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March 2, 2016

Kevin Harrington
The Art of Innovation

Inventor of the infomercial and
original cast of Shark Tank


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Preview of March 2, 2016
Kevin Harrington
The Art of Innovation
Inventor of the Infomercial, Original Shark on Shark Tank, and As Seen on TV Pioneer

Kevin Harrington is one of the most successful entrepreneurs of our time. While watching television one night in 1984, Kevin noticed that sometimes the only thing on the screen were the color test bars that stations ran when they had nothing else to air, thus giving him the idea to produce the industry’s first 30-minute infomercial to fill that dead air space, which is what coined him the Inventor of the Infomercial. During his career Kevin launched over 500 products that resulted in sales of over $4 billion dollars worldwide and 20 products that reached sales of over $100 million. In 2009, Kevin was selected as one of the original ‘Shark Tank’ Sharks on the ABC hit show.

As an innovator and pioneer in the industry, Kevin has been featured on over 150 Shark Tank segments on ABC and CNBC. In 1990, he was named one of the 100 best entrepreneurs in the world (by Entrepreneur Magazine). Kevin also founded As Seen on TV, Inc. and acquired, the world’s largest web site featuring as seen on TV products.
The After Party

♦♦  Thursday, March 3, 5-7pm  ♦♦♦
Intermezzo Carmine – 409 1st Ave. S.

Join us to continue the conversation: The Art of Innovation.
Review of February 24, 2016


Reporter: Mike Colbrese

President Sue Nixon rang the Rotary bell and opened the meeting by introducing song leader Jimmy Collins, who led the club in an a capella rendition of the “The Star Spangled Banner.” (Without piano, scheduled accompanist, Ken Grant, “the from down under piano man” sang along). Rabbi Daniel Weiner’s invocation (posted in a story below) focused the group on the impact of our collective service in a stirring plea for the gathering of our strength for the good of all.

Paul Heppner introduced visiting Rotarians after which Tom Jaffa introduced all other guests. Ben Linford welcomed potential new members at Charley’s Table. Paula Houston invited the club to the next in the series of fireside chats about race and racism to be held March 8 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at the home of Catherine Willis Cleveland at 833 33rd Avenue South in Seattle. Those planning to attend should email Paula at The chat will once again be led by Dr. Robin DiAngelo. Carla Fowler announced that Rotary Night Skiing will be held on March 1 from 4-10 PM at the Summit at Snoqualmie Pass. Ben Wicks ( is the contact person and the pass rate is $34.  Day Chair Mark Davis spoke briefly to the mission to send 10 Rotaractors and Young Rotarians from District 5030 to this year’s International Convention in Seoul, South Korea.

Mark then introduced the day’s speaker, Julie Lewis a 30-year HIV survivor and mother to Grammy award-winning producer, Ryan Lewis. Julie’s presentation began with a video produced by her son, starring him and Macklemore. Toward the closing of the video, Ryan exclaimed that he will be the first donor to his mom’s project 30/30. The final scene of the video proclaims that “Healthcare is human right!”

She explained that in 1984 when she gave birth to her first daughter, Teresa, complications required her to receive a transfusion. It was in that moment she became infected with HIV. Before she was diagnosed in 1990, she had already given birth to two other children, who were not infected.  A family challenge brought Julie an opportunity to give back, and give back she has by creating the 30/30 Project,  which seeks to bring healthcare facilities to impoverished communities impacted by HIV/AIDS, as well as offering compressive general healthcare access. The idea came to her while working in vetting applications for assistance with the group with which she was working at the time—Construction for Change.

With a strong partnership with Construction for Change, Julie explained that her mission is to build 30 medical centers worldwide that will last at least 30 years. While the first of which will be built in Malawi and Kenya, Ms. Lewis spoke to efforts in Togo and India.  She was moved by a project in India where women built a hospital because they felt that they needed to have health care closer for their children. At the present time, five health centers have been built with funding available for seven.

Located near Ghana in west Africa, Togo has been voted as the saddest place in the world. Part of the beauty of 30/30’s partnership with Construction for Change is that the company uses local builders and workers to construct the facilities. She spoke of one man who was hired as a constructor and then hired as the groundskeeper, which created a huge impact on his life. In comparison, she stated we take remodeling to mean replacing what we have for an average cost of $30-40,000, while in Togo, remodeling means adding something such as a bathroom or electricity for the same amount of money. She remarked that the group is just about finished with a $125,000 project. “We are doing more than building a building; we are building an education center, a place for receive vaccinations, a place to provide child care, and possibly the only place with electricity.

