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President Nancy Cahill's Theme for 2023-2024

Gather - Engage - Serve

Next Evening Member Events 

Wednesday, March 13

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM 
Member Happy Hour at The Attic at Madison Park

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
An Evening with Ciscoe Morris
Wisteria Hall at Washington Park Arboretum

The Rotary Club of Seattle is pleased to bring a very special guest to the March evening member event - colorful local character and gardening rock star, Ciscoe Morris! He will be presenting to club members from 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM at Wisteria Hall. To RSVP to attend, please CLICK HERE.

Before the event, we will have an offsite happy hour at The Attic at Madison Park. No need to RSVP but please note members will be responsible for their own food and drink purchases.

Demise of Journalism = The Demise of Democracy


Former Seattle Times columnist Joni Balter and former KING 5 news anchor Mark Wright exchanged thoughts about the future of journalism before the Seattle Rotary Club #4 on Wednesday, March 6, 2024.

Prior to their joint appearance, Joni Balter set the stage by suggesting Rotarians ponder two questions. How many read or listen to one or more local news sources every day? How many of you read or hear something almost daily that makes you worried about the future of our country? Many hands were raised.

Joni said that we are facing the collapse of the news industry and its business models. She said this is happening at a time that we have an increasing need for objective information. Since 2005, the US has lost a third of its newspapers and two thirds of its news journalists. Misinformation thrives. On the plus side, there has been the emergence of hundreds of local digital sites, heavily focused on local coverage. She said we are fortunate to have the Seattle Times fighting hard for survival.

Joni applauded public radio stations and the Cascadia Daily News among others. A new digital daily print weekly newspaper in Bellingham is led by Ron Judd, a former Seattle Times reporter.

Joni sighted a Gallup Poll that asked people: “Where do you get your news?” Nearly half said it is on social media. She quipped that we should all start following Taylor Swift on X to see what's really going on.


Making Rotary Simply Irresistable

What does it take to make a Rotary club "simply irresistable"? It's a question pondered by Rotary International and at the local level at our club as well as several club members have been involved in strategic planning this year as part of the Future Vision Task Force.
Read Rotary International's take on the topic by CLICKING HERE.

Elevate Your Leadership - Apply for Leadership Tomorrow!

Effective leadership is the foundation of thriving communities. CLICK HERE TO APPLY for Leadership Tomorrow’s Flagship Program and join a cohort of 80 Puget Sound leaders from the private, nonprofit, and public sectors. Together you will explore the interconnected issues that shape our region, develop and practice strategies and tools to become more effective leaders, and expand your personal and professional networks. Our club has a long-standing relationship with Leadership Tomorrow and many club members are graduates of the program.

Applications are due April 1 before 5 p.m. Check out LT’s website for more information, including upcoming Information Sessions.

SRSF Giving Update


As you know, your SRSF Board has been reaching out to those who have not yet donated to the campaign for many reasons. We’re happy to share that this effort has increased the participation of our members to 54% of our Club, and we are at nearly 70% of our $250,000 goal.  We have less than $80,000 to go! 

Thanks to all of our recent donors.  We so appreciate what you are doing to help the work done by our Service Committees.  

The outreach will continue for a few more weeks and we are hopeful that our goals will be met. Thanks in advance for additional donors that come in during this time.

The three finalists all had outstanding projects and we want to congratulate WA-BLOC and CENTS for being part of the top 3. 

Overall, we had 27 applications so it was a tough competition. We will align all of these organizations with our Service Committees to see how we can support their projects in the future.

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
12:20 PM - 1:30 PM

Wellspring Family Services Volunteer Day

All attendees must pre-register for this event by filling out a volunteer form by CLICKING HERE.

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 20, 2024 12:30 PM
Apr 03, 2024 12:30 PM
Apr 17, 2024 12:30 PM
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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 Rotary 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)
Wellspring Family Services Volunteer Day
Wellspring Family Services
Mar 27, 2024
12:20 PM – 1:30 PM
Education Committee Meeting
On Zoom
Apr 03, 2024 3:00 PM
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Bobbie Nickel
 Bindiya Patel


March 8 - March 14
Michelle Shaw
Kerry O'Keefe


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
Joel Ferrell
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. 


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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