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Mar 31, 2021 12:00 PM
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March 26
Lindsay Klarman
March 27
Liz Powell
March 28
Jane Tornatore
March 29
Kelly Holm
March 31
Laurie Black
Jessie Thomas
April 1 
Janet Boguch
April 6
Bill Franklin
April 7
Ron Bayley
Fred Weiss


1 Year
Liz Jarrard
2 Years
Geoff Ball
Nick Curatola
Alvaro Jimenez
Bailee Brown
Judy Kaiser
David McDonald
Derek Ruckman
3 Years
Zach Haveman
SJ Mackay
Joyce Robertson
Taylor Shimizu
Jesse Thomas
Bonnie Towne
5 Years
Daron Vchulek
7 Years
Bob Boeshaar
8 Years
Eric Newman
Jim Loder
Mark Long
Trent Mummery
Jimmy Collins
9 Years
Arnie Ness
12 Years
Bill Gates III (Honorary)
15 Years
Janice Winemiller
A.D. Vickery (Honorary)
Candy Lee
16 Years
Jeff Pritchard
17 Years
Liv Wernecke
19 Years
Jim Odom
Skip Rowland
20 Years
Joel Ferrell
James Wong
21 Years
Einer Handeland
23 Years
John Steckler
24 Years
Joel Paget
25 Years
Craig Dawson
27 Years
Gerry Maurer
28 Years
Chris Charbonneau
29 Years
Laurel James
Mark Weed
31 Years
Rich Lacher
33 Years
Rita Ryder
34 Years
Jerry Burtenshaw
43 Years
Fred Weiss

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 one of our Rotary Cares Committee Co-chairs listed below to let us know how we can help. 
Fedva Dikmen:
Sue McNab:

Bob Alexander



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

Get Involved - Join a Committee!

You can find a full list of our committees with descriptions on our website. Contacting the committee chair, listed below, is the best way to find out how to get involved. 


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


Member Engagement
New Member Introduction
Membership Recruitment
Rotary Cares
Rotary Mariners


Social Media
Totem Report


Diplomacy Initiative Task Force
David Woodward, Founder
Dr. Skip Rowland, Co-chairperson
Dr. Suzanne Griffin, Co-chairperson

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


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March 31 at 12:00 pm

A Conversation with Carmen Best on Education, Mentorship, Advocacy, and the Role They Play in Social Justice


Carmen Best, Seattle’s dynamic retired police chief has had a front-row seat on why education is so important and the devastating consequences when it doesn’t work for all students. As we look at important issues to re-imagine our wonderful city post-pandemic, a world-class education that works for all is at the forefront of this discussion. Carmen will have a personal dialogue with us on why our approach and priorities are timely and essential.

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Meeting ID: 259 970 584

Links from This Week's Meeting

Watch this week’s pre-meeting song,
Imagine written by John Lennon and performed by The Riveters who are a specialty subset of the United States Naval Academy Women's Glee Club
The song was written, produced, and released in 1971. It called for peace during the Vietnam War, and urged people around the world to live in unity.  Imagine was a critical and commercial success, and continues to live on today as both a permanent protest song and a lasting emblem of hope.  
The Glee Club was founded in 1976 when women first entered the Naval Academy, and over time the ensemble has garnered international acclaim through their diverse repertoire and elegant sound. The only all-female military choral ensemble in the world, they have performed extensively across America and internationally
Governor Jay Inslee has updated the requirements for eating and drinking establishments.  If you did not have a chance to vote in this week's poll, please let us know when and how you will be comfortable in returning to in person meetings or events. Email your response to:
Meet Mr. Rotary
Don Kraft
72 years of perfect attendance and truly inspirational words of wisdom.  If you missed his presentation, you should take a few moments to watch this forever young Rotarian.
Spring Membership Challenge 
Great Prizes!
18" 5-10mm Fresh Water Cultured Pearls
Double Strand in 14K Yellow Gold
(Value $499) 
Courtesy of Ben Bridge Jeweler
Propose/second a new member between now and June 1, and you will be entered to win one of many fantastic prizes.  
Watch your Wednesday meeting invitation email for new prize details each week. 
Winners of a virtual French Wine Tasting for Two for their part in introducing new members July to March are Barbie Siefert and Jon Bridge.  Congratulations!
All other prizes will be awarded in June so it is time to get active. 
Chances of winning a great prize 1:34
See you there!
Thursday, April 22 at 9:00am
Joint Meeting of the First Five Rotary Clubs
Earth Day! Our speaker will be Rotary International President-Elect Shekhar Mehta of the Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar, West Bengal, India, who will discuss Rotary's new area of focus - the environment. 
Thursday, April 22 at 6:00pm
Flower Arranging Secrets
It's spring!  April showers bring May flowers.  Learn how to select flowers for an arrangement. 
You have a bunch of flowers - now what? Learn some design principles, color choices, how to use floral foam, how to select a good vase for floral designs, and science-based flower care facts.  
Bring your own pocket knife, pruners, flowers, and a vase, or just follow along.  You will be all set for summer.
Seattle 4 member, Sten Crissey, grew up working in the family business, Crissey Flowers & Gifts. Sten’s knowledge of flower care and handling is based on scientific research funded by the American Floral Endowment (AFE), an organization for which Sten served as a trustee. AFE funds research and scholarships for commercial floriculture.

