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January 18
David Park
January 19
Bob Parks
January 21
Daniel Chen
January 22
Arlesia Bailey
January 24
Zach Haveman
Lori Walker
January 25
Roberto Dondisch
Carla Fowler
January 26
Cathy Gibson
January 28
Derryl Willis
Tanya Wunderlich
January 29
Stephen Morse


1 Year
Steve Woolworth
Rajeev Agarwal
Laurie Black
David Frum
Cindy Watson
Matondo Wawa
4 Years
Randy Frisch
Evan Steinruck
Steve Tyler
5 Years
Rob LoBosco
6 Years
Daryl Campbell
7 Years
Sherry Calvert
Diankha Linear
10 Years
Lillian Sherman
16 Years
Burr Stewart
17 Years
Whitney Mason
18 Years
Jacki Lorenz
Jim Spady
19 Years
Patrick Carter
20 Years
Ev Billingslea
21 Years
Jeff Borek
23 Years
Patrick Evans
Bill Hammond M.D.
24 Years
Brad Fowler
26 Years
Nancy Cahill
28 Years
Chris Clark
31 Years
Doug Boyden
Sten Crissey
Fedva Dikmen
32 Years
Bill Fetterley
33 Years
Laurie Jonsson
38 years
Bob Davidson
39 Years
Valerie Elliott
41 Years
John King
42 Years
Bob Calhoun
43 Years
Bill Weisfield
47 Years
Neil McReynolds

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 Mariah 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


Share Rotary with Your LinkedIn Network in Three Easy Steps

1. Join our club's LinkedIn Group.
2. Forward invitations to meetings and events to your network. 
3. Include Caroline's email ( so your friends and associates can reserve their spot and get access codes.
If you don't already have a LinkedIn profile, CLICK HERE to learn how to get started. 


Access the club membership directory on the go! The ClubRunner app is free and available for iPhone and Android users. Here's how:
  1. Go to your app store, search for the ClubRunner app, and install for free.
  2. Login using the same information you use to login via the website.
  3. Easily search or browse the directory from anywhere.
If you don't know your login information, please email Mariah at

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

January 20th at 12:00 pm

The Future of Juvenile Justice in King County

King County Executive Dow Constantine announced this summer that the county would close its juvenile detention facility by the end of 2025. This is just the latest phase of an ongoing effort to reduce the number of young people in detention, as King County moves toward its goal of Zero Youth Detention. Executive Constantine will be joined by Allen Nance, Juvenile Detention Division Director to discuss the process so far and outline next steps.
Join on your computer by clicking HERE
Or dial in on your phone: (253) 215 8782
Meeting ID: 259 970 584

Links from This Week's Meeting

Watch this week's song, learn more about the artist, Morgan James, and read more about the song, Lay Down Sally by Eric Clapton.

Staff Transition Announcement

At this Wednesday's meeting, we announced that Program Manager, Mariah Kimpton, will be leaving Seattle Rotary at the end of January. Mariah has been a member of the Rotary Staff for over six years. The transition follows her recent move to Eugene, Oregon where she looks forward to pursuing new opportunities. 

In Memoriam

We are deeply saddened to share that Valerie Elliott, Executive Director of the Rotary Club of Seattle from 1987-2014, has passed away. We hope you'll join us at our meeting on January 20th when we will have a special remembrance of her. 

Thursday, January 21 at 6:00 pm

Westland Whiskey Tasting

Enjoy Westland Distillery's American Single Malt Whiskey Virtual Tasting with the fellowship of your Rotary Club of Seattle friends. You will be guided through an hour-long tasting of three different Westland Distillery award-winning single malt whiskies.

Contact Doug Seto at for more information. 

Ticket sales for this event have now closed. 

Saturday, January 23 at 9:00 AM

Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America, presented by Jeffrey Robinson

Rotary District 5030 invites you to join in the next event in their series, Race Matters to Rotary featuring Jeffrey Robinson. You may remember Mr. Robinson as the speaker at our club's Town Hall event in August of 2019. If you missed that presentation or would like to revisit his moving remarks, this is your chance! Find more information on page two of this month's district newsletter, and click the link below to register. 

Friday, February 19th at 6:00 pm 

Harvest Against Hunger - Hearts and Wine

Hearts & Wine 2021 will be unlike any other as we shift to bring you a memorable online event. This winter’s event will include many of the elements you love from our in-person event—engaging and entertaining speakers, fellowship, and opportunities to do good things for our community.  It will also include several options for participating and opportunities to learn about how hunger is affecting our community after many months of the pandemic, as well as how some creative people and Harvest Against Hunger are adapting to deal with these changes.

