Founded 1909         Weekly News and Highlights      February 18th, 2022


Wednesday, February 23
On Zoom 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Impact on Student Learning and Businesses Owned by People of Color

Rotary Business Mentors guide student teams during their consulting process and provide professional expertise and industry-specific knowledge while coaching and mentoring small business owners to help them implement the work of student teams. This session will showcase the impact this program has on students learning new skills and career advancement. It will include a speaker panel discussion with an alum of the UW Foster School, a small business owner, and a Rotary Business Mentor.

The Consulting & Business Development Center links students, faculty, and staff from the Foster School of Business with a racially and ethnically diverse business and nonprofit community to expand students' knowledge and skills, help small businesses grow, create and retain jobs, open educational opportunities for underrepresented minority students, and stimulate innovative economic development research. The Rotary Business Mentors committee, under the co-chairmanship of Bill Marshall and Terry Van Nostrand, provides Seattle 4 members with an opportunity to coach UW Foster School of Business students as they help businesses in underserved communities to plan for and execute growth strategies.


Value of the Character Building Four-Way Test

Past President Jeff Borek, taking the podium in place of president Jimmy, opened the meeting promptly at 12:30 p.m. in the Westin’s Cascade Ballroom and via Zoom.  The day’s song, “Put on a Happy Face” was led by Raymond Tymas-Jones accompanied by Ryan Bunbury on the piano; and followed by past Rotary #4 president and District Governor, Cathy Gibson who asked Rotarians to “contemplate the word we” as she described how distress, discord, and division seem to prevail, and where differences are judged and not understood.  “We as Rotarians recognize how we see a world where people unite to make lasting change, " she said, “…being more inclusive and aware – promoting inclusion and equity.”
Past President Jeff introduced a colorful Rotarian anniversary video, produced by our Executive Director, Caroline Bobanick; followed by John Kilpatrick who introduced new member Ashley Burman, classification legal services, and a young Rotary leader.  Past President Jeff Borek thank John and reminded Rotarians that new members are the lifeblood of Rotary clubs.
Seattle Rotary Service Foundation trustees Dave Kraft and Charley Dickey provided an update on the 2022 campaign that has raised $214,000 of a goal of $250,000.  “Only 59% of our members have contributed to the campaign,” Dave Kraft said, “from 25 members of the president’s circle ($2500+), and 68 members as Pinkham & Steele donators ($1000+).   Charlie Dickey offered remarks about his support of the campaign, admonishing 143 Seattle #4 Rotarians who have not contributed to the campaign. 
For the day’s main program, Past President Jeff asked, “What constitutes ethical business behavior?”  He then introduced author, TedX lecturer and Portland, Oregon, Rotarian, Patrick Galvin, who is currently president of the Portland Rotary Charitable Trust.   
Patrick focused on the wisdom of the four-way test and how it has helped millions of people lead better lives as Rotarians.  “The four-way test has helped millions of people live a better life,” he said.  Since its inception in 1932 by a Chicago businessman who sought to develop a reputation for his failing company, the four-way test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and obligates every Rotarian to apply four tests to all that they think, say, and do:
It is the TRUTH?
It is FAIR to all concerned?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Meet New Member Ashley  Burman

Past President Jeff, honored guests, fellow Rotarians, it is my extraordinary privilege and pleasure today to introduce you all to the world’s newest Rotarian, Ashley Burman, classification Legal Services.  Ashley comes to us as a new Young Rotary Leader and is proposed by Tabitha Claus.
Ash, as she’s known to her friends, is an attorney with the Seattle litigation boutique of Harrigan, Leyh, Farmer, and Thomson.  Ash graduated from U.W., and after working in the private sector for several years, she began a 6-year sojourn to the wastelands, and by “wastelands” I mean Chicago and New York.  All joking aside, she began her journey by attending one of America’s premier law schools, the University of Chicago.  She must have done pretty well there because she was recruited to the New York office of the world’s fifth-largest law firm, Jones Day.  Ash quickly settled into their defense litigation practice, with cases involving the Federal Trade Commission, the SEC, and the Justice Department.
If you’re not familiar with Jones Day, there is an old saying that if astronauts ever set up a permanent settlement on the Moon, there will already be a Jones Day office there.  Weirdly enough, though, none of their 43 offices is in Seattle.  Ash, unfortunately, missed Seattle and her family, and so joined Harrigan Leyh late last year.  She is working on civil litigation, representing local and county governments and sewer districts in litigious matters.


