Founded 1909         Weekly News and Highlights     April 15th, 2022



Wednesday, April 20
Westin and on Zoom
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Growing a Revolution and What Your Food Ate

Speaker: David Montgomery

The brewing soil health revolution cuts through standard debates about conventional and organic farming.  On both industrialized and developing farms, improving soil health through the adoption of three transformational farming practices—ditching the plow or minimizing soil disturbance, planting cover crops, and growing diverse crop rotations—offers a profitable way to rebuild the fertility of the soil and thereby reduce dependence on fossil fuels and agrochemicals.  Combining ancient wisdom with modern science, these regenerative practices can be good for farmers and the environment, translating into farms that use less water, generate less pollution, lower carbon emissions, and stash carbon underground.  It can also produce more nutrient-dense food to better support human health.  What’s good for the land is good for us too.


Frank Blethen: Can Democracy Survive the Loss of Our Local Free Press System?

President Jimmy Collins called Seattle Rotary Club #4 to order at 12:30 pm on Wednesday, April 13, 2022.  

The meeting was broadcast via Zoom only.  President Jimmy reminded Rotarians of its goals:  1) Importance of diversity and 2) Allowing different points of view.  President Jimmy welcomed Mary Goldie, who recently joined the Rotary staff as Member Manager.  President Jimmy introduced Trish Bostrom, who led with the Inspiration and the Song of the Day.  In honor of a friend of Trish’s, who is helping Ukrainian refugees in Poland, Trish sang Amazing Grace.  Caroline Bobanick introduced Rotarian guests. 

President Jimmy reported that the Maritime program at Highline School, which was the featured program on January 19, 2022, has received a million-dollar grant from the state of Washington.  Lori Walker, Co-Chair of Education Service Committee, introduced Marilyn Cohen and Michael Danielson.  Marilyn talked about the role technology plays in the lives of younger people as they learn. A recent study showed that younger people are having a difficult time distinguishing between fact and fiction and are easily duped.  Michael Danielson, Chair of Action for Media Education and Advocacy for Art and Journalism at Seattle Prep, said how important it is to know who is behind the information source and what their agenda is. It doesn’t matter what the venue is. Who created it? What are their biases? He spoke about Deep Fakes, where videos or photos are altered. Michael stressed the importance of teaching students critical thinking when navigating information sources.   

Don't miss the Rotary International Convention in Houston!!  Click HERE for information and registration.


Volunteer Opportunity
Sunday, April 17
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
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
Thursday, April 28
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM  
The Rainier Tower
1301 5th Avenue - 12th Floor
Sea4s Happy Hour - All Welcome!
We can't wait to see you!  All members are welcome to attend.  
Click HERE to RSVP

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



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

Phone: 206-623-0023

Caroline Bobanick
Executive Director

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!! 
Apr 20, 2022 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel, 1900 5th Avenue and on Zoom
Apr 27, 2022 12:30 PM
Online Program
May 04, 2022 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel, 1900 5th Avenue and on Zoom
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Click Each for a Full Description
District 5030 Volunteer Project
Duwamish Hill Preserve
Apr 16, 2022
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Building Tiny Houses
Hope Factory
Apr 17, 2022 9:00 AM
International Service Committee
On Zoom
Apr 20, 2022 10:30 AM
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
SeaFour Meeting
Rainier Tower
Apr 28, 2022
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
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Ashley Burman
Craig Dawson
Diankha Linear
Sandy Walsh
Ken Colling
Mark Long
Jim McCurdy
Jennifer Porto
Robyn Grad
April Mobley


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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