Founded 1909         Weekly News and Highlights      October 15, 2021
Oct 20, 2021 12:30 PM
Online Program
Oct 27, 2021 12:30 PM
Online Program
Nov 03, 2021 12:30 PM
Online Program
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Building Tiny Houses
Hope Factory
Oct 17, 2021 9:00 AM
World Polio Day
On Zoom
Oct 21, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Volunteer Day
Wellspring Family Services
Oct 23, 2021 9:15 AM
Young Rotary Leaders (YRL) Lunch
Mioposto Baker Hill
Oct 23, 2021
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Cruise Aboard NWMC's Admiral Jack
Lake Union Dry Dock Company
Nov 06, 2021
10:45 AM – 1:00 PM
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Eric Newman
Brenda Barnes
David McDonald
Liv Wernecke
Sue Nixon


1 Year
Mihoko Tanaka
Tabitha Claus
Stephen Morse
2 Years
Dow Constantine
3 Years
Ashok Gangolli
5 Years
John Hojaboom
David McFadden
7 Years
Carla Fowler
Lorna Tumwebaze
8 Years
Eric Christensen
9 Years
Carese Busby
11 Years
Dan and Nancy Evans
Sheree Wen
16 Years
Barbie Seifert
19 Years
April Mobley
20 Years
Daniel Weiner
22 Years
Nancy Osborne
Jim Moore
23 Years
Vicky Oxley
24 Years
Cynthia Chirot
26 Years
Tom Mesaros
27 Years
Bob Johnson
Darlene Corkrum
28 Years
Kathy Williams
Neil Larson
29 Years
Karl Ege
32 Years
Lou Lundquist
33 Years
Jeff Pyatt
34 Years
Ron Bayley
39 Years
Steve Prince
50 Years
John Durbin



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

Wednesday, October 20
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
On Zoom

Introduction to the Black Boardroom Initiative

  • Stewart Landefeld (moderator) – Partner, Perkins Coie
  • Pat Ogawa – Seattle Office Managing Director, Deloitte
  • Michael Parham – Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, RealNetworks
  • Trey Chenier – Associate, Perkins Coie

The Black Boardroom Initiative is taking action to increase Black representation on corporate boards. The seven-month educational program provides substantive, targeted training as well as mentorship from sitting public company board members. The panel will discuss the creation and goals of this Seattle-based initiative that is part of the wider effort working towards greater representation in leadership.

Don't miss the short program...

How Can We Explore the Future?

Richard Yonck

We human beings have a unique gift – the gift of foresight. It allows us to look ahead, anticipate and prepare for potential situations that won’t happen for hours, months, even decades from now. What gives us this incredible ability and how can we use it to systematically explore the future?

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
Seattle Mayoral Candidates Have Different Points of View
President Jimmy opened the meeting at noon in deference to the day’s lengthy program.  He invited Linda Rough for the day’s song, ‘Don’t Fence Me In’ accompanied by Jevon Powell; and followed by Nick Anderson for the day’s inspiration, ‘while we may share the same vocabulary many times we read from a different dictionary’. 
President Jimmy said Seattle 4 has a rich history of providing a forum for candidates for office, as the future economic vitality of our community depends on key leadership.  He asked members to submit their questions in the chatbox, and then introduced Mark Wright, KING-TV news anchor and past Seattle #4 president to interview Mayoral candidates, Bruce Harrell and M. Lorena Gonzalez, separately as schedules did not permit them to appear together.   For the purposes of this article, responses were grouped together by topic. 
Bruce Harrell began his remarks by focusing on his Seattle roots, from honor student at Garfield High School to being mentored at the Rotary Boys & Girls Club and playing football at the UW.  He said Quincy Jones introduced his mom & dad at Garfield and that Quincy is honorary chair of the Garfield High School centennial. “While on the city council I created a $100M rainy day fund, increased accountability at City Light, and worked with Seattle Police to increase bias training to prevent racial profiling and put cameras on officers and passed fair employment legislation.  As Mayor, I am looking forward to leading as this is one of the most important elections of our time.”
Lorena Gonzalez said she “Won’t apologize for being a staunch advocate for working families.  I built my career on fighting on behalf of working families. As a former migrant worker who worked her way through school, "we are dealing with an intersection of crisis from the pandemic to the economic recession,” she said. “My own husband spent half the year on the unemployment rolls.  I want to be a mayor who supports the people of the city instead of a few powerful interests that have controlled the city for many years.  Small donations are made by working people and small business owners.  As Mayor, I will make policy choices that will benefit working people in the city.
Sunday, October 17
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, October 21
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
World Polio Day 2021: Delivering on a Promise - A Polio Free World is in Reach

Join the Discovery Center and Rotary International for a virtual event commemorating World Polio Day 2021. Delivering on a Promise – A Polio Free World is in Reach will be an opportunity to celebrate progress in the fight against the disease and discuss the obstacles that remain to achieve a polio-free world.

Former Seattle Rotary President and King5 Evening Anchor, Mark Wright, will moderate an engaging panel discussion with prominent polio figures on progress in polio eradication and the new strategy launched in June. 

Speakers include Dr . Zeina Ali Siam, Associate Program Officer, and Ananda Bandyopadhyay, Deputy Director, at the Polio Team of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rotarian and polio survivor, Denny Wilfrid, and Rotarian and former Secretary of State, Ralph Munro.

Saturday, October 23
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.
Your morning will be spent helping to sort donations for Wellspring’s Baby Boutique, a free clothing store for families facing homelessness.
Friends and family welcome. 
Complete the Volunteer Form in advance and check the ‘Rotary – 4th Saturday’ box. If anyone has any questions they can also reach out to
Saturday, October 23
1:00 PM
Young Rotary Leader (YRL) Lunch
Mioposto Baker Hill 
3601 S McClellan St.
Join us after volunteering at Wellspring Family Services or just stop by for lunch.  No need to reserve - just show up and meet your fellow YRL's!  Contact Tabitha Claus for more information. 

Saturday, November 6
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
(arrive by 10:50 AM)
Lake Union Dry Dock Company
1515 Fairview Avenue East
Seattle, WA 98102
Cruise with Rotary Mariners
aboard NWMC's Admiral Jack
The Seattle Rotary Mariners and the Northwest Maritime Center invite you for a lunchtime cruise on Lake Union to learn about the intersection of the newly inaugurated Maritime High School of the Highline School District and the 100+-year-old Lake Union Dry Dock Company.
Admiral Jack is a 40’, 50 passenger foot ferry newly converted into a floating classroom for students to experience marine science and vessel operations.  Northwest Maritime Center leads the maritime programs for the new High School.  You will hear how this Project Based Learning institution prepares students for advanced degrees as well as entry directly into the maritime workforce. 
Fellow Rotarian Bruce Jones, Chairman of Lake Union Dry Dock Company, with staff, will share the fantastic history of a century of shipbuilding and vessel repair on Lake Union.
Please RSVP to Stephen Morse
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