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April 6, 2016

Why Diversity Matters 
Featuring Dr. Sandra Archibald
and Bill Center


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Preview of April 6, 2016
Why Diversity Matters
with Dr. Sandra Archibald

The very nature of college and university communities have always posed challenges for academic administrators.  The contemporary campus is compelled to address the same societal issues outside the “ivory towers” and then some.  Faculty tenure, academic freedom, academic integrity, intercollegiate athletics are just a few among others including gun violence, alcohol, sexual assaults and gender equity.

And overriding those formidable issues is diversity.  How can academia satisfy the expectations of its stakeholders, on and off campus, around this seemingly overwhelming issue?  How is the University of Washington addressing diversity? What role is the Evans School playing is the issue? Sandra O. Archibald, dean, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance will discuss “Why Diversity Matters” in her Seattle Rotary 4 presentation.

Dr. Sandra O. Archibald has served as Professor and Dean of the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Washington since 2003.  She is the Past President of the Association of Public Policy and Management, the top national research organization in her field, and has held numerous leadership positions with the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration and the American Society for Public Administration. She holds a doctorate in agricultural economics from the University of California, Davis and a master’s degree from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.

SHORT PROGRAM:  Bill Center on Diversity

Bill Center has been a member of Seattle #4 since 1996 and served as President 2006-07.  He retired from the U.S. Navy as Rear Admiral in 1999 after 35 years service and not long afterwards assumed leadership of The Washington Council on International Trade where he worked for the next seven years. He also lectures at the University of Washington's Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance where he earned his MPA in 1978. An engineer and economist, Bill is also a specialist in security policy and strategic planning.  He was General Colin Powell's deputy director for international negotiations and served in the same role for General John Shalikashvili. A 1968 graduate of the Naval Academy, during his career he commanded three ships and served three years as chief engineer aboard USS Midway. In his final assignment, from May 1996 to May 1999, he commanded Navy Region Northwest. Since retiring from the Navy he has devoted himself to nonprofit leadership, education and volunteer work.
The After Party

♦♦  Thursday, April 7, 5-7pm  ♦♦♦
Coterie Lounge - 1414 4th Avenue
Join us to continue the conversation: The Importance and Benefits of Diversity
Review of March 30, 2016
Winners for Life—From One Generation to the Next

Reporter:  Mike Colbrese

President Sue Nixon rang the Rotary bell and opened the meeting by introducing song leader Arnie Ness, who, while playing his trumpet, led the club in a rendition of "The Impossible Dream” accompanied on the piano by  Marli Iverson. Rob LoBosco’s invocation reminded us of our commitment to the next generation.

Kari Rallo introduced visiting Rotarians after which Cathy Gibson introduced all other guests and had Kim Moore introduce prospective members sitting at Charley’s Table.

Paul Ishii announced that the Rotary Club of La Conner and Seattle 4’s Ollie Iversen will be bringing tulips to the April 6 luncheon. A bouquet of 10 stems is only $5.

Past president Laura Rehrmann announced the Rotary board’s adoption of a process to select a club manager. She thanked co-chair Harvey Rubinstein and the rest of the committee and closed by stating that the job description for the position is posted on the club’s website.

Carolyn Hojaboom introduced new member, Sandy Walsh, classification Real Estate - Residential. Sandy, a 6th generation member of the Denny family, earned a degree in journalism from the University of Oregon. She has also been a two time president of Seattle Metropolitan Rotary.

President Sue Nixon introduced Day Chair Ken Hamm who described the club’s “Winners for Life” annual program by which the club honors high school students who have shown exceptional character in overcoming significant obstacles to remain in school. Ken provided a brief overview of the lives of the honorees, which includes working through poverty, homelessness, substance abuse, domestic violence, teen pregnancy, language and learning disabilities.  He invited the 38 honorees to the stage during which the attendees stood while loudly applauding.

