Founded 1909         Weekly News and Highlights     April 22nd, 2022
Seattle Rotary meetings and events are now mask optional and do not require proof of vaccination or negative COVID test.



Wednesday, April 27
On Zoom Only
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Speaker: Trish Millines Dziko

Technology Access Foundation

Trish Millines Dziko cofounded the Technology Access Foundation (TAF) in 1996 after spending 17 years in the tech industry. Through Trish’s leadership, TAF transitioned from out of school programs to become a statewide leader in public education, co-managing two public schools (TAF@Saghalie in Federal Way and Washington Middle School in Seattle), partnering with public schools to transform them to promote the highest level of student learning, and increasing the number and retention of teachers and leaders of color in Washington State.  Trish is a committed, proactive leader serving on boards of organizations that focus on children, community, and education.


Regenerative Farming Highlighted for Earth Day 

Our April 20th featured speaker, David Montgomery, acknowledged ‘Earth Day’ by making dirt interesting. Seattle #4 Environmental & Sustainability Chair, Eric Christensen, introduced Dr. David Montgomery, Professor of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington, as a visionary teacher, researcher and author who makes dirt interesting by describing how soil degeneration will eventually impact our ability to produce food.     

“If you don’t take care of the land you won’t last.  We’ve spent the last 10K years denigrating the soil,” he said. “There is a common thread in how people treated their land – the villain was the plow…not deforestation it was the plow that created soil erosion instead of soil building.”  

In his latest book, What Your Food Ate, he says we are losing soil fertility globally faster than we are replacing it, putting agricultural civilizations at risk.  While some areas of the world are less susceptible to erosion, farming practices have resulted in soil degradation – marked by a difference in how soil is treated.  Soil organic matter or carbon has decreased by 50% across north America since the beginning of the North American agricultural economy.  

He says life can come back when the soil is not disturbed. He interviewed successful farmers across the U.S. about how they restored degraded land and made it productive. “Famers described how soil regenerative agriculture could be achieved with cover crops in rotation to cultivate beneficial soil for growing and higher profits,” he said.    

Farmers who engage soil restoration practices can increase yields or profitability by building soil to be more fertile with minimal use of fertilizer, fossil fuel, and pesticides.  “It is a good example of how environmental and economic interests have aligned,” he said, “with more carbon in the soil increasing yields if farmed correctly.”   

Dr. Montgomery presented several slides that showed how crop health, livestock health and human health are connected.  “Regenerative farming produces crops with more vitamins that result in better human health outcomes,” he said. “What your food ate has a factor on how your body reacts to it.  There’s every reason to consider what we eat and how it is produced.  What you chose to eat matters a lot.”  He ended his presentation by encouraging Rotarians to buy food at farmer’s markets, and to encourage policy makers to put farm building higher on their list of priorities.  



Seattle 4 members were asked in January to participate in an advisory poll to assist leaders with Club decisions in the coming months.  Eighty-one members contributed their perspective including some recommendations.  Survey results were compiled and analyzed by staff and board members.  This note is to close the loop with all members on survey results.  For any questions or clarification please contact Jimmy Collins or the Club office:
Here's a quick summary of actions to date:
  • Survey results analyzed and a summary was provided to Club officers; Boards of Director (Club) and Trustees (SRSF); and Committee Chairs. 
  • Officers and board members from the new Rotary year (Beth Knox's team) have also been provided the results for their planning.
  • Board discussion of the results.
  • Mix of in-person and Zoom only meetings (hybrid option) will continue.
  • The link to the presentation shared with Club leaders is here:
Thanks to all who have contributed to the survey as well as the discussion and action planning.  Special thanks to Board Member Jevon Powell for applying his expertise to survey analysis.
Rotarians Inspire Hope

James M. Collins
President, Rotary Club of Seattle #4 
Don't miss the Rotary International Convention in Houston!!  Click HERE for information and registration.


Volunteer Opportunity

Saturday, April 23
9:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Wellspring Family Services
1900 Rainier Avenue S.
Spend a Saturday morning with your fellow Rotarians by helping families experiencing homelessness at Wellspring Family Services.
Friends and family welcome. 
Complete the Volunteer Form in advance and check the ‘Rotary – 4th Saturday’ box.  If anyone has any questions they can also reach out to
Volunteer Opportunity

Saturday, April 23
8:30AM - 1:00 PM

Rotary Boys & Girls Club
Maintenance Day

201 19th Ave

Join Seattle 4 Rotary members, family, and friends to spruce up the club by cleaning inside and outside. Bring your favorite tools and spend three hours of fun and service at your Rotary Boys & Girls Club.  Sign up by emailing Jon Zetlmaier at

Seattle 4 Fellowship
Sea4s April Happy Hour CANCELLED
Due to unforeseen issues, this month's Sea4s Happy Hour is cancelled. Our next happy hour will be held Thursday, May 26th at a TBD venue. 

