Posted by Jesse Thomas on Oct 09, 2019
Malaria kills approximately half a million people every year, with 432,000 dead in 2017 according to the most recent data, and most of those deaths are children in the most vulnerable areas. Philip Welkhoff, Director of the Malaria Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, spoke to Seattle 4 Rotarians about the progress that has been made in the fight against malaria, the reasons for hope in the road ahead, and that urgent action is needed.
Welkhoff, who was accompanied at lunch by his wife, Martina, was introduced to Rotary at a young age. Speaking of Rotary as a force for good, Welkhoff told the story of growing up on the north coast of Haiti, where the water systems that they drank from were installed by Rotarians. Before joining the Gates Foundation, Welkhoff was the Director of Research at the Institute for Disease Modeling, where he helped develop computer simulations of malaria, polio and other disease transmissions to assist health professionals and scientists in working toward the eradication of these diseases. Welkhoff has his PhD in Computational and Applied Mathematics from Princeton and joined the Gates Foundation in March 2018.
Critical Moment in Fight Against Malaria Jesse Thomas 2019-10-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susie Roe on Oct 02, 2019
On National Coffee with a Cop Day, we upped the game by having Lunch with a Police Chief.  Seattle Police Department Chief, Carmen Best, was our guest speaker who candidly shared the joys and concerns of being Police Chief in a major U.S. city.  A 28 year Seattle Police Department (SPD) veteran, Chief Best opined that the two most important qualities to make a good officer are hard work (“100% work 100% of the time”) and an innate commitment to serve.   The Chief explained that many calls are, at the core, officers responding to people in need. Officers provide services to those experiencing domestic violence, addiction, sexual assaults and homelessness.  She acknowledged there are times when the job entails arrests or dangerous situations but, more often, the job requires helping the community.   She said being an officer is more than a job, it's really a calling.  
Seattle 4 Rotary Hosts Police Chief Carmen Best for National Coffee with a Cop Day Susie Roe 2019-10-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Roecks on Sep 18, 2019
Representing over 1.6 million square feet of office space.
Passing all four qualifying CPA exams on the first try.
Raising money to support those with developmental disabilities find employment.
These are just a few of the impressive achievements of David Greenwood, our newest Rotary 4 member – a Young Rotary Leader in the Real Estate, Commercial Office Leasing classification.
Meet New Member David Greenwood Eric Roecks 2019-09-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Casey on Sep 11, 2019
President Kim called the Seattle #4 Rotary Club to order at 12:30 p.m. on September 11, 2019. The Renaissance Courtyard Ball Room in downtown Seattle hosted the meeting. President Kim immediately acknowledged that this Rotary Club meeting was taking place on the 18th Anniversary of 9/11. 
Arnie Ness and Freeman Fong led Rotarians in the singing of America.
The Inspiration for the Day was led by David Brenner.  David said it is still hard to believe the horror of 9/11. He cited the quick and tragic demise of the twin towers along with the tremendous loss of life that still haunts us. Dave then asked Rotarians to contrast that shock with an incredibly honorable feat that started around that same time. Since 2001, Presbyterian Minister Ron Rice, a Rotarian guest from Seattle, has led an effort to provide functional wheelchairs to victims of polio in Nigeria.  Over 19,000 wheelchairs have been built and distributed since the beginning of the program. Nigeria just celebrated three years of being polio free but there are still thousands of Nigerians that were afflicted with polio prior to the immunization efforts. A short video, showing people with polio, literally crawling to their donated wheelchair was shown. Minister Rice said that the effort relies totally on donations. If you would like to find out more about Minister Rice’s wheelchair program, visit
Seattle 4 Rotary Celebrates the Apollo 11 Moon Landing Paul Casey 2019-09-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob LoBosco on Sep 04, 2019

When Raymond and I met last week for our interview, I had forgotten to do my cursory research to at least find a picture of him so I wouldn’t be pathetically eyeing everyone in the coffee shop. Fortunately, he did do his research and was eyeing me, so the field quickly narrowed.  I shouldn’t have worried. It’s hard to miss Raymond. From his sartorial excellence to his eminent grace and inviting smile, I figured if he wasn’t the president of Cornish College of the Arts, he should be. 

Meet New Member Raymond Tymas-Jones Rob LoBosco 2019-09-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pete DeLaunay on Sep 04, 2019

University of Washington professor, David Domke, is giving up his 21-year tenured job to “live out his truth” by dedicating his next chapter to foster, support, and amplify a democracy that is just and inclusive.  In other words, he is promoting voting rights across the U.S. through an organization called Common Purpose ( that aims to provide civic fieldwork by investing in the next generation of leaders to register and mobilize voters, build community, develop diverse leaders, and build partnerships with organizations like Rotary.

“The U.S. is in a perilous place not much different than the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941,” he said.  “A moment of terror in our society where it is harder to vote now than when the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was enacted by the Congress as the country’s most important piece of legislation ever.”
Civic Engagement Is Needed During These Times of Peril Pete DeLaunay 2019-09-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pete DeLaunay

The 35th annual ‘Hands Across the Border’ rendezvous brought IYFR fleets from Seattle/Puget Sound, Washington State, and Vancouver/Victoria, British Columbia, for an August weekend of fellowship, capped by the planting of a peace pole in Port Townsend.  Seattle Rotary’s Peacebuilder Committee has planted peace poles in public places, as a symbol of the priority Rotarians throughout the world place on promoting peace.

