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Seattle Rotary meetings and events are now mask optional and do not require proof of vaccination or negative COVID test.

Next Week's Meeting

Wednesday, May 4th

On Zoom and at the Westin 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Education Committee Showcase

Working to Close the Achievement Gap in Education

The Education Committee has been focused on closing the achievement gap for students of color and low income for many years. The committee's focus has traditionally had two components – one focused on early learners and literacy and the other on supporting young leaders and their pursuit of higher education. This program will showcase the impact of our work with the United Negro College Fund, our partner, in reaching promising young students who seek additional education after high school.

Our 3-year partnership with the United Negro College Fund has transformed the Winners for Life program. This meeting will highlight students who receive support from your SRSF contributions and are recognized at the UNCF Gala each year. In a panel discussion format, students who have received scholarships from Rotary funding will share their perspectives about how the keystone UNCF college application preparatory program, Portfolio Project, has supported them in their development and leadership. In this time of heightened awareness of the systemic inequities in our society and educational systems, you will not want to miss hearing about how your contributions help transform young lives and contribute to closing the achievement gap in education.



COVID Opened a Window to Overhaul Public Education. How Can We Keep it Open Long Enough to Create the System We Need?

Jan Levy introduced Trish Millines Dziko who co-founded the Technology Access Foundation (TAF) in 1996 after spending 17 years in the tech industry.  She said COVID opened a window but “how can we keep it open now and create the needed education system for our students and families?”.

Trish’s presentation focused on what it takes to truly transform our education system and how to be a leader in doing that as we reimagine education post COVID.  She started by walking through four key education milestones: School Segregation (1849-1955), School Integration (1960-Present), No Child Left Behind (2002-2015) - when a national test was implemented that tried to address the inequities present in schools – and finally, Common Core (2010- Present) - where there has been an attempt to create national standards and tests. 

She walked us through the current public education ecosystem: 

·       Ineffective academic models 

·       Inequitable system 

·       Curriculum delivery lacks relevance 

·       Lack of capacity and resources 

Then on top of this she said we had COVID where we learned this about families: 

No computers (46% of students are from low-income families and did not have access to a computer at home), no connectivity (and for many that did have a computer or ended up receiving one, there was limited or no connectivity at home), state testing (Many affluent families pushed for continuation of state testing (to measure learning gaps) while others focused on wellness of their children), and some students (especially minority students) felt safer at home.  Most families – particularly low-income and immigrant families – were not prepared for online learning. Low-income families were led by adults who worked through the pandemic, leaving students on their own. 



Be Bold 4 Blood!
Day of Service Input for Blood Donations

Seattle 4 Rotarians, 

Mayor Harroll has declared Saturday, May 21st as a Day of Service for our city. Governor Gregoire, Committee Chair, has asked Club President Jimmy Collins for help in making this endeavor a great success. President Collins has asked us to consider a two-pronged approach to support Bloodworks Northwest as our service activity. 

The first option would be for Seattle 4, along with other Seattle area Clubs, to takeover a donation site for an entire day.  Precisely how many donors would be needed for this will depend on the site.  Of course, from the donor’s perspective, the day of the week, the times available, and the location will affect their ability to participate in a takeover.   

The second option will encourage Rotarians, family members, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to make blood donations any time and at any place that is convenient for them throughout the month of May. 

In order to give us some understanding of our members who would be willing to support Mayor Harrell’s Day of Service by making a blood donation, please email with the subject line “Bloodworks Day of Service Preference” with a simple “option one” or “option two” in the email body to confirm your choice.  Your response will help us plan better in order to assure success.

If you volunteer to give blood, we ask that you print and bring this sign with you and take a pic if possible.

-Sten Crissey

Don't miss the Rotary International Convention in Houston!!  Click HERE for information and registration.


District 5030 Festival of Training

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings in May on Zoom

All incoming Club Officers, Rotarians interested in leadership roles, and grant applicants are asked to join the District 5030 Assembly for a month of training sessions offered in May. For a list of sessions with links to registration, please click this link.

