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Mar 24, 2021 12:00 PM
Online Program
Mar 31, 2021 12:00 PM
Online Program
Apr 07, 2021 12:00 PM
Online Program
Apr 14, 2021 12:00 PM
On line Program
Apr 21, 2021 12:00 PM
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March 19
Jon Bridge
Irv Sandman
John Steckler
March 20
Don Kraft
March 21 
Joel Paget
March 23
Gary Drobnack
Mike O'Brien
March 24
Mike Harney
March 26
Lindsay Klarman
March 27
Liz Powell
March 28
Jane Tornatore
March 29
Kelly Holm
March 31
Laurie Black
Jessie Thomas
April 1 
Janet Boguch


1 Year
Liz Jarrard
2 Years
Geoff Ball
Nick Curatola
Alvaro Jimenez
Bailee Brown
Judy Kaiser
David McDonald
Derek Ruckman
3 Years
Zach Haveman
SJ Mackay
Joyce Robertson
Taylor Shimizu
Jesse Thomas
Bonnie Towne
5 Years
Daron Vchulek
7 Years
Bob Boeshaar
8 Years
Eric Newman
Jim Loder
Mark Long
Trent Mummery
Jimmy Collins
9 Years
Arnie Ness
12 Years
Bill Gates III (Honorary)
15 Years
Janice Winemiller
A.D. Vickery (Honorary)
Candy Lee
16 Years
Jeff Pritchard
17 Years
Liv Wernecke
19 Years
Jim Odom
Skip Rowland
20 Years
Joel Ferrell
James Wong
21 Years
Einer Handeland
23 Years
John Steckler
24 Years
Joel Paget
25 Years
Craig Dawson
27 Years
Gerry Maurer
28 Years
Chris Charbonneau
29 Years
Laurel James
Mark Weed
31 Years
Rich Lacher
33 Years
Rita Ryder
34 Years
Jerry Burtenshaw
43 Years
Fred Weiss

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 Caroline 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

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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March 24 at 12:00 pm

Meeting Our Region’s Critical Blood Donation Needs 365+, Together

Like Rotary, Bloodworks Northwest has been a pillar in our community for decades. President & CEO Curt Bailey will share how even through almost unspeakably challenging times, community support of Bloodworks has been a remarkable catalyst…cancers have been cured, traumas and surgeries recovered from, and transplants successful. Bloodworks’ mission to maintain a reliable blood supply in our local region impacts all of us. Rotarians will learn just what it takes from individuals, corporate partners, community leaders, sports teams, and the community to ensure our families and neighbors benefit from the lifesaving donations. Most importantly, Curt will propose how Rotary can take action to meet the need in four distinct ways – so that together, we stand ready 365+.
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 pre-meeting song,
Van Halen - Jump (Armin van Buuren Remix), performed live at ULTRA2019, a three day Electronic Dance Music (EDM) festival held every March in Florida.  EDM is a broad range of percussive electronic music genres made largely for nightclubs, raves, and festivals. It is generally produced for playback by DJs who create seamless selections of tracks, called a mix, by segueing from one recording to another.  EDM started Europe in the late 1980s and early 1990s, following the emergence of raving, pirate radios, and an upsurge of interest in club culture.  It achieved widespread mainstream popularity in Europe.
It wasn’t until the early 2010s that the term "electronic dance music" and the initialism "EDM" was being pushed by the American music industry and music press in an effort to rebrand American rave culture.
Spring Membership Challenge 
Starts Now!
Propose/second a new member between now and June 1, and you will be entered to win one of many fantastic prizes.  Everyone who has added to our membership since July 1 will be automatically enrolled.  
Current chances to win a prize - 1:34 
Watch your Wednesday meeting invitation email for prize details each week. 
New Member Introduction
Meet Shoko Toyama
It is my honor to introduce our newest member,
Shoko Toyama.  Her classification is Human and Community Services, and her membership has been sponsored by Jeff Pyatt and Lynn Beck.
Shoko Toyama serves as Chief Development Officer for Plymouth Housing, taking over from long time Rotary 4 member Lynn Beck who recently retired from Plymouth.  Shoko has more than a decade of experience in fundraising for non-profits and has been with Plymouth Housing since 2013.
Thursday, March 25th at 6:30pm
Rotary Single Malt Scotch Happy Hour

All of Scotland ~ Bring Your Own!

Join us on a Single Malt Scotch Tour of Scotland from the Northern Islands to the Southern Lowlands.  Scotland is known for some of the best whiskies in the world. Kevin Crane will lead us through a journey of the senses and will unfold the sublime nature and mystery of Scotch. You don’t need to be an experienced Scotch drinker to attend.
Rotary members and guests shall have an opportunity to share their Scotch experiences and recommendations as they bring their own wee dram to this virtual event. 
Thursday March 25 at 7:00pm
50 Minutes of Fun
Back by popular demand, District Rotarians and local Toastmasters will get together for an evening of online word games, "express" debates, and fast paced "table talks". 
Thursday, April 22 at 9:00am
Joint Meeting of the First Five Rotary Clubs
Earth Day! We will be discussing Rotary's new area of focus. 
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.
All are welcome!

Thursday, May 6th
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

The Rotary Foundation 
Your Chance to make a Difference
It is that time of the year when we ask our members to contribute to The Rotary Foundation (TRF), associated with Rotary International.  The Rotary Foundation provides funds for the following initiatives:
  • Promotes Peace
  • Fights Diseases
  • Creates Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Serves Young Mothers and Children
  • Supports Education
  • Grows Local Economies
  • Protects the Environment
  • Creates District Matching Grants
  • Will End Polio Forever
If you believe in any or all of these initiatives there is no better place to invest your philanthropic resources.
We ask each member to contribute at least $100 every year, and many of our members contribute much more.  Let's reach our $70,000 goal!
We have two challenge matching gifts to consider this year:
  1. For new members, Tom Mesaros will match the 20 first time donors to TRF who give $50 so that they become $100 Sustaining Donors.
  2. For first-time Paul Harris donors, Jeff Pyatt will match donors who give up to $500, and will match them with an additional $500 to qualify them as a $1,000 Paul Harris Fellow.
You may make your donation with a credit card directly to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) by calling 1-866-076-8279.  They have wonderful customer service and a live representative is typically available with no wait time to assist you. If you prefer to donate online, click HERE for TRF's donation portal.  Thank you in advance.  We want to reach our goal of $70,000 by March 31st.
Please send any general club announcements for The Newsletter to Fiona Ronyai by Thursday at noon. 
Wednesday March 24th
11:00am - 11:50am
Peacebuilder Committee
Meeting Reminder 
Thursday, April 8th 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 15th 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: 
Common Threads Project 
International Service Committee
The International Service Committee and Seattle Rotary Service Foundation granted funds for the Common Thread Project last year.  Thank you Seattle 4 Rotarians for your generous donation.  Together we make an impact globally. 



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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