35th Annual Hands Across the Border Rendezvous Featured Food, Jazz, Blues and a Peace Pole Pete DeLaunay 2019-08-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dann Mead Smith on Aug 28, 2019
When asked about what we can do about our criminal justice system, Scott Lindsay said, “Help educate influential people.”  Our task is “to shape the conversation in different ways and start to lead that conversation.” 
President Kim introduced our guest speaker, Scott Lindsay, an attorney, who has previously served as the public safety adviser to the City of Seattle and was senior national security counsel to the U.S. House Oversight Committee. He also founded the Seattle Navigation Team that works with people in homeless encampments.
Scott started with images of two contrasting visions of Seattle and how the city is perceived as dealing with homelessness and drug/mental health issues: one is a recent New York Times article, “Seattle has figured out how to end the war on drugs,” and the other, KOMO TV’s “Seattle is Dying” special; a public health approach vs. a criminal justice approach to the drug, homelessness and public safety crisis in our city. 
“So which is it,” Scott asked, “the New York Times or the KOMO stories?”
System Failure and Our Criminal Justice System with Scott Lindsay Dann Mead Smith 2019-08-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Faith Ireland on Aug 28, 2019

Meet new member, Jonathan Zetlmaier, classification: Financial Advising and Wealth Management. We can call him Jon for short, but some call him JZ for fun.

Although he graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Economics in 1997, Jon clearly appreciates philosophy.  On his Madrona Financial Group website, he quotes Helen Gurley Brown former editor of Cosmopolitan Magazine: Money, if it does not bring you happiness, will at least help you be miserable in comfort.

Meet New Member Jon Zetlmaier Faith Ireland 2019-08-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 21, 2019
Last week, Seattle 4 Rotary was proud to host Jeff Robinson who delivered a powerful chronicle of racism in America starting with our country's inception in the 1600s.  Special thanks to our Peacebuilders Committee, event volunteers, and nearly 600 attendees!!  Check out photos from this special program at Town Hall on our Facebook page at
If you would like to learn more about Jeff Robinson and his forthcoming documentary, please visit his Who We Are project website  at:
Posted on Aug 14, 2019
 Like many of us, the life of Marsha Mutisi is defined by a mix of circumstance, luck, adventurism, and selflessness. 
Her grandfather served as a United Methodist minister in what was the country of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).  Her father ran sales at Zimbabwe’s largest grain milling company, and her mom, events for the region’s leading advertising firm. 
MEET NEW MEMBER MARSHA MUTISI Charley Dickey 2019-08-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laura Rehrmann on Aug 14, 2019

“What a Wonderful World” our opening song led by David Woodward accompanied by Burr Stewart, was the perfect way to launch our meeting on a gorgeous summer day.  Todd Summerfelt followed up with an inspirational reminder to be adaptable and stay on an even keel during tumultuous times, a nice summer sailing analogy.  And our main speaker, Pike Brewing Company founder, Charles Finkel, quoted FDR by saying “now is the time for a beer” as evidenced by the beer tasting preceding our meeting.  We welcomed two remarkable new members, Crysti Chen, introduced by Rob LoBosco, and Marsha Mutisi introduced by Charley Dickey.

Summer in Seattle Celebrated with Craft Beers Laura Rehrmann 2019-08-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob LoBosco on Aug 14, 2019
I love welcoming new members into our club, especially younger members. But some are so young they make me feel a bit old. Well brace yourselves, this one makes me feel old…and lazy!
MEET NEW MEMBER CRYSTI CHEN Rob LoBosco 2019-08-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dann Mead Smith on Aug 07, 2019
Our member Mark Davis introduced our keynote speaker, Joe Ottinger, who he met 20 years ago through a former member Walter Schoenfeld who was Joe’s father-in-law.
Joe is the founder and CEO of Iinnovate that is based in Seattle. He is the author of two books, “Beyond Success: Building a Personal, Financial and Philanthropic Legacy” and “iInnovate- a guide for engaging in the innovation economy.”  Iinnovate “helps implement strategic change to accelerate growth and profit.” 
Seattle's Innovation Economy Dann Mead Smith 2019-08-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bailee Neyland on Aug 07, 2019

Let me take you back to January 31st of this year when we held one of our networking events. Caitlin was there with her manager. Not only was it her first event with Rotary, but it was her first networking happy hour, ever!  While I must give thanks to her manager who urged her to come, it is Virginia McKenzie and Susie Roe, who we should give a round of applause to, as they proposed her to the club under the classification of Accounting.  Caitlin fell in love with the Rotary --the people, the passion of the group to better the community and change the world, and her ability to be a part of it all.

