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January 22
Arlesia Bailey
January 24
Zach Haveman
Lori Walker
January 25
Roberto Dondisch
Carla Fowler
January 26
Cathy Gibson
January 28
Derryl Willis
Tanya Wunderlich
January 29
Stephen Morse
January 30
Ben Wicks
January 31
Matt Bratlien
Charley Dickey
Jann Greene
February 1
Paul Frogley
February 3
Annie Wakefield
February 5
Sten Crissey
Linda Walton


1 Year
Steve Woolworth
Rajeev Agarwal
Laurie Black
David Frum
Cindy Watson
Matondo Wawa
4 Years
Randy Frisch
Evan Steinruck
Steve Tyler
5 Years
Rob LoBosco
6 Years
Daryl Campbell
7 Years
Sherry Calvert
Diankha Linear
10 Years
Lillian Sherman
16 Years
Burr Stewart
17 Years
Whitney Mason
18 Years
Jacki Lorenz
Jim Spady
19 Years
Patrick Carter
20 Years
Ev Billingslea
21 Years
Jeff Borek
23 Years
Patrick Evans
Bill Hammond M.D.
24 Years
Brad Fowler
26 Years
Nancy Cahill
28 Years
Chris Clark
31 Years
Doug Boyden
Sten Crissey
Fedva Dikmen
32 Years
Bill Fetterley
33 Years
Laurie Jonsson
38 years
Bob Davidson
41 Years
John King
42 Years
Bob Calhoun
43 Years
Bill Weisfield
47 Years
Neil McReynolds

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 one of our Rotary Cares Committee Co-chairs listed below to let us know how we can help. 
Fedva Dikmen:
Sue McNab:

Bob Alexander



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 Mariah for more details at

Get Involved - Join a Committee!

You can find a full list of our committees with descriptions on our website. Contacting the committee chair, listed below, is the best way to find out how to get involved. 


Business Mentor Program
Community Service
International Service
Rotary Boys & Girls Club


Member Engagement
New Member Introduction
Membership Recruitment
Rotary Cares
Rotary Mariners


Social Media
Totem Report


Diplomacy Initiative Task Force
David Woodward, Founder
Dr. Skip Rowland, Co-chairperson
Dr. Suzanne Griffin, Co-chairperson


Share Rotary with Your LinkedIn Network in Three Easy Steps

1. Join our club's LinkedIn Group.
2. Forward invitations to meetings and events to your network. 
3. Include Caroline's email ( so your friends and associates can reserve their spot and get access codes.
If you don't already have a LinkedIn profile, CLICK HERE to learn how to get started. 


Access the club membership directory on the go! The ClubRunner app is free and available for iPhone and Android users. Here's how:
  1. Go to your app store, search for the ClubRunner app, and install for free.
  2. Login using the same information you use to login via the website.
  3. Easily search or browse the directory from anywhere.
If you don't know your login information, please email Mariah 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

January 27th at 12:00 pm

America...What Are the Next Steps for All of Us?

Five-term Secretary of State of Washington and retired Republican leader Ralph Munro will share his insights on the role of democracy in our country and the transition of our national leadership to a new administration. Having been appointed our state’s first volunteer coordinator in 1969 by Governor Dan Evans, Ralph will also speak to the value of public service and its impact in fostering a unified national culture.
Join on your computer by clicking HERE
Or dial in on your phone: (253) 215 8782
Meeting ID: 259 970 584

Links from This Week's Meeting

This week’s song, “Words” was originally written and performed by the Bee Gees. This version features Dolly Parton and appeared on Greenfields, the collaboration album by Barry Gibb which debuted in the Top 5 this week

In Memoriam

We are deeply saddened to share that Valerie Elliott, Executive Director of the Rotary Club of Seattle from 1987-2014, has passed away. Past President Tim Bendokas shared a moving eulogy for her at our January 20th meeting.  Val's family has requested that those interested in making a donation in her name contribute to the NW Kidney Foundation or the Lewy Body Dementia Association.

Saturday, January 23rd at 9:00 AM

Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America presented by Jeffrey Robinson

Rotary District 5030 invites you to join in the next event in their series, Race Matters to Rotary featuring Jeffrey Robinson. You may remember Mr. Robinson as the speaker at our club's Town Hall event in August of 2019. If you missed that presentation or would like to revisit his moving remarks, this is your chance! Find more information on page two of this month's district newsletter, and click the link below to register. 

Thursday, January 28th at 7:00 pm

50 Minutes of Fun

District 5030 Rotary invites you to join in a fun evening of word games, express “debates,” and fast-paced table talks. Get ready for “50 Minutes of Fun” with local Toastmasters and fellow Rotarians. Sign up via the link below. 

