June 26th Program

Another Reason Why Rotary Works!

Gretchen Druliner

District 5030 Representative Vijya Patel introduced one of our district Peace scholars with this information:

Ms. Gretchen Druliner is a recipient of Rotary's International Foundation Global Grant,and is a graduate of Woodinville High School. She is currently living and teaching high school biology and chemistry in Tinian Island in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marian Islands, (CNMI) The CNMI is suing the US military Marine Corps to prevent them from converting two thirds of the Tinian Island and all of the Pagan Island into live fire ranges. Previously she lived and worked in Papua New Guinea for over 4 years, working directly with indigenous landowners of the Pawaiâia people living in extremely remote areas with no electricity where she utilized skills of conflict resolution, negotiation and empathy from different perspectives. For her Masters degree, she will be attending University of Otago, New Zealand, which offers a multi-discipline approach, for Peace and Conflict Studies that is more inclusive of the discipline of development.

Not only was Gretchen a fine speaker on the need for preserving these islands through advocating for the people who live there, but she reminded us how Rotary brings people together:  at one point Peter Wick inquired about one of the islands and it became evident his company had built the health center where Gretchen used when in that area.  Small world when Rotarians begin talking!

Vijya Patel

June 12th Program

Jenn Muzia and Ballard Food Bank

Jenn Muzia, Director of the Ballard Food Bank

At the June 12th club meeting the program speaker was Jennifer Muzia, Director of the Ballard Food Bank. The Ballard Food Bank serves Ballard, Queen Anne, and Magnolia.  The goal is to provide food and hope to all clients.  Many Rotarians and high school students volunteer and lend support to staff on a daily basis. The Food Bank has a very dedicated staff which focuses on providing amazing service for the clients.  

The Weekend Food for Kids program is a food program that helps kids in need not only during the school year but throughout the summer.  This helps takes the place of no school breakfasts or lunches.  The food packages can be picked up at the Boys & Girls Clubs and Community Centers.  The food bank has also started partnerships with other non-profit providers linking people with mental health and substance abuse counseling.

Jen sees more seniors in need of food in recent months. The food bank partners with local farms and grocery stores to help fill the shelves with a variety of quality food.

To view an excellent video about the Ballard Food Bank, go to this link: https://vimeo.com/268088240

 BHS Scholarship Awardees 

From left, club president Chris Davis, Karla Torres, Diego Alfaro, Hanna Parker, Cameron Clonch,  and Principal Keven Wynkoop.

At the June 12th club meeting, Ballard High School Principal Keven Wynkoop introduced the 2018 Rotary Scholarship winners:

Two Year College:

Diego Alfaro – Shoreline Community College

Karla Torres – North Seattle Community College

Four Year:

Cameron Clonch – Oregon State University

Hanna Parker – University of Redlands (CA)

Congratulations, students, we wish you every success!

May 22nd Program

Eric Nelson and the Nordic Museum

Eric Nelson, Executive Director of the Nordic Heritage

Museum Eric Nelson was the featured speaker at the May 22nd club meeting. He spoke about the long history of Nordic heritage in the Pacific Northwest. Starting around 1910, Nordics arrived in Seattle, looking for similar type careers that they had back home (fishing, boat building, etc.).

In 1979 the Nordic Heritage Museum opened in the Webster School in Ballard. Starting around 2003, the museum worked with Ballard Rotarian Ed Robinson to secure property on NW Market Street. So far they have raised around 50 million dollars, of a goal of 52 million. 7 million of that came from Scandinavia. Most was private donations and the support of foundations. The Museum just recently opened to a hugely successful party featuring many world leaders. Community members are encouraged to visit the museum.

Classification Talk - Paul Sivesind

Club member Paul Sivesind gave a classification talk at the May 22nd meeting, with highlights as follows:

  • 9 year Rotarian (past President)
  • Danish Heritage
  • Grew up in Bellevue
  • Worked at the Ballard Boys & Girls Club
  • Works in the In Home Care service field

Thank you, Paul, we are so pleased that you are a member of the club!

Additional meeting photos

Kathleen Davis, left, and Jason Bloom

Ed Robinson, left, and Oly Wise.

May 8th Program

David Williams, Author of Seattle Walks

Our speaker on May 8th was David B. Williams, author of many books about the Seattle area.

David is a graduate of Colorado State University. His major was Geology. His books are written about Seattle from a historic and geological perspective. He had previously presented “Too High Too Steep” about the Denny regrade, and "Waterways", about the building of the Ballard Locks and the Ship Canal.

David’s current book is “Seattle Walks”. David presented this book and described many of the walking byways throughout the City. Most of these trips are round trip affairs, with the exception of the walk around Lake Union. One walk traverses the length of Madison Street, the only trail that goes from the Puget Sound to Lake Washington, or reverse.

