Founded 1909         Weekly News and Highlights         April 2, 2021
Apr 07, 2021 12:00 PM
Online Program
Apr 14, 2021 12:00 PM
On line Program
Apr 21, 2021 12:00 PM
Online Program
May 05, 2021 12:00 PM
Online Program
May 12, 2021 12:00 PM
Online Program
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In the interest of protecting private information we will not be publishing actual birth dates.  Below are members celebrating a birthday this week:
Bill Franklin 
Ron Bayley
Fred Weiss


1 Year
Eli Funk
Jensen DeWitt
2 Years
Matt LeMaster
3 Years
Nicole Klein
Jessica Bhuiyan
6 Years
Mike Adams
Jon Scholes
Ben Wicks
8 Years
Michele Shaw
Lauren Domino
11 Years
Kelly Holm
Kari Rallo
12 Years
Gary Drobnack
13 years
Steve Boyd
15 Years
Steve Sundquist
16 Years
Linda Cheever
17 Years
Freeman Fong
Hollie Ellis
21 Years
Jean Bateman
28 Years
Mike O’Byrne
34 Years
Bob Parks
36 Years
Rex Clark
37 Years
Jim Burdett
44 Years
Ralph Munro
Please send any general club committee announcements for The Newsletter to Fiona Ronyai by Thursday at noon. 
Thursday, April 8 at 5:00pm
Peacebuilder Committee Book Club
Join us to discuss our next book club selection, Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America by Ijeoma Oluo.  All are welcome.
Thursday, April 15 at 6:00pm
Seattle Rotary Mariners
Sail to Sweden - All Welcome
Need to get away - virtually?  Join the Seattle Rotary Mariners for a sail to Sweden.  RSVP to receive the zoom,  link: 

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


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

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:

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


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April 7 at Noon

Erik Nordstrom, CEO Nordstrom

Disruptive Change in Retail -From the Pandemic to the Future

In this fireside chat moderated by Rotary member Jonelle Johnson, Nordstrom CEO Erik Nordstrom, will touch on the disruptive change that was already in place in the retail industry when COVID-19 hit, and how the pandemic accelerated these trends. The retail customer has changed how they discover, buy and receive products, and Nordstrom doesn’t believe these trends will revert back post pandemic. The implications are large, not only for Nordstrom, but also for the Nordstrom teams and communities...this is especially true for the retailer’s hometown of Seattle.
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

In honor of April 1 being opening day for Major League Baseball and the Seattle Mariners, our opening music video today was the song Centerfield performed by Fogerty’s Factory.
The original song is the title track from John Fogerty's first solo album after a nine-year hiatus. It was written and released in March of 1985, and over time it’s become one of the best-known baseball songs, along with Take Me Out to the Ball Game.  In 2010, Fogerty became the only musician to be celebrated at the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony when Centerfield was honored by the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
While on lockdown during the pandemic in early last year, Fogerty, accompanied by sons Shane and Tyler and daughter Kelsy, began releasing performance videos of previously released originals and covers under the brand name, Fogerty's Factory.
The version you just heard was recorded on John’s 75th birthday in the centerfield of the LA Dodger’s Stadium on May 28, 2020. 
Go Mariners!  Click here for the starting lineup. 
Spring Membership Challenge
Propose New Members to Win
Great Prizes
Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen 1 (Intel)
(Value $2499)
Courtesy of Ovation Technologies
Propose/second a new member between now and June 1, and you will be entered to win one of many fantastic prizes.  
Watch your Wednesday meeting invitation email for new prize details each week. 
Prizes awarded in June.
New Member Introduction 
Meet JB Menefee
It is my pleasure to introduce to you John Brian “JB” Menefee as a new member.  JB’s classification is “Investments”.  His proposer was Liz McGrath to whom we express our thanks.  JB is excited to be a member of our club because it has a great reputation for serving the community, as well as the world.
See you there!
Thursday, April 22 at 9:00am
Joint Meeting of the First Five Rotary Clubs
Earth Day! Our speaker will be Rotary International President-Elect Shekhar Mehta of the Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar, West Bengal, India, who will discuss Rotary's new area of focus - the environment. 
Thursday, April 22 at 6:00pm
Flower Arranging Secrets
It's spring!  April showers bring May flowers.  Learn how to select flowers for an arrangement. 
You have a bunch of flowers - now what? Learn some design principles, color choices, how to use floral foam, how to select a good vase for floral designs, and science-based flower care facts.  
Bring your own pocket knife, pruners, flowers, and a vase, or just follow along.  You will be all set for summer.
Seattle 4 member, Sten Crissey, grew up working in the family business, Crissey Flowers & Gifts. Sten’s knowledge of flower care and handling is based on scientific research funded by the American Floral Endowment (AFE), an organization for which Sten served as a trustee. AFE funds research and scholarships for commercial floriculture.

