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

Phone: 206-623-0023

Caroline Bobanick

Executive Director
Mariah Kimpton
Program Manager
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Dear Seattle 4 Rotarians:
You have been in my thoughts every day during this public health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Hopefully, you are well and my greatest wish is that you are taking good care of yourself.   Please see the link above for best practices to protect your health as well as our government’s mandated activity with respect to public gatherings.
As you know, we cancelled our weekly meeting on March 11th due to the guidance of the King County Health Department and Governor Inslee’s subsequent directive under the State of Emergency.  Although our meeting size is under the 250-person limit that prohibits meeting, there are several factors that make our weekly fellowship inadvisable.  First, the Four-Way Test and specifically the tenet that states of the things we think, say and do –“Is it beneficial to all concerned?”  Approximately 60 percent of our members meet one of the higher risk factors, age of 60 years or greater. Furthermore, Rotarians inside or outside this demographic may have other health conditions that would increase their risk. 
Due to the conclusion that COVID-19 cases now include “community spread”, King County Health advises that gatherings of 10 plus individuals should not occur.  Plus, at-risk populations and social gatherings are both directed to practice “social distancing” – meaning separation of at least an arm’s length or about three feet, with six feet the preferred distance.
To implement social distancing at our weekly meetings, we would seat three instead of ten people at each table with each table separated by at least six feet.   While technically feasible in some, but not all venues, leadership has concluded that social distancing is the antithesis of what Rotarians have recently stated that they value most, fellowship.  Social distancing does not eliminate the risk of infection.
Given these factors, the Four-Way Test, the guidelines and mandates of our government officials, it is not in the best interest of our membership to meet in person.  Here is what we can do:
Online programming:  Beginning on 3/18 and each Wednesday during the State of Emergency, you will receive an email with a link to a newly taped Rotary program.   Next week, our program features Rais Bhuiyan from World Without Hate, an invocation you will want to see from Nick Anderson, and a very successful duet by two past Presidents, Bill Center and Todd Summerfelt. 
Connecting with each other through phone calls:  Fedva Dikman, Co-chair of Rotary Cares and her team will be making phone calls to Rotarians.  The purpose of the calls is to stay connected with each other during this challenging time and to hear how you are experiencing this crisis.  We also want to know if there is something that we can do to support you. Please contact Fedva if you are not part of the committee, but would like to make calls.
Connecting with each other through
volunteering:  Seattle 4 is exploring opportunities for us to volunteer to support others, including our fellow Rotarians.  We welcome your ideas for club and/or partnership projects. 
Social media & technology:  We will utilize social media to stay connected during this period.  Following our online programs, we are exploring the option for interactive discussion using ZOOM meeting technology which is also available for other meetings and will be used for the Rotary Club of Seattle board meeting.
Impact on your prepaid meal plan and club finances:  Seattle 4 has excellent relationships with our venues, however, policies regarding cancellation are not universal unless and until government officials state that groups of under 250 cannot meet.  Therefore, in some cases, we will bear the full meeting cost when we cancel.  We will still be guided by the same principles – the Four-Way Test and compliance with the policies of our state and local government.  We are exploring a proposal to mitigate the impact of fees already collected from Rotarians on the meal plan and will keep you informed as that develops.  Food from cancelled meetings will be donated to food banks.
In closing, my highest priorities are to safeguard the health of our members and to preserve the phenomenal community we call Seattle 4.  Our club has survived many difficult times including World War I, World War II, the Great Depression and the Financial Crisis of 2008-2009.  I am confident that together we will survive.   Please share your thoughts with me or anyone in leadership, about what you think we should be doing to successfully navigate these times.
With sincerest wishes for your good health,
Kim L. Moore
President, Rotary Club of Seattle, 2019-2020

