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November 20
Rod Waldbaum
November 23
Ashok Gangolli
November 24
Lauren Domino
Nina Odell
November 25
Trish Bostrom
November 26
Joseph Smith
November 27
Koji Takezaki
Jon Zetlmaier
November 28
Judy Kaiser
November 29
Wier Harman III
Mary Wagner
December 1
Mike Barrett
December 2
Carese Busby
Carl Lucks
December 3
Dave Lenox


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4 Years
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6 Years
David Fain
Robyn Grad
9 Years
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12 Years
Jane Pryor
14 Years
Dave Kraft
18 Years
Tom Hayward
Terry Van Nostrand
21 Years
Trish Bostrom
22 Years
Jonelle Johnson
Laura Rehrmann
23 Years
Sue Mcnab
32 Years
Tracy Garland
Jim Linardos
66 Years
Don Kraft

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 one of our Rotary Cares Committee Co-chairs listed below to let us know how we can help. 
Fedva Dikmen:
Sue McNab:

Bob Alexander



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 Mariah for more details at

Get Involved - Join a Committee!

You can find a full list of our committees with descriptions on our website. Contacting the committee chair, listed below, is the best way to find out how to get involved. 


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


Member Engagement
New Member Introduction
Membership Recruitment
Rotary Cares
Rotary Mariners


Social Media
Totem Report


Diplomacy Initiative Task Force
David Woodward, Founder
Dr. Skip Rowland, Co-chairperson
Dr. Suzanne Griffin, Co-chairperson



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Wednesday, November 25


December 2nd at 12:00 pm

United Way’s Pandemic Response: A Focus on Equity

Gordon McHenry, President and CEO of United Way of King County, will share reflections on the twin pandemics of Coronavirus and Racism. What we are observing, learning, and how together we can plan for an equitable economic recovery.

Links from this week's meeting

Watch this week's opening music video, learn more about the song, It Don’t Come Easy, and the cover artist, Peter Frampton
Read the Ringo Starr 80th Birthday Interview in Rolling Stone
Learn more about this week's speaker and topic:
Watch Kim's TEDx Talks:
A few interesting takeaways from this week's presentation: 
According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) in 2018 Black males accounted for 34% of the total male prison population, white males 29%, and Hispanic males 24%. White females comprised 47% of the prison population in comparison to Black females who accounted for 18% of the female population.
Our speaker also referenced the top four reasons for incarceration, by gender, based on research by Dr. Emily Salisbury:
  • Unhealthy relationships
  • Chemical dependency
  • Socio-economic issues
  • Anxious-depressive disorder
  • Previous criminal record
  • Anti-social friends
  • Anti-social environment
  • Anti-social behavior

Takeaways From the Happy Hour with Howard Behar

Thank you to everyone who joined us for last night's happy hour featuring a conversation with Howard Behar.
During his remarks, Howard shared the personal mission statement that he's kept pinned to his desk for years, and recommended that everyone create a similar document for themselves. Following the event, he kindly sent a copy of that document for us to share with our members. 

Saturday, November 21st from 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Rotary District 5030 Symposium: Race Matters to Rotary

You are invited to the District 5030 Symposium: Race Matters to Rotary on Saturday morning, November 21st. The Zoom session opens at 8:50 am and the formal program begins at 9:00 am.
Please register in advance for this meeting through the link below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the symposium.
See the flyer attached below for a full lineup of speakers and workshop topics. 

Saturday, November 21st at 10:35 am

TEDxSeattle 2020, Featuring Recent Speaker Caprice Hollins

You're invited to hear our recent speaker Caprice Hollins on What White People Can Do to Move Race Conversations Forward at this year's virtual edition of TEDxSeattle. Click the link below to see the full lineup of speakers and register for free.  

Thursday, December 3rd at 5:00 pm

Peacebuilders Book Club - Caste: The Origins of our Discontents

Join the Peacebuilders Committee on Thursday, December 3rd at 5:00 pm (Zoom info to be provided) to discuss Caste: The Origins of our Discontents, written by Isabel Wilkerson!  In her critically acclaimed non-fiction work, Wilkerson explores the United States’ unseen caste system and the historical influences. You can find multiple formats of the book on Amazon.  Questions?  Reach out to Caitlin Grant or David McDonald.

For $30, You Can Bring Hope to a Homeless Person with an Art Kit

As health and wellness practices evolve there is increased understanding that the arts offer promise to reducing anxiety and social isolation, processing trauma and stigma, and relieving feelings of depression and suicidal ideation.  An art kit can help transform the life of a low-to-no income adult recovering from homelessness, substance use disorder, health challenges, and other trauma by harnessing the power of creative engagement as a bridge to community and a path to stability.  Please consider clicking on the link below and donating $30 for an art kit for someone experiencing the trauma of homelessness.  We are partnering with Path with Art to distribute these to local shelters in downtown Seattle.
This is part of our club’s efforts as we get closer to winter to help individuals in Seattle who are experiencing homelessness.  Our foundation recently supported the Downtown Seattle Association’s Outreach Team with a $35,000 to help provide case management, mental health services, housing, and job placement as well as street-based outreach services for those in need.  Working with the First 5 Collaboration of Rotary clubs, we also distributed 1,000 hygiene kits to the Salvation Army’s new state-of-the-art shelter in SODO.  And, a team of Seattle 4 members helped put together beds and performed other tasks needed to get the facility ready for its opening this week.
Thank you to all our members for your support in giving hope to those experiencing housing insecurity.    
Do you have content you'd like to share on our club's Facebook? Here are two ways to do that:
1. All members are invited to join and post in our Members-only Facebook Group
2. Send your ideas and requests for content for our public Facebook Page to Social Media Chair Bailee Neyland

Share Rotary with Your LinkedIn Network in Three Easy Steps

1. Join our club's LinkedIn Group.
2. Forward invitations to meetings and events to your network. 
3. Include Caroline's email ( so your friends and associates can reserve their spot and get access codes.
If you don't already have a LinkedIn profile, CLICK HERE to learn how to get started. 

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


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

Phone: 206-623-0023

Caroline Bobanick
Executive Director

Mariah Kimpton
Program Manager
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