History of the Rotary Club of Ballard

Paul Harris Fellows Honored

Two Ballard Rotarians were recently honored as Paul Harris Fellows by club president Billy Rodgers.

At the club's annual Holiday Party on December 8, 2019, Billy Rodgers presented Pete Scott with his Paul Harris pin and at the club meeting on December 10, 2019, Billy Rodgers presented Chris Davis with his Paul Harris pin, both  in recognition for their donations to the Rotary Foundation.

This important award provides recognition when a Rotarian achieves a high level of giving to the Rotary Foundation. These generous contributions are essential to securing and growing Rotary programs throughout the world. Congratulations, Pete and Chris, and thank you!

Billy Rodgers, left, Paul Harris fellow Pete Scott, and Pete's wife Linda celebrate the special recognition.  

Billy Rodgers, left, and Chris Davis, upon receipt of his Paul Harris Fellow award.

 Farewell Roast for President Chris

At the final club meeting of the Rotary 2018-2019 year, the club past presidents put together a roast for the outgoing president Chris Davis. The roast consisted of good-natured and humorous awards that recognized all the hard work that Chris put in these past two years. 

Erik Gulmann places an Italian pasta "necklace" on Chris as part of the roast.

Pete Scott dresses Chris in "Rotary physician" garb, and then helps Chris with his joke-telling.

Lance Georgeson awards Chris with a special plaque and gavel in thanks for all his contributions. And thanks to Chris for being such a good sport!

Ballard Rotary Teams with Ballard Council to Sponsor Forum
By John Elbert Mitchell


The City Council Forum for candidates from District 6 was a huge success Wednesday evening, June 12, 2019 at the Nordic Museum. It was standing room only. Estimates of up to 500 attendees. There was no seat left in the hall, with at least 50 people or so standing along the walls. Seven candidates are vying to replace Mike O'Brien on Seattle City Council. 

Ballard Rotary was recognized as one of two that paid for the Great Hall rental fee. Thank you Chris & Kathleen Davis.

RI Report from Hamburg

By William Hamilton Rodgers III

Central Hamburg with Rotary flags Billy with Rotarians from the world

As your incoming President it was an honor to represent all of you at the Rotary International Convention in Hamburg, Germany in early June, 2019. This was my first International Convention (and my first trip to Europe) and it was awe inspiring. To see the entire World represented and Rotary’s impact around the Globe was very special. I had the opportunity to meet with many Rotarians and learn about their club and how they are making an impact to better their community. Rotary International provided some great break-out sessions with opportunities to share. It seemed like Rotary took over the entire city….everywhere you turned you saw a Rotary badge or pin. Thanks again for this once in a lifetime opportunity.

After the convention, my wife and I took an all night train to Copenhagen, Denmark, where we spent two days, before returning home. We arrived home Saturday evening and the kids were there to greet us….after spending the week with Grandma and Grandpa. Back to work!


Report from District 5030/5080 Conference in Spokane

Attending the Rotary 5030-5080 District Convention from Ballard were President Chris & First Lady Kathleen Davis, President-elect Billy Rodgers, Committee Chairs James Raptis and Kathleen Linscott, plus Secretary Marilee Fuller.

A highlight of the conference was seeing RI President Barry Rassin and Bill Gates in dialog with King 5 anchor (and Seattle 4 Past-President) Mark Wright.


Ballard Rotary's achievements were on display in an exhibit created by Membership Chair and Webmaster Kathleen Linscott. 


Ballard Rotary's new flag was ready to bring home for outdoor display at meetings and events.

Alan Hovland In Memoriam


Carlye Teel reports some very sad news:  Al Hovland passed away the morning of May 7th. It was peaceful.

He loved Rotary with all his heart and did a lot for Ballard and the larger Rotary community. He was President of Ballard Rotary for the club year 1990-1991. Please hold good thoughts for his daughters and family.

At the May 14th club meeting, club members shared their remembrances of Alan Hovland.