March 18th at Noon

A World Without Hate with Rais Bhuiyan

Right now, at this moment, while all of our lives have turned upside down and inside out, it may seem impossible to look at something like the coronavirus pandemic and see anything but catastrophe. Yet, the human capacity to rise above, even in the most difficult of times, always has a way of shining through. We all face difficulties, not to be destroyed by them, but to help rediscover ourselves and extract the inner strength we are often unaware of having. During Wednesday’s virtual Rotary program, fellow Seattle 4 Rotarian, Rais Bhuiyan will share his experiences and inspiration as we navigate through this incredibly uncertain and frightening time together.
Shot by a white supremacist ten days after 9/11, Rais Bhuiyan not only survived this brutal hate crime, he went on to forgive his assailant and worked tirelessly to try and save him from death row. Rais later created the non-profit, World Without Hate (WWH), the manifestation of his death-bed promise, dedicating his life to disrupting hate and violence through storytelling and empathy education. To date, Rais has engaged with more than 250,000 people globally, from classrooms, college campuses, maximum-security prisons, refugee camps, religious forums, to town halls, city councils, and conferences. More information can be found at

This video will be released on our YouTube and Facebook pages at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, March 18th. Keep an eye out for an email early next week with a link that will take you directly to the video.

ZOOM Post-Program Discussion

Following the video, we will be hosting an online discussion at 12:40 pm aimed at giving members the opportunity to connect despite our “social distancing.” This discussion will be hosted on ZOOM and members participating will be broken into small groups for Table Talk-style conversations. 
Zoom is an online platform for video and audio conferencing. If you have not used Zoom before, there are just a few easy steps to get started:
  1. Before joining a Zoom meeting on a computer or mobile device, you can download the Zoom app from their Download Center. Otherwise, you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you click the join link.
  2. Each meeting has a unique number called a meeting ID that will be required to join a Zoom meeting
  3. If you are joining via telephone, you can use the teleconferencing number provided in the invite.
More details on the Zoom meeting and how to join will be sent early next week.

Seattle 4 International Service Committee

Join Our Online Meeting
March 18th at 10:30am

All club members are invited to join us for our monthly ISC Committee meeting via Zoom. We will hear from nonprofits around the globe about their vision and mission and how Seattle 4 Rotary can support their cause. We look forward to virtually seeing you there. 
Join our Zoom Meeting on your computer or phone:
(699) 900-6833
Meeting ID: 206 456 7890

Check out Photos of our Meetings and Other Events

Help Needed - Harvest Against Hunger Foodpack

Saturday, March 14th from 8:30-11:00am

Given the challenges and changes in our community due to the coronavirus situation, registrations for volunteers for this Saturday's Harvest Against Hunger foodpack and for many of our local food banks, are down.  If you are not in the high-risk category for the virus and feel you are able to jump in this Saturday to fill some of the spots of volunteers who cannot go this time, please do.  Sign up with the link below. 
Bring people if you can - there will donuts!  For those who feel they cannot attend this month, we fully understand.  Please follow the guidelines to keep yourself and your family safe. 

Get Ready for Tulip Season!

The Rotary Club of La Conner will be bringing loads of beautiful tulips to our April 8 luncheon.  A bouquet of 10 stems is only $5 -- you'll want a bunch!

Aloha Seattle 4 Rotarians!

Don't Miss the 2020 Rotary International Convention in Honolulu on June 6-10

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Harvest Against Hunger Work Party
Northwest Harvest Warehouse
Mar 14, 2020
8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Pike Place Market Gardening Party
Market Commons
Apr 04, 2020
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
New Member Meet & Greet
The Rainier Club
Apr 09, 2020
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Harvest Against Hunger Work Party
Northwest Harvest Warehouse
Apr 11, 2020
8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Rotary Boys & Girls Club Maintenance Day
Rotary Boys & Girls Club
Apr 18, 2020
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Wellspring Family Services Work Party
Rotary Support Center for Families
Apr 25, 2020
9:15 AM – 11:15 AM
Harvest Against Hunger Work Party
Northwest Harvest Warehouse
May 09, 2020
8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Harvest Against Hunger Work Party
Northwest Harvest Warehouse
Jun 13, 2020
8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
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