April 9, 2019 Program
Michael Banobi and Tanzania School Project
Program speaker at the April 9th club meeting was Michael Banobi, President of CORE Tanzania (https://coretanzania.org/about-us/
He grew up in the village of Bushasha, Tanzania, and taught high school English in Tanzania for several years. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington Business School and has worked in international shipping logistics for close to 25 years. He is driven by the conviction that education is the key to raising the quality of life in rural Tanzania.
Twegashe Primary School will be located in Bushasha village, in the Kagera region of northwest Tanzania, close to the Uganda border. The village is far from the game parks and exotic Maasai tribes of northeastern Tanzania that attract outside visitors and, consequently, a lot of outside aid. The school will be constructed on 15 acres of land donated by the village in demonstration of their strong support for the project. They are currently planning for the first phase of construction. The design process is being led by volunteer architects from Gensler, and international design firm. They are committed to involving village labor, so villagers will learn skills, and to environmentally sustainable materials and techniques (such as solar energy and micro-flush biofil toilets).
Classification Talk: Susan Haris
Susan Haris gave her classification talk at the April 9th club meeting. Susan moved to Seattle from New York and when she got here she understood the need for community participation. She volunteered with the Parks Department and then was appointed to the Park Board.
She heard a phrase at an NAACP speech “the color gap.’ It had a profound effect on her about what that phrase meant and how as a community we could address the problem. Susan taught at Concorde Elementary in South Park and John Day on Queen Anne. The difference of the community in funding their schools was clear, as the poor minority area couldn’t afford the support that the more affluent schools had.
Susan volunteered at the old Nordic Heritage Museum and is a currently a docent at the new Nordic Museum. She used to be a member of the Seattle 4 and went on a trip to Africa to support orphans of HIV Aids parents and abused women. While there, they opened computer labs, and she got to go on a safari and see wild elephants.
Rotarians at Work!
Compass Broadview Opens
On April 12th President Chris and Kathleen Davis were honored for Rotary's contribution to the stunning affordable housing community in the Broadview neighborhood.
Compass Housing recognized its many partners in building the new facility that will house 59 families (including some of the 42 homeless students currently attending Broadview Thompson K-8 School). The primary partner is the Lutheran Memorial congregation which provided the site (formerly a parking lot). Other partners included the Broadview Thompson School, the City of Seattle, financing agencies and Comcast.
Ballard, along with with other area clubs, provided funding for the kitchen and furniture for the common areas, where classes, tutoring and celebrations will happen. There will be many opportunities for Ballard Rotary to continue the partnership, through tutoring kids and supporting community celebrations.
Ballard Participates in District 5030 Project
Ballard Rotarians Marilee Fuller, left, and Kathleen Linscott get ready to clean up the Interurban Trail in the Fremont neighborhood.
As part of a District-wide project on April 13th, Rotarian Stan Miner of the International District Club, organized trail clean-up on the stretch of the Interurban Trail from Woodland Park to Fremont. In this area, the trail runs along Phinney and Fremont Avenues.
When Stan invited Ballard Rotary to join his team, a couple Ballard Rotarians jumped at the chance. Armed with litter-grabbers and huge yellow trash bags, the crew headed out on a rainy, windy Saturday morning. They were pleased to be assigned short, three block stretches of trail. They found neighbors to be pretty litter-adverse, and weren't able to find all that much trash to pick up. The 12 Rotarians finished before noon with a hearty lunch provided by Stan.
Students of the Month
At the March 19th club meeting, Ballard High School Principal Keven Wynkoop introduced the March Students of the Month: Annika A. and Peter F.
Annika A. is a senior, Chamber Orchestra Concert Mistress, and is involved in the music program.She plays fiddle and works part time at the Magnolia Library. She would like to study Environmental Studies in college.
Peter F. is a senior, catcher on the varsity baseball team, and works part time at Ray’s Boathouse. He was accepted to the University of Washington, but wants to continue his baseball career at Everett Community College. He wants to study astronomy in college.
Congratulations to these two inspiring students!