Founded 1909         Weekly News and Highlights      January 28th, 2022

As we enter the second half of our Rotary year your Club leadership would appreciate your answers to a quick poll of the membership.  This poll will be advisory in nature to Committee Chairs, Officers, and the Board of Directors as they make decisions in the next few months.  It will also help inform the incoming Club leadership as they prepare to take office on July 1st.  Please provide your perspective on the questions below no later than February 2nd.


Wednesday, February 2
The Westin or on Zoom 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

How Alaska Airlines Has Navigated the Pandemic and Is Poised to Emerge Stronger
Ben Minicucci, CEO Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines is optimistic about the future of Seattle and all of the good things ahead in the New Year – new Boeing airplanes, new nonstop flights to places like Belize, and starting service to our 100th destination from Seattle. Rather than slowing down during the pandemic, Alaska has doubled down on its commitments to sustainability, including a path to net carbon zero by 2040. Hear how the airline is guided by their values like “Do the Right Thing” and “Be Kind-hearted” as they navigate the pandemic, and why they are optimistic about the recovery ahead.   



Annual Economic Update
David Fain introduced our own John Adams, Sr. VP Investments at UBS and co-founder of Malaria Partners, as our Annual Economic Update speaker, “For years our January program has featured an economic outlook of what to expect for the coming year so we asked one of our own members to tell us where our economy is headed.”
John said that “there is a lot going on in the world” so he is “going to take us on a short tour” of the major issues and factors that will impact the economy and stock market this year.
Here are some of the slides that he shared with us:
- Economic growth should remain healthy in 2022.  
- We saw strong economic growth in 2021 and is forecast to be strong again this year especially across developing and emerging markets.
- Why?  The pandemic has dictated the economy over the last two years and now we are seeing COVID 19 cases decoupled from deaths and Omicron is less virulent than previous waves, so solid growth should continue per low-interest rates and an increase in disposable income and personal savings as a percentage of disposal income is high; we are seeing this even with supply chain worries and low inventories and a tight US labor market as wage increases are not seen as problematic and S&P 500 earnings are sharply recovering – earnings hit new levels in 2021 and 12% increase for 2022 is an expectation; margins typically remain healthy when inflation rises and businesses can usually adapt to inflation.
- Interest rates will likely trend higher, but we are coming off 100-year lows and they are still historically low, so he does not see interest rates getting in the way of economic growth.
- Stocks typically rise after the Fed hikes rates and interest rates are more important for particular sectors vs the full market.
- Valuations are often the most important factor and high valuations mean lower long-term returns but with solid market gains ahead.
- Rapid GPD growth benefits value overgrowth so he sees strong earnings growth for small and mid-cap stocks.
- He prefers: US mid and large-cap equities along with Japanese and Eurozone equities while his lower expectations are: Gold, US Gov fixed income, US Investment-grade corporate bonds.
John concluded with an invitation to learn more at an upcoming UBS seminar on February 1st where they will cover these and more economic outlook factors; reach out to him for more information.
President Jimmy opened the meeting by encouraging all of us to participate in our club member survey that is linked in the Newsletter.  “We hope to you have everyone’s response in the mix by February 2nd.”


District Event
Monday, January 31
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
On Zoom
Rotary Club of the Pacific Northwest Ending Sex Trafficking (EST) Charter Party
Come meet our charter members.  Learn about our service projects and how you can get involved to keep our families and communities safe from sexual exploitation. 
The newest club in District 5030 and sponsored by Seattle #4!  
Volunteer Opportunity
Sunday, February 20
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
(3rd Sunday of each month)
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 -
Seattle 4 Fellowship
Thursday, February 24
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Sea4's Happy Hour
Save the date!  Location and details to follow. 
Volunteer Opportunity

Saturday, February 26
9:15 AM - 11:15 AM
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.  If anyone has any questions they can also reach out to
Seattle 4 Fellowship
Sunday, February 27
12:30 PM  Optional Lunch
2:00   PM  Opera
McCaw Hall


The Arts Committee is delighted to invite fellow Rotarians to a matinee showing of Blue on February 27, 2022.  Blue is the 2020 winner for Best New Opera (Music Critics Association). From the award-winning team of librettist Tazewell Thompson and composer Jeanine Tesori, Blue, presents a portrait of contemporary African American life: of love and loss, church, sisterhood, and most importantly, family. 

