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Rotary International 2021 Virtual Convention
Jun 12, 2021 – Jun 16, 2021
President's Reception
Queen City Yacht Club
Jun 24, 2021
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
District 5030 Golf Classic/Year End Dinner
The Golf Club a Newcastle
Jun 28, 2021
1:30 PM – 9:00 PM
District Governor's Reception
The Golf Club a Newcastle
Jun 28, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
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Fedva Dikmen
Roberta Nestaas
Mike Hatzenbeler


1 Year
Matt Marshall
2 Years
Caitlin Grant
Kerry Howell
4 Years
Mahnaz Eshetu
Harry Short
5 Years
Dulcie Patner
9 Years
Mike Harney
10 Years
John Pohl
11 Years
Petros Koumantaros
12 Years
Matt Bratlien
13 Years
Wier Harman III
14 Years
Marli Iverson
19 Years
Nina Odell
John Adams
Joe Phillips
Dan Mead Smith
22 Years
Bill Franklin
Steve Boyer
25 Years
Alan Sclater
28 Years
Robin Pasquarella
29 Years
Roberta Greer
31 Years
Astrid Berg
32  Years
Irv Sandman
34 Years
Stan Foster Jr.
35 Years
Dave Kelly
Please send any general club committee announcements for The Newsletter to Fiona Ronyai by Thursday at noon.

Get Involved - Join a Committee!

You can find a full list of our committees with descriptions 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 Engagement
New Member Introduction
Membership Recruitment
Rotary Cares
Rotary Mariners
YRL - Young Rotary Leaders
Diplomacy Initiative 
David Woodward, Founder
Dr. Skip Rowland, Co-chairperson
Dr. Suzanne Griffin, Co-chairperson


Social Media
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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



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


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In-person Meetings 
Starting July 14th!!
In addition to our regularly scheduled Wednesday Zoom meetings, we look forward to seeing you in person at the Westin Hotel downtown for these Wednesdays during the first quarter of the new Rotary year:
July 14 & 28
August 4 & 18
September 1 & 15
To ensure the safety of our members and guests, a COVID vaccination or negative COVID test within 72 hours of the meeting will be required to attend our in-person meetings. All in-person meetings will also be available on Zoom.
Please note that the program plan will increase from $20 to $70 per month to subsidize our catering and hybrid AV costs (this will be reflected on your June 1 invoice). Members who are fully retired and not on the Program Plan can pre-register and pay for their lunch at the usual cost of $40.  
Every effort is being made by your club leadership and staff to keep membership costs as affordable as possible.   
Thank you so much for your membership – we can’t wait to see you!!!

June 2 at Noon

Jon Scholes President Downtown Seattle Association
A Plan for Homelessness and Encampments
A summary of Compassion Seattle's Charter Amendment 29, why it's needed, and what it will do to address homelessness and the increase in encampments across Seattle. 
Join on your computer by clicking HERE
Or dial in on your phone: 
(253) 215 8782
Meeting ID: 259 970 584

Links from This Week's Meeting

Our opening music video was the song The Man originally recorded in 2019 by Taylor Swift.  Swift's inspiration for the song was to imagine how the media would have treated her differently if she were a man.  This version was part of an acoustical set done for The Tiny Desk Concert series on National Public Radio.  
Thank you to all who served
New Member Introductions
Meet Rachel Smith
If you wanted to revitalize Seattle after this pandemic, who would you choose? A Southerner?  A wildlife biologist?  Chief of Staff to the County Executive? Climate Action Now coordinator for the Mayor of Seattle? A transportation expert?  Why not all of the above?  We welcome Rachel Smith, new CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and new Seattle 4 Rotarian.
Meet Jenn Gladish
Managing a busy branch of a major financial institution, being an active member of the Seattle Angels, helping meet foster family needs and, a single parent of three girls under nine years of age, including twins.  These are just a few of the many activities of Jennifer “Jenn” Gladish, our newest Seattle 4 Rotary member in the Banking classification.
Thursday, June 24  
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Queen City Yacht Club
President's Reception 
Join us for our first in-person event in more than a year!  Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, music, and real people will join together to honor President Jeff Borek.  Significant others are welcome. 
Tickets are $10.00 per person and include two drink tickets and must be purchased by June 18th. Cash bar for additional drinks.
To ensure everyone's safety, a vaccination or negative COVID test within 72 hours of the reception will be required to attend.
Monday, June 28 
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
The Golf Club at Newcastle
District Governor's Cocktail Reception 
Seattle 4 will be hosting a cocktail reception to thank Seattle 4 Rotary member Cathy Gibson for her tenure as District Governor. All are welcome - golfers and non-golfers alike. 
No charge to attend the reception only. One drink ticket included. Sign up below. 
If you wish to join the golf tournament or attend the dinner program at additional cost please register by June 14th. 
This has been a tough couple of years, but Rotary is committed to preserving the exchange in a virtual state! We hope to convert virtual to in-person in 2022. But for now, we are virtual. So let's get started!

Students will participate in an immersive experience, directly with a partner from a host country but will do it virtually! Through the 8-week program, tentatively scheduled for September-October 2021, students will have ‘MeetUps’ weekly with a partner student from another country. US high school students will be matched with a student from Europe, South America, or Asia. The age for participation is 15½ - 17 years old.
More information can be found on our district website or by emailing

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:

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. 



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

Phone: 206-623-0023

Caroline Bobanick
Executive Director

Fiona Ronyai
Membership and Communications 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 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!! 
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