Founded 1909         Weekly News and Highlights      February 4th, 2022


Wednesday, February 9
On Zoom 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Patti Payne

Payneful Perspectives on Leadership

Business leader, media maven, and columnist Patti Payne shares her educated take on leadership -what works, what’s needed, and how to maximize our own innate abilities to steer through and guide. She is a columnist for the Puget Sound Business Journal and is a sought-after keynote speaker and emcee. Payne serves as principal of her own public affairs/community relations business, The Payne Group Communicating/Connecting.


Alaska Air Safety Dance & Seattle Boat Show
Alaska Airlines CEO, Ben Minicucci, was the day’s main program speaker who described how his airline has survived the pandemic, unpredictable weather, employee retention, and recruiting beginning with high schoolers who are looking for a great paying career.
Past Seattle Rotary #4 president Mark Wright introduced Mr. Minicucci as a respected airline executive whose experience spans more than 40 years.  He has been with Alaska Airlines for 18 years and was named CEO in 2021 as the industry was struggling to recover from the epic pandemic disruption that continues to this day.  He began with a familiar video of the airline’s award-winning ‘Safety Dance’ television commercial that emphasized onboard safety with a jingle that generally stays with audiences all day.  The idea for the commercial was to have some ‘serious fun’  but to use real Alaska Airlines employees who practiced dance moves and lyrics like professionals.
“The pandemic triggered a sense of urgency in the whole airline industry with Alaska Air losing $400M per month and more than $2B since the pandemic began,” he said. “Our balance sheet for Q4, 2021, reveals how we are coming back as the most profitable airline in the industry, and poised for growth into the future.”

Meet New Member Chris Schultz

I asked Chris Shultz to send me a one-page bio.  Families and private companies entrust him to steer up to 40% of their disposable income away from the sticky hands of the federal government. You see, he’s a tax accountant at Moss Adams – in fact, a Tax Senior Manager there.  He supervises a staff of 10 and sees that 250 tax returns are delivered to the IRS, on time.
However, Chris is really, much more than a one-page CPA, tax guy!
No one knows better than a person from Yakima, that apples simply don’t fall far from their trees.  His grandfather was a Yakima Rotarian.  Chris’s father, Rod Schultz, is a Yakima Rotarian.  Chris’s two uncles are Yakima Rotarians.  No surprise then that Chris is a Seattle #4 Rotarian.
Another thread!  Chris is a Seattle University grad.  So was his younger sister.  And, so were many cousins.
Chris began SU as a Mechanical Engineering major but shifted when he found it more satisfying to wrap his head around the arithmetic of accounting, and especially tax accounting.  But, that wasn’t his only college pursuit.  SU had plenty of tall, lanky guys who could work the hoops at the arena, but not as many who could work an oar on Lake Union.  Actually, it only needed just one more as good as Chris, and that was good enough to win gold at the 2013 National Club Championships in the cox-less pair.



Special Invitation from
Rotary Club
Wiesbaden-Kochbrunnen Germany
Thursday, February 10
10:00 AM (PST)
On Zoom 
Rotary Club Wiesbaden-Kochbrunnen in Germany conducts Zoom meetings in English every four months to keep in touch with their Rotary friends abroad. 
For a long time, this strange story was completely unknown, but after 40 years the secret documents were released by the US military. They prove the unbelievable but true deceptive maneuvers of the so-called "Ghost Army" in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany: with inflatable tanks, battle sounds from high-powered loudspeakers, and other illusions, a special American unit fooled Hitler's Wehrmacht and pretended to have troop strengths of up to 30,000 men, which in reality did not exist at these locations.
Among the soldiers were numerous young creative people, many of whom were recruited from advertising agencies and art schools – among them the fashion designer Bill Blass, the photographer Art Kane, and painter Ellsworth Kelly (winner of the Jawlensky Prize of the city of Wiesbaden). The designers brought their impressions of the mission back home in sketchbooks, on film, and in photos.
Recently, the US House of Representatives gave final passage to a bill to award the Ghost Army a Congressional Gold Medal.
Rick Beyer, award-winning filmmaker, best-selling author, and long-time history enthusiast, joins us from Chicago and will talk about this special unit in a picturesque presentation.
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Zoom code is rotary
Volunteer Opportunity
Sunday, February 20
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.

