Founded 1909              Weekly News and Highlights         September 22, 2023
President Nancy Cahill's Theme for 2022-23

Gather - Engage - Serve


Dr. Doris Macharia
SVP of Global Programs, 

Wednesday, Sept. 27
On Zoom

Time: 12:30 - 1:30 PM

Closing the health equity gap through community-based eye care services

1.1 billion people around the world are blind or live with vision loss, 90% of which is avoidable and can be addressed through comprehensive eye care services that are community facing.  Bringing eye care directly to communities fast-tracks reaching the most marginalized and underserved populations particularly in low- and middle-income countries.
The presentation will highlight how Orbis International is addressing the health equity gap through a community-centered model that focuses on primary eyecare work as well as support for vision centers, including “green vision centers” (powered by green energy) and women-led vision centers, integrating eye health together with other critical cross-cutting global issues. 

Meeting Report of Sept. 20

Judges for Justice work to get Innocent People Out of Jail

Rotarians at the Motif Hotel and on Zoom heard a perspective on the criminal justice system that rarely sees the light of day.  Judges for Justice ( The Innocence Project.   

There will be no Wednesday meeting on October 11th. 

Instead, we will have a SPOTLIGHT ON SERVICE Event on October 10th from 5:30-7pm at the Renaissance Hotel at 515 6th Avenue.

If you drive, there is a special Rotary rate of $10 in the Renaissance parking garage on Madison just west of 6th Avenue.   Our event will be on the main floor of the hotel, with visible signage from the lobby area on the southwest corner of the main floor (visible from the bar area).  

There will be complimentary appetizers and a cash bar.  We will have a chance to meet with Seattle 4 Rotarians and learn about some of the ways that Seattle 4 members have plugged into service that has been fun and fulfilling. 

Important: Change of Meeting Cadence

~ From President Nancy

Update on Meeting Schedules.  Beginning in October, we are making a change to our Rotary schedules.   Our Board describes it as a change in our Meeting Cadence.    On the first and third meetings of each month, we will have a luncheon meeting at one of our downtown venues.   For these meetings, there will be a live Zoom feed, so that members that are unable to be with us in person can still join in.   Then, on the 2nd week of each month, we will have a more informal gathering, on a weekday late afternoon or evening, to have fellowship and a discussion topic or activity to do together.   We will call these our “Second Week Events.”

Our first Second Week Event is on Tuesday, October 10th from 5:30-7pm at the Renaissance Hotel at 515 - 6th Avenue in downtown Seattle (on the corner of 6th Avenue and Madison).   We will have the chance to socialize and enjoy complimentary appetizers and have a SPOTLIGHT ON SERVICE, in which some Seattle 4 Rotarians will share how these members have plugged into service that has been fun and fulfilling.  

The emphasis on service ties in with the other change in our Cadence.   We will not have a meeting scheduled during the 4th week of each month.   Instead, we will keep you informed of service opportunities available throughout the month.  These service opportunities can be something you can do on your own or use as a great way to find another Rotarian or friends of yours to volunteer with you.  With each of our service suggestions, we will have a point person from our Club that will be there, with whom you can serve.

One bit of useful research in our District helped us understand that now was the time to try this change of Cadence.   Of District Clubs that were surveyed, one-half of them are offering one or two evening meetings or happy hours for members each month, in lieu of their regular meeting time.  Clubs that have switched out some of their regular meeting time with evening events have reported increase in membership, particularly among younger members, and more attendance at these evening events than were anticipated.  

We hope to have this change in cadence allow us to reduce the monthly program cost that each member pays and will report back to you in October on that.   As you may not know, our Club spends thousands and thousands of dollars per luncheon meeting on audio visual expenses to have screens, microphones and live Zoom feeds of the meetings (followed by our ability to see the replay of the meeting at a later date).   Our sponsors cover a fraction of this cost.  So, we want to make an adjustment in the program expense and have it be sustainable.   We promise to update you on this in October. 

Know a young person in your life who is looking for a unique summer experience? Share with them about the District 5030 Short Term Youth Exchange program! The Short Term Youth Exchange program is now open for applications for Summer 2024 for high school students aged 15-18. Students will go over to their host country to stay with a family for a month and then will return with their youth exchange student to share their culture for another month. This unique exchange promotes exploration of cultures, friendship between students and families, and promotes the spirit of Rotary within high school students! Applications are open through the end of October. Reach out to Tabitha Claus, District Youth Exchange Committee Member for more information. 
Here is the flyer:
Here is the website with all the info to apply: 

Date:  Oct 7
Time:  10:00 AM

Oxbow Farm Tour
10819 Carnation-Duvall Rd NE, Carnation, WA 98014

Rotary Club of Seattle member Jim Barnhart and the Environmental Sustainability committee invite you to Oxbow Farm as we walk and tour the site. 
See the organic farm’s processing facility, workshop, their Native Plant Nursery, their Family Farm and Kids’ Play area, and walk out to the Snoqualmie River overlook to hear about conservation work on the farm and across the valley.  As we walk, you’ll learn about their programs in organic farming, conservation, native plant propagation and sales, and education—as well as the many public events they host to inspire visitors from across the region.
The tour will wrap up around noon.  If folks want to bring a lunch with them, the tour will stop at their covered pergolas to allow everyone a chance to eat and ask questions.