Ken then introduced John Snyder, who welcomed Dr. Edward Taylor, vice provost and dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs at the University of Washington. Dr. Taylor is a professor in the UW’s College of Education, which he joined in 1995. He has written, taught and presented extensively on the topics of leadership in education and social justice. Taylor earned his Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Washington. He earned a master’s degree in psychology and a bachelors’ degrees in sociology and in psychology at Gonzaga University.
Dr. Taylor began by saluting the Rotarian motto, “Service Above Self” and immediately stated that he would be speaking directly to the honorees. He began by offering a quote from a 1890 Booker T. Washington speech, “Cast down your buckets where you are.” To explain the quote, Washington told the story about a boat in the Atlantic that had run out of fresh water. After being adrift for several days, its captain spotted a friendly boat and sent it a message begging for water. The friendly boat’s captain responded by stating, “Cast down your buckets where you are.” After several, similar exchanges, the frustrated captain of the distressed ship had his crew drop down their buckets and discovered that they were actually in an area with drinkable water.

From that story, Dr. Taylor hung the rest of his message. He spoke about the great leaders in our history—Chief Seattle and Caesar Chavez and how each understood the value of the relationships with and between their people.  He spoke about how everyone rises and falls together and asked that the honorees think about who is in the boat with them—who has their back. He related the stories of the three people who had his back during his life—an elementary school teacher/principal, a middle school teacher, and his college statistics teacher, who actually gave him an F in the first class he took from her. “They taught me how to love and forgive,” he offered, “and that life has its struggles.” He challenged each student to work toward intelligence that is healthy and be afraid of nothing.  Dr. Taylor encouraged each one to utilize their strengths, accept the conditions around them, and choose their mentors wisely. He closed by assuring them that we are all grateful for their courage and productivity, that we are all in this together, tied together in the same water. The attendees demonstrated their appreciation for Dr. Taylor’s remarks by giving him a standing ovation.

Paul Ishii reminded everyone of the after party on Thursday, March 31, from 5:30-7:30 at the Rotary Boys & Girls club at 201 19th Avenue. There will be a $10 charge to cover snacks and soft drinks.
The club’s April 6 presentation will be “Why Diversity Matters” with Bill Center and Dr. Sandra Archibald, Dean of the UW Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the Westin. The April 13 meeting will be at the Motif with the main program being “The Future of Pharmacy.”

In closing President Sue spoke about her first jobs and how she learned to accept what companies needed from her while continually striving to show that she had much more to give than what was expected. She thanked all of the participants and attendees and adjourned the meeting.
Looking Ahead

April 6, 2016
Why Diversity Matters
with Bill Center and Dr. Sandra Archibald,
Dean of the UW Evans School of Public Policy and Governance

April 13, 2016
The Future of the Pharmacy

April 20, 2016
Celebrating the National Park System


Danner's Celebration of Life

Celebration of Life for Danner Graves
April 7, 2016 1:00 - 3:00pm
Washington Athletic Club, 1325 6th Ave, Seattle, Washington

Click HERE to read the obituary from the March 20 Seattle TimesRest in peace, Danner.


Tulip Time on April 6

ImageThe Rotary Club of LaConner and Seattle 4's Ollie Iversen will be bringing loads of beautiful tulips to our April 6 luncheon.  A bouquet of 10 stems is only $5 -- you'll want a bunch! 


Maintenance Day at RBGC

The annual RBGC Maintenance Day will be held Saturday, April 23, 9-11:30am at the Rotary Boys & Girls Club (201 19th Avenue).  This year there will be a special ceremony to install the first of the Peacebuilders Committee's "Peace Poles" at 10;30am. Following the chores, Patrick Carter's famous strawberry shortcake and lunch will be served.  Contact David Levine ( to sign up.


Committee Fair - April 27
Save the date ~ Committee Fair coming on April 27 at the Hyatt Olive 8.  More details next week!
Get Dirty. Have Fun. Spruce up a Local Treasure

The Seattle 4 Sustainability Committee, along with  Student Conservation Association ( SCA), invites you to the 2016 Earth Day work party at the Washington Park Arboretum on Saturday, April 23, 2016, from 9 am to 2 pm.

This has been an exceptional event for Rotarians, family members, friends and High School students needing volunteer hour credits.  It is a great way to give back to our community and the Arboretum will be at its spring-bursting best.  Sign up on the link below and be sure to note Seattle Rotary as your affiliation.  See you there!


