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February 2024

February 13

Club Meeting – Join Rotary Club of Ballard on Zoom at noon! Rotarian J Thomas Ranken will be educating us on Eastern Washington geology.

Join Rotary Club of Ballard on Zoom at noon!   Rotarian J Thomas Ranken will be educating us on Eastern Washington geology.   Details: Location: Zoom - Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8235732830?pwd=dnV3cHp4eGt4SU1Gek4yMHRRK25IZz09&omn=84797948953&from=addon Meeting ID: 823 573 2830 Passcode: 5JrQzN Time:  February 13th, 2024 Networking:  11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Program:  12:15-1:00 p.m. Cost: $0 Sponsor: N/A

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February 20

February 20, 2023 – Kaj Pedersen 5030 District Governor

Kaj Pedersen, District 5030 Governor, will speak to the club about awakening to the extraordinary opportunity of Rotary. He will inspire us on such topics as the challenges of membership, the changes in our communities, and how to connect and engage with others across generations. This is a great opportunity for you to ask Kaj any burning questions you may have about Rotary, and about the goals and accomplishments of District 5030. Don't miss this annual meeting with an uplifting…

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RIstorante Picolinos, 6415 32nd Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107 United States
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February 27

4th Tuesday President’s Social

Rough & Tumble Pub (5309 22nd Ave NW, on the top floor) It's time to relax and enjoy a drink with your fellow Rotarians and Rotarian-wanna-bes at our monthly Rotary Social. This month it's at the Rough & Tumble Pub, Seattle's home for women's sports. If you are hungry, there is a full menu of tasty shareable items, salads, and entrees, in addition to drinks that include cocktails, beer on tap, beer in cans and bottles, and wine too. Just…

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Rough and Tumble Pub, 5309 22nd Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107 United States
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March 2024

March 05

Jennifer Chao, Director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON) at Picolinos

Jennifer Chao, Director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON) at Picolinos Our Lunch meetings are fun—and always support a worthy cause. Details: Location: Ristorante Picolinos, 6415 32nd Ave NW Time:  February 20th, 2024 Social Gathering/Networking:  11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Program:  12:15-1:00 p.m. Cost: $29 per person https://swipesimple.com/links/lnk_b87ba1c5  The cost to sponsor a meeting is $125 which covers the cost to reserve our private room in the restaurant. Interested in sponsoring a meeting? Contact our treasurer, Brian Dang     Please pay in advance!…

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RIstorante Picolinos, 6415 32nd Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107 United States
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March 12

Club Meeting

Join Rotary Club of Ballard on Zoom at noon! Program includes a featured speaker, not to mention the excellent camaraderie of Ballard Rotarians!  Join the Zoom meeting 15 minutes early and enjoy a free-form social chat with fellow attendees before the program begins. Free!

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March 19

March 19, 2024 – Dave Boyd and Groundswell NW

Dave Boyd, Past Board President and current Strategic Planning & Advocacy Director for Groundswell NW, will speak about this NW Seattle parks and open space advocacy group that has been building community parks and habitat since 1989. Groundswell NW has been working for over 25 years to create a network of public green spaces throughout NW Seattle and is always seeking new opportunities to enrich the lives of our NW Seattle community. Groundswell NW incorporated in 1992 as a 501c3…

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RIstorante Picolinos, 6415 32nd Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107 United States
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March 26

4th Tuesday President’s Social

Rough & Tumble Pub (5309 22nd Ave NW, on the top floor) It's time to relax and enjoy a drink with your fellow Rotarians and Rotarian-wanna-bes at our monthly Rotary Social. This month it's at the Rough & Tumble Pub, Seattle's home for women's sports. If you are hungry, there is a full menu of tasty shareable items, salads, and entrees, in addition to drinks that include cocktails, beer on tap, beer in cans and bottles, and wine too. Just…

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Rough and Tumble Pub, 5309 22nd Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107 United States
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April 2024

April 02

Dr Michelle Martin and Camp Read-a-Rama

TIME: Noon LOCATION: Picolinos Ristorante Join us to hear Dr. Michelle H. Martin, the Beverly Cleary Endowed Professor for Children and Youth Services in the Information School at the University of Washington, where she teaches graduate courses in children’s and young adult literature and youth services. Michelle is a renowned author, essayist, lecturer, book critic, community literacy activist, and champion of diversity in children’s literature. In addition to her teaching and writing, she is the founder and co-director of Camp…

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RIstorante Picolinos, 6415 32nd Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107 United States
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April 09

April 9, 2024 – Dominique Alex, Director of Mary’s Place

TIME: Noon LOCATION: Zoom Join us on Zoom to hear from the new Executive Director of Mary's Place, Dominique Alex. Dominique stepped into the permanent role after serving as the interim director when Mary Hartman retired. Dominique's background is in comprehensive early learning, advocacy, and family support, focusing on families with low income or experiencing homelessness. She works toward long-term outcomes for families through innovative and equitable approaches, programming, and intentional partnerships and is committed to Mary's Place's vision of a…

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April 16

April 16, 2024 – Alana Morris on the Ethiopia Peace Project

TIME: Noon LOCATION: Picolinos Ristorante Ballard Rotary's Peacebuilders Committee Chair, Alana Morris, will speak about her recent trip to Kenya to see the work being done to eradicate malaria by the Rotarian non-profit Malaria Partners International, and to Ethiopia to see the work being done for our Peace Project in Ethiopia. Alana also had the opportunity to meet the father of President Obama and go on safari to the Masai Mara in Kenya. She will be showing lots of photos and…

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RIstorante Picolinos, 6415 32nd Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107 United States
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Club Leadership

This fine group of leaders are the elected representatives of the Club.

Frank Airey

President

Fred Finkelstein

Past President

Brian Dang

Treasurer

William Barrett

Secretary

Kathleen Linscott

Public Relations Chair

Lori Foehn

Rotary Foundation Chair

Stan Miner

Membership Chair

Terry Collings

Community Service Chair

Derick Pasternak

Youth Vocational Chair

David Rice

Program Chair

Bev Washburn

Family of Rotary and Attendance Chair

James Raptis

Club Service Chair

Dr. Kathleen Davis

International Service Chair

Alana Morris, Jan Koetje

Peacebuilders Chair

Since 1946 the Rotary Club of Ballard has been committed to making a difference in our local and world community. We ground our work within the Rotary Four Way Test of everything we think, say and do:
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3. Will it build GOOD WILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

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