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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!
Join on your computer by clicking HERE
Or dial in on your phone: (253) 215 8782
Meeting ID: 206 456 7890
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Text Seattle4 to 313131


See a wonderful tribute to former member, Leigh Rabel, by Don Kraft HERE.  Leigh, age 86, passed away on Wednesday April 22.  You can add a memory for his friends and family HERE


May 1
Geoff Ball
May 2
DeWitt Jensen
Gerry Maurer
May 3
Tom Hayward
James Wong
May 4
Alan Sclater
May 5
Eric Robinson
May 6
Alan Bergen
Carmen Best
May 7
Kerry Howell
May 8
Susan Adler
Jane Pryor
May 9
Mary Johnstone
Walt Maas
Allison Parker
Paul Tsai
May 10
Mahnaz Eshetu
Neil Larson
Rich Senseney
May 12
Daniel Weiner
May 13
Carl Behnke
Dan Varghese
May 15
Jerilyn Brusseau
Mark Davis


1 Year
Jonathan Bosch
Liam Li
Dorothy Miller
Dennis Williams Jr
2 Years
Jevon Powell
Eric Roecks
3 Years
Cody Fritz
Yoichiro Yamada
7 Years
Lina Kim
8 Years
Peter Wright
9 Years
Lisa Bridge
Liz Powell
Sarah Weaver
11 Years
Ken Grant
Faouzi Sefrioui
12 Years
Sue Beller
Jan Curley
17 Years
Jean Thompson
18 Years
Jerilyn Brusseau 
John Kilpatrick Ph.D.
19 Years
Charley Dickey
21 Years
Maureen Brotherton
22 Years
Kirk Greene
23 Years
Father Steve Sundborg
26 Years
Edie Hilliard
Len Cereghino
28 Years
Doug Seto
34 Years
Tim Bendokas
28 Years
Doug Seto
37 Years
Tom Herche
49 Years
Ken Lowthian

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


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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:
Koji Takezaki, Senior Vendor Manager with Amazon. Individual membership with a Retail classification. Proposer, Dorothy Bullitt, and Seconder, Paul Tsai.  
Malcolm Waters, Principal of Ovation Technology. Corporate membership with a Technology classification.  Proposer, Craig Dawson, and Seconders, Skip Rowland and Dennis Williams.



Rotary Club of Seattle
1326 5th Ave Suite 342
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!! 
On Thursday, April 30th, our club board approved another discount of $100 for members on the program plan which will be reflected on our 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 Mariah@SeattleRotary.orgOr, consider donating to your local food bank. 
On behalf of our board and staff, thank you so much for your membership and stay safe! 

May 6th at 12:00pm

The Future of Downtown Seattle with Jon Scholes

Jon Scholes is the President and CEO of the Downtown Seattle Association (DSA). He believes the health of downtown Seattle is critical to a healthy city and region. Jon’s passion for taking on big issues is reflected in his nearly 20 years of work in nonprofit advocacy, local government, regional policy, and senior positions on political campaigns. At DSA, he leads a diverse team focused on creating a healthy, vibrant, and inviting downtown.
Jon will join us to discuss the current state of downtown and the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting economic crisis on the people who live and work there. We will also hear about the future of downtown Seattle given the many changes underway both before and because of COVID-19.
Join on your computer by clicking HERE
Or dial in on your phone: (253) 215 8782
Meeting ID: 259 970 584
If you have any questions about using Zoom or run into technical difficulties, please contact

Thursday, May 7th at 11:00am


Join us for a historic meeting of the first five Rotary clubs - Chicago, San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle, and LA. These legacy clubs have faced and overcome countless challenges in over a century of serving their communities. Join us for a panel discussion among the presidents of these clubs, facilitated by RI President Mark Maloney, on how they are facing the current challenge of COVID-19 and what it will mean for the future of Rotary and our cities.
Following the panel, attendees are invited to join a break-out group to discuss membership, community service, or international service initiatives among the five clubs. 
All attendees must register in advance by clicking here.