Friday, February 19th at 6:00 pm 

Harvest Against Hunger - Hearts and Wine

Hearts & Wine 2021 will be unlike any other as Harvest Against Hunger shifts to bring you a memorable online event. This winter’s fundraiser will include many of the elements you love from the annual in-person event—engaging and entertaining speakers, fellowship, and opportunities to do good things for our community. 
There are several options for participating - including free registration. Register to attend yourself, rally a group for a virtual watch party, and check out the silent auction items (bidding starts February 8) below. We can't wait to see you there!

Thursday, February 25th at 6:00 pm

Baking Cookies with Tiffany

Join fellow Rotarian Tiffany Lewis, Chief Cookie Officer of Cookies with Tiffany, and other Rotarians for an engaging virtual hands-on (and delicious) cookie class on Thursday, February 25th. Tiffany will showcase her most sought after and famous s’more cookie, routinely touted as the best s’more cookie in Seattle, while sharing all her insider secrets to making the perfect cookie. Part science, part laid back fun, you won’t want to miss this! 

Additional Details:

Cost: $60 which includes all ingredients (except eggs, butter, and vanilla extract), instructions, two baked cookies and a memorable evening with your fellow Rotarians.

Ingredient Pick Up: Cookie kits are pre-measured dry ingredients and will be provided for pickup at Voula's Offshore Café (658 NE Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98105).  Choose a day and time for pickup that’s convenient for you:

  • Monday, February 22nd, 3:00-6:00
  • Wednesday, February 24th, 3:00-6:00

If you cannot make either day or time, please message Tiffany directly:

Additional Ingredients Needed for Class: 2 sticks of butter, 2 eggs, and vanilla extract.

Special Equipment Needed: Stand-mixer or hand-mixer in addition to a nonstick baking sheet (preferably with parchment paper), oven, two bowls, whisk, spatula, butter and eggs, our included cookie kit, a cookie scoop or spoon, and a great attitude.

Rotary is Out for Blood!

Seattle 4 is in competition with district clubs to see which club(s) can save the most lives. Help Seattle 4 save lives.  Paul Harris Fellowship points will be awarded to Seattle #4 blood-drive participants. Anyone who makes a blood donation before March 17th will also automatically be entered into a drawing for one of 9 new cars through Bloodworks Northwest's giveaway. 
For one reason or another, only 40% of the general population is eligible to give blood. This is why we particularly celebrate those Seattle 4 members listed below who have done so:
Steve Bamesberger
Jeff Borek
Ken Colling
Jimmy Collins
John Crissey
Sten Crissey
Larry Granat
Cathy Gibson
Nancy Cahill
Robyn Grad
Beth Knox
David Mayfield
Jaimie Mendez
John Steckler
Ben Wicks
Bruce Williams
Dennis Williams
David Woodward
If you have donated blood but do not find your name on the list, please email Sten at Thank you!

Staff Transition Announcement

Program Manager Mariah Kimpton will be leaving Seattle Rotary at the end of January. Mariah has been a member of the Rotary Staff for over six years. The transition follows her recent move to Eugene, Oregon where she looks forward to pursuing new opportunities. 
We hope you'll join us at our January 27th meeting when we'll be introducing our new Membership and Communications Manager.


We talk a lot about homelessness, but how much do we talk about - hunger?  Next time you walk down the street, look around. Do you know that one of three families with kids do not have enough to eat?  How can you and I as Rotarians help?
Last May, Seattle 4 Rotary mobilized nearly 4900 one-week food kits for families through food banks from North Seattle to Rainier Valley. The need for food in our region has not stopped or slowed since then.    
1-EDUCATE yourself. 
Your local food banks use every dollar to multiply it and most efficiently get food to our neighbors. They want to feed everyone who asks for help.        
  • Can we volunteer, even under COVID?  YES! 

    Food banks have re-tooled volunteer roles. They need drivers to deliver to homes and on-site hands to give meal kits to people who come to the food bank.
(Ask Jaime Mendez about his volunteering in 2020 for Rainier Valley Food Bank)
The next time you or I pass by people on the street, think of how we as a community are supporting those one in three families with kids, and those alone, to no longer be hungry.

Questions?  Ideas?  Contact Joyce Robertson


Rotary Club of Seattle
1326 5th Ave Suite 342
Seattle, WA 98101

Phone: 206-623-0023

Caroline Bobanick
Executive Director

Mariah Kimpton
Program 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 Program Manager, Mariah Kimpton, 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!! 
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