Rotary District
Documentary Film Night
Saturday, February 19
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
AMC Pacific Place
600 Pine St. 
Who We Are - A Chronicle of Racism in America

Join fellow District 5030 Rotarians and bring your friends for a viewing of this groundbreaking documentary.  In the film Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America, Robinson asks all of us to examine who we are, where we came from, and who we want to be. The film includes Jeffery Robinson's talk on the history of U.S. anti-Black racism interwoven with archival footage, interviews, and Robinson's story, exploring the enduring legacy of white supremacy and our collective responsibility to overcome it.  This is a must-see.

The Who We Are Project was founded by Jeffery Robinson, former ACLU Deputy Legal Director. Stay after the film as Jeffery will be present after the credits for a Q&A Session.

Pre-purchase your tickets HERE

Volunteer Opportunity
Sunday, February 20
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.

Howard Cohen at
Seattle 4 Fellowship
Thursday, February 24
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM  
The Rainier Tower
1301 5th Avenue - 12th Floor
Sea4's Happy Hour - All Welcome!
Members who joined Seattle #4 in the last two years haven't had many opportunities to meet in person socially.  Now is your chance.  Stop by after work for a beverage and bite and get inspired by your fellow new Rotarians. 
We can't wait to see you there.  All members are welcome to attend.  
RSVP by February 22nd
Volunteer Opportunity

Saturday, February 26
9:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Wellspring Family Services
1900 Rainier Avenue S.
Spend a Saturday morning with your fellow Rotarians by helping families experiencing homelessness at Wellspring Family Services.
Friends and family welcome. 
Complete the Volunteer Form in advance and check the ‘Rotary – 4th Saturday’ box.  If anyone has any questions they can also reach out to



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

Phone: 206-623-0023

Caroline Bobanick
Executive Director

Fiona Ronyai
Membership and Communications 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 and Communication Manager, Fiona Ronyai, 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!! 
Feb 23, 2022 12:30 PM
Online Program
Mar 02, 2022 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel, 1900 5th Ave. and on Zoom
Mar 09, 2022 12:30 PM
Online Program
Mar 16, 2022
Westin Hotel, 1900 5th Ave. and on Zoom
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International Service Committee
On Zoom
Feb 18, 2022 10:30 AM
Who We Are - A Chronicle of Racism in America
AMC Pacific Place
Feb 19, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Building Tiny Houses
Hope Factory
Feb 20, 2022 9:00 AM
Environmental Sustainability Committee
On Zoom
Feb 23, 2022 11:00 AM
Peacebuilders Committee
On Zoom
Feb 23, 2022
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
SeaFour Meeting
The Rainier Tower
Feb 24, 2022
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Hearts and Wine
On Remo
Feb 25, 2022 6:30 PM
Rotary Volunteer Day
Wellspring Family Services
Feb 26, 2022 9:15 AM
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Jim Stevens


1 Year
Linda Lowry
Shoko Toyama
Maki Hsieh
Mark Miles
3 Years
Paul Casey
Nita Hairston
Eric Corning
5 Years
Robert Stadler
Roberto Dondisch
6 Years
Sandy Walsh
7 Years
Steven Shaw
9 Years
Jan Levy
10 Years
Deanna Hobson
Jeff Parker
11 Years
Eric Weiss
12 Years
Steve Crandall
13 Years
Sam Davidson
18 Years
Pete DeLaunay
David Woodward
Alan Kunovsky
21 Years
Kim Moore
23 Years
Mike Barrett
25 Years
Jack Lauderbaugh
John Nesholm
Bill Center
32 Years
Rod Waldbaum
34 Years
Jon Bridge
Larry Granat

Meet fellow Rotarians and get involved in service.  Join a committee.  Contact committee chair or Fiona Ronyai 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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