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Seattle Rotary meetings and events are now mask optional and do not require proof of vaccination or negative COVID test.

Next Week's Meeting

Wednesday, June 1
Westin Hotel and on Zoom
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Chevy Cook, Military Mentors (Presenting Virtually)

Chaveso “Chevy” Cook, Ph.D. is an active-duty Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army. His career started in the historic 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC. During his military career he’s deployed during “The Surge”, the “Arab Spring”, and the fight against ISIS in roles working with a wide variety of American embassies, local leaders, and non-governmental organizations, in addition to assisting/training foreign militaries, and serving multiple special operations task forces.
Cook's organization, Military Mentors, was founded in 2015 to improve the quality of leaders within the military by connecting military leaders to the tools and professional contacts they need to succeed. 
Meeting Report

Gender Equality: Catalyzing Transformative Change and Empowering a Hope-Filled Future 

Ashley Burman, a Young Rotary leader who joined our Club last fall, introduced tech executive Margo Day, who co-founded the Mekuno Project with World Vision.  Margo said how much she loves that our motto is “Rotarians Inspire Hope”; as that is what her talk is about, she knows that this power is transformative.  Her time in 3rd grade set the foundation for her life of helping people and in particular, girls, which she would see to fruition when she visited Kenya with World Vision in 2009. 

She learned about the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage that is prevalent in tribes in rural Kenya.  200 million women have undergone FGM as it is a prerequisite for a 12-year-old to be married.  She heard about girls as young as 8-years-old that run away to avoid FGM and go to “rescue centers.”  She saw two things in these girls: determination for a better life and desire to be loved as a valuable child.  She said that she never would have had the courage that those did.  


Don't miss the Rotary International Convention in Houston!!  Click HERE for information and registration.


Parties in the Park

Tuesdays and Thursdays May - August
Occidental Square and Westlake Park

The Downtown Seattle Association invites you to all-day parties every Tuesday in Occidental Square and every Thursday in Westlake Park from now until August. Starting at 11:00 AM each day, enjoy music, food trucks, games, and an afternoon happy hour from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM. For more information, click HERE.

Business Lunch with NW Harvest CEO Thomas Reynolds 

Thursday, June 2
Rainier Club
Seattle, WA
11:30 AM

The Rainier Club invites Seattle 4 Rotary members to a luncheon featuring a keynote speech from NW Harvest CEO Thomas Reynolds on the business of food insecurity.
Attendees must pre-register and pre-pay no later than Friday, May 27 by calling Sandy Walsh at 206-369-6240. Attendees can also pay for lunch through Venmo (@SanWalsh). Lunch is $44 and features Shrimp Louie with Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp.

Edwin Lindo (JD) 
Online Forum
Critical Race Theory: Exploring the Truth

Thursday, June 2
Online Program 
12:30 PM

The Peacebuilders Committee is hosting a special Zoom forum on June 2 at 12:30 PM: Critical Race Theory: Exploring the Truth.

Edwin Lindo (JD), Associate Teaching Professor of the UW Department of Family Medicine and Assistant Dean for Social & Health Justice, will present and lead the forum. As an internationally-recognized speaker on race and racism, Lindo has developed curriculum and teaches Critical Race Theory (CRT). 

In addition to his CRT research and scholarship, Lindo has a podcast, The Praxis Podcast, focused on addressing racism within medicine and Estelita's Library, a social justice library and bookstore established with his wife Estell to bring education on topics of truth and justice to communities.

Attendees are asked to pre-register by clicking HERE. Registrants can access the forum HERE.

Lake View Cemetery Tour

Sunday, June 5
Lake View Cemetery
Seattle, WA
12:30 PM

Join your fellow Rotarians on a tour of historic Lake View Cemetery led by attorney and historian Jared Steed. For additional information including tour highlights and essential parking information, please click HERE. RSVP for the tour by emailing Doug Seto at

Voices for Children
Virtual Fireside Chat with Heather McGhee

Tuesday, June 7
Online Program

12:00 PM

Children's Alliance Executive Director and fellow Rotarian Dr. Stephan Blanford invite you to a Voices for Children event featuring a virtual fireside chat with New York Times bestselling author Heather McGhee (The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together). McGhee's personal story and powerful analysis of racial progress and regression provides valuable and timely insight into this issue. 
Attendees must pre-register by clicking HERE

Family Resource Fair 

Saturday, June 11
Wellspring Family Services
Seattle, WA
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

In lieu of the June standing volunteer work party at Wellspring Family Services, Rotarians are invited to volunteer at the nonprofit's upcoming Family Resource Fair. 

Wellspring will be providing summer clothing, diapers and wipes, toys, books, and other supplies from their Family Store, signing children up for the Early Learning Center, offering housing resources, providing vaccinations and other services through the Odessa Brown Clinic’s mobile store, serving lunch, and offering games and other activities for children. 

Vaccinations and masks are both required for participation. 

To sign up to participate, please contact Heather Fitzpatrick at

Museum of Glass Tour


Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been cancelled. The organizer will reach out to those that signed-up to attend and the event may be rescheduled for a later date.

Rotary Ethnic Dinner at Ada's Restaurant and Bar


Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been cancelled. The organizer will reach out to those that signed-up to attend and the event may be rescheduled for a later date.

