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Sep 01, 2021 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel, 1900 5th Ave. and on Zoom
Sep 08, 2021 12:30 PM
Online Program
Sep 15, 2021 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel, 1900 5th Ave. and on Zoom
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Rotary Volunteer Day
Wellspring Family Services
Aug 28, 2021 9:15 AM
Einer Handeland Stunning Dahlia Garden Tour
Einer Handeland's Home
Sep 12, 2021
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Day Hike to Grand Park, Mt. Rainier National Park
Mercer Island Park and Ride
Sep 18, 2021 7:00 AM
Rotary Volunteer Day
Wellspring Family Services
Sep 25, 2021 9:15 AM
September Walk 'n Talk
The International District
Sep 30, 2021
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
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Bonnie Towne
Laurel James
Rob LoBosco
Jenn Gladish


We will be honoring anniversaries at our
Sept. 15 meeting
at The Westin.
1 Year
Daniel Chen
Hisao Inagaki
Monna Lux
2 Years
Mike O’Brien
Mike Hatzenbeler
4 Years
Marc Kurose
Jim Stevens
Linda Thompson-Black
Amelie von Saint Andre-von Arnim
Derryl Willis
5 Years
Matt Albertson
Kevin Crane
Lindsay Klarman
7 Years
Nick Anderson
8 Years
Paul Frogley
11 Years
Nyasha Tunduwani
13 Years
Lisa Mayfield
18 Years
Linda Rough
Dominik Musafia
22 Years
Harvey Rubinstein
29 Years
Jim McCurdy
31 Years
Paul McTaggart
34 Years
Faith Ireland
Shirley Lansing
35 Years
Don Murphy

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. 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. 

Access the club membership directory on the go! The ClubRunner app is free and available for iPhone and Android users. Here's how:
  1. Go to your app store, search for the ClubRunner app, and install for free.
  2. Login using the same information you use to log in via the website.
  3. Easily search or browse the directory from anywhere.
If you don't know your login information, please email Fiona 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 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

Wednesday, September 1
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM 

The Westin Seattle
and on Zoom

*Covid-19 vaccination required
*Masks required inside at all times except when eating per the governor's mandate

Rebuilders:  Leaders We Need for the Decade Ahead?

Paul Shoemaker

Paul Shoemaker, a writer, and speaker to socially conscious and civically active leaders, in the public, private and non-profit sectors, will share his profiles for change agents who he "dubs" "Rebuilders" and offers the five vital traits change leaders need to solve big problems.

Join us as Paul discusses the complexity of social, economic, and health challenges facing us in the 2020s that are radically different from those we faced even one generation ago.  He argues the pace and downward path of inequities in America over the ast 25 years is not socially, morally, or economically sustainable.  Paul will share his view that traditional leadership is not sufficient to rebuild an America that has become too uneven and siloed.  

Your Rotary Cares Committee will have a table in the lobby this week.  Please stop by to make sure your ClubRunner profile is up to date.  They will help you make any changes.   If you would like to learn more about what the committee does, please join their table at lunch.  They will also be at the September 15th and October 6th meetings.
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
Meet Dr. Yvonne Richards
It is my honor to introduce our newest member,  Dr. Yvonne Richards.  Yvonne is the Director of the Tutoring Center in Covington, WA. Her classification is Education, and her membership has been sponsored by Doug Seto.

