Founded 1909         Weekly News and Highlights     April 28, 2023


Wednesday, May 3
The Rainier Club & Zoom

Bernie Griffin interviewed by Mark Wright

The Impact of Art on Downtown Seattle

How do the arts move you?  How has it added to the quality of your life?  Arts is a critical part of bringing vitality, good health and cultural well-being to Downtown Seattle and throughout the city!  The arts have the magic of bringing people from all walks of life together with a common interest, drives economic growth and social change.  Hear how Bernie Griffin over the last 21 years leading The 5th Avenue Theatre created memories for millions of patrons and her passion for education has inspired young people to enjoy the arts and helped develop the next generation of arts patrons and professionals.

The Art of Non-Profit Giving

Thank you to Paul Casey for being our meeting reporter this week.
Tom’s partial bio:
Tom has worked with over 60 non-profit clients throughout the country. His local clients include Group Health Foundation, Evergreen Treatment Center, Shoreline Community College, Edmonds College, Overlake Medical Center, and many others. He finished his career by raising more than $50 million for Southern Adventist University in Tennessee. He was also an instructor for the University of Washington extension certificate in fundraising programs for six years and was a frequent speaker at numerous local and national conferences on fundraising. He's an active volunteer and has served on many other boards locally and nationally.  
Highlights of Tom’s presentation:


Community Forest Restoration Planting Party

Friday April 28
0 - 6:00 PM
Daybreak Star Cultural Center

Seattle Rotarians are invited to join the United Indians of All Tribes, the Green Seattle Partnership and the Na'ah Illahee Fund at their Community Restoration Planting Party at the Daybreak Star Cultural Center in Discovery Park.
Be part of the vision to create a Food and teaching Forest at the Daybreak Star Cultural Center. Our efforts support indigenous communities living in Seattle to learn and harvest traditional foods and medicine. 
Come ready to plant these sacred medicines and foods. tools will be provided.

Theo's Chocolate Private Tour Experience

Saturday, April 29
1:00 PM
Theo's Chocolate


During this hour-long interactive experience, you’ll discover the origins of cacao, see how we craft our chocolate from scratch in Seattle, and learn about the close partnerships we’ve cultivated with the farmers we source from. Plus, you’ll get an inside view of our factory to see where the magic happens. And what chocolate experience would be complete without tasting? During your visit, you’ll indulge in a wide range of treats, from our nationwide bestsellers to hand-crafted confections.

Note that tickets are first come, first serve and capped at 21; each member may bring no more than two additional guests. Cost for each attendee is $15, with part of ticket costs being subsidized by the club. 

To register to attend, please RSVP to Jan Levy. You will then receive an invoice from Freshbooks to pay for your ticket.


Dinner & 5th Avenue Theater
Saturday, May 3
Dinner at 5:30 PM (Washington Athletic Club), Performance at 7:30 PM (5th Avenue Theater)


We will be having dinner together at the Washington Athletic Club prior to the musical.  Please contact Doug Seto to make a reservation for dinner at the Washington Athletic Club and if you have any questions.

Join fellow Rotarians at Sweeney Todd, a deliciously thrilling story of revenge and retribution, which continues The Seattle Fifth Avenue Theatre’s celebration of the titan of musical theatre:  Stephen Sondheim.  After 15 years in exile, Sweeney Todd arrives in a dark ad gritty London, hungry for vengeance against the judge who destroyed his life.  Todd joins forces with Mrs. Lovett, the unhinged proprietress of a failing pie shop, and together they develop a spine-tingling plot to extract revenge.

Purchase your tickets HERE for a special discount.

Coast Guard Tour

Saturday, May 13
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Meet at gate by CMCs Caroll, Mullins, & Duff


The tour will begin at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound, the operational command serving the greater Seattle area.  It will include a tour of the Joint Harbor Operations Center (Command Center) and the Vessel Traffic Center.  

After touring Sector, we will do a quick walking tour of Base Seattle, ending with Station Seattle.
Upon arrival at Station Seattle, we will meet with the boat crews and will commence boarding a Response Boat Medium (RB-M).  This segment of the tour will include a boat ride around Elliott Bay and will showcase the capabilities of our crews and assets.  Guests will have an up-close view of our Polar Icebreakers as well as a waterfront view of our facility and the city of Seattle.
The tour is limited to 20 people. The boat ride is optional and can accommodate up to 10 guests on board.
To sign up, please click HERE

Exclusive Tour of the Seattle Convention Center’s new Summit Building

Wednesday, May 31
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Meet at corner of 9th and Pine

We have an exclusive opportunity to go on a guided tour of the Seattle Convention Center’s new Summit Building as they are not offering public tours.  Come see firsthand the innovative design that connects the communities surrounding the Seattle Convention Center together.

This tour is limited to twenty-five (25) people and will last approximately ninety (90) minutes.

We will meet at the corner of 9th Avenue and Pine Street at the outdoor Pine Plaza entry doors.

To RSVP, click HERE



Morgan Stanley


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

Mary Goldie
Club Director

Carma McKay
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 Membership Manager, Mary Goldie, 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!! 
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Online Program
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5th Ave Theater - Discounted Tickets for Seattle 4
5th Avenue Theater
Apr 21, 2023 – Jun 17, 2023
Theo's Chocolate Private Tour Experience
Theo's Chocolate
Apr 29, 2023 1:00 PM
5th Avenue Theater & Dinner at the WAC
The WAC & 5th Avenue Theater
May 03, 2023 5:30 PM
Education Committee Meeting
On Zoom
May 03, 2023 3:00 PM
Coast Guard Tour
May 13, 2023
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
International Service Committee (Monthly except Jun, Jul, and Dec)
On Zoom
May 19, 2023 10:00 AM
Sea4s Happy Hour
May 25, 2023
Exclusive Tour of the Seattle Convention Center
May 31, 2023
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
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New Members


Amanda DeFisher
Ingrid Chapman



John Adams
DeWitt Jensen
James Wong
Alan Sclater


1 Year
Brad Barber
2 Years
Scott Slater
Yvonne Richards
Brenda Barnes
Tim Cummins
Jonathan Harvey
Steven Gonzalez
3 Years
Kerry O'Keefe
4 Years
Dennis Williams, Jr.
Dorothy Miller
Liam Li
5 Years
Jevon Powell
11 Years
Peter Wright
12 Years
Liz Powell
Sarah Weaver
14 Years
Ken Grant
Faouzi Sefrioui
15 Years
Jann Greene
Sue Beller
21 Years
Jerilyn Brusseau
John Kilpatrick
22 Years
Charley Dickey
24 Years
Maureen Brotherton
25 Years
Kirk Greene
29 Years
Len Cereghino
31 Years
Doug Seto
37 Years
Tim Bendokas
40 Years
Tom Herche

Meet fellow Rotarians and get involved in service.  Join a committee.  Contact committee chair or Carma McKay 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  


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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 Mary for more details at

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. 
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