History of the Rotary Club of Ballard
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!
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."
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.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to the following organizations:
- Push International, 14241 NE Woodinville-Duvall Rd. Woodinville, WA 98072 www.pushinternational.org (Provides wheelchairs and other mobility devices.)
- Rotary International, www.rotary.org or call (866) 976-8279
- American Motorcycle Association Motorcycle Hall of Fame www.americanmotorcyclist.com/hof (614) 856-2222.
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
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:
14010 64th Place West
Edmonds, WA 98026
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:
- 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.