Founded 1909         Weekly News and Highlights      September 17, 2021
Sep 22, 2021 12:30 PM
Online Program
Sep 29, 2021 12:00 PM
Oct 06, 2021 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel, 1900 5th Ave. and on Zoom
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Day Hike to Grand Park, Mt. Rainier National Park
Mercer Island Park and Ride
Sep 18, 2021 7:00 AM
Rotary Volunteer Day
Wellspring Family Services
Sep 25, 2021 9:15 AM
Rotary Volunteer Opportunity - Mentors Needed
On Zoom
Sep 25, 2021
11:30 AM – 3:00 PM
September Walk 'n Talk
The International District
Sep 30, 2021
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
ASUW Shell House and Conibear Shell House Tour
ASUW Shell House
Oct 02, 2021
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
October Walk 'n Talk
Lakeview Cemetery
Oct 09, 2021
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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Bob Davidson
Jan Levy
Stan Foster, Jr. 
Jess Hennessey
Jonelle Johnson
Lisa Mayfield
Cynthia Chirot


We will be honoring anniversaries at our
Sept. 15 meeting
at The Westin.
1 Year
Daniel Chen
Hisao Inagaki
Monna Lux
2 Years
Mike O’Brien
Mike Hatzenbeler
4 Years
Marc Kurose
Jim Stevens
Linda Thompson-Black
Amelie von Saint Andre-von Arnim
Derryl Willis
5 Years
Matt Albertson
Kevin Crane
Lindsay Klarman
7 Years
Nick Anderson
8 Years
Paul Frogley
11 Years
Nyasha Tunduwani
13 Years
Lisa Mayfield
18 Years
Linda Rough
Dominik Musafia
22 Years
Harvey Rubinstein
29 Years
Jim McCurdy
31 Years
Paul McTaggart
34 Years
Faith Ireland
Shirley Lansing
35 Years
Don Murphy


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

Wednesday, September 22
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM 
On Zoom
Rotary's Role in Eliminating Malaria
Jenny Andrews
Brian Gower

Jenny Andrews, Executive Director, Malaria Partners International, and Brian Gower, Senior Director Partnerships, World Vision will explain what Rotary is currently doing to combat malaria and the inspiring opportunities on the horizon. 

What began as a small Seattle Rotary project in 2009 has become a major Rotary initiative in partnership with the world’s leading global health organizations.  



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

Wednesday, September 29

Noon Start Time

First Five Collaboration

(No Seattle Rotary 4 meeting this week)

Making connections across the country - and the globe - makes the world a smaller place in the most wonderful way. We are so privileged to work and connect with the amazing Rotarians from  Los Angeles, Rotary Club of ChicagoRotary Club of Oakland, and Rotary Club San Francisco!

Guest Speakers Jenny Bates and Patrick Galvin will discuss Rotary Membership.

