Founded 1909         Weekly News and Highlights     August 18, 2023


Wednesday, August 23
Zoom Only

Panel Discussion with Leesa Manion & Ann Davison Hosted by Mark Wright

Our own Mark Wright will host a panel discussion.  Our panelists include King County Prosecuting Attorney, Leesa Manion and Seattle City Attorney, Ann Davison.
August 16 Meeting Report

Seattle City Council Member Conveys Frustration, Optimism & Hope

Citywide Seattle City Council Member, Sara Nelson (Position #9), is a self-proclaimed policy wonk who told Rotarians on Wednesday how she thought her decade’s long work on the staff of past council member, Richard Conlin,  would prepare her for a for a position on the Seattle City Council.  “As a newly elected citywide city council member, I came to the job with hope and ideas for the future of Seattle, “ she said. “My inbox soon filled with emails about crime in neighborhoods and related impacts on small business.  I toured several areas of the city, contacting many impacted small business owners.”  She organized a small business roundtable to sort out the issues, that resulted in a fund to help repair storefront damage.  

Rotary Icon Don Kraft Passes 

Seattle Rotary President 1973-74

Don Kraft was truly a Rotary Icon. He first joined University District Rotary where his father Warren was President and a Past District Governor and brother Ken was also President. But Seattle Rotary called to him and he joined our club on November 17, 1954.
In total, Don was a Rotarian for over 74 years. This one-of-a-kind Rotarian had over 70 years perfect attendance!  He was an extremely active Rotarian participating in hundreds of meetings, chairing many committees and loved to mentor new Rotarians.
When honored by his UW Alma Mater, Don said that each (of his volunteer efforts) had its own compensation. "And I wouldn't have done them all if they hadn't been fun. The longer your commitment is and the more involved you are, the more rewarding it becomes. When you total it all up, the time you spend is priceless."
Don's family is currently planning his Memorial Service.  They will let us know the date and place as soon as they are able.

Gather - Engage - Serve


Resource Fair

Saturday, August 26 
10:30 AM - 2:00 PM or 1:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Please note that there is an August 14 deadline to reserve your spot for the Resource Fair.

OCTOBER 13-15, 2023
Besides being a terrific location, this is a great opportunity to meet Rotarians from other clubs in our District, learn from inspiring speakers, and consider ways that we can partner with other clubs on projects.
Click on, and to register, click on Register, and then Guest Registration. (Do not click on Member Login.)  Complete the several pages of registration. Then to make a hotel reservation, on the Home Page of this web site, click on Rooms.
To get there to Victoria, we can fly via Kenmore Air, which is offering a generous 20% discount on airfare exclusively for our Rotary District 5030 conference attendees.  Simply book your flight before October 8th and use the discount code Rotary Vic2030.
Or if you prefer, you can take the Victoria Clipper from downtown Seattle to the Inner Harbor in Victoria.
For further information, contact Kathy Williams,, 206-419-9545.  If I don’t know the answer, I’ll try to find out.


Cathy Gibson:  "Thank you Sten Crissey for championing Seattle #4 blood donations.
I think today was my fastest donation ever = less than 7 minutes!"

Morgan Stanley

New Corporate Members


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

Mary Goldie
Club Director

Carma McKay
Membership 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 Club Director, Mary Goldie, 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!! 
Aug 23, 2023 12:30 PM
Zoom Only
Sep 06, 2023 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel
Sep 13, 2023 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel
Sep 20, 2023 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel
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Memorial Mass for Laura Rehrmann
St. Joseph Parish
Aug 17, 2023 1:00 PM
Happy Hour 4 Good
The Center for Wooden Boats
Aug 17, 2023
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
International Service Committee (Monthly except Jun, Jul, and Dec)
On Zoom
Aug 18, 2023 10:00 AM
Rotary Night Out with the Mariners!
T Mobile Park
Aug 25, 2023 7:10 PM
Family Resource Fair
Wellspring Family Services
Aug 26, 2023
Tiny Homes Building Day
Aug 26, 2023 9:00 AM
Education Committee Meeting
On Zoom
Sep 06, 2023 3:00 PM
Disney’s The Little Mermaid
Sep 08, 2023 – Oct 08, 2023
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New Members

Kevin Schilling
Cindy Sharek


Sue Bennett
Tracy Garland
Russ Taylor
Nick Anderson
Kari Rallo
John Hojaboom


1 Year
Annie Ramirez
Loria Yeadon
4 Years
Jonny Holz
5 Years
Arlesia Bailey
Suzanne Fortune
6 Years
Annie Wakefield
7 Years
Ross Stewart
8 Years
Jennifer Porto
10 Years
Anne Brugge
11 Years
Liz McGrath
12 Years
Ben Reiber
Catherine Cleveland
14 Years
Fred Grimm
16 Years
Virginia McKenzie
21 Years
Bill Marshall, Jr.
23 Years
Bruce Williams
29 Years
Bob Alexander
30 Years
Carl Lucks
32 Years
Dorothy Bullitt
39 Years
Paul Suzman

Get Involved

Meet fellow Rotarians and get involved in service.  See below for a list of committees.  Email the committee chair by clicking on their name.  Or, contact Carma McKay for more information. 


Business Mentor Program
Community Service
International Service
Rotary Boys & Girls Club
Jared Grose


Member Engagement
New Member Introduction
Membership Recruitment
Rotary Cares
Seattle Rotaract
Rotary Mariners
YRL - Young Rotary Leaders
Diplomacy Round Table
David Woodward, Founder Dr. Skip Rowland, Chair  


Meeting Reporters



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. 


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 Mary for more details at

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


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 our Rotary Cares Committee Co-Chairs are listed below to let us know how we can help. 
Liz Powell:
Marsha Mutusi:
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