June 13th Program

Denny Wilford and "Just 2 Drops"

At the June 13th club meeting for Rotary Club of Ballard, Lori Foehn introduced the program speaker, Denny Wilford. Denny has been a member of Rotary for 12 years, and is currently a member of Rotary Club of Gig Harbor. His foundation, "Just 2 Drops", is dedicated to the elimination of polio as well as providing help to existing polio sufferers, particularly in Ethiopia and Uganda. Denny had polio as a 9-month old infant, and had many operations as a boy overcoming its effects.  The operations were paid for by contributions from the March of Dimes and the Orthopedic Guilds

Denny Wilford as poster boy for the March of Dimes

Denny showed slides of his work in Ethiopia and Uganda. In Ethiopia, the special focus was on the new hydrotherapy pool for polio patients. The pool was built a year ago and provides therapy that relaxes stressed muscles and joints. Cheshire Services manages the pool, which provides about 30 jobs for local Ethiopians. The facility first must address issues like malnutrition and parasites in their patients before they can schedule surgery. After surgery and physical therapy and their casts are taken off, patients are then scheduled for hydrotherapy. All services are free for recipients.

Polio patients recovering from surgery are treated in the new hydrotherapy pool in Ethiopia.

Denny's next big project is a rehabilitation facility in Uganda, in conjunction with Leonard Cheshire Disability International. Also, every autumn he makes a trip to Ethiopia to help administer polio vaccines, and he invites anyone interested to join him. The group is limited to about 35 folks. The travel costs per person are approximately $3,000 to $3,500. He usually takes several suitcases of soccer balls, fingernail polish, ladies scarves, and the like to distribute to the native Ethiopians. If you would like to have a scarf-gathering party, just give the collected scarves to Lori Foehn, who will get them to Denny. 

Denny invited members to participate in the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor's major fundraiser, the Golferitaville Charity Golf Tournament.  The event takes place on July 21st. A new highlight of Golferitaville is the Helicopter Ball Drop that will take place at the end of tournament play. One thousand numbered golf balls will be dropped over a tee with cash prizes given to those whose balls roll into the cup. Denny and his fellow Rotary members are currently selling chances to enter the Helicopter Ball Drop.

New Member Inducted: Jason Bloom


President James Raptis, left, hands a new member kit to Jason Bloom.

Jason Bloom, mortgage broker, was inducted into the Rotary Club of Ballard at its June 13th meeting. Club members joined him in reciting the 4-Way Test. Jason, who serves on the board of the Ballard Boys and Girls Club, was introduced to Rotary Club of Ballard by Billy Rodgers. Be sure to introduce yourself to Jason at the next meeting, and get to know him. Congratulations and welcome, Jason, we are very happy to have you as a member!
Paul Harris Fellowships Awarded:
Erik Gulmann and Lori Foehn
From left, Erik Gulmann, James Raptis, and Lori Foehn
At the June 13th meeting, President James Raptis awarded a Multiple Paul Harris Fellowship each to members Erik Gulmann and Lori Foehn. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition is The Rotary Foundation's way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. It is named for our founder, Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905. Members become Multiple Paul Harris Fellows when they contribute an additional $1,000 (beyond the initial $1,000) to The Rotary Foundation. With each additional $1,000 they are presented with a pin with one or more stones, either a sapphire or ruby, indicating the total level of their contributions. Both Erik's and Lori's pins had multiple rubies. Congratulations to them both!
Meeting Photos

Mindy Byers raffled off this fine bottle of wine to benefit club operation costs. Pete Scott was the lucky winner.

Doug Warne, left, easily convinced guest Mike Peacore to fill out an application for membership in our club. 

Denny Wilford, left, chats with Nathan Engman, center, and Aaron Overland.

Steve Stansfield and Bev Washburn discuss the successful Hygiene Drive.

Doug Warne talks scholarships with guest and Rotary Peace Fellowship candidate Rania Mussa and club member Marilee Fuller.

 Rotarians at Work!

June Hygiene Drive a Success!

