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Dec 22, 2021
No Meeting this Week
Dec 29, 2021
No Meeting this Week
Jan 05, 2022 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel, 1900 5th Ave. and on Zoom
Jan 12, 2022 12:30 PM
Online Program
Jan 19, 2022 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel, 1900 5th Ave. and on Zoom
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Rotary Volunteer Day
Wellspring Family Services
Dec 18, 2021 9:15 AM
Building Tiny Houses
Hope Factory
Dec 19, 2021 9:00 AM
Community Service Committee
On Zoom
Jan 05, 2022 10:30 AM
Education Committee Meeting
On Zoom
Jan 05, 2022 11:00 AM
This is Rotary!
On Zoom
Jan 12, 2022
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
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David Bobanick
Bill Center
Catherine Darley
Brian Bruce
Bill Marshall, Jr. 
Jeff Pritchard
Chris Clark
Mike O'Byrne
Susan Bean
Eric Weiss
David Fain
Chris Schultz
Daron Vchulek
Dan Evans


1 Year
Michael Jackson
Carla Costa Sandine
2 Years
Carolyn Ladd
4 Years
Tatyana Tsyrlina-Spady
Paul Tsai
5 Years
Adel Sefrioui
Mary Wagner
7 Years
Jim Kraft
11 Years
Alan Bergen
Andrew Rapp
14 Years
Brian Bruce
17 Years
Mark Wright
20 Years
Heather Fitzpatrick
27 Years
Linda Walton
28 Years
Dave Siebert
29 Years
Susan Adler
Jim Duncan
30 Years
Assunta Ng
34 Years
Anne Farrell
41 Years
Skip Kotkins
42 Years
John Ellis
43 Years
Carl Behnke


Please consider joining a Rotary Club of Seattle committee for greater fellowship. Our committees need your help, and we have a lot of great opportunities to choose from. They are the foundation our club is built upon.  Please contact President Jimmy Collins or Fiona Ronyai in the office for more details. 
Business Mentor Program
Community Service
International Service
Rotary Boys & Girls Club


Member Engagement
New Member Introduction
Membership Recruitment
Rotary Cares
Seattle Rotaract
Rotary Mariners
YRL - Young Rotary Leaders
Diplomacy Round Table
David Woodward, Founder
Dr. Skip Rowland, Co-chairperson
Dr. Suzanne Griffin, Co-chairperson


Meeting Reporters



Do You Have Any Musical Instruments to Donate to Students in Need?  

Music4Life is a non-profit and project of Rotary District 5030 that distributes musical instruments to public school students in need. 

We welcome any gently used musical instruments you wish to donate. They can be delivered directly to these local music stores that are now open: American Music in  Phinney  Ridge and Kennelly Keys Music in Bellevue, Lynnwood, and Everett.

Please accompany your instrument with the PDF donation form, linked below.

Contact Marli Iverson at 
for additional information or visit the website at

Would You Like Support from Your Fellow Members? 

Our Rotary Cares team is ready to listen and to support you.  One of the wonderful things about our club is that you have many friends --you just need to reach out to tap into our amazing network of caring people.  Please contact our Rotary Cares Committee Co-Chairs are listed below to let us know how we can help. 
Liz Powell:
Marsha Mutusi:


Get Connected!

1. Join our club's LinkedIn Group.
2. Recommend fellow Rotarians.
3. Include Seattle Rotary 4 in your profile. 
4. Invite your connections to a weekly meeting, and let know so they may be introduced. 
If you don't already have a LinkedIn profile, CLICK HERE to learn how to get started. 


Video of Seattle 4 Rotary Programs are available online thanks to the generous support of our Seattle Rotary Audio Visual Sponsors.

Special thanks to our Gold Level Sponsor, Bob Alexander.

In addition to supporting our club, becoming a Seattle 4 Rotary Audio Visual Sponsor brings many benefits. To learn more, click here, or contact Caroline for more details at


Bob Alexander

No Meetings
December 22 & 29
See you again January 5
at The Westin and On Zoom!
This Week's Meeting Report

Duwamish River Coalition Aims to Remedy Years of River Abuse

According to BJ Cummings, Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition founder and community engagement manager for the UW Superfund Research Program, expansion of the Port of Seattle and the need for industrial land reduced the 12-mile Duwamish Watershed, from a river teaming with sea life into a five-mile-long shipping canal.  She described how a decades-long ‘call to action’ for future decisions about the Duwamish River is finally well underway.

“After 25 years of working on the Duwamish River, I’ve become a river junkie with the river deep into my heart, as our waterways tell us something about who we are,” she began, “and how the river is a reflection of Seattle’s history.” 
"I have the power to make a difference in our climate crisis. I will use my power to do everything I can, through my actions and my voice, to bring about change. I will lead and encourage others to work as a team to solve this challenge. 
Together we will succeed!
The change begins here, with me, now."


Our Goal is 500 Rotarians in District 5030 to take the pledge by
New Year's Eve 2021!
Once you have taken the Individual Pledge please post to our members-only Facebook
or email Eric Christensen, Chair of the Seattle #4 Environmental Sustainability Committee

Thank you!

Seattle 4 Celebrates 
HOHOHO!!  A great time was had by all at our Holiday Reception. Wonderful fellowship, great food, joyous music by The Rogues, and beverages by our dashing bartenders John Steckler and Pete DeLaunay cheered our souls.  Thank you for donning your holiday masks and attire, and who can forget President Jimmy's suit!  See you next year! 
Saturday, December 18
9:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Volunteer Opportunity
Wellspring Family Services
1900 Rainier Avenue S.
Spend a Saturday morning with your fellow Rotarians by helping families experiencing homelessness at Wellspring Family Services.
Friends and family welcome. 
Complete the Volunteer Form in advance and check the ‘Rotary – 4th Saturday’ box. Please note that the December work party has been adjusted to the 3rd Saturday to accommodate the holidays.  If anyone has any questions they can also reach out to
Sunday, December 19 
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
(3rd Sunday of each month)
Volunteer Opportunity
Build Tiny Houses
The Hope Factory
5 South Nevada Street
14 volunteers maximum per event - first come, first served.  Volunteer form needs to be completed for each volunteer.   
  • Rotarians and their families, and friends of Rotarians are all welcome
  • Must be 18 years of age or above
  • No previous experience is needed
  • Must be vaccinated
  • Masks are required
  • Bring work gloves and lunch

Questions -



Rotary Club of Seattle
1326 5th Ave Suite 342
Seattle, WA 98101

Phone: 206-623-0023

Caroline Bobanick
Executive Director

Fiona Ronyai
Membership and Communications Manager
We love to see our Rotary members promoting good works in our community and abroad!  If you have a project or fundraiser that you are excited about and would like to promote to your fellow club members, please check in with our Executive Director, Caroline Bobanick, or Membership and Communication Manager, Fiona Ronyai, before distributing information or invitations through our email roster.  We value the privacy of our members’ contact information and can let you know the appropriate ways to reach out to folks in our club. Thank you!! 
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