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Nov 24, 2021
Dec 01, 2021 12:30 PM
Online Program
Dec 08, 2021 12:30 PM
Online Program
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Rotary Volunteer Day
Wellspring Family Services
Nov 20, 2021 9:15 AM
Building Tiny Houses
Hope Factory
Nov 21, 2021 9:00 AM
Community Service Committee
On Zoom
Dec 01, 2021 10:30 AM
Seattle Rotary Mariners Christmas Party
Center for Wooden Boats - Wagner Education Center Sail Loft
Dec 02, 2021
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
This is Rotary!
On Zoom
Dec 08, 2021
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
December Walk 'n Talk
Washington Athletic Club
Dec 09, 2021
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Rotary Holiday Reception
Queen City Yacht Club
Dec 15, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Rod Waldbaum
Ashok Gangolli
Lauren Domino
Nina Odell
Trish Bostrom
Carma McKay
Alex Liatsis


1 Year
David Wu
3 Years
Mary Johnstone
4 Years
Susan Bean
Gene Boes
5 Years
Jaime Mendez
7 Years
David Fain
Robyn Grad
13 Years
Jane Pryor
15 Years
Dave Kraft
19 Years
Tom Hayward
Terry Van Nostrand
22 Years
Trish Bostrom
23 Years
Laura Rehrmann
Jonelle Johnson
33 Years
Jim Linardos
Tracy Garland
34  Years
Sue McNab
67  Years
Don Kraft


Please consider joining a Rotary Club of Seattle committee for greater fellowship. Our committees need your help, and we have a lot of great opportunities to choose from. They are the foundation our club is built upon.  Please contact President Jimmy Collins or Fiona Ronyai in the office for more details. 
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, Co-chairperson
Dr. Suzanne Griffin, Co-chairperson


Meeting Reporters



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:



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

No Meeting November 24th
Watch for Your Club Leadership Ballot Arriving by Email on November 24th
Happy Thanksgiving | Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls
Igniting Creativity, Fueling Discovery, and Enriching Lives through Glass and Glassmaking 
Virginia McKenzie kicked off the meeting, leading us in song with Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head that featured cameos from the Rotary Music Committee members with their umbrellas, and Jaime Mendez inspired us.
Our member Jon Scholes of the Downtown Seattle Association provided an update on the state of downtown, especially after the recent election.  He said that “the recovery of downtown was on the ballot” and that there is now a new optimism based on the results.  People often ask him, what they can to do help downtown recover, so one answer is to “show up” and attend events eat out, etc.  He also asked any employers to let him know if your business is planning to reopen their downtown office so that it can be recognized.  President Jimmy thanked the official “cheerleader in chief of downtown.”
Virginia McKenzie announced the launch of a new, issue-driven Rotary club, the Pacific Northwest Rotary Club on Sex Trafficking.  Since our club is her new club’s official sponsor, she encouraged us to engage with them which could include taking part in one of their service projects.
Steven Shaw then introduced Deborah Lenk, the executive director of the Museum of Glass in Tacoma who gave an overview of this gem in our backyard and what it provides for the community and region, which was followed by her introduction to our main speaker, Preston Singletary
Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight, is the unique solo traveling exhibition on display at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma that tells the Tlingit origin story of Raven and his transformation of the world - bringing light to people via the stars, moon, and sun.  Raven leads visitors on a journey through the transformation of darkness into light.  Deborah announced that the next stop for the show will be at the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian for a year starting in January!
In Honor of Native American Month 
We invite members to view a special video by Ken Workman, a direct descendent of Chief Seattle.  As a club, we acknowledge that we meet on the traditional homelands of the Coast Salish Peoples including the Duwamish and the customary territories of the Suquamish and Muckleshoot Peoples.  We honor these communities' past, present, and future.

Saturday, November 20
9:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Volunteer Opportunity
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. Please note that November and December have been adjusted to the 3rd Saturday to accommodate the holidays.  If anyone has any questions they can also reach out to
Sunday, November 21
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
(3rd Sunday of each month)
Volunteer Opportunity
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

Questions -
Thursday, December 2
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM 
Center for Wooden Boats
1010 Fairview Ave. N
The Seattle Rotary Mariners
Annual Holiday Party 
All Welcome!
The Seattle Rotary Mariners invite you to help us celebrate the holidays at our annual Christmas Party.  The festivities will take place in the Center for Wooden Boat’s in the Wagner Education Center Sail Loft (1010 Fairview Avenue North).
It will be a Potluck / BYOB.   Spouses and significant others are welcome.
RSVP to Alan Bergen

Thursday, December 9
5:30 PM 
Washington Athletic Club
Walk 'n Talk
Welcome Back to Your Seattle!

We will meet at 5:30 pm outside the WAC and proceed on a 30 - 40 minute walk guided by Paul Nunn of Urban ArtWorks. Walk at your own pace as we are guided through the banners brightening downtown city streets.  Holiday lights will be in full glory!

The Seattle 4 Rotary Arts Committee produced “Welcome Back to Your Seattle,” a banner project to revitalize downtown, invest in BIPOC artists and encourage families and businesses affected by the pandemic. The banners brighten the downtown core from James to Denny and 1st to 9th Avenues and encourage a return downtown.

All the banners were designed by artists of color, who were paid for their work.

The local non-profit, Urban ArtsWorks, selected the artists, and local firm SuperGraphics produced the banners, permitted them with the City of Seattle, and hung them this fall.

We will meet back at the WAC for no-host beverages and bites (optional). Look forward to seeing you there.

Please pre-register so we may know how many to expect for the walk.  For those that wish to go to the WAC for refreshments afterward, please email Doug Seto so he may make the appropriate arrangements:

Wednesday, December 15
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
Queen City Yacht Club

Merry everything,
Happy always!
Come celebrate with us...

Mix and mingle, join us for cocktails and nibbles. Significant others welcome!

Sing along with The Rotary Rogues and stay tuned for more surprises.

Tickets for sale in advance only - $10.00 per person and include 2 drink tickets.  Cash bar to follow.

Free Parking 



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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