Founded 1909         Weekly News and Highlights     March 24, 2023

Next Week's Meeting

Wednesday, March 29
No Meeting

Wednesday, April 5
Westin Hotel & Zoom

Heather Snavely, CEO of AAA

Heather Snavely is President & CEO of AAA Washington. She joined the club in July 2021. An imaginative leader drawn to brands fueled by passion and a clear mission, Snavely is the first woman to lead AAA Washington, which serves 1.2 million members across Washington and Northern Idaho.
Throughout her nearly 30-year career, Snavely has worked across multiple industries including retail, toys and games, gaming and entertainment, consumer technology and sporting goods. She most recently held the VP Marketing role at PCC Community Markets, the nation’s largest community-owned grocer. Prior to PCC, she led global marketing at Brooks Running Company, global consumer communications for Xbox, and was Head of the Hive (or global brand communications) at Cranium.

Women Lead with Courage, Commitment & Authenticity

In recognition of National Women’s Month, Past Rotary president Dorothy Bullitt was invited to be the day’s featured speaker.  She talked about a history of women in leadership from the perspective of her legendary pioneer family.  President Beth introduced Dorothy as a leader from her roots as UW Husky, to head of Habitat for Humanity and many other boards and commissions to improve civic life in our community.  
Dorothy described how women over four our generations in her family helped shape Seattle.  Her great grandmother Harriet focused on civilizing the city from helping start Childrens’ hospital to Cornish school and many other worthy projects.  Dorothy’s grandmother, Dorothy Simson Bullitt (DSB), founded King Broadcasting and helped create the Civic Education Committee and many other such organizations aimed at improving the lives of people in the community. Dorothy’s mother, Kay Bullitt, dedicated her life to civic leadership at numerous organizations promoting racial justice, championed open housing and founded an inter-racial day camp, as well as a leader in the arts, youth programs -- all driven by civic activism.   Dorothy’s mother Harriet, named after her great grandmother, led several environmental programs and activities.  Dorothy’s aunt, Patsy Collins,  was similarly a leader in activism.  Dorothy described how she and her mother joined Seattle Rotary, when women were admitted.  Now, both women and men can exhibit their leadership style.  “Effective leadership is authenticity and feeling comfortable in your own skin,” she said, “with leaders functioning in different ways to be effective.”   She asked Rotarians to find their leadership strength.  “Without authenticity leaders will falter,” she said. “Women have broken glass ceilings, as we are now seeing a full array of leadership --   Play fair, be competent, courteous and deliver when we promised.”
The day’s short program featured Lisa Richmond, a Senior Fellow with Architecture 2030 and former Executive Director of the American Institute of Architects Seattle for 15 years.  Lisa helped lead the association’s national agenda on climate change mitigation and adaptation. She was a co-author of the AIA’s national climate plan and has supported development of climate action and education in AIA chapters across the US.  Lisa decided to use her platform as Executive Director of the Seattle Chapter of the American Architect’s Association to advance ways to reduce carbon emissions, and strategies to achieve the Paris Climate conference goals.  “The built environment is important to addressing climate change because buildings emit carbon emissions from heating/cooling buildings or operating carbon,” she said.   “We are making progress by designing buildings better.”   She concluded by saying “Every job is a climate job.”   

Rotary Event Pics

Fedva Dikmen, Jorge Chapa, Virginia McKenzie, and Heather Fitzpatrick at the March Ethnic Dinner.

Tabitha Claus, Stephen Morse, Ashley Burman, and Chris Schultz managed to make the escape...from the escape room!

Fedva Dikmen and Jorge Chapa at the March Ethnic Dinner.


Wellspring Family Services Volunteer Day

Saturday, March 25
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Wellspring Family Services

The Wellspring Family Store provides free essentials like diapers, formula, clothing, books, toys, and school supplies to children in families experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, homelessness. This critical effort relies on volunteers to help sort clothing, manage inventory, and pack orders going to families. For more information regarding signing up to volunteer, please click HERE.

2023 UNCF Gala "A Mind Is..."

Saturday, March 25
6:00 PM
Hyatt Regency Downtown Seattle 

The UNCF “A Mind Is…”® Gala is one of UNCF’s signature fundraising galas and premier social events of the year. Supported by a diverse group of corporate sponsors and individuals, it involves celebrities, dignitaries, civic leaders, volunteers, public officials, alumni and others who support UNCF’s mission of investing in America’s future by getting students to and through college.