Meet New Member Caitlin Grant Bailee Neyland 2019-08-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jane Pryor on Aug 07, 2019
Meet Alicia Flatt, classification Technology, proposed by Jane Tornatore and Michele Centanni.   Alicia was born in White Rock, British Columbia, a dual citizen of both the U.S. and Canada.  Her father is a professional drummer, her mother works in education, her brother and his wife own a CPA firm specializing in cross-border taxes, and her sister is a music teacher. Following the family music tradition, Alicia spent three years at Western Washington University where she majored in music.  Her instrument was the trumpet which she played in a rock/ska band, The Crawdaddies, for five years.
Meet New Member Alicia Flatt Jane Pryor 2019-08-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Casey on Jul 31, 2019
On a picture perfect Seattle summer afternoon at Bell Harbor, President Kim rang the bell that officially called to order the Seattle 4 Rotary Club luncheon. President Kim summarized the importance of a very special custom that has been embraced by Seattle dating back 70 years: Seafair.
The Seattle Rotary Club officially welcomed the Navy to Seattle, which has become a Seafair tradition. Jimmy Collins introduced the Navy Band Northwest and Evan Vis sang the national anthems of the United States and Canada. Jimmy Collins then introduced the members of the Brass Quartet: Michael Bream, Darryl Forney, Mike Donaldson and Trevor Currie.
Seattle 4's Annual Seafair Celebration Paul Casey 2019-07-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laura Rehrmann on Jul 24, 2019

Woody Guthrie’s anthem to the sweep of the United States and our common stewardship of our land was a rousing opening to our meeting featuring Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz.


Interviewed by past Rotary president and KING 5 anchor, Mark Wright, Commissioner Franz explained her broad scope of work since taking office in January 2017.


This Land Is Your Land Laura Rehrmann 2019-07-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Twiss on Jul 24, 2019

Meet new member, Chris Harrison, who is proposed by Rob LoBosco and Cindy Runger.  Chris is responsible for business development at Aldridge – Seattle. They are an IT outsourcing and services firm headquartered in Houston. Their clients tend to be mid-market firms with 25-250 computer users for whom they provide a complete turnkey service. Previously he was Senior Channel Manager for StorageCraft.

Meet New Member Chris Harrison George Twiss 2019-07-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bailee Neyland on Jul 24, 2019

Paul Harris once said that “Rotarians are very much more favorably disposed toward action than they are toward words.” And let me tell you, Dorothy Miller exudes just that, for she is quite the doer. 

Meet New Member Dorothy Miller Bailee Neyland 2019-07-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pete DeLaunay on Jul 17, 2019

James Beard award-winning chef, Jason Wilson, oversees food preparation at ten local restaurants by mentoring chefs and instilling the importance of sustainability in the culinary world.  In partnership with local restaurateur, Chad Mackay, and in addition to motivating chefs, he established Fire & Vine Hospitality dedicated to building enduring sustainability.   “What we do is horrific,” he began.  "We take beautiful food, tear it apart then serve it in appealing ways.”

Chef’s Passion Embraces Sustainability and Serves Locally Grown Food Pete DeLaunay 2019-07-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 10, 2019
Totem Reporter - Gary T. Smith
Seattle 4’s new president grew up in Unalakleet, a small village on the eastern shore of the Bering Sea.  Her neighbors “were caring, resourceful, and undaunted by challenges,” she said.  “When I walked into Rotary 19 years ago, it was immediately apparent the Rotarians were just as welcoming, just as caring, and just as fearless.  I felt at home.  That is why I joined Seattle 4, and I’m still here today.”
New President Kim Moore Launches Her Year 2019-07-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Phillips on Jul 10, 2019
It is my pleasure to introduce our newest member, Dennis Williams, who is a financial advisor with Edward Jones.  He has been nominated by Craig Dawson and Skip Rowland and his classification is Financial Advising and Wealth Management.
Dennis grew up in Seattle and attended Western Washington University where he played on the tennis team.  He was President of the Black Student Union for three years and graduated with a finance degree.  He had an internship with Russell Investments for several years. 
Meet New Member Dennis Williams Joe Phillips 2019-07-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 26, 2019
By Susie Roe
It's a story about home and what it means to lose your home,
It's a story about being treated poorly, and  
it's a story about finding your place in the world.   
Citing these as the universal themes in the story of Joe Rantz and the amazing 1936 UW Men’s coxed eight, Daniel James Brown and Judy Rantz Willman spoke of the best-selling book, The Boys in the Boat
The Boys in the Boat Inspires with History and Heart 2019-06-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 19, 2019
By Jesse Thomas
Mental health impacts nearly all of our lives, whether it affects a family member, loved one, or those we see on the streets in our community. And the stigma around the topic means it’s not discussed. One in five Americans experiences a mental health incident in a given year. In King County, suicide is the second leading cause of death for 10 to 24-year-olds.
We Need to Talk About Mental Health Jesse Thomas 2019-06-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Faith Ireland on Jun 14, 2019
When Liam was six years old he wanted to be a coal miner.  According to his proposer, Karl Ege, today Liam is a key executive with Himalaya Capital which manages over eleven billion dollars in investments in Asia for US and global institutional investors.
Meet Liam Li Faith Ireland 2019-06-14 07:00:00Z 0
UNICEF Partners Around The Globe to Fulfill its Mission Mike Colbrese 2019-06-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jane Pryor on Jun 12, 2019
I’d like to introduce you to Jonathan Bosch, classification Athletics & Sporting Events, proposed by Nancy Osborne and Mark Wright.
Meet Jonathan Bosch Jane Pryor 2019-06-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 05, 2019

By Bret Anderson

Jimmy Collins introduced our main speaker, Lieutenant General Gary Volesky, and pointed out that the United States Army celebrates its 244th birthday this year. He also invited members to join the Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) Freedom Fest on the 4th of July. RSVP to Jimmy if you'd like to attend.  

Lt. Gen. Volesky opened by placing JBLM in perspective for the state of Washington.  It is the second largest employer in the state and provides jobs for 50,000 people.  In a year, JBLM contributes nearly eight billion dollars to the Washington State economy. 

