Founded 1909         Weekly News and Highlights      September 24, 2021
Sep 29, 2021 12:00 PM
Oct 06, 2021 12:00 PM
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Oct 13, 2021 12:00 PM
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Rotary Volunteer Day
Wellspring Family Services
Sep 25, 2021 9:15 AM
Rotary Volunteer Opportunity - Mentors Needed
On Zoom
Sep 25, 2021
11:30 AM – 3:00 PM
September Walk 'n Talk
The International District
Sep 30, 2021
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
ASUW Shell House and Conibear Shell House Tour
ASUW Shell House
Oct 02, 2021
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
October Walk 'n Talk
Lakeview Cemetery
Oct 09, 2021
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
New and Prospective Member Orientation
On Zoom
Oct 13, 2021
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
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Nancy Cahill
Glenn Kuper Jr.
Shirley Lansing 
Jeff Parker
John King
Paul Casey
Dorothy Bullitt
Virginia McKenzie
Matt Albertson
Mihoko Tanaka


We will be honoring anniversaries at our
Sept. 15 meeting
at The Westin.
1 Year
Daniel Chen
Hisao Inagaki
Monna Lux
2 Years
Mike O’Brien
Mike Hatzenbeler
4 Years
Marc Kurose
Jim Stevens
Linda Thompson-Black
Amelie von Saint Andre-von Arnim
Derryl Willis
5 Years
Matt Albertson
Kevin Crane
Lindsay Klarman
7 Years
Nick Anderson
8 Years
Paul Frogley
11 Years
Nyasha Tunduwani
13 Years
Lisa Mayfield
18 Years
Linda Rough
Dominik Musafia
22 Years
Harvey Rubinstein
29 Years
Jim McCurdy
31 Years
Paul McTaggart
34 Years
Faith Ireland
Shirley Lansing
35 Years
Don Murphy


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:
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1. Join our club's LinkedIn Group.
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3. Include Seattle Rotary 4 in your profile. 
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Special thanks to our Gold Level Sponsor, Bob Alexander.

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Bob Alexander

Dear Seattle 4 Rotarians:
This note announces the suspension of in-person weekly meetings in October and November.  Based on declining attendance in the Westin Hotel, we asked our Board members and Past Presidents for their recommendation.  They responded to our poll with clarity:  our members are not comfortable at this time meeting indoors in a large group.  In the coming weeks, we will monitor Covid-19 vaccination rates and other indicators supporting the restart of in-person luncheon meetings.  I encourage you to participate in future polls regarding this topic.
A great lineup of speakers for our upcoming meetings on Zoom will keep us all connected.  Please stay after the meeting and interact with fellow Rotarians in the breakout rooms.   
Social interaction continues with great free outdoor events organized by our membership engagement committee.  Optional meals associated with these events will allow personal fellowship for those who are comfortable, on a pay-as-you-go basis.
Invoices have been adjusted to reflect the changes in programming.  Credits have been issued to those on the program plan and we will return to the reduced $20 program plan fee for November.
We will review the situation in late October and hopefully, things will have improved and we can go back to seeing each other in person again soon. 
Thank you for your understanding.  Stay well and see you on Zoom!
President Jimmy Collins

Wednesday, September 29

Noon Start Time 

Pre-Register below for Zoom

First Five Collaboration

(No Seattle 4 Rotary meeting this week)

Making connections across the country - and the globe - makes the world a smaller place in the most wonderful way. We are so privileged to work and connect with the amazing Rotarians from  Los Angeles, Rotary Club of ChicagoRotary Club of Oakland, and Rotary Club San Francisco!

Guest Speakers, Jenny Bates and Patrick Galvin will discuss Rotary Membership.

Rotary Partners with World Vision and Gates Foundation to Eliminate Malaria
For the day’s Zoom session President Jimmy rang the bell promptly at 12:30 pm.  This was followed by Virginia McKenzie and Bill Center for the day’s song  When you’re smiling; and Cathy Gibson for the day’s inspiration.   Jane Pryor introduced new member Alex Liatsis, with the classification of real estate, as a Young Rotary Leader. 
The day’s short program featured Robert Bowery and Anne Jannetti of Compass Housing Alliance who described a research project developed in conjunction with the UW School of Nursing: Dementia and Homelessness. Are We Ready?  
As Compass Housing Alliance celebrates its centennial year, the organization manages 20 locations across the Puget Sound region, supporting 8,000 families experiencing homelessness every year.  The research project focuses on how best to address the needs of the aging population, starting with those in Compass Housing facilities.  “This is an example of community-based participatory research, managed by the University of Michigan as a national project,” said Ms. Jannetti.  An increasing number of those experiencing homelessness are older, as the objective of the research is to provide assistance to providers about the increasing needs of those with cognitive impairment experiencing homelessness.    
President Jimmy then invited Past Seattle 4, President Nancy Osborne, to introduce the day’s featured program about the scourge of malaria and how Rotary has joined with World Vision and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to eradicate it.  Nancy who founded Malaria Partners International reflected on more than a decade’s work that brought together Seattle #4, and Rotary Clubs around the world to implement projects aimed at eliminating Malaria.
Meet New Member Alex Liatsis
 I would like to welcome Alexander Liatsis as a new Young Rotary Leader, classification Real Estate. Alex’s proposer is Jeff Pyatt; his seconder is Mark Davis.
 Alex holds dual citizenship in both the U.S. and Canada. He was born in Toronto and earned his undergraduate degree in History and Political Science at Bishop’s University near Montreal, Quebec. A self-described history nerd with a strong interest in the Middle East, Alex earned a master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies at Tel Aviv University. Attending graduate school in Israel not only gave Alex the chance to study the region intensely and learn about the myriad issues at play there, but it’s also where he met his then-girlfriend, Madelaine Pyatt.
 After graduation, Alex returned to Canada, where he worked in PR in communications in Toronto, Ontario in stakeholder engagement projects across the province, including police reform and intercommunal bus transportation. However, after a few years apart, Alex and Madelaine rekindled their connection, which prompted his move to Seattle in 2017.
Saturday, September 25
9:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Wellspring Family Services
1900 Rainier Ave. S.
11:30 AM
Young Rotary Leaders
Mioposto, Mount Baker
2601 S McClellan St. 
Join fellow Rotarians as they volunteer at Wellspring Family Services. 
Afterward, YRL's will join together to have lunch and meet each other in person at Mioposto in Mount Baker.  
Service and fellowship are an important part of Rotary - we can't wait to see you there!
Thursday, September 30
5:30 PM 
Walk 'n Talk
The International District