David described many of the interesting things you can see along these many walks the are both unique from a historical and geological point of view. Such things as “Pigeon Point” in West Seattle, and in downtown the location of the marker that designates the height from which all other points in Seattle determine their height above sea level and many more.

David maintains that on these hikes a set of binoculars is very useful as then you can get a good view of the many carved figures high on retaining walls and buildings along your route.

These and many other sites are in the book and should be a great way to see all of the different parts of Seattle.

Other Meeting Photos

Carma McKay, left, of University District Rotary, and David Holbrook, Assistant District Governor of District 5030

Marilee Fuller, left, Salah Sweet of University District Rotary, and Kathleen Davis

Members and a guest from University District Rotary

Steve Stansfield, left, and Paul Sivesind

Author David Williams signs books after his talk.

Ed Sider, President of University District Rotary Club

Darwin Rieck, left, and Lance Georgeson

April 24th Program

Eric Muhs and Community Radio KBFG 107.3

At the April 24th club meeting, Ballard High School Principal Keven Wynkoop introduced speaker Eric Muhs (Mr. “Moose”)—a great teacher of business, who uses a hands-on approach to tools and technology. Eric came to talk about the low-power FM community radio station KBFG 107.3. Eric’s wife was a Rotary Scholar. For her, being a Rotary Scholar was a transformative experience. She wanted to join his presentation at Ballard, but she is now a professor at Seattle University, and had a presentation of her own to do.

The BFG in KBFG stands for Ballard, Fremont, Greenwood, and founders had to acquire the rights to those call letters from a station in the mid-west. KBFG is a brand new 501(c) 3, all-volunteer non-commercial station with room for Rotary programs. Its 10-watt power reaches an audience of 100K. It also streams on the internet. The antenna is located atop the Norse Home on Phinney Ridge.

Some of their most successful programming has been live basketball, announced by our very own Billy Rodgers. Eric feels radio is a fabulous medium for developing student “voice”, covering local events, and connecting with local music.

KBFG now has a “studio”, a 6’x8’ facility near Swedish Hospital and Mighty “O” Doughnuts. They’d like to see a studio in every school (Salmon Bay, Hamilton, Whitman, Ballard, Lincoln) and are looking for underwriters, grant writers, real estate professionals, internet and computing experts, gear, etc.

Be sure to check out the KBFG website (http://fulcrumcc.org/) for more about the local events (like Spilled Ink at the Ballard Library) and locally produced music. You can stream programs live on the website.

Other Meeting Photos

Mindy Byers, left, with speaker Eric Muhs

Keven Wynkoop, left, and Ed Robinson

Left, Paul Sivesind, and Val Gaifoulline

Chloe Miller, left, and Lori Foehn

April 10th Program

Art Thiel and Sports Press Northwest

At the April 10th club meeting, Bev Washburn introduced our program speaker, Art Thiel. Art has been illuminating, agitating, amusing and annoying Puget Sound sports readers for a long time. Along with Steve Rudman, he co-founded Sports Press Northwest. In 2003 he wrote the definitive book about the Seattle Mariners, Out of Left Field. Art spoke on all things sports in our city of franchises.

Art discussed the Seahawks. The Seahawks are in trouble and might win half their games next year. They suffered a number of setbacks this past year. Their first round draft pick last year was injured in a quad runner accident, and couldn’t play all last year. We have to wait and see if he can contribute this year. Injuries to Kam Chancellor, Cliff Avril and the trading of Richard Sherman after his injury will all cost the team in talent and experience. A new system of higher guaranteed contract for star quarterbacks will shift the money away from the rest of the team and will have an effect on whether they keep Russell Wilson.

Unlike the NFL that has a true salary cap, the MLB does not. This has created the powerhouse teams and the rest of them. The Mariners will stay stuck in the middle, and their pitching is not on the level of the great teams even though they are spending on par with the Yankees.

The Husky football team has returning stars Jake Browning at quarterback and Miles Gaskin at running back. Coach Chris Petersen continues the tradition of strong defense and will have a great team this coming year.

Other Meeting Photos

James Raptis, right, with his guest Dexter Beckstead

Bev Washburn, guest Fred Finkelstein, and Ray Washburn

From left, Marilee Fuller, John Mitchell, and Steve Stansfield

Jason Bloom, left, and speaker Art Thiel

Assistant District Governor David Holbrook, left, and James Raptis

March 27th Club Assembly

Club Survey

The scheduled program speaker canceled a mere two hours for our lunch meeting. So what do you do when your program cancels? Do like Kathleen Davis, and get Rotarians talking to one another! Club members filled out the printed version of an online survey (that will be sent out to club members not in attendance at the March 27th meeting) that asked for input on meetings and activities. Club members then talked about feedback and suggestions. Look in your email when the link comes to you and be candid – it’s a wonderful opportunity and the suggestions are welcome!