Carlye Teel, spoke about Alan as a true friend of Rotary. Al was a Ballard Rotary Past President and helped out in many many ways, from being a regular volunteer for Rotary at the Ballard Food Bank, to an integral volunteer at the Ballard Senor Center. The last words he gave to Carlye as she left him the last time she saw him were: “Give my Love to everyone at Rotary”. WE WILL MISS YOU AL!

Other Rotarians who knew Al gave insights of their knowing him, including:

Peter Wick, who knew Al from the beginning days of their joining Ballard Rotary, said he knew Al as “One of the most comfortable persons to talk with and be around, he did a lot for the club”.

Bev Washburn spoke of how dependable and involved with the Ballard Food Bank Al was: “You could always depend on Al to be there to help out”

Ed Robinson said “Al never said no when asked to help with a Rotary Project”

Erik Gulmann said “Al was always friendly, we spent time together at the Food Bank, where he enjoyed telling stories of his days with the Parks Department, I will miss his friendship”.

Chris Davis said “Al was the fastest friend I ever made”

Classification Talk: Susan Haris

Susan Haris gave her classification talk at the April 9th club meeting. Susan moved to Seattle from New York and when she got here she understood the need for community participation. She volunteered with the Parks Department and then was appointed to the Park Board.

She heard a phrase at an NAACP speech “the color gap.’ It had a profound effect on her about what that phrase meant and how as a community we could address the problem. Susan taught at Concorde Elementary in South Park and John Day on Queen Anne. The difference of the community in funding their schools was clear, as the poor minority area couldn’t afford the support that the more affluent schools had.

Susan volunteered at the old Nordic Heritage Museum and is a currently a docent at the new Nordic Museum. She used to be a member of the Seattle 4 and went on a trip to Africa to support orphans of HIV Aids parents and abused women. While there, they opened computer labs, and she got to go on a safari and see wild elephants.

Classification Talk: Scott Baldwin

At the March 26th club meeting, member Scott Baldwin gave his classification talk. He is the branch manager at Key Bank in Ballard. Scott changed to Key Bank because he wanted to be with a company that is involved in the community and cares about people. He believes Rotary and community involvement can have the butterfly effect in which a small change in one state can result in large differences in a later state. He is currently working on a Management Degree.

Incoming President Billy announced that Scott has accepted the role of club treasurer for the 2019-20 Rotary Year.

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!

 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.

You can see more at www.WithaLittleHelp.com

Kristen is a great member of our Club!

 Classification Talk: Fred Finkelstein

At the December 18, 2018 club meeting, 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.

New Members Inducted: Scott Baldwin and Kristen Burton

At the November 27, 2018 club meeting, we welcomed Kristen Burton, Executive Director of With a Little Help, Inc. and Scott Baldwin, Branch Manager at Key Bank in Ballard.  Kristen is a compelling public speaker and Scott is both a gentleman and a scholar – get to know these two great additions to our great club!

In Memoriam

David Hiscock

Long-time Ballard Rotarian David Hiscock passed away on July 29, 2018.  Dave was an attorney and President of Ballard Rotary 1989-90. Dave is described as an amazing man and he and his wife Connie were Rotary heros. Dave was involved with the 1990 Goodwill Games when Seattle hosted athletes from Russia.

At the August 28th club meeting, remembrances were given by Dave Hiscock Jr., Pete Scott, Carlye Teal and  Al Hovland, to name a few.

 We all knew Dave by his famous mustache, laser sharp opinions, and his wonderful wife Connie. Some of the things we did not all know was that Dave and Connie were big supporters of the Rotary Student Exchange Program and hosted several students and supported their own children in exchanges.

Even though Dave could give the impression of a scary attorney that one would not want to be on the other side of, he was a sincere and honest person who earned our respect and admiration.  It will always be said of Dave that if you wanted to know his truthful opinion about something, just sit at the table with him.


