Founded 1909         Weekly News and Highlights     August 4, 2023


Wednesday, August 9
The Westin (Cascade Ballroom) and on Zoom

Dean Jodi Sandfort - Evans School of Policy & Governance

Building the Democracy We Need

How do we build the democracy we need, not the democracy we have? Join us to hear from Dean Jodi Sandfort about how the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Washington is working to inspire the next generation of public leaders and center community voice in policy design and implementation across Washington. 

Thursday, August 17
St. Joseph Parish
732 - 18th Ave. E.
Seattle, WA 98112

Memorial Mass for
Laura Rehrmann Reception to follow in the church social hall.

In lieu of flowers
Please consider making a gift to Heritage University in Laura’s memory. Heritage University is situated on the ancestral lands of the Yakama Nation in eastern Washington. Founded by three women—including one nun—the college serves students who are majority people of color and first-generation. Laura worked throughout her career to increase access to education. This was the last board she sat on and she held the people, mission, history and geography of the school close to her heart. 
Gifts can be made online at or mailed to Heritage University Office of Advancement, 3240 Fort Rd, Toppenish, WA 98948. 
Chris Schultz is a new father!!!

Gather - Engage - Serve

Thursday, August 17 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at the Center for Wooden Boats

Happy Hour 4 Good will benefit CHOICES Education Group

CHOICES Education Group ( is a student wellbeing platform that brings live classroom workshops to eighth grade students to empower them to thrive in school and life. Smart CHOICES empowers teens to make thoughtful, positive choices about their education and future, and introduces them to practical life skills to help them achieve their dreams. Money CHOICES © teaches teens how money is earned, budgeted, saved and spent, and helps them understand how they can make positive financial decisions both now and in the future.
  • Beer from Georgetown Brewing Co. and a selection of wines
  • BBQ from Pecos Pit BBQ
  • Live music provided by Elliott Bay Blues Band


Resource Fair

Saturday, August 26 
10:30 AM - 2:00 PM or 1:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Please note that there is an August 14 deadline to reserve your spot for the Resource Fair.

The list of Seattle 4 attendees is growing!  Cathy Gibson, Jeff Borek, Virginia McKenzie and Kathy Williams would LOVE to have your join them! 
You'll hear from six keynote speakers (Lt. General Stephen Lanza, Jenny Andrews, Patrick Galvin, Nyreese, Lorelei Higgins, and Amy Downs), attend educational workshops, dine with friends, and meet Rotarians from all around our district.  What a great networking opportunity!
Your Seattle 4 Conference Coordinator is Kathy Williams.  Here are the most important links:
Click HERE to email Kathy Williams
Click HERE to email Cathy Gibson
Click HERE to Visit the Conference website
Click HERE to register
The Sounders FC Academy are in-need of host families to join their Host Family program.  
The Sounders FC Homestay Program offers young players from around the country a unique opportunity to train and play with Sounders FC Academy. These committed athletes have been identified by the Sounders recruiting department as individuals with the talent to develop as players within the Academy and make their way to the first team.
Sharing your home with a Sounders FC Academy player will provide a unique and enriching opportunity for your entire family! These student athletes are in a unique situation to join the program and are held to a high standard among their peers. The Academy will provide all host families a monthly stipend, tickets to Sounders FC home matches, and a supportive community to connect with. For more information about the program, please click here
Referral Program - If you can’t host but know someone who can, you will get rewarded! If your referral is approved to join the program, you will have your choice of Sounders FC match tickets, signed gear or invitations to special Sounders FC Events!  
Lauren Babcock
Seattle Sounders FC | Head of Academy Operations
813-919-3243 |

New Member Introduction

Maddy Vonhoff, MPA
by Rotary Club of Seattle member
Joseph Phillips

Maddy grew up in Vancouver, WA and went to Western Washington University where she majored in psychology and French. While at Western, she did a semester abroad program in rural Kenya where she volunteered at a high school and health clinic while learning about international development issues and initiatives. Through this experience, she developed a passion for public policy and advocacy.

While her public policy work started with economic development, since then it has ranged across a variety of critical issues. When she graduated from Western, she worked as an intern at the World Affairs Council. Subsequently, she worked as a legislative aid for the ACLU, and then for the Alternatives to the Death Penalty initiative in Washington.

Next, she worked for Bono’s One Campaign, an effort to fight poverty and disease globally, serving for six years as their Western Regional Manager, organizing volunteers and turning them into advocates.

And then, 18 months ago she joined the Committee for Children, where she is an advocate for improved child welfare in the US and overseas.

When Maddy is not advocating on behalf of others, she likes to scuba dive and to travel. Her next trip is to Belize and she says the coolest place she has travelled to is Egypt!

In May, Maddy graduated from Syracuse University with her Master’s in Public Affairs. So, belated congratulations to our graduate! She is planning to allocate all that time she spent studying to participating in Rotary to improve her ties to the Seattle community.

Please join us in welcoming our newest member, Maddy Vonhoff!


Cathy Gibson:  "Thank you Sten Crissey for championing Seattle #4 blood donations.
I think today was my fastest donation ever = less than 7 minutes!"

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 06, 2023 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel
Sep 13, 2023 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel
Sep 20, 2023 12:30 PM
The Motif Hotel
Sep 27, 2023 12:30 PM
Zoom Only
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Click Each for a Full Description
Rotary Night Out with the Mariners!
T Mobile Park
Aug 25, 2023 7:10 PM
Family Resource Fair
Wellspring Family Services
Aug 26, 2023
Tiny Homes Building Day
Aug 26, 2023 9:00 AM
Education Committee Meeting
On Zoom
Sep 06, 2023 3:00 PM
Disney’s The Little Mermaid
Sep 08, 2023 – Oct 08, 2023
International Service Committee (Monthly except Jun, Jul, and Dec)
On Zoom
Sep 15, 2023 10:00 AM
Happy Hour 4 Good
The Center for Wooden Boats
Sep 21, 2023
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Education Committee Meeting
On Zoom
Oct 04, 2023 3:00 PM
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New Members

Kevin Schilling
Cindy Sharek


Tabitha Claus
Mike Adams
Zach Schweiss


1 Year
Annie Ramirez
Loria Yeadon
4 Years
Jonny Holz
5 Years
Arlesia Bailey
Suzanne Fortune
6 Years
Annie Wakefield
7 Years
Ross Stewart
8 Years
Jennifer Porto
10 Years
Anne Brugge
11 Years
Liz McGrath
12 Years
Ben Reiber
Catherine Cleveland
14 Years
Fred Grimm
16 Years
Virginia McKenzie
21 Years
Bill Marshall, Jr.
23 Years
Bruce Williams
29 Years
Bob Alexander
30 Years
Carl Lucks
32 Years
Dorothy Bullitt
39 Years
Paul Suzman

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  


John Steckler  
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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