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International Service Committee ZOOM Meeting

May 4 at 10:30am

Join us for our monthly ISC Committee meeting via ZOOM. We will share our grant recipient recommendations being submitted to SRSF.   We look forward to virtually seeing you there!
Join on your computer by clicking HERE
Or dial in on your phone: (253) 215 8782
Meeting ID: 206 456 7890
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Text Seattle4 to 313131


See a wonderful tribute to James G. McCurdy in the University of Washington Magazine HERE
Sign Art Mazzola's guestbook and see his obituary in the Seattle Times HERE


Apr 25
Jonathan Bosch
Watt Taylor
Apr 26
Catherine Cleveland
Anne Gillingham
Apr 26
John Adams
Apr 29
Dorothy Echodu
May 1
Geoff Ball
May 2
DeWitt Jensen
Gerry Maurer
May 3
Tom Hayward
James Wong
May 4
Alan Sclater
May 5
Eric Robinson
May 6
Alan Bergen
Carmen Best
May 7
Kerry Howell
May 8
Susan Adler
Jane Pryor


1 Year
Matt LeMaster
2 Years
Jessica Bhuiyan
Nicole Klein
3 Years
Alejandro Grajal
5 Years
Mike Adams
Rosanne Lapan
Ben Wicks
7 Years
Lauren Domino
Michele Shaw
10 Years
Kelly Holm
Kari Rallo
11 Years
Gary Drobnack
12 Years
Steve Boyd
14 Years
Steve Sundquist
15 Years
Linda Cheever
16 Years
Hollie Ellis
Freeman Fong
20 Years
Jean Bateman, CFRE
27 Years
Mike O'Byrne
33 Years
Bob Parks
35 Years
Rex Clark
36 Years
Jim Burdett
43 Years
Ralph Munro

Bob Alexander



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 Mariah for more details at


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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
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 Program Manager, Mariah Kimpton, 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!! 

April 29th at 12:00pm

Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins and Our First Responders During the State of Emergency

The Seattle Fire Department works diligently to keep our community safe and healthy through fire prevention and rescue, providing emergency medical services, and much more. In 2019 alone, the department received more than 150,000 calls for service. Their mission has been made even more challenging by the outbreak of COVID-19, with first responders on the frontlines of the pandemic helping community members in need. Join us on Wednesday, April 29 to hear from Seattle Fire Chief and fellow Seattle 4 Rotary member Harold Scoggins about how the Fire Department has been impacted by COVID-19 and how they’re adapting to face these new challenges.
Chief Scoggins has more than 30 years of experience in the fire service. He started his firefighting career as a member of the United States Air Force where he served as a firefighter. In 1989, Scoggins joined the Glendale Fire Department where he advanced through the ranks serving as Firefighter, Engineer, Captain, and Battalion Chief and in 2008 being named as Fire Chief. In April 2015, Scoggins became the Chief of the Seattle Fire Department.
Join on your computer by clicking HERE
Or dial in on your phone: (253) 215 8782
Meeting ID: 259 970 584
If you have any questions about using Zoom or run into technical difficulties, please contact

Thursday, May 7th at 11:00am


Join us for a historic meeting of the first five Rotary clubs - Chicago, San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle, and LA. These legacy clubs have faced and overcome countless challenges in over a century of serving their communities. Join us for a panel discussion among the presidents of these clubs, facilitated by RI President Mark Maloney, on how they are facing the current challenge of COVID-19 and what it will mean for the future of Rotary and our cities.
Following the panel, attendees are invited to join a break-out group to discuss membership, community service, or international service initiatives among the five clubs. 
All attendees must register in advance by clicking here.

