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Sep 30, 2020 12:00 PM
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September 25
Nancy Cahill
Shirley Lansing
Jeff Parker
September 27
John King
September 28
Paul Casey
September 30
Dorothy Bullitt
Virginia McKenzie
October 1
Matt Albertson
October 2
Rex Clark
Marc Kurose
Evan Steinruck
October 3
Don Murphy
October 4
Travis Keeler
October 5
Assunta Ng
October 7
Ross Stewart
October 8
Karl Ege
Paul Heppner
Nancy Osborne
October 9
Steve Boyd
David Greenwood
Lorna Tumwebaze


1 Year
Mike Hatzenbeler
Mike O’Brien
David Park
3 Years
Marc Kurose
Jim Stevens
Linda Thompson-Black
Amelie von Saint
  Andre-von Arnim
Derryl Willis
4 Years
Matt Albertson
Kevin Crane
Lindsay Klarman
Dave Lenox
Nima Samiee
6 Years
Nick Anderson
7 Years
Paul Frogley
10 Years
Nyasha Tunduwani

12 Years
Lisa Mayfield
17 Years
Dominik Musafia
Linda Rough
21 Years
Harvey Rubinstein
26 Years
Karen Wong
28 Years
Jim McCurdy

30 Years
Paul McTaggart

33 Years
Faith Ireland
Shirley Lansing

34 Years
Don Murphy

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

Get Involved - Join a Committee!

You can find a full list of our committees with descriptions on our website. Contacting the committee chair, listed below, is the best way to find out how to get involved. 


Business Mentor Program
Community Service
International Service
Rotary Boys & Girls Club


Member Engagement
New Member Introduction
Membership Recruitment
Rotary Cares
Rotary Mariners


Social Media
Totem Report


Diplomacy Initiative Task Force
David Woodward, Founder
Dr. Skip Rowland, Co-chairperson
Dr. Suzanne Griffin, Co-chairperson

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 one of our Rotary Cares Committee Co-chairs listed below to let us know how we can help. 
Fedva Dikmen:
Sue McNab:



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Unless protests are received in the time period required (seven days), the following will receive a "Welcome to Rotary" notification that their membership has been accepted:
Mihoko Tanaka, President and CEO of Tanaka Consulting. Individual Membership with a Business Consultants & Services Classification. Proposer, Doug Seto, and seconder, Marli Iverson.

September 30th at 12:00pm

*Social time starting at 11:45am*

Election 2020: What You Need to Know to Feel Better About November

As head of one of the most diverse offices in state government, Secretary Kim Wyman is responsible for overseeing state and local elections, corporation and charity filings, the Washington State Library, the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library, and the Washington State Archives.

A leader of national renown, Secretary Wyman often shares Washington’s award-winning, innovative election administration and cybersecurity practices with organizations across the country. Her office led the successful statewide effort to modernize and secure the state’s election infrastructure and continues to focus on securing elections in 2020 and beyond.

Secretary Wyman is committed to promoting civility and civic engagement, and connecting people with their government. She serves on many state and national boards, enjoys mentoring students, participates in leadership-development organizations, and advocates for preserving and teaching our history and traditions, the importance of civics education, and volunteering in our communities.

Join on your computer by clicking HERE
Or dial in on your phone: (253) 215 8782
Meeting ID: 259 970 584

Links from the September 23rd Meeting

Share your feedback on how Mount Rainier National Park can improve visitor use management. The deadline to comment is October 5.
Watch the speech by Senator Bradley mentioned by our short program speaker, Stephen Streufert of NatureBridge.

Share Rotary with Your LinkedIn Network in Three Easy Steps

1. Join our club's LinkedIn Group.
2. Forward invitations to meetings and events to your network. 
3. Include Caroline's email ( so your friends and associates can reserve their spot and get access codes.
If you don't already have a LinkedIn profile, CLICK HERE to learn how to get started. 

