Founded 1909              Weekly News and Highlights            October 18, 2019
Oct 23, 2019 12:00 PM
The Westin, 1900 5th Ave.
Oct 30, 2019 12:00 PM
Four Seasons, 99 Union Street
Nov 06, 2019
Hyatt Olive 8, 1635 8th Ave
Nov 13, 2019 12:00 PM
The Westin, 1900 5th Ave.
Nov 20, 2019 3:18 PM
Renaissance Hotel, 515 Madison Street
Nov 27, 2019 12:00 PM
Dec 04, 2019 12:00 PM
The Westin, 1900 5th Ave.
Dec 11, 2019 12:00 PM
The Westin, 1900 5th Ave.
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For those who drive to our weekly luncheons, here is some information about available parking options:

The Westin - for self-park or valet, obtain coupon at meeting registration for a discounted rate of $14.

Pacific Place is another good option only a couple blocks from most of our venues. The cost is $12 for up to 3 hours. The garage is accessed from either 6th or 7th  between Pine and Olive.
The Sheraton, Four Seasons, Grand Hyatt, and Hyatt Olive 8 do not offer discounted parking.


Oct 18
Jerry Burtenshaw
Oct 20
David McDonald
Oct 21
Liv Wernecke
Oct 22
Sue Nixon
Oct 23
Rich Lacher
Oct 24
Faouzi Sefrioui
Oct 26
David McFadden
Oct 28
Bill Gates III
Mark Weed
Oct 29
Kathy Williams
Oct 30
Doug Seto
Oct 31
Karen Lee


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Ashok Gangolli
Joseph Smith
3 Years
John Hojaboom
David McFadden
4 Years
KC Herren
Simone Loban
Lorna Tumwebaze
5 Years
Carla Fowler
6 Years
Eric Christensen
7 Years
Carese Busby
Joseph Chard
Tim Tomlinson
9 Years
Dan and Nancy Evans
Sheree Wen
11 Years
Bill Bryant II
14 Years
Barbie Seifert
Susan Lane
17 Years
April Mobley
18 Years
Daniel Weiner
20 Years
Nancy Osborne
Jim Moore
21 Years
Vicky Oxley
22 Years
Cynthia Chirot
24 Years
Ruthann Howell
Tom Mesaros
25 Years
Bob Johnson
Darlene Corkrum
26 Years
Kathy Williams
Neil Larson
27 Years
Karl Ege
30 Years
Lou Lundquist
31 Years
Jeff Pyatt
32 Years
Rob Bayley
37 Years 
Steve Prince
48 Years
John Durbin

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Special thanks to our Gold Level Sponsor, Bob Alexander, and Silver Level Sponsor, Sherry Calvert of Caliber Investments.

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JJ McKay, Cannabis: A Fast Growing Industry Investors and States are High On

October 23rd at Noon
The Westin, 1900 5th Ave.

In the last five years, marijuana has been legalized in 33 states and has generated $750 million in revenue.  The $10 billion legal marijuana industry is growing alongside the CBD industry, with each expected to be a $40 billion industry by 2030. Constellation, Altria, Scott’s Miracle Grow, the Pritzker family and more have invested.  It seems everyone wants to ride the “high” tide of the market, but there are warning signs for companies.
This week, JJ McKay will provide his insight on the legal marijuana and CBD industry.  With a rich history in consumer appetites, JJ McKay has worked on programs with companies that include Costco and the American Heart Association.  In 2016, McKay founded The Fresh Toast, a media content company and lifestyle & health platform with a side of cannabis. It is an award-winning digital leader for the industry.
Judge Jim Rogers Addresses Past and Present Issues Facing the Judicial System and Our Community
Former Washington State Supreme Court Justice  Faith Ireland introduced our speaker, King County Superior Court Presiding Judge Jim Rogers. Ms. Ireland said that Judge Rogers was elected in 2004 and has presided over numerous cases that include civil, criminal, family law, dependency, and involuntary treatment. He is a graduate of the University of Washington and Georgetown Law School. He also served in the Peace Corps.  Ms. Ireland said that Judge Rogers would focus on two major issues facing the court system today: the state of the King County Superior Court system and the incarceration crisis.
Judge Rogers began his remarks by speaking about the importance of jury duty. He said that jury duty provided the most direct experience a citizen will ever have in finding out how the court system works.
He then provided a historical glimpse of how the court system was developed in the 1889 Washington State Constitution. A two-court system approach was adopted: Court of Appeals and Superior Court.  Currently, there are 53 judges and nine commissioners that make up the Superior Court of King County.  There has been a 60% change in the makeup of the Superior Court in recent years.

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Together, Rotarians Transform the World

As Rotarians, we are leaders connecting for extraordinary good –both in our community and around the world.  Together we are eradicating polio and malaria, bringing fresh water to rural villages worldwide to stop the spread of disease, and helping our neighbors in need with housing, healthy foods, and educational opportunities.
Once a year we ask you to fulfill your membership obligations and take action by making two gifts that will transform our world.  One is to the Seattle Rotary Service Foundation (SRSF).  The other is to The Rotary Foundation (TRF).  Thank you for taking action now to help our club have a powerful and positive impact on our world.
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Wellspring Family Services Work Party
Rotary Support Center for Families
Oct 19, 2019
9:15 AM – 11:15 AM
Autumn Harvest of Apples for Those in Need
Ringsrud Orchard - Cashmere, WA
Oct 19, 2019
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Seattle World Polio Day Celebration
Bill & Melinda Gates Discovery Center
Oct 24, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Seattle Rotary Tour of the Korean Consulate Office
Consulate General of the Republic of Korea
Oct 28, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
"So You Want To Talk About Race?"
The Four Seasons
Oct 30, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Real Escape from the Sex Trade (REST) - Site Visit
Nov 01, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Rotary First Harvest Work Party
Northwest Harvest Warehouse
Nov 09, 2019
8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Wellspring Family Services Work Party
Rotary Support Center for Families
Nov 16, 2019
9:15 AM – 11:15 AM
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Rotary Club of Shanghai Centennial Celebration

District Governor Elect and Seattle 4 Rotary Past President, Cathy Gibson, will be leading a Seattle Rotary delegation to the centennial celebration of the Rotary Club of Shanghai which the Rotary Club of Seattle sponsored in 1919.  This historic event for the first club in China will be held October 18-20 with the main gala on Saturday evening October 19 at the Grand Millennium Hong Qiao Hotel in Shanghai. 



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

Phone: 206-623-002

Caroline Bobanick

Executive Director
Mariah Kimpton
Program Manager
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