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Nov 17, 2021 12:30 PM
Online Program
Nov 24, 2021
Dec 01, 2021 12:30 PM
Online Program
Dec 08, 2021 12:30 PM
Online Program
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Seattle City Rotaract Happy Hour
Nov 18, 2021
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Rotary Volunteer Day
Wellspring Family Services
Nov 20, 2021 9:15 AM
Building Tiny Houses
Hope Factory
Nov 21, 2021 9:00 AM
Community Service Committee
On Zoom
Dec 01, 2021 10:30 AM
Seattle Rotary Mariners Christmas Party
Center for Wooden Boats - Wagner Education Center Sail Loft
Dec 02, 2021
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
This is Rotary!
On Zoom
Dec 08, 2021
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
December Walk 'n Talk
Washington Athletic Club
Dec 09, 2021
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
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Anna Liotta
Liz McGrath
Roberta Greer
Dow Constantine
Tom Mesaros
Edie Hilliard


1 Year
David Wu
3 Years
Mary Johnstone
4 Years
Susan Bean
Gene Boes
5 Years
Jaime Mendez
7 Years
David Fain
Robyn Grad
13 Years
Jane Pryor
15 Years
Dave Kraft
19 Years
Tom Hayward
Terry Van Nostrand
22 Years
Trish Bostrom
23 Years
Laura Rehrmann
Jonelle Johnson
33 Years
Jim Linardos
Tracy Garland
34  Years
Sue McNab
67  Years
Don Kraft


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

Ignite Creativity, Fuel Discovery, and Enrich Lives through Glass and Glassmaking
Wednesday, November 17

Please note that between 12:15 and 12:25 we are greeting presenters and doing technical checks 

12:25  Zoom "Doors" Open
12:30  Program Begins
1:30    Breakout Rooms

The Museum of Glass in Tacoma furthers the careers of artists through hot shop glassmaking, providing community programs, and hosting exhibitions like that of Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight exhibition.

Executive Director, Debbie Lenk, will introduce us to the amazing facility and what it provides for the community and region.  Preston Singletary is a Seattle artist who is descended from a Tlingit Clan, one of several native American tribes whose home is the Pacific Northwest Coast, which extends from southern Alaska to Oregon. 

Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight, the unique solo traveling exhibition by Preston Singletary and organized by the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, tells the Tlingit origin story of Raven and his transformation of the world - bringing light to people via the stars, moon, and sun.  Raven leads visitors on a fantastical journey through the transformation of darkness into light.  The show will be on tour at The National Museum of the American Indian - Smithsonian from January 2022-2023. 