A Reckoning as College Athletes Get Compensation from Third Parties
President Jimmy calls the meeting to order promptly at 12:30 p.m. followed by the song of the day, “You Are My Sunshine’ led by Trish Bostrom accompanied by her banjo, and the day’s inspiration by Tom Mesaros.
The day’s short program featured Downtown Seattle Association President/CEO and fellow Rotarian Jon Scholes, who provided an overview of the ‘state of downtown’.   He began by thanking Rotary for meeting twice monthly downtown at the Westin, as a vital piece of the renewal and recovery of downtown. “We have turned a corner beginning with a $15M plan to revitalize downtown with additional beautification and events to draw people to the center city,” he said.  For information about the DSA’s collaboration with the City of Seattle, Visit Seattle, and private organizations visit  He reported some encouraging information: 87% of visitor foot traffic has returned compared to a normal week; hotel occupancy is at 70% and more people moving into downtown than ever before.  “There is still plenty of work to do,” he said, “including pivotal elections that everyone should get educated about including the Compassion Seattle charter amendment to help folks on the street get back on their feet”.
Seattle Sports Commission president and Seattle #4 president-elect nominee Beth Knox introduced the day’s featured speaker, Art Thiel, a respected local sports reporter/columnist who spoke about the impact of student athletes’ compensation and the reckoning of big-time college sports. Between the soccer festival, Seahawks pre-season, the Mariners being relevant, the Storm’s great win along with the Kraken launching has kept the veteran sports reporter busy.
“For more than 100 years the business of college sports has been the golden goose of the NCAA grip on amateurism,” he began. “It is all happening this summer as college football and men’s basketball have taken such a precedent over colleges and universities, where misplaced priorities have taken over college sports following recent rulings and Legislation that provide name, image, and likeness (NIL),  the term to describe reforms that are shaking college sports”.
Ready to Be a Rotary Leader?
  • Do you have a heart for service?
  • Are you a thoughtful and compassionate leader?
  • Do you have a strategic mindset
  • Are you involved in club activities and in the community?
  • Do you respect tradition but are also forward-thinking?
Nominate yourself or someone you know with these qualities to become a member of our leadership team.  Nominations are due by September 20th. 
Please contact Jeff Parker or Caroline Bobanick to submit a nomination or for more information.  
Sunday, September 12
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Einer Handeland's House
Dahlia Garden Tour


Fellow Rotarian, Einer Handeland and his wife Marilyn have been working with dahlias for over 40 years and would like to invite you to tour their stunning garden filled with 700 dahlias including 160 different varieties. Wellspring is providing vases so you can take a few blooms to brighten up your home!  Iced tea, lemonade, and wine will be served. 

Parking is available in front of the house as well as within a parking lot at Trinity Lutheran Church --just three houses north at the corner of 85th Ave SE and SE 40th St.  Wheelchair access is on the north side of the house.  If you need additional information, please contact Einer at 206-755-0630.

Saturday,  September 18 Meet at 7:00 AM  
Mercer Island Park/Ride
Day Hike to Grand Park
Mt. Rainier National Park

Grand Park is a large plateau on the north side of Mt Rainier very near the National Park's northern West-East boundary.  It offers great views of Mt Rainier on a sunny day.  Hikers will meet on Mercer Island and leave at 7:00 AM.  Group size will be limited to 12 and will be for members only.

Saturday, September 25
9:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Wellspring Family Services 
Rotary Volunteer Day
Spend a Saturday morning with your fellow Rotarians by helping families experiencing homelessness at Wellspring Family Services.
Your morning will be spent helping to sort donations for Wellspring’s Baby Boutique, a free clothing store for families facing homelessness.
Friends and family welcome. 
Volunteer Form and check the ‘Rotary – 4th Saturday’ box
Questions  Saidah McKissick
Thursday, September 30
5:30 PM 
Walk 'n Talk
The International District

You won't want to miss this one!  Our fellow Rotarian Assunta Ng, publisher of the Northwest Asian Weekly, will take us on a tour of the International District showing where Chinatown, Japan Town, and Little Saigon are.  We will start the tour at TP Tea Washington (679 South King Street, Seattle, WA 98104) where you will enjoy some Boba Tea.  Our tour will include a visit to the Northwest Asian Weekly Building (formerly housing the iconic Kokusai Theater), the historic Panama Hotel, Denny Woo Garden, the 113-year-old Maneki Restaurant, the oldest Japanese Restaurant in the United States, Wing Luke Museum, Uwajimaya Asian Supermarket ending at Tai Tung (655 South King Street, Seattle, WA 98104) for dinner and beverages.  Parking will be provided nearby.



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.
Proposed New Members
Unless protests are received in the time period required (seven days), the following will receive a "Welcome to Rotary" notification that their membership has been accepted:
Navendra (Navi) Jha  
Software Development Engineer – Amazon
Young Rotary Leader Membership with Technology Classification
Proposer: Nyasha Tunduwani
Catherine Darley
Director – Institute of Naturopathic Sleep Medicine, Inc.
Individual Membership with Health Care Classification
Proposer: Liz McGrath
Jennie Cox 
CFO – JTM Construction 
Corporate Membership with Construction Classification
Proposer: David Bobanick



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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