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September 18
Bob Davidson
Jan Levy
September 20
Stan Foster Jr.
Nita Hairston
Jonelle Johnson
Lisa Mayfield
September 23
Cynthia Chirot
September 25
Nancy Cahill
Shirley Lansing
Jeff Parker
September 27
John King
September 28
Paul Casey
September 30
Dorothy Bullitt
Virginia McKenzie
October 1
Matt Albertson
October 2
Rex Clark
Marc Kurose
Evan Steinruck


1 Year
Mike Hatzenbeler
Mike O’Brien
David Park
3 Years
Marc Kurose
Jim Stevens
Linda Thompson-Black
Amelie von Saint
  Andre-von Arnim
Derryl Willis
4 Years
Matt Albertson
Kevin Crane
Lindsay Klarman
Dave Lenox
Nima Samiee
6 Years
Nick Anderson
7 Years
Paul Frogley
10 Years
Nyasha Tunduwani

12 Years
Lisa Mayfield
17 Years
Dominik Musafia
Linda Rough
21 Years
Harvey Rubinstein
26 Years
Karen Wong
28 Years
Jim McCurdy

30 Years
Paul McTaggart

33 Years
Faith Ireland
Shirley Lansing

34 Years
Don Murphy

Bob Alexander



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 Mariah for more details at

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


Social Media
Totem Report


Diplomacy Initiative Task Force
David Woodward, Founder
Dr. Skip Rowland, Co-chairperson
Dr. Suzanne Griffin, Co-chairperson

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 one of our Rotary Cares Committee Co-chairs listed below to let us know how we can help. 
Fedva Dikmen:
Sue McNab:



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

Phone: 206-623-0023

Caroline Bobanick
Executive Director

Mariah Kimpton
Program 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 Program Manager, Mariah Kimpton, 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!! 

September 23rd at 12:00pm

*Social time starting at 11:45am*

Discovering Our National Parks: People Embracing Their Public Lands and the Future of Sustainable Management

Providing great experiences has become more challenging for some National Parks as they have seen large and rapid increases in the number of people visiting, as well as changes to the times of year when travelers come, how they arrive, and how they want to experience parks. This has led many parks to look for solutions to congestion in certain areas as a result of growing visitation.

Chip Jenkins, Superintendent of Rainier National Park, and Dr. Rachel Collins, Visitor Use Project Manager for the National Parks Service, will share how the parks system is developing these solutions to improve access and experiences while protecting park resources and values. The National Park Service is committed to collaborating with local communities and their business and non-profit partners to find solutions that improve the quality of visitor experience, address congestion in a thoughtful way, and maintain the tremendous economic engine our national parks provide.

Join on your computer by clicking HERE
Or dial in on your phone: (253) 215 8782
Meeting ID: 259 970 584

Links from the September 16th Meeting

See the full District 5030 Peacebuilders video

Read "Remembering my father", written by Bill Gates Jr. 

Learn more about the Gates Award for Global Health that was awarded to Rotary International in 2002.
In Memoriam: Bill Gates Sr. 
As some of you know, I recently lost my own mom to Alzheimer’s disease, so was particularly saddened to learn of the passing of Bill Gates Sr. - due to Alzheimer’s - at his Hood Canal beach home. He was an honorary member of Seattle #4, and a frequent attendee to our Wednesday meetings when his schedule permitted, up until the last few years of his life.

William Henry Gates II was born in 1925. He transcended his humble origins, growing up in the Navy town of Bremerton, Washington, the son of a furniture store worker. After his high school graduation in 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was sent to Japan shortly after its surrender in World War II.

Share Rotary with Your LinkedIn Network in Three Easy Steps

1. Join our club's LinkedIn Group.
2. Forward invitations to meetings and events to your network. 
3. Include Caroline's email ( so your friends and associates can reserve their spot and get access codes.
If you don't already have a LinkedIn profile, CLICK HERE to learn how to get started. 

Our Commitment to Social Justice 

In response to the recent acts of violence against Black Americans across the United States, the Rotary Club of Seattle determined it was time to document our position on the continued struggle against racism towards all people of color in our society.  Our position is articulated in these documents, approved by the Board of Directors at their August meeting. Learn more on the About Us page. 

Monday, September 21st at 4:00pm

Shaping Peace Together: A Story of Love & Servant Leadership

You're invited to a special program on Peace Day with World Without Hate, hosted by the Rotary Action Group for Peace. Click the link below to learn more and RSVP!

Tuesday, September 29th at 5:30pm

Walk to the Olympic Sculpture Park and Dine at Elliott’s Oyster House

Enjoy a walk along the waterfront to the Olympic Sculpture Park followed by dinner and a beautiful view of Elliott Bay from socially distanced tables on the deck at Elliott's Oyster House. In addition to seafood, they offer chicken, pasta, and filet mignon (the same filet you get at the Metropolitan Grill). Attendees will meet by the Argosy Cruise sign for the walk to the Olympic Sculpture Park at 5:30 pm, followed by dinner at 6:30 pm.

This event is limited to 34 people. 

Please RSVP by Friday, September 25th. For more information, contact Doug Seto.

Wednesday, September 30th at 5:30pm

Networking Event with the Great Northwest Rotary Business Network

The Great Northwest Rotary Business Network invites you to attend their first-ever networking social on Zoom! See the flyer linked below for more information and a link to RSVP.

Wednesday, October 7th at 3:30pm

Save the Date for the Next Meeting of the First Five Rotary Clubs!

The first five Rotary Clubs (Chicago, San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle, and LA) are gathering again. If you enjoyed our first collaborative meeting in May, you'll love this program filled with inspirational speakers and opportunities to connect, with a focus on Rotary's spirit and legacy of service. More details coming soon! 

Thursday, October 15th at 5:30pm

Save the Date for our October Happy Hour!

We hope to see you at our next Happy Hour on October 15, with guest hosts from the Seattle City Rotaract.

Volunteers Needed at the Rotary Boys and Girls Club

The Seattle Rotary Boys & Girls Club, under the leadership of Patrick Carter, has taken on the role of full-day academic support and childcare for the Seattle Public Schools. This means they need to ensure students are online and learning with their respective classrooms. What problem does online learning present?  Without human touch and guidance, the students are having their share of struggles. Some of them still can’t read or are having problems with basic math. Unlike the kids who can stay at home, they don’t have a parent or guardian to step in and help them when they run into problems.
Seattle Rotary Boys & Girls Club needs volunteers to come down and help. The time slots 8:30 – 11:30 and 12:30 – 2:30 are available and all COVID-19 procedures are being followed. No reported cases have been identified during the past six months of operation at the club. Volunteers will need to complete a simple background check and follow the guidelines.
Please consider signing up to help by emailing Patrick Carter at
Learn more about the Rotary Boys & Girls Club on their website. 
Being a parent is hard these days! Here’s a real example from a parent who faces these same issues at home:
“For 3rd grade and under, it’s a lot to expect for them to stay organized.  They move along the various subjects like vocabulary, reading comprehension, math, PE, religion (it’s a Catholic School), etc.…  I like to think my son is pretty sharp, but he still needs some direction and help.  There are plenty of kids who aren’t getting that, and they become distractions to the rest of the kids in class as well as to the teacher.  There needs to be some supervision at most times.”

Are You Ready to Lead?

Are you interested in supporting people around the globe? Would you like an opportunity to learn about nonprofits from all over the world?  If so, consider serving as a co-chair for our club's International Service Committee. Message Sarah Mackay 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 any further information or visit the website at

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