Founded 1909         Weekly News and Highlights     May 13, 2022
Seattle Rotary meetings and events are now mask optional and do not require proof of vaccination or negative COVID test.

Next Week's Meeting

Wednesday, May 18

Rainier Club and on Zoom 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Beth Knox, Seattle Sports Scene

From the Kraken and Mariners to pickle ball and cricket, sports in Seattle is on the rise. Throw in NCAA championships, amateur tournaments, and premier sporting events and the impacts are exponential. Come hear how the Seattle Sports Commission is driving new opportunities that will play a role in our region’s restored vibrancy and health. 

After the Rotary meeting, members and guests are invited to tour a special collection of Edward Curtis photographic works at the Rainier Club gallery.

Please check in with the concierge located in the lobby. You will be directed to the Heritage Room on the third floor.  Click HERE for parking options.   If you elect to park at the Rainier Club, please pay for your parking with Seattle 4 staff when you arrive for the meeting. 
Meeting Report

City Attorney Highlights Office Initiatives


President Elect Beth Knox called the Seattle Rotary Club #4 to order at 12:30 pm on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.  

Knox spoke about the City Day of Service scheduled for May 21. 3,000 volunteers have signed up. The Downtown Seattle Association along with President Elect Knox are involved in an effort to help restore vibrancy in downtown Seattle and are working on welcome back events, scheduled for May 18, 19, 20th from 4-6 p.m. There will be local Seattle bands playing and sports celebrities in attendance. More details about these concerts can be found in the May 13 newsletter. 

President Elect Knox introduced the Song of the Day: Star Spangled banner performed by Don Murphy and Freeman Fong. 

Bill Center led Rotarians with the Inspiration for the Day: 

Bill said Ukraine was as divided as America prior to the Russian invasion. He pondered the question, what would it take to unite America again? He suggested that each of us has a role to play. Bill suggestions finding common ground with people you may disagree with, listen carefully, smile, and be nice.  

President Elect Knox thanked Don and Freeman for the song of the day and asked Mary Goldie to introduce guests of the Rotary. 

A video with the song “Walking on Sunshine”, highlighting the anniversary of Rotarians and are as follows: 

One year: Brenda Barnes, Tim Cummins, Justice Steve Gonzalez, Jonathan Harvey, Yvonne Richards, and Scott Slater 

Ten years: Peter Wright 

Twenty years: Jerilyn Brusseau and John Kilpatrick.  


Don't miss the Rotary International Convention in Houston!!  Click HERE for information and registration.


District 5030 Festival of Training

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings in May on Zoom

All incoming Club Officers, Rotarians interested in leadership roles, and grant applicants are asked to join the District 5030 Assembly for a month of training sessions offered in May. For a list of sessions with links to registration, please click HERE

Volunteer Opportunity


Salvation Army Work Party for Homeless Shelter

This month's party has been postponed. We will update this space with the new date for the next work party when made available.
Volunteer Opportunity
Sunday, May 15
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
(3rd Sunday of each month)
Build Tiny Houses
The Hope Factory
5 South Nevada Street
14 volunteers maximum per event - first come, first served.  Volunteer form needs to be completed for each volunteer.   
  • Rotarians and their families, and friends of Rotarians are all welcome. 
  • Must be 18 years of age or above.
  • No previous experience is needed.
  • Must be vaccinated.
  • Masks are required.
  • Bring work gloves and lunch.


Exhibition Tour
Edward Curtis at Rainier Club Gallery

Wednesday, May 18
1:30 PM

Our Club member and current Rainier Club President, Lisa Mayfield, invites us to a rare treat of northwest history through the eyes of the famous Rainier Club member and photographer, Edward Curtis. Following our lunch meeting, we are welcome to visit the special exhibition of 30 photogravures, recently restored to their original glory and being seen for the first time by many in the Rainier Club gallery. Curtis’ first trip to Alaska in 1904 and other magical views of life in those days will be on display.

Love, SeaTown Block Party Concert Series

Wednesday, May 18 - Friday, May 20
Various Downtown Seattle Locations
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

The Downtown Seattle Association and several downtown Seattle organizations are pleased to announce a three-day series of block parties and concerts across five Seattle locations this spring! Concerts include sets from The Black Tones, Deseo Carmin, and more! For additional information and music lineups, click HERE.

Sea4s Happy Hour


The Sea4s Happy Hour for May has been cancelled. See you in June!

Lake View Cemetery Tour

Sunday, June 5
Lake View Cemetery
Seattle, WA
12:30 PM

Join your fellow Rotarians on a tour of historic Lake View Cemetery led by attorney and historian Jared Steed. For additional information including tour highlights and essential parking information, please click HERE. RSVP for the tour by emailing Doug Seto at

Museum of Glass Tour

Saturday, June 11
Museum of Glass
Tacoma, WA
11:00 AM

Make a plan to join your fellow Seattle Rotary #4 members for a tour of the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. At the conclusion of the tour, we will have lunch at the new museum restaurant, Incalmo Tacoma. 

