Founded 1909         Weekly News and Highlights     May 26, 2023


No Meeting May 31st

Seattle Rotary doesn't meet on the 5th Wednesday of the month.

May 24, 2023
Special thanks to meeting reporter, Brad Barber
Short Program – Egan Orion Executive Director Seattle PrideFest

Egan Orion is in his 17th year as the executive director of PrideFest. Egan shared some history on the gay rights movement origins which include the Stonewall uprising in Greenwich Village, NYC on June 28th, 1969. In June 1970, there was the first annual memorialization of that weekend and little by little this celebration spread to different cities and the first pride weekend came to Seattle in 1974. At that time Pioneer Square was the gay cultural center of Seattle. We’re approaching our 50th anniversary of Pride in Seattle in 2024.

Bylaws Submission by Board of Directors for Approval by Club Members:

Actions Completed:

1. RCOS bylaws last approved in 2019 have been reviewed and revisions proposed to be compliant with Washington law.
  • Participants in the review include Jimmy Collins (Board rep), David Siebert (prior Governance Committee Chair, and Tony McCormick (Perkins Coie LLP partner - nonprofit practice)
  • Revisions proposed by board members during the period 2021-current date have been considered.
  • Comments from Board members during the period February-current date have been considered in the review process.
  • Request at the March Board meeting for any Board policy recommendations - none received. 
2.  Proposed RCOS bylaws have been submitted by Perkins Coie and were posted for review and approval by the Board.  Highlights include:
  • Washington non-profit law changes approved in 2022 by the Washington legislature have been added.
  • Officer duties previously adopted in Bylaws have been retained.  Any further guidelines for officers may be added by future Board action (resolution to establish a policy)
  • Board standing committees have been streamlined based on current Club practice.
    • Executive Committee, Finance Committee and Governance Committee retained.
    • Other standing committees were deleted e.g. Audit Committee, Investment Committee, Personnel Committee.
3.  Next steps:
  • The Board of Directors unanimously approved the submission on April 25, 2023, and submits the revised bylaws for ratification by Club Members as soon as possible.
  • Effective date of these Bylaws shall be established as July 1, 2023, to coincide with the new Rotary year.
To read the bylaws, click HERE

All Members:  Please make your annual gift to Rotary International (TRF) before the end of June.

We ask all our members to make an annual gift of $100 or more to The Rotary Foundation (TRF).  To be a Paul Harris Fellow, the minimum or cumulative donation is $1,000.  The more we give, the more of The Rotary Foundation matching funds will come back to Seattle 4 service projects. (But we must make a donation for that to happen.)
You may make your donation with a credit card directly to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) by calling 1-866-976-8279.  They have wonderful customer service and a live representative is typically available with no wait time to assist you.
If you prefer to donate online, click HERE for TRF's donation portal.

Laura Rehrmann Update

Many of you know Laura Rehrmann.  She joined Seattle Rotary in 1998 and resigned due to illness last July.  She served as President in 2013-14.
Laura’s health has taken a turn for the worse.  She and her family want us to know that she has entered Hospice care.  We received this message from her daughter Alexis:
"We wanted to reach out to Laura's many friends, family, and colleagues to let everyone know that Laura entered hospice care this week. 
She is at Parkshore, which is right near the house. Jim walks over to sit with her several times a day and her children Lily, Peter, and Alexis are also here and grateful to do the same. 

Late last fall, the cancer advanced into the bone--which was (and might still be) extremely painful. For now her pain is being well managed and she is mostly sleeping. In hospice, she will continue to be treated for pain and comfort. 

She has not been seeing visitors, nor is she much available by phone or text. I know that she appreciates prayers. If you would like to send a card to the house, we are happy to hand deliver it. 

Laura Rehrmann
2233 38th Place E. 
Seattle, WA 98112

We are grateful for this time together and at her request we are beginning to make memorial plans. We will share details of that service here when the time comes."



A Few Spots Still Open!

Exclusive Tour - Seattle Convention Center’s new Summit Building

Wednesday, May 31
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

We have an exclusive opportunity to go on a guided tour of the Seattle Convention Center’s new Summit Building as they are not offering public tours.  Come see firsthand the innovative design that connects the communities surrounding the Seattle Convention Center together.

This tour is limited and will last approximately ninety (90) minutes.

We will meet at the corner of 9th Avenue and Pine Street at the outdoor Pine Plaza entry doors.

Contact Doug Seto to reserve your spot

Private Pike Place Market Tasting Tour

Thursday, June 1
4:00-6:00 PM

Show Me Seattle invites you to join us on an intimate, guided food tour of the world-famous Pike Place Market as we explore the back alleys, narrow corridors, and tiny storefronts in search of our favorite places. Taste the best the market has to offer while a friendly local guide shares entertaining stories of the market’s checkered history, its legendary characters, and one-of-a-kind small businesses with you. This tour is limited to 16 guests so make sure to RSVP FAST!

Note: This is a walking tour therefore no transportation will be provided. Rain or shine, the tour will go on. Dress accordingly!

To RSVP click HERE.

RSVP By: May 22nd

Location: Pike Place Market. Meeting location and event day details to come.

Walking Tour of New Waterfront with Bob Donegan

Thursday, June 8
4:30 PM

Tour the newly redesigned waterfront with Ivar's President & CEO Bob Donegan! 

We’ll walk the waterfront from Waterfront Park south of Colman Dock, the Washington Street boat landing, under the new Marion Street pedestrian bridge, along the central waterfront, look at the new Union Street steps and art, walk by the aquarium’s new Ocean Pavilion, and conclude at new Pier 62.

