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Rotary Club of Mercer Island


Rotary President Message

Novelett Cotter

It is with great pleasure and a deep sense of honor that I look forward to serving as President this year.  I extend a warm welcome to the Rotary Club of Mercer Island club members and the community at large.  As we begin this new year, our objective is to work together to improve the lives of individuals in the community and elsewhere.  The Rotary Club of Mercer Island is a place to collaborate with other members of the community working towards a common goal of service, caring for our neighbors, and having fun. If you are looking for a way to give back and to serve the community, the Rotary Club of Mercer Island is a great place to start.  I look forward to the times ahead and to serving as your President.

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Club News

Making a Difference for Tiny House Residents!

Saturday, March 12, 2022
By: Deborah Jeanne Gillotti

Over the past year, members of RCMI have actively supported many "Tiny Village" construction projects in the local area.  It has been a truly rewarding experience building houses for the needy at a time when many other Club activities remained on hold.

Bonnie Cundiff, one of our newest members, saw an even bigger opportunity to serve.  There were no window coverings included, so residents would have to tape up cardboard or paper for privacy.  What if we could make curtains instead?

Thanks to Bonnie's superb organization efforts, a large group of community volunteers including Club members, Fran Call and the Solemates walking group, and many others have stepped up to fill this need.   The "Curtain Crew" has now delivered 263 curtains to 6 different Tiny Villages!  And as a new Village opens on April 1, the Curtain Crew is already working to make sure each house will be taken care of.

The variety of cheerful curtain colors and patterns available have made a positive impact on incoming residents.

"Barb" of the Hope Factory, where Tiny Houses are being built, commented that choosing curtains is the first decision new residents make when moving into Tiny Villages...the first of many important decisions.

Now that the word is out, the "Curtain Crew" is expanding daily and welcomes your support!  If you aren't able to sew, you can donate cash or purchase curtain rods.  Contact Bonnie Cundiff at [email protected] for more info.

Making a Difference through the Rotary Club of Mercer Island Foundation (MIRF)

Friday, March 4, 2022
By: Deborah Jeanne Gillotti

For more than 110 years the members of Rotary have bridged cultures and connected continents by championing peace, fighting illiteracy, poverty and disease and promoting clean water and sanitation.  

Recently, growing local economies and protecting the environment has been added to the causes we support.

To this end, Rotary Club of Mercer Island is uniquely positioned to have its own Foundation (the MIRF) which funds grants for projects that have measurable goals, are sustainable, are based on community needs, and are centered on at least one of our areas of focus listed above.

If you feel your request qualifies, please click on the link below to complete a grant request application!

MIRF Grant Application

Making a Difference: Feeding the Hungry at Operation Nightwatch

Thursday, March 17, 2022
By: Deborah Jeanne Gillotti
Our Operation Nightwatch team led by Eva Agrawal in action on March 12!  Thanks to Judy Clibborn, Bonnie Cundiff, Nancy and Terry Lee, and Judie Wischman, 70 boxed ham dinners were prepared for individuals in need.   Throughout the pandemic, the RCMI Operation Nightwatch team has played a small but important role in feeding the hungry at this difficult time for so many.

Make a Difference - Join Today!

The Mercer Island Rotary Club is made up of close to 120 active community members from all walks of life working together to make a lasting change on Mercer Island, in Washington, and around the world. We are part of the larger Global Rotary Network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change.

Interested in joining or learning more? Check out the new member resources section below, fill out a membership form, or join us for a free lunch at our weekly noontime meeting at the Mercer Island Community & Event Center.

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What is Rotary International all about anyway?

Monday, May 6, 2019
By: David McKanna
A lot of people have heard about Rotary, but not everyone knowns what the club is all about. The Fargo-Moorhead Rotary Clubs created this short (and funny) video to clarify things.



Restoring the Rhythm of Life

Saturday, September 15, 2018
By: David McKanna

Music Mends Minds (MMM) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that creates musical support group bands or sing-a-long for patients with Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, traumatic brain injury, stroke, and for Veteran’s with PTSD. These musical support groups foster a community between the musicians and singers, as well as their families, friends, and caregivers, all of whom thrive on the socialization and music making.


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Mercer Island Rotary Club Tutoring Program

Monday, January 7, 2019
By: David McKanna

Role Models, Cheerleaders, and Friends to Seattle Public School Children

Since 2009 the Mercer Island Rotary Club has been tutoring children in the Seattle Public Schools. At any given time, we have between 6 and 12 tutors in classrooms at Van Asselt School. Our tutors work with Kindergarten through Second Grade students with reading, math, and other subjects.

You become a cheerleader and a friend to these children. You will see them grow and learn and, in the spring, you will send them off to new adventures. You hope that their experience with you will have made a difference in their lives because they have made a difference in yours.   --Carol Friends

The photo below provided, by John Hamer, shows just some of the volunteer tutors in the program visiting the Van Asselt School.

From left: Curt Greenberg, Van Asselt Principal Huyen Lam, John Hamer, Bob Darling, John Faith, John Howe, Blair Evans, Carol Friends, Karolyn Streck, Bob Olson, and Seattle School District Director Betty Patu (missing: Steve Sheppard).

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Through Rotary clubs, people from all continents and cultures come together to exchange ideas, and form friendships and professional connections while making a difference in their backyards and around the world.


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Each day, our members pour their passion, integrity, and intelligence into completing projects that have a lasting impact. We persevere until we deliver real, lasting solutions.


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For more than 110 years, we’ve bridged cultures and connected continents to champion peace, fight illiteracy and poverty, promote clean water and sanitation, and fight disease.

Together, we see a world

where people unite and take action

to create lasting

change across the globe,

in our communities, and in ourselves.

Together, we see a world

where people unite and take action

to create lasting

change across the globe,

in our communities, and in ourselves.