Thursday, May 6
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Reserve now - cut off date is April 23
"Art of the Pie"  with James Beard Nominated Author, Kate McDermott
In celebration of Mother’s Day, join fellow Rotarians and Kate McDermott, the James Beard Award-nominated author of Art of the Pie, in your home kitchen with the moms in your life! Whether your mom, daughter, sister, wife, significant other, aunt, friend, or quarantine crew, let’s bake together! Kate will walk us through the steps in making a perfect flaky pie crust each and every time, and the fine art of showcasing crostatas, mini hand pies, and even some delectable tasties to reflect the season at hand.  Everyone goes home with their own creations and a great time had by all.
Kate McDermott is the James Beard Award-nominated author of Art of the Pie, Home Cooking with Kate McDermott and recently, Pie Camp. Her Pie Camps, held nationwide and pre-COVID, in her Port Angeles based Pie Cottage, regularly sell out. McDermott, who has been featured by the New York Times, Saveur, NPR, to name a few, is a sought after expert and educator in the Art of Pie. We are honored to welcome Kate to Seattle 4 Rotary.
A shopping and equipment list will be sent prior to class. Please have all items accounted for prior to class...or feel free to just watch.

Reservation Information: Each reservation is for up to two (2) people and one (1) zoom account/window per household.  

$55.00 + Eventbrite fee

You will be sent the Zoom link just prior to the event.

If you have any questions, please contact Doug Seto at

Saturday, April 17 at 9:00am
Race Matters to Rotary
Join Rotary International Director Valarie Wafer to learn what Rotarians are doing around the world to promote diversity, equity and inclusion. We will have a robust Q&A followed by break-out sessions to discuss and determine next steps for Rotarians locally. 
Monday, May 17 - All Day
13th Rotary District 5030
Golf Classic
Join fellow Rotarians and friends from District 5030 for an enjoyable round of golf at beautiful Harbour Pointe Golf Club in Mukilteo.  
  • Four-person Scramble Format
  • Individual tee times all day at your convenience (Register by Monday, May 3rd)
  • COVID state protocols in place for maximum safety
  • Raffles and Prizes

Proceeds benefit our four Rotary District 5030 Projects:

  • Harvest Against Hunger
  • Music 4 Life
  • Music Mends Minds
  • Partners for Work

Book your foursome, or come as a single! Everyone welcome, so invite your friends and family! (Non-Rotarians welcome!)

Monday, June 28 - 1:30pm
14th Rotary District 5030
Golf Classic
Join fellow Rotarians and friends from District 5030 for an enjoyable round of golf at the spectacular China Creek Course, The Golf Club at Newcastle.  
  • Four-person Scramble Format
  • Shotgun Start at 1:30pm (Register by Monday, June 14th)
  • COVID state protocols in place for maximum safety
  • Raffles and Prizes

Proceeds benefit our four Rotary District 5030 Projects:

  • Harvest Against Hunger
  • Music 4 Life
  • Music Mends Minds
  • Partners for Work

Book your foursome, or come as a single! Everyone welcome, so invite your friends and family! (Non-Rotarians welcome!)

After golf, join DG Cathy Gibson and the leadership of District 5030 for dinner at Newcastle as we celebrate the 2020-21 Rotary year! (Additional Cost for Dinner)


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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