Your tour guide will be the only one of the original 24 stakeholders on the Alaskan Way Viaduct and Seawall Replacement Committee who still walks the project every day.

Let’s meet at the Washington Street Landing (photo attached to this event listing) to save time.

Networking Event at the WAC!

Thursday, June 15
6:00 PM - 08:00 PM

We have something different cooked up for our quarterly networking event this spring!

We invite you to join us at the WAC for an evening of business and pleasure as we get to try out the club's golf simulator and hear a presentation from John Steckler on making a growth plan for your business.

It's going to be a good one!

Family Resource Fair in Support of Wellspring

June 17
Time: TBD

Volunteer Requirements: All volunteers must complete a volunteer application and RSVP to at least one week in advance of the event date. Masks are required onsite for all volunteer activities. Please let us know if there are young children or people with mobility restrictions in your group so we can plan a volunteer activity for everyone to enjoy.

For more information and additional opportunities, reach out to Faye at

Family Resource Fair events provide a place for families to receive mulitple services at one time. These events have a tremendous impact in the community and rely on volunteers to direct traffic, pass out supplies and resources, serve food, and more. 

Hands On Opportunity
Saturday, June 24
9:30 AM - Noon

  9:30 - Private Tour of REST House
10:00 - Yard work
 Noon - Lunch nearby

REST House is a long term housing facility for people coming out of "the life."  Rotary Club of the PNW Ending Sex Trafficking invites Seattle Rotary to join us for a morning of light yard work to brighten up their home!   Bring your favorite gardening tools, work gloves and personal water bottle.  Write your name on your tools so they are sure to go back home with you.  Wear work clothes and (if you have one) your Rotary T-Shirt!  The Rotary T-shirts show up great in photographs.   Types of yard work:  weeding, trimming hedges, pulling sticker bushes, mowing the lawn, weed wacking, and planting flowers.  This is a nice event to bring children.  If nature calls while volunteering, we may use the lavatory in REST House.  If it's down pouring rain, we'll reschedule.   Pray for nice weather!! 

RSVP:  HERE (The Shoreline location will be shared upon registration.)

We're in the Pride Parade!

Sunday, June 25
Time & Location TBD

March with the Rotary Club of Seattle as it participates for the first time in the Seattle Pride Parade! More details coming soon!

President's Party in Honor of Beth Knox

Thursday, June 29
5:00 - 8:00 PM @ The Queen City Yacht Club

This annual event will honor 2022-2023 Club President Beth Knox as she wraps up her year serving the Rotary Club of Seattle. This year's theme is "sports" so expect a party experience not unlike attending an arena or stadium game!

Highlights of the night include: Music from Sue Nixon & Band and our very own Rotary Rogues! A short program honoring Beth and her Rotary Club of Seattle Board leadership team! Surprise sports-themed party elements throughout the night! Your favorite gruesome twosome, Pete DeLaunay and John Steckler, reunite behind the bar to serve libations all evening!

Party duration extended an hour from previous years to accommodate more socializing and networking time with your fellow club members!

Significant others or plus ones welcome to attend with paid registration. We do ask that all attendees be 21 and over.

NOTE: The final Board meeting of the year will take place in-person at the yacht club from 3:30-5:00, immediately before the event. 

To register to attend, please click HERE.



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!! 
May 31, 2023 12:30 PM
Jun 07, 2023 12:30 PM
Rainier Club and on Zoom
Jun 14, 2023 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel and on Zoom
Jun 21, 2023 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel and on Zoom
View entire list
Click Each for a Full Description
5th Ave Theater - Discounted Tickets for Seattle 4
5th Avenue Theater
Apr 21, 2023 – Jun 17, 2023
5 spots available -Tour Seattle Convention Center
Meet at corner of 9th Avenue and Pine St.
May 31, 2023
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Private Pike Place Market Tasting Tour
Economy Market Building at Pike Place Market (meet at Sasquatch statue)
Jun 01, 2023
3:45 PM – 6:00 PM
Patrick Carter's Retirement Party
Jun 05, 2023
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Education Committee Meeting
On Zoom
Jun 07, 2023 3:00 PM
Walking Tour of New Waterfront with Bon Donegan
Meet at Washington Street Landing
Jun 08, 2023 4:30 PM
Networking Event at the WAC!
Washington Athletic Club - 8th Floor
Jun 15, 2023
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
International Service Committee (Monthly except Jun, Jul, and Dec)
On Zoom
Jun 16, 2023 10:00 AM
View entire list

New Members


Julie Kang
Amy Maloney



Harvey Rubenstein
Jevon Powell
Alan Kunovsky
Roberta Nestaas
Fedva Dikmen
Ingrid Chapman


1 Year
Brad Barber
2 Years
Scott Slater
Yvonne Richards
Brenda Barnes
Tim Cummins
Jonathan Harvey
Steven Gonzalez
3 Years
Kerry O'Keefe
4 Years
Dennis Williams, Jr.
Dorothy Miller
Liam Li
5 Years
Jevon Powell
11 Years
Peter Wright
12 Years
Liz Powell
Sarah Weaver
14 Years
Ken Grant
Faouzi Sefrioui
15 Years
Jann Greene
Sue Beller
21 Years
Jerilyn Brusseau
John Kilpatrick
22 Years
Charley Dickey
24 Years
Maureen Brotherton
25 Years
Kirk Greene
29 Years
Len Cereghino
31 Years
Doug Seto
37 Years
Tim Bendokas
40 Years
Tom Herche

Meet fellow Rotarians and get involved in service.  Join a committee.  Contact committee chair or Carma McKay 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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