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 sailing with fellow Rotarians, you'll be sure to find a group to fit your interests. The work of the service committees is funded, to a large degree, by the Seattle Rotary Service Foundation.
Meeting times and locations are subject to change - contact the committee chairs for more information.
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Meets 11:00 am on the second Wednesday of every month in the lobby of the Rotary Club meeting venue.
Jim Loder, chair
The 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, Terry Van Nostrand, and Michael Verchot, 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.
Meets 11:00 am first Wednesday of each month at The Skinner Building, 1326 5th Ave., 7th floor conference room.
Lacey Clark and Daron Vchulek, co-chairs
The Community Service Committee promotes community service and to create projects for club members to respond to community needs, particularly for youth, education and the homeless. They typically embark on projects right here in Seattle, where they can “get our hands dirty” and create a direct connection with the community.
Meets 11:00 am on the fourth Wednesday of each month that day's luncheon venue,
Mary Wagner and Lori Walker, 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.
Meets 10:30 am third Wednesday of each month in the 15th-floor conference room at 1235 4th Ave.
Sarah Weaver and Sarah Mackay, co-chairs
Serves to fulfill Rotary's mission of "advancing international understanding, goodwill, and peace." The 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 focuses have included malaria projects in Zambia, Tanzania, and Uganda; microcredit and water projects in India; demining projects in Vietnam and Lebanon; AIDS orphan support in South Africa and Ethiopia; education/literacy projects in Nepal, Chile, and Hungary; and more than a decade of wide-ranging projects in Russia.
Meets 11:00 am on the last Wednesday of each month at that day's Rotary meeting location.
Matt Albertson and Alex Mummery, 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.
Meets 5:30 pm on first and third 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rotary Boys & Girls Club
Meets 11:30 am on the third Wednesday of each month in the lobby/foyer of that day's Rotary meeting location.
Stacie Sherman and Robert Stadler, co-chairs
Did you know that Seattle Rotary established the Rotary Boys and Girls Club in 1939? It was founded as the Rotary Youth Foundation and operated in the basement of the Plymouth Congregational Church. It was known as the George Coleman Clubhouse. In 1947 the club affiliated with the Boys Clubs of America. By 1953 the club had outgrown the church facilities so in 1954 the Rotary Club of Seattle funded the construction of the existing facility. The Rotary Boys and Girls Club continues to provide the children and youth of Seattle’s central area with a positive place where they can build the skills to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, caring citizens.
Seattle Rotary’s legacy of support for the Rotary Boys and Girls Club continues today. The Rotary Boys and Girls Club Committee offers Seattle Rotary members opportunities to be involved with the club through regular tutoring and mentoring, and special project volunteering.
Meets 11:00 am fourth 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.
Meets third Tuesday at 10:00 am, 1215 4th Ave., 3rd fl. conference room.
Jane Pryor 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. Members shall not serve more than five consecutive years without a two-year break from this committee.
Ben Wicks and Jeff Snell, 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.
Meets the third Thursday of every month at alternating times and locations. Email reminders will be sent in advance of each month's meeting.
Kevin Crane, chair
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 orientation 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.
Jesse Thomas, chair
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.
New Member Introduction
Joe Phillips, chair
Interviews and then introduces new members to the club at the regular Wednesday meetings. Creativity and polished speaking skills are usually the hallmarks of members participating in this committee.
Fedva Dikmen and Sue McNab, co-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.
Pete DeLaunay, 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.
Derick Pasternak, 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
Evan Steinruck and Cody Fritz, 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.
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 these goals, this committee is for you.
Rotary inspirations 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 inspiration at the regular Wednesday noon meeting.
Marli Iverson, chair
Committee members prepare and perform opening songs at regular Wednesday meetings. Song leaders and instrumentalists are welcome.
Rob LoBosco, 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.
Jaime Mendez and Taylor Shimizu, chair
Volunteer to cheerfully greet members, visiting Rotarians and guests as they arrive for lunch each week. The committee does not meet, however, requires early arrival (and a lot of hand-shaking) when it’s your day to greet. 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!
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.
Diplomacy Task Force
Paul Ishii and Vincent Yao, co-chairs
This special task force seeks to impact our community by expanding our global engagement. This chance for club members to interact with members of the Consular Association of Washington and emeritus diplomats in the region.
Carolyn Hojaboom, TREASURER