Founded 1909         Weekly News and Highlights        May 14, 2021
May 19, 2021 12:00 PM
Online Program
May 26, 2021 12:00 PM
Online Program
Jun 02, 2021 12:00 PM
Online Program
Jun 09, 2021 12:00 PM
Online Program
Jun 16, 2021 12:00 PM
Online Program
Jun 23, 2021 12:00 PM
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Rotary Service Day
Wellspring Family Services
May 22, 2021
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
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
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Susan Adler
Jane Pryor
Mary Johnstone
Walt Maas
Allison Parker
Paul Tsai
Mahnaz Eshetu
Neil Larson
Daniel Weiner
Carl Behnke
Dan Varghese
Jerilyn Brusseau
Mark Davis
Randy Frisch
Jim Moore
Sam Davidson
Dave Siebert
Lillian Sherman
Joel Ferrell


1 Year
Koji Takezaki
Nanda (Malcolm) Waters
Kerry O’Keefe
2 Years
Jonathan Bosch
Liam Li
Dorothy Miller
Dennis Williams Jr.
3 Years
Jevon Powell
Eric Roecks
4 Years
Cody Fritz
8 Years
Lina Kim
9 Years
Peter Wright
10 Years
Liz Powell
Sarah Weaver
12 Years
Ken Grant
Faouzi Sefrioui
13 Years
Sue Beller
Jann Greene
18 Years
Jean Thompson
19 Years
Jerilyn Brusseau
John Kilpatrick Ph.D.
20 Years
Charley Dickey
22 Years
Maureen Brotherton
23 Years
Kirk Greene
24 Years
Father Steve Sundborg
27 Years
Len Cereghino
Edie Hilliard
29 Years
Doug Seto
35  Years
Tim Bendokas
38 Years
Tom Herche
Please send any general club committee announcements for The Newsletter to Fiona Ronyai by Thursday at noon. 
May 19 - 11:00 AM
Diplomacy Initiative Seminar
Join us to hear Mr. Aysa Miller, currently working in Washington, D.C. as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and soon to be posted to Senegal as Chief Economics Officer.  All welcome.

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


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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

In-person Meetings Are Back 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
Vaccination will be required to attend our in-person meetings and all in-person meetings will also be available on Zoom.
For those members on our Program Plan, please note that this 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 pay for their lunch at the door for 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!!!
*Final Program Plan costs will be approved at the May 27th club board meeting and featured in upcoming communications.

May 19 at Noon

Dr. Andrew Sund 
Failure is not an Option:
Student Needs Demand Higher Education Changes

Andrew Sund, Ph.D. is the President of Heritage University, a four-year private, non-profit college that sits amid the fields of hops on Yakama tribal land west of Toppenish, Washington.  The student body is 72% Latinx, 12% Native American, 72% female, and 85% first-generation college students.  91% of Heritage students qualify for federal and/or state financial aid.  It is the only university in the US with this demographic mix.  Since its founding in 1982, Heritage has graduated nearly 10,000 students.

Higher education can be a great equalizer in American society. A college degree increases earning capacity and improves the quality of life.  But despite many efforts, minority communities lag in degree attainment.  It is hard to get them in; It is even harder to get them to graduation. Heritage University has proven methods and developed practices to help students succeed.  This can be a model for higher education as an increasing number of first-generation and multicultural students pursue their degrees.  

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 a mash-up of two hits from the '80s.  Every Breath You Take and I'm Gonna BE (500Miles) performed by Pomplamoose, and featuring KO on the cello and vocals. 
Speaker Rob McKenna gave us all a lot to think about this week.  For those that want to delve deeper please find his slide presentation by clicking here. 
14 Voting Delegates Needed
by May 17th for  
District 5030 Annual Meeting 
Saturday, June 26 - Time TBA Morning Meeting on Zoom 
Please confirm your ability to be a Seattle 4 voting delegate by emailing  
Further information will be sent to you prior to the meeting. 
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.  
Monday, June 28 - 1:30 PM
14th Rotary District 5030
Golf Classic
Cocktail Reception 
Join fellow Rotarians and friends from District 5030 for an enjoyable round of golf at the spectacular China Creek Course, The Golf Club at Newcastle.  Non-Rotarians welcome.  Register below.

Seattle 4 will be hosting a cocktail reception from 6:00 pm -7:00 pm to thank Seattle 4 Rotary member Cathy Gibson for her tenure as District Governor. All are welcome - golfers and non-golfers alike.  No charge for the reception only. One drink ticket included. Sign up below. 

Dinner and program to follow at additional cost. Register below.

We have several fellow Rotarians who are currently battling cancer.  We want them to know we care.  For everyone who donates blood or platelets and lets Sten Crissey know, a handwritten card will be sent to let them know of your donation in their honor. 
Understanding the critical importance of blood and platelets to many cancer therapies, I have made a blood/platelet donation at Bloodworks NW in your honor. 
I am with you in thought and spirit. 
Thank you to Jeff Borek, Cathy Gibson, and Larry Granat for your recent donations. 
Book your appointment now.

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. 



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Seattle, WA 98101

Phone: 206-623-0023

Caroline Bobanick
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Fiona Ronyai
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