Founded 1909         Weekly News and Highlights     February 24, 2022

Next Week's Meeting

Wednesday, March 1
Rainier Club & Zoom 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Lisa Bridge, CEO of Ben Bridge

A Values-Focused Evolution to Continue to Thrive After 111 Years

Will downtown Seattle come back?  Is physical retail dead?  Does anyone want a mechanical watch when they can have an iWatch?  With questions and headwinds like these, it could be daunting to be a jeweler in Seattle, but Ben Bridge has gained some perspective over five generations and 111 years and they can continue to remain bullish on each.  Hear from President and CEO Lisa Bridge on what the future holds for Ben Bridge and the jewelry and watch industry.  


Online Meeting Showcases Rotary Mariners, Education Committee, UNCF, and Efforts to Make Seattle Public Schools More Equitable 


President Beth opened the Zoom meeting with Joel Paget inspiring us on the importance of “redemption” and how we “cannot sit in silence and let future generations pay the price” for us not taking action now. He asked “for the courage for us to do what is right”.

President Beth then announced that an offer has been extended to Mary Goldie to be our new Club Director! There were lots of nice comments in the chat congratulating her on this new position!

Ken Grant introduced our member Stephen Morse, the current commodore of our Seattle Rotary Mariners. Stephen provided an interesting history of The International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians which is the oldest and largest of the Rotary Fellowships. It began in England in 1947 and has grown to 126 fleets, with over 3600 members in 44 countries!



More Zoom Assistants Needed for Weekly Meetings

Do you often attend our weekly meetings online and would like to enrich the experience for all online viewers? Or do you arrive at meetings early and need something to do? Then volunteer to assist with the Zoom component of meetings! You will be responsible for letting guests in from the waiting room and interacting with attendees before the meeting starts. We can use a few more hands to help with this so if you would like to volunteer, please email Mary 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.

Ethnic Meal at Tanoor Restaurant (Lebanese Food)

Wednesday, March 22
6:00 PM
Tanoor Restaurant

Rotarian Fedva Dikmen would like to invite all club members to her next ethnic dinner at Tanoor Restaurant (803 Dexter Ave. N in Seattle). The chef's choice menu of hot and cold appetizers, salads, kebobs, grilled vegetables, rice, pita bread, and baklava will be offered at $50. Note that this restaurant does not have a liquor license.
To RSVP, please email Fedva HERE. Payment will also need to be arranged with Fedva at that time.

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

Sea4s March Madness Happy Hour and Meet Your New Club Director

Thursday, March 23
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Yard House

We would like all members that have joined the club in the past year to attend this month's happy hour! We will be taking in some Sweet Sixteen March Madness action and you will have the opportunity to meet the new Club Director, Mary Goldie. This is an opportunity for you to ask questions about the club and getting involved as well as a time you can provide suggestions of what events and weekly meeting content you'd like to see more of. Light appetizers and refreshments will be provided by the club. 
All members that have joined since January 2022 will be receiving a targeted email regarding this event. To RSVP, click 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.

2023 UNCF Gala "A Mind Is..."

Saturday, March 25
6:00 PM
Hyatt Regency Downtown Seattle 

The UNCF “A Mind Is…”® Gala is one of UNCF’s signature fundraising galas and premier social events of the year. Supported by a diverse group of corporate sponsors and individuals, it involves celebrities, dignitaries, civic leaders, volunteers, public officials, alumni and others who support UNCF’s mission of investing in America’s future by getting students to and through college.

The event is black tie and cocktail attire.

Rotary Club of Seattle has been a long-term partner with UNCF so if you are interested in attending, click to register HERE.

Rotary Litter Pick with We Heart Seattle

Saturday, April 1
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Salty's Seafood (West Seattle)

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 city.  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.  Wear sturdy hiking boots and layers for the weather. And if you have one, wear your "Rotarian at Work" tee or Rotary hat.   This service project is appropriate for volunteers aged 13 years and older.   

To RSVP, 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!! 

Leadership Tomorrow Now Accepting Applications

We are now accepting applications for the LT Class of 2024, which will run from September 2023-June 2024.  

During our 10-month Flagship Program, participants explore the interconnected issues that shape our region, develop and practice strategies and tools to become more effective leaders, and expand their personal and professional networks. The program, which unites leaders of all ages across industries, deepens participants’ understanding of the history and current impacts of racism in our region and provides opportunities to work individually and collectively to advance racial equity in Puget Sound.  

Each LT class is comprised of up to 80 community leaders from the private, nonprofit, and public sectors who represent the diversity of our region in race, gender, profession, and geographic location.  

I’m reaching out because I hope you’ll help identify leaders who would be interested in participating in LT. You can nominate potential candidates HERE or you can email

Applications for LT’24 are due April 3, 2023, before 5:00 p.m. so please send your nominations as soon as possible.  

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.
Mar 01, 2023 12:30 PM
Rainier Club and on Zoom
Mar 08, 2023 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel and on Zoom
Mar 15, 2023 12:30 PM
Rainier Club and on Zoom
Mar 22, 2023 12:30 PM
Online Program
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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 17, 2023 10:00 AM
Young Rotary Leader Escape Room Night!
Hourglass Escapes
Mar 22, 2023 5:00 PM
Ethnic Dinner at Tanoor Restaurant
Tanoor Restaurant
Mar 22, 2023 6:00 PM
Sea4s March Madness Happy Hour
Yard House
Mar 23, 2023
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Family Store Support-Wellspring Family Services
Wellspring Family Services
Mar 25, 2023
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
2023 UNCF Gala "A Mind Is..."
Hyatt Regency Downtown Seattle
Mar 25, 2023 6:00 PM
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Jim Stevens
Dorothy Miller
Candy Lee
Burr Stewart
Jim Burdett


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
34 Years
Rod Waldbaum
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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