These events are a great way to meet fellow Rotarians safely in an outdoor environment.  The walks are free and the dinner is optional.

You won't want to miss this one!  Our fellow Rotarian Assunta Ng, publisher of the Northwest Asian Weekly, will provide a captivating tour chronicling the struggles, transformation, growth, and prospering of the International District.

She will show us where Chinatown, Japan Town, and Little Saigon are.  We will start the tour at TP Tea Washington (679 South King Street, Seattle, WA 98104) where you will enjoy some Boba Tea.  Our tour will include a visit to the Northwest Asian Weekly Building (formerly housing the iconic Kokusai Theater), the historic Panama Hotel, Denny Woo Garden, the 113-year-old Maneki Restaurant, the oldest Japanese Restaurant in the United States, Wing Luke Museum, Uwajimaya Asian Supermarket ending at Tai Tung (655 South King Street, Seattle, WA 98104) with a classic dinner designed by Assunta at a cost of $20.  Parking will be provided nearby.

RSVP For Dinner 
Saturday, October 2
11:00 AM  - 1:00 PM
ASUW Shell House
UW Waterfront
Tour the Home of
The Boys in the Boat
and the Current Conibear Shell House of Washington Rowing
Join Rotarian, Nicole Klein, and Seattle Rotary Mariner, Mike O’Byrne, as you tour through two iconic buildings on the UW campus – the historic ASUW Shell House and the current men’s and women’s rowing training facility, the Conibear Shell House. 
Guests will begin with Nicole at the WWI Navy hangar-turned boathouse and workshop for George Pocock, and then drive or walk down the road to the state-of-the-art training facility for Washington Crew and hear from Husky oarsman, Mike O’Byrne, about his experience and the sport today. 
The tour will conclude by 1 pm with an option to join the group for an informal lunch at Ivar’s Fish Bar outside deck.
Please RSVP: for parking and directions.
Saturday, October 9
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Walk 'n Talk
Lakeview Cemetery
Historic Tour
Jared Steed, Historian, and Attorney will take us on a tour of Seattle’s Pioneer Cemetery, Lakeview Cemetery located on North Capitol Hill. 
Beneath the ground of Lake View Cemetery lies some of Seattle’s richest history. As Seattle’s most famous cemetery, many prominent Seattle pioneers lie within its grounds, including the Dennys, Maynards, Mercers, Yeslers, and Chief Seattle's daughter, Princess Angeline.
Proposed New Members
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:
Ashley (Ash) Burman
Associate - Harrigan Leyh Farmer & Thomsen LLP
Young Rotary Leader Membership with Legal Services Classification
Proposer: Tabitha Claus
Christopher (Chris) Schultz
Tax Senior Manager - Moss Adams
Young Rotary Leader Membership with Accounting Classification
Proposer: Cathy Gibson 
In Memoriam  
We are saddened to hear of the passing of fellow Rotarian, John DeShon Warner on September 8, 2021, after a remarkably good-natured journey with Parkinson's Disease. 
You will be missed. 
Call to Nominate Candidates
for District Governor
The selected Rotarian will serve from July 1, 2024, through June 30, 2025.
Who might consider this opportunity?
  • A past club president, who served a full term as president in 2020-2021 or before, and a Rotarian in good standing. Or a person who served as a charter president of a club, having served from the date of the charter to the end of that Rotary year.
  • A past president who feels he or she can provide the leadership to support the clubs and club presidents in District 5030.
  • A Rotarian who is willing and able to commit to this position and has the physical ability to fulfill the responsibilities of the position. Please note, our past governors have remained fully active in their professions, or been retired, or reduced their professional workloads. All possibilities can work for the individual.
What are the responsibilities of a District Governor?

Here are some highlights of the role and responsibilities.
  • Act as a Servant Leader.
  • Support club presidents and clubs in their service and membership endeavors.
  • Support continuity in District 5030, working with predecessors and successors.
  • Motivate all Rotarians in the District.
  • Delegate, appoint, provide training, and support the District Team (i.e., Assistant Governors, the Foundation Committee, the Membership team, the District Trainer, and more). In so doing, develop the leadership of these Rotarians for future opportunities.
  • Recognize and acknowledge individuals and clubs for their accomplishments.
  • Promote support of The Rotary Foundation and membership growth.
An interested Rotarian may find a more detailed description of the District Governor's duties in Section 16.090 of the RI By-laws within the 2016 Rotary Manual of Procedure. 

Please contact President Jimmy Collins for more information and application forms.



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
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