If you are interested in attending, please email Fedva Dikmen to RSVP at

Rotary Ethnic Dinner at Ada's Restaurant and Bar

Wednesday, June 15
Ada's Restaurant and Bar
Seattle, WA
6:00 PM

Join your fellow Rotarians for a night of authentic Turkish food! If you are interested in attending, please email Fedva Dikmen at

6:00-6:30 - Fellowship
6:30 - Dinner Service

$60 per person for a three-course meal (tax and gratuity included)

      Fedva Dikmen
      2040 43rd Ave. E #405
      Seattle, WA 98112
*No refunds after June 13*

Salad course: Turkish Shepherd Salad

Entree choices:

  • Turkish Grilled Meat Balls (Kofke)
  • Turkish Stuffed Eggplant (Karni-Yarik) with ground beef and onions
  • Turkish Stuffed Eggplant (Imam Bayildi) vegan

Dessert: Housemade Pistachio Baklava

Save the Date!
End of Year District 5030 Dinner

Monday, June 27
Newcastle Golf Club
Newcastle, WA
Time TBD

Join District President Howard Cohen for an end-of-the-year Rotary celebration at Newcastle Golf Club in June! Keep an eye out for additional details in the coming weeks.



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

Phone: 206-623-0023

Caroline Bobanick
Executive Director

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 Executive Director, Caroline Bobanick, or 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!! 

Sunday, May 21

Mayor Bruce Harrell is launching the City's first Day of Service to turn the values behind his vision for One Seattle - inclusion, cooperation, and service - into shared action and meaningful improvement for our City and the quality of life of all residents.  Click HERE to learn more about how you can get involved and read about our club activities below. 

Saturday, May 21
9:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Volunteer at Wellspring Family Services for May Volunteer Day

Spend a Saturday morning with your fellow Rotarians by helping families experiencing homelessness at Wellspring Family Services.
Friends and family welcome. 
To volunteer, please fill out this volunteer form:  and check the ‘Rotary – 4th Saturday’ box. 
If anyone has any questions they can also reach out to Faye Green at


Seattle 4 Rotarians, 

The need for blood donors is far bigger than BWNW could handle on any one day.  This is why the entire month of May is available for Rotarians, friends, family and co-workers to donate blood at BWNW. 

Please call BWNW at 1-800-398-7888 or go online to to schedule your donation.

When you arrive for your appointment please mention “Rotary 5030” to get your donation properly credited.  Also, we ask that you print and bring this sign with you to use for a selfie photo.

Finally, email your photos to so we can track our success. Even if you do not take a photo, please let Sten know you donated.

Thank you!

Sten Crissey

New Member Spotlight:
Harisa Paco

By Ken Grant

It is my honor to introduce new Seattle 4 Rotarian, Harisa Paco. Harisa is a Certified Care Manager at Ageing Wisdom, working alongside fellow Rotarian Lisa Mayfield.  

Harisa was born in Bosnia during the midst of the war, fleeing to refugee camps with her family at the age of one. The family was eventually able to make their way to Croatia then the United States in 1993 after being sponsored by Edmonds Methodist Church. After being one of if not the first family to arrive in the US as Bosnian refugees, the family settled in Edmonds. 

Harisa’s mother made it her mission to learn English quickly in order to assist other resettled refugee families, becoming an informal social worker in the process. After attending Edmonds Woodway for school, Harisa followed in her mother’s footsteps, majoring in social welfare during her undergrad education and receiving a master's in social work, achieving both degrees at the University of Washington. 

Harisa is a 2018 Leadership Tomorrow grad and has held the position of President of Seattle City Rotaract. She is a Rotarian because she believes in service above self. 

May 18, 2022 12:30 PM
Rainier Club and on Zoom
May 25, 2022 12:30 PM
Online Program
Jun 01, 2022 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel and on Zoom
Jun 08, 2022 12:30 PM
Online Program
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Click Each for a Full Description
Be Bold 4 Blood Drive
May 01, 2022 – May 31, 2022
District 5030 Festival of Training
Online Program
May 01, 2022 – May 31, 2022
Building Tiny Houses
Hope Factory
May 15, 2022 9:00 AM
Love, SeaTown Block Parties and Concert Series
Various Downtown Seattle Locations
May 18, 2022 – May 20, 2022
Edward Curtis Exhibit Tour
Rainier Club
May 18, 2022 1:30 PM
International Service Committee
On Zoom
May 18, 2022 10:30 AM
Rotary Volunteer Day - May
Wellspring Family Services
May 21, 2022
9:15 AM – 11:15 AM
Environmental Sustainability Committee
On Zoom
May 25, 2022 11:00 AM
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Carl Behnke
Dan Varghese
Jerilyn Brusseau
Mark Davis
Randy Frisch
Jim Moore
Sam Davidson
Dave Siebert
Lillian Sherman


1 Year
Brenda Barnes
Tim Cummins
Steven Gonzalez
Jonathan Harvey
Yvonne Richards
Scott Slater
2 Years
Kerry O'Keefe
Malcolm Waters
3 Years
Liam Li
Dorothy Miller
Dennis Williams Jr.
4 Years
Jevon Powell
Eric Roecks
10 Years
Peter Wright
11 Years
Liz Powell
Sarah Weaver
13 Years
Ken Grant
Faouzi Sefrioui
14 Years
Sue Beller
Jann Greene
19 Years
Jean Thompson
20 Years
John Kilpatrick, PhD
Jerilyn Brusseau
21 Years
Charley Dickey
23 Years
Maureen Brotherton
24 Years
Kirk Greene
28 Years
Len Cereghino
Edie Hilliard
30 Years
Doug Seto
36 Years
Tim Bendokas
39 Years
Tom Herche

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 Caroline for more details at


Bob Alexander

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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