Founded 1909         Weekly News and Highlights     September 16, 2022

Next Week's Meeting

Wednesday, September 21
Rainier Club & Zoom
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Roger BelAir

Pickleball: Past, Present, & Prison

Pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in America and national interest is introducing pickleball to a whole new generation of players. Created in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, Washington, Pickleball has been named the official state sport of Washington. Now due to Roger BelAir’s efforts, the game is being played with impressive results in prisons from coast to coast. Hear how a 60 Minutes segment on crime encouraged BelAir to bring the sport to incarcerated individuals.  
Off the court, Roger is a financial expert who has been profiled in a cover story of Money magazine; an acclaimed author of financial books; and a keynoter at conventions.

Farewell Tribute to President Todd and Iconic Films Shot in Washington State

President Beth opened the meeting by describing how past Rotary 4 President Todd Summerfelt, who recently passed from unbeatable cancer, lived life joyfully and to its fullest.  She invited past Rotary 4 president, Kim Moore, to the podium to talk a bit about Todd, to introduce Todd’s family and acknowledge Todd’s 37 years as a Seattle 4 Rotarian.


Networking Mixer

Tuesday, September 20
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
The Lodge Sports Grille on Fairview - Back Room

Get your business cards ready as Rotarian Nicole Klein would like to invite members to the first networking mixer of the 2022-2023 Rotary year! Enjoy speed networking with your fellow club members, learn about networking etiquette, and make some new connections along the way! Appetizers will be provided by the club and drinks will be at happy hour prices! To attend, please pre-register for the free event HERE no later than Friday, September 16.

September Sea4s (Newer Rotary Members) Happy Hour

Thursday, September 22
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Spire Seattle, Level 40

Rotarians that have joined the club in the past few years are invited to Rotarian Mary Johnstone's scenic rooftop for our September happy hour! This is a free event but if you plan to attend, please pre-register HERE.
To pre-register and pay to attend this event, please click HERE.
Come celebrate the opening of the Detective Cookie Chess Park on September 24 and see the giant chess pieces that were funded as part of a Peacebuilder grant by SRSF. SRSF is also supporting chess club activities with grant funds. The park dedication will run from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM.
Rotarian Linda Thompson-Black would like to invite club members to assist with the UNCF's Portfolio Project by mentoring high school juniors and seniors as the prepare for life beyond graduation. For more information, please call Linda at 206-851-8178.

Marilyn & Einer Handeland's Dahlia Garden Party

Sunday, September 25
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
4036 85th Ave. SE
Mercer Island

Our fellow Rotarian, Einer Handeland, and his wife Marilyn have been working with Dahlias for over 40 years and invite you to join them for a tour of their stunning garden filled with 700 dahlias including 160 different varieties.  You will enjoy a charming garden party with your fellow Rotarians and guests.  Iced tea, lemonade, wine, and appetizers will be served.

Parking is available in front of their house as well as at Trinity Lutheran Church just three (3) houses north at the corner of 85th Avenue SE and SE 40th Street.  There is wheelchair access on the north side of the house.  To attend the event, please make your reservations with Doug Seto at

Museum of Glass Tour

Saturday, October 1
11:00 AM
Museum of Glass Tacoma

Rotarians are invited to attend a tour of the Museum of Glass and lunch in Tacoma! For more details, please contact Fedva Dikmen at

RSVPs now accepted for this event until Monday, September 19.

International District Tour

Thursday, October 13
4:45 PM
Seattle Best Tea

Our member Assunta Ng, Publisher of the Northwest Asian Weekly, will take us on a tour of the International District showing where Chinatown, Japan town and Little Saigon are.  This is her Chinatown tour Part II. It will focus on Bruce Lee’s first kung fu schools and where his childhood movies in Hong Kong were shown in the early 1960s. The story of the Chinese Historic Chinatown Gate, the controversy of Sound Transit Stations in Chinatown, the conflicts between the young activists and business owners on new developments and homeless issues, and other landmarks will be featured in this tour.

Meet at Seattle Best Tea at 506 S. King St. at 4:45 p.m., ending at Tai Tung  (655 South King Street, Seattle, WA 98104) for dinner and beverages. Dinner including tax, $30.

To register for the Foundation Champions Gala, please click HERE.
If you would like to volunteer at UNCF's upcoming PNW College & Career Fair, please call Rotarian Linda Thompson-Black at 206-851-8178.




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

Phone: 206-623-0023

Carma McKay
Interim Staff

Mary Goldie
Membership 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 Manager, Mary Goldie, 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!! 
Sep 14, 2022 12:30 PM
Rainier Club and on Zoom
Sep 21, 2022 12:30 PM
Rainier Club and on Zoom
Sep 28, 2022 12:30 PM
Online Program
Oct 05, 2022 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel and on Zoom
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Rotary Ethnic Dinner at Ada's Restaurant
Ada's Restaurant
Sep 15, 2022 6:00 PM
Networking Mixer
The Lodge Sports Grille - Back Room
Sep 20, 2022
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
International Service Committee (Monthly except Jun, Jul, and Dec)
On Zoom
Sep 21, 2022 10:30 AM
Sea4s (Newer Rotary Members) Happy Hour
Spire Seattle, Level 40
Sep 22, 2022
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
An Anti-Human Trafficking Talk with Maya Babow
Salesforce Tower
Sep 23, 2022
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
United Negro College Fund Portfolio Project
Sep 24, 2022 – Dec 10, 2022
Rotary Volunteer Day
Wellspring Family Services
Sep 24, 2022
9:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Marilyn and Einer Handeland's Dahlia Garden Party
Mercer Island - Full Address Upon Registration
Sep 25, 2022
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
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Bill Weisfield
Bob Boeshaar
Bruce Williams
Bob Davidson
Jan Levy
Stan Foster Jr.
Jess Hennessey
Nita Hairston
Jonelle Johnson
Lisa Mayfield


1 Year
Chris Schultz
Ashley Burman
Jenni Cox
Catherine Darley
2 Years
Seema Balwani
Daniel Chen
Hisao Inagaki
3 Years
Mike Hatzenbeler
5 Years
Marc Kurose
Jim Stevens
Linda Thompson-Black
Derryl Willis
6 Years
Matt Albertson
Kevin Crane
Lindsay Klarman
8 Years
Nick Anderson
9 Years
Paul Frogley
12 Years
Nyasha Tunduwani
14 Years
Lisa Mayfield
19 Years
Linda Rough
Dominik Musafia
23 Years
Dr. Stephan Blanford
Harvey Rubinstein
30 Years
Jim McCurdy
32 Years
Paul McTaggart
35 Years
Faith Ireland
36 Years
Don Murphy
Monna Lux

Meet fellow Rotarians and get involved in service.  Join a committee.  Contact committee chair or Mary Goldie 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
Tabitha Claus and Ashley Burman
Diplomacy Round Table
David Woodward, Founder Dr. Skip Rowland, Chair  


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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 Carma for more details 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 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. 
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