Meeting Our Army Neighbors from JBLM 2019-06-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charley Dickey on Jun 05, 2019
He runs like a Duck, he talks like a Husky and his blood flows Coug-crimson.  So, he must be a ….??  
Meet Matt LeMaster Charley Dickey 2019-06-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Steckler on Jun 05, 2019
In the game of life, some people can get dealt a very difficult hand. How they let that, or don’t let that, dictate their life or their future and how they take advantage of new cards and new opportunities, tells you a lot about that person.
Meet Jordan Hathaway John Steckler 2019-06-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 29, 2019
By Pete DeLaunay
There is no denying how artificial intelligence or AI is growing at a rapid clip.  It is being developed by scientists and data analysts with no oversight to protect privacy and prevent abuse, particularly among vulnerable populations.  Rotarians learned about AI and the ominous implications of facial surveillance from a panel led by fellow Rotarian, attorney, and board member of an emerging organization called AI and Faith (, David Brenner.  The day’s program was a discussion of this technology and its potential abuses if not used properly, monitored, and vigorously regulated. 
Artificial Intelligence: Face Surveillance Must Balance Between Liberty and Security Pete DeLaunay 2019-05-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jane Pryor on May 29, 2019
I’d like to introduce you to our newest corporate member, Teresa Moore, the executive director of Seattle CityClub, proposed by Jon Bridge and Lillian Sherman.
Meet Teresa Moore Jane Pryor 2019-05-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joel Paget on May 22, 2019
It is my pleasure to introduce to you the honorable Alex Kuo-shu Fan, who is the director general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Seattle.  During this introduction, there will be some pictures on the screens showing Director Fan performing some of his diplomatic duties.  He was sponsored by David Woodward, who we thank. His classification is Diplomat - Republic of China.  
Meet Alex Fan Joel Paget 2019-05-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 22, 2019
Written by Dann Mead Smith

President Cindy opened our meeting on a beautiful, sunny spring day reflecting on the importance of sharing our Rotary story with others.  She encouraged us to use our phones at meetings to share Rotary and our meetings with the goal of encouraging others to join us.