The Business Side of Seafair During Covid and Beyond 
President Jimmy opened the Seattle #4 Rotary Club meeting on September 15th  at 12:30 P.M., at the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle.  He marked the passing of Rotarian Jerry Burtenshaw.  Raymond Jones and Freeman Fong led with God Bless America.   The Inspiration of the Day was read by Joel Paget.  President Jimmy welcomed visiting Rotarians, prospective members, and guests. The Rotarians Anniversary Video was then shown.  Don Kraft was recognized for his Rotarian membership that has spanned 73 years.  He has been a member of the University Rotarians and the Seattle Rotary Club #4.  You read that right: 73 years!
Mary Johnstone reported on the Community Service Committee.  Ken Grant introduced Eric Corning, the main speaker of the day. Ken is a member of the Seafair Festival Board of Directors. He said that Eric is one of the pillars in our community. Eric Corning, President, and CEO of Seafair has been in the experience business for over 25 years, producing high-profile public events in Seattle and around Puget Sound.  
Celebration of Life 
Jerry Burtenshaw's public Celebration of Life will be held October 9, 2021, at
11 AM, Calvary Christian Assembly, 6801 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, 98115.
Go to to view photos, share memories, get service updates, and RSVP to the service.  The link may not be live until Sunday.  The obituary will be in Seattle Times this weekend. 
Great Fellowship
Dahlia Garden
Thank you, Einer Handeland and the Membership Engagement Committee
for hosting a great event last Sunday.  A great time was had by all!
Saturday, September 25
9:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Wellspring Family Services
1900 Rainier Ave. S.
11:30 AM
Young Rotary Leaders
Mioposto, Mount Baker
2601 S McClellan St. 
Join fellow Rotarians as they volunteer at Wellspring Family Services. 
Afterward, YRL's will join together to have lunch and meet each other in person at Mioposto in Mount Baker.  
Service and fellowship are an important part of Rotary - we can't wait to see you there!
Saturday, September 25
Saturday, December 11
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM 
Mentors Needed 
Want to HELP future leaders prepare for post-secondary education?
UNCF in partnership with Seattle 4 Rotary presents Portfolio Project. Portfolio Project is a free 11-week bridge to success program targeted to underrepresented emerging scholars in their Junior and Senior years of High School. The mission of the Portfolio Project is to equip students across Washington and Oregon State with the resources needed to reach their aspirations of post-secondary education.
As a mentor, you will inspire, guide, and motivate, your student while they navigate through the daunting college and scholarship application process.
This year we’ve implemented the Support Squad. This cohort allows two Rotarian mentors for each group of portfolio project students. This provides a team approach for mentors and students. It allows the pairing of mentors to share the time commitment. For example, if a mentor has a prior commitment on a Portfolio Project Saturday.
For More Information:
Linda Thompson-Black 206-851-8178
Lori Walker 206-399-0165
Apply At:
Thursday, September 30
5:30 PM 
Walk 'n Talk
The International District

These events are a great way to meet fellow Rotarians safely in an outdoor environment.  The walks are free and the dinner is optional.

You won't want to miss this one!  Our fellow Rotarian Assunta Ng, publisher of the Northwest Asian Weekly, will provide a captivating tour chronicling the struggles, transformation, growth, and prospering of the International District.

She will show us where Chinatown, Japan Town, and Little Saigon are.  We will start the tour at TP Tea Washington (679 South King Street, Seattle, WA 98104) where you will enjoy some Boba Tea.  Our tour will include a visit to the Northwest Asian Weekly Building (formerly housing the iconic Kokusai Theater), the historic Panama Hotel, Denny Woo Garden, the 113-year-old Maneki Restaurant, the oldest Japanese Restaurant in the United States, Wing Luke Museum, Uwajimaya Asian Supermarket ending at Tai Tung (655 South King Street, Seattle, WA 98104) with a classic dinner designed by Assunta at a cost of $20.  Parking will be provided nearby.

RSVP For Dinner 
Saturday, October 2
11:00 AM  - 1:00 PM
ASUW Shell House
UW Waterfront
Tour the Home of
The Boys in the Boat
and the Current Conibear Shell House of Washington Rowing
Join Rotarian, Nicole Klein, and Seattle Rotary Mariner, Mike O’Byrne, as you tour through two iconic buildings on the UW campus – the historic ASUW Shell House and the current men’s and women’s rowing training facility, the Conibear Shell House. 
Guests will begin with Nicole at the WWI Navy hangar-turned boathouse and workshop for George Pocock, and then drive or walk down the road to the state-of-the-art training facility for Washington Crew and hear from Husky oarsman, Mike O’Byrne, about his experience and the sport today. 
The tour will conclude by 1 pm with an option to join the group for an informal lunch at Ivar’s Fish Bar outside deck.
Please RSVP: for parking and directions.
Saturday, October 9
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Walk 'n Talk
Lakeview Cemetery
Historic Tour
Jared Steed, Historian, and Attorney will take us on a tour of Seattle’s Pioneer Cemetery, Lakeview Cemetery located on North Capitol Hill. 
Beneath the ground of Lake View Cemetery lies some of Seattle’s richest history. As Seattle’s most famous cemetery, many prominent Seattle pioneers lie within its grounds, including the Dennys, Maynards, Mercers, Yeslers, and Chief Seattle's daughter, Princess Angeline.
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Seattle, WA 98101

Phone: 206-623-0023

Caroline Bobanick
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Fiona Ronyai
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