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Nov 03, 2021 12:30 PM
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Nov 10, 2021 12:30 PM
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Nov 17, 2021 12:30 PM
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Nov 24, 2021
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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
This is Rotary!
On Zoom
Nov 10, 2021
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Rotary Volunteer Day
Wellspring Family Services
Nov 20, 2021 9:15 AM
Building Tiny Houses
Hope Factory
Nov 21, 2021 9:00 AM
Seattle Mariners Holiday Party
Center for Wooden Boats
Dec 02, 2021
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Doug Seto
Steve Tyler
Steven Shaw
Sue McNab
Don Root
Jim Loder


1 Year
David Wu
3 Years
Mary Johnstone
4 Years
Susan Bean
Gene Boes
5 Years
Jaime Mendez
7 Years
David Fain
Robyn Grad
13 Years
Jane Pryor
15 Years
Dave Kraft
19 Years
Tom Hayward
Terry Van Nostrand
22 Years
Trish Bostrom
23 Years
Laura Rehrmann
Jonelle Johnson
33 Years
Jim Linardos
Tracy Garland
34  Years
Sue McNab
67  Years
Don Kraft


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


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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

we make a difference!

Wednesday, November 3
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
On Zoom

Afghanistan: The People and Country Behind the Headlines

Suzanne Griffin, fellow Seattle 4 Rotarian and author of Lessons of Love in Afghanistan: A Lifelong Commitment to the Afghan People, will bring personal insight to the situation in this war-torn country. 

Member Spotlight 

Join us and be inspired while we recognize Don Root, a Seattle 4 Rotarian since 1988.

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
Diplomacy Day Offers Perspectives on Trade and Value of  'One' North America
President Jimmy called the meeting to order promptly at 12:30 pm with two items of breaking news: Rachele Bouchand is the Rotary District 5030 Governor designee; and how our weekly meetings will continue as ‘Zoom sessions’ through December. He acknowledged attending diplomats and guests by name – recognized several diplomats that are posted here in Seattle.  Officers of the Consular Association of Washington were introduced, and U.S. Department of Commerce officials were in attendance for the Seattle Rotary  Diplomacy Roundtable’s 6th Diplomacy Day.    
He then introduced Chris Bostrom to lead the day’s anthem, ‘God Bless America’, followed by Rabbi Daniel Weiner with the day’s inspiration about the value of diplomacy for a common good; and “making a point without making an enemy”.
Seattle Rotary Service Foundation Chair, Dave Kraft, and SRSF annual fundraising chair Jon Bridge officially kicked off the 2022 campaign asking Rotarians to ‘step up’ with their tax-deductible donations.
The amount raised during the campaign determines the number and amount of grants. “This year the SRSF funded 30 different grants, having raised $231,000,” Dave said.  “This year’s goal is $250,000 with more than $101,000 already raised or pledged from the board and others.”  SRSF is awarding fine bottles of fine wine to those who donate at the Pinkham & Steele level ($1000) and early contributors.
For more information about SRSF grants review the annual report on the website. Jon Bridge said all members will receive an email asking for their donation or pledge to the SRSF and Rotary International.  Rotarians can donate online in one payment or monthly or send a check to the Rotary office.  Jon concluded by saying, “If you act now you won’t have to worry about us bugging you!”.    
President Jimmy said the work of the Seattle #4 Rotary International Service Committee is funded by the SRSF.  He asked fellow Rotarian and committee member, Alicia Flatt, for an overview.  She said the committee works to inform members about our foundation and Rotary International’s work around the world. “During the past five years the committee has sponsored 37 grants and projects,” she said, “as members are involved in a number of projects,”   She said the committee meets nine times a year via Zoom; and encourages members to get more involved by joining the International Service Committee.
President Jimmy asked Diplomacy Roundtable Co-Chair, Skip Rowland, to welcome guests for the Seattle Rotary’s 6th Diplomacy Day, focused on North American trade and the benefits of the U.S. Mexico-Canda Agreement (USMCA). Skip said the ‘soft power of diplomacy will enhance our quality of life as we prepare to open borders on December 8”.
David Woodward, Co-Chair of the Diplomacy Roundtable introduced the following three panelists: Héctor Iván Godoy Priske, Consul of Mexico in Seattle;  Jérôme Pischella, Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner at Consulate General of Canada in Seattle; and Alex Tercero Chacón, Mexico Desk Officer at U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC. 
World Polio Day was on Sunday, October 24, 2021 and we would like to share an incredible video with you called "AFTER the RAINS - pursuing polio to the ends of the Earth." This video features the heartwarming and extraordinary journeys of Past District Governor Ezra Teshome, Rotarians Ralph Monroe, Dave Weaver, medical personnel, and countless volunteer warriors who have joined together to help eradicate Polio over the years. 
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.

Saturday, November 20
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. Please note that November and December have been adjusted to the 3rd Saturday to accommodate the holidays.  If anyone has any questions they can also reach out to
September and October
Wellspring Volunteer Projects
Seattle Rotarians and Rotaracters did two weekends of work to build a new shed and garden beds. Well Done!  
Can't wait to see what we accomplish in November. 
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 -

Thursday, December 9
5:30 PM 
Washington Athletic Club
Walk 'n Talk - "Welcome Back to Your Seattle!"

We will meet at 5:30 pm outside the WAC and proceed on a 30 - 40 minute walk guided by Paul Nunn of Urban ArtWorks. Walk at your own pace as we are guided through the banners brightening downtown city streets.

The Seattle 4 Rotary Arts Committee produced “Welcome Back to Your Seattle,” a banner project to revitalize downtown, invest in BIPOC artists, and encourage families and businesses affected by the pandemic. The banners brighten the downtown core from James to Denny and 1st to 9th Avenues and encourage a return downtown.

All the banners were designed by artists of color, who were paid for their work.

The local non-profit, Urban ArtsWorks, selected the artists, and local firm SuperGraphics produced the banners, permitted them with the City of Seattle, and hung them this fall.

We will meet back at the WAC for no-host beverages and bites (optional). Look forward to seeing you there.

Please pre-register so we may know how many to expect for the walk.  For those that wish to go to the WAC for refreshments afterward please email Doug Seto so he may make the appropriate arrangements:

Wednesday, December 15
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
Queen City Yacht Club

Merry everything,
Happy always!
Come celebrate with us...

Mix and mingle, join us for cocktails and nibbles. Significant others welcome!

Sing along with The Rotary Rogues and stay tuned for more surprises.

Tickets for sale in advance only - $10.00 per person and include 2 drink tickets.  Cash bar to follow.

Free Parking 

Proposed New Member
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:
Derik Sven
Dental Hygienist - Dental Downtown Seattle (Sauvage DDS)
Individual Membership with Health Care Classification
Proposer: Nyasha Tunduwani



Rotary Club of Seattle
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Seattle, WA 98101

Phone: 206-623-0023

Caroline Bobanick
Executive Director

Fiona Ronyai
Membership and Communications Manager
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