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March 1
Burr Stewart
March 2
Jim Burdett
SJ Mackay
March 3
Jim Kraft
March 4
Jaime Mendez
March 5
Gene Boes
March 6
Jessica Bhuiyan
Alvaro Jimenez
Jack Lauderbaugh
March 7
Sherry Calvert
March 8
Michele Shaw
March 9
Dick Vadnais
March 10 
Amelie von Saint Andre-von Arnim


2 Years
Eric Corning
Paul Casey
Nita Hairston
3 Years
Brandon Lee
Eu-wanda Eagans
4 Years
Roberto Dondisch
Robert Stadler
5 Years
William Dickinson
Sandy Walsh
6 Years
Steven Shaw
8 Years
Jan Levy
9 Years
Jeff Parker
Deanna Hobson
Lauri Hennessy
10 Years
Eric Weiss
11 Years
Carolyn Hojaboom
Steve Crandall
12 Years
Sam Davidson
17 Years
Peter Delaunay
David Woodward
John Warner
Alan Kunovsky
20 Years
Kim Moore
22 Years
Michael Barrett

24 Years
John Nesholm
Jack Lauderbaugh
Bill Center
31 Years
Rod Waldbaum

33 years
Jonathan Bridge
Larry Granat
42 Years
Douglas Picha

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 3 at 12:00 pm

Business Mentors Showcase

The Impact of the Pandemic on Small Businesses in Seattle 

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought disruption and many challenges to small businesses is our community. In response, the UW Consulting and Business Development Center, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Seattle through its Business Mentors Committee, has been assisting minority-owned small businesses in managing the challenges of COVID-19. Join us as we learn about the work of the club's Business Mentors Committee in advancing student careers. This session will include a speaker panel discussion with small business owners. They will share how the pandemic has affected their businesses and the changes they have had to survive. Participants will include Rotary business mentors, small business owners, and a UW student.

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,
I Will Remember You.  The song was written back in 1990 by Canadians: Sarah McLachlan, Seamus Egan, and Dave Merenda.  It reached its greatest success when recorded live by Sarah McLachlan in 1999 and earned her a second Grammy Award in 2000.  This cover version was recorded in May of 2020 By Caleb Grimm, a vocalist and keyboardist for the Christian rock group Anthem Lights.  
The song was chosen as a prelude to the sad news of the recent passing of Seattle 4 member Kenneth McDonald Lowthian.  Click here for his obituary.
Click here to read the Downtown Seattle Association's 2021 Economic Report. 
The Rotary Foundation 
Service above Self 
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.  So far 152 have contributed $50,396 toward our goal of $70,000.
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.
Thursday, March 18th at 5:30pm
The Impressionist Garden 
with Rebecca Albiani

Join us for this special happy hour presentation with art historian and Frye Art Museum lecturer, Rebecca Albiani. Gardens were an important motif of early Impressionist art, featuring prominently in the works of Monet, Renoir, Morisot, and Cassatt.   Much later in his career, Monet would create a garden at his home in Giverny, where he installed the famous Japanese bridge over a pond of waterlilies and painted them gloriously in his final decades.  Join us for this special visual treat and celebration of spring!  Registration is free for members and their guests

Rebecca Albiani is a Graduate Lecturing Fellow at Washington’s National Gallery and a Fulbright Scholar in Venice. She received a MA from Stanford University and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley.

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 shall have an opportunity to share their Scotch experiences and recommendations as they bring their own wee dram to this virtual event. 
Thursday, April 8th at 5:00pm
Peacebuilders 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
Need to get away - virtually?  Join the Seattle Rotary Mariners for a sail to Sweden.  Save the date for this special escape!   
Thursday, May 6th at 6:00pm
Art of the Pie
In celebration of Mother's Day, get together in your kitchen to bake your own crostata with Kate McDermott, James Beard Award nominated author of "Art of the Pie."  Stay tuned for more details.
Help Us Re-Imagine Keeks!
We need a new name! Keekwulees was the name for our new member program which meant "person on the base of the totem pole" in Chinook jargon.  
Send your  recommendation to:
by March 15.  The winner receives a nice bottle of wine from
President Jeff's cellar!

UW Foster School of Business MBA Market Research Project Offer

The Foster School of Business at the University of Washington has a talented class of MBA students who, as part of their education, put their skills and education to work by taking on market research projects with companies and organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest during the spring term, March 29-June 4. There is no fee to participate. If you’re interested in a team of Foster MBAs conducting B2C market research, please contact Samantha BuhrDirector of Strategic Consulting, at If you have a project in mind, please submit your proposal here no later than March 5.
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:
Ryan Bunbury
Pastor at Calvary Christian Assembly, Corporate Membership with a Religious Organizations Classification.
Proposer - Jimmy Collins
John (JB) Menefee 
Wealth Advisor Consultant at Eaton Vance Distributors, YRL Membership with an Investments Classification.
Proposer - Liz McGrath
Blandine Van de Velde 
Development Director for KING FM,  Corporate Membership with a Cultural Institutions Classification.
Proposer - Charley Dickey



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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