Thursday, May 6th
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Reserve now - cut off date is April 23
"Art of the Pie"  with James Beard Nominated Author, Kate McDermott
In celebration of Mother’s Day, join fellow Rotarians and Kate McDermott, the James Beard Award-nominated author of Art of the Pie, in your home kitchen with the moms in your life! Whether your mom, daughter, sister, wife, significant other, aunt, friend, or quarantine crew, let’s bake together! Kate will walk us through the steps in making a perfect flaky pie crust each and every time, and the fine art of showcasing crostatas, mini hand pies, and even some delectable tasties to reflect the season at hand.  Everyone goes home with their own creations and a great time had by all.
Kate McDermott is the James Beard Award-nominated author of Art of the Pie, Home Cooking with Kate McDermott and recently, Pie Camp. Her Pie Camps, held nationwide and pre-COVID, in her Port Angeles based Pie Cottage, regularly sell out. McDermott, who has been featured by the New York Times, Saveur, NPR, to name a few, is a sought after expert and educator in the Art of Pie. We are honored to welcome Kate to Seattle 4 Rotary.
A shopping and equipment list will be sent prior to class. Please have all items accounted for prior to class...or feel free to just watch.

Reservation Information: Each reservation is for up to two (2) people and one (1) zoom account/window per household.  

$55.00 + Eventbrite fee

You will be sent the Zoom link just prior to the event.

If you have any questions, please contact Doug Seto at

Please send any general club committee announcements for The Newsletter to Fiona Ronyai by Thursday at noon. 
Diplomacy Initiative Task Force Committee
March Meeting Report
For the March seminar of the Diplomacy Initiative, Rotary member Daniel Chen, Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Seattle, gave a presentation about Taiwan, and opportunities to invest in its economy. In the Q & A time following the presentation Daniel also addressed the issue of anti-Asian threats and violence in the U.S. in his role as a spokesperson for immigrants and expats from Taiwan.  Daniel met last week with Police Chief Adrian Diaz to share his concerns with law enforcement as well. We are privileged to have Daniel in our club to strengthen our membership's ties with the broader community as well as with the people of Taiwan.
Thursday, April 8th at 5:00pm
Peacebuilder Committee Book Club
Join us to discuss our next book club selection, Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America by Ijeoma Oluo.  All are welcome.
Thursday, April 15th at 6:00pm
Seattle Rotary Mariners
Sail to Sweden - All Welcome
Need to get away - virtually?  Join the Seattle Rotary Mariners for a sail to Sweden.  RSVP to receive the zoom,  link: 
Saturday, April 17th at 9:00am
Race Matters to Rotary
Join Rotary International Director Valarie Wafer to learn what Rotarians are doing around the world to promote diversity, equity and inclusion. We will have a robust Q&A followed by break-out sessions to discuss and determine next steps for Rotarians locally. 
Unless protests are received in the time period required (seven days), the following will receive a "Welcome to Rotary" notification that their membership has been accepted:
Rachel Smith
President and CEO of Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce,  Corporate Membership with Associations and Clubs Classification.  
Proposer, Jon Bridge
Seconder Jeff Borek
Jennifer (Jenn)Gladish 
Branch Manager at First Interstate Bank, YRL Membership with Banking Classification.  
Proposer, Mark Wright



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
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