Founded 1909         Weekly News and Highlights     August 6, 2021
As we begin to emerge from the effects of the COVID19 pandemic, we are excited to announce our upcoming Rotary District 5030 Conference to be held in Coeur d’Alene, ID on the weekend of October 1-3, 2021.
We can’t wait to get together face to face at this sepcial event as it will be the first District Conference held since the spring of 2019 in Spokane, WA.

Aug 11, 2021 12:30 PM
Online Program
Aug 18, 2021 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel, 1900 5th Ave. and on Zoom
Aug 25, 2021 12:30 PM
Online Program
Sep 01, 2021 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel, 1900 5th Ave. and on Zoom
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Walk 'n Talk
Aug 26, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Rotary Volunteer Day
Wellspring Family Services
Aug 28, 2021
Rotary Volunteer Day
Wellspring Family Services
Sep 25, 2021
Rotary District 5030 2021 Conference
Coeur d'Alene Golf Resort and Spa
Oct 01, 2021 – Oct 03, 2021
Rotary Volunteer Day
Wellspring Family Services
Oct 23, 2021
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Mike Adams
Freeman Fong
Paul Suzman


We will recognize anniversaries at
our August 18  meeting at the Westin Hotel
2 Years
Jonny Holz
3 Years
Suzanne Fortune
Dan Varghese
Janet Welcher
Arlesia Bailey
Kela Hall
Kelly O’Brien
4 Years
Annie Wakefield
5 Years
Ross Stewart
6 Years
Jennifer Porto
8 Years
Anne Bugge
9 Years
Liz McGrath
10 Years
Catherine Cleveland
Ben Reiber
11 Years
Rachelle Nesta-Goff
12 Years
Fred Grimm
Eric Robinson
14 Years
Virginia McKenzie
19 Years
Bill Marshall Jr.
20 Years
Stan Savage
21 Years
Bruce Williams
28 Years
Carl Lucks
30 Years
Dorothy Bullitt
36  Years
Mark Davis
37 Years
Watt Taylor
Paul Suzman
47 Years
Dick Vadnais

Get Involved - Join a Committee!
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


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Special thanks to our Gold Level Sponsor, Bob Alexander.

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Wednesday, August 11
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM  
On Zoom

Facing the Brutal Reality
Steve Griessel
Managing Owner 
Betz Family Winery

How did one of Washington's premier wineries survive the Covid-19 pandemic?  Steve Griessel, a managing owner of Betz Family Winery, had the difficult choice of using premium grape crops damaged due to severe smoke from Washington State forest fires for this year's production, or produce no quality wine for 2021. In addition, the Covid-19 pandemic dealt a second difficult circumstance.  How does a business support its employees with the loss of revenue?

Please join the program to learn how Steve has managed to survive and thrive.

Don't Miss the Short Program
Jim Loder, Arts Committee
To register a guest or interested new member, please contact Fiona Ronyai
Join on Zoom click HERE
Or dial in on your phone: 
(253) 215 8782
Meeting ID: 259 970 584
Clemency Process Forges an Unlikely Friendship
Steve Fleischmann, founder/chair of investment firm Fleischmann Capital, first came in contact with former prison inmates working in his dad’s office equipment store where former convicts were employed fixing typewriters.  While successful in business, his intimate knowledge of former inmates became a calling that led him to a full volunteer position at the Monroe Reformatory.  His mission there was asking men who were serving life sentences to help other inmates prepare for freedom.  He met Eugene Youngblood who had been convicted of a serious crime at age 18, receiving a 65-year prison sentence. 
“I cared about talking to inmates and learned how they wanted to be heard and listened to, and I learned about some incredible human beings – including Eugene Youngblood,” he said.  “Eugene had distinguished himself while in prison as a mentor and counselor. I wanted to become a part of Eugene’s team to be freed from prison that was held up following a clemency hearing.”  said Steve Fleischmann. 
Eugene then came to the podium to tell his side of the story. He first recognized Steve for his selflessness and how he had supported his path to freedom. He described how one mistake can taint a person’s life forever. “The truth of who you are is how you show up consistently,” he said, “as I began a transformative mission in prison to help change the lives of other inmates. We are all better than the worst thing we’ve done” as he described how he moved forward with his life while incarcerated. 
Your chance to be published! Reporters take notes during weekly meetings and submit a 300-word article for the weekly newsletter and website home page.  Contact Pete DeLaunay for how to get started. 
The National Speakers Association (NSA) inducted Seattle 4 member Anna Liotta, CSP, CPAE, MA, into the Speaker Hall of Fame at the Influence 2021 Convention held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas July 2021. Anna is among an elite group of only 261 professional speakers worldwide ever to receive this honor. Past recipients include Ronald Reagan, Norman Vincent Peale, Ken Blanchard, Jeanne Robertson, and General Colin Powell.

Thursday, August 26
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Summer Walk 'n Talk 
Our summer walks in the city followed by bites and beverages have been a great success. On August 26th we will be teaming up with We Heart Seattle, a grassroots coalition of people who believe we must act to better protect people, parks, and our shared environment. Through direct civic engagement, they lead the way to a more compassionate and healthy community.  Stay tuned for our starting location and how to register.



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. 


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:

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



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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