Founded 1909         Weekly News and Highlights     May 5, 2023


Wednesday, May 10
The Rainier Club & Zoom

Tammy Canavan, Visit Seattle President & CEO

Seattle's Tourism Economy

Seattle hosted almost 34 million visitors last year, generating nearly $7.5 Billion spent in our local economy, putting 62,000 of our neighbors to work.  Come hear about how you can be a part of Seattle’s next chapter, and what tourism means to us as a community.

Bernie Griffin Interviewed by Mark Wright

The Impact of Art on Downtown Seattle

Short Program: Rais Bhuiyan with World Without Hate in a conversation with Mark Wright
In the days after 9/11, Rais was working at a 7-11 when a white supremacist entered his store with a shotgun. This individual had just murdered two people and then shot Rais in the face. After multiple surgeries Rais is now ok and doing well. This was the beginning of an odyssey for Rais toward forgiveness, peace, and reconciliation as his life’s calling. Rais explained he knows what it feels like to wake up each day with the wounds of hate in his heart. Rais shared that he has seen the rise of hate filled violence in America and he wanted to do something about this. Speaking with victims as well as perpetrators of hate filled violence, he travelled close to 17,000 miles across the nation while making the Documentary film titled “Pain and Peace”. Rais learned through his experience that we all have the power to transform negatives into positives, weaknesses into strength, fear into courage, ignorance into wisdom and hate into love. To see the trailer of “Pain and Peace” and learn more about World Without Hate visit:   
Main Program: Bernie Griffin with 5th Avenue Theatre in a conversation with Mark Wright
Bernie opened her discussion by sharing a fun 6-minute video titled “This is Our City”, which is a love letter to Seattle put on by members of the 5th avenue theatre. Bernie highlighted the need to push back against cuts to the arts and shared the recent impact of the high school program “Rising Star Project” which had high school students go through the entire theatre process. Following the professional Into the Woods production, students replicated the process and were taught there is a future and potential for a career in theatre. 2 million dollars are brought into the downtown core due to the arts each year, this is more than all our sports teams combined. Bernie noted an interesting distinction between the Paramount and the 5th Avenue Theatre. The Paramount is what’s known as a touring house which hosts a touring show that travels from city to city. Conversely, the 5th Avenue Theatre will create the production from the ground up. This requires the work of a variety of teams necessary to launch the production which includes with working 6 unions.
The three-legged stool of the budget for the 5th avenue theatre are subscriptions, ticket sales, and philanthropy. 70% of the money that comes into the theatre goes into the workers’ pockets.  Subscriptions are currently available and can be purchased here:


Here's a lovely shot from the end of the Rotary year wrap party for the Membership committee! Per John Steckler, our club has managed 70 (!) events this Rotary year (including meetings?!?!), a seriously gargantuan task that wouldn't have been possible without our Rotarian members who have stepped up over the course of this year! Give yourselves a big pat on the back, everyone!
Friday night fun at the Puget Sound Maritime “Dressed to the Nines” gala with Seattle Rotary Mariners! L to R:  Mary Goldie, Marilyn Oliver Bard, Nicole Klein, Tiffany Lewis, Linda Lowry, Stephen Morse.
New dad, Brad Barber says: Yes, we have baby news! Daphne Lou Barber was born April 21 at 12:19 weighing in at 8 lb 7 oz with mom and baby doing great!
Cathy Gibson & Fedva Dikeman saving lives by donating to Bloodworks NW.  Ask them how easy it is!


Coast Guard Tour

Saturday, May 13
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Meet at gate by CMCs Caroll, Mullins, & Duff

The tour will begin at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound, the operational command serving the greater Seattle area.  It will include a tour of the Joint Harbor Operations Center (Command Center) and the Vessel Traffic Center.  

After touring Sector, we will do a quick walking tour of Base Seattle, ending with Station Seattle.
Upon arrival at Station Seattle, we will meet with the boat crews and will commence boarding a Response Boat Medium (RB-M).  This segment of the tour will include a boat ride around Elliott Bay and will showcase the capabilities of our crews and assets.  Guests will have an up-close view of our Polar Icebreakers as well as a waterfront view of our facility and the city of Seattle.
The tour is limited to 20 people. The boat ride is optional and can accommodate up to 10 guests on board.
To sign up, please click HERE

Exclusive Tour of the Seattle Convention Center’s new Summit Building

Wednesday, May 31
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Meet at corner of 9th and Pine

We have an exclusive opportunity to go on a guided tour of the Seattle Convention Center’s new Summit Building as they are not offering public tours.  Come see firsthand the innovative design that connects the communities surrounding the Seattle Convention Center together.

This tour is limited to twenty-five (25) people and will last approximately ninety (90) minutes.

We will meet at the corner of 9th Avenue and Pine Street at the outdoor Pine Plaza entry doors.

To RSVP, click HERE

Private Pike Place Market Tasting Tour

Thursday, June 1       4:00-6:00 PM

Show Me Seattle invites you to join us on an intimate, guided food tour of the world-famous Pike Place Market as we explore the back alleys, narrow corridors, and tiny storefronts in search of our favorite places. Taste the best the market has to offer while a friendly local guide shares entertaining stories of the market’s checkered history, its legendary characters, and one-of-a-kind small businesses with you. This tour is limited to 16 guests so make sure to RSVP FAST!

Note: This is a walking tour therefore no transportation will be provided. Rain or shine, the tour will go on. Dress accordingly!

To RSVP click HERE.

RSVP By: May 22nd

Location: Pike Place Market. Meeting location and event day details to come.



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!! 
May 10, 2023 12:30 PM
Rainer Club and on Zoom
May 17, 2023 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel and on Zoom
May 24, 2023 12:30 PM
Online Program
May 31, 2023 12:30 PM
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Click Each for a Full Description
5th Ave Theater - Discounted Tickets for Seattle 4
5th Avenue Theater
Apr 21, 2023 – Jun 17, 2023
Coast Guard Tour
May 13, 2023
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
International Service Committee (Monthly except Jun, Jul, and Dec)
On Zoom
May 19, 2023 10:00 AM
Sea4s Happy Hour
May 25, 2023
Exclusive Tour of the Seattle Convention Center
May 31, 2023
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Private Pike Place Market Tasting Tour
Pike Place Market. Meeting location and event day details to come.
Jun 01, 2023
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Education Committee Meeting
On Zoom
Jun 07, 2023 3:00 PM
Walking Tour of New Waterfront with Bon Donegan
Jun 08, 2023
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New Members


Amanda DeFisher
Ingrid Chapman



Eric Robinson
Alan Bergen
Kerry Howell
Rachel Smith Jane Pryor
Jenni Cox
Walt Maas
Paul Tsai
Allison Parker
Mary Johnstone
Neil Larson
Mahnaz Eshetu
Schelleen Rathkopfr


1 Year
Brad Barber
2 Years
Scott Slater
Yvonne Richards
Brenda Barnes
Tim Cummins
Jonathan Harvey
Steven Gonzalez
3 Years
Kerry O'Keefe
4 Years
Dennis Williams, Jr.
Dorothy Miller
Liam Li
5 Years
Jevon Powell
11 Years
Peter Wright
12 Years
Liz Powell
Sarah Weaver
14 Years
Ken Grant
Faouzi Sefrioui
15 Years
Jann Greene
Sue Beller
21 Years
Jerilyn Brusseau
John Kilpatrick
22 Years
Charley Dickey
24 Years
Maureen Brotherton
25 Years
Kirk Greene
29 Years
Len Cereghino
31 Years
Doug Seto
37 Years
Tim Bendokas
40 Years
Tom Herche

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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