Founded 1909         Weekly News and Highlights       June 18, 2021
Jun 23, 2021 12:00 PM
Online Program
Jun 30, 2021 12:00 PM
Online Program
Jul 07, 2021
Jul 14, 2021 12:00 PM
Westin Hotel, 1900 5th Ave.
Jul 21, 2021 12:00 PM
Online Program
Jul 28, 2021 12:00 PM
Westin Hotel, 1900 5th Ave.
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Volunteers need to handle microphones at in-person meetings.  Contact Ken Grant for details.
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Rotary Walk 'n Talk
Washington Athletic Club
Jun 18, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
President's Reception
Queen City Yacht Club
Jun 24, 2021
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
District 5030 Golf Classic/Year End Dinner
The Golf Club a Newcastle
Jun 28, 2021
1:30 PM – 9:00 PM
District Governor's Reception
The Golf Club a Newcastle
Jun 28, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
July 4th Celebration
Laurel James' 6 Acre Compound
Jul 04, 2021
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Rotary Team Project Choose 180
Jul 25, 2021
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Rotary District 5030 2021 Conference
Coeur d'Alene Golf Resort and Spa
Oct 01, 2021 – Oct 03, 2021
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Ken Grant
Daryl Campbell
Nick Curatola
Mark Wright
Lynn Lindsay
Ralph Munro


1 Year
Matt Marshall
2 Years
Caitlin Grant
Kerry Howell
4 Years
Mahnaz Eshetu
Harry Short
5 Years
Dulcie Patner
9 Years
Mike Harney
10 Years
John Pohl
11 Years
Petros Koumantaros
12 Years
Matt Bratlien
13 Years
Wier Harman III
14 Years
Marli Iverson
19 Years
Nina Odell
John Adams
Joe Phillips
Dan Mead Smith
22 Years
Bill Franklin
Steve Boyer
25 Years
Alan Sclater
28 Years
Robin Pasquarella
29 Years
Roberta Greer
31 Years
Astrid Berg
32  Years
Irv Sandman
34 Years
Stan Foster Jr.
35 Years
Dave Kelly
Please send any general club committee announcements for The Newsletter to Fiona Ronyai by Thursday at noon.

Get Involved - Join a Committee!

You can find a full list of our committees with descriptions on our website. Contacting the committee chair, listed below, is the best way to find out how to get involved. 


Business Mentor Program
Community Service
International Service
Rotary Boys & Girls Club


Member Engagement
New Member Introduction
Membership Recruitment
Rotary Cares
Rotary Mariners
YRL - Young Rotary Leaders
Diplomacy Initiative 
David Woodward, Founder
Dr. Skip Rowland, Co-chairperson
Dr. Suzanne Griffin, Co-chairperson


Social Media
Public Image



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



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



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July 14th Meeting 
The Westin Hotel Seattle
Safety protocols we have put in place to make sure everyone feels comfortable:
  • Meetings are open to members and guests who RSVP and state that they have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
  • Our meeting location has multiple entrances and means of access to the banquet room including escalators and elevators.
  • For those needing to pay for lunch, we will provide the option to prepay online to avoid congestion in the lobby. 
  • The banquet staff will arrange tables and seating in accordance with regional health guidelines and best practices and we will follow state-mandated protocols at that time. 
  • Extra seating will be set so reserving seats on either side is an option if you need extra space.
  • Color-coded wristbands will be available for each member and guest to indicate their comfort level with social greetings and conversation.  These bands can be worn with the nametag or on the wrist.  
    • red for those who would like to maintain a healthy distance from other attendees;
    • yellow for those who are ok with fist or elbow bump for contact; 
    • green for those who are "huggers" and ready for interaction with vaccinated guests. 
If you are aware of any other "best practices" feel free to contact
We can't wait to see you!

June 23 at Noon

The Promise and Peril of the Digital Age
Microsoft President Brad Smith will examine the dual use of technology, which can be both a powerful tool that powers economies and communities and a formidable weapon that can undermine democracy and fundamental human rights.  Join Brad as he takes you on a journey examining the role of technology in security, privacy, and sustainability, the greater responsibility that tech companies and governments must bear, and how technology can help the world respond, rebuild and reimagine our collective future.
Join on your computer by clicking HERE
Or dial in on your phone: 
(253) 215 8782
Meeting ID: 259 970 584

Links from This Week's Meeting

Our opening music video, 4 Edward was performed by Nancy Wilson of the Seattle rock band Heart. She recreated the song as a tribute to Eddie Van Halen who died last year. 
Chris Gregoire wanted to share her presentation with the membership.  Click HERE to view her slides and be sure to watch the full presentation.
Rotary Club of Seattle
June 15, 1909 
On June 15, 1909, a small group which included Roy Denny, attended the first Rotary Club of Seattle meeting at the Stokes Ice Cream Parlor at 2nd Avenue and Madison Street, although some reports say the initial meeting was held at the Olympus Café in Pioneer Square. Regardless of location, it was on that date that our club was born.
Just ten years later, the newly formed Rotary District held their annual conference banquet at the newly built Hippodrome in 1921. It appears that several hundred Rotarians from around the Pacific Northwest were in attendance.  Read more about how far we have come!
New Member Introduction
Meet Brenda Barnes
It is my honor to introduce our newest member, Brenda Barnes.  Brenda is CEO of Classical KING FM.  Her classification is Cultural Institutions, and her membership has been sponsored by Charlie Dickey.  In addition to her work at the station, she’s been active in the community as a member of the Community Development Roundtable and the International Women’s Forum.
Thursday, June 24  
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Queen City Yacht Club
President's Reception 
Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, music, and real people will join together to thank President Jeff Borek for his year of service.  Significant others are welcome.  Plan to attend our first in-person event of the 2020-21 Rotary year!   
Tickets are $10.00 per person and include two drink tickets.  Cash bar for additional drinks.
To ensure everyone's safety, a vaccination or negative COVID test within 72 hours of the reception will be required to attend.
Sunday, July 4
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Laurel James' Compound
Lake Forest Park
Rotary 4 Celebrates Together
Our fellow member, Laurel James, invites you to join her at her six-acre compound in Lake Forest Park for a Family 4th of July Celebration! Come enjoy a day of fellowship and activities including basketball, softball, soccer, hiking, and running. Enjoy spending time by the creek on the property. Bring a potluck dish to share. There will be a keg of beer. If you desire other beverages bring them with you. Bring your basketball and or soccer ball. It will be a great day of family fun! The event is free but the capacity is 100 guests so please sign up in advance. There is parking on site.

Would You Like Support from Your Fellow Members? 

Past President Laura Rehrmann 
Send her prayers & good vibes!
A key part of the benefit of being a member of Rotary is the support we are able to provide to each other in tough times – It’s a key part of our Service Above Self credo.
You heard recently from our Past President Sten Crissy that one of the pillars of our Out for Blood campaign was to support some of our members who are fighting a battle with cancer. Our Rotary Cares Committee has been reaching out to our members to provide them support. One of those members currently fighting the good fight is Seattle 4 Past President Laura Rehrmann, who led our club with strength and grace in the 2013/14 Rotary calendar year.  She recently reached out to say that she will be undergoing surgery this Friday at Swedish Medical on Cherry Hill, to remove a brain tumor. She would greatly appreciate the support of our membership in the form of - quoting Laura – your prayers and good vibes. Take a moment now to reflect on her request in a way that’s appropriate for you and send your love her way.
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 one of our Rotary Cares Committee Co-chairs listed below to let us know how we can help. 
Fedva Dikmen:
Sue McNab:

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. 



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!! 
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