David Hiscock, Jr. remembers his father.  


Vintage Ballard Rotary


Four past presidents of Ballard Rotary recently met in late September 2017 to chat about old times. From left, David Hiscock (1989-1990), Alan Hovland (1990-1991), Fred Richard (2006-2007), and the man behind the camera, Oly Wise (1978-1979), met at the Mirabella Retirement Home.

Alan Hovland writes of this meeting: "Oly, thank you, I had such a great time. And David. What a great Rotarian, and his wife Connie. Many times in meetings it would be me and Connie. I represented Ballard Rotary and Connie represented the Ballard Hospital Foundation. And what a successful auction! Thank you, David, for picking me up as a very new Rotarian, and carrying me along in Rotary. We were co-presidents for our two consecutive years. Ballard Rotary was in a big crisis, and the leadership that David helped me to provide in our two years saved the club. There are so many stories."


Thanks to Alan for this picture. We look forward to hearing those stories, Alan!

Wayne R Cottingham

Wayne R. Cottingham was born in October 19, 1931 and died August 28, 2017. He graduated from Ballard High School in 1949 and from the University of Washington in 1954.

Wayne served nearly 25 years in the US Navy as a pilot. In his civilian life, he worked as a manufacturers' rep for industrial heating and cooling systems, mostly for large industrial complexes.

Wayne led an active social life. He was a member of Rotary International for more than 50 years, serving as president of Shoreline Rotary, a member of Ballard Rotary, and a founder of the Shoreline Breakfast Rotary.

Wayne and his wife Marilyn were very active in the Rotary Youth Exchange program, hosting dozens of exchange students in their Shoreline home over the years. He was instrumental in the intercultural exchange during the Goodwill Games in Seattle, hosting visiting Russian citizens. He also lead Rotary’s efforts to deliver a fire truck to Piura, Peru.

Edward William "Ned" Flohr II

A lifelong citizen of Seattle, Edward "Ned" Flohr was born on November 22, 1938, and died on September 1, 2017. Ned derived enormous satisfaction from community involvement, and was an active member in Seattle 4 Rotary and Ballard Rotary, The United Way, Junior Achievement, and Ducks Unlimited.
Ned graduated from Seattle University (1962) and worked for many years with his father and uncle at Flohr & Co. Metal Fabricators in Ballard. In the late 70s, Ned and three partners bought the company and renamed it Flohr Metal Fabricators, Inc.
Ned was deeply involved at Ballard Community Hospital, serving as Chair of the Board of Trustees during the merger with Swedish Medical Center in 1992. Subsequently he served on the Swedish Hospital Board of Trustees from 1992-2011. 
Roger Martindill

Roger Martindill, Rotary Club of Ballard past president 2007-2008, has passed away 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:

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.


Bud Hawley Memorial - Good Times Remembered

A beautiful memorial for club member Bud Hawley took place April 1, 2017, at Evergreen Washelli Tribute Center, with many moving tributes from family members and friends.

Guests browsed a table of memorabilia that recalled details of a life well lived, full of family, nature, and fun. Part of that display honored Bud's life in Ballard Rotary. Bud was a charter member of the club and club president for 1956 -1957.

In attendance were almost a dozen Rotarians, including many past presidents of Ballard Rotary. At the reception after the memorial are from left, Oly Wise (78-79), Carlye Teel (08-09), Leroy Jacques (81-82), and Alan Hovland (90-91). Other Rotarians in attendance included past president Marilee Fuller (14-15), Paul Sivesind (13-14), current president James Raptis, and club members Pete Scott, Darwin Rieck, Kathleen Linscott, and Bud's nephew, Brett Hawley.

Permission has been granted by the family of Bud Hawley that Bud Hawley donations may be made to “Ballard Rotary Foundation”. Please forward your check to:
Darwin Rieck
14010 64th Place West
Edmonds, WA 98026
You can also sign Dwight's online Guestbook at www.Legacy.com. - See more at:


Rotary Club of Ballard, 1959. Bud Hawley is in the center in the back row.