She reported on the District Conference that was held in Spokane last week and specifically mentioned our own Mark Wright’s interview with Bill Gates and the Rotary International President at the event.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan 2019-05-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 15, 2019
Written by Paul Casey
President Cindy Runger welcomed Fire Chief Harold D. Scoggins and members of the Seattle Fire Department (SFD) at a recognition luncheon in honor of the SFD and other local agencies who work together to keep us safe. The gathering took place at the Westin Hotel Grand Ballroom to an overflow crowd of Rotarians and friends.
Seattle Fire Department Heroic Achievements Honored 2019-05-15 07:00:00Z 0
Denise Juneau Brings Passion and Laser Beam Focus to Improving Seattle Public Schools 2019-05-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 01, 2019
Written by Pete DeLaunay
For more than 50 years, ArtsFund has promoted the value of the arts in King County, and recently commissioned The Social Impact of the Arts Study, about how art impacts communities.  ArtsFund Vice President Sarah Sidman said arts organizations contribute $2.4 billion and 35,000 jobs to the Washington state economy, as she delivered powerful results from the GMA Research study that showed how art changes lives in three areas: youth and education, health and wellness, and neighborhood vitality.
Integrating the Arts as a Strategy, Not a Charity 2019-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jane Pryor on May 01, 2019
I’d like to introduce you to Chris Johnson, classification Human and Community Services, proposed by Molly Carney and Paul Ishii.
Meet Chris Johnson Jane Pryor 2019-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Phillips on May 01, 2019
It is my pleasure to introduce our newest member, Alvaro Jimenez, who is the founder of Gaudium Capital.  Alvaro’s classification is Investments.  He has been nominated by David Woodward and Jim Odom.
Meet Alvaro Jimenez Joe Phillips 2019-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Faith Ireland on Apr 24, 2019
Please meet Geoff Ball, classification Human & Community Services, nominated by Jacki Lorenz and seconded by Joyce Robertson - thank you both.
Jacki describes Geoff Ball, who is the Director of Development for the Millionair Club Charity, as smart, funny and collaborative.  
Meet Geoff Ball Faith Ireland 2019-04-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jane Tornatore on Apr 24, 2019
I am proud to introduce Derek Ruckman to you.  
Derek joined Rotary for three reasons.
Heather Fitzpatrick, his proposer, is the first.  Because he admires the work Wellspring does, Derek asked to join the board.  The first question Heather asked was “are you in Rotary?”  Literally. 
Meet Derek Ruckman Jane Tornatore 2019-04-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Colbrese on Apr 24, 2019
President Cindy Runger brought club member Paul Suzman to the stage to introduce the main speaker, retired Admiral Bill Owens. Paul mentioned that Admiral Owens, a native of North Dakota, is a former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, decorated war veteran, and business executive, who is currently co-authoring a book, which will be titled China and the US 2039: The End Game? Paul explained that Owens’s leadership was evident during the decade following the Cold War, which contributed directly to much of what today’s military does well.
Futurist Admiral Owens Addresses the US’s Role in a 2039 World Mike Colbrese 2019-04-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Steckler on Apr 19, 2019
They say if you love someone, set them free. If they love you, they will return to you. If they don’t, well, they are stupid!
Standing next to me today is a very, very smart man. It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to our newest returning Rotarian, Bill Hammond, who rejoins us today under the classification of Health Care.
Meet Bill Hammond John Steckler 2019-04-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dann Mead Smith on Apr 17, 2019
Our President-Elect, Kim Moore, introduced our main program and our member Heather Fitzpatrick, CEO of Wellspring Family Services, who led a discussion of family homelessness.  She was joined by her colleagues at Wellspring; Derek Taylor, Walter Washington, and Bevette Irvis.
Heather reminded us that ten years ago our club celebrated its 100th Anniversary and as part of our centennial project built the Rotary Support Center for Families. Wellspring provides children education and counseling services in an effort to try to avoid the problems that come with homelessness and break the cycle of family homelessness.  Wellspring's Rotary Support Center for Families “works with adults to find and retain housing and works with children to succeed.” 
A Celebration of Service for the Hidden Homeless Dann Mead Smith 2019-04-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Colbrese on Apr 10, 2019
Rotarians welcomed King County Executive Dow Constantine, who began by saying that as a native of Seattle, he has watched over the last almost 58 years as the city has rapidly changed around him. His pride in the city and county became evident as he outlined the changes that have been made possible because of the county’s ability to empower its employees to be creative, passionate advocates for the people they serve. By empowering people, we allow them to become aligned behind the changes that are necessary to meet our needs and grow our infrastructure. Regional services such as sewage, transportation, and public health have improved because of that approach to improvement.
Dow Constantine, the Constant Within an Ever-Changing Seattle Scape Mike Colbrese 2019-04-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Twiss on Apr 10, 2019
David has his own business, as he says, “helping people design and execute buy and sell strategies” He specializes in multifamily, residential, and investment properties.
Earlier career directions took David to banking and website design. Then he decided that the real estate industry would allow him to serve a range of clients, helping them be successful. 
Meet David McDonald George Twiss 2019-04-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Phillips on Apr 10, 2019
It is my pleasure to introduce our newest member, Judy Kaiser, who is doing cancer and infectious disease research at the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center.  Judy has been nominated by Linda Cheever and Nancy Osborne and her classification is Health Care.
Meet Judy Kaiser Joe Phillips 2019-04-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susie Roe on Apr 03, 2019
Phyllis Campbell, Chairwoman of all Northwest business of JP Morgan Chase, past president and CEO of The Seattle Foundation and heavily recruited board member (her board work has included both for-profit boards such as Alaska Airlines and Nordstrom and non-profit boards like PATH) addressed Seattle 4 on a subject she knows well - our community's journey to being a world-class city. Phyllis spoke of Seattle's vigorous civil spirit and can-do attitude she first noticed 30 years ago when she moved here from Spokane.  She felt this city would allow her to make a difference and, indeed, she has in her professional banking career and her work in the community.
Making a World Class Community: A Discussion with Phyllis Campbell Susie Roe 2019-04-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Steckler on Apr 03, 2019
Life is full of many chapters. Each one helps to define us and shape us. No one can read ahead so we must complete each chapter before we can move on.
Our newest Rotarian has completed many chapters.
Standing next to me is Pierce Murphy, who joins us today under the classification of Religious Organizations.
Meet Pierce Murphy John Steckler 2019-04-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joel Paget on Apr 03, 2019
It is my pleasure to introduce to you Bailee Neyland, classification Athletics and Sporting Events. She is joined here today by her boyfriend, Jared Brown, and her parents, Janece and Bruce Neyland. Bailee was sponsored by Brian Bruce and Jeff Pritchard, who we thank.
Meet Bailee Neyland Joel Paget 2019-04-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jesse Thomas on Mar 27, 2019
In explaining how the Federal Reserve helps to promote a strong and stable economy, Darlene Wilczynski, Vice President and Seattle Regional Executive for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, started her presentation with a story of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico in September 2017. As Puerto Rico went without power for 11 months during the crisis, the Federal Reserve saw a 700% increase in demand for cash after the storm, as no electricity meant no use of credit or debit cards. In response, the Fed flew cash to Puerto Rico repeatedly over those months in an effort to help ensure financial stability in a time of crisis.
The Federal Reserve and Seattle’s Role; Honoring a Fellow Seattle 4 Member Jesse Thomas 2019-03-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by David McFadden on Mar 20, 2019
He got a standing ovation – most of us would have stood even longer.  Jawad Khaki provided our club with some timely solace and inspiration after another horrible, hate-filled tragedy filled our lives.  A quintessential part of being a Rotarian is to build goodwill and spread peace around the globe.  During these difficult times, it was comforting to hear one of our local Muslim leaders provide his insights on how we can respond to and overcome hate and intolerance.  
Jawad Khaki Shares Reflections after Christchurch Massacre David McFadden 2019-03-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by David McFadden on Mar 20, 2019
Taylor Shimizu introduced our program and reminded us it is a perfect complement to Gary Gilliland’s October program on eradicating cancer.  Mathew Trunnell is a man on a mission.  He was recruited by the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center to bolster their research capabilities using data analytics.  As Hutch’s chief data officer, Michael has been able to advance cancer care and treatment through innovative partnerships with local technology companies. 
Fred Hutch Partners With Tech Community to Advance Fight Against Cancer David McFadden 2019-03-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jan Levy on Mar 20, 2019
Imagine standing inside the top of the Soweto cooling towers in Johannesburg and free-falling more than 200 feet down.  Sound scary?  I would call it terrifying.  Our newest Rotarian, Romanita Hairston, described this SCAD (Suspended Catch Air Device) freefall as her "most fun adventure.”  That’s what I call a risk taker!
Meet Romanita Hairston Jan Levy 2019-03-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susie Roe on Mar 13, 2019
Alejandro Grajal, CEO and president of Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo, first fell in love with zoos as a toddler.  A visit to the Madrid Zoo with his mother set him on his life path of science, including a stop on Jacques Coustou's Calypso as a biologist and earning a Ph.D. in zoology at the University of Florida before coming here.  Alejandro came to Seattle three years ago drawn here, he explained, by the unbeatable combination of the Woodland Park Zoo's international reputation for zoo innovation and its emphasis on conservation.
The 21st Century Zoo: One Zoo. Many Stories Susie Roe 2019-03-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jane Pryor on Mar 13, 2019

