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November 26
Joseph Smith
November 27
Koji Takezaki
Jon Zetlmaier
November 28
Judy Kaiser
November 29
Wier Harman III
Mary Wagner
December 1
Mike Barrett
December 2
Carese Busby
Carl Lucks
December 3
Dave Lenox
December 06
Bill Hammond M.D.
Kelly O'Brien
December 7
Arnie Ness
December 8
Terry Van Nostrand
December 9
Seema Balwani
December 10
Carolyn Hojaboom


1 Year
Carolyn Ladd
2 Years
Hyung-Jong Lee
Jane Nishita
Paul Tsai
Tatyana Tsyrlina-Spady
4 Years
Adel Sefrioui
Mary Wagner
6 Years
Jim Kraft
Jane Tornatore
10 Years
Alan Bergen
Andrew Rapp
13 Years
Brian Bruce
16 Years
Mark Wright
19 Years
Heather Fitzpatrick
26 Years
Linda Walton
27 Years
Paul Cressman, Jr.
Dave Siebert
28 Years
Susan Adler
Jim Duncan
29 Years
Assunta Ng
33 Years
Anne Ferrell
40 Years
Skip Kotkins
41 Years
John Ellis
42 Years
Carl Behnke

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 Mariah 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


December 2nd at 12:00 pm

United Way’s Pandemic Response: A Focus on Equity

Gordon McHenry, President and CEO of United Way of King County, will share reflections on the twin pandemics of Coronavirus and Racism. He'll share what his organization is observing, learning, and how together we can plan for an equitable economic recovery.

Gordon McHenry, Jr. took the role of president & CEO of United Way of King County in October 2019. United Way is a nonprofit organization that brings people together to give, volunteer, and take action to help people in need and solve our community’s toughest challenges. United Way works to ensure people have homes, students graduate and families are financially stable.

Prior to United Way of King County, McHenry served as president & CEO of Solid Ground, Executive Director of Rainier Scholars, and as corporate counsel and then in a variety of executive leadership roles at The Boeing Company. McHenry, a lifetime resident of King County has served on a variety of boards involved with education, social service, and environmental issues, and currently serves as Chair of the Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice, member of the King County Regional Homelessness Authority Implementation Board, and as a member on the boards of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust.

Did You Miss the Happy Hour With Howard Behar? 

Click the link below to watch the conversation between Mark Wright and Howard Behar at our November 19th Happy Hour. 


Electronic ballots for the 2020 Seattle Rotary Election were sent via email on Wednesday, November 25th. Electronic voting closes at noon on Tuesday, December 8th. The election results will be announced at the end of the meeting on December 9th. 
Click the link below to view a list of candidates and their bios. 
If you did not receive your ballot, or if you have any issues casting your ballot online, please contact Mariah at
The Bylaws of The Rotary Club of Seattle state the “Annual Meeting”, in which the election of officers and directors shall take place, shall be held on the first regularly scheduled meeting held in December. And, the names of candidates nominated shall be announced to the Club in writing two weeks prior to the date of the election.
The Annual Meeting this year will be held on December 9th, the second regular meeting in December. Most importantly, today’s announcement still provides members two weeks to review the candidates and submit their votes.  
If there are any concerns regarding this shift in date for the Annual Meeting, please contact Ben Wicks prior to Friday, December 4th. 

Thursday, December 3rd at 5:00 pm

Peacebuilders Book Club - Caste: The Origins of our Discontents

Join the Peacebuilders Committee on Thursday, December 3rd at 5:00 pm (Zoom info to be provided) to discuss Caste: The Origins of our Discontents, written by Isabel Wilkerson!  In her critically acclaimed non-fiction work, Wilkerson explores the United States’ unseen caste system and the historical influences. You can find multiple formats of the book on Amazon.  Questions?  Reach out to Caitlin Grant or David McDonald.

For $30, You Can Bring Hope to a Homeless Person with an Art Kit

As health and wellness practices evolve there is increased understanding that the arts offer promise to reducing anxiety and social isolation, processing trauma and stigma, and relieving feelings of depression and suicidal ideation.  An art kit can help transform the life of a low-to-no income adult recovering from homelessness, substance use disorder, health challenges, and other trauma by harnessing the power of creative engagement as a bridge to community and a path to stability.  Please consider clicking on the link below and donating $30 for an art kit for someone experiencing the trauma of homelessness.  We are partnering with Path with Art to distribute these to local shelters in downtown Seattle.
This is part of our club’s efforts as we get closer to winter to help individuals in Seattle who are experiencing homelessness.  Our foundation recently supported the Downtown Seattle Association’s Outreach Team with a $35,000 to help provide case management, mental health services, housing, and job placement as well as street-based outreach services for those in need.  Working with the First 5 Collaboration of Rotary clubs, we also distributed 1,000 hygiene kits to the Salvation Army’s new state-of-the-art shelter in SODO.  And, a team of Seattle 4 members helped put together beds and performed other tasks needed to get the facility ready for its opening this week.
Thank you to all our members for your support in giving hope to those experiencing housing insecurity.    
Do you have content you'd like to share on our club's Facebook? Here are two ways to do that:
1. All members are invited to join and post in our Members-only Facebook Group
2. Send your ideas and requests for content for our public Facebook Page to Social Media Chair Bailee Neyland

Share Rotary with Your LinkedIn Network in Three Easy Steps

1. Join our club's LinkedIn Group.
2. Forward invitations to meetings and events to your network. 
3. Include Caroline's email ( so your friends and associates can reserve their spot and get access codes.
If you don't already have a LinkedIn profile, CLICK HERE to learn how to get started. 

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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Rotary Club of Seattle
1326 5th Ave Suite 342
Seattle, WA 98101

Phone: 206-623-0023

Caroline Bobanick
Executive Director

Mariah Kimpton
Program 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 Program Manager, Mariah Kimpton, 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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