Founded 1909         Weekly News and Highlights     March 11th, 2022


Wednesday, March 16
The Westin or on Zoom 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Women Blazing Trails in Rotary

In the short time women have been eligible to join Rotary, they have left their mark in our club.  Moderator, Beth Knox, will lead a panel conversation with Rotary leaders on the role women can and will have in Rotary to create the most impact in our community. 


Viets for Afghans 
President Jimmy Collins called Seattle Rotary Club #4 to order at 12:30 pm on Wednesday, March 09, 2022. The meeting was broadcast via Zoom only.  
President Jimmy reiterated the Rotary’s mission is to develop strong relationships, welcome diversity and advocate for different points of view. He updated the Rotary Club on the status of the Invictus Games coming to Seattle in 2025. President Jimmy said there is stiff competition, but he believes that our local representatives have made a very strong case for having the games in Seattle.  
President Jimmy introduced Linda Rough & Jevon Powell with the song of the day: “Try a Little Kindness.” Rough & Jevon took some creative liberty by injecting Rotary into the lyrics.  Trish Bostrom provided Rotarians with the Inspiration for the Day. Trish spoke of the grave concerns she has about Ukraine.  She referenced the two million-plus refugees who are suddenly without a home and suggested that Rotarians do everything humanly possible to help the people of Ukraine in their time of need.  
Nyasha Tunduwani, thanked Fiona Ronyai for all her work saying how effective she was in recruiting new Rotarians. Fiona will be joining her husband in expanding their business on Bainbridge Island.  
President Jimmy asked Joe Phillips to introduce the newest Seattle Rotary Club member:  Robert Gilmore, Wealth Manager. Robert grew up in Texas but found his way to Seattle in 2011. Welcome, Robert.
President Jimmy introduced Rear Admiral and former Rotarian president, Bill Center.  Bill led a Memorial for Admiral Tom Hayward who recently passed away. Admiral Hayward joined the Navy as a fighter pilot. He flew 140 combat missions in Korea and 36 combat missions over Vietnam. He became the Chief of Naval Operations.  Bill said that Admiral Hayward helped build back the Navy after neglect had set in after the two major wars. Upon his retirement, he dedicated his life to helping at-risk students. Admiral Hayward had been a member of Rotary since 1970. President Jimmy asked for a moment of silence in honor of the life of Admiral Hayward.  Watch a VIDEO of Admiral Tom Haywards life. 
Admiral Center was deeply involved with Ukraine when it was transitioning towards independence from the Soviet Union in the early 1990s.  Many Ukrainians wanted to keep their nuclear missiles as a future bargaining chip. The response at that time was not to be concerned because western alliances would step up and help Ukrainians if future conflicts arose. Admiral Center said that he believes that disputes like we are seeing right now, will continue because we don’t learn from history. Admiral Center said he believes this conflict will be a protracted one. He shared four possible scenarios of how this occupation may turn out.  
President Jimmy thanked Admiral Center for the wonderful tribute to Tom Hayward and the summary of the conflict in Ukraine. He then introduced Jerilyn Brusseau.
Jerilyn introduced the main program speakers.  Uyen Nguyen and Thanh Tan fled Vietnam with their families at the conclusion of the Vietnam War. In demonstrating their appreciation for Washington’s legacy in finding homes for refugees, they formed a group called: Viets for Afghans.

