March 12, 2019 Program and Olive Huang

Olive Huang gave us an introduction to ‘Cooking Dolls’, a chef-owned personal chef service serving the Greater Seattle Area.

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Since she was 10 years, Olive loved to cook. After college she worked for 6 years in technology industries, but knew cooking was her true passion. Five years ago Olive started her own company ‘Cooking Dolls’ and it has become her life focus.

Her company's three primary focuses today include:

  • In home custom cooking for weekly meal planning and special events.
  • Food tours through the Wing Luke Museum (currently the dumpling tour through the International Area)
  • Cooking classes

"What do you enjoy about Food and Cooking?" we asked.

Her reply, in her own words, (and some words from her web site) “The world we live in has inspired me to constantly discover new recipes from a remote fishing village on a small island to a refined metropolis. We don’t have to travel far out of our kitchen to enjoy the essence of the global food culture; we can have the experience right at the dining table where we can experience the diverse and disparate flavors of Provence, Tuscany, Morocco, Istanbul or coast of Thailand”.

Olive made us all hungry for more.

Classification Talk: Kristen Burton

At the March 12, 2019 club lunch meeting, member Kristen Burton, whose classification is In-Home Care Services, gave a classification talk.

Kristen works with Paul Sivesind at ‘With a Little Help, Inc’

In joining Rotary, she asked herself the question, Why Rotary? For her it came down to core values of the 4 Way Test, representing what she wants to see and reflect of herself in the world.

Before joining ‘With a Little Help, Inc’ Kristen worked 6 years at the Space Needle and Chihuly Glass Garden. Providing caring service to others was a personal goal. When she met Paul and was introduced to his company, she knew that she could work with someone like him who represents Rotary values on a daily basis.

With an upcoming 90 million Baby Boomers coming into retirement over the next few years the future of in-home care for this generation is critical to relieve the stress on retirement homes and services. She sees a future in preventable care services to help people stay in their homes as long as possible. They also help with the transition to a new living environment such as an adult family home, independent and assisted living or skilled nursing community.

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Kristen is a great member of our Club!

James Raptis Awarded Paul Harris Fellow

Chris Davis awarded James Raptis with the Paul Harris Fellow recognition at the March 12, 2019 club meeting. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation. James has joined the ranks of over one million Paul Harris Fellows worldwide. 

The Club can not thank James enough for all the work and sacrifice he gives to the Club on a weekly basis. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor, James!

February 2019

Students of the Month


At the February 26th club meeting, the February Students of the Month were honored. The two exemplary students were introduced by Principal Keven Wynkoop.

  • Madalera “Maddie” Musafie-Corwin:

Maddie participates in cheer (BHS just won the state championship), DECA, Link Crew, and is a Unified Cheer Coach. She works part time at the Marriott Hotel on the waterfront. She has applied to 12 colleges, and wants to major in hospitality.

  • Jon Marstall

Jon participates in tennis and swimming. Originally from Bakersfield, California, he has lived all over the country. He would like to attend the University of Washington. He volunteers on KBFG radio, helping with the broadcasts of high school basketball games.

Congratulations to these two exceptional students!

Rotarians at Work!

Work Party at St Luke's Church


Pete Scott and James Raptis help Sarah of St. Luke's

James Raptis, Pete Scott, Bev and Ray Washburn, and John Mitchell spent over three hours on January 12, 2019  cleaning, scrubbing, painting at St. Luke’s Edible Hope Kitchen in Ballard. We got rave reviews from the staff at Edible Hope.

Ray and John painted one of the two bathrooms, but ran out of paint for the 2nd. Ray purchased paint the during next week and he and John came back for 4 more hours on the 19th to paint the remaining bathroom.

These Rotarians did a fantastic job.

Upcoming Programs
3/19/2019: Katie Hanford and the Boys & Girls Club Katie Hanford will update us on the youth programs at the Boys & Girls Club. March Students of the Month will also be featured.
3/26/2019: Guatemala Update Back from their recent trip, Chris and Kathleen Davis will update us on the progress of our project in Guatemala. The project brings sanitation as well as computer labs and training to villages.
4/2/019: Board meeting The board meets on the first Tuesday of the month at Ballard Landmark, 4:30 pm.
Club Leaders
Meeting Times
Please join us at our lunch club meeting at noon every 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Tuesday of the month in Ballard at:
RIstorante Picolinos
6415 32nd Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

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