The event is black tie and cocktail attire.

Sten Crissey is putting together a Seattle 4 table for the event. As you register for the event, please list Sten Crissey as your table captain.

Rotary Club of Seattle has been a long-term partner with UNCF so if you are interested in attending, click to register HERE.

Rotary Boys & Girls Club Annual Maintenance Day

Saturday, April 15
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
201 19th Ave.

Join Seattle 4 Rotary members, family, and friends to spruce up the club by cleaning inside and out.

Bring your favorite tools and spend three hours of fun and service at your Rotary Boys and Girls Club.

This event is held with the RBGC Advisory Board and is a great opportunity the Rotarians and board members to get to know each other.

Patrick will also be making her famous strawberry shortcake – you do not want to miss it!

To register to attend, please click HERE.

Elwha River/Olympic National Park Service Days

Saturday, April 15

(Olympic Spring Service Day) & Sunday, April 16 (Elwha River Exploration Day)

There are two great opportunities in April to volunteer and explore nature through NatureBridge, a nonprofit organization supported by our club's own Seattle Rotary Service Foundation (SRSF). 
For more details and to register to attend the Olympic Spring Service Day on April 15, please click HERE.
For more details and to register to attend the Elwha River Exploration Day on April 16, please click HERE.



Morgan Stanley


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 Membership Manager, 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!! 

Leadership Tomorrow Now Accepting Applications

We are now accepting applications for the LT Class of 2024, which will run from September 2023-June 2024.  

During our 10-month Flagship Program, participants explore the interconnected issues that shape our region, develop and practice strategies and tools to become more effective leaders, and expand their personal and professional networks. The program, which unites leaders of all ages across industries, deepens participants’ understanding of the history and current impacts of racism in our region and provides opportunities to work individually and collectively to advance racial equity in Puget Sound.  

Each LT class is comprised of up to 80 community leaders from the private, nonprofit, and public sectors who represent the diversity of our region in race, gender, profession, and geographic location.  

I’m reaching out because I hope you’ll help identify leaders who would be interested in participating in LT. You can nominate potential candidates HERE or you can email

Applications for LT’24 are due April 3, 2023, before 5:00 p.m. so please send your nominations as soon as possible.  

Mar 29, 2023
Apr 05, 2023 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel and on Zoom
Apr 12, 2023 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel and on Zoom
Apr 19, 2023 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel and on Zoom
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Family Store Support-Wellspring Family Services
Wellspring Family Services
Mar 25, 2023
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
2023 UNCF Gala "A Mind Is..."
Hyatt Regency Downtown Seattle
Mar 25, 2023 6:00 PM
Rotary Litter Pick with We Heart Seattle
Salty's Seafood
Apr 01, 2023
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Education Committee Meeting
On Zoom
Apr 05, 2023 3:00 PM
Rotary Boys & Girls Club Maintenance Service Day
Boys & Girls Club
Apr 15, 2023
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Elwha River Olympic Service Day
NatureBridge Olympic National Park
Apr 15, 2023
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Elwha Exploration Day
Olympic National Park
Apr 16, 2023
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
International Service Committee (Monthly except Jun, Jul, and Dec)
On Zoom
Apr 21, 2023 10:00 AM
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Mike Harney
Lindsay Klarman
Liz Powell
Evan Franulovich
Robert Gilmore
Laurie Black
Jesse Thomas


2 Years
Ryan Bunbury
Anne Jannetti
4 Years
Bailee Brown
David McDonald
5 Years
Joyce Robertson
Taylor Shimizu
Jesse Thomas
Bonnie Towne
9 Years
Bob Boeshaar
10 Years
Eric Newman
Mark Long
Jimmy Collins
14 Years
Bill Gates III (Honorary)
17 Years
Candy Lee
AD Vickery
Janice Winemiller
18 Years
Jeff Pritchard
19 Years
Manny Ramos
Liv Wernecke
21 Years
Jim Odom
Skip Rowland
22 Years
James Wong
Joel Ferrell
23 Years
Einer Handeland
25 Years
John Steckler
26 Years
Joel Paget
31 Years
Laurel James
Mark Weed
33 Years
Rich Lacher
45 Years
Fred Weiss

Meet fellow Rotarians and get involved in service.  Join a committee.  Contact committee chair or Carma McKay for more information. 


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


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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