Thursday, February 25th at 6:00 pm

Baking Cookies with Tiffany

Join fellow Rotarian Tiffany Lewis, Chief Cookie Officer of Cookies with Tiffany, and other Rotarians for an engaging virtual hands-on (and delicious) cookie class on Thursday, February 25th. Tiffany will showcase her most sought after and famous s’more cookie, routinely touted as the best s’more cookie in Seattle, while sharing all her insider secrets to making the perfect cookie. Part science, part laid back fun, you won’t want to miss this! 

Additional Details:

Cost: $60 which includes all ingredients (except eggs, butter, and vanilla extract), instructions, two baked cookies and a memorable evening with your fellow Rotarians.

Ingredient Pick Up: Cookie kits are pre-measured dry ingredients and will be provided for pickup at Voula's Offshore Café (658 NE Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98105).  Choose a day and time for pickup that’s convenient for you:

  • Monday, February 22nd, 3:00-6:00
  • Wednesday, February 24th, 3:00-6:00

If you cannot make either day or time, please message Tiffany directly:

Additional Ingredients Needed for Class: 2 sticks of butter, 2 eggs, and vanilla extract.

Special Equipment Needed: Stand-mixer or hand-mixer in addition to a nonstick baking sheet (preferably with parchment paper), oven, two bowls, whisk, spatula, butter and eggs, our included cookie kit, a cookie scoop or spoon, and a great attitude.

A Big Thank You To All Our Members Who Contributed to Wellspring Family Services Toy Drive!

Wellspring’s Executive Director and Seattle 4 Rotary member, Heather Fitzpatrick, shared this heartwarming story illustrating the impact of our gifts: 
Bethany is a single mother of two boys who doesn’t receive any financial or parenting support from her sons’ father. Her 13-year-old has mild autism and is doing online school, and her 5-year-old is enrolled in a daycare program.
Bethany has been substance-free for 5 years and has worked at a pizza restaurant for the past 3 years. Currently, she and her children live in a two-bedroom apartment in Columbia City.
She thrives as a parent and is dedicated to providing a loving home. However, her budget is very tight. She rarely has enough money for anything beyond the most basic items for her children. Bethany was excited to participate in Wellspring’s annual Holiday Toy Store program that Rotary supports. She shared her gratitude with Wellspring. She said her boys were thrilled to receive toys for the holidays, and shared that she “couldn’t afford to buy these.”
Because of Seattle 4 Rotary’s support, families like Bethany’s were able to share in the joys of giving and receiving during the holidays.  Thank you to our members for making the holidays a little brighter for those in need.


We talk a lot about homelessness, but how much do we talk about - hunger?  Next time you walk down the street, look around. Do you know that one of three families with kids do not have enough to eat?  How can you and I as Rotarians help?
Last May, Seattle 4 Rotary mobilized nearly 4900 one-week food kits for families through food banks from North Seattle to Rainier Valley. The need for food in our region has not stopped or slowed since then.    
1-EDUCATE yourself. 
Your local food banks use every dollar to multiply it and most efficiently get food to our neighbors. They want to feed everyone who asks for help.        
  • Can we volunteer, even under COVID?  YES! 

    Food banks have re-tooled volunteer roles. They need drivers to deliver to homes and on-site hands to give meal kits to people who come to the food bank.
(Ask Jaime Mendez about his volunteering in 2020 for Rainier Valley Food Bank)
The next time you or I pass by people on the street, think of how we as a community are supporting those one in three families with kids, and those alone, to no longer be hungry.

Questions?  Ideas?  Contact Joyce Robertson

Wider World of Rotary

Even in the midst of the COVID pandemic, Rotarians are maintaining the fight against polio. Past President Ralph Munro shared this dispatch from his polio advocacy work in Washington DC. 

Rotary is Out for Blood!

District-wide, 22 donors accepted Seattle 4’s #OutForBlood Challenge over the Holiday Season! Of the 22 donors, 17 were from Seattle #4. This meant that up to 66 people were given the gift of life as a result of our efforts.
The #OutforBlood Challenge ends the first quarter of our year-long campaign with a push at the Seattle Aquarium on February 9 and 10, and then on February 16 and 17.  Sign up to donate at the Aquarium pop-up and lend your arm to the cause.
Can’t make the Aquarium?  Would Amazon, UW Tower, or the Museum of Flight be more convenient?  You can use Donor Portal to schedule your donation at these or many other sites convenient to you as well!
Seattle 4 is in a competition with district clubs to see which club(s) can save the most lives. Help Seattle 4 save lives.  Paul Harris Fellowship points will be awarded to Seattle #4 blood-drive participants.
If you have donated but not told Sten Crissey yet, or if you have questions about donating, email Sten at


Rotary Club of Seattle
1326 5th Ave Suite 342
Seattle, WA 98101

Phone: 206-623-0023

Caroline Bobanick
Executive Director

Mariah Kimpton
Program 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 Program Manager, Mariah Kimpton, 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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