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Aug 25, 2021 12:30 PM
Online Program
Sep 01, 2021 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel, 1900 5th Ave. and on Zoom
Sep 08, 2021 12:30 PM
Online Program
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Walk 'n Talk
Aug 26, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Rotary Volunteer Day
Wellspring Family Services
Aug 28, 2021
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
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Nick Anderson
Caitlin Grant
Kari Rallo
John Hojaboom
David Frum
JB Menefee
Brad Fowler


2 Years
Jonny Holz
3 Years
Suzanne Fortune
Dan Varghese
Janet Welcher
Arlesia Bailey
Kela Hall
Kelly O’Brien
4 Years
Annie Wakefield
5 Years
Ross Stewart
6 Years
Jennifer Porto
8 Years
Anne Bugge
9 Years
Liz McGrath
10 Years
Catherine Cleveland
Ben Reiber
11 Years
Rachelle Nesta-Goff
12 Years
Fred Grimm
Eric Robinson
14 Years
Virginia McKenzie
19 Years
Bill Marshall Jr.
20 Years
Stan Savage
21 Years
Bruce Williams
28 Years
Carl Lucks
30 Years
Dorothy Bullitt
36  Years
Mark Davis
37 Years
Watt Taylor
Paul Suzman
47 Years
Dick Vadnais

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


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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



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, August 25

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM  

On Zoom

Big-Time College Sports:
The Reckoning
Art Thiel
Art Thiel, author of three books, operator of digital sports-community website Sportspress Northwest,  longtime sports columnist at the late Seattle PI, and well-known radio sports commentator, will offer his take on the implications of the US Supreme Court decision granting college athletes the right to receive compensation for use of their names, images, and likenesses from third parties, independent of school budgets.
Some states created rules to help their big programs; many did not.  Some athletes may earn six-figure incomes; many will not. The century-long scam of amateurism in big-time athletics is over.  Hear Art interpret what these changes mean both for the athletes and the big business of major college sports.
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
Why Homelessness is Higher in Seattle than in Chicago
President Jimmy rang the bell promptly at 12:30 for Rotarians attending in the Cascade Ballroom at Westin for the in-person meeting and those attending via Zoom.  He introduced Don Murphy accompanied by Freeman Fong for The Star-Spangled Banner, followed by Trish Bostrom with the day’s inspiration.
The short program featured Kathy Williams and her team – Kirk Greene, Karl Ege, and Matt Albertson describing how members can support the Seattle Rotary Service Foundation’s Legacy Giving Campaign.   “Rotarians inspire hope today and tomorrow, and for more than 100 years our club has inspired hope through the Seattle Rotary Service Foundation,” Kathy said.  “With your participation, you become a member of the Legacy Society, and through the legacy giving program we can be sure SRSF can respond to the needs of the time.”  The Legacy Giving team asked each Rotarian to include SRSF in their estate plan.  Rotarians were encouraged to talk to their legal or financial adviser to set up a legacy gift.  More than 30 Seattle Rotarians have already joined the Legacy Society.
Program chair, David Fain introduced UW Homelessness Initiative co-chair Gregg Colburn, assistant professor of real estate at the UW School of Built Environments, to interpret his work describing factors contributing to long-term homelessness.  “I am in close contact with leaders in Seattle and the problem of homelessness is not being diagnosed properly – homelessness is a housing problem,” he began.  He described how the causation of homelessness is defined by addiction, poverty, mental health, and other factors that are not proper causes of homelessness.  “A person’s problem(s) no doubt contributes to homelessness, but why do rates of homelessness vary from city to city and what drives the variation?” he asked.
Saturday, August 28
1:00 PM- 5:00 PM 
Columbia Tower Club
Celebration of Life
 Carolyn Hojaboom

Thursday, August 26
6:00 PM 
Summer Walk 'n Talk 
Our summer walks in the city followed by bites and beverages have been a great success.  This month we will join up with We Heart Seattle, an organization doing great work in our city, to do the Market to Mohai corridor walk with commentary from Andrea Suarez, Founder, and Executive Director. 
The Market to MOHAI corridor connects four of Seattle’s great parks:
You won’t want to miss the History Blades which are interpretive panels connected to lamp posts along the way. One side highlights a related moment in Seattle history and the other side will mark your progress on the walk. There are also sidewalk tiles with themes of the city and urban environments.
We will finish our walk with no host bites and beverages at Daniel's Broiler. 
There is no charge for the walk, but please click the Sign Me Up button below to register so we know how many to reserve for at Daniel's.   
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.

Click the blue box below to sign up so we know how many to expect. 

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.


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.


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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Phone: 206-623-0023

Caroline Bobanick
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