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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


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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:
  1. Elijah Funk, Treaty Analyst for Willis Re. Young Rotary Leader membership with an Insurance Classification. Proposer, Beth Knox.
  2. Anchor Dewitt Jensen, Owner and President of Spencer’s Landing marina and Jensen Motorboat Corp. Individual membership with a Retired – Engineering Classification. Proposer, Einer Handeland, and Seconder, Ken Colling.
  3. Elisabeth Jarrard, Director of Advancement at Compass Housing Alliance. Reinstatement of lapsed Corporate membership with a Human & Community Services classification.


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Harvest Against Hunger Work Party
Northwest Harvest Warehouse
Apr 11, 2020
8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Rotary Boys & Girls Club Maintenance Day
Rotary Boys & Girls Club
Apr 18, 2020
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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Rotary Club of Seattle
1326 5th Ave Suite 342
Seattle, WA 98101

Phone: 206-623-0023

Caroline BobanickExecutive 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!! 


On Thursday, March 26th, our club board approved a discount of $100 per month for members on the program plan which will be reflected on our April 1st and May 1st invoices. 
If you have been impacted by the State of Emergency and need further financial assistance with your membership dues, please contact Caroline at
If you would like to contribute your program plan discount to members in financial need, please contact Mariah at  
On behalf of our board and staff, thank you for your membership and stay safe!  

April 1st at 12:00pm

The Coronavirus: An Epidemiologist's Perspective with Dr. Ann Marie Kimball

Our meeting will take place entirely on ZOOM.  Keep an eye out for emails next week with a link that will take you directly to ZOOM.

At this week’s online meeting we’ll hear from epidemiologist and former Seattle 4 Rotary member, Ann Marie Kimball, who will share her insight on the coronavirus. Following her presentation on the status of the pandemic and how long it might last, members will have the opportunity to have their questions answered. To facilitate a Q&A, this program will be held entirely on ZOOM.  

During her tenure at the University of Washington, Dr. Kimball founded and directed the APEC Emerging Infections Network, and led research and training programs in Peru and Thailand. Her research focused on global trade and emerging infections and earned her a Fulbright New Century Scholars award and a Guggenheim Scholars award. She has also served as the technical and strategic lead for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation surveillance strategy formation.

She is the author of Risky Trade: Infectious Diseases in an Era of Global Trade and has authored numerous scientific publications and served on several Institute of Medicine panels. Most recently, she led the Rockefeller Foundation evaluation of their global disease surveillance network portfolio. She is a fellow in the American College of Preventive Medicine and member of the National Biosurveillance Advisory group at the Centers for Disease Control.


ZOOM is an easy online video conferencing platform that you can access on your computer or simply call-in to the meeting with your phone if you just want audio.  Give yourself just a few minutes when you join for the first time on your computer as you will be required to download the app.  Once connected on your computer, you will be able to see the presentation and your fellow members who are in attendance.  We hope you will join us!

Tuesday, March 31st at 4:30 pm

Feeling unsure about ZOOM? Attend a tutorial led by Seattle 4 Program Manager, Mariah Kimpton, and take a “test drive” before Wednesday’s meeting. Simply CLICK HERE to download the ZOOM app on your computer or smartphone and log in using the information below at 4:30 pm on Tuesday. If you encounter problems logging in at that time, contact Mariah at
Join the ZOOM meeting at:
Meeting ID: 261 685 397

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In recent weeks, a task force of club leaders has considered the input this Rotary year from members through surveys and Table Talks.  The intent has been to examine possible alternative venues for meetings as well as our current program costs.  The task force has presented findings and suggestions to the Board of Directors.  A summary follows:

  • Members have made clear that fellowship and quality programs are the primary benefits of our routine meetings.

  • We commend the excellent results achieved in the past two years by our officers and staff in continued reduction of fixed costs.

  • We are exploring options that might be applicable in the new Rotary year.

  • We are optimistic that several ideas explored by this task force will help us generate additional value for our members.

  • We're not making any big changes now.  In the midst of the Covid19 outbreak we are continuing programs and club activities as best we can.


Even though our meetings have moved online, individual connection with the wonderful members in our club is still important. To make that happen, Seattle 4 teams are picking up the phone, and calling members. So the next time your phone rings, don't be surprised it's a friendly Rotarian taking the opportunity to say hi and visit, (virtually).  Contact member, Alicia Flatt, at, for more information.


Our leadership team is hard at work creating quality program content and opportunities for connection among members during these difficult times, and we need your help to make that happen! Members are invited to send in short videos (up to 2 minutes) or pictures sharing what you are doing to create moments of hope and joy in the midst of the pandemic. Are you delivering groceries for an elderly neighbor, donating blood, or singing in the streets with your neighbors? Send your videos or pictures of such acts of kindness and moments of connection to to be featured in an upcoming program or the newsletter.


A Message from Harvest Against Hunger, a Program of Rotary District 5030

Tuesdays from 10:00am-Noon and 1:00-3:00pm

As many of you know, response to COVID-19 and its impact on the most vulnerable people in our community has been dramatic. Many of our food bank partners have been forced to change their models in order to safely provide food to clients.

One of the most dramatic changes is the need to distribute food in pre-sorted boxes. Volunteers are critically needed to help prepare boxes that can be sent to a number of hunger relief sites, including some new ad-hoc community distribution services.

Our partners at Northwest Harvest have introduced new volunteer shifts on Tuesdays (10:00 AM to Noon and 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM) at their Kent warehouse. Groups will be limited to a maximum of 30, with 10 people per room to ensure safe social distancing.
Contact directly to register.
Harvest Against Hunger, a program of our Rotary district, is working with our partners across Washington, including the Washington State Department of Agriculture, to develop plans and best practices for hunger relief efforts. To learn more and find out how you can get involved, visit the new COVID-19 Response page on the Harvest Against Hunger website.
The next time you’re at the grocery store stocking up your pantry, consider grabbing a few extra items to donate to Northwest Harvest.  Find a list of their public drop sites HERE. 
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
In Memoriam
Art Mazzola
1922 - 2020
Arthur H. Mazzola was a beloved member of Seattle 4 Rotary from 1987 until he passed on Sunday, March 22, 2020.  Here are some fond remembrances from his friends:
Our family spent many enjoyable times with Art on his sailboat named “Ciao” sailing around Puget Sound and up to Whidbey Island.     Typical of his proud Italian heritage, he brought Panettone to John and me every Christmas and sang “Happy Birthday” in Italian, always ON our birth dates, in his beautiful, baritone voice.   He greatly enriched our lives as well as other people’s lives, no matter their ages,  with his generosity and friendship. -Marli Iverson
Art was one of those people who was comfortable with friends of all ages, and to me, seemed almost "ageless" in his boundless enthusiasm to enjoy life. -Lynn Lindsay
Art Mazzola and John Iverson came to my office and convinced me to join Seattle Four.  Art was very elegantly dressed and was so persuasive that I could not say no. -Trish Bostrom 
In addition to being a dapper dresser, Art was a faithful SRSF supporter. I think every SRSF trustee who served before 2014 will remember that Art single-handedly raised the SRSF donor participation rate from low 90% in January to nearly 100% by the end of March. -Past President Cathy Gibson
Among the many gifts he shared with Seattle #4 was his ability to successfully communicate our value proposition. We will miss his smile, his unique voice and powerful presence. -President Kim
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