Founded 1909         Weekly News and Highlights     May 20, 2022
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 25
Zoom Only
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Margo Day, Mekuno Project
Gender Equality: Catalyzing Transformative Change and Empowering a Hope-Filled Future

Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable world. However, this goal will remain unreachable if centuries-old forms of gender-based violence, such as female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage persist, and girls in Kenya and around the world are prevented from creating hope-filled futures of their own design.

World Vision’s Kenya Big Dream addresses the root causes of FGM: extreme poverty, illiteracy, and cultural norms. The Kenya Big Dream ensures access to education and provides life skills training for girls, economic empowerment for families removing the financial incentive of the bride price for their girl, and changes social norms harmful to girls and boys.  Realized hope for a better future is an unstoppable force.

There was no meeting reporter available for this week's meeting. Interested in becoming a meeting reporter for Seattle Rotary? Please contact Mary Goldie at
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 HERE

Love, SeaTown Block Party Concert Series

Friday, May 20
Various Downtown Seattle Locations
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

The Downtown Seattle Association and several downtown Seattle organizations are pleased to announce a three-day series of block parties and concerts across five Seattle locations this spring! Concerts include sets from The Black Tones, Deseo Carmin, and more! For additional information and music lineups, click HERE.

Sea4s Happy Hour


The Sea4s Happy Hour for May has been cancelled. Rotary year 2022-2023 happy hour dates coming soon!

Parties in the Park

Tuesdays and Thursdays May - August
Occidental Square and Westlake Park

The Downtown Seattle Association invites you to all-day parties every Tuesday in Occidental Square and every Thursday in Westlake Park from now until August. Starting at 11:00 AM each day, enjoy music, food trucks, games, and an afternoon happy hour from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM. For more information, click HERE.

Business Lunch with NW Harvest CEO Thomas Reynolds 

Thursday, June 2
Rainier Club
Seattle, WA
11:30 AM

The Rainier Club invites Seattle 4 Rotary members to a luncheon featuring a keynote speech from NW Harvest CEO Thomas Reynolds on the business of food insecurity.
Attendees must pre-register and pre-pay no later than Friday, May 27 by calling Sandy Walsh at 206-369-6240. Attendees can also pay for lunch through Venmo (@SanWalsh). Lunch is $44 and features Shrimp Louie with Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp.

Edwin Lindo (JD) 
Online Forum
Critical Race Theory: Exploring the Truth

Thursday, June 2
Online Program - Zoom
12:30 PM

The Peacebuilders Committee is hosting a special Zoom forum on June 2 at 12:30 PM: Critical Race Theory: Exploring the Truth.

Edwin Lindo (JD), Associate Teaching Professor of the UW Department of Family Medicine and Assistant Dean for Social & Health Justice, will present and lead the forum. As an internationally-recognized speaker on race and racism, Lindo has developed curriculum and teaches Critical Race Theory (CRT). 

In addition to his CRT research and scholarship, Lindo has a podcast, The Praxis Podcast, focused on addressing racism within medicine and Estelita's Library, a social justice library and bookstore established with his wife Estell to bring education on topics of truth and justice to communities.

Attendees are asked to pre-register by clicking HERE. All registrants will receive Zoom meeting details prior to the event.

Lake View Cemetery Tour

Sunday, June 5
Lake View Cemetery
Seattle, WA
12:30 PM

Join your fellow Rotarians on a tour of historic Lake View Cemetery led by attorney and historian Jared Steed. For additional information including tour highlights and essential parking information, please click HERE. RSVP for the tour by emailing Doug Seto at

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 Ethnic Dinner at Ada's Restaurant and Bar

Wednesday, June 15
Ada's Restaurant and Bar
Seattle, WA
6:00 PM

Join your fellow Rotarians for a night of authentic Turkish food! For additional event information including cost and menu options, click HERE. If you are interested in attending, please email Fedva Dikmen at and pre-pay no later than Monday, June 13.

Save the Date!
End of Year District 5030 Dinner and Weekend Festivities

Saturday June 25 - Monday, June 27
Newcastle Golf Club
Newcastle, WA

Join District President Howard Cohen and District Governor Elect Kae Peterson for an end-of-the-year Rotary celebration at Newcastle Golf Club in June! 
The day will start with our annual Golf Tournament, raising much-needed funds for Rotary Polio Eradication, followed by our dinner and celebration. At the dinner, I will share with you a review of this past Rotary year and you will get to hear what is in store for the new Rotary year from our incoming District Governor Kae Peterson. We will share club and district accomplishments and honor outstanding Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Interactors for their contributions to Rotary.  This is a time to gather together to celebrate all that Rotary does locally and globally. Catch up with old friends and meet new friends. This is also a great time for clubs to come together to meet and celebrate their own past year's successes as well as share those of the district. It will be a celebration within a celebration!  Please click HERE to register for the festivities. You can register for golf, golf and dinner, or just dinner. And wait! There is even more exciting news! We have plans in the works to start the weekend off with several exciting options. On Saturday, June 25, there are plans in the work for your choice of a hike, a bike ride, or a dodgeball game. On Sunday, June 26, there are plans in the works to view Jeffrey Robinson's outstanding movie, "Who We Are: A History of Racism in America". Be on the lookout for further information about these exciting plans, coming soon! Mark your calendar for the upcoming events and register today! I hope to see you all there! As we honor Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta's theme for this Rotary year, remember that we all Serve to Change Lives!

Downtown Summer Sounds

Summer Concert Series
July - September
Dates and Times TBD

Live, local music is back this summer as part of this long-running series. This free event will feature a wide array of musical genres, times, and event locations. Click HERE for more information as it becomes available. 



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 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!! 

Sunday, May 21

Mayor Bruce Harrell is launching the City's first Day of Service to turn the values behind his vision for One Seattle - inclusion, cooperation, and service - into shared action and meaningful improvement for our City and the quality of life of all residents.  Click HERE to learn more about how you can get involved and read about our club activities below. 

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

Volunteer at Wellspring Family Services for May Volunteer Day

Spend a Saturday morning with your fellow Rotarians by helping families experiencing homelessness at Wellspring Family Services.
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 Faye Green at


Seattle 4 Rotarians, 

The need for blood donors is far bigger than Bloodworks Northwest (BWNW) could handle on any one day.  This is why the entire month of May is available for Rotarians, friends, family and co-workers to donate blood at BWNW. 

Please call BWNW at 1-800-398-7888 or go online to to schedule your donation.

When you arrive for your appointment please mention “Rotary 5030” to get your donation properly credited.  Also, we ask that you print and bring this sign with you to use for a selfie photo.

Finally, email your photos to so we can track our success. Even if you do not take a photo, please let Sten know you donated.

Thank you!

Sten Crissey

May 25, 2022 12:30 PM
Online Program
Jun 01, 2022 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel and on Zoom
Jun 08, 2022 12:30 PM
Online Program
Jun 15, 2022 12:30 PM
Online Program
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Be Bold 4 Blood Drive
May 01, 2022 – May 31, 2022
District 5030 Festival of Training
Online Program
May 01, 2022 – May 31, 2022
Love, SeaTown Block Parties and Concert Series
Various Downtown Seattle Locations
May 18, 2022 – May 20, 2022
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
Community Service Committee
On Zoom
Jun 01, 2022 10:30 AM
Education Committee Meeting
On Zoom
Jun 01, 2022 11:00 AM
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Joel Ferrell
Harry Short
Taylor Shimizu
Beth Knox
Harvey Rubinstein


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
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Rotary Boys & Girls Club


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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. 
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