It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Paul Casey, classification Marketing and Public Relations, proposed by Pete DeLaunay and Doug Picha.

Paul was born in Springfield, Massachusetts and moved to Bellevue with his parents, arriving just before the Seattle World’s Fair opened in 1962. After graduating from Newport High School, Paul attended Washington State University, where he was student body president and graduated with a degree in political science and a minor in communications.

Meet Paul Casey Jane Pryor 2019-03-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bret Anderson on Mar 06, 2019
To begin the panel,  Japanese Consul General Yoichiro Yamada reminded us that behind success are many untold tragedies.  As part of his consular responsibilities, he has had to help Japanese women immigrants who have been abused or abandoned by their husbands.  These women are vulnerable because they are so totally dependent upon their husbands. Many don’t speak English or know their rights as residents in the U.S. These experiences led him to become involved in the general problem of vulnerable people who are in the same situation. There are so many that Washington State needs to take the initiative to solve this problem.
So Much Darkness in the World, But We Can Make a Difference for That One... Bret Anderson 2019-03-06 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charley Dickey on Feb 27, 2019
Steve’s grandmother was a Pilot, but not the kind that comes to mind first.  No, she was an active member of Pilots International, a Rotary-like service organization in Texas.  A seed was sewn!
Meet Stephen Shepherd Charley Dickey 2019-02-27 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gary Smith on Feb 27, 2019
Marilyn Strickland, selected last year to lead the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, illustrated in her talk to Seattle 4 that she embodies President Cindy’s twin themes of Impact and Action.
She called on Rotarians to be proud advocates and partners in supporting business, to recruit and promote diversity in the workforce, and to support restoring the practice of affirmative action.
New Seattle Chamber Leader Exemplifies Impact and Action Gary Smith 2019-02-27 08:00:00Z 0
Gonzaga on the Move in the Classroom, on Campus, and on the Court Mike Colbrese 2019-02-20 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joel Paget on Feb 20, 2019
I have the pleasure of introducing to you our newest member, Dan Varghese, classification Technology.  He was proposed by Jaime Mendez and seconded by Alan Kunovsky, both of whom we thank.  Dan is joined here today by his partner, Theia. They have a seven-month-old son Elijah and live in Bellevue.
Meet Dan Varghese Joel Paget 2019-02-20 08:00:00Z 0
Blockchain 101: Hype or Not? Laura Rehrmann 2019-02-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jane Tornatore on Feb 06, 2019
 Joseph Smith was clearly meant to be in Seattle 4. 
Years ago, he was on a board with Nyasha Tunduwani, who told him of Rotary.  He was in Leadership Tomorrow, and Jan Levy told him of Rotary.  And then, one day, as Joseph was running in downtown he stopped at a light.  Jon Bridge stopped at the same light.  They ran to the next light, and the next.  They ended up running together for a couple of miles.  At the end, Jon gave Joseph his card.  (You know you are a serious connector when you run with your business cards.)
Meet Joe Smith Jane Tornatore 2019-02-06 08:00:00Z 0
Aquarium Expansion Anchors Seattle's Waterfront Transformation Dann Mead Smith 2019-02-06 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by David McFadden on Jan 30, 2019
Steve Metruck, our featured speaker at this week’s luncheon, has a big job.  As the Port of Seattle’s Executive Director, Steve leads a far-flung operation that stretches from Shilshole Bay Marina in Ballard to SeaTac International Airport in South King County.
Metruck is finishing his first year at the Port.  He spent 34 years in the Coast Guard prior to becoming the Port’s top executive.  Steve retired as a Rear Admiral and along the way served a stint as the Coast Guard’s Chief Financial Officer.  Earlier in his career, Steve was in command of Northwest operations.  Metruck fell in love with Seattle and is excited to be back.
Port of Seattle a Key Driver of Regional Economic Vitality David McFadden 2019-01-30 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dann Mead Smith on Jan 23, 2019
Our program featuring the presidents of Washington State University and the University of Washington in a moderated discussion by KUOW’s Ross Reynolds on affordable college education was introduced by our member Craig Wright, the Assistant Dean for Advancement at the UW School of Law.  Craig introduced Kirk Schulz as the 11th president of Washington State University who came to our state from Kansas State University in 2016; and Ani Mari Cauce as the UW’s 33rd president who has been on the UW faculty since 1986.
Affordable College Education in Washington State Dann Mead Smith 2019-01-23 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laura Rehrmann on Jan 16, 2019
Making some sense out of the economic turbulence in our world, Chief Investment Officer Michelle Mathieu presented Seattle # 4’s annual economic update, the first woman to do so at our podium.  Michelle is a principal with Seattle’s Fulcrum Capital which manages $1 billion in assets, is woman-owned, and is ranked as the #1 woman-owned investment firm in the country.  It is the 7th ranked emerging wealth firm in the US. 
What's Next for the World Economy? Laura Rehrmann 2019-01-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Steckler on Jan 09, 2019
