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Sep 02, 2020 12:00 PM
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Sep 09, 2020 12:00 PM
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Sep 16, 2020 12:00 PM
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Sep 23, 2020 12:00 PM
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Sep 30, 2020 12:00 PM
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August 28
Bonnie Towne
August 29
Laurel James
James Keating
Rob LoBosco
September 3
Janet Welcher
September 4
Andrew Rapp
Barbie Seifert
September 6
Tom Herche
September 8
Kirk Greene
September 9
Johnny Lau
September 11
Skip Kotkins


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 and meeting times 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 Mentors
New Member Introduction
Rotary Cares
Rotary Mariners


Social Media
Totem Report


Diplomacy Task Force


Unless protests are received in the time period required (seven days), the following will receive a "Welcome to Rotary" notification that their membership has been accepted:
Seema Balwani, Senior Environmental Analyst at NOAA. Individual Membership with a Government and Policy Classification. Proposer, Jimmy Collins.
Monna Lux, CPA at Lux & Associates, PS.  Individual Membership with an Accounting Classification. Proposer, Dorothy Bullitt.


September 2nd at 12:00pm

*Social time starting at 11:45am*

Whiskey Entrepreneurship, Pacific Northwest Style

Westland Distillery started off with the ambition to produce a single malt whiskey representative of our home here in the Pacific Northwest. Along the way, they discovered unique PNW resources—resources that fueled the opportunity to buck traditions and push a very old industry forward. Westland was inspired to innovate, resulting in compelling, delicious whiskeys that are evocative of the place they are made and the people who make them.

Co-founder and Master Distiller Matt Hofmann will share Westland Distillery’s use of these PNW resources and entrepreneurial philosophy, not only for its primary products, but also its response to a demand for another kind of product in the midst of a pandemic. 

Matt started distilling whiskey because of a passion for flavor…a passion that led him to study brewing and distilling science in Scotland where he developed the skillset needed to start his own business. In 2010, he launched the award-winning Westland Distillery in Seattle’s SoDo district, and just a few years later was recognized on Forbes 30 Under 30 list as a tastemaker “redefining food and drink in 2016.” 

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Or dial in on your phone: (253) 215 8782
Meeting ID: 259 970 584

Links from the August 26th Meeting

Learn more about this week's speaker, Bill Stainton.
This week we received excellent news in the fight against polio as Africa was declared free of wild poliovirus. Here's the story from the BBC and a writeup from Rotary International. 

Thank You to Seattle Rotary Member Carmen Best!

You are invited to show your appreciation for fellow member, Carmen Best, following her retirement as Seattle's Chief of Police. Click the link below to sign the e-card.

Tuesday, September 1st at 6:00pm

Fellowship Dinner at the Canlis Crab Shack

Enjoy a scrumptious Dungeness crab dinner with new potatoes, corn, heirloom tomato salad, rolls, and seasonal dessert in a fun, outdoor tropical setting in the Canlis parking lot. Families are welcome. There will be socially distanced tables for up to four people, a temperature check at check-in, and masks required. There is limited availability for up to 35 people. The cost is $74.95 per person, plus drinks, tax, and tip. Please RSVP by Friday, August 28th. For more information, contact Doug Seto.

Thursday, September 3rd at 4:00pm 

Summer Read for the Next Peacebuilder Book Club Discussion

Paula Houston has recommended The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander for our next Peacebuilder Book Club discussion on Thursday, September 3rd.  This will be the third in our series following the highly recommended White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo and So You Want to Talk About Race by Oluo Ijeoma.  Order now.  The audiobook is the easiest and quickest to obtain. 
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 988 8498 0816
Call in: 206-337-9723

Thursday, September 17th at 5:30pm

This Happy Hour is Going to Be a Disaster! 

September is Disaster Preparedness Month, and we'll be celebrating with a disastrous Happy Hour. Dave Nichols of ShelterBox will talk about Rotary's disaster relief efforts, we'll test your disaster knowledge and preparedness with some fun trivia, and by popular demand, we'll have even more time for members to connect. We can't wait to see you there! 

Tuesday, September 29th at 5:30pm

Walk to the Olympic Sculpture Park and Dinner 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.

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:
Do you have content you'd like to share on our club's Facebook? Here are two ways to do that:
1. All members are invited to join and post in our Members-only Facebook Group
2. Send your ideas and requests for content for our public Facebook Page to Social Media Chair Bailee Neyland


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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!! 
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