connect young Rotarians socially and professionally through:

  • Monthly happy hours that are open to all club members and their non-Rotary guests. These take place the second Thursday of each month from 5-7 PM. Check the Totem or Facebook page for location details.
  • Exclusive dinner events featuring distinguished leaders.
  • Sporting, outdoor, and performing arts events.
  • Volunteer projects.

The YRL Committee also hosts a reserved table during Seattle Rotary’s regularly scheduled lunch meeting on the second Wednesday of each month. The best way to stay in the loop about upcoming events is to join the YRL Committee email list. This is open to all club members. Please contact the YRL Committee Chairs to be added.

Seattle Rotary offers a special Young Rotary Leader membership program featuring reduced fees for candidates who are 35 or younger. Please contact the YRL Chairs or Rotary Office for more information.

PROGRAM COMMITTEES

Communications/Social Media

Hamilton McCulloh, Barbie Seifert, co-chairs (Communications)
Our mission is to increase communication among members about various activities, service opportunities and successes plus visibility for our club locally and out in the world. If you are interested in those goals, this committee is for you.

Corinne Cavanaugh, chair (Social Media)

Maintains the club’s social media presence by curating quality content on multiple platforms. Makes meeting and event information visible to members and creates content from key committees to attract new members and engage current members.

Invocations

Aubrey Buxton
Rotary invocations are prepared and given appropriate to the occasion and the program of the day and are sensitive to the diversity, interests and needs of Rotarians. Both clergy and lay people — normally members of our club — give the opening prayer at the regular Wednesday noon meeting.

Programs

Lisa Mayfield, VP of Programs
Arranges and schedules both the main program as well as the shorter segments for each Wednesday luncheon. Strives to have high quality, interesting and provocative programs that maintain the club's position as the most influential platform in the Pacific Northwest.​

Reception

Fedva Dikmen and Jane Tornatore, co-chairs (Greeters) 
Volunteer to cheerfully greet members, visiting Rotarians and guests as they arrive for lunch each week. Committee does not meet, however, requires early arrival (and a lot of hand shaking) when it’s your day to greet.

Mary Ross, co-chair (Reception)
Greeters also have the opportunity to help staff the Reception Table, responsible for welcoming and registering all visitors to Seattle 4 Rotary. They provide name badges, make up slips for visiting Rotarians, make introductions to active members, and provide general information on our great club. If you like to meet and greet – sign up to take a turn at the Reception Table before meetings!

Totem

Pete DeLaunay, chair
This committee functions as a part of the Communications Committee. Totem committee members author program "Reviews" which are the official record of each week's club meeting and included in the weekly Totem sent to all members every Friday.​

OTHER COMMITTEES:

Finance

Standing Committee

Carolyn Hojaboom, TREASURER