Australian Rotary Action Combatting Malaria

Wednesday, June 15
Online Program 
1:00 PM

Join us for an inside look at the work Australian Rotarians have been doing to eliminate malaria in the Western Pacific Rim.  Their story of remarkable successes in Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Indonesia and East Timor exemplifies the effectiveness of sustained Rotarian service above self.  In addition, Rotarians Dai Mason and Tony Springer will tempt us with the attractions of the 2023 Rotary International Convention in Melbourne, Australia. To access the event, click HERE.

Save the Date!
End of Year District 5030 Dinner and Weekend Festivities

Saturday June 25 - Monday, June 27
Newcastle Golf Club
Newcastle, WA

Join District President Howard Cohen and District Governor Elect Kae Peterson for an end-of-the-year Rotary celebration at Newcastle Golf Club in June! 
The day will start with our annual Golf Tournament, raising much-needed funds for Rotary Polio Eradication, followed by our dinner and celebration. At the dinner, I will share with you a review of this past Rotary year and you will get to hear what is in store for the new Rotary year from our incoming District Governor Kae Peterson. We will share club and district accomplishments and honor outstanding Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Interactors for their contributions to Rotary.  This is a time to gather together to celebrate all that Rotary does locally and globally. Catch up with old friends and meet new friends. This is also a great time for clubs to come together to meet and celebrate their own past year's successes as well as share those of the district. It will be a celebration within a celebration!  Please click HERE to register for the festivities. You can register for golf, golf and dinner, or just dinner. And wait! There is even more exciting news! We have plans in the works to start the weekend off with several exciting options. On Saturday, June 25, there are plans in the work for your choice of a hike, a bike ride, or a dodgeball game. On Sunday, June 26, there are plans in the works to view Jeffrey Robinson's outstanding movie, "Who We Are: A History of Racism in America". Be on the lookout for further information about these exciting plans, coming soon! Mark your calendar for the upcoming events and register today! I hope to see you all there! As we honor Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta's theme for this Rotary year, remember that we all Serve to Change Lives!

Downtown Summer Sounds

Summer Concert Series
July - September
Dates and Times TBD

Live, local music is back this summer as part of this long-running series. This free event will feature a wide array of musical genres, times, and event locations. Click HERE for more information as it becomes available. 



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

Phone: 206-623-0023

Caroline Bobanick
Executive Director

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!! 

Call for Volunteers

As we approach the 2022-2023 Rotary year, Seattle Rotary is looking for YOU to roll up your sleeves and volunteer to assist with these essential meeting roles:
  • Meeting Reporter
  • New Member Introducer
  • Greeter
If you think you have what it takes to accept one of these missions, please email Mary Goldie at Trainings will be offered to all new and existing volunteers in June.

President's Reception

Thursday, June 30
Queen City Yacht Club
5:30 PM- 7:30 PM

Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, music, and real people will join together to thank President Jimmy Collins for his year of service.  Significant others are welcome. 
Tickets are $10.00 per person and include two drink tickets. A cash bar will be available for additional drinks. A link to register for the event will be in the newsletter and on the website next week.

Message from Former Governor Gregoire

On behalf of Challenge Seattle and Microsoft, we want to thank you for your participation in the Welcome Back Seattle-Love, Seatown series of “block parties” May 18-20. This was the launch of both the Mayor’s Day of Service on 5/21, and Jon Scholes and the Downtown Seattle Association team’s Love, Seatown series of events. 

Jun 01, 2022 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel and on Zoom (Speaker Presenting Virtually)
Jun 08, 2022 12:30 PM
Online Program
Jun 15, 2022 12:30 PM
Online Program
Jun 22, 2022 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel and on Zoom
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Be Bold 4 Blood Drive
May 01, 2022 – May 31, 2022
District 5030 Festival of Training
Online Program
May 01, 2022 – May 31, 2022
Community Service Committee
On Zoom
Jun 01, 2022 10:30 AM
Education Committee Meeting
On Zoom
Jun 01, 2022 11:00 AM
Critical Race Theory: Exploring the Truth
Jun 02, 2022
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Lake View Cemetery Tour
Lake View Cemetery
Jun 05, 2022 12:30 PM
Family Resource Fair at Wellspring Family Services
Wellspring Family Services
Jun 11, 2022
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Australian Rotary Action Combatting Malaria
Jun 15, 2022 1:00 PM
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New Seattle Rotary Members

  • Brad Barber
  • Nicole Cheramie
  • Don Nielsen (Reinstatement)
  • Frances Walker
Make sure to give our new Rotary members a hearty welcome at the next in-person meeting!


Jevon Powell
Alan Kunovsky
Fedva Dikmen
Roberta Nestaas


1 Year
Brenda Barnes
Tim Cummins
Steven Gonzalez
Jonathan Harvey
Yvonne Richards
Scott Slater
2 Years
Kerry O'Keefe
Malcolm Waters
3 Years
Liam Li
Dorothy Miller
Dennis Williams Jr.
4 Years
Jevon Powell
Eric Roecks
10 Years
Peter Wright
11 Years
Liz Powell
Sarah Weaver
13 Years
Ken Grant
Faouzi Sefrioui
14 Years
Sue Beller
Jann Greene
19 Years
Jean Thompson
20 Years
John Kilpatrick, PhD
Jerilyn Brusseau
21 Years
Charley Dickey
23 Years
Maureen Brotherton
24 Years
Kirk Greene
28 Years
Len Cereghino
Edie Hilliard
30 Years
Doug Seto
36 Years
Tim Bendokas
39 Years
Tom Herche

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
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. 
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