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Sep 11, 2019 12:00 PM
The Renaissance
Sep 18, 2019 12:00 PM
The Westin
Sep 25, 2019 12:00 PM
Hyatt Regency
Oct 02, 2019 12:00 PM
Grand Hyatt
Oct 09, 2019 12:00 PM
Grand Hyatt
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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.
Sept 6
Tom Herche
Sept 8
Kathleen Fondren
Kirk Greene
Sept 9
Johnny Lau
Sept 11
George Futas
Skip Kotkins
Sept 14
John Ellis
Sept 15
Kela Hall
Faith Ireland
Bailee Neyland
Jeff Pyatt
Sept 16
Kristi Marchbanks
Todd Summerfelt
Bill Weisfield
Sept 17
Bob Boeshaar
Bruce Williams
Sept 18
Bob Davidson
Jan Levy
Sept 20
Stan Foster


2 Year
Marc Kurose
Jim Stevens
Linda Thompson-Black
Amelie von Saint Andre-von Arnim
Derryl Willis
3 Years
Matt Albertson
Kevin Crane
Lindsay Klarman
Dave Lenox
Nima Samiee
5 Years
Nick Anderson
Jennifer Robinson
6 Years
Michele Centanni
9 Years
Nyasha Tunduwani
11 Years
Lisa Mayfield
15 Years
Michael Verchot
16 Years
Dominik Musafia
Linda Rough
20 Years
Harvey Rubinstein
25 Years
Karen Wong
27 Years
Jim Bowles
Jim McCurdy
29 Years
Paul McTaggart
30 Years
George Futas
32 Years
Faith Ireland
Shirley Lansing
33 Years 
Don Murphy

Bob Alexander



Video of Seattle Rotary Programs are available online thanks to the generous support of our Seattle Rotary Online Sponsors.

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

In addition to supporting our club, becoming a Seattle Rotary Online sponsor brings many benefits. To learn more, click here, or contact Mariah for more details at

Dr. James Joki: NASA's Apollo Program

September 11th at Noon
The Renaissance Hotel, 515 Madison Street
Courtyard Ballroom, B Level
Fifty years ago, James Joki, a 26 year-old Boeing engineer, was in Mission Control for Apollo 11’s moon landing.  Serving as an extravehicular mobility unit flight controller, Joki helped develop, test and modify the spacesuits, backpacks, visors, gloves and oxygen system that Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong would rely on for life support during their walk on the moon.  His role was critical from the time Aldrin and Armstrong donned their suits and opened the door of the lunar module, to the moment they returned safely to the spacecraft and shut the door.  Join us in welcoming Dr. James Joki, a graduate of Ballard High School and the University of Washington, as he shares his experiences from his time with NASA and the Apollo space program.

Civic Engagement Is Needed During These Times of Peril

University of Washington professor, David Domke, is giving up his 21-year tenured job to “live out his truth” by dedicating his next chapter to foster, support, and amplify a democracy that is just and inclusive.  In other words, he is promoting voting rights across the U.S. through an organization called Common Purpose ( that aims to provide civic fieldwork by investing in the next generation of leaders to register and mobilize voters, build community, develop diverse leaders, and build partnerships with organizations like Rotary.

“The U.S. is in a perilous place not much different than the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941,” he said.  “A moment of terror in our society where it is harder to vote now than when the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was enacted by the Congress as the country’s most important piece of legislation ever.”

Meet New Member Raymond Tymas-Jones

When Raymond and I met last week for our interview, I had forgotten to do my cursory research to at least find a picture of him so I wouldn’t be pathetically eyeing everyone in the coffee shop. Fortunately, he did do his research and was eyeing me, so the field quickly narrowed.  I shouldn’t have worried. It’s hard to miss Raymond. From his sartorial excellence to his eminent grace and inviting smile, I figured if he wasn’t the president of Cornish College of the Arts, he should be. 

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Rotary First Harvest Work Party
Northwest Harvest Warehouse
Sep 14, 2019
8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Fellowship Gathering in Einer's Dahlia Garden
Einer's Mercer Island Home
Sep 15, 2019
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Wellspring Family Services Work Party
Rotary Support Center for Families
Sep 21, 2019
9:15 AM – 11:15 AM
Business Networking Night
Hard Rock Cafe
Sep 26, 2019
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Club Update from Seattle City Rotaract

Seattle City Rotaract is a club of young professionals aged 21-30 sponsored by Seattle #4 Rotary that focuses on hands-on service in the local community and leadership development. Do you have any recent college grads, interns, or emerging professionals in your life that might be interested? Encourage them to check out the Rotaract Club at
Engaging with Rotaract Club members is a great way for current Rotary members to meet and get to know the Rotarians of tomorrow as well. All Rotaract Club meetings and events are open for Rotarians to attend – both the young and young at heart! Recently, several Seattle #4 members enjoyed a rooftop barbeque at Seattle City’s Kickoff Party hosted by Virginia McKenzie.  Other upcoming events include:
End of Summer Beach Party
Saturday, September 7 at 6:00 pm
Sunday, September 15 at 1:00 pm
Volunteering at Beacon Hill Food Forest
Saturday, September 21 at 10:00 am
Saturday, October 19 at 7:00 pm
Follow the links or contact Mariah to learn more. 


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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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