Founded 1909         Weekly News and Highlights     September 23, 2022

Next Week's Meeting

Wednesday, September 28
Online Only
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Miri Cypers, Center on Extremism

It is disheartening to witness the increase in hate and extremism in recent years. Miri Cypers, Regional Director for the Anti-Defamation League’s Pacific Northwest Office, will share current trends with Seattle Rotary as well as tools for prevention.
The Anti-Defamation League is a national anti-hate organization that works to combat antisemitism and all forms of hate through education, community building and civil rights advocacy. Miri Cypers has a longstanding commitment to social justice and has worked for over a decade in government and advocacy. She previously served as Director of Federal Affairs and Partnerships at Giffords, the gun violence prevention organization in Washington, DC, founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle and as a legislative aide in the U.S. House of Representatives. Miri was named by the Puget Sound Business Journal as a 40 Under 40 Honoree in 2021 and is a graduate of Barnard College of Columbia University.

Peacebuilder Update and Pickleball for Peace in Prison

President Beth opened the meeting promptly at 12:30 PM, followed by the day’s song, ‘This Land is Your Land’, led by Trish Bostrom on the banjo. Skip Kotkins led the day’s inspiration acknowledging the legacy of Queen Elizabeth (who held unshakable beliefs), yet her leadership adapted to changing events. 


Come celebrate the opening of the Detective Cookie Chess Park on September 24 and see the giant chess pieces that were funded as part of a Peacebuilder grant by SRSF. SRSF is also supporting chess club activities with grant funds. The park dedication will run from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM.
Rotarian Linda Thompson-Black would like to invite club members to assist with the UNCF's Portfolio Project by mentoring high school juniors and seniors as the prepare for life beyond graduation. For more information, please call Linda at 206-851-8178.

Marilyn & Einer Handeland's Dahlia Garden Party

Sunday, September 25
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
4036 85th Ave. SE
Mercer Island

Our fellow Rotarian, Einer Handeland, and his wife Marilyn have been working with Dahlias for over 40 years and invite you to join them for a tour of their stunning garden filled with 700 dahlias including 160 different varieties.  You will enjoy a charming garden party with your fellow Rotarians and guests.  Iced tea, lemonade, wine, and appetizers will be served.

Parking is available in front of their house as well as at Trinity Lutheran Church just three (3) houses north at the corner of 85th Avenue SE and SE 40th Street.  There is wheelchair access on the north side of the house.  To attend the event, please make your reservations with Doug Seto at

Museum of Glass Tour

Saturday, October 1
11:00 AM
Museum of Glass Tacoma

Rotarians are invited to attend a tour of the Museum of Glass and lunch in Tacoma! For more details, please contact Fedva Dikmen at

To register for the Foundation Champions Gala, please click HERE.
RSVPs now extended until Friday, September 30Pre-payment is due Friday, September 23 and can be done HERE.

International District Tour

Thursday, October 13
4:45 PM
Seattle Best Tea

Our member Assunta Ng, Publisher of the Northwest Asian Weekly, will take us on a tour of the International District showing where Chinatown, Japan town and Little Saigon are.  This is her Chinatown tour Part II. It will focus on Bruce Lee’s first kung fu schools and where his childhood movies in Hong Kong were shown in the early 1960s. The story of the Chinese Historic Chinatown Gate, the controversy of Sound Transit Stations in Chinatown, the conflicts between the young activists and business owners on new developments and homeless issues, and other landmarks will be featured in this tour.

Meet at Seattle Best Tea at 506 S. King St. at 4:45 p.m., ending at Tai Tung  (655 South King Street, Seattle, WA 98104) for dinner and beverages. Dinner including tax, $30.

If you would like to volunteer at UNCF's upcoming PNW College & Career Fair, please call Rotarian Linda Thompson-Black at 206-851-8178.

Rotary Elwha Exploration Day

Sunday, November 6
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Port Angeles

Seattle Rotary's Environmental Sustainability Committee invites all club members to this free event, which will focus on the impact of dam removal on the Elwha River. Breakfast, a classroom learning session, and exploratory walk are all on the agenda for this event. To register, please click HERE.




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

Phone: 206-623-0023

Carma McKay
Interim Staff

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 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!! 
Sep 28, 2022 12:30 PM
Online Program
Oct 05, 2022 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel and on Zoom
Oct 12, 2022 12:30 PM
Oct 19, 2022 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel and on Zoom
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Click Each for a Full Description
An Anti-Human Trafficking Talk with Maya Babow
Salesforce Tower
Sep 23, 2022
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
United Negro College Fund Portfolio Project
Sep 24, 2022 – Dec 10, 2022
Rotary Volunteer Day
Wellspring Family Services
Sep 24, 2022
9:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Marilyn and Einer Handeland's Dahlia Garden Party
Mercer Island - Full Address Upon Registration
Sep 25, 2022
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Museum of Glass Tour
Museum of Glass
Oct 01, 2022 11:00 AM
Education Committee Meeting
On Zoom
Oct 05, 2022 11:00 AM
Rotary District 5030 Foundation Champions Gala
DoubleTree Hotel SeaTac
Oct 07, 2022 5:00 PM
Whale Watching Tour
Pier 69
Oct 08, 2022
10:30 AM – 3:00 PM
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Cynthia Chirot
Ryan Pong
Frances Walker
Nancy Cahill
Glenn Kuper Jr.
Jeff Parker
John King
Paul Casey


1 Year
Chris Schultz
Ashley Burman
Jenni Cox
Catherine Darley
2 Years
Seema Balwani
Daniel Chen
Hisao Inagaki
3 Years
Mike Hatzenbeler
5 Years
Marc Kurose
Jim Stevens
Linda Thompson-Black
Derryl Willis
6 Years
Matt Albertson
Kevin Crane
Lindsay Klarman
8 Years
Nick Anderson
9 Years
Paul Frogley
12 Years
Nyasha Tunduwani
14 Years
Lisa Mayfield
19 Years
Linda Rough
Dominik Musafia
23 Years
Dr. Stephan Blanford
Harvey Rubinstein
30 Years
Jim McCurdy
32 Years
Paul McTaggart
35 Years
Faith Ireland
36 Years
Don Murphy
Monna Lux

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
Tabitha Claus and Ashley Burman
Diplomacy Round Table
David Woodward, Founder Dr. Skip Rowland, Chair  


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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 Carma 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. 
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