Anniversary Party for Rotary Club of the PNW Ending Sex Trafficking

Can you believe it? It is soon to be two years since Seattle #4 sponsored the Rotary Club of the Pacific Northwest Ending Sex Trafficking!

Please come celebrate with them on October 7th from 5:00 - 8:00 PM at 2125 - 1st Ave., 5th Floor, Seattle, WA  98121

It's also a great fellowship opportunity for Seattle 4 Rotarians.  Click the link below to RSVP.

OCTOBER 13-15, 2023
Besides being a terrific location, this is a great opportunity to meet Rotarians from other clubs in our District, learn from inspiring speakers, and consider ways that we can partner with other clubs on projects.
Click on, and to register, click on Register, and then Guest Registration. (Do not click on Member Login.)  Complete the several pages of registration. Then to make a hotel reservation, on the Home Page of this web site, click on Rooms.
To get there to Victoria, we can fly via Kenmore Air, which is offering a generous 20% discount on airfare exclusively for our Rotary District 5030 conference attendees.  Simply book your flight before October 8th and use the discount code Rotary Vic2030.
Or if you prefer, you can take the Victoria Clipper from downtown Seattle to the Inner Harbor in Victoria.
For further information, contact Kathy Williams,, 206-419-9545.  

Attention: First-time District Conference Goers!

If you have never attended a Rotary District Conference, here is an incentive for you to join regional Rotarians at the 2023 Rotary District Conference in Victoria, British Columbia on October 13-15!
Submit your conference registration receipt to Mary Goldie ( and if you’re one of the first 10 Seattle Rotarians to do so, the club will reimburse your $425 registration fee. 
Congrats to Gina Hall on being our first club member to complete her registration and take advantage of this wonderful opportunity!
For District Conference registration, schedules, hotel, and transportation information, check out:
Special Note:  To get a discount with the Victoria Clipper, use the code DISTRICT5030 at check out.

For more fun for our Seattle #4 members, we will have a special hospitality suite with beverages and nibbles.



Bloodworks NW

Morgan Stanley

New Corporate Members



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 Club Director, 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!! 
Sep 27, 2023 12:30 PM
Zoom Only
Oct 04, 2023 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel
Oct 10, 2023 5:30 PM
Renaissance Hotel's 515 Lounge
Oct 18, 2023 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel
View entire list
Click Each for a Full Description
Disney’s The Little Mermaid
Sep 08, 2023 – Oct 08, 2023
Education Committee Meeting
On Zoom
Oct 04, 2023 3:00 PM
Oxbow Farm Tour
Oxbow Farm
Oct 07, 2023 10:00 AM
Rotary District 5030 Conference
Victoria, BC
Oct 13, 2023 – Oct 15, 2023
Happy Hour 4 Good
Center for Wooden Boats
Oct 19, 2023
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
International Service Committee (Monthly except Jun, Jul, and Dec)
On Zoom
Oct 20, 2023 10:00 AM
Family Store Support
Wellspring Family Services
Oct 21, 2023
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Education Committee Meeting
On Zoom
Nov 01, 2023 3:00 PM
View entire list


Sept 15 - 21

Faith Ireland
Jeff Pyatt
Bailee Brown
Bill Weisfield
Bruce Williams
Bob Boeshaar
Jan Levy
Bob Davidson
Stan Foster, Jr.
Jess Hennessey
Jonelle Johnson
Lisa Mayfield
Sept. 22 - 28
Cynthia Chirot
Frances Walker
Ryan Pong
Nancy Cahill
Jeff Parker
Jim Barnhart
John King
Paul Casey


2 Years
Ash Burman
Chris Schultz
Jenni Cox
3 Years
Hisao Inagaki
Daniel Chen
4 Years
Mike Hatzenbeler
6 Years
Marc Kurose
Jim Stevens
Derryl Willis
Linda Thompson-Black
7 Years
Matt Albertson
Lindsay Klarman
Kevin Crane
Nick Anderson
13 Years
Nyasha Tunduwani
15 Years
Lisa Mayfield
20 Years
Linda Rough
Dominik Musafia
24 Years
Harvey Rubinstein
31 Years
Jim McCurdy
33 Years
Paul McTaggart
36 Years
Faith Ireland
37 Years
Don Murphy
Monna Lux

Get Involved

Meet fellow Rotarians and get involved in service.  See below for a list of committees.  Email the committee chair by clicking on their name.  Or, contact Carma McKay for more information. 


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


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:
Please add to your safe sender list or address book.
To unsubscribe from future e-mails, click here.
To forward this email to your friends, click here.
To view our privacy policy, click here.
102-2060 Winston Park Drive, Oakville, ON, L6H 5R7
ClubRunner is a registered trademark of Doxess Technologies Inc.
© 2016 ClubRunner. All Rights Reserved.