Founded 1909           Weekly News and Highlights          October 4, 2019
Oct 09, 2019 12:00 PM
Grand Hyatt, 721 Pine Street
Oct 16, 2019 12:00 PM
Four Seasons, 99 Union Street
Oct 23, 2019 12:00 PM
The Westin, 1900 5th Ave.
Oct 30, 2019 12:00 PM
Four Seasons, 99 Union Street
Nov 06, 2019
Hyatt Olive 8, 1635 8th Ave
Nov 13, 2019 12:00 PM
The Westin, 1900 5th Ave.
Nov 20, 2019 3:18 PM
Renaissance Hotel, 515 Madison Street
Nov 27, 2019 12:00 PM
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For those who drive to our weekly luncheons, here is some information about available parking options:

The Westin - for self-park or valet, obtain coupon at meeting registration for a discounted rate of $14.

Pacific Place is another good option only a couple blocks from most of our venues. The cost is $12 for up to 3 hours. The garage is accessed from either 6th or 7th  between Pine and Olive.
The Sheraton, Four Seasons, Grand Hyatt, and Hyatt Olive 8 do not offer discounted parking.
Oct 4
Travis Keeler
Oct 5
Assunta Ng
Oct 7
Ross Stewart
Oct 8
Karl Ege
Paul Heppner
Nancy Osborne
Oct 9
Steve Boyd
Michele Centanni
David Greenwood
Lorna Tumwebaze
Oct 11
Lou Lundquist
Oct 14
Ken Lowthian
Joyce Robertson
Rita Ryder
Oct 15
Eric Newman
Michael Troyer
Oct 17
Tom Betts
Jim Bowles
Lacey Clark
Oct 18
Jerry Burtenshaw


1 Year
Ashok Gangolli
Joseph Smith
Shell Stone
3 Years
John Hojaboom
David McFadden
4 Years
KC Herren
Simone Loban
5 Years
Carla Fowler
Lorna Tumwebaze
6 Years
Eric Christensen
7 Years
Carese Busby
Joseph Chard
Tim Tomlinson
9 Years
Dan and Nancy Evans
Sheree Wen
11 Years
Bill Bryant II
14 Years
Barbie Seifert
Susan Lane
17 Years
April Mobley
18 Years
Daniel Weiner
20 Years
Nancy Osborne
Jim Moore
21 Years
Vicky Oxley
22 Years
Cynthia Chirot
24 Years
Ruthann Howell
Tom Mesaros
25 Years
Bob Johnson
Darlene Corkrum
26 Years
Kathy Williams
Neil Larson
27 Years
Karl Ege
30 Years
Lou Lundquist
31 Years
Jeff Pyatt
32 Years
Rob Bayley
37 Years 
Steve Prince
48 Years
John Durbin

Bob Alexander



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

Phone: 206-623-002
Caroline Bobanick
Executive Director
Mariah Kimpton
Program 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 Club Manager, Caroline Bobanick, or Associate Club Manager, Mariah Kimpton, 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!!     

Philip Welkhoff: Defeating Malaria

October 9th at Noon
Grand Hyatt, 721 Pine Street


Every two minutes, a child dies of malaria. And each year, more than 200 million new cases of the disease are reported. Although countries have dramatically reduced the total number of malaria cases and deaths since 2000, progress in recent years has stalled. Worryingly, in some countries, malaria is on the rise.

Philip Welkhoff is the Malaria Program Director at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Previously, he served as Director of Research at the Institute for Disease Modeling.  There, he helped develop computer simulations of malaria, polio, and other disease transmission dynamics to assist public health professionals and other scientists in planning the eradication of different diseases.

Philip will explain the scope of malaria’s deadly impact, the challenges in its elimination, and what is being done across the globe to eradicate the greatest killer of mankind.


Wednesday, October 9 
11:30 am-12:15 pm and 1:30 pm-1:45 pm @ the Grand Hyatt

Seattle #4's membership, service, and programs committees will be featured at the October 9th luncheon. Drop by before or after the program to learn more about each committee's mission, meeting schedule, and how to get involved!

