Founded 1909         Weekly News and Highlights      September 10, 2021
Sep 15, 2021 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel, 1900 5th Ave. and on Zoom
Sep 22, 2021 12:30 PM
Online Program
Sep 29, 2021 12:00 PM
Online Program
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Einer Handeland Stunning Dahlia Garden Tour
Einer Handeland's Home
Sep 12, 2021
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
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
CANCELLED Rotary District 5030 2021 Conference
Coeur d'Alene Golf Resort and Spa
Oct 01, 2021 – Oct 03, 2021
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Skip Kotkins
John Ellis
Bailee Brown
Faith Ireland
Jeff Pyatt
Todd Summerfelt
Bill Weisfield
Bob Boeshaar
Bruce Williams


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

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


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. 

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 log in via the website.
  3. Easily search or browse the directory from anywhere.
If you don't know your login information, please email Fiona at


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 15
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM 
(Doors open at Noon)
Westin Hotel Seattle
1900 5th Ave*
On Zoom
*Covid-19 vaccination required
*Masks required inside at all times except when eating per the governor's mandate
Looking Forward
Seafair 2022
Eric Corning
President and CEO Seafair


As President and CEO of our beloved Seafair festival, Eric Corning and his team typically operate over 30 events spanning 10 weeks each summer that has become a mainstay in the Pacific Northwest.

Eric will talk to us about what we can look forward to in 2022. We know of the great free events during Seafair, but what does it take financially to keep it going year in and year out?  As we head into the 72nd year, Eric will lay out for us the ‘business case’ for Seafair and the importance it has for our economy.


Learn more about the Community Service Committee this week.  Mary Johnstone will do a short presentation and host a table at lunch.  

Rotary Cares Committee will once again be in the lobby updating Clubrunner profiles.  If you are attending on Zoom please take the time to review your profile and make any necessary changes.  

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

Palestinian Public Opinion: The Role of the US, and the Making of Future Policy

Dr. Karam Dana, University of Washington - Bothell

Following a two-month recess for summer, our Rotary Diplomacy Roundtable is resuming its seminar series.  Please join them on Zoom on Wednesday, Sept 15 for a special presentation. 
Meeting ID: 255 908 3386
Passcode: Salish2030
Steve Raible - Voice of The Seahawks Previews Season
President Jimmy opened the meeting with a remembrance of the 911 attacks on the World Trade Center buildings and Pentagon.  He introduced Music Committee co-chairs Linda Rough and Jevon Powell who performed a Seahawks version of the song of the day,  Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow; followed by Jamie Mendez with the day’s inspiration.
President Jimmy invited Seattle Rotary Service Foundation (SRSF) President Dave Kraft and SRSF Trustee Nick Anderson to announce the launch of the SRSF campaign for the coming year.  SRSF is a companion organization of Seattle #4 that collects and distributes funds in the community to support the service mission of our club.  Last year our club contributed $231,000 to SRSF, with $180,000 to specific grants recommended by our club’s service committees that propose projects to be funded by SRSF trustees who are all members of Seattle #4.   One funded local organization, Choose 180, provides alternatives to incarceration for young people.  Your contributions to SRSF that will launch at the end of October inspire hope.  Visit the Seattle Rotary website or click the link in this week's newsletter to view the SRSF’s Annual Report.  
President Jimmy introduced Rotarian, Eric Corning, who introduced the day’s program speaker, Steve Raible as an original Seattle Seahawk and fixture for half a century on KIRO TV  and as ‘Voice of the Seahawks since 2004 to preview the team’s prospects for the coming season.
Celebration of Life for Leigh Rabel will be held on Sunday, September 12, 2021, from noon to 4 pm at Ray's Boathouse, 6049 Seaview Avenue NW, Seattle. This will be a masked event. Leigh was a Seattle 4 Rotarian from 1962-2018.
In Memoriam
D. Jerry Burtenshaw, a Seattle 4 Rotarian since 1993 passed away September 2.  We celebrate his life of kindness, hard work, generosity, and service. Details regarding his Celebration of Life are pending. 
Last Chance to Sign up!
Sunday, September 12
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Einer Handeland's House
Dahlia Garden Tour

Fellow Rotarian, Einer Handeland and his wife Marilyn have been working with dahlias for over 40 years and would like to invite you to tour their stunning garden filled with 700 dahlias including 160 different varieties. Wellspring is providing vases so you can take a few blooms to brighten up your home!  Iced tea, lemonade, and wine will be served. 

Parking is available in front of the house as well as within a parking lot at Trinity Lutheran Church --just three houses north at the corner of 85th Ave SE and SE 40th St.  Wheelchair access is on the north side of the house.  If you need additional information, please contact Einer at 206-755-0630.

Saturday,  September 18 Meet at 7:00 AM  
Mercer Island Park/Ride
Day Hike to Grand Park
Mt. Rainier National Park

Grand Park is a large plateau on the north side of Mt Rainier very near the National Park's northern West-East boundary.  It offers great views of Mt Rainier on a sunny day.  Hikers will meet on Mercer Island and leave at 7:00 AM.  Group size will be limited to 12 and will be for members only. 

3 spots left!

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 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.



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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