Meet New Member Robert Gilmore
It is my honor to introduce our newest member, Robert Gilmore.  Robert is Senior Wealth Manager at Trutina Financial. His classification is Financial Advising and Wealth Management, and his membership has been sponsored by Terry Van Nostrand.
Robert grew up in the Dallas area and attended Southern Methodist University, where he played on the football team and earned degrees in finance and English.
Robert started his career in finance as a derivatives analyst for Bank of America in New York and Charlotte.  How he ended up at Bank of America is a tale of serendipity.  One day he was walking across campus after football practice and ran into a gentleman who could not find his parked car, which Robert of course assisted him with finding.  Turns out this person was recruiting SMU students for Bank of America at a career fair and wondered why Robert was not at the fair, which naturally had something to do with football practice.  One thing led to another and after graduation, Robert was working with Bank of America in NYC in derivatives.
Problem was, after four years with Bank of America the Great Recession came along and delivered a knockout blow to derivatives trading.  Robert had to pivot and decided to get into personal financial planning.  He headed back to Texas and took a position with USAA.  Experiencing some challenges with its Seattle operations, USAA transferred him here in 2011 to help get their Seattle region back on track, which he did by 2017 when he transitioned to Charles Schwab to work as a financial consultant.  In 2020, he started with Trutina, where his clients are small business owners who he assists with wealth management and retirement planning services.
Robert met his wife, Heidi, here in Seattle where she is a nurse with UW Medicine.  They have two children, Robert III who is four, and Celina who is two.  Between family and the office, Robert is more than fully employed!  And if any of you are looking for an impossible task, then you can take on the challenge of converting Robert from a Cowboy fan into a Twelve.
Please join me in welcoming our newest member, Robert Gilmore!
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Leadership Tomorrow
Class of 2023

Are you inspired to step into a bigger role in your community?

Are you being called to lead?

Join many of your fellow Seattle 4 Rotarians and consider applying for the Leadership Tomorrow Class of 2023 - a cohort of Puget Sound leaders from the private, nonprofit, and public sectors. Together you will explore important regional issues and how they are interconnected, develop and practice strategies and tools to become more effective civic leaders, and expand your personal and professional networks. Key aspects of the program are analyzing the history and current impacts of racism and understanding that working with others to advance racial equity is central to leadership in our region.


Volunteer Opportunity
Sunday, March 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, March 24
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM  
The Rainier Tower
1301 5th Avenue - 12th Floor
Sea4s Happy Hour - All Welcome!
Thank you all who attended our first Happy hour on February 24th.  We can't wait to see you again and those that couldn't join us 
All members are welcome to attend.  
Click HERE to RSVP
Volunteer Opportunity

Saturday, March 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

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!! 
Mar 16, 2022 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel, 1900 5th Ave. and on Zoom
Mar 23, 2022
Online Program
Mar 30, 2022
Apr 06, 2022 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel, 1900 5th Avenue and on Zoom
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International Service Committee
On Zoom
Mar 18, 2022 10:30 AM
Building Tiny Houses
Hope Factory
Mar 20, 2022 9:00 AM
Environmental Sustainability Committee
On Zoom
Mar 23, 2022 11:00 AM
Sea4 Happy Hour
Rainier Tower
Mar 24, 2022
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Rotary Volunteer Day
Wellspring Family Services
Mar 26, 2022 9:15 AM
Peacebuilders Committee
On Zoom
Mar 30, 2022
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Community Service Committee
On Zoom
Apr 06, 2022 10:30 AM
Education Committee Meeting
On Zoom
Apr 06, 2022 11:00 AM
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Kerry O'Keefe
Paul McTaggart
Coury Shadyac


1 Year
Ryan Bunbury
JB Menefee
Anne Jannetti
3 Years
Nick Curatola
Bailee Brown
Judy Kaiser
David McDonald
Derek Ruckman
Alvaro Jimenez
4 Years
Joyce Davidson
Taylor Shimizu
Jesse Thomas
Bonnie Towne
6 Years
Daron Vchulek
8 Years
Bob Boeshaar
9 Years
Eric Newman
Jim Loder
Mark Long
Jimmy Collins
13 Years
Bill Gates III
16 Years
Candy Lee
A.D. Vickery
Janice Winemiller
17 Years
Jeff Pritchard
18 Years
Manny Ramos
Liv Wernecke
20 Years
Jim Odom
Skip Rowland
21 Years
Joel Ferrell
James Wong
22 Years
Einer Handeland
24 Years
John Steckler
25 Years
Joel Paget
26 Years
Craig Dawson
28 Years
Gerry Maurer
30 Years
Laurel James
Mark Weed
32 Years
Rich Lacher
34 Years
Rita Ryder
44 Years
Fred Weiss

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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