March 13th Program
Tim Harris and Real Change for the Homeless
Marilee Fuller, Programs Chair, introduced the guest speaker for the March 13th club meeting, Tim Harris. Tim is from South Dakota. He ran away from home, joined the military, graduated from Amherst College. He minored in Journalism and majored in Social Thought and Economic Justice. He found that he had achieved a certain amount of success and thought, "How do I put that privilege to good use?" He did some social organizing and found that they got attention but not real results. Following the idea of previous street newspapers sold by the poor, Tim founded the Spare Change News street newspaper in the Boston area in 1992. After moving to Seattle in 1994, he started Real Change.
Homelessness more than tripled in the 1980’s when conservatives cut funding for social services. The idea was to bridge the huge gap in social isolation for the homeless and the poor. Homelessness is dehumanizing people, who begin to lose the belief in their self-worth. The relationship created by selling the paper helps bring people up, to feel better about themselves. They make connections and sometimes get help from the community. They sometimes are like the hub of a community. They get treated with respect and like a real person. This is a low threshold position meaning they have very few requirements to get the job. The job stabilizes them and often leads them to reconsider life choices. Drug use is a product of hopelessness.
Homelessness in Seattle has tripled in the last ten years. For every one hundred dollar increase in rent, homelessness increases 15%. People simply can’t afford to get housing. There are 7,000 people on the wait list for housing and only a handful of units available each month. Two ways to address this is to increase the amount of housing and create more low cost off street tiny houses and tent encampments.
More meeting photos
Lori Foehn was honored as Rotarian of the Month for her work helping provide food to the needy via the Ballard Food Bank. From left, Jen Muzia (executive director of the Ballard Food Bank), Lori Foehn, and club president Chris Davis.
Kathleen Davis looks over a brochure on the Sahar project while chatting with Seattle #4 members Fauzi and Suzanne. In the background, from left clockwise, Paul Sivesind, Britt Olson, Chris Davis, and Marilee Fuller.
From left clockwise, Mindy Byers, Lori Foehn, Peter Anderson, Jen Muzia, and Steve Stansfield.
From left, visiting Rotarian Derrick Pasternak, Chris Davis, Jen Muzia, and Britt Olson.
Marilee Fuller, left, chats with visiting Rotarians Suzanne Griffin and Fauzi Sefrioui, both of the Seattle #4 club.
Visiting Rotarian Peter Carryer, left, and John Mitchell.
February 2018 Students of the Month
From left, Chris Davis, Jack Clark, Sara Hudson, and Keven Wynkoop
At the February 27th club meeting, Kevin Wynkoop, principal of Ballard High School, presented the February Students of the Month, Sarah Hudson and Jack Clark. He commented that their names did not contain a single "B" and that was also true of their straight-A 4.0 grades.
Sarah has been a key member of the mentoring group that helps incoming students get oriented to Ballard High School. She also participated in gymnastics, soccer (where she has last year’s captain), DECA (the business club), and the Academy of Finance. She plans to study math in college next year, the school to yet to be determined.
Jack Clark participated all three years in the Biotech Academy, and has volunteered over 300 hours at the Seattle Aquarium. He has served as a tutor and ski instructor at Snoqualmie Pass. Next year he plans to attend the University of Portland and major in mathematics.
Congratulations to such outstanding students!
Rotarians at Work!
Weekend Food for Kids
Ballard Rotarians help package food every Monday afternoon for this confidential program that provides students in need with bags of food. Here are John Deasy, James Raptis and Val Gaifoulline, at the end of the 90-minute session on Monday, March 12th, 2018, intent on getting those last bagels wrapped. Kudos, guys!
Lighting for Living
The tiny houses that formed Nickelsville Ballard are finally being set up in their new home in lower Wallingford, right next to the parking lot for Ivar's Salmon House. This location will have electricity, so our solar panels are not needed. Hurray for the improvement! Photo taken on March 13th, 2018.