Please join us for food beforehand at McCaw Hall at 12:30. The opera starts at 2:00 pm and Rotarians are invited to mingle in the Allen Hall at intermission. Post-show, there is an optional conversation that is open to the public in which Tazewell Thompson and Christina Scheppelmann will be conducting a Q&A. Seats are at the discounted rate of $66.75pp. Seating is limited and people must signup no later than February 9, 2022.  Payment for lunch will be collected at McCaw Hall.

If you have questions or would like to sign up for lunch, please contact Jennifer Hohnstein.

Proposed New Members
Unless protests are received in the time period required (seven days), the following will receive a "Welcome to Rotary" notification that their membership has been accepted:
Harisa Paco
Certified Care Manager - Aging Wisdom
YRL Membership with Health Care classification.  
Proposer: Ken Grant   Seconder: Lisa Mayfield
Reece Johnson
Account Manager - Americas and EMEA - Seagull Scientific
YRL Membership with Technology classification. 
Proposer: David Frum   
Shelby Leyson
Business Performance Advisor - Insperity Individual Membership with Business Consultants & Services classification.  
Proposer: Doug Seto
Kim Romano
Individual Membership with Retired (Health Care) classification.  
Proposer: Nyasha Tunduwani  Seconder: Doug Seto
Robert L. Gilmore
Senior Wealth Manager - Trutina Financial Individual Membership with Financial Advising and Wealth Management classification.  
Proposer: Terry Van Nostrand



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
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 Membership and Communication Manager, Fiona Ronyai, 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!! 
Feb 02, 2022 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel, 1900 5th Ave. and on Zoom
Feb 09, 2022 12:30 PM
Online Program
Feb 16, 2022 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel, 1900 5th Ave. and on Zoom
Feb 23, 2022 12:30 PM
Online Program
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Rotary PNW- EST Charter Launch Party
On Zoom
Jan 31, 2022
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Community Service Committee
On Zoom
Feb 02, 2022 10:30 AM
Education Committee Meeting
On Zoom
Feb 02, 2022 11:00 AM
This is Rotary
On Zoom
Feb 09, 2022
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
International Service Committee
On Zoom
Feb 17, 2022 10:30 AM
Building Tiny Houses
Hope Factory
Feb 20, 2022 9:00 AM
Environmental Sustainability Committee
On Zoom
Feb 23, 2022 11:00 AM
Peacebuilders Committee
On Zoom
Feb 23, 2022
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
SeaFour Meeting
Soon To Be Announced
Feb 24, 2022
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Rotary Volunteer Day
Wellspring Family Services
Feb 26, 2022 9:15 AM
Opera Outing - Blue
McCaw Hall
Feb 27, 2022 2:00 PM
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Stephen Morse
Ben Wicks
Matt Bratlien
Charley Dickey
Jann Greene
Paul Frogley
Annie Wakefield


1 Year
Won-jik Kwon
2 Years
Steve Woolworth
Rajeev Agarwal
Laurie Black
David Frum
Matondo Wawa
5 Years
Randy Frisch
Steve Tyler
7 Years
Daryl Campbell
8 Years
Sherry Calvert
Diankha Linear
11 Years
Lillian Sherman
17 Years
Burr Stewart
Anna Liotta
18 Years
Whitney Mason
19 Years
Jim Spady
20 Years
Patrick Carter
21 Years
Ev Billingslea
22 Years
Jeff Borek
24 Years
Bill Hammond M.D.
Patrick Evans
25 Years
Brad Fowler
27 Years
Nancy Cahill
29 Years
Chris Clark
32 Years
Doug Boyden
Sten Crissey
33 Years
Fedva Dikmen
Bill Fetterley
34  Years
Laurie Jonsson
Carma McKay
39 Years
Bob Davidson
42 Years
John King
43 Years
Bob Calhoun
44 Years
Bill Weisfield
48 Years
Neil McReynolds

Join a committee!

  Make a difference and meet fellow members.

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, Chair
Meeting Reporters




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

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:
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