Check out Photos of our Meetings and Other Events


Seattle 4 Rotary member, Joyce Robertson, has reached out to our local food banks to compile the following list of needs.  Just click on the name of the food bank for a link to their website and donation portal.  If making a cash gift, please do so online to eliminate staff time and the health risk to process checks or cash.
Ballard Food Bank (5130 Leary Ave. N.W.)  
-Cash gifts  (Cost to produce one kid's pack is $5)
-Soup, chili, oatmeal, cup of noodles, canned chicken or tuna, granola bars, and snack packs (for weekend kid's packs) 
Immanuel Community Services  (215 Thomas St, So. Lake Union)         
-Masks, cleaning supplies, brown paper towels (for old fashioned pull out dispensers), disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, brown paper grocery bags with handles for food distribution
Big need right now is volunteers to keep food bank serving. Most regular volunteers are unable to come due to age/health.  Saturday 8:00am-12:00pm and Monday 9:00am-2:00pm.
Pike Market Food Bank (1531 Western Ave.)
-Only accepting financial gifts at this time. 
Queen Anne Food Bank (232 Warren Ave N, near Key Arena)
-Lunch meat, single serving yogurts, fruit cups, bottled water, hand sanitizer, mask, socks (men's)
-Cash gifts
Rainier Valley Food Bank (4205 Rainier Ave So.)
-Diapers size 3 and up
-Baby cereal
-Canned soups
-Masks for volunteers and staff. Drop off is Tues–Sat, 9:00am-2:00pm.
-New and used large-sized grocery bags with handles
20 lunches/day for volunteers/staff (prefer individually wrapped/packed lunches for safety).  Deliver groceries Wed and Sat or sanitize food areas.
St. Mary’s Food Bank (611 20th Ave South)
-Hygiene and sanitary items (toilet paper, hand soap, cleaning supplies)
-Canned foods (protein and vegetable)
-Nonperishable foods (pasta, oatmeal, rice, etc.)
-Infant supplies (there is a Baby Corner and Toddler-bag-to-go program)
Salvation Army (please visit their COVID-19 page for more details and drop-off locations in Seattle)
-Non-perishable foods
-Personal hygiene items
-Household cleaning items
-Cash donations
West Seattle Food Bank (3419 SW Morgan St.)
-Only accepting financial gifts at this time.
University District  (5017 Roosevelt Way N.E.) 
-Cleaning supplies, hygiene items and baby items
-Non-perishable items (not fresh foods).  See their chart HERE.
Drivers or food packers 
YWCA Central Area Food Bank (2820 E. Cherry St)
-Every week they need 190 of each item requested on this AMAZON LINK.
-Fresh milk and cheese sticks also needed.


Harvest Against Hunger (HAH), a program of our Rotary district, is working with its hunger relief partners across Washington to develop plans and best practices for hunger relief efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more, visit the COVID-19 Resource Page on the Harvest Against Hunger website.  Here is the latest:
  1. With the help of Seattle 4 Rotarian, Crysti Chen, HAH is delivering 20,000 surgical masks that will be distributed to food banks across Washington to help keep their volunteers and staff safe as they serve those in need in their communities
  2. HAH is expanding its King County Farmers Share and Farm to Food Pantry initiatives to provide early-season funding to farmers who have been impacted by market and restaurant closures, and is building a new program with partners at PCC Community Markets and the Neighborhood Farmers Market Association to support local farmers and 15 food banks across Seattle.  
  3. NEW TODAY: Rotary District 5030 and Harvest Against Hunger are developing a Rotary Global Grant initiative to fund capacity improvements that will help King County and South Snohomish County food banks safely handle perishable foods like meat, dairy, eggs and produce. More details are available on the District 5030 Grants Page.
Even though large-scale volunteer shifts have been cancelled at Northwest Harvest and Food Lifeline, local foodbanks still need volunteer help to serve an increasing number of clients - including many who are requesting food for the first time. If you are interested in volunteering at a local food bank, please visit the COVID-19 Resource Page to learn more and search for food banks near you.


Are you a member and at-risk for the coronavirus and would like help with grocery shopping, picking up pet supplies, or anything else that could put you at risk? There are lots of Rotary members who want to help and keep you safe. 
All you have to do is:
  1. Complete the form request which has four questions: 
    1. Name
    2. Phone number
    3. What you need help with (i.e. groceries)
    4. Your neighborhood (so volunteers can choose requests that are most convenient for them)
Once you submit the request, volunteers will receive an email and someone will contact you in a timely manner to lend you a hand.


Member, Jonny Holz, is organizing volunteers.  Please contact him at, or go to the online sign-up by clicking HERE.
Please consider a blood donation at Bloodworks Northwest. You can find guidelines for donating during the virus outbreak (most people are still eligible to donate!) and schedule an appointment HERE.
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