In Memoriam

Louis “Lou” Roebke, 86, died on June 10, 2016. Lou and his wife Lorna shared their beautiful home and garden for many a Ballard Rotary gathering. Lou gave a recent classification talk on being a manager on the UW varsity crew team. A Rotary past president and a principal in a securities firm, Lou started the Ballard Rotary Foundation, which will support our programs for years to come.

Stan Boreson, 91, died on January 27, 2017. The accordion-playing “King of Scandinavian Humor” hosted a popular kids’ show on KING-TV from 1954 to 1967. Stan is survived by his wife Barbara. Stan was a member of the Ballard Rotary in the 1960s. He shared his music and humor with anyone who would listen. 

Dwight "Bud" S. Hawley Jr., 92, passed on February 19, 2017. Dwight was a founding member of the Rotary Club of Ballard in 1946. He served as President and was a member for 70 years. Dwight helped raise funds for the Ballard General Hospital built in 1954 and now known as Swedish Ballard. Behind the scenes throughout his life, Dwight was always ready to lend a helping hand and cheer others on to pursue their dreams.

Founding of Rotary Club of Ballard

In 1946 The Seattle Rotary Club #4 charged member William Driver with organizing a new Rotary Club in Ballard. Bill went to Harold Philbrick regarding the possibility of getting someone interested from the Ballard branch of the Seattle First National Bank. Harold Philbrick suggested Bob Enslow, who responded enthusiastically. They started contacting potential members, held a few organizational meetings, one at the Eagles Hall on 24th Ave NW and several at a restaurant on Market Street, now out of existence. They kept working on this with the advice, help, urging and prodding of Bill Driver. As a result, on May 28, 1946, they assembled the nucleus of a provisional Ballard Rotary Club with the following founding members:

  • Sam Anderson He was a contractor.
  • Lawrence Bailey: Manager of J.. C. Penney store in Ballard and went on to operate a large drugstore in Ellensburg.
  • Philip W. Bailey: At that time he owned the West Coast Stain Shingle Company (later Olympic Stain Shingle Company). He went on to ownership of Chevy Chase Resort at Discovery Gay, ownership of the Argus weekly newspaper, and allied with a number of other organizations that work toward a Greater Seattle.
  • Jim Bennett: Superintendent of City Ice & Cold Storage.
  • Arnold Breiwick: One of the owners of Kolstrand Manufacturing Co.
  • Ken Caplinger: At that time a manufacturer's agent, and later a trustee of Ballard General Hospital.
  • Roy Clothier: He had a building material company and was a great friend of Sam Anderson. In the 1960s he had a building material company just where the roes from Aurora Avenue to Edmonds.
  • George Clouse: President of  Tri-Way Industries, Inc.
  • Bob Enslow: Assistant Manager, Seattle First National Bank, Ballard branch.
  • Oscar W. Granquist: One of the wheel horses of the organization; manager of Pacific Fisherman, Inc.
  • Dwight S. Hawley (Bud), Jr: He had the classification of life insurance, and known as a good and loyal worker for the Rotary Club.
  • Ed Johnson: Owned Johanson Studio and always took care of showing movies for the club.
  • Heber Johnson: Principal of Ballard High School.
  • George Kastner: partner in Kastner's Meats at that time, but by the mid-60s had left Ballard for La Conner, WA, where he had a clothing store.
  • Harold Kimball: publisher of the Ballard News.
  • George Klockstad: Had the Klokstad Brothers Cabinet Shop, and his brother eventually also joined Ballard Rotary.
  • J. W. Laubenheim: Partner in Laubenheim and Bemis, real estate.
  • Fred L. Lemnitzer: manager of S. H. Kress & Company store in Ballard.
  • H.A. MacGregor: with George Johnson Company, manufacturers of oilskins.
  • Moore M. McKinley: One of the prime movers behind the Ballard Rotary Club, a sterling gentleman.
  • Hartney A. Oakes: Yachtsman, real estate proprietor and an important figure in Washington state politics.
  • Carl Peterson: with Peterson-Lockwood, a friend of Harney Oakes and his navigator.
  • Thorleif Petersen: Owner of the Salmon Bay Oil Company.
  • Robert H. Prothero: owner of Prothero Boat Company, and went on to operate a marine survey service in the 60s.
  • William Robert (Bob) Rapp: owner of Bob's Service, and a past president of the Ballard Rotary Club.
  • Henry Rostad: At that time Manager of the Halibut Producers Cooperative at the foot of 15th, who went on to be an expert in heavy industrial real estate for the Vincent D Miller organization.
  • Clarence Rowe: Manager of the Rowe Machine Works.
  • Dr Ivan J D Shuler: At that time a physician with offices at 5400 Ballard Avenue, he was retired from practice by the mid-1960s.
  • L R Wicks: In those days he owned L R Wick's Line Company at 1546 Leary Avenue.
  • Rolf Wiggen: Wiggen & Sons Funeral Home, recognized by all involved as one of the prime organizers of the Ballard Rotary Club.
  • R M (Milt) Batley: Owner of the Phoenix Shingle company.
  • Grant Riley: Manager of the Fletcher Oil company.
  • T M Torgerson: At that time he had a clothing store on Market Street; known as Torgie.