Check out Photos of our Meetings and Other Events


On April 30th, the Seattle 4 Rotary Board of Directors approved up to $5,000 to match donations made by club members to their local food banks to support our neighbors in need.  Once you make your donation, simply email member, Patrick Carter, at and the club will send a matching donation Include your name, the food bank and their address, and the amount of your donation.   
Seattle 4 Rotary member, Joyce Robertson, has reached out to our local food banks and compiled some compelling data to illustrate the critical need in our community:  
  • Food bank demand has increased by more than 100%.
  • 50% of food bank clients are new. 
  • The number of Washington State individuals who are food insecure has doubled from 800,000 to 1.6 million.
  • Previous food channels, such as school meal programs offering 1-2 meals for students, are now closed or reduced.  
  • Food suppliers to food banks, such as grocery stores and restaurants, no longer have food to give.  So, the cost to acquire food went from $0 or low-cost to now paying market rate due to lack of supply and huge demand.
Following are some local food banks and their specific needs:
Ballard Food Bank (5130 Leary Ave. N.W.)  
-Cash gifts  (Cost to produce one kid's pack is $5)
-Soup, chili, oatmeal, cup of noodles, canned chicken or tuna, granola bars, and snack packs (for weekend kid's packs) 
Immanuel Community Services  (215 Thomas St, So. Lake Union)         
-Masks, cleaning supplies, brown paper towels (for old fashioned pull out dispensers), disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, brown paper grocery bags with handles for food distribution
Big need right now is volunteers to keep food bank serving. Most regular volunteers are unable to come due to age/health.  Saturday 8:00am-12:00pm and Monday 9:00am-2:00pm.
Pike Market Food Bank (1531 Western Ave.)
-Only accepting financial gifts at this time. 
Queen Anne Food Bank (232 Warren Ave N, near Key Arena)
-Lunch meat, single serving yogurts, fruit cups, bottled water, hand sanitizer, mask, socks (men's)
-Cash gifts
Rainier Valley Food Bank (4205 Rainier Ave So.)
-Diapers size 3 and up
-Baby cereal
-Canned soups
-Masks for volunteers and staff. Drop off is Tues–Sat, 9:00am-2:00pm.
-New and used large-sized grocery bags with handles
20 lunches/day for volunteers/staff (prefer individually wrapped/packed lunches for safety).  Deliver groceries Wed and Sat or sanitize food areas.
St. Mary’s Food Bank (611 20th Ave South)
-Hygiene and sanitary items (toilet paper, hand soap, cleaning supplies)
-Canned foods (protein and vegetable)
-Nonperishable foods (pasta, oatmeal, rice, etc.)
-Infant supplies (there is a Baby Corner and Toddler-bag-to-go program)
Salvation Army (please visit their COVID-19 page for more details and drop-off locations in Seattle)
-Non-perishable foods
-Personal hygiene items
-Household cleaning items
-Cash donations
West Seattle Food Bank (3419 SW Morgan St.)
-Only accepting financial gifts at this time.
University District  (5017 Roosevelt Way N.E.) 
-Cleaning supplies, hygiene items and baby items
-Non-perishable items (not fresh foods).  See their chart HERE.
Drivers or food packers 
YWCA Central Area Food Bank (2820 E. Cherry St)
-Every week they need 190 of each item requested on this AMAZON LINK.
-Fresh milk and cheese sticks also needed.


Harvest Against Hunger (HAH), a program of our Rotary district, is working with its partners across Washington to provide hunger relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rotary District 5030 and Harvest Against Hunger have developed a Rotary Global Grant initiative to fund capacity improvements that will help King County and South Snohomish County food banks safely handle perishable foods like meat, dairy, eggs and produce. Seattle 4 Rotary has pledged $750 to this fund. 

HAH is also expanding its King County Farmers Share and Farm to Food Pantry initiatives to provide early-season funding to farmers who have been impacted by market and restaurant closures, and is building a new program with partners at PCC Community Markets and the Neighborhood Farmers Market Association to support local farmers and 15 food banks across Seattle. 
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.


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.
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.
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