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International Service Committee ZOOM Meeting

May 4 at 10:30am

Join us for our monthly ISC Committee meeting via ZOOM. We will share our grant recipient recommendations being submitted to SRSF.   We look forward to virtually seeing you there!
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Meeting ID: 206 456 7890
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Apr 17
Ken Colling
Bob Lucurell
Apr 18
Mark Long
Jim McCurdy
Jennifer Porto
Apr 20
Robyn Grad
April Mobley
Apr 23
Chris Charbonneau
Jim Linardos
Apr 25
Jonathan Bosch
Watt Taylor
Apr 26
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Anne Gillingham
Apr 26
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May 1
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5 Years
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7 Years
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Michele Shaw
10 Years
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Kari Rallo
11 Years
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12 Years
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15 Years
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16 Years
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Freeman Fong
20 Years
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27 Years
Mike O'Byrne
33 Years
Bob Parks
35 Years
Rex Clark
36 Years
Jim Burdett
43 Years
Ralph Munro

Bob Alexander



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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


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April 22nd at 12:00pm

Earth Day Celebration with Jon Hoekstra and an Update on Farmers and Foodbanks During the Pandemic

Do you ever wonder how the I-90 corridor has stayed so green? The story of the Mountains to Sound Greenway is a vivid demonstration of the power of collaboration. Born of a shared vision and built by partnerships among the private, public and nonprofit sectors, the Mountains to Sound Greenway became the newest National Heritage Area in the country last year.  In addition to offering bountiful opportunities for people to connect with the natural world, the Greenway stands as a living example of how environmental stewardship and economic vitality can go hand-in-hand.
Our presenter, Jon Hoekstra, is Executive Director of the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, and he is honored to share a presentation with Seattle Rotary on the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. Jon is a conservation biologist who has dedicated his career to saving endangered species and preserving wild places around the world. Before joining the Greenway Trust, Jon served as Chief Scientist for the World Wildlife Fund and led multiple global science and strategy initiatives for The Nature Conservancy. Having had the privilege and opportunity to travel to amazing places all around the world, Jon can vouch that the Greenway landscape where we all live is truly world-class and worthy of our pride and investment.
We will also hear from David Bobanick, Executive Director of Harvest Against Hunger, as he updates the club on their efforts to help farmers and food banks struggling during the State of Emergency. 
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Or dial in on your phone: (253) 215 8782
Meeting ID: 259 970 584
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Governor Inslee Thanks Seattle 4 Rotary Members for Our Response Efforts to COVID-19 

Thank you Seattle 4 Rotarians!  A tremendous donation was made by our club foundation of $100,000 to the Seattle Foundation's Covid-19 fund to respond to the urgent needs of our area's nonprofits and the vulnerable populations they serve. An additional $5,000 donation was made for the purchase of masks for the Seattle Fire Department's first responders through the initiative of our own member Crysti Chen. The SRSF Board worked quickly and unanimously to authorize these grants to immediately help our Seattle community.  Governor Inslee was notified of these generous gifts and he personally expressed his “Thank You" to each Rotarian of Seattle 4 Rotary! 
Our Seattle Rotary Service Foundation has authorized an additional $5,000 to supply masks to our healthcare workers.  Thank you Liam Li and Karl Ege for your efforts with this!  Club member, Jeff Pyatt, has agreed to match donations for this project.  If you would like to make a gift, please click on the link below to go to our foundation's donation portal. 
Well done Seattle 4!!  Your foundation board thanks you for making this vital response to our community's crisis possible through your generous gifts.

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Harvest Against Hunger, a program of our Rotary district, is working with partners across Washington, including the Washington State Department of Agriculture, to develop plans and best practices for hunger relief efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more, visit the COVID-19 Resource Page on the Harvest Against Hunger website.  Here is the latest:

  1. HAH is coordinating delivery of surgical masks for volunteers and staff to use at food banks across Washington.  Their initial order will include 12,000 masks.

  2. Working with new partners in California, the organization is sourcing truckloads of fresh produce that are available as a result of the many restaurant closures in that state. The goal is to deliver 4-5 truckloads a week through the end of the month, and possibly longer.

  3. HAH is expanding its King County Farmers Share and Farm to Food Pantry initiatives to provide additional early-season funding to farmers who have been impacted by market and restaurant closures.  

  4. The organization is tapping into its trucking donor network to help move additional loads of food between hunger relief partners across Washington. 

Even though large-scale volunteer shifts have been cancelled at Northwest Harvest and Food Lifeline, local foodbanks still need volunteer help to serve an increasing number of clients - including many who are requesting food for the first time. If you are interested in volunteering at a local food bank, please visit the COVID-19 Resource Page to learn more and search for food banks near you.
The next time you’re at the grocery store stocking up your pantry, consider grabbing a few extra items to donate to Northwest HarvestFind a list of their public drop sites HERE.  Or consider supporting the Salvation Army with a donation of food. 


Are you a member and at-risk for the coronavirus and would like help with grocery shopping, picking up pet supplies, or anything else that could put you at risk? There are lots of Rotary members who want to help and keep you safe. 
All you have to do is:
  1. Complete the form request which has four questions: 
    1. Name
    2. Phone number
    3. What you need help with (i.e. groceries)
    4. Your neighborhood (so volunteers can choose requests that are most convenient for them)
Once you submit the request, volunteers will receive an email and someone will contact you in a timely manner to lend you a hand.


Member, Jonny Holz, is organizing volunteers.  Please contact him at, or go to the online sign-up by clicking HERE.
The Boys & Girls Clubs are offering extended programming and extra services for our essential workers during this State of Emergency.  Click HERE for more details.  
Please consider a blood donation at Bloodworks Northwest. You can find guidelines for donating during the virus outbreak (most people are still eligible to donate!) and schedule an appointment HERE.


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

Phone: 206-623-0023

Caroline Bobanick
Executive Director

Mariah Kimpton
Program Manager
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