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:

July 9, 2019

Hal Beals and Rotary Youth Exchange 

At the July 9, 2019 club meeting, Hal Beals spoke about the Rotary Youth Exchange. Hal Beals is the district chair of Rotary Youth Exchange, and began his excellent presentation by reminding us that in order to maintain vitality we need to keep inviting younger members into Rotary (who knew Paul Harris was only 34 when he began it?) There are four options to consider for starting youth earlier:

  • Interact, for high schoolers (23 clubs in our district)
  • Rotaract, for college age students (6 in district 5030)
  • RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Academy) a 4 day leadership institute for junior and senior high schoolers, usually held in March at PLU (only $65 registration!)
  • Rotary Youth Exchange, for 15 ½ to 18 years, in either a 4 week summer program or an academic year commitment. This does not cost the club, but has proven to build some wonderful bridges between cultures.

Hal did an outstanding job of orienting us to the different ways Rotary club can continue to stay fresh through involvement me in one or more of these youth programs.

 June 2019

Students of the Month

At the June 11th club meeting , BHS Principal Keven Wynkoop introduced the June Students of the Month, Avery Miller and Noah Tanner.

Avery Miller plans to attend San Diego State University. She has been a member of the Ballard State Cheer Squad and plans to continue in Cheer at the university level. Avery plans to study kinesiology (study of body movements). She has been active in Performing Arts as a camp counselor and plans to continue participating in that.

Noah Tanner has supported Diabetes Camp for Kids as it something he has to deal with. Next year he will attend Cal Poly, studying engineering. This summer he plans to go to Japan with money he earned by selling clothes online and plans to continue to pursue this online business. Check out Noah's website:

RI Report from Hamburg

By William Hamilton Rodgers III

Central Hamburg with Rotary flags Billy with Rotarians from the world

As your incoming President it was an honor to represent all of you at the Rotary International Convention in Hamburg, Germany in early June, 2019. This was my first International Convention (and my first trip to Europe) and it was awe inspiring. To see the entire World represented and Rotary’s impact around the Globe was very special. I had the opportunity to meet with many Rotarians and learn about their club and how they are making an impact to better their community. Rotary International provided some great break-out sessions with opportunities to share. It seemed like Rotary took over the entire city….everywhere you turned you saw a Rotary badge or pin. Thanks again for this once in a lifetime opportunity.

After the convention, my wife and I took an all night train to Copenhagen, Denmark, where we spent two days, before returning home. We arrived home Saturday evening and the kids were there to greet us….after spending the week with Grandma and Grandpa. Back to work!


Ballard Rotary Teams with Ballard Council to Sponsor Forum
By John Elbert Mitchell


The City Council Forum for candidates from District 6 was a huge success Wednesday evening, June 12, 2019 at the Nordic Museum. It was standing room only. Estimates of up to 500 attendees. There was no seat left in the hall, with at least 50 people or so standing along the walls. Seven candidates are vying to replace Mike O'Brien on Seattle City Council. 

Ballard Rotary was recognized as one of two that paid for the Great Hall rental fee. Thank you Chris & Kathleen Davis.

Upcoming Programs
9/17/2019: Christy McDonald and Secret Garden Books Join us to hear from our local neighborhood Ballard indie bookstore, Secret Garden Books, which is owned and managed by women since 1977. Follow the bookstore on the web at, or on Facebook and Twitter.
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Meeting Times
Please join us at our lunch club meeting at noon every 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Tuesday of the month in Ballard at:
RIstorante Picolinos
6415 32nd Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

Rotary Club of Ballard (Seattle)
PO Box 70472
Seattle, WA 98127
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