Founded 1909         Weekly News and Highlights     April 21, 2023


Wednesday, April 26
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Zoom Only

Tom Mesaros 

The Art of Non-Profit Giving

Have you ever been asked to serve on a not-for-profit board of directors and suddenly realized that one of your key roles is to help raise money to support the mission of the organization? The task of raising money begins with understanding who is giving it away and to whom are they giving it. Our program on April 26th will provide that information.

Talented Public Servants Fuel State Treasurer’s Office

Thank you to Pete DeLaunay for being our meeting reporter this week.
Rotarians welcomed Washington State Treasurer, Mike Pellicciotti, Wednesday for a discussion about the role of his statewide office, and priorities going forward. “I inherited an enormously talented group of public servants when I was elected in 2020,” he said.  “The office manages the state’s investments in various areas, manages the state’s debt, funds the state’s operating budget, transportation budget and capital budget.” 
New Member Introduction
Gavin Wedeking
Don Kraft
Kareen Vander Hoek, Don Kraft’s daughter, wanted us to know that Don and Midge are settling in at Mirabella’s skilled nursing floor.  They have a beautiful double room, so they are able to remain together.  He is getting the care he needs.  Don uses a walker and struggles to get around, but with Karen’s help, he is able to Zoom in to the Rotary meetings.  His 70+ years of perfect attendance is very important to him.  He continues to be passionate about Rotary.
Don would love to hear from our members. According to Karen, cards or emails would be wonderful.  You can send them to:
Don & Midge Kraft116 Fairview Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109


Hike (Walk), Learn, and Socialize - West Seattle

Saturday, April 22nd
1:00 PM
Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center

The Peace Builders Committee is inviting all to join us on Saturday, April 22, for a day including a little hiking or easy walking, some learning about our community’s history, including that of the local indigenous peoples, and fun socializing with fellow Rotarians at a “happy hour” afterwards.
Join Southwest Seattle Historical Society and West Duwamish Greenbelt Trails Group for a guided hike followed by an oral history panel program highlighting the tribal, residential, industrial, political and ecological history of Seattle’s largest contiguous forest.
1:00 pm - Hike to Pigeon Point Park
                (moderate to strenuous)
1:30 pm - Hike to heʔapus Village Park                      (easiest)
3:00 pm - Panel at Longhouse
Afterwards, Seattle Rotarians will enjoy a “happy hour” at a local establishment.
Both hikes depart from the Duwamish Longhouse.
Duwamish Tribe Longhouse & Cultural Center 
4705 W Marginal Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106
Registration for this event includes either hike and the panel program. Light refreshments will be provided before the panel begins.
Afterwards, Seattle Rotarians will enjoy a “happy hour” at a local establishment.
Contact Kathy Williams HERE to register both for the hikes, the panel discussion, and the happy hour afterwards.  When you register, you will be informed of the “Happy Hour” location.

Community Forest Restoration Planting Party

Friday April 28th       
2:00 PM-6:
00 PM
Discovery Park

Seattle Rotarians are invited to join the United Indians of All Tribes, the Green Seattle Partnership and the Na'ah Illahee Fund at their Community Restoration Planting Party at the Daybreak Star Cultural Center in Discovery Park.
Be part of the vision to create a Food and teaching Forest at the Daybreak Star Cultural Center. Our efforts support indigenous communities living in Seattle to learn and harvest traditional foods and medicine. 
Come ready to plant these sacred medicines and foods. tools will be provided.

Theo's Chocolate Private Tour Experience

Saturday, April 29
1:00 PM
Theo's Chocolates


During this hour-long interactive experience, you’ll discover the origins of cacao, see how we craft our chocolate from scratch in Seattle, and learn about the close partnerships we’ve cultivated with the farmers we source from. Plus, you’ll get an inside view of our factory to see where the magic happens. And what chocolate experience would be complete without tasting? During your visit, you’ll indulge in a wide range of treats, from our nationwide bestsellers to hand-crafted confections.

Note that tickets are first come, first serve and capped at 21; each member may bring no more than two additional guests. Cost for each attendee is $15, with part of ticket costs being subsidized by the club. 

To register to attend, please RSVP to Jan Levy. You will then receive an invoice from Freshbooks to pay for your ticket.

Dinner & 5th Avenue Theater
Saturday, May 3
Dinner at 5:30 PM (Washington Athletic Club), Performance at 7:30 PM (5th Avenue Theater)

We will be having dinner together at the Washington Athletic Club prior to the musical.  Please contact Doug Seto HERE to make a reservation for dinner at the Washington Athletic Club and if you have any questions.

Join fellow Rotarians at Sweeney Todd, a deliciously thrilling story of revenge and retribution, which continues The Seattle Fifth Avenue Theatre’s celebration of the titan of musical theatre:  Stephen Sondheim.  After 15 years in exile, Sweeney Todd arrives in a dark ad gritty London, hungry for vengeance against the judge who destroyed his life.  Todd joins forces with Mrs. Lovett, the unhinged proprietress of a failing pie shop, and together they develop a spine-tingling plot to extract revenge.

Purchase your tickets HERE for a special discount.



Morgan Stanley


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

Mary Goldie
Club Director

Carma McKay
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 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!! 
Apr 26, 2023 12:30 PM
Online Program
May 03, 2023 12:30 PM
Rainer Club and on Zoom
May 10, 2023 12:30 PM
Rainer Club and on Zoom
May 17, 2023 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel and on Zoom
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5th Ave Theater - Discounted Tickets for Seattle 4
5th Avenue Theater
Apr 21, 2023 – Jun 17, 2023
International Service Committee (Monthly except Jun, Jul, and Dec)
On Zoom
Apr 21, 2023 10:00 AM
Community Open House at Oxbow
Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center
Apr 22, 2023
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Event
Bellevue Downtown Park
Apr 22, 2023
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Hike (Walk), Learn, and Socialize - West Seattle
Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center
Apr 22, 2023 1:00 PM
Theo's Chocolate Private Tour Experience
Theo's Chocolate
Apr 29, 2023 1:00 PM
5th Avenue Theater & Dinner at the WAC
The WAC & 5th Avenue Theater
May 03, 2023 5:30 PM
Education Committee Meeting
On Zoom
May 03, 2023 3:00 PM
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Jim Linardos
Catherine Cleveland
John Adams


2 Years
Rachel Smith
Jenn Gladish
Gina Hall
Brian Goodwin
3 Years
DeWitt Jensen
4 Years
Matt LeMaster
5 Years
Nicole Klein
Jessica Bhuiyan
8 Years
Mike Adams
Jon Scholes
10 Years
Michele Shaw
13 Years
Kari Rallo
14 Years
Gary Drobnack
15 Years
Steve Boyd
17 Years
Steve Sundquist
18 Years
Linda Cheever
19 Years
Freeman Fong
Hollie Ellis
23 Years
Jean Bateman
30 Years
Mike O'Byrne
36 Years
Jim Burdett
46 Years
Ralph Munro

Meet fellow Rotarians and get involved in service.  Join a committee.  Contact committee chair or Carma McKay for more information. 


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


Member Engagement
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 Mary for more details at

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. 
Liz Powell:
Marsha Mutusi:
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