June 26th Program

Another Reason Why Rotary Works!

Gretchen Druliner

District 5030 Representative Vijya Patel introduced one of our district Peace scholars with this information:

Ms. Gretchen Druliner is a recipient of Rotary's International Foundation Global Grant,and is a graduate of Woodinville High School. She is currently living and teaching high school biology and chemistry in Tinian Island in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marian Islands, (CNMI) The CNMI is suing the US military Marine Corps to prevent them from converting two thirds of the Tinian Island and all of the Pagan Island into live fire ranges. Previously she lived and worked in Papua New Guinea for over 4 years, working directly with indigenous landowners of the Pawaiâia people living in extremely remote areas with no electricity where she utilized skills of conflict resolution, negotiation and empathy from different perspectives. For her Masters degree, she will be attending University of Otago, New Zealand, which offers a multi-discipline approach, for Peace and Conflict Studies that is more inclusive of the discipline of development.

Not only was Gretchen a fine speaker on the need for preserving these islands through advocating for the people who live there, but she reminded us how Rotary brings people together:  at one point Peter Wick inquired about one of the islands and it became evident his company had built the health center where Gretchen used when in that area.  Small world when Rotarians begin talking!

Vijya Patel


June 2018 Students of the Month

At the June 12th club luncheon, Ballard High School Principal Keven Wynkoop introduced the June Students of the Month, Eleanor Dudley and Corbin Attik.

Eleanor Dudley – Interested in studying journalism, editor of the Talisman student newspaper, plans to attend Whitman College in the Fall.

Corbin Attik – Senior, plans to attend Whitman College.  Involved in sports.  Enjoys coaching youth teams.

Congratulations to these fine youth on all their accomplishments!

Come to the Auction!

Invite your family, invite your friends! It's our annual fundraiser and it promises to be fun and exciting. Proceeds from this event fund all our many local and international projects, so its success is vital!

The event is scheduled for Thursday, August 9, under the big tent in the Garden Courtyard at Ristorante Picolinos. Tickets are $50/person. To purchase tickets and see the complete list of auction items, visit the auction website: charityauction.bid/anightinballard

To tantalize you, here is a list of some of the exciting items up for auction. 


  • African safari (1 week)
  • Hawaii (1 week)
  • Blake Island visit
  • Napa Valley visit
  • 7-Day Cruise on Holland America
  • Private Cruise of Puget Sound 70 Ft Sailboat (afternoon; takes 12)
  • 1/2 hour flight tour of Seattle on Kenmore Air
  • Private tour by Air Force pilot of C-17 transport plane
  • 4-day weekend in Lake Chelan (October or April)


  • Groundskeeper at Safeco Field (1 day)
  • Ski Lessons at Snoqualmie Pass
  • Cooking Class for 6


  • A Watch Used by Blue Angels
  • 26 Bottles of Wine

  Rotarian $ at Work!

Ballard Art Walk Features Youth Photography

On Saturday, June 9, as a part of the Ballard Art Walk, Ballard Landmark was proud to host the photography of students in the Ballard Boys & Girls Club Art Program. The Art Program is sponsored by a grant from the Rotary Clubs of Ballard, Fremont, and Magnolia. 

In their first month with the new cameras provided by the grant, the 4th grade - 8th grade club members were able to create this collection of photographs and film a trailer for their upcoming short film, "Black Lotus". 

Thank you, Ballard Landmark, for supporting the creative work of these young folk. To see more photos of this art installation, just click on the Social Events Gallery at the top of the page.

Meeting Times
Please join us at our lunch club meeting at noon every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month in Ballard at:
RIstorante Picolinos
6415 32nd Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

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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