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Next Week's Meeting

Wednesday, February 22
Zoom Only
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Linda Thompson-Black, United Negro College Fund

Disrupting Legacies of Racism in Our Educational System: State of Seattle Public Schools 

Linda Thompson-Black is an Education and Human Services Executive working for the United Negro College Fund.

Currently she is the Pacific Northwest Area Development Director for UNCF. The area includes Washington, Oregon and Alaska. Linda started her tenure with UNCF in 2016. Prior to working for UNCF, Linda was the Director of Field Operations for Communities in Schools (CIS) National, where she worked for over 20 years. In this position, Linda started new affiliates and rebuilt struggling state and local affiliate organizations. During her tenure, the network grew by 260%, from serving 500,000 students to 1.3 million.

Linda was also the special assistant to Mayor Norm Rice and Council Member Rice on education and human services. She helped lead the very successful Education Summit during his tenure, which resulted in the passage of the families and education levy, $7 million a year for 7 years, or $49 million at the time. Linda earned a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Communications and a Masters of Public Administration, Organizational Development, Program Analysis and Budgeting. She is passionate about creating successful educational opportunities for students of color and all students.


Nutritious Food Fuels Communities
& How Hospitality is a Team Sport


President Beth opened the meeting promptly at 12:30, followed by Raymond Tymas-Jones accompanied by Ryan Bunbury leading Rotarians singing ‘We Shall Overcome’.  Nancy Cahill offered the day’s inspiration about appreciation for one another and how that is what Valentine’s Day is all about.

President Beth announced the unanimous decision of the Rotary 4 search committee to name Mary Goldie as new Club Director.   More to come as Mary is out of town.   

Jan Levy received her ten-year Rotary #4 anniversary pin, and introduced Harvest Against Hunger (HAH), Executive Director, David Bobanick as an innovator who has invested 20 years helping provide food to those in need.  “David is the perfect example of what a leader is about by putting other’s agenda before his own, and he doesn’t get in the way,” she said.  “He works with a diverse set of collaborators and innovators who have put more than 1.5 billion pounds of fresh produce in the hands of those in underserved communities, statewide.”   David was recently named a “Food Waste Innovator” by ReFED, and currently serves as a board officer for four local, statewide, and regional non-profit organizations.




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*
*Flyer will be updated with correct date of the 22nd next week*
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

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!! 


In 2009, Rotary Club of Seattle's 100th Anniversary, the Seattle Rotary Service Foundation raised over $4 million to build the Rotary Support Center for Families at Wellspring Family Services!

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.
Rotarian Jimmy Collins brought his wife Linda and grandson Lucas to our membership event at the Seattle University basketball game on February 8. Thanks to everyone that attended! 
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
Mar 15, 2023 12:30 PM
Rainier Club and on Zoom
View entire list
Click Each for a Full Description
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
International Service Committee (Monthly except Jun, Jul, and Dec)
On Zoom
Feb 17, 2023 10:00 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
Ethnic Dinner at Tanoor Restaurant
Tanoor Restaurant
Mar 08, 2023 6:00 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
View entire list


Maureen Brotherton
Manny Ramos


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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