Founded 1909         Weekly News and Highlights     March 25th, 2022
Wednesday, March 30
Spring Break


“Bridging Differences for Better Mentoring” with Lisa Fain and Ukraine Update with Jill Dougherty (interviewed by Bill Center)

Our member and past president Bill Center interviewed former CNN Foreign Affairs correspondent and Moscow bureau chief Jill Dougherty about Ukraine.  

Bill asked her specifically about Putin and how Russians are viewing the war.  She said Putin is presenting the war in Ukraine as a country that “is controlled by the West” and that Russia is being attacked/threatened which is why he uses terminology like “Nazis and regime.” Older Russians tend to be the ones that watch the state news broadcasts and remember WWII and are fearful of “Nazis.”  While younger people receive news from other outlets, but even their news is now limited and most are fearful of speaking out when they see protestors arrested and Putin using phrases like “scum and traitors” to describe anyone who questions what is happening in Ukraine.

She referenced two of Putin’s recent speeches that she called “historic” and examples of why he will “not be turning back; he is on a mission.”  She said he views himself as a “religious leader” and now views the conflict as more than “Ukraine joining NATO” and about “punishing Ukraine and destroying their government.”  Bill thanked Jill for sharing “these special insights from a former Seattle 4 member” as it was a great opportunity to hear from someone who has spent so much time over her career covering Moscow and Putin.

Don't miss the Rotary International Convention in Houston!!  Click HERE for information and registration.
Leadership Tomorrow
Class of 2023

Are you inspired to step into a bigger role in your community?

Are you being called to lead?

Join many of your fellow Seattle 4 Rotarians and consider applying for the Leadership Tomorrow Class of 2023 - a cohort of Puget Sound leaders from the private, nonprofit, and public sectors. Together you will explore important regional issues and how they are interconnected, develop and practice strategies and tools to become more effective civic leaders, and expand your personal and professional networks. Key aspects of the program are analyzing the history and current impacts of racism and understanding that working with others to advance racial equity is central to leadership in our region.


Volunteer Opportunity

Saturday, March 26
9:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Wellspring Family Services
1900 Rainier Avenue S.
Spend a Saturday morning with your fellow Rotarians by helping families experiencing homelessness at Wellspring Family Services.
Friends and family welcome. 
Complete the Volunteer Form in advance and check the ‘Rotary – 4th Saturday’ box.  If anyone has any questions they can also reach out to

Thursday, April 7
5:00 PM -7:00 PM
Wiliam Traver Gallery
110 Union St #200

Preston Singletary Art Exhibition

No reservations needed - just show up at the gallery.  If you missed Preston's Seattle 4 Rotary presentation in November, you can view that HERE.

Volunteer Opportunity
Sunday, April 17
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
(3rd Sunday of each month)
Build Tiny Houses
The Hope Factory
5 South Nevada Street
14 volunteers maximum per event - first come, first served.  Volunteer form needs to be completed for each volunteer.   
  • Rotarians and their families, and friends of Rotarians are all welcome. 
  • Must be 18 years of age or above.
  • No previous experience is needed.
  • Must be vaccinated.
  • Masks are required.
  • Bring work gloves and lunch.

Howard Cohen at

Seattle 4 Fellowship
Thursday, April 28
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM  
The Rainier Tower
1301 5th Avenue - 12th Floor
Sea4s Happy Hour - All Welcome!
We can't wait to see you!  All members are welcome to attend.  
Click HERE to RSVP

Saturday, May 7
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Pilchuck Glass School
Stanwood, WA

Campus Tour and Happy Hour

Sign up today for a special tour of the iconic glass art school founded by Dale Chihuly.  We'll get a tour of campus, watch live glassblowing, and enjoy some Happy Hour libations.  This special tour is $50 per person and will likely sell out fast, so click HERE to reserve your spot today.  Make sure you select the correct day and time (Saturday, May 7th Happy Hour Tour). 



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:


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

Phone: 206-623-0023

Caroline Bobanick
Executive Director

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 and Communication Manager, Fiona Ronyai, 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!! 
Mar 30, 2022
Apr 06, 2022 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel, 1900 5th Avenue and on Zoom
Apr 13, 2022
Online Program
Apr 20, 2022 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel, 1900 5th Avenue and on Zoom
View entire list
Click Each for a Full Description
Sea4 Happy Hour
Rainier Tower
Mar 24, 2022
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Rotary Volunteer Day
Wellspring Family Services
Mar 26, 2022 9:15 AM
Peacebuilders Committee
On Zoom
Mar 30, 2022
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Community Service Committee
On Zoom
Apr 06, 2022 10:30 AM
Education Committee Meeting
On Zoom
Apr 06, 2022 11:00 AM
International Service Committee
On Zoom
Apr 15, 2022 10:30 AM
District 5030 Volunteer Project
Duwamish Hill Preserve
Apr 16, 2022
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Building Tiny Houses
Hope Factory
Apr 17, 2022 9:00 AM
View entire list


Lindsay Klarman
Liz Powell
Robert Gilmore
Laurie Black
Jesse Thomas


1 Year
Ryan Bunbury
JB Menefee
Anne Jannetti
3 Years
Nick Curatola
Bailee Brown
Judy Kaiser
David McDonald
Derek Ruckman
Alvaro Jimenez
4 Years
Joyce Davidson
Taylor Shimizu
Jesse Thomas
Bonnie Towne
6 Years
Daron Vchulek
8 Years
Bob Boeshaar
9 Years
Eric Newman
Jim Loder
Mark Long
Jimmy Collins
13 Years
Bill Gates III
16 Years
Candy Lee
A.D. Vickery
Janice Winemiller
17 Years
Jeff Pritchard
18 Years
Manny Ramos
Liv Wernecke
20 Years
Jim Odom
Skip Rowland
21 Years
Joel Ferrell
James Wong
22 Years
Einer Handeland
24 Years
John Steckler
25 Years
Joel Paget
26 Years
Craig Dawson
28 Years
Gerry Maurer
30 Years
Laurel James
Mark Weed
32 Years
Rich Lacher
34 Years
Rita Ryder
44 Years
Fred Weiss

Meet fellow Rotarians and get involved in service.  Join a committee.  Contact committee chair or Fiona Ronyai 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 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

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