Founded 1909         Weekly News and Highlights     February 10, 2022

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Next Week's Meeting

Wednesday, February 15
Westin Hotel and Zoom 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

John Oppenheimer, Columbia Hospitality

The Hospitality Business is a Community Treasure and Team Sport

Throughout his career John Oppenheimer, CEO of Seattle based Columbia Hospitality, and founder of five hospitality related companies has made it his mission to put others first. John values the fact that great hospitality is a team sport, a proactive interplay between great people dedicated to creating exceptional experiences. When these things come together, it can showcase a community at its very best.

Please join Mark Wright for this in-depth conversation with, John Oppenheimer, an inspirational leader in the local and national hospitality industry.


Seattle YMCA Continues to Make Big Impact in Region


President Beth Knox opened with the ringing of the bell and land acknowledgement.

Jimmy Collins led the singing of Swing Low Sweet Chariot with Freeman Fong accompanying on piano.

Justice Faith Ireland offered the inspiration and expressed gratitude for the YMCA.

President Beth Knox noted that ShelterBox president Kerri Murray is in the process of providing critical items to people in crisis. ShelterBox has started an emergency fundraising appeal to support those impacted by the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. Please look for the donation link within this month's newsletter.

New Member Intro: Barton DeLacy
By Joel Paget


An Evening with Seattle Rotary Mariners at the Seattle Boat Show

Friday, February 10
5:00 PM
Lumen Field Event Center

Join the Seattle Rotary Mariners for an evening at the Seattle Boat Show, with complimentary tickets!

With nearly 300 exhibits, more than 800 boats, and nearly 100 boating seminars this year’s Boat Show in the Lumen Field Event Center is packed with fun and exciting attractions, the latest in marine accessories, technology, and destination and service providers to speak with in-person. It’s the West Coast’s biggest boat party of the year that you don’t want to miss.

Meet across the street at the headquarters for Harvest Against Hunger for fellowship from 5 – 6pm and then walk to the Show.

Visit the Seattle Boat Show website for more information.

Email Stephen Morse to reserve your complimentary ticket. 

Rotary Litter Pickup with We Heart Seattle

Sunday, February 12
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

We Heart Seattle is a non profit that comes alongside homeless encampments to clear trash.  This is a harm reduction strategy for the people living there and also a beautification strategy for our parks and greenways.  Along the way, We Heart Seattle offers people living outdoors referral services to housing and drug rehabilitation services.  Rest assured that if the homeless encampment we are working near is inhabited, We Heart Seattle will get permission from the residents before we clean.  It's not uncommon for the residents to come out and clean with us.  This Litter Pick will take place near Eastlake, under Interstate 5. The actual address is 214 East Galer. But the easiest meet up point is the corner of East Galer and Franklin Ave East. Look for us there at 10:00 AM. We’ll be wearing high visibility vests, so you cannot miss us. Wear sturdy hiking boots and layers for the weather. We Heart Seattle will supply gloves, PPE, picking tools, bags and other cleaning supplies.  This service project is appropriate for volunteers aged 13 years and older. 
To learn more about We Heart Seattle, go to their website.
RSVPs are being collected on Facebook HERE.

Young Rotary Leader Happy Hour

Wednesday, February 15
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Herb & Bitter Public House

If you are 35 and under or just young at heart, please join our Young Rotary Leaders (YRLs) at this month's happy hour! For more information, please email Tabitha Claus HERE.

Seattle Opera Presents A Thousand Splendid Suns

Sunday, March 5
2:00 PM 
McCaw Hall

The Arts Committee would like to invite all Rotarians, especially Diplomacy and International Service Committee members, to the Seattle Opera world premiere of A Thousand Splendid Suns. If you are interested in joining the group, please email Robyn Grad HERE.

Young Rotary Leader Escape Room Night!

