Founded 1909              Weekly News and Highlights          January 31, 2020
Feb 05, 2020 12:00 PM
Westin, 1900 5th Ave
Feb 12, 2020 12:00 PM
Westin, 1900 5th Ave
Feb 19, 2020 12:00 PM
Westin, 1900 5th Ave
Feb 26, 2020 12:00 PM
Motif Seattle, 1415 5th Ave
Mar 04, 2020
Sheraton, 1400 6th Ave
Mar 11, 2020
Westin, 1900 5th Ave
Mar 18, 2020 12:00 PM
Grand Hyatt, 721 Pine Street
Mar 25, 2020 12:00 PM
Hyatt Olive 8, 1635 8th Ave
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Thank You for Supporting Our Club's Service Work! 

As Rotarians, we are leaders connecting for extraordinary good –both in our community and around the world.  Together we are eradicating polio and malaria, bringing fresh water to rural villages worldwide to stop the spread of disease, and helping our neighbors in need with housing, healthy foods, and educational opportunities.
Thank you for taking action to help our club have a powerful and positive impact on our world.
Receive a weekly text with meeting location and program: 

Text Seattle4 to 313131


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.


Jan 31
Matt Bratlien
Jann Curley
Charley Dickey
Melissa Potter
Feb 1
Paul Frogley
Feb 3
Annie Wakefield
Feb 5
Sten Crissey
Linda Walton
Feb 8
Cody Fritz
Jacki Lorenz
Feb 10
Paula Houston
Feb 12
Rachelle Nesta-Goff
Feb 13
Whitney Mason


1 Year
Paul Casey
Eric Corning
Alex Fan
Nita Hairston
2 Years
Eu-wanda Eagans
Brandon Lee
3 Years
Roberto Dondisch
Robert Stadler
4 Years
David Brenner
William Dickinson
Sandy Walsh
5 Years
Steven Shaw
7 Years
Jan Levy
8 Years
Deanna Hobson
Jeff Parker
9 Years
Eric Weiss
10 Years
Steve Crandall
Carolyn Hojaboom
11 Years
Sam Davidson
16 Years
Pete DeLaunay
Alan Kunovsky
David Woodward
John Warner
19 Years
Kim Moore
21 Years
Mike Barrett
23 Years
Bill Center
Jack Lauderbaugh
John Nesholm
30 Years
Rod Waldbaum
32 Years
Jon Bridge
Larry Granat
33 Years
Art Mazzola
41 Years
Doug Picha

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


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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!! 


Ryan Gustafson and the Seattle Dragons XFL

February 5th at Noon
Westin Hotel, 1900 5th Avenue

Ryan Gustafson is President of the Seattle Dragons and oversees the fan engagement side of the organization including ticket sales and experience, brand marketing, content, game-day operations, communications, and corporate partnerships. He was formerly Vice President of Business Strategy and Development for the Sounders FC where he led strategic planning for the organization and all revenue-generation initiatives.  Ryan has also worked for the Seattle Seahawks, the San Diego Padres, and Major League Baseball.
Ryan grew up in the Seattle area graduating from the University of Puget Sound with a degree in Business and Economics, then earning his Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.  Ryan is excited to help build Seattle's newest professional sports franchise which will kick off February 15th against the DC Defenders!

Service Above Self Shines

The Rotary motto, Service Above Self, shined from the podium today.  Starting with Alicia Flatt and Marli Iverson leading us in the song, My Favorite Things.  And, no matter the age or background, everybody seemed to embrace the joy in the words.  Todd Summerfelt invoked a portion of the prayer Make Us Instruments of Your Peace.  Because of our donations, the Seattle Rotary Service Foundation (SRSF) announced its large grant recipient.  SRSF Trustee, Cynthia Chirot, presented a $40,000 check for Plymouth Housing Nurses’ Station to Executive Director, Paul Lambros, who said that onsite medical care is critical for the wraparound services Plymouth provides to residents.
Continuing in the theme of service, Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best was introduced as our newest member by Seattle University’s business school dean, Joe Phillips.  A 28-year veteran of the SPD, Chief Best’s full introduction appears in the Totem.

Meet New Member Carmen Best

Meet our newest member, Chief Carmen Best, who is Chief of Police for the City of Seattle.  Chief Best’s classification is Government & Policy.  She has been nominated by President Kim Moore and Chief Harold Scoggins.
Chief Best grew up in Tacoma and graduated from Lincoln High School.  She then attended Eastern Washington University, spent several years in the military, and worked for Aetna here in downtown Seattle.  She then joined the Seattle Police Department where she has served for the past 28 years.  She was promoted to Chief of Police in August, 2018.

Check out Photos of Our Meetings and Other Events

Last Thursday members received a link to a survey to share your experience of our Seattle 4 Rotary meetings. The results of this survey will be reviewed by a Strategic Options Task Force, which will use member feedback and research to recommend options for how we can best maintain and enhance the elements of our club that provide the most value to members while keeping costs at a reasonable level. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey by Monday, February 3rd at 11:59pm to share your feedback.
If you didn't receive a link for the survey, please contact Mariah at

Don't miss our Business Networking Night on February 20th!  More details in Upcoming Events. 

Save the Date
April 3-4, 2020
Rotary District 5030 Annual Conference

Don't Miss the 5th Avenue Theatre's Newest Production

Seattle 4 Rotary Members Receive a 25% Discount!

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Music Fellowship Event with Divas of Voice
Bake’s Place Bar & Bistro
Feb 07, 2020
9:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Harvest Against Hunger Work Party
Northwest Harvest Warehouse
Feb 08, 2020
8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Business Networking Night
Hard Rock Cafe
Feb 20, 2020
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Wellspring Family Services Work Party
Rotary Support Center for Families
Feb 22, 2020
9:15 AM – 11:15 AM
Harvest Against Hunger - Hearts & Wine 2020
The Foundry by Herban Feast
Feb 28, 2020
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Harvest Against Hunger Work Party
Northwest Harvest Warehouse
Mar 14, 2020
8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Pike Place Market Gardening Party
Market Commons
Mar 21, 2020
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Wellspring Family Services Work Party
Rotary Support Center for Families
Mar 28, 2020
9:15 AM – 11:15 AM
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Now Is a Great Time to Join Seattle 4 Rotary! 

Now through Valentine's Day, the club is offering a Sweetheart of a Deal. Prospective members can join Seattle 4 Rotary for an initiation fee of just $100. That's a savings of $350 for an individual member!

For more information about membership, follow the link below or email Caroline at

Share Rotary!

Do you know someone who you think would be a great addition to our club?  Sharing Rotary is easy and prospective members receive a complimentary lunch for their first visit! Here’s what to do:

Step 1  Invite someone to a lunch meeting and decide on a date.  You can find a list of our future speakers on our website at:
Step 2  Email Caroline at and let her know your selected date, name of your guest, their company or organization, and their email.  The office will create a name badge for your guest and a packet of information about membership that they can collect at check-in.
Step 3  Meet your guest at the meeting and enjoy the program.  If you are late or can’t make the meeting, don’t worry!  Someone from our membership team will host your guest and take good care of them.
Step 4  After the meeting, we will follow up with your guest and invite them to future meetings.  We also encourage you to connect with them to answer questions and offer to act as their sponsor.
Our members are our greatest asset.  We appreciate your help in Sharing Rotary and keeping our club strong and vibrant!


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