Founded 1909         Weekly News and Highlights      December 10 2021
Dec 15, 2021 12:30 PM
Online Program
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
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Rotary Holiday Reception
Queen City Yacht Club
Dec 15, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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
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Nicole Klein
Len Cereghino
Matt LeMaster
Jim Spady
Steve Boyer
Vickey Oxley
Bruce Jones
Steve Woolworth
Kevin Crane


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

A Natural and Human History of the Duwamish River
B.J. Cummings
Wednesday, December 15
12:25  Zoom "Doors" Open
12:30  Program Begins
1:30    Breakout Rooms


BJ Cummings founded the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition and manages community engagement for the University of Washington’s Superfund Research Program. She is the author of  The River That Made Seattle: A Natural and Human History of the Duwamish, and she was awarded the River Network’s national River Hero award for her work leading community-based clean-up and restoration of the Duwamish River. 
To register a guest or someone interested in membership, please contact Fiona Ronyai
Join on Zoom click HERE
Or dial in on your phone: 
(253) 215 8782
Meeting ID: 259 970 584
"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!

This Week's Meeting Report

Food Insecurity Systems Adapt During Covid Restrictions

Programs designed to help those experiencing hunger in Washington were stretched thin before COVID changed our lives in March 2020.  When COVID restrictions and health concerns took hold, these programs had to change the way they provided food to needy individuals and families; creating new alliances to deliver needed groceries instead of waiting in line at a food bank or pantry among other innovations.
Rotarian and Human Community Services committee member, Joyce Robertson, described how fortunate we are to have fellow Rotarian David Bobanick as Executive Director of Rotary District 5030’s Harvest Against Hunger program.  She encouraged Rotarians to join their group for Harvest Against Hunger food packing parties once they commence again, recognizing the leadership of David who helped organize the ‘parties’ and aims to help build better healthier food systems.
“Hunger in our community is prevalent and often right in front of us,” he began as he introduced the day’s panelists who described how the pandemic changed their programs and perspectives: Derek Sandison - Director, WA State Department of Agriculture; Sara Seelmeyer - Food Security Program Manager, United Way of King County; and Yamila Sterling-Baker, Manager, Seattle Food Committee/ Solid Ground. 
Last chance for tickets.
Not available at the door.

Merry everything,
Happy always!
Come celebrate with us...

Wednesday, December 15
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
Queen City Yacht Club



"Mask"uerade Contest

Yummy prizes for best masks 

Most Bling

Most Festive

Best Message

Enjoy the company of fellow Rotarians, nosh on delicious food, and imbibe on the creations of Seattle 4's best bartenders - Martini Madness John and Free Pour Pete!

Music and merriment by The Rotary Rogues.

Significant others welcome. 

Tickets are for sale in advance only. Get yours now!

$10 per person - 2 drink tickets incl. 

Cash bar to follow. 

Free Parking 

*Per King County - must show vaccine card or negative Covid Test at the entrance.  Masks need to be worn unless eating or drinking. 

Congratulations to all new board members, trustees, and officers!
Thank you for confirming the leadership slate for terms to begin July 1, 2022. 
At-Large Club Board Members
1. Caitlin Grant
2. David McDonald
3. Jim Moore
4. Marsha Mutisi
5. Andrew Rapp
6. Cathy Gibson - Alternate
7. Jim Loder - Alternate
Club Officers 2022-2023
Beth Knox, President
Dominik Musafia, Board Chair
Ken Grant, VP Programs & Sargeant-at-Arms
John Steckler, Co-VP Membership
Nicole Klein, Co-VP Membership
Doug Seto, VP of Service
Mary Johnstone, Secretary
Jesse Thomas, Treasurer
President-Elect Nominee
to serve 2022-2023
Nancy Cahill
SRSF Trustees
Alan Bergen
Kevin Crane
Anna Liotta
Lillian Sherman
Sarah Weaver
Robyn Grad - Alternate
We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting!
Sue Bennett
Executive Director - Leadership Tomorrow
Individual Membership with Leadership Development classification
Proposer: Jan Levy   
Seconder: Kim Moore
Ryan Pong
VP and Chief Academic Officer - Virginia Mason.  Corporate Membership with Health Care classification.  
Proposer: Paul Suzman  Seconder: Lisa Mayfield
Zachary Schweiss
Investment Consultant/Wholesaler - Thornburg Investment Management
Individual Membership with Financial Advising and Wealth Management classification.  
Proposer: Terry Van Nostrand



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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