While it is difficult to predict the future, one thing is very predictable. For any association, corporation or other organization to succeed and grow, they need a combination of both young and old members.
Age gives you the knowledge where youth brings you the energy. Well today, I have the pleasure of introducing our newest Rotarian who brings us both!
The highly technical term for this is a “twofer”!
Standing beside me is Mary Johnstone, who joins us today under the classification of Technology.
Meet Mary Johnstone John Steckler 2019-01-09 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jesse Thomas on Jan 09, 2019
Bob Donegan kicked off the first Rotary 4 luncheon of 2019 with the story of how Ivar Haglund, "Flounder" of Ivar’s, built one of Seattle’s oldest seafood restaurants. Donegan, who joined the company in 1997, and is now President, has helped to fuel the success of Ivar’s through the tripling of employees, store count, and revenue since joining the team. Donegan, who serves on several boards of directors in Puget Sound, and moved to Seattle in 1984, was introduced by Michelle Stone, Community Relations Manager at Ivar’s, who had all Rotarians wear Ivar’s paper kid’s menu face masks for a playful group photo.
Bob Donegan, Ivar’s President, Shares the Story of Seattle’s Longtime Restaurant Jesse Thomas 2019-01-09 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pete DeLaunay on Dec 12, 2018
Two knowledgeable debaters gave Rotarians a lot to think about when it comes to gun ownership, gun violence, mental health, and the carnage caused by weapons in the wrong hands. Well known conservative radio commentator John Carlson said increased penalties for those who steal guns, easing confinement standards for the mentally ill, practical ways to prevent mentally ill people from having guns and suicide prevention measures will reduce gun violence.  Former Rotarian, Gen. Peter Chiarelli (ret.) put the need for sensible gun regulation in context with the 2nd Amendment, advocating for the power of the state to license gun ownership and to regulate the type of guns sold to prevent homicidal carnage.
Gun Violence Debate Sets Sights on Regulation, Mental Health, and Carnage Pete DeLaunay 2018-12-12 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by David McFadden on Dec 05, 2018
Dr. Eric Larson provided some great insights about aging at our club meeting.  Larson is vice president for research and health care innovation at Kaiser Permanente.  He’s an expert on aging well and shared insights from his new book, Enlightened Aging:  Building Resilience for a Long, Active Life.
Larson started by sharing about Van Shuler, a 100-year woman who he picked for a study on aging.  When he first arranged to meet with her, she explained that she was only available that day because she was leaving the next day for tango dancing trip to Argentina.  Shuler is a great example of enjoying life regardless of your age, and Dr. Larson suggested most of us have the potential to live into our 90s and 100s if we can follow Van’s example and live life to the fullest.
Getting Enlightened About Aging David McFadden 2018-12-05 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susie Roe on Nov 28, 2018
Member Doug Picha, president of Seattle Children's Hospital and Research Foundation, introduced Dr. Mike Jensen of the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research.   
With the hopeful proclamation that "amazing cures are on their way,"  Dr. Mike Jensen discussed the premise and the promise of his medical research which is changing the landscape of childhood cancer treatment. Noting that the traditional cancer therapies of radiation and chemotherapy typically cause tremendous harm to children's bodies, Dr. Jensen has focused his 30 years of research on harnessing the body's own curative power via gene and immunotherapies. Dr. Jensen works with T-cells which he hailed as the "warrior cells" of our immune systems. He praised our immune systems for walking a tightrope every day, saying they must attack invaders without creating auto-immune reactions.  
Building a World Without Childhood Cancer Susie Roe 2018-11-28 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Twiss on Nov 28, 2018
Andrew oversees leadership and major gift stewardship programs for Compass Housing Alliance.  Compass provides day services, emergency shelter, transitional housing and affordable housing with 23 sites throughout the Puget Sound Area. They employ 300 staff with a $19 million budget.
Meet Andrew Lyon George Twiss 2018-11-28 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jan Levy on Nov 28, 2018
I am delighted to have the opportunity to introduce to you one of our newest and youngest members, Michelle Stone.
Michelle is the group dining and community relations manager for Ivar’s Restaurants.  She comes to us as a Young Rotary Leader and has the full support of her employer and my friend, Bob Donegan, who is here today along with Chris Gleason, Ivar’s director of operations. 
Meet Michelle Stone Jan Levy 2018-11-28 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bret Anderson on Nov 14, 2018

Jan Levy likes smart, eloquent people. She was the perfect person to introduce Eric Liu, founder and CEO of Citizen University.  Here is a quote from the Citizen University web page where Eric describes himself:  

“I am the son of immigrants from China. As a second-generation American I am deeply conscious of the opportunities – and obligations – that come with my citizenship. That’s why all the work I do as a writer, educator, and civic entrepreneur is dedicated to making sure this country lives up to the promise of its creed.”