Questions -
Seattle 4 Fellowship
Thursday, February 24
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Sea4's Happy Hour
Save the date - location and details to follow.  We hope this can be an in-person event!
Volunteer Opportunity

Saturday, February 26
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
Seattle 4 Fellowship
Ticket Deadline - February 9
Sunday, February 27
12:30 PM  Optional Lunch
2:00   PM  Opera
McCaw Hall


The Arts Committee is delighted to invite fellow Rotarians to a matinee showing of Blue on February 27, 2022.  Blue is the 2020 winner for Best New Opera (Music Critics Association). From the award-winning team of librettist Tazewell Thompson and composer Jeanine Tesori, Blue, presents a portrait of contemporary African American life: of love and loss, church, sisterhood, and most importantly, family. 

Please join us for food beforehand at McCaw Hall at 12:30. The opera starts at 2:00 pm and Rotarians are invited to mingle in the Allen Hall at intermission. Post-show, there is an optional conversation that is open to the public in which Tazewell Thompson and Christina Scheppelmann will be conducting a Q&A. Seats are at the discounted rate of $66.75pp. Seating is limited and people must signup no later than February 9, 2022.  Payment for lunch will be collected at McCaw Hall.

If you have questions or would like to sign up for lunch, please contact Jennifer Hohnstein.

Harisa Paco
Certified Care Manager - Aging Wisdom
YRL Membership with Health Care classification.  
Proposer: Ken Grant   Seconder: Lisa Mayfield
Reece Johnson
Account Manager - Americas and EMEA - Seagull Scientific
YRL Membership with Technology classification. 
Proposer: David Frum   
Shelby Leyson
Business Performance Advisor - Insperity Individual Membership with Business Consultants & Services classification.  
Proposer: Doug Seto
Kim Romano
Individual Membership with Retired (Health Care) classification.  
Proposer: Nyasha Tunduwani  Seconder: Doug Seto
Robert L. Gilmore
Senior Wealth Manager - Trutina Financial Individual Membership with Financial Advising and Wealth Management classification.  
Proposer: Terry Van Nostrand



For those who couldn't join Virginia McKenzie and fellow Seattle 4 Rotarians on Monday night for the launch party of Rotary Club of PNW - Ending Sex Trafficking we made sure to record the festivities.   



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

Phone: 206-623-0023

Caroline Bobanick
Executive Director

Fiona Ronyai
Membership and Communications 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!! 
Feb 09, 2022 12:30 PM
Online Program
Feb 16, 2022 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel, 1900 5th Ave. and on Zoom
Feb 23, 2022 12:30 PM
Online Program
Mar 02, 2022 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel, 1900 5th Ave. and on Zoom
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This is Rotary
On Zoom
Feb 09, 2022
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
International Service Committee
On Zoom
Feb 17, 2022 10:30 AM
Building Tiny Houses
Hope Factory
Feb 20, 2022 9:00 AM
Environmental Sustainability Committee
On Zoom
Feb 23, 2022 11:00 AM
Peacebuilders Committee
On Zoom
Feb 23, 2022
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
SeaFour Meeting
Soon To Be Announced
Feb 24, 2022
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Rotary Volunteer Day
Wellspring Family Services
Feb 26, 2022 9:15 AM
Opera Outing - Blue
McCaw Hall
Feb 27, 2022 2:00 PM
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Sten Crissey
Linda Walton
Ryan Bunbury
Paula Houston


1 Year
Linda Lowry
Shoko Toyama
Maki Hsieh
Mark Miles
3 Years
Paul Casey
Nita Hairston
Eric Corning
5 Years
Robert Stadler
Roberto Dondisch
6 Years
Sandy Walsh
7 Years
Steven Shaw
9 Years
Jan Levy
10 Years
Deanna Hobson
Jeff Parker
11 Years
Eric Weiss
12 Years
Steve Crandall
13 Years
Sam Davidson
18 Years
Pete DeLaunay
David Woodward
Alan Kunovsky
21 Years
Kim Moore
23 Years
Mike Barrett
25 Years
Jack Lauderbaugh
John Nesholm
Bill Center
32 Years
Rod Waldbaum
34 Years
Jon Bridge
Larry Granat

Meet fellow Rotarians and get involved in service.  Join a committee.  Contact committee chair or Fiona Ronyai 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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