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
Veterans Day Honors Those Who Serve Honorably
President Jimmy called the special Veterans Day meeting to order promptly at 12:30 p.m. to “celebrate and thank those who have served the nation in an honorable manner”.   The day’s song was an inspiring video of Joint-Base Lewis McCord-based servicemen and women over a medley of military songs produced at JBLM by the Army First Corps rock band.   
Tom Mesaros led the day’s Inspiration with his personal military experience in the Army – not facing danger each day – but well aware of “the risks and selfless acts to ensure our freedom and way of life from a veteran who got more serving than I ever gave”.
Rotarian anniversaries were acknowledged with a ‘Top Gun’ themed video, thanks to the talents of our Rotary office, followed by Seattle Rotary Service Foundation (SRSF) co-chair Dave Kraft for a campaign update. “Our goal is to raise $250,000 and as of this morning more than $130,000 has been donated or pledged,” he said.   He described how SRSF key grants have supported programs sponsored by the club’s Community Service Committee for Fare Start, Pike Place Market Food Bank, and Wellspring Family Services.  SRSF funding supports the club’s Business Mentor committee to mentor UW students and local businesses, and supports the Rotary Boys & Girls club with grants to expand nutrition to three meals a day, and air purifiers.  “These grants and their impact would not be possible without the donations of our members,” he said. “What we do as Rotarians and ongoing support of the annual campaign does make a difference”.  SRSF committee member Alvaro Jimenez concluded by saying “we are making a significant contribution to our community and making a positive impact even greater by contributing more”.   President Jimmy reminded Rotarians that membership includes an agreement to make an annual contribution to fuel grants for the good works we fund through SRSF.
As a retired Army Major General, President Jimmy asked fellow Army veteran and Rotarian Matt LeMaster to join retired Navy Rear Admiral, Bill Center in a discussion about Veterans Day.  “For military leaders, their success is based on the teams they develop,” president Jimmy said, “and that humility is a trait that is expected of senior military leaders.  I don’t know much about humility, but I’ve noticed those who have it don’t talk about it that much”. 
Army veteran and Rotarian Matt LeMaster introduced past Rotary president and Rear Admiral (ret.) Bill Center as a Naval Academy grad who rose to rear admiral and flag officer during 35 years in the Navy, and in 2020 he was named UW Distinguished Alumni Veteran.   
“I knew pretty early in my life that a military career in my future,” Bill said. “Victory at Sea with great Richard Rogers music and history of the Navy during WWII inspired me to someday be the Captain of a cruiser.  The day I graduated from high school I went out and enlisted in the Navy.”  Bill’s trajectory in the Navy took him to places he’d never seen and finally to that of a Naval engineer and National Security Policy planning.  
Matt LeMaster was an Army engineer before turning to a career as a trial lawyer.  “Each path in the military was a wonderful experience,” he said, “describing how his nephew is entering the service as an infantry officer calling from WSU with his assignment.”
At the 14-year point in his career, Bill was assigned to be a chief engineer on the aircraft carrier MIDWAY.  He was not excited about the assignment and could have resigned in protest, but as it turned out he would have “never become an admiral without that assignment”.   He said his wife would never let him leave the Navy as “she was worried about his ability to make a living in another line of work”.  
Promoted to admiral Bill found himself working on arms control operations around the world, including four years at the Joint Chiefs of Staff working on some “thorny problems” for the likes of recently deceased General Colin Powell and General Barry McCaffery. “General Powell was an incredible human being,” he said, “and it sad to see him pass.  
Bill lamented how the military community is somewhat isolated from the general population, and the “all-volunteer force is a huge success as we are now attracting extraordinary people in the military”.  He said a growing lack of understanding between the military and civilian segments is “not good for society or democracy.  We need a military that is part of the society as a whole”.
Admiral Center concluded with his reaction to those who spontaneously thank him for his service, whether in uniform or just wearing Navy gear. “People started saying ‘thank you for your service’ about 20 years ago after Desert Storm and the 9/11 attacks,” he said, “and now I say thank you by asking them to help a wounded warrior or homeless veteran.”    
Bill and Matt said Veterans Day can be celebrated with a parade or somber reflection at a veteran’s cemetery. “There are a lot of people who want to divide us,” Matt said, “but we are a great country and Veterans Day is a day to lock arms and celebrate each other and service to our nation”.  
President Jimmy concluded by saying “Seattle #4 values military service to our nation”.  He thanked past Rotary president Admiral Bill Center and Rotarian Matt LeMaster for their remarks.  
Rotarians won’t want to miss next week’s program, the Tacoma Museum of Glass story, as a world-class facility promoting glass art.   He recognized all military branches, including the Space Force, and paid tribute to all who have served the nation.   He concluded by asking Rotarians to seek out someone in their life and thank them for their military service. 
Rotarians inspire hope. 
Thursday, November 18
5:30 PM
Seattle Rotaract 
Virtual Happy Hour
Join the Seattle City Rotaracters to learn more about their club, make a holiday cocktail, and join in a fun pop culture segment.

Saturday, November 20
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. Please note that November and December have been adjusted to the 3rd Saturday to accommodate the holidays.  If anyone has any questions they can also reach out to
Sunday, November 21
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, December 9
5:30 PM 
Washington Athletic Club
Walk 'n Talk
Welcome Back to Your Seattle!

We will meet at 5:30 pm outside the WAC and proceed on a 30 - 40 minute walk guided by Paul Nunn of Urban ArtWorks. Walk at your own pace as we are guided through the banners brightening downtown city streets.

The Seattle 4 Rotary Arts Committee produced “Welcome Back to Your Seattle,” a banner project to revitalize downtown, invest in BIPOC artists, and encourage families and businesses affected by the pandemic. The banners brighten the downtown core from James to Denny and 1st to 9th Avenues and encourage a return downtown.

All the banners were designed by artists of color, who were paid for their work.

The local non-profit, Urban ArtsWorks, selected the artists, and local firm SuperGraphics produced the banners, permitted them with the City of Seattle, and hung them this fall.

We will meet back at the WAC for no-host beverages and bites (optional). Look forward to seeing you there.

Please pre-register so we may know how many to expect for the walk.  For those that wish to go to the WAC for refreshments afterward, please email Doug Seto so he may make the appropriate arrangements:

Wednesday, December 15
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
Queen City Yacht Club

Merry everything,
Happy always!
Come celebrate with us...

Mix and mingle, join us for cocktails and nibbles. Significant others welcome!

Sing along with The Rotary Rogues and stay tuned for more surprises.

Tickets for sale in advance only - $10.00 per person and include 2 drink tickets.  Cash bar to follow.

Free Parking 



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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