Seattle 4 Rotary Hosts Police Chief Carmen Best for National Coffee with a Cop Day

On National Coffee with a Cop Day, we upped the game by having Lunch with a Police Chief.  Seattle Police Department Chief, Carmen Best, was our guest speaker who candidly shared the joys and concerns of being Police Chief in a major U.S. city.  A 28 year Seattle Police Department (SPD) veteran, Chief Best opined that the two most important qualities to make a good officer are hard work (“100% work 100% of the time”) and an innate commitment to serve.   The Chief explained that many calls are, at the core, officers responding to people in need. Officers provide services to those experiencing domestic violence, addiction, sexual assaults and homelessness.  She acknowledged there are times when the job entails arrests or dangerous situations but, more often, the job requires helping the community.   She said being an officer is more than a job, it's really a calling.  

Check out Photos of our Meetings and Other Events

Club Leadership for the Future

Below you will see the members of this year’s Nominating Committee.  The committee will be selecting candidates for the Seattle Rotary Service Foundation Board of Trustees and the Rotary Club of Seattle Board of Directors plus the officers of our club such as our club president.  Also, below are the job descriptions for the respective roles.
  • Ken Colling, Chair
  • Jeff Borek
  • Dorothy Bullitt
  • Lina Kim
  • Lisa Mayfield
  • Virginia McKenzie
  • Laura Rehrmann
  • Susie Roe
  • Dave Siebert
  • Nyasha Tunduwani
  • Kathy Williams
  • Mark Wright
If you are interested in self-nominating yourself, or would like to recommend someone else, please email Ken Colling, Nominating Committee Chair at:
Cynthia Chirot, Seattle Rotary Service Foundation (SRSF) Grants Committee member, hosted Seattle 4’s second Table Talk at the September 4th luncheon.  This time around, Rotarians were asked to provide feedback for the use of the SRSF’s $40,000 grant – options included Seattle issues such as homelessness and its contributing factors, sex trafficking, and climate change.  Homelessness and its many causes, particularly mental illness and drug addiction, was the choice of the large majority of members.  The SRSF Grants Committee will be conducting further interviews with experts within Rotary and in the community.  Please contact any member of the SRSF board for feedback or to get involved and stay tuned!
Click Each for a Full Description
Rotary First Harvest Work Party
Northwest Harvest Warehouse
Oct 12, 2019
8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Keekwulees Meeting with Speaker Jessica Bhuiyan
The Rainier Club
Oct 17, 2019
7:30 AM – 8:45 AM
Wellspring Family Services Work Party
Rotary Support Center for Families
Oct 19, 2019
9:15 AM – 11:15 AM
Autumn Harvest of Apples for Those in Need
Ringsrud Orchard - Cashmere, WA
Oct 19, 2019
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Seattle World Polio Day Celebration
Bill & Melinda Gates Discovery Center
Oct 24, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Real Escape from the Sex Trade (REST) - Site Visit
Nov 01, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
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Rotary Club of Shanghai Centennial Celebration

District Governor Elect and Seattle 4 Rotary Past President, Cathy Gibson, will be leading a Seattle Rotary delegation to the centennial celebration of the Rotary Club of Shanghai which the Rotary Club of Seattle sponsored in 1919.  This historic event for the first club in China will be held October 18 to 20 with the main gala on Saturday evening October 19 at the Grand Millennium Hong Qiao Hotel in Shanghai.  Members of the Rotary Club of Seattle are welcome to join the delegation.  Please let Executive Director, Caroline Bobanick (, know by October 7th if you plan to join the delegation so that we may provide a complete list of delegates to the Rotary Club of Shanghai.

Discounted Tickets for Austen's Pride at the 5th Avenue Theatre

Austen’s Pride, an extraordinary new musical based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice will be presented at The 5th Avenue Theatre October 4th – 27th and Rotarians get a 25% discount!
One of the things that makes The 5th Avenue Theatre such a special place, is the creation on new works! Austen’s Pride is going to be a beautiful production, and you can see it first, and with your discount! Just visit and put in Promo code: ROTARYSEATTLE to purchase your tickets! You book directly through our website, plus, you also save in fees!

In Memoriam

John Blackman, founder of Argosy Cruises and Seattle 4 member from 1990-2018, passed peacefully at his Rancho Mirage home surrounded by his wife Anna and family.  It was shared that in his final days your cards, notes, emails and texts provided great comfort to not only him, but to the family members that were present. John touched so many lives through his work, philanthropy and industry connections and will be missed.


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