Save the Date - June 29
President Sue's Farewell Dinner

Wednesday, June 29
Seattle Yacht Club
$80/pp before June 1; $85/pp after June 1

More details and a link to purchase tickets coming next week

Seattle 4 Rotary Club Manager
We are looking for a very special person: 
Seattle 4 Rotary Club Manager

Our members are an excellent resource to find our next Club Manager, responsible for day-to-day operations of the 5th largest Rotary club in the U.S. with nearly 500 members, who meet weekly with an annual budget of $750K, governed by a board of directors, a diverse membership engaged in various committees and the Rotary Service Foundation.   For specific information about the position follow this link to view the job description.  As Seattle 4 Rotarians you can appreciate the need for a ‘people person’ capable of multi-tasking in cooperation with changing club leadership and committee chairs.   Our Club Manager will help make our club’s ‘service above self’ mission actionable as a delegator who can align our club’s goals with actionable committee benchmarks and coordinate the work of the Rotary Service Foundation.  Our club’s search committee is now accepting applications, so who do you know that could take on this exciting, and challenging position?   To apply for this position, please submit your cover letter and resume to
Meet Sandy Walsh
Sandy Walsh
Introduced on March 30, 2016 by Carolyn Hojaboom

Sandy is a born and bred Washingtonian.  She has a rich and long heritage from the Pacific Northwest as she is 6th generation "Denny" lineage. Her early schooling was in Bellevue, and then she got her B.A. in journalism at the University of Oregon with an emphasis in PR.

She has had a varied career starting in advertising, moving on to media planning, promotion and as a buyer for Nordstrom, and then managing inventory for amazon.
She bought her 1st condo at the age of 22 and this led to her interest in real estate. As she puts it, she had some big dreams and saw that this was a way to fund them. She formed Exact Realty, taking the name from the schooner that brought the Denny family here.

She is not new to Rotary, but new to our club.  She was a member of Seattle Metropolitan, serving as its president not once but two times. She comes from a long lineage of Rotarians.  Her dad was a member of Bellevue lunch club.  About Rotary she noted her heritage has taught her to "respect and protect your Rotary time."

Hobbies and interest include: cooking, scotch, supporter of the arts and avid book reader/collector. Interesting practice - each year she picks a word rather than a resolution to focus on.  Her word for 2016 is exceed. Life motto - "everyday is healthier, wealthier, and happier.”

Please join me in welcoming Sandy Walsh – classification: Residential Real Estate.
Wider World of Rotary

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

Harmony in Coeur d' Alene - 2015-16 District Conference
A Family Friendly Event

About the conference:

The district conference is the ultimate showcase for the programs and projects under way at the 50 Rotary clubs in our District. It is also a terrific opportunity for Rotary fellowship. Join us April 29 - May 1, 2016 for inspirational speakers, program and project updates and terrific social activities.

NEW "Kids Camp" at the Conference

What? Will there be drop-off child care at the Kids Camp?   Yes, there is drop-off care at the Kids Camp provided by Family Biz Kids during designated hours for ages 5-14 on Sat. and Sun. at the Coeur d’Alene Resort during the conference.

There will also be some activities for children of any age with an adult chaperone:
• kite building
• service project with school backpack assembly for Syrian refugees
• a kids corner
• a movie night
• hear from Youth Exchange high schoolers
• a kids menu, games, prizes, and more.

If you’ve been reluctant to bring your children or grandchildren or other future Rotarians to the district conference, hesitate no more! Questions about Kids Camp: contact Jean Thompson at

Register yourself now:
Book your hotel stay:
For all details please visit:

The following Seattle 4 Rotarians have already registered: Cathy Burnell, Daryl Campbell, Corinne Cavanaugh, Ken Colling, Steve Crandall, Sten Crissey, Jann Curley, Clark Daffern, Mark Davis, Ralph & Lynn Davis, Cathy Gibson, Roberta Greer, Carolyn Hojaboom, Paul Ishii, Mariah Kimpton, Sandra Kemp, Ben Linford, Lisa Mayfield, Barry McConnell, Carma McKay, Virginia McKenzie, Tom Mesaros, Jim Moore, Trent & Alexandra Mummery, Craig Nelson, Derick Pasternak, Harvey Rubinstein, Mason Sizemore, Jean Thompson, and Kathy Williams. See you there!


Happy Birthday!
April 6
Ken Martin

April 7
Gerry Adams, Ron Bayley, Fred Weiss

April 10
Astrid Berg, Mike Flynn

April 11
Ev Billingslea

April 12
Jimmy Collins, Lamont McDonald
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