Tuesday, September 29th at 5:30pm

Walk to the Olympic Sculpture Park and Dine at Elliott’s Oyster House

Enjoy a walk along the waterfront to the Olympic Sculpture Park followed by dinner and a beautiful view of Elliott Bay from socially distanced tables on the deck at Elliott's Oyster House. In addition to seafood, they offer chicken, pasta, and filet mignon (the same filet you get at the Metropolitan Grill). Attendees will meet by the Argosy Cruise sign for the walk to the Olympic Sculpture Park at 5:30 pm, followed by dinner at 6:30 pm.

This event is limited to 34 people. 

Please RSVP by Friday, September 25th. For more information, contact Doug Seto.

Wednesday, September 30th at 5:30pm

Networking Event with the Great Northwest Rotary Business Network

The Great Northwest Rotary Business Network invites you to attend their first-ever networking social on Zoom! See the flyer linked below for more information and a link to RSVP.

Wednesday, October 7th at 3:00pm

Save the Date for the Next Meeting of the First Five Rotary Clubs!

The first five Rotary Clubs (Chicago, San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle, and LA) are gathering again. If you enjoyed our first collaborative meeting in May, you'll love this program filled with inspirational speakers and opportunities to connect, with a focus on Rotary's spirit and legacy of service and an announcement about a very special collaborative service project coming later this fall. The identity of our keynote speaker is under wraps until October 1 - stay tuned for the exciting announcement! 

Thursday, October 15th at 5:30pm

Save the Date for our October Happy Hour!

We hope to see you at our next Happy Hour on October 15, with guest hosts from the Seattle City Rotaract. We'll have lots of time for breakout rooms, trivia, and more!

Members in the News

Have you read this month's edition of Rotary Magazine? It features an interview by our own Mark Wright in the article, Why Partners Matter.
Are you receiving your copy of Rotary Magazine each month? If not, please reach out to the Rotary International Support Center directly or to the club office to troubleshoot. 
Rotary Support Center
Phone: (1-866-976-8279)

Volunteers Needed at the Rotary Boys and Girls Club

The Seattle Rotary Boys & Girls Club, under the leadership of Patrick Carter, has taken on the role of full-day academic support and childcare for the Seattle Public Schools. This means they need to ensure students are online and learning with their respective classrooms. What problem does online learning present?  Without human touch and guidance, the students are having their share of struggles. Some of them still can’t read or are having problems with basic math. Unlike the kids who can stay at home, they don’t have a parent or guardian to step in and help them when they run into problems.
Seattle Rotary Boys & Girls Club needs volunteers to come down and help. The time slots 8:30 – 11:30 and 12:30 – 2:30 are available and all COVID-19 procedures are being followed. No reported cases have been identified during the past six months of operation at the club. Volunteers will need to complete a simple background check and follow the guidelines.
Please consider signing up to help by emailing Patrick Carter at
Learn more about the Rotary Boys & Girls Club on their website. 
Being a parent is hard these days! Here’s a real example from a parent who faces these same issues at home:
“For 3rd grade and under, it’s a lot to expect for them to stay organized.  They move along the various subjects like vocabulary, reading comprehension, math, PE, religion (it’s a Catholic School), etc.…  I like to think my son is pretty sharp, but he still needs some direction and help.  There are plenty of kids who aren’t getting that, and they become distractions to the rest of the kids in class as well as to the teacher.  There needs to be some supervision at most times.”

Are You Ready to Lead?

Are you interested in supporting people around the globe? Would you like an opportunity to learn about nonprofits from all over the world?  If so, consider serving as a co-chair for our club's International Service Committee. Message Sarah Mackay at

Rotary Around the Globe: International Service Committee Project Highlight

The Seattle 4 Rotary International Service Committee is proud to be a partner in supporting Mwanzo, an organization that cultivates opportunities through education and community-driven development in Rabuor Village, Kenya, and neighboring communities.  The term mwanzo means “new beginnings” in Swahili. Through their community-driven model of rural development, Mwanzo accelerates hope in Rabuor Village, Kenya, and surrounding subsistence-farming communities. Click the link below to view a beautiful video that highlights their work.

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

Do you have content you'd like to share on our club's Facebook? Here are two ways to do that:
1. All members are invited to join and post in our Members-only Facebook Group
2. Send your ideas and requests for content for our public Facebook Page to Social Media Chair Bailee Neyland


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!! 
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