Seattle Yacht Club Opening Weekend

Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7
ASUW Shell House on Montlake Cut
Seattle Yacht Club

Please join the Seattle Rotary Mariners for a weekend of fun to celebrate the start of the Seattle Yacht Club season! Nicole Klein will be hosting an open house at the ASUW Shell House on the evening of Friday, May 6th and on Saturday, May 7th during the races and boat parade festivities. For additional information, please contact Nicole Klein at

Saturday, May 7
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Pilchuck Glass School
Stanwood, WA

Campus Tour and Happy Hour

Sign up today for a special tour of the iconic glass art school founded by Dale Chihuly.  We'll get a tour of campus, watch live glassblowing, and enjoy some Happy Hour libations.  This special tour is $50 per person and will likely sell out fast, so click HERE to reserve your spot today.  Make sure you select the correct day and time (Saturday, May 7th Happy Hour Tour). 


Volunteer Opportunity

Saturday, May 14
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Salvation Army Work Party for Homeless Shelter

Help pack sack lunches at the Salvation Army's SODO Homeless Shelter.  Volunteers will be preparing sack lunches then distributing to clients in the shelter. Space is limited - reserve your spot with Lisa Borders at
Volunteer Opportunity
Sunday, May 15
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.

Howard Cohen at

Volunteer Opportunity

Saturday, May 21
9:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Donation Sorting for Wellspring Family Services for May Volunteer Day

Spend a Saturday morning with your fellow Rotarians by helping families experiencing homelessness at Wellspring Family Services.
Your morning will be spent helping to sort donations for Wellspring’s Baby Boutique, a free clothing store for families facing homelessness.
Friends and family welcome. 
To volunteer, please fill out this volunteer form:  and check the ‘Rotary – 4th Saturday’ box. 
If anyone has any questions they can also reach out to Saidah McKissick at

Save the Date!

Museum of Glass Tour

Saturday, June 11
Museum of Glass
Tacoma, WA
11:00 AM

Make a plan to join your fellow Seattle Rotary #4 members for a tour of the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. At the conclusion of the tour, we will have lunch at the new museum restaurant, Incalmo Tacoma. 

If you are interested in attending, please email Fedva Dikmen to RSVP at



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

Phone: 206-623-0023

Caroline Bobanick
Executive Director

Mary Goldie
Membership 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!! 
May 04, 2022 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel, 1900 5th Avenue and on Zoom
May 11, 2022 12:30 PM
Online Program
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Community Service Committee
On Zoom
May 04, 2022 10:30 AM
Education Committee Meeting
On Zoom
May 04, 2022 11:00 AM
Salvation Army Work Party for Homeless Shelter
Salvation Army SODO Shelter
May 14, 2022
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Building Tiny Houses
Hope Factory
May 15, 2022 9:00 AM
International Service Committee
On Zoom
May 18, 2022 10:30 AM
Rotary Volunteer Day - May
Wellspring Family Services
May 21, 2022
9:15 AM – 11:15 AM
Environmental Sustainability Committee
On Zoom
May 25, 2022 11:00 AM
Peacebuilders Committee
On Zoom
May 25, 2022
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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DeWitt Jensen
Gerry Maurer
James Wong
Alan Sclater
Eric Robinson


1 Year
Brenda Barnes
Tim Cummins
Steven Gonzalez
Jonathan Harvey
Yvonne Richards
Scott Slater
2 Years
Kerry O'Keefe
Malcolm Waters
3 Years
Liam Li
Dorothy Miller
Dennis Williams Jr.
4 Years
Jevon Powell
Eric Roecks
10 Years
Peter Wright
11 Years
Liz Powell
Sarah Weaver
13 Years
Ken Grant
Faouzi Sefrioui
14 Years
Sue Beller
Jann Greene
19 Years
Jean Thompson
20 Years
John Kilpatrick, PhD
Jerilyn Brusseau
21 Years
Charley Dickey
23 Years
Maureen Brotherton
24 Years
Kirk Greene
28 Years
Len Cereghino
Edie Hilliard
30 Years
Doug Seto
36 Years
Tim Bendokas
39 Years
Tom Herche

Meet fellow Rotarians and get involved in service.  Join a committee.  Contact committee chair or Mary Goldie for more information. 

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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