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President Nancy Cahill's Theme for 2023-2024

Gather - Engage - Serve

Next Lunch Meeting

Wednesday, March 6
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Westin Hotel & Zoom

Joni Balter in Conversation with Mark Wright

Threats to local journalism: the dysfunctional, news business model collides with an ever increasing need for access to objectively true information. The fate of civil discourse -- indeed, democracy -- lies in the balance. A conversation with journalists Joni Balter and Mark Wright.  

UW President Ana Mari Cauce

Rotarians gathered on February 21st to hear University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce speak on the problems facing the higher education, Washingtonians, and the World as a whole and what UW has done and continues to do to address these. Cauce shared how UW is working directly to address challenges while also setting up a foundation to address these problems together as a city and an academic community.
Highlighting the connection between UW the community at large Cauce provided examples of students, faculty, and community members working to build upon the idea of a “University FOR Washington; and not just of Washington.” Cauce highlighted this point by sharing the story of the 1930s UW rowing team that served as the inspiration for the book and film, The Boys in the Boat. After qualifying for the 1936 Olympics the team was not able to afford the costs to travel to the games and the Seattle Times organized a donation campaign to send the team to the Olympic. A team that came together as one and was then aided by the community that similarly came together as one to send the team to the Olympics. Additionally, Cauce shared how recently UW quarterback Michael Penix Jr. demonstrated the idea of coming together as one during the 2023 football season. Cauce shared how at the December 2023 Heisman Trophy ceremony Penix Jr. displayed the interior of his jacket which was emblazoned with the names of his football teammates, further demonstrating the idea of a team coming together.

Volunteers Needed!

The Boys & Girls Club is looking for reading mentors for three of their local area clubs. They are looking for volunteers that can read with one child twice a week for an hour. They would LOVE Rotarians to sign up for this program as it is effective in bringing K-4th grade students to reading at grade level in 10 weeks! To volunteer, CLICK HERE.

SRSF Giving Update

Our SRSF 2023-2024 has officially ended.  A hearty “thanks” to those of you who did support our campaign and ultimately, our service committees.  

As of today, we had 51% of our members participate for a total of $146,616.  Both fall far short of our original goals of 100% participation and $250,000.  

The good news is that you can still provide your gift to the foundation.  Here are the links to the SRSF and TRF sites.  

With Appreciation,

Your Seattle Rotary Service Foundation Board of Directors

Get Involved!

March 1 - March 24

Discount Tickets to Something's Afoot

This is the time of year in Seattle where we all need a good laugh and some musical comedy fun! Something’s Afoot is exactly what the doctor ordered! To book directly through our website, CLICK HERE for your 25% off tickets.

Wednesday, March 13
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
The Attic at Madison Park

Pre March Evening Member Event Happy Hour

All members are welcome to come to this happy hour before we head to Wisteria Hall for the Ciscoe Morris presentation! YRLs (members 35 and under) and newer members are especially encouraged to attend. No need to RSVP. Food and drink costs are the responsibility of members attending.

Wednesday, March 13
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Wisteria Hall at Washington Park Arboretum

An Evening with Ciscoe Morris

Save the date for this exclusive evening with Ciscoe Morris, Seattle's premiere gardening personality! To RSVP to attend, please CLICK HERE.

Saturday, March 16
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Coast Guard Museum Northwest

Seattle Rotary Mariners/Puget Sound Maritime Luncheon Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Launch of the USRC Bear

Join us on Saturday, March 16th, at the Seattle USCG Base for a special luncheon to celebrate the 150th Birthday of the famous US Revenue Cutter Bear. We'll be gathering at 11:30AM at the Coast Guard Museum Northwest. Then we'll move upstairs to the Bear Room for a pasta luncheon and program meeting.
For more information and to register to attend, please CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, March 27
Wellspring Family Services Volunteer Day

More details coming soon!

Wednesday, April 10
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Rotary Boys & Girls Club

Rotary Boys and Girls Club Day

Join us for a highly anticipated visit to our beloved Rotary Boys and Girls Club! This is your opportunity to see what our club does to contribute to this important organization within King County, both now and historically. For more information about the history of our club and the Rotary Boys and Girls Club, please CLICK HERE. More information about this event will be posted once finalized. 

