Founded 1909         Weekly News and Highlights      January 21st, 2022

As we enter the second half of our Rotary year your Club leadership would appreciate your answers to a quick poll of the membership.  This poll will be advisory in nature to Committee Chairs, Officers, and the Board of Directors as they make decisions in the next few months.  It will also help inform the incoming Club leadership as they prepare to take office on July 1st.  Please provide your perspective on the questions below no later than February 2nd.


Wednesday, January 26
On Zoom 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Annual Economic Update -
John Adams
Join us for our club's Annual Economic Update with member John Adams.  John is a Certified Investment Management Analyst and leads The Arbor Group, a team at UBS Financial Services that specializes in providing multi-strategy asset management to foundations, endowments, and individuals. His group provides socially and environmentally screened, global investment portfolios for clients.  John will inform us where the economy is today and what we can expect in the year ahead. 


Featured Speaker: Tremain Holloway - Maritime High School 
President Jimmy Collins called Seattle Rotary Club #4  to order at 12:30 pm on Wednesday, January 19, 2022.
For the second time in several months, the meeting was held in person at the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle and also broadcast via Zoom. President Jimmy honored Dr. Martin Luther and talked about what this week meant to him.  He elaborated on his remarks about Dr. King at the end of the program.  
President Jimmy introduced Don Murphy who was accompanied by Freeman Fong in  leading Rotarians with the song of the day:
National Anthem.
The Inspiration for the Day was led by Nancy Cahill. She talked about an amazing twist during  Dr. Martin Luther King’s "I Have a Dream Speech." What emerged as the most memorable part of his speech, was not actually contained in the original text.  Mahalia Jackson, one of his guests present at the speech on August 28, 1963, said to Dr. King in the middle of his speech, "tell them about the dream..." Dr. King departed from his written text and spoke about his "Dream." Many scholars consider this speech to be one the greatest speeches of the 20th Century. 
President Jimmy welcomed Rotarian guests, followed by Jane Pryor, who introduced the newest member: Jenni Cox.
President Jimmy introduced Sea4s Committee co-chair David Bobanick
David spoke about an initiative to rejuvenate the new member program.  The goal is to create networking opportunities for new members. The first meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Jan 27th via Zoom. 
Stephen Morse introduced Tremain Halloway the featured speaker, via Zoom. Tremain began his remarks by saying there is a serious shortage of workers in the maritime industry in the Puget Sound Region, which includes boat building to Marine Biology. There is an effort underway to prepare high school students for the maritime industry.   Tremain said there is an aging workforce in the maritime industry and  Maritime High School (MHS) has been established to fill the gap. 
Meet New Member Jenni Cox
Jenni Cox was raised in Skagit County, served as valedictorian of her graduating class, and earned her undergraduate degree from Western Washington University in Bellingham, where her professional career began.  Spending several years in commercial banking as a relationship manager with Washington Mutual and Banner Bank, Jenni also worked for a year in public accounting with Moss Adams before transitioning to the private sector within the construction industry.
In 2010, Jenni joined Fisher Construction Group in Burlington as Controller and obtained her CPA license.  At the time, Fisher Construction was the parent company of JTM Construction in Seattle. When the two companies parted ways in 2016, Jenni sold her home in Bellingham and went to work for JTM Construction, first as Controller before being promoted to Chief Financial Officer.


Saturday, January 22
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.
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
Wednesday, January 26
11:00 AM-Noon
Peacebuilder Committee
Meet Detective Cookie 
Detective Cookie is an iconic police officer in Seattle.  All are welcome to join us on Zoom as we learn about her life-changing work with youth in Rainier Valley by engaging them in the game of chess. 
Thursday, January 27
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM 
On Zoom
Sea4s Happy Hour!
What is a Sea4 (formerly known as Keeks...)?  
Sea4 s are our newest Rotarians (joined 2019-2021).  Pre-Covid monthly happy hours took place to allow new Rotarians to meet each other and learn about Rotary and how to make the best use of their membership.  We are reviving this tradition and had hoped for an in-person event for January.  However, in light of the latest surge, we are taking January's happy hour online.  We hope this won't deter you from participating. 
It will be a great opportunity to meet some club leadership as well as other new Rotarians in an informal setting.  This month we will learn about the Seattle Rotary Service Foundation (SRSF).  What is it?  How does it impact the work Rotary Committees do?  How can you help?
All Seattle #4 Rotarians are welcome to join in!  We look forward to seeing you soon. 
Sunday, February 27
12:30 PM  Optional Lunch
2:00   PM  Opera
McCaw Hall


The Art Committee is delighted to invite fellow Rotarians to a matinee showing of Blue on February 27, 2022.  Blue is the 2020 winner for Best New Opera (Music Critics Association). From the award-winning team of librettist Tazewell Thompson and composer Jeanine Tesori, Blue, presents a portrait of contemporary African American life: of love and loss, church, sisterhood, and most importantly, family. 

Please join us for food beforehand at McCaw Hall at 12:30. The Opera starts at 2:00 pm and Rotarians are invited to mingle in the Allen Hall at intermission. Post-show, there is an optional conversation that is open to the public in which Tazewell Thompson and Christina Scheppelmann will be conducting a Q&A. Seats are at the discounted rate of $66.75pp. Seating is limited and people must signup no later than February 9, 2022.  Payment for lunch will be collected at McCaw Hall.

If you have questions or would like to sign up for lunch, please contact Jennifer Hohnstein.


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:



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
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 Executive Director, Caroline Bobanick, or Membership and Communication Manager, Fiona Ronyai, 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!! 
Jan 26, 2022 12:30 PM
Online Program
Feb 02, 2022 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel, 1900 5th Ave. and on Zoom
Feb 09, 2022 12:30 PM
Online Program
Feb 16, 2022 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel, 1900 5th Ave. and on Zoom
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Rotary Volunteer Day
Wellspring Family Services
Jan 22, 2022 9:15 AM
Environmental Sustainability Committee
On Zoom
Jan 26, 2022 11:00 AM
Peacebuilders Committee
On Zoom
Jan 26, 2022
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sea4 Happy Hour
On Zoom
Jan 27, 2022
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Rotary PNW- EST Charter Launch Party
Jan 31, 2022
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
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Arlesia Bailey
Lori Walker
Roberto Dondisch
Carla Fowler
Cathy Gibson
Shoko Toyama
Derryl Willis


1 Year
Won-jik Kwon
2 Years
Steve Woolworth
Rajeev Agarwal
Laurie Black
David Frum
Matondo Wawa
5 Years
Randy Frisch
Steve Tyler
7 Years
Daryl Campbell
8 Years
Sherry Calvert
Diankha Linear
11 Years
Lillian Sherman
17 Years
Burr Stewart
Anna Liotta
18 Years
Whitney Mason
19 Years
Jim Spady
20 Years
Patrick Carter
21 Years
Ev Billingslea
22 Years
Jeff Borek
24 Years
Bill Hammond M.D.
Patrick Evans
25 Years
Brad Fowler
27 Years
Nancy Cahill
29 Years
Chris Clark
32 Years
Doug Boyden
Sten Crissey
33 Years
Fedva Dikmen
Bill Fetterley
34  Years
Laurie Jonsson
Carma McKay
39 Years
Bob Davidson
42 Years
John King
43 Years
Bob Calhoun
44 Years
Bill Weisfield
48 Years
Neil McReynolds


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, 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 Caroline for more details at


Bob Alexander

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

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