Founded 1909         Weekly News and Highlights      October 22, 2021
Oct 27, 2021 12:30 PM
Online Program
Nov 03, 2021 12:30 PM
Online Program
Nov 10, 2021 12:30 PM
Online Program
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Rotary Volunteer Day
Wellspring Family Services
Oct 23, 2021 9:15 AM
Young Rotary Leaders (YRL) Lunch
Mioposto Baker Hill
Oct 23, 2021
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Environmental Sustainability Committee Meeting
Oct 27, 2021
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Peacebuilders Committee Meeting
On Zoom
Oct 27, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Ecology Day Conference
On Zoom
Nov 06, 2021
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Cruise Aboard NWMC's Admiral Jack - SOLD OUT
Lake Union Dry Dock Company
Nov 06, 2021
10:45 AM – 1:00 PM
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Rich Lacher
Faouzi Sefrioui
Carolyn Ladd
Anne Jannetti
David McFadden
Bill Gates III
Mark Weed
Kathy Williams


1 Year
Mihoko Tanaka
Tabitha Claus
Stephen Morse
2 Years
Dow Constantine
3 Years
Ashok Gangolli
5 Years
John Hojaboom
David McFadden
7 Years
Carla Fowler
Lorna Tumwebaze
8 Years
Eric Christensen
9 Years
Carese Busby
11 Years
Dan and Nancy Evans
Sheree Wen
16 Years
Barbie Seifert
19 Years
April Mobley
20 Years
Daniel Weiner
22 Years
Nancy Osborne
Jim Moore
23 Years
Vicky Oxley
24 Years
Cynthia Chirot
26 Years
Tom Mesaros
27 Years
Bob Johnson
Darlene Corkrum
28 Years
Kathy Williams
Neil Larson
29 Years
Karl Ege
32 Years
Lou Lundquist
33 Years
Jeff Pyatt
34 Years
Ron Bayley
39 Years
Steve Prince
50 Years
John Durbin



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. 


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

In-person Meeting Update 
Due to continuing public health issues and member concerns, your Club leadership has decided to continue the suspension of weekly meetings through December.
There are positive indicators that the resumption of two in-person meetings per month at the Westin could begin in January.  Prior to resumption:
  • We are seeking unambiguous signals from members that they will attend these meetings.
  • We are watching for the successful launch of booster vaccinations and vaccinations for youth.  These initiatives will reduce the risk to others in our members' homes and work settings.
If you have additional recommendations for consideration by Club leadership please complete the Rotary Meeting Feedback Survey or email 
In the meantime, we will publish in the weekly Newsletter a list of Member opportunities to get together in person for fellowship and service projects.
President Jimmy Collins

Wednesday, October 27
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
On Zoom

Diplomatic Perspectives on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement Going Forward

Facilitator: David Woodward

Panel Members:

  • Héctor Iván Godoy Priske, Consul of Mexico in Seattle
  • Jérôme Pischella, Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner at Consulate General of Canada in Seattle 
  • Alex Tercero Chacón, Mexico Desk Officer at U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC

Coordinated by our Rotary Diplomacy Roundtable this is our 6th annual Diplomacy Day.  We will be honoring diplomats from the Consular Association of Washington, public officials and representatives of the Washington District Export Council, and the U.S. Department of Commerce. 

Short Program 

The International Service Committee will do a presentation about their work. 

