Founded 1909              Weekly News and Highlights         October 6, 2023
President Nancy Cahill's Theme for 2022-23

Gather - Engage - Serve


Note: Schedule Change

No Wednesday Meeting on Oct 11 


Tuesday, October 10
5:30 PM -7:00 PM
Renaissance Hotel's 515 Lounge
515 Madison St. 


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

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 Seattle 4 members have plugged into service that has been fun and fulfilling. 

There will be no Zoom option for this event, so please plan to attend in person.


Meeting Report for October 4, 2023



Virginia began by commemorating the 2-year anniversary since the launching of the Rotary Club of the PNW Ending Sex Trafficking sponsored by Seattle 4 Rotary. As the charter president of this single cause club, Virginia shared highlights of projects and accomplishments which include:

  • Affixing stickers with the national trafficking hotline to hotel soaps during the Super Bowl.
  • Picking up litter with We Heart Seattle.
  • Assembled comfort kits for REST, which serves survivors of sex trafficking, and cleaned their van.
  • Planted flowers at REST House North with participation of 20 volunteers from 6 different clubs.
  • And many more.


Lunch Cost Changes:  All individual payments for meeting lunches across the board are now $40 including visiting Rotarians and prospective member guests. 
For our October 10 evening event, members will be asked to cover their own drink purchases but appetizers will be provided. Please note that future evening events may have a cost but those details will be determined on an event-by-event basis.

Applications Open for
Rotary Youth Exchange Program

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. 
Click HERE for the informational flyer
Click HERE for application information

Business Mentors Wanted!
Deadline to Sign Up Today!

The Rotary Business Mentors committee, under the co-chairmanship of Barton DeLacy and Paul Tsai, provides Seattle 4 members with an opportunity to coach UW Foster School of Business students as they help businesses in lower income communities plan for and execute growth strategies.
Rotary Business Mentors serve two critical functions. They guide UW Foster School of Business student teams during their consulting process and provide professional expertise and industry-specific knowledge to student teams. Students report that mentors have enabled them to gain new insights into business management. Additionally, mentors coach small business owners on strategies for implementing change within their company. Following the completion of the students’ work, mentors work with their business owners, helping them implement the strategies that the students have developed.
The Deadline to register as a Rotary Business Mentor is TODAY!
Click HERE to register. 
Click HERE for more information. 

Book Club is Back!

The Peacebuilders Committee Book Club is back!  We are reading The River that Made Seattle by BJ Cummings. This is a book about the Duwamish River, a critical resource to the Indigenous people of the area that became a vital utility to aerospace and other industries. The use and abuse of the river shaped the lives of the area’s first people and the white settlers who came later. “Deeply researched and eloquent. Cummings skillfully unfolds the interrelated stories of a much-abused river, an ambitious city, and the people whose lives shaped both the river and the city.”
Our book discussion will be held on Wednesday, November 15, at 11:00 AM before the Seattle Rotary lunch program. We will meet in-person in the Olympic Room on the Mezzanine or 2nd Floor of the Westin Hotel.
The book’s publisher, University of Washington Press, is currently having a Back-to-School sale with 40% off and free shipping through Oct. 31st.  To order through University of Washington Press, click HERE.

Saturday, October 7
Time:  10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

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.

Saturday, October 7
Time:  5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Anniversary Party for Rotary Club of the PNW Ending Sex Trafficking
2125 1st Ave. 5th Floor

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.

Tuesday, October 24 
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (In Person)
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM (Zoom) 

World Polio Day 2023: Let's Make Polio History

Join the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center and Rotary International for a hybrid event commemorating World Polio Day 2023: Let’s Make Polio History.
This event will be an opportunity to celebrate progress in the fight against the disease and discuss the obstacles that remain to achieve a polio-free world.
Learn about what gives us hope in the pathway to eradication, how polio eradication is supporting women on the frontlines, and how the program continues to innovate and adapt to changing situations.
Engage with Ezra Teshome, PDG and a local Rotarian who has been leading vaccination campaigns in Ethiopia for over 20 years, and Tehniyat Khan from the Gates Foundation's polio team working to end polio in Afghanistan. The conversation will be moderated by Penny Legate, former TV anchor for KIRO TV.
To RSVP for this event, click HERE.



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!! 
Oct 10, 2023 5:30 PM
Renaissance Hotel's 515 Lounge
Oct 18, 2023 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel
Oct 25, 2023 12:30 PM
No Meeting Week
Nov 01, 2023 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel
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Disney’s The Little Mermaid
Sep 08, 2023 – Oct 08, 2023
Register to Become a Business Mentor!
Sep 27, 2023 – Oct 06, 2023
Oxbow Farm Tour
Oxbow Farm
Oct 07, 2023 10:00 AM
Spotlight on Service Social
Renaissance Hotel 515 Lounge
Oct 10, 2023
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
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
View entire list


Oct 6 - Oct. 12
Ross Stewart
Karl Ege
Nancy Osborne
Lorna Tumwebaze
Steve Boyd
Jon Scholes
Lou Lundquist


1 Year
Andrea Anderson
2 Years
Terryl Ross
3 Years
Tabitha Claus
Stephen Morse
Mihoko Tanaka
4 Years
Dow Constantine
7 Years
David McFadden
John Hojaboom
9 Years
Lorna Tumwebaze
Carla Fowler
10 Years
Eric Christensen
11 Years
Carese Busby
13 Years
Dan & Nancy Evans
Seree Wen
21 Years
April Mobley
22 Years
Daniel Weiner
24 Years
Jim Moore
25 Years
Vicky Oxley
26 Years
Cynthia Chirot
28 Years
Tom Mesaros
29 Years
Bob Johnson
30 Years
Neil Larson
Kathy Williams
31 Years
Karl Ege
34 Years
Roger Chaffin
Lou Lundquist
Nancy Osborne
35 Years
Jeff Pyatt
36 Years
Ron Bayley
41 Years
Steve Prince
52 Years
John Durbin

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:
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