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Mar 11, 2020 12:00 PM
Mar 18, 2020 12:00 PM
Grand Hyatt, 721 Pine Street
Mar 25, 2020 12:00 PM
Hyatt Olive 8, 1635 8th Ave
Apr 01, 2020 12:00 PM
Four Seasons, 99 Union St
Apr 08, 2020 12:00 PM
Westin, 1900 5th Ave.
Apr 15, 2020 12:00 PM
Hyatt Olive 8, 1635 8th Ave
Apr 22, 2020 12:00 PM
Westin, 1900 5th Ave.
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For those who drive to our weekly luncheons, here is some information about available parking options:

The Westin - for self-park or valet, obtain coupon at meeting registration for a discounted rate of $14.

Pacific Place is another good option only a couple blocks from most of our venues. The cost is $12 for up to 3 hours. The garage is accessed from either 6th or 7th between Pine and Olive.
The Sheraton, Four Seasons, Grand Hyatt, and Hyatt Olive 8 do not offer discounted parking.


Mar 6
Jessica Bhuiyan
Alvaro Jimenez
Jack Lauderbaugh
Mar 7
Sherry Calvert
Mar 8
Michele Shaw
Mar 9 
Dick Vadnais
Mar 10 
Howard Crabtree
Pierce Murphy
Amelie von Saint Andre-von Arnim
March 17
Paul McTaggart
Coury Shadyac
March 19
Jon Bridge
Irv Sandman
John Steckler
March 20
Don Kraft
Alex Mummery


1 Year
Geoff Ball
Nick Curatola
Alvaro Jimenez
Judy Kaiser
David McDonald
Bailee Neyland
Derek Ruckman
2 Years
Zach Haveman
SJ Mackay
Joyce Robertson
Taylor Shimizu
Jesse Thomas
Bonnie Towne
4 Years
Daron Vchulek
5 Years
Marc Rapaport
6 Years
Bob Boeshaar
7 Years
Jimmy Collins
Eric Newman
Jim Loder
Mark Long
Trent Mummery
8 Years
Dorothy Echodu
Arnie Ness
11 Years
Bill Gates III
14 Years
Candy Lee
Alan Vickery
Janice Winemiller
15 Years
Jeff Pritchard
16 Years
Liv Wernecke
18 Years
Jim Odom
Skip Rowland
19 Years
Joel Ferrell
Paul Heppner
James Wong
20 Years
Einer Handeland
22 Years
John Steckler
23 Years
Joel Paget
24 Years
Craig Dawson
26 Years
Gerry Maurer
27 Years
Chris Charbonneau
28 Years
Laurel James
Mark Weed
30 Years
Rich Lacher
31 Years
Doug True
32 Years
Rita Ryder
33 Years
Jerry Burtenshaw
42 Years
Fred Weiss

Bob Alexander



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Special thanks to our Gold Level Sponsor, Bob Alexander.

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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!! 


March 11th Meeting Cancelled

Dear Seattle 4 Rotarians,
The state of emergency in Washington due to the coronavirus remains in effect.  King County Public Health has recently advised citizens to postpone or cancel large events of 10 or more people.  Further, our club’s membership includes a significant segment of the higher-risk demographic for coronavirus.  In addition, companies and organizations have implemented their own policies regarding minimizing public engagement. These entities include our upcoming speakers. 
Therefore, in the interest of your health and safety as well as compliance with government directives, Seattle 4 Rotary will suspend its meeting next week.  Updated information regarding upcoming meetings will be featured in the Totem and on our website.  We will also be sending emails to let members know of any future changes or cancellations.  
We will make best efforts to reschedule the speakers who are impacted. Any fellowship or committee meetings of 10 or more should also be postponed.  Attendance monitoring will be suspended during this period.
Please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.
Best regards,
President Kim
Want to stay involved while our weekly meeting is on hiatus? Here are a few great ways members can stay engaged with our club and the community:
  1. Watch a video of a speaker you missed on our YouTube channel. Our video archive includes speakers from the past 10 years, including Howard Behar, Police Chief Carmen Best, Steve Ballmer, and many more!
  2. The next time you’re at the grocery store stocking up your pantry, consider grabbing a few extra items to donate to Northwest Harvest at one of their public drop sites.
  3. Consider using the time you would normally be at the luncheon to make a blood donation at Bloodworks Northwest. You can find guidelines for donating during the virus outbreak (most people are still eligible to donate!) and schedule an appointment on their website.

Art Teaches Civility and Connects Us

Music, music, music filled the Sheraton ballroom as Arnie Ness and Freeman Fong led us in song followed by Seattle Opera tenor, Joshua Stuart, who performed excerpts from the Opera’s current production of Charlie Parker’s Yardbird
Joel Paget’s inspiration called on us to live in the moment and value what matters.  He quoted a famous mufti who said, “Do not neglect the link with our maker.  That is the only way to keep our sanity during these times.” 
Our featured presenter, Seattle Opera’s General Director, Christine Scheppelmann gave a reasoned and impassioned plea for the importance of the arts in our daily life.  “Imagine a city with no arts at all,” she said.  There would be no radio, theater, dance, movies, architecture, books, libraries, museums, or music.  We would live in a cultural desert barren of art in its broadest definition and devoid of attractions for the creative class of workers we need.”

Check out Photos of our Meetings and Other Events


The Rotary Club of La Conner will be bringing loads of beautiful tulips to our April 8 luncheon.  A bouquet of 10 stems is only $5 -- you'll want a bunch!


Rotary District 5030 Annual Conference on April 3-4, 2020

Aloha Seattle 4 Rotarians!

Don't Miss the 2020 Rotary International Convention in Honolulu on June 6-10

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Harvest Against Hunger Work Party
Northwest Harvest Warehouse
Mar 14, 2020
8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Wellspring Family Services Work Party
Rotary Support Center for Families
Mar 28, 2020
9:15 AM – 11:15 AM
Pike Place Market Gardening Party
Market Commons
Apr 04, 2020
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
New Member Meet & Greet
The Rainier Club
Apr 09, 2020
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Harvest Against Hunger Work Party
Northwest Harvest Warehouse
Apr 11, 2020
8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Rotary Boys & Girls Club Maintenance Day
Rotary Boys & Girls Club
Apr 18, 2020
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Wellspring Family Services Work Party
Rotary Support Center for Families
Apr 25, 2020
9:15 AM – 11:15 AM
Rotary District 5030 Training Assembly
South Seattle Community College
May 02, 2020
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