A Meeting of Hope, Progress, and Appreciation Bret Anderson 2018-11-14 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dann Mead Smith on Nov 07, 2018
Our featured speaker on this crisp and clear fall day was Lewis Rudd, the co-founder of Ezell’s Famous Chicken. He was introduced by Skip Rowland, who delivered a passionate and heartfelt introduction for an extraordinary and determined man.
Skip said he was honored to be “part of this inspirational program; be the inspiration!” He introduced Mr. Rudd as a “brother from another mother” who was a high school dropout from Marshall, Texas, who served in the military and then moved to Seattle in 1977.
From East Texas to the Middle East: the Ezell's Famous Chicken Story Dann Mead Smith 2018-11-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Musafia on Oct 31, 2018
What strikes you first when you meet Arlesia Bailey is her bounty of positive energy.  Energy that has powered her through an impressive career at Children’s Hospital.  Energy that inspires her to lead with her head and with her heart as she puzzles through the complexities of her job that affect some 24,000 children per year who are treated in her facility.  
Meet Arlesia Bailey Dominik Musafia 2018-10-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laura Rehrmann on Oct 31, 2018
America’s unifying role in global peacebuilding was the theme of our meeting featuring Ambassador Rick Barton.  What is our role in this turbulent world?  The program was the result of a collaboration between the World Affairs Council, Seattle Rotary, the Diplomacy Task Force, and the Peacebuilder Committee.   Jacqueline Miller, CEO of the World Affairs Council, interviewed the ambassador and Rotary members asked thoughtful follow-up questions. 
Peace Works Author Rick Barton Shares Insights on America's Role in Global Peacebuilding Laura Rehrmann 2018-10-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gary Smith on Oct 24, 2018
If polio had a collective consciousness, it might sense its pending demise. 
No matter.  Poliovirus only survives in the environment a matter of days or weeks.  It is only transmitted by humans, mostly through their waste.  If people cannot be infected, the virus will die out. 
And the vaccination strategy built on these facts is working, stunningly.  Wednesday, October 24 was the sixth annual World Polio Day and Rotary Clubs the world over paused to review progress. At Seattle 4, Past President and former competitive college bowler Mark Wright interviewed Dr. Jay Wenger, who heads the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation effort to help eradicate polio.
The Last Days of Polio—Hard, But Near Gary Smith 2018-10-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susie Roe on Oct 17, 2018
Jimmy Collins introduced Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman.  The 15th Secretary and 2nd woman to hold the elected position, Secretary Wyman began by acknowledging Seattle Rotary member Ralph Munro as a predecessor and "favorite mentor," mentioning his practice of starting out with a joke.  Although she minimized her ability to tell a joke, Secretary Wyman brought the house down with a story about a senator and his choice between Heaven and Hell. She graciously recognized Seattle Rotary's role in supporting the Boys and Girls Club, founding Medic One, and in ending polio. 
Secretary Wyman assured us of the integrity of the Washington State voter system with facts supporting her confidence. Her office alerted quickly to detect and stop Russian attempts to hack into our system leading up to the 2016 election.
Election Cybersecurity - Keeping Your Vote Safe Susie Roe 2018-10-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Steckler on Oct 10, 2018
Fellow Rotarian and honored guests, it brings me great pleasure to introduce you to our newest Rotarian, Kela Hall, but you can call her KD. She joins us today under the classification of Business Consultants and Services.
Meet Kela Hall John Steckler 2018-10-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bret Anderson on Oct 10, 2018
Karl Ege introduced his close friend and our speaker for the day, Dr. Gary Gilliland, President and Director of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Dr. Gilliland thanked Karl for inviting him to come out west. He appreciated that he got more applause than John Steckler. Fred Hutch is the only cancer research center named after a professional baseball player. Fred Hutchinson died at 44 of lung cancer.  He likely would not have died had he been alive today, thanks to advances in cancer treatment.
A Cure for Cancer is Nearer Than You Think! Bret Anderson 2018-10-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jesse Thomas on Oct 03, 2018
Growing up in Seattle, Noah Purcell, Washington’s solicitor general, learned the value of diversity in community at an early age as a Beacon Hill native and proud graduate of Franklin High School, where he was introduced to law on the mock trial team. Purcell was thrust into the national spotlight in early 2017 when he successfully argued Washington state’s victory in federal court that led to a temporary restraining order against President Trump’s travel ban on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries. As Purcell recounted the events to Rotarians, joined by his wife, Jasmin, in the audience, he said one of his proudest moments was the recognition he later received from Franklin High’s students, including many immigrants, refugees, and Muslim students, in support of Washington state’s stance against the ban.
Washington State Solicitor General Noah Purcell Shares Tales of Stopping Trump’s Travel Ban and His Seattle Upbringing Jesse Thomas 2018-10-03 07:00:00Z 0
Changing the Way America Eats, One Bite at a Time Gary Smith 2018-09-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Taylor Shimizu on Sep 10, 2018
For nearly two decades, Seattle 4 and the UW Foster School of Business have partnered to coach business students as they help companies in under-served communities grow.  Managed through Seattle 4’s “Rotary Business Mentors Committee”, this year-long program allows Rotary mentors and business students to complete consulting projects that help businesses grow.
Seattle 4 Rotary Partners with Foster School to Aid Disadvantaged Businesses Taylor Shimizu 2018-09-10 07:00:00Z 0
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