Wednesday, March 22
5:00 PM
Hourglass Escapes

Want to put your mystery solving skills to the test? Become the archaeologist your inner-child has always dreamed of with our Egyptian escape room in Seattle. With just your wits, clues from crates of artifacts, and notes from the trapped archaeologist, you must solve puzzles, discover mysteries, and help free Dr. Carter from his certain grave. Join other Rotary members in working together to solve the mystery and escape! 
The escape room takes a max of 60 minutes. Max 12 people. If there are more RSVPs we can do a second escape room at the same time. 
After we escape, we'll enjoy dinner at the Queen Anne Beer Hall (all are welcome to join around 6:45pm)
Cost: $35/player
Please RSVP by Monday, March 13th to Tabitha Claus HERE

Wellspring Family Services Volunteer Day

Saturday, March 25
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Wellspring Family Services

The Wellspring Family Store provides free essentials like diapers, formula, clothing, books, toys, and school supplies to children in families experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, homelessness. This critical effort relies on volunteers to help sort clothing, manage inventory, and pack orders going to families. For more information regarding signing up to volunteer, please click HERE.



Morgan Stanley


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

Phone: 206-623-0023

Carma McKay
Interim Staff

Mary Goldie
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 Membership Manager, 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!! 


The Seattle Rotary Service Foundation (SRSF), the charitable arm of the Rotary Club of Seattle, raises around $250,000 in support of various causes each year. Funds from giving campaigns help our club committees reach both local and international communities through their projects.

Syria & Turkey Earthquake Relief

Our colleagues at ShelterBox are mobilizing to respond to this week's devastating natural disaster impacting Syria & Turkey. In order to quickly get much-needed supplies on the ground in these regions, ShelterBox has started an emergency fundraising appeal. The organization is in contact with their existing Rotary contacts in Syria & Turkey to understand the most pressing needs to maximize the impact of giving.
If you would like to make a donation to this fund, please click HERE.
New member Jared Grose sent us this pic of himself keeping score during a game at the Rotary Boys & Girls Club. Interested in finding your committee home at Seattle Rotary? Click HERE.
Feb 15, 2023 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel and on Zoom
Feb 22, 2023 12:30 PM
Online Program
Mar 01, 2023 12:30 PM
Rainier Club and on Zoom
Mar 08, 2023 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel and on Zoom
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Discounted Tickets to A Woman of No Importance
Taproot Theater
Feb 03, 2023 – Feb 18, 2023
2023 Africa Malaria Tours
Feb 09, 2023 – Feb 21, 2023
Litter Pickup with We Heart Seattle
Feb 12, 2023
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Young Rotary Leader Happy Hour!
Herb & Bitter Public House
Feb 15, 2023
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
International Service Committee (Monthly except Jun, Jul, and Dec)
On Zoom
Feb 15, 2023 10:30 AM
Education Committee Meeting
On Zoom
Mar 01, 2023 3:00 PM
Seattle Opera Presents A Thousand Splendid Suns
McCaw Hall
Mar 05, 2023 2:00 PM
International Service Committee (Monthly except Jun, Jul, and Dec)
On Zoom
Mar 15, 2023 10:30 AM
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Ryan Bunbury
Paula Houston
Brad Barber
Tony Chen


1 Year
Robert Gilmore
Kim Romano
Steve Brum
2 Years
Linda Lowry
Shoko Toyama
Mark Miles
4 Years
Paul Casey
Eric Corning
6 Years
Roberto Dondisch
10 Years
Jan Levy
11 Years
Deanna Hobson
Jeff Parker
12 Years
Eric Weiss
13 Years
Steve Crandall
Sandy Walsh
14 Years
Sam Davidson
19 Years
Pete DeLaunay
Alan Kunovsky
David Woodward
22 Years
Kim Moore
24 Years
Mike Barrett
26 Years
Bill Center
Jack Lauderbaugh
John Nesholm
35 Years
Jon Bridge
Larry Granat

Meet fellow Rotarians and get involved in service.  Join a committee.  Contact committee chair or Mary Goldie 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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