Ms. Lewis closed with a plea for help from the club with a simple challenge— Rotary can defeat polio; therefore, it can defeat AIDS. There followed several questions from the attendees and a suggestion that 30/30 reach out to Rotary clubs in the countries where she is working. 

Carla Fowler reminded the group that The Art of Innovation with Kevin Harrington, original Shark Tank cast and infomercial inventor will be held at the March 2 meeting at the Westin
In closing President Sue spoke to her trip to Ethiopia to assist with containing the spread of HIV. She spoke to being distracted and losing contact with her group and then felt a tiny hand slip in to hers and then lead her down a corridor toward her group. “I thought I had come to impact their lives,” she stated, “yet, without hesitation this one with so little, touched mine.”  She thanked all of the participants and attendees.


Looking Ahead

March 2, 2016
The Art of Innovation
Kevin Harrington, original Shark Tank cast
and infomercial inventor

March 9, 2016
Program TBD

March 16, 2016
Governmental Transparency: Police Body Cameras, Cameras on our Streets


Rotary Cares - Danner
We understand Danner Graves will soon be leaving the hospital and moving home under hospice care. Danner's son Gavin is posting updates on his condition at Our thoughts and hearts are with you, Danner!
Rotary Night Skiing

DATE:              Tuesday, March 1
WHERE:           Summit Central at Snoqualmie Pass
COST:              $34 night-skiing group rate -– 4pm-10pm

• Two meet-up options:
   o For those that want to carpool: South Bellevue Park & Ride at 3pm
   o For those that want to drive solo: Gather for dinner in the Timberhouse Café on the second floor of the Central Lodge at 6:30pm
• Open to all Rotarians, family, and friends
• RSVP to
   o How many coming
   o Will you meet at the Park & Ride or Summit?
   o If Park & Ride, can you drive?


Fellowship Event - Race & Racism

Race and Racism:  The Conversation Continues

Dr. Robin DiAngelo will once again lead a discussion in an intimate setting with Rotarians as we continue to deepen our knowledge and understanding of the issues of race, racism and white privilege. 


Date:  March 8, 2016

Time:  6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Location: The home of Catherine Willis Cleveland, 833 33rd Ave. South, Seattle, WA  98144

RSVP by March 3 to:  Paula Houston


YRL Dinner Series

TRUE GRIT: A Dinner with Faith Ireland, March 10

Join us from 6:00-8:30 PM at FareStart on Thursday, March 10 for an entertaining and inspiring evening with former Washington State Supreme Court Justice - and 5 time World Champion powerlifter - Faith Ireland. Faith has overcome numerous obstacles on her path to success. The discussion will illuminate the qualities of integrity and perseverance that drove her to break down barriers in both her personal and professional life.

Audience interaction will be encouraged during this lightly moderated discussion, and there will be ample time for Q+A afterward. Arrive at 6:00pm to enjoy a drink and conversation before we sit down to dinner and further discussion with Faith.  Your $56 ticket covers the Guest Chef Night dinner, tax and gratuity. Bar is no host.

Open to all Rotarians and their guests. More information and RSVP:
Mug Drive - March 16
MUG Drive – March 16
Seattle 4’s Community Service Committee is organizing the First Annual MUG DRIVE for Angeline's Center for Homeless Women on Wednesday, March 16.  Bring your new or lightly used mugs to the meeting at Hotel Motif for collection. Company logo and advertising mugs gladly accepted, so dust off that top shelf of your kitchen cabinet ~ a simple way of helping women in need!
Winners for Life Hosts Needed!
Each year, the Rotary Club of Seattle honors high school students who have shown exceptional character in overcoming significant obstacles to remain in school. Poverty, homelessness, substance abuse, domestic violence, teen pregnancy, and language and learning disabilities are just some of the challenges these kids have surmounted. These remarkable students are quietly building bright futures in difficult circumstances. They are our “Winners for Life.”

