Successful Autumn Hygiene Drive!


On Saturday, October 26th, Rotary Club of Ballard had another successful Hygiene Drive in Ballard, proceeds donated to the Ballard Food Bank. Ballard Rotarians (and their family and friends) helped manned two locations in Ballard, Bartell's Drugs at 15th NW & Market and at Ballard Commons, to accept donations. The collection garnered a total of six large barrels of hygiene items, plus numerous boxes of items as well. Thanks to all who volunteered, and to Bartell's Drugs, and to all contributors. You all made it a great success!

October 8th Club Meeting

Candidates' Forum

A full house of club members and guests gathered for an exciting candidates' forum with the two finalists for Seattle City Council District 6, Dan Strauss and Heidi Wills.


District 6 candidate Dan Strauss

District 6 candidate Heidi Wills

Club president Billy Rodgers began the meeting with an exchange of club flags with visiting Rotarian Karuppu Samy of the Rotary Club of Bangalore Cantonment in Bengaluru, India. Greetings from our club to the Rotary Club of Bangalore Cantonment!

The candidates' forum began with club member David Rice introducing the moderator, Amy Radil, a reporter from NPR station KUOW. 

Amy presented questions that were submitted by the meeting attendees, with each candidate having an opportunity to respond.


More than 40 attendees filled the tables at Ristorante Picolinos for a delicious Italian meal and in anticipation of the candidates' forum. It was a memorable and successful meeting, many thanks to the candidates and all who attended!

September 10th

Club Picnic

The clouds parted and the sun shone brightly in time for the Rotary Club of Ballard's annual picnic on September 10th. Hosted by club member Ed (and Katie) Robinson, the picnic featured grilled burgers and hot dogs, as well as a delicious potluck of side dishes. The event is always well attended and draws family and friends of club members. This year members also had the opportunity to donate to the Rotary Foundation. The picnic featured a drawing for a dinner for two at Ristorante Picolinos and a bottle of champagne, as well as bottles of wine for second place winners. Congratulations to Scott Baldwin, the grand prize winner! Thanks to Ed and Katie for hosting another successful picnic!

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July 16, 2019

Cindy Krueger & Ballard P-Patch Challenges


At the July 16th club meeting, Cindy Krueger described the current challenges facing the Ballard P-Patch. Cindy is a member of the Ballard P-Patch Leadership Team, and explained how the current owner of the land used by the Ballard P-Patch needs to sell the land and is giving the P-Patch first opportunity to purchase it. 

Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church owns the property, and needs the funds to upgrade the church to meet safety requirements and to generally improve the building, which is more than 70 years old.  Krueger estimates the land will cost $1.8 million.

 Many fund-raisers are being scheduled this summer. To donate, visit the Ballard P-Patch's donation site or e-mail

A Visitor from the Rotary Club of Mumbai Royales

A special visitor at the July 16th club meeting was Anita Saraf from the Rotary Club of Mumbai Royales in India. Club flags were exchanged as an expression of international Rotary goodwill.

Anita Saraf, left, and James Raptis.

For more information about the Rotary Club of Mumbai Royales, visit their Facebook page at:




Upcoming Programs
11/12/2019: State Sen. Reuven Carlyle Our state senator Reuven Carlyle will discuss the state of the state. Students of the Month will also be featured.
11/19/2019: Gordon Strand and Mari Ann Kind Jackson, Nordic American Voices (NAV) Over 800 interviews of Nordic immigrants and their descendants in the Pacific Northwest have been recorded since this oral history project began in 2008. Gordon Strand and Mari-Ann Kind Jackson will bring you up to date on this award winning National Nordic Museum sponsored project.
11/26/2019: No meeting This is the week of Thanksgiving, so no meeting is planned. Have a wonderful holiday!
12/3/2019: Dr. Warren Brown Dr. Warren Brown, president of North Seattle College, will talk about the state of North Seattle College and its plans, strategies, and challenges as it prepares its students to enter the work force.
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Meeting Times
Please join us at our lunch club meeting at noon every 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Tuesday of the month in Ballard at:
RIstorante Picolinos
6415 32nd Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
On the rare 5th Tuesdays of the month, a club social is scheduled in a different location in Ballard. Check the Upcoming Programs for location.
Rotary Club of Ballard (Seattle)
PO Box 70472
Seattle, WA 98127
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