November 12th Program
State Senator Reuven Carlyle
Our distinguished state senator Reuven Carlyle provided an interesting and intelligent overview of some of the issues confronting our state and especially the Puget Sound region, as well as the difficult divisive atmosphere we are working in presently. He suggested that when the legislative session begins in January that there will necessarily be a large number of budget cuts, given the passage of I-976.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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