On Wednesday, March 30, we need 60 Seattle Rotarians to each host a “Winner for Life” at the reception and regular Rotary luncheon. Rotary pays for the reception and meals of the Winner and their guest, and Winners receive a plaque, but YOU make the recognition more personal!  Please take a moment to fill out the form (HERE) and host a student. Thank you!


Fellowship Event - Retirement
Seattle Rotary #4 Fellowship invites you to a very special Program Series
RETIREMENT:  NOW WHAT?  aka What Color is Your Hammock?
Tuesday, March 22, 5-7 p.m.
Space Limited, must RVSP by Friday March 18 to
Mayflower Park Hotel in Seattle - Light hors-d’oeuvres (free) & Cash bar
Click HERE for the flyer
Fellowship Event - Turkish Dinner
Join Fedva Dikmen on Wednesday, March 30 for another fabulous ethnic dinner night!  Enjoy Turkish cuisine and good company at Bistro Turkuaz. Click HERE for more details.
Wider World of Rotary

Wider World of Rotary
Brought to you by the Rotary Relations Committee
Committee Chair: Trent Mummery
Club Secretary: Lisa Mayfield

Food Pack
Save the date
for the next Rotary First Harvest food pack at the NW Harvest Warehouse on Saturday, March 12 from 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM.  Children third grade and above welcome.  RSVP to Lisa Mayfield if you are interested at

Rotary International Young Leaders Summit

District Governor Terry Pickering has made it a goal to send 10 District 5030 young leaders (19-35) to attend the Summit in Seoul this May, which is happening in conjunction with the RI Convention. Learn more about RI’s effort to engage young leaders in Rotary and how you can help support young leaders in our district here: 

District 5030 Conference
Join the fun at the annual District conference in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on April 29th-May 1st.  This is a great way to network with fellow Rotarians and learn more about Rotary.  The following Seattle 4 Rotarians have already registered: Cathy Burnell, Daryl Campbell, Corinne Cavanaugh, Ken Colling, Sten Crissey, Clark Daffern, Mark Davis, Cathy Gibson, Roberta Greer, Carolyn Hojaboom, Mariah Kimpton, Ben Linford, Lisa Mayfield, Barry McConnell, Carma McKay, Virginia McKenzie, Tom Mesaros, Jim Moore, Trent & Alexandra Mummery, Derick Pasternak, Harvey Rubinstein, Mason Sizemore, Jean Thompson, and Kathy Williams.  See you there!  To register, visit the conference site at:

Rabbi Weiner's 2/24/16 Invocation
We received requests from members to print Rabbi Weiner's invocation from the last meeting:

Eloheinu v’elohei avoteinu—Our God and the God of our ancestors…
We thank you for bringing us Julie Lewis and for news of the 30/30 project this day, not only for what it does, but for what it means.
Especially in this season of political choice and change, one that has pandered so cynically and callously to our basest fears of the Other and to our anger at the deficiencies of this nation, this message of righteous outreach to the most vulnerable and most marginalized—the sick, the poor, the female, the non-American and those of color—resounds in our thoughts as it must provoke our collective conscience to action.
To encounter the afflicted with anything less than unbounded compassion is to betray the fundamental values that infuse our faith and that forged our nation.  To deny ongoing health care to any one of us is to abdicate our very capacity as human beings, and to neglect the essential human rights that are the entitlement of each one of us by virtue of our status as children of God.
Though these concerns are at issue in this campaign, they far transcend the merely political.  They lie at the very heart of what it is to be a successful, prosperous and truly free nation.
May we see poisonous political pleas for what they are, and replace them with calls to trust, faith and healing…
May we come to appreciate the needs of this moment, and those who suffer in it…
And may we bind together as one people, rising above the slings and arrows of this fraught time,
To embrace the words of a local troubadour:
Let us put our hands up like the ceiling can’t hold us.
May this be Your will.  May this be our way. Amen.

Peacebuilders Committee

Seattle Rotary's new Peacebuilder Committee. Join us and wage peace! Next meeting on March 23 @ 11am
Happy Birthday!
March 2
Jim Burdett, Danner Graves

March 3
Jim Kraft

March 4
Dennis Fleck

March 6
Jack Lauderbaugh

March 7
Sherry Calvert

March 8
Sharon Bloome, Michele Shaw
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