Saturday, May 7
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Pilchuck Glass School
Stanwood, WA

Campus Tour and Happy Hour

Sign up today for a special tour of the iconic glass art school founded by Dale Chihuly.  We'll get a tour of campus, watch live glassblowing, and enjoy some Happy Hour libations.  This special tour is $50 per person and will likely sell out fast, so click HERE to reserve your spot today.  Make sure you select the correct day and time (Saturday, May 7th Happy Hour Tour). 


Volunteer Opportunity

Saturday, May 14
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Salvation Army Work Party for Homeless Shelter

Help pack sack lunches at the Salvation Army's SODO Homeless Shelter.  Volunteers will be preparing sack lunches then distributing to clients in the shelter. Space is limited - reserve your spot with Lisa Borders at
Volunteer Opportunity
Sunday, May 15
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
(3rd Sunday of each month)
Build Tiny Houses
The Hope Factory
5 South Nevada Street
14 volunteers maximum per event - first come, first served.  Volunteer form needs to be completed for each volunteer.   
  • Rotarians and their families, and friends of Rotarians are all welcome. 
  • Must be 18 years of age or above.
  • No previous experience is needed.
  • Must be vaccinated.
  • Masks are required.
  • Bring work gloves and lunch.

Howard Cohen at



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

Phone: 206-623-0023

Caroline Bobanick
Executive Director

Mary Goldie
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 Executive Director, Caroline Bobanick, or Membership and Communication Manager, Fiona Ronyai, 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!! 
Last week we welcomed our new Membership Manager, Mary Goldie, to the Seattle Rotary team! Mary has 10+ years of nonprofit experience related to membership, outreach, and engagement. A Kentucky native, she spent 10 years living in New Orleans and tries to bring a bit of NOLA to every situation. Please welcome Mary to Seattle 4 Rotary!
Apr 27, 2022 12:30 PM
Online Program
May 04, 2022 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel, 1900 5th Avenue and on Zoom
May 11, 2022 12:30 PM
Online Program
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Rotary Boys & Girls Club Maintenance Day
Rotary Boys & Girls Club
Apr 23, 2022
8:03 AM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Volunteer Day - April
Wellspring Family Services
Apr 23, 2022
9:15 AM – 11:15 AM
Environmental Sustainability Committee
On Zoom
Apr 27, 2022 11:00 AM
Peacebuilders Committee
On Zoom
Apr 27, 2022
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Community Service Committee
On Zoom
May 04, 2022 10:30 AM
Education Committee Meeting
On Zoom
May 04, 2022 11:00 AM
Salvation Army Work Party for Homeless Shelter
Salvation Army SODO Shelter
May 14, 2022
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Building Tiny Houses
Hope Factory
May 15, 2022 9:00 AM
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In Memorandum: Sharon Gantz Bloome

Longtime former Rotarian Sharon Gantz Bloome passed away April 8th at her home in Seattle. Bloome devoted much of her life to philanthropy, receiving the Washington State Jefferson award in 1996 in honor of her charitable community work.


Jim Linardos
Catherine Cleveland
John Adams


1 Year
Jenn Gladish
Brian Goodwin
Gina Hall
Rachel Smith
2 Years
DeWitt Jensen
3 Years
Matt LeMaster
4 Years
Jessica Bhuiyan
Nicole Klein
7 Years
Mike Adams
Jon Scholes
Ben Wicks
9 Years
Lauren Domino
Michele Shaw
12 Years
Kari Rallo
13 Years
Gary Drobnack
14 Years
Steve Boyd
16 Years
Steve Sundquist
17 Years
Linda Cheever
18 Years
Hollie Ellis
Freeman Fong
22 Years
Jean Bateman, CFRE
29 Years
Mike O'Byrne
35 Years
Bob Parks
37 Years
Rex Clark
38 Years
Jim Burdett
45 Years
Ralph Munro

Meet fellow Rotarians and get involved in service.  Join a committee.  Contact committee chair or Mary Goldie 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 Caroline for more details at


Bob Alexander

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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