November 28th Program

John Clauson and "Missileman"

John Clauson, speaker at the November 28th club meeeting, was introduced by Marilee Fuller.

John gave the club an overview of "Missileman", a book he wrote about his father who was a key player, working behind the scenes during the development of atomic & nuclear weaponry.

This book is the result of overs 16 years of research by Mr. Clauson. It covers such topics as:

  • The Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Development of atomic/nuclear weaponry
  • The Cold War, and almost a hot nuclear one
  • Electron microwave development
  • The Polaris Missile System
  • The development of scientific computer systems
  • and much more

The book also covers the personalities involved as well, many you may or may not have heard about.

Other Meeting Photos

Past president James Raptis back at the podium.

John Mitchell and Sala Sweet

Tammy Walker and guest Matthew Woods chat with the speaker, John Clauson.

Peter Anderson, left, and Lance Georgeson

Paul Sivesind, left, Val Gaifoulline, and Eva Dunn

Guest John Rannestad, left and John Clauson

November 14th Program

Keven Wynkoop and The Opportunity Gap


Over the years, Keven has helped secure programs of interest to both Rotarians and his students. At the November 14th meeting,  the speaker he helped schedule, 36th District Rep. Noel Frame, had a conflict. Principal Keven stepped up, with a presentation on a topic that is constantly in the news: The Opportunity Gap.

There have been decades of gaps in the student success by students of color, particularly African American boys. Seattle has one of the biggest gaps, sometimes masked by the extraordinarily high achievement of our schools overall. Graduation rates are improving, and gaps are narrowing, though they remain persistent.

At Ballard High, they are focusing on what works: a mission and vision to close gaps, and strong relationships. A Relationships Survey at BHS found that a strong minority of students disagreed with statements about teachers caring and treating them fairly. A majority felt teachers were not taking time to get to know them. With 150 students each, teachers have a huge challenge in these areas.

One initiative, Daily Academic Management Time (or DAM—it’s great to be a Beaver!), is focusing on study skills, mindfulness and relationships. Teachers are modeling techniques to get to know one another (including sharing selfies), knowing this will spin off to getting to know their students.

During the question time, SOM Else asked if students were aware that their teachers were doing this. Keven’s answer was, “No, but it has to change”.

Keven Wynkoop's Reading List

- "For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood... and the Rest of Y'all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education" by Christopher Emdin
- "Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People" by Mahzarin R. Banaji
- "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir" by Sherman Alexie
- "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Classification Talk by Jason Bloom

Member Jason Bloom gave a classification talk at the November 14th club meeting. Jason Bloom never met a mike he didn’t like, but used his time to focus on things he supports. After getting a poly sci degree, he thought he’d have a career in public policy and interned working on the Growth Management Act. Then life took a turn, when his wife returned to grad school and someone had to get a real job. Jason found his passion in mortgage lending, where he likes building things and impacting people’s lives in positive ways.

November 2017 Students of the Month

From From left, Keven Wynkoop, Else Anderson, Sam Wilke, and Chris Davis

At the November 14th club meeting Principal Keven Wynkoop of Ballard High School introduced honored students Else Anderson and Sam Wilke.

Else is the Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year. She has interned at the Ballard B&G Club for all four years of high school and has learned leadership and responsibility.

Sam is a scholar and an acrobat (per Keven, the most unusual SOM talent he’s seen). Sam is part of the Youth Circus and performs at festivals around the area. He demonstrated his skill at juggling!

Else enjoys the sight of Sam demonstrating his juggling skills.

Congratulations to these two outstanding youth!


Fireside Social 

October 17th and a fun lesson in Rotary

Lance Georgeson used an "old-fashioned" flip chart. 

The fireside social on October 17th featured a great refresher course on what it means to be a Rotarian provided by Lance Georgeson. Laughter and wonderful camaraderie were enjoyed by all attending. Also featured was a brief classification talk by Val Gaifoulline. 

Delicious refreshments were provided by sponsor St Luke's Church.

Lori Foehn, left, and Mindy Byers.

Standing are Lance Georgeson, Peter Wick, and Joseph Grief. In the background, seated, are John Deasy and Erik Gulmann.

Enjoying a good laugh during the talk are Tammy Walker, left, James Raptis, Britt Olson, and John Mitchell.

Val Gaifoulline gives a synopsis on how he moved from Russia to the US, and how he came to be a realtor here.

Eva Dunn shares her thoughts.

Britt Olson provides thoughtful remarks as Chris Davis listens carefully.

Rotarians at Work!

Autumn Hygiene Drive October 21st, 2017

The Rotary Club of Ballard held another very successful hygiene drive on Saturday, October 21st at two Bartell Drugs locations in Ballard: 15th and Market, and the Commons at 56th & 22nd Ave NW. 

Club members provided lists of needed items to drugstore customers, asking for donations of personal hygiene items such as shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, tissues, diapers, and more. All collected items were donated to the Ballard Food Bank. Over 463 lbs of items were collected in over 7 barrels. Go team!!

Billy Rodgers, left, and John Deasy.


Eva Dunn and her daughter.

Meeting Times
Please join us at our lunch club meeting at noon every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at:
Ivar's Salmon House
401 NE Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98105

If you prefer evenings, join us at our fireside social at 5:00 pm on every 3rd Tuesday of the month at:
Ballard Landmark
5433 Leary Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

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