Founded 1909              Weekly News and Highlights         January 12, 2024
President Nancy Cahill's Theme for 2023-2024

Gather - Engage - Serve

Next Meeting

Wednesday, January 17
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Westin Hotel & Zoom

George Harris, NW Marine Trade Organization and Matt Von Ruden, Washington State Ferries

The Seattle Boat Show sails into town on February 2nd. The demographics of boaters are changing rapidly and so is the workforce that is vital for the $8 billion Washington state recreational boating and fishing economy. George will share highlights of Core Plus Maritime, a Washington based high school curriculum in 26 high schools across the state that prepares students for careers in the maritime industry during his short program.

Matt Von Ruden of the Washington State Ferry System will be our featured long program speaker. He will be discussing his work converting our state ferries to an all-electric fleet.

Member Nicole Klein took time out of her day recently to answer the call from Bloodworks NW and give blood during their winter appeal. If you plan on making a donation at Bloodworks NW soon, please make sure to tell them you are with District 5030 Rotary so our organization is credited.

Evening Event Presentation on the Great Wealth Exchange

Our January evening member event took place on Wednesday, January 10 at First Interstate Bank in the Two Union Square building in downtown Seattle. Club members, prospective members, and other guests enjoyed social time and a presentation on the great wealth exchange, the anticipated multi-trillion dollar shift of wealth from aging boomer parents to their millenial offspring. Thanks to club member Jenn Gladish and her team at First Interstate Bank for hosting this well-received event!


Get Involved!

The New Year is well underway along with our 2023-2024 SRSF Campaign.  With only 7 weeks remaining, we are at 52% of our goal.  We know we can get to the amount that will allow our Service Committees to continue to have an impact in the world.  

As you know, there are several ways that you can make your gift.  Vicky Oxley was able to make her gift from her Fidelity Donor Advised Fund using the "DAF Direct" widget at the bottom of our donation - worked like a charm. 

This is where we are at:

Don’t forget that the Large Grant Applications are due by January 18th.  This is one of the largest gifts that your SRSF will make in several years.  $100,000!!! We will have the 3 Finalists presentations to our club members on February 15th.  More info to come.  Save this Date to come be part of something BIG!  

Wednesday, January 17
6:00 PM
Tanoor Restaurant (Dexter Ave. Locatioon)

Ethnic Dinner Hosted by Fedva Dikmen

Club member Fedva Dikmen would like to invite you to our next club ethnic dinner at Tanoor Restaurant. The set menu is $55 per person. To RSVP for this event, please contact Fedva by CLICKING HERE.

Tuesday, January 23
4:00 PM
Seattle Public Library Main Branch

Screening of Sentenced Sponsored by the Education Committee

The Rotary Club of Seattle's Education Committee is pleased to bring this film screening and panel discussion to the public on Tuesday, January 23 at 4:00 PM at the Seattle Public Library Main Branch. We hope to see you there! To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE.

During the event, there will be a screening of an illiteracy documentary followed by a panel discussion from these esteemed educators and policy makers:

David Woodward, Moderator, Founder of David Woodward Associates, recently served as the Senior Advisor for Global Engagement with Seattle University

Dr. Kelly Aramaki, @Bellevue Public Schools Superintendent

Dwane Chappelle, City of Seattle Director of Education & Early Learning

Jessica Conte, Principal, Dearborn Park International Elementary School

Mr. Roy Chang, Founder & ED, School Connect WA, non-profit working to close education gaps in Seattle Schools

Tuesday, February 13

Lunch and Author Talk with BJ Cummings Sponsored by the Peacebuilders Committee

Please "save the date" for this very special opportunity for lunch and a talk from BJ Cummings, author of recent Peacebuilders book club selection, The River That Made Seattle. More details coming soon!

Monday, February 26

Deadline to Register to Volunteer Marshal with Rotary at the 2024 KPMG PGA Women's Championship

The Rotary Club of Seattle is excited to offer this volunteer opportunity as a Marshall for the 2024 KPMG  Women's PGA Championship! Our club has committed to providing 15 volunteers for Hole 11. The deadline for registration for this event in June is February 26; please see below for registration information:

  • CLICK HERE to access the volunteer portal
  • Click "Register Here" on the right-hand side of the page
  • Select "Adult Volunteer" as your volunteer type
  • Create a username and fill out information needed
  • When prompted to select a Committee Choice, select "Marshal Hole 11 - Rotary Club of Seattle" from the drop down box, enter the security code RCS2024, and complete the entire registration process

*Using this code ensures that all members of our club volunteering will be assigned to the correct hole*


Lunch Cost Changes:  All individual payments for meeting lunches across the board are now $45 including visiting Rotarians and prospective member guests.



Bloodworks NW

New Corporate Members



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

Mary Goldie
Club Director

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 Club Director, Mary Goldie, 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!! 

Jan 17, 2024 12:30 PM
Feb 07, 2024 12:30 PM
Feb 21, 2024 12:30 PM
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SRSF Finance Committee Meeting
Westin Hotel
Jan 17, 2024
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Ethnic Dinner
Tanoor Restaurant
Jan 17, 2024 6:00 PM
International Service Committee (Monthly except Jun, Jul, and Dec)
On Zoom
Jan 19, 2024 10:00 AM
Illiteracy Shouts Out for Action
Seattle Public Library
Jan 23, 2024 4:00 PM
Compañía Nacional de Danza Performance 
University of Washington Meany Center for the Performing Arts
Jan 25, 2024 8:00 PM
Education Committee Meeting
On Zoom
Feb 07, 2024 3:00 PM
Lunch and Author Talk with BJ Cummings
Feb 13, 2024
International Service Committee (Monthly except Jun, Jul, and Dec)
On Zoom
Feb 16, 2024 10:00 AM
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Collin Olden
Logan Reilly


January 12 - January 18
Jennifer Hohnstein
Einer Handeland
Amy Maloney


1 Year
Rob Lobosco (reinstatement)
Jorge Chapa
Tony Chen
2 Years
Mia Yen
Kevin Schilling
4 Years
Steve Woolworth
Rajeev Agarwal
Laurie Black
David Frum
7 Years
Randy Frisch
13 Years
Lillian Sherman
19 Years
Burr Stewart
Anna Liotta
21 Years
Jim Spady
23 Years
Ev Billingslea
24 Years
Jeff Borek
26 Years
Laurie Jonsson
Bill Hammond III, MD
29 Years
Nancy Cahill
31 Years
Don Nielsen 
Chris Clark
35 Years
Fedva Dikmen
Bill Fetterly
41 Years
Bob Davidson
44 Years
John King
45 Years
Bob Calhoun
46 Years
Bill Weisfield

Get Involved

Meet fellow Rotarians and get involved in service.  See below for a list of committees.  Email the committee chair by clicking on their name.  Or, contact Carma McKay for more information. 


Business Mentor Program
Community Service
International Service
Rotary Boys & Girls Club
Jared Grose


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, Chair  


Meeting Reporters



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 Mary for more details at

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:
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