History of the Rotary Club of Ballard
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."
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
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.
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Bud Hawley Memorial - Good Times Remembered
Rotary Club of Ballard, 1959. Bud Hawley is in the center in the back row.
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:
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.