December 18, 2018 Program

Tom Ranken: Washington Clean Tech Alliance

Club president Chris Davis, left, and Tom Ranken of University Sunrise Rotary Club.

At the club's December 18th lunch meeting, Al Hovland introduced Tom Ranken, the President and CEO of the Washington Clean Technology Alliance. The WCTA's mission is to facilitate the generation and growth of clean technology companies, jobs, and products in Washington State.  

As an entrepreneur, Tom was CEO of VizX Labs and Axio research corporation.  Tom has an MBA from the University of Washington, and a BA in economics from the University of Virginia. Tom has spent 14 years as a Trustee of Harborview Medical Center and served two terms as President of the Board.  

On weekends he plays lead guitar in a rock 'n' roll band, has been a Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 80, and recently met his year goal of running 1000 miles.

Tom presented a valuable picture to the club that there are people out there who care about the environment and actually do something positive to support, maintain and care for its success into the future.

Classification Talk: Fred Finkelstein

The renowned Fred Finkelstein gave an insightful overview of his amazing life. From being born in New York City, playing baseball, to working at Shea Stadium, from experiencing New York go down the toilet in 1975, to going to college at Northwestern University in Chicago and Vanderbuilt University on full scholarships (because universities can see a great person worth the investment when they come along.*) *this note added here by the scribe, not Fred--because he is too modest.

In 1984 Fred moved to Seattle and started a law practice. He is married to Nora and has two kids.

It sounds like Fred has no regrets coming to Seattle, other than the fact that he once experienced baseball as a Yankee fan, and now has to deal with the Mariners as his home team.

We all look forward to getting to know Fred and helping him deal with the Mariners.


December 2018

Students of the Month

From left, club president Chris Davis, honorees Michael Bryan and Meghan Sheldrate, and Principal Wynkoop

At the December 11th club meeting, Principal Wynkoop of Ballard High School introduced two outstanding students as our December Students of the month: Michael Bryan and Meghan Sheldrate.

Michael Bryan is taking five AP classes, is a member of the Academy of Finance and DECA, volunteers at the Seattle Aquarium, and is a Link Crew leader at BHS.  He has applied at several several colleges.

Meghan Sheldrate participates in cross country, Earth Service Corps and Conservation Corps.  She is passionate about the environment, and volunteers at the Seattle Aquarium. She has applied at several colleges.

Congratulations to these exceptional students!


Rotarians at Work!

Ballard Food Bank and Food for Kids

The dedicated crew helping bag food on January 7, 2019 at Ballard Food Bank for the Weekend Food for Kids program. From left, Steve Stansfield, David Rice, and Alan Hovland.

The tireless crew of Rotarians helping bag food on January 14, 2019 at Ballard Food Bank for the Weekend Food for Kids program. From left, Steve Stansfield, Alan Hovland, and Erik Gulmann.

Upcoming Programs
1/29/2019: 5th Tuesday Bye Due to this being the 5th Tuesday of the month, there will be no club lunch meeting.
2/5/2019: Board meeting The board meets on the first Tuesday of the month at Ballard Landmark, 4:30 pm.
2/12/2019: Every Kid in a Park Valerie Kendall of the National Park Service will speak about the free-pass program that allows 4th graders and their families to explore more than 400 national parks and millions of acres of federal lands and waters, in their neighborhood and all across America.
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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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