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
Rotary Meeting Report
President Jimmy opened the zoom meeting by introducing “two remarkable friends,” Bill Center and Todd Summerfelt, who led us in “You Got a Friend in Me.”  Trish Bostrom inspired us with her thoughts that were based on today’s program of opening doors for African Americans in the corporate world.
Jane Pryor introduced us to our new member Dr. Catherine Darley who has her own sleep medicine practice, The Institute of Naturopathic Sleep Medicine. She focuses on sleep advocacy and education and is also involved with Groundswell NW and WA Women’s Foundation. 
Futurist Richard Yonck started his short program with an overview video on “how we can explore the future.”  He said futurists like him don’t predict the future but instead “explore possible futures.”  They want to “work toward the preferred future.”  Some issues he addressed included:
  • The future is so much more than new technologies; what about the people, the planet, us?
  • We should learn and get informed about ways to realize the future we prefer; what kind of world do you want to live in?
  • The future is too complex to have one assumption, we want to have as many different perspectives as all of us create the future; it should be a group effort.
He concluded by wishing us “the future that you prefer.”
Our main program was introduced by our past president Karl Ege of Perkins Coie.  He introduced us to the Black Boardroom Initiative and set the stage for the need for more diversity on corporate boards.
Meet New Member Catherine Darley
Please welcome Dr. Catherine Darley, classification Health Care, to the Rotary Club of Seattle. Catherine was proposed by Liz McGrath and seconded by Carl Behnke.
A Shoreline native, Catherine graduated from Shorewood High School’s honors program and attended The Evergreen State College in Olympia. At Evergreen, Catherine discovered an interest in sleep medicine after participating in two sleep study research projects. After earning a dual bachelor’s of science and bachelor’s of arts degree at Evergreen, Catherine was offered a research assistant position at Brown University as a result of her research, where she remained for the next two-plus years.
Although Catherine liked doing medical research, she wanted to care for patients more. She returned to the Northwest to attend Bastyr University in Kenmore, where she earned her doctorate in naturopathic medicine. Dr. Darley opened her medical practice, the Institute of Naturopathic Sleep Medicine, in 2007.

Saturday, October 23
9:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Volunteer Opportunity
Wellspring Family Services
1900 Rainier Avenue S.
Spend a Saturday morning with your fellow Rotarians by helping families experiencing homelessness at Wellspring Family Services.
Friends and family welcome. 
Complete the Volunteer Form in advance and check the ‘Rotary – 4th Saturday’ box. If anyone has any questions they can also reach out to
Saturday, October 23
1:00 PM
Young Rotary Leader (YRL) Lunch
Mioposto Baker Hill 
3601 S McClellan St.
Join us after volunteering at Wellspring Family Services or just stop by for lunch.  No need to reserve - just show up and meet your fellow YRL's!  Contact Tabitha Claus for more information. 
Wednesday, October 27
11:00 AM
Environmental Sustainability Committee 
Washington State Sen. Reuven Carlyle and Isaac Kastama of the Low Carbon Prosperity Institute will be joining us to discuss the Washington Climate Commitment Act.  Senator. Carlyle and Mr. Kastama are two of the principal architects of the Climate Commitment Act, one of the most aggressive climate laws in the nation. Together with several other important pieces of legislation, the Climate Commitment Act puts Washington at the vanguard of the movement to address the climate crisis. 
Given the importance and timeliness of the topic, especially for those of us who are citizens of this state, we encourage all Seattle #4 Rotarians to join us. 
Join from the meeting link
Join by meeting number
Meeting number (access code): 730 740 337
Tap to join from a mobile device (attendees only) 
+1-202-860-2110,,730740337## United States Toll (Washington D.C.) 
Wednesday, October 27
11:00 AM on Zoom 
Peacebuilders Committee Meeting
The Mission of the Peacebuilder Committee of the Rotary Club of Seattle is:
  • to encourage and empower all members of our communities to exercise mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation, and
  • to advocate both globally and locally for peace and the non-violent resolution of conflict.
All are welcome to join.
Saturday, November 6
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
On Zoom
The Challenges of our Planet Earth, Solutions and Taking Action 
Join ESRAG (Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group) for our Rotary Ecology Day Conference:
  • Climate Emergency: Feedback Loops
  • Climate Solutions 101
  • Review of the UN IPCC Report: Code Red for Humanity.
Register below to obtain the Zoom link.
Sunday, November 28
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
(3rd Sunday of each month)
Volunteer Opportunity
Build Tiny Houses
The Hope Factory
5 South Nevada Street
14 volunteers maximum per event - first come, first served.  Volunteer form needs to be completed for each volunteer.   
  • Rotarians and their families, and friends of Rotarians are all welcome. 
  • Must be 18 years of age or above.
  • No previous experience is needed.
  • Must be vaccinated.
  • Masks are required.
  • Bring work gloves and lunch.

Questions -
Have you donated blood lately?
Your gift of life is needed!

Follow the example of Seattle 4 Rotarians, Kirk and Jann Greene, seen here donating plasma and platelets.  Make your appointment here today!  Mention Rotary District 5030.



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