Founded 1909              Weekly News and Highlights            October 25, 2019
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.
Dec 18, 2019 12:00 PM
The Sheraton, 1400 6th 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 28
Bill Gates III
Mark Weed
Oct 29
Kathy Williams
Oct 30
Doug Seto
Oct 31
Karen Lee
Nov 2
Steve Tyler
Nov 3
Rebecca Hellman
Steven Shaw
Nov 4
Sue McNab
Don Root


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Jim Moore
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Neil Larson
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30 Years
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32 Years
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37 Years 
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48 Years
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Caroline Bobanick

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Mariah Kimpton
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Tom Burt, Cyber Security for the Defense of Democracy and Cyber-Diplomacy

October 30th at Noon
The Four Seasons, 99 Union St. 

Nation-state attacks are more common than you think, and patterns suggest elections and democracies are at risk. Tom Burt will share updates on what Microsoft has been doing to help protect candidates and the election ecosystem. Globally, we need better policies and solutions. To that end, Microsoft is leading change and working with governments, industry and civil society to come together to collaborate on solutions to these issues. Tom will share progress on these commitments and what we can do together to protect the hopes technology offers against the very real threats it also presents.
Tom Burt has been with Microsoft since 1995 and currently serves as Corporate Vice President of Customer Security and Trust He leads a cross-disciplinary team of engineers, lawyers, policy advocates, project managers, business professionals, data analysts, and cybercrime investigators to drive continuous improvement of customer security in Microsoft products and online services.

Four Seasons Parking Info:

Parking at the Four Seasons is valet only at a rate of $32 per car. A number of self-parking options are available near the hotel:
Target - enter on Union between 1st and 2nd, $13 for two hours, or two hours free with a $20 purchase
Russell Investments - enter on Union between 1st and 2nd, $20 for two hours
Republic Parking – enter on Union between 2nd and 3rd or on 2nd Ave between Pike and Union - $14 for two hours
The New Cannabis Industry:  How High Can It Go?

Beth Knox introduced JJ McKay, publisher of The Fresh Toast, a contemporary media firm.

Although JJ prefers vodka as his drug of choice, he develops digital content about cannabis.  His platform helps consumers, as well as doctors, understand marijuana and its uses. Cannabis is no longer carrying the same stigma it once did, and now more are willing to prescribe it. Until federal legalization happens, however, cannabis is not covered by insurance and not covered by malpractice.

Who supports it? Republicans, Millennials (citing that alcohol is harder on your system than cannabis) and people who want to make money.  Of course, we need to keep it away from kids. 

Alcohol, porn, tobacco, and cannabis are considered the four great sin industries. The market size for the big four today are cannabis $9.7 billion, alcohol $223 billion, tobacco $80 billion, and porn $25 billion.  By 2030, cannabis is expected to be a $50 billion industry and CBD is branching off from cannabis to form a large industry of its own.

Meet Mike O'Brien
In less than three minutes, we will welcome officially not only our newest, but notably, our youngest member.  Yes, Mike O’Brien is precisely one-quarter the age of our oldest active member.  If the three pillars of a life successfully lived are defined as - learning, earning, and serving well, then Mike is well, well on his way to just that at a tender age.

Check out Photos of our Meetings and Other Events

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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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
Harvest Against Hunger Work Party
Northwest Harvest Warehouse
Nov 09, 2019
8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Networking Night with Keeks and Mary Johnstone
The Rainier Club
Nov 14, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Wellspring Family Services Work Party
Rotary Support Center for Families
Nov 16, 2019
9:15 AM – 11:15 AM
Rotary World Peace Conference 2020
Ontario Convention Center
Jan 17, 2020 7:00 AM –
Jan 18, 2020 10:00 PM
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In Memoriam
Honorary Seattle Rotary member Jim Ellis passed away this week. He will be remembered for his civic engagement and work to preserve public lands. 

Shanghai Rotary Celebrates 100 Years

Past President Cathy Gibson traveled to Shanghai this month to present Shanghai Rotary Club President Terri Lau with a certificate noting Seattle #4’s gift to Rotary Peace Centers in honor of the RC Shanghai Centennial. Seattle Rotary sponsored the Shanghai Club's founding as the first Rotary Club in China 100 years ago. 


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