Saturday, April 13
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Rotary Boys & Girls Club

Service Day at the Rotary Boys and Girls Club 

More details coming soon! Save the date for this opportunity to give back to our very own Rotary Boys and Girls Club!

Saturday, May 4
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
111 Barnes Point Rd, Port Angeles

Elwha River Exploration Day!

Walk in the footsteps of NatureBridge students as you explore Elwha River restoration and its history with NatureBridge. We’ll utilize hands-on field science practices to help you understand biodiversity and ecological health, and how the ecosystem is changing post-dam removal.

You will start the day at our Olympic campus with a warm beverage and light snacks, including the world's best banana bread. You’ll have time to meet your fellow day adventurers while packing your lunchtime sandwich as we introduce NatureBridge and the Elwha River. Then we head out into the field to research sites on the Elwha where we will learn about the Elwha River, the impact of the dam in our local community and around the world! Please bring your own water, wear comfortable walking shoes and layers for the weather. The program will conclude on the Elwha River.

Registration is $10 and space is limited!

We hope you’ll join us for this fun and inspirational day!




Bloodworks NW

New Corporate Members



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

Mary Goldie
Club Director

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 Club Director, Mary Goldie, 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!! 

Mar 06, 2024 12:30 PM
Mar 20, 2024 12:30 PM
Apr 03, 2024 12:30 PM
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GUEST REGISTRATION ONLY 3.6 Lunch Meeting (Event 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM, Westin Hotel)
1900 5th Avenue
Mar 06, 2024 Ends: 12:00 PM Pacific Standard Time (UTC-08:00)
Education Committee Meeting
On Zoom
Mar 06, 2024 3:00 PM
RSVP HERE for 3.13 Ciscoe Morris Event (6:30 PM - 7:30 PM at Wisteria Hall)
2300 Arboretum Dr. E
Mar 13, 2024 Ends: 11:59 PM Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-07:00)
Pre March Member Evening Event Happy Hour
The Attic at Madison Park
Mar 13, 2024
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
An Evening with Ciscoe Morris!
Wisteria Hall at the Washington Park Arboretum
Mar 13, 2024
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
International Service Committee (Monthly except Jun, Jul, and Dec)
On Zoom
Mar 15, 2024 10:00 AM
Seattle Mariners Luncheon with PSM
Coast Guard Museum Northwest
Mar 16, 2024
11:30 AM – 3:00 PM
GUEST REGISTRATION ONLY for 3.20 Lunch Meeting (12:30 PM - 1:30 PM at The Motif Hotel)
1415 5th Avenue
Mar 20, 2024 Ends: 11:59 PM Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-07:00)
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Bonnie Nickel
 Bindiya Patel


March 1 - March 7
Burr Stewart
Jim Burdett
Jim Kraft
Jaime Mendez
Jonathan Kilpatrick
Barton Delacy
Gene Boes
Jack Lauderbaugh
Jessica Bhuiyan


These are club membership (not total years of Rotary membership) anniversaries only
1 Year
Ani Black
Jim Barnhart
Garin Wedeking
Maddy Vonhoff
3 Years
Ryan Bunbury
Anne Janetti
6 Years
Bonnie Towne
Taylor Shimizu
10 Years
Bob Boeshaar
11 Years
Jimmy Collins
Eric Newman
Mark Long
15 Years
Bill Gates (Honorary)
18 Years
AD Vickery
Candy Lee
19 Years
Jeff Pritchard
20 Years
Manny Ramos
Liv Wernecke
22 Years
Jim Odom
Skip Rowland
23 Years
Einer Handeland
26 Years
John Steckler
27 Years
Joel Paget
32 Years
Laurel James
34 Years
Rich Lacher
46 Years
Fred Weiss

Get Involved

Meet fellow Rotarians and get involved in service.  See below for a list of committees.  Email the committee chair by clicking on their name.  Or, contact Carma McKay for more information. 


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, Chair  


Meeting Reporters



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 Mary for more details at

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:
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