Founded 1909         Weekly News and Highlights       August 13th, 2021
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
Sep 08, 2021 12:30 PM
Online Program
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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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Patrick Carter
Peter Wright
Tracy Garland
Russ Taylor


We will recognize anniversaries at
our August 18th 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.  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



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 Sponsors, Liz Powell and 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


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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. 
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Wednesday, August 18

12:00 PM Registration 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM  Program

The Westin Hotel or on Zoom

*Vaccination required to attend in person
** Masks recommended unless eating

A Different Take on Homelessness:
Supply and Demand
Gregg Colburn
Gregg Colburn is co-chair for UW Homelessness Initiative: Homelessness is a Housing Problem.  Gregg and his colleague explore the statistics behind the major factors which contribute to long-term homelessness.  Substantial variations in rates of homelessness apparent in cities across the United States assumed to be mental illness, drug use, poverty, weather, generosity of public assistance, and low-income mobility do not explain why rates are so much higher in Seattle than in Chicago.  Conditions, such as the cost and availability of rental housing offer a more convincing explanation. Hear from an expert how homelessness may be an inner-city "infrastructure problem."
Gregg Colburn is an assistant professor of real estate at the UW College of Built Environments.
Don't Miss the Short Program
Legacy Giving kick-off!  Kathy Williams and her team have exciting news to share. 
To register a guest or someone interested in membership please contact Fiona Ronyai
If you are not on the program plan or if you are bringing a guest, please consider prepaying online through the links below. 
Also available on Zoom 
Join on Zoom click HERE
Or dial in on your phone: 
(253) 215 8782
Meeting ID: 259 970 584
Zoom Attendees - "Doors" open at noon if you wish to chat, and Zoom will stay open until 2:00 pm for further discussions after the program. 
How Virus and Smoke Cancelled Betz Family Winery 2020 Release
Program chair David Fain introduced Steve Griessel, Managing Owner, Betz Family Winery who returned to Rotary to describe how his winery survived COVID restrictions and smoke impact on their 2020 release. During his first appearance, he offered an overview of the winery that was established in 1997.  His turn at the podium this time focused on how the winery survived during these uncertain times of virus and smoke.
COVID restrictions in March 2020, were a blow to Betz Winery as restaurants and public tastings closed.  A second blow came as wildfires raged bringing smoke to grape growing areas of Washington state, resulting in smoke tainted grapes/juice. Smoke taint permeates the skin of the grapes and into the juice, but it does not get into the vine.

“We make small-batch wines and never cut corners - with quality trumping everything,” he said, “ and the 2020 vintage did not meet our quality standard so we decided to cancel it.”
Thank you!
President James, Past President Jeff, and Rotary Club of Seattle 
Congratulations on receiving ShelterBox HERO recognition for Rotary Year 2020-2021.  Your support is very much appreciated. 
ShelterBox has provided aid to over 2 million people since 2000, we could not have reached them without clubs like yours. COVID 19 has not stopped our efforts, your help provided aid to over 33,000 families in 2020, and over 13,000 households in the first half of 2021.
Thank you for being a ShelterBox HERO!
Bill Tobin 
ShelterBox USA
Duck Dodge 2021
Thank you Seattle Rotary Mariners Pete Delaunay, Alan Bergen, and Sue Nixon for hosting a great event on Tuesday evening. A spirited time was had by all - both crew and cheering crowd.  See you next year!

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.  This month we will join up with We Heart Seattle, an organization doing great work in our city, to do the Market to Mohai corridor walk with commentary from Andrea Suarez, Founder, and Executive Director. 
We will finish our walk with no host bites and beverages at Daniel's Broiler. 
There is no charge for the walk, but please sign up to know how many to reserve for at Daniel's. 


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 to be held on the weekend of October 1-3, 2021.
We can’t wait to get together face to face and hold this event as it will be the first District Conference to be held since the spring of 2019 in Spokane, WA.


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:



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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