Our club's Hygiene Drive on June 10th was a great success, with volunteers staffing two Bartell's Drugs locations in Ballard: 15th NW and Market, and Ballard Commons on 56th and 22nd Ave NW. The volunteers collected 444 pounds of hygiene items - that's more than 8 barrels! All items go to fill the hygiene shelves at the Ballard Food Bank. Well done! Here are pictures of just some of the volunteers - love those smiling faces.

Marilee Fuller and her granddaughter have one barrel full already.

Steve Stansfield tells Doug Warne, "The trick is to give dog biscuits to the dogs. Their owners donate every time!"

James Raptis takes volunteering seriously.

Aaron Overland and Ed Robinson accept a donation.

Billy Rodgers and Daniel Foe cheerfully greet patrons of Bartell's Drugs.

Sarah Smith is ready with a smile.

Tammy Walker hands out a list of suggested hygiene items.

St Luke's Church Edible Hope Kitchen Update

The new dishwasher our club was instrumental in providing now has plaque of recognition. Wonderful!

Rotary First Harvest

The growing season is now upon us! When club members consider their options for volunteering, they should consider Rotary First Harvest (RFH). Our club has long supported this District 5030 project, which brings farmers, truckers, food banks, and volunteers together to fight hunger. RFH coordinates work parties of volunteers to package bulk food from farms for distribution to food banks in the region. Work parties take place in two nearby locations: 

  • Food Lifeline in Shoreline from 9 to Noon on the 4th Saturday of each month
  • NW Harvest in Kent from 9 to noon on the 2nd Saturday of each month

Please note that for both locations, pre-registration is required, a volunteer cannot simply show up. To learn more details, please contact Steve Stansfield.

May Students of the Month


Scholarship Recipient

From left, Keven Wynkoop, Mo Megenhardt, Manny Xenos, Melina Monlux, and President-Elect Chris Davis.

At the May 23rd club meeting, Ballard High School Principal Keven Wynkoop introduced the Students of the Month for May: Melina Monlux and Manny Xenos. He also introduced the recipient of our club's trade school scholarship, Molyneaux (Mo) Megenhardt.  
Melina is an athlete and had been on the varsity basketball team since freshman year. In her junior year, she had to quit due to multiple concussions. She is now in vocal jazz, chamber choir, and on the tennis team (she became captain in her senior year). She will attend Gonzaga next year, majoring in biology, and is hoping to go to medical school.
For four years Manny has been involved with DECA, a student organization providing conferences and competitions that mold students into character-driven leaders. He has been with the Associated Student Body (ASB) for three years, now serving as senior class president. He plays lead guitar in a band and restores classic cars with his father. He will be attending the Seattle University School of Business. Both students received a $25 gift certificate.
A third student, Mo, was awarded a Rotary scholarship to attend a local trade school. He served as senior lacrosse captain, and the team made it to state. His junior year he joined the Ballard Maritime program, and next year will be enrolled at the Seattle Maritime Academy. He will work towards credentials to be an Able-Bodied Seaman and secure an internship, followed by securing a mates license at Workboat Academy. He hopes to be a tugboat captain and thanks Rotary for their support with the Rotary scholarship
Congratulations to these three notable students!


Roger Martindill, Rotary Club of Ballard past president 2007-2008, passed away. peacefully on May 28, 2017 in Mt Vernon, WA, surrounded by family.

He was born on February 13, 1944 in Indianopolis, IN, and grew up in the mid-west. He proudly in the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1966. He made his home in several communities in the mid-west, working in graphic arts sales until moving to the Seattle area in 1994. He settled in Mount Vernon in 2013.

Roger enjoyed riding his motorcycle and was a longtime member of the American Motorcycle Association. He also enjoyed boating, snow skiing, woodworking, reading, gardening, and appreciated all aspects of music. He was also a longtime member of Rotary, serving as president of Rotary Club of Ballard for the year 2007-2008 and received a Paul Harris Fellow award for community service.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to the following organizations:

In place of formal funeral services there will be a celebration of Roger's life at a later date.

You can learn more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/goanacortes/obituary.aspx?pid=185679723#sthash.R9Ti42r9.dpuf and can add your comments for the family there.


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