 The club's charter presentation program (Charter Night Banquet) took place on June 25, 1946 at the ballroom of the Elks Lodge at 2208 Market Street. The owner of that building, William Shannon, very kindly made the hall available to the club. Reverend E. E. Braden, pastor of the United Church of Vancouver, British Columbia, made the address. George Comstock, who was president of the Seattle Rotary Club also gave an address.

The club was the recipient of gifts on behalf of other clubs. The Tacoma Rotary Club gave an American flag, badges were provided by the Chehalis Rotary Club, and Reverend Braden presented a gift of the Canadian flag from the Vancouver, BC Rotary Club. The Renton Rotary Club sent a scrapbook, the Sumner Rotary Club sent a cluster of flags. The lectern came from the University District Rotary Club, the Bellingham Club sent the gavel, the guest book came from the Oak Harbor Rotary Club, and the brass bell from Seattle Rotary Club #4. 

There were about 200 people in attendance at the event, and there was a feeling of warmth and fellowship that stemmed directly from Bill Driver, who was generally in charge on behalf of Seattle Rotary Club #4.


Upcoming Programs
01/07/2020: Bill Feldt, Federal Way Rotary Malaria Partners Program Bill Feldt will update us on the progress of the Malaria Partners Program in successfully eliminating malaria.
01/14/2020: Stephen Sundborg, President of Seattle University Fr. Sundborg, winner of the prestigious 2019 Seattle-King County First Citizen Award and a powerful and inspiring speaker, will speak on the topic of Civility.
01/21/2020: Sarah Sherer, Seattle Maritime Academy Sarah Sherer, Dean of Seattle Maritime Academy will update us on the activities at SMA, as well as the academy's current successes and challenges. We provide scholarships every year to this excellent institution, which is affiliated with Seattle Central College and is located in Ballard.
01/28/2020: Club Evening Meeting Club meeting 5:30 pm at Picolinos, no speaker is planned. Come and catch up on club activities in the relaxed ambiance of Picolinos!
Club Leaders
Meeting Times
Please join us at our lunch club meeting at noon every 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Tuesday of the month, and at 5:30 pm every 4th Tuesday of the month, in Ballard at:
RIstorante Picolinos
6415 32nd Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
On the rare 5th Tuesdays of the month, a club social is scheduled in a different location in Ballard. Check the Upcoming Programs for location.
Rotary Club of Ballard (Seattle)
PO Box 70472
Seattle, WA 98127
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