Founded 1909         Weekly News and Highlights      December 3, 2021
Dec 08, 2021 12:30 PM
Online Program
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 12:00 PM
Westin Hotel, 1900 5th Ave. and on Zoom
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This is Rotary!
On Zoom
Dec 08, 2021
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
YRL (Young Rotary Leader) Holiday Happy Hour
Communion Restaurant and Bar
Dec 08, 2021 5:30 PM
December Walk 'n Talk
Washington Athletic Club
Dec 09, 2021
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
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
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Bill Hammond M.D.
Kelly O'Brien
Arnie Ness
Terry Van Nostrand


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

What is Next For Hunger Relief?
Wednesday, December 8
12:25  Zoom "Doors" Open
12:30  Program Begins
1:30    Breakout Rooms


Seattle 4 Rotarian and Executive Director of Harvest against Hunger, David Bobanick, welcomes a panel of guests as they share new approaches to hunger relief and building healthier food systems.

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
Meeting Report
A Life Well Lived - Shirley Lansing
When women were (finally) allowed to join Rotary in 1987, Shirley Lansing was one of the very first. Records indicate she was the fifth woman admitted to Seattle #4.  At the time, Seattle Rotary was the largest Rotary Club in the world, with over 700 members, and her presence was huge.  As one can imagine, the Club sought out the most respected, highest-profile, successful, and dynamic women in the community. It was no surprise Shirley was among the first.
Ronin Leadership Fosters Selfless Servant Leaders
President Jimmy rang the bell promptly at 12:30, followed by a moment of silence for the passing of a long time Seattle 4 Rotarian Shirley Lansing – one of the earliest women to join Rotary who owned her own employment placement business for five decades.  He also paid tribute to Jerilyn Brusseau who was recognized as a global hero by Global Washington’s Goal Makers Conference for helping normalize relations with Viet Nam as the founder of Peace Trees VietNam --  focused on de-mining unexploded ordinances in Viet Nam. 
Past president Skip Kotkins delivered the day’s inspiration, by explaining the meaning of Hanukah or the eight-day festival of light, and in recognition of the first battle for religious freedom that endures today no matter what the religion. 
President Jimmy reminded Rotarians to complete their ballot for club officers, directors, and foundation trustees by December 7; and encouraged Rotarians to register for the Seattle #4 Rotary holiday party on December 15 at the Queen City Yacht Club. 
Rotarian and tax attorney Bob Boeshaar  was featured in the day’s Member Spotlight delivered by John Steckler.   As a seventh-grader, Bob aspired to become an attorney for intellectual challenges and to help people.  Prior to starting his own practice in 2013 and joining Seattle Rotary in 2014, Bob earned a master’s degree in tax law, worked in private practice, and invested 14 years with the Internal Revenue Service. Bob, his wife Nanci, and his daughter, Lillian live in the Green Lake area.  Bob is a runner and volunteers his time with the UW low-income tax clinic. 
For the day’s main program, David Fain, VP of Programs, introduced Mike Howard as a former police officer, CIA agent and for 14 years head of security at Microsoft; who provided an overview of his recent book, The Art of Ronin Leadership:  The Business Leaders’ Guide to Strategy, Execution, and Sustained Success.
“No matter how successful you are, you are never finished with your leadership journey,” he began.

YRL Holiday Happy Hour
Wednesday, December 8
5:30 PM
2350 E. Union St. Seattle
Get to know your fellow Young Rotary Leaders.  We want to make an impact in our community in 2022 - Join us! 
For more info about YRL contact:

Walk 'n Talk
Welcome Back to Your Seattle!
Thursday, December 9
5:30 PM 
Washington Athletic Club
We will meet at 5:30 pm outside the WAC and proceed on a 30 - 40 minute walk guided by Paul Nunn of Urban ArtWorks. Walk at your own pace as we are guided through the banners brightening downtown city streets.  We will meet back at the WAC for no-host beverages and bites (optional). Look forward to seeing you there.
Please pre-register so we may know how many to expect for the walk.  For those that wish to go to the WAC for refreshments afterward, please email Doug Seto so he may make the appropriate arrangements:
Mentoring the Next Generation
Holiday Shopping Event
Rotary Boys and Girls Club
December 11 on Zoom
The 21st Annual Rotary Shopping Event is coordinated by the Community Service Committee along with the Rotary Boys and Girls Club and Seattle Rotaract.  For the second year as a "Zoom event," it will help make the holidays brighter for 25 happy children.  Your SRSF donation helps fund this great cause. 
For more information contact Joel Ferrell

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. 

The Seattle Rotary Governance Committee is pleased to present the slate of candidates for approval at the club's Annual Meeting to be held on December 8, 2021, for terms beginning July 1, 2022. 
Your Nominations Committee this year is comprised of 8 Members: 
  • Jeff Parker, Chair
  • Alan Bergen
  • Ken Colling
  • Sten Crissey
  • Robyn Grad
  • Kim Moore
  • Laura Rehrmann
  • Ben Wicks
  • David Woodward
Please click the link below to review the short bio information about each candidate. 
Important:  Please note the changes to the election process for 2021.  By unanimous decision of the RCOS board and leadership team, the Nominations Committee is presenting a non-contested slate of candidates for the boards of the Rotary Club of Seattle, the Seattle Rotary Service Foundation, and club officers. 
By utilizing this representative process, the board will ensure that all candidates will remain engaged in club leadership.  The non-contested slate also recognizes that alternative candidates made extensive contributions in recent years, and the high likelihood of them serving in the current pandemic environment. 
Please show your support for each candidate by checking the box next to each name. 
On behalf of the Nominations Committee, the following slates of candidates are nominated for approval on December 8, 2021, to their respective terms to begin July 1, 2022. 
At-Large Club Board Members
There are 5 candidates for 5 open 3-year positions and 2 alternates:
  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
These are 1-year terms. 
  • Beth Knox, President 
  • Dominik Musafia - Board Chair
  • Ken Grant - VP Programs and Sergeant-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 2023-2024:
Nancy Cahill
SRSF Trustees
There are 5 candidates for 5 open 3-year terms and 1 alternate:  
  1. Alan Bergen
  2. Kevin Crane
  3. Anna Liotta
  4. Lillian Sherman
  5. Sarah Weaver
  6. Robyn Grad - Alternate
The SRSF Trustees elect their own officers at a meeting later in the year and will not be part of this process. 
Click the box below to access your ballot.  The deadline to submit your online ballot is noon on Tuesday, December 7th, at which time voting will be closed and the results will be announced at the end of the meeting on December 8th. 
If you have any issues casting your ballot online, please contact Fiona at If you are not able to cast your ballot online, please call Caroline Bobanick at (206) 623-0023 to cast your ballot over the phone. 
The Bylaws of The Rotary Club of Seattle state the “Annual Meeting,” in which the election of officers and directors shall take place, shall be held on the first regularly scheduled meeting held in December. And, the names of candidates nominated shall be announced to the Club in writing two weeks prior to the date of the election.
The Annual Meeting this year will be held on December 8th, the second regular meeting in December. Most importantly, today’s announcement still provides members two weeks to review the candidates and submit their votes.  
If there are any concerns regarding this shift in date for the Annual Meeting, please contact Jeff Parker prior to Friday, December 3rd.
Rotary District Youth Exchange
YRL Chair, Tabitha Claus, and VP of Programs, David Fain with Emily Fain after she completes her interview to become a Short Term Exchange Student  Summer 2022. Congratulations Emily!
Proposed New Members
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:
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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