More Meeting Photos

Erik Gulmann, left, and Darwin Rieck chat at the end of the meeting.

Lance Georgeson, left, and Oly Wise are happy to see each other.

Bev Washburn and Steve Stansfield share thoughts.

Joseph Grief, left, chats with the March Students of the Month, Justus Brown and Sophia Rice.

Keven Wynkoop, left, and Billy Rodgers have an animated conversation.


March 13th Program

Tim Harris and Real Change for the Homeless

Marilee Fuller, Programs Chair, introduced the guest speaker for the March 13th club meeting, Tim Harris. Tim is from South Dakota. He ran away from home, joined the military, graduated from Amherst College. He minored in Journalism and majored in Social Thought and Economic Justice. He found that he had achieved a certain amount of success and thought, "How do I put that privilege to good use?" He did some social organizing and found that they got attention but not real results. Following the idea of previous street newspapers sold by the poor, Tim founded the Spare Change News street newspaper in the Boston area in 1992. After moving to Seattle in 1994, he started Real Change.

Homelessness more than tripled in the 1980’s when conservatives cut funding for social services. The idea was to bridge the huge gap in social isolation for the homeless and the poor. Homelessness is dehumanizing people, who begin to lose the belief in their self-worth. The relationship created by selling the paper helps bring people up, to feel better about themselves. They make connections and sometimes get help from the community. They sometimes are like the hub of a community. They get treated with respect and like a real person. This is a low threshold position meaning they have very few requirements to get the job. The job stabilizes them and often leads them to reconsider life choices. Drug use is a product of hopelessness.

Homelessness in Seattle has tripled in the last ten years. For every one hundred dollar increase in rent, homelessness increases 15%. People simply can’t afford to get housing. There are 7,000 people on the wait list for housing and only a handful of units available each month. Two ways to address this is to increase the amount of housing and create more low cost off street tiny houses and tent encampments.

 More meeting photos

Lori Foehn was honored as Rotarian of the Month for her work helping provide food to the needy via the Ballard Food Bank. From left, Jen Muzia (executive director of the Ballard Food Bank), Lori Foehn, and club president Chris Davis.

Kathleen Davis looks over a brochure on the Sahar project while chatting with Seattle #4 members Fauzi and Suzanne. In the background, from left clockwise, Paul Sivesind, Britt Olson, Chris Davis, and Marilee Fuller.

From left clockwise, Mindy Byers, Lori Foehn, Peter Anderson, Jen Muzia, and Steve Stansfield.

From left, visiting Rotarian Derrick Pasternak, Chris Davis, Jen Muzia, and Britt Olson.

Marilee Fuller, left, chats with visiting Rotarians Suzanne Griffin and Fauzi Sefrioui, both of the Seattle #4 club.

Visiting Rotarian Peter Carryer, left, and John Mitchell.

February 27th Program

The Fight to Eradicate Malaria in Uganda

Linda Cheever

At the February 27th meeting, the topic for the program was the remarkable fight to eradicate malaria in Uganda, a fight that is yielding dramatic results. Kathleen Davis introduced the speakers, Linda Cheever and Dorothy Echodu from Seattle Rotary #4.

Linda has been a member of Seattle #4 for over 13 years and has served as Chairwoman of the International Service Committee the entire time. She also serves on the club’s Board of Directors. Linda also serves on the Board of Directors of Rotarian Malaria Partners, a separate 501(c)(3) non-profit, formed in 2013 and comprised of Rotarians from Districts 5030 and 5020 that is dedicated to the elimination of malaria.

Dorothy Echodu

Dorothy Echodu is also a member of Seattle#4 and serves on the board of Rotarian Malaria Partners. She also serves as CEO of Pilgrim Africa, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, based in Seattle and in Uganda. Pilgrim Africa is the primary NGO partner of the Uganda malaria global grants and is responsible for driving the in-country execution of the funded malaria interventions along with host country Rotary Clubs.


Ballard Rotary is a partner in this grant project. Why do this? Malaria kills more than any other disease and is particularly hard on Children of the poor. It effects not just children, but the entire population. It is particularly devastating on poor children. Malaria is caused by a parasite that is transmitted by mosquitoes but can be transmitted by humans as well. 52% of the poor prior to the work to eradicate it were affected. After the efforts of this Rotary Project that number fell to approximately 5%.

This project along with improvements in the drinking water quality have had dramatic effect. In additional improvements in the access to quality health care has had stunning effect. Pilgrim Africa along with the Gates Foundation are the boots on the ground for this effort.

Phase I is to use indoor spraying and treatment. It is hoped that after several years these efforts, along with netting, can have sustainable effect in protecting the population. The goal is to have health advisors in every community. If you want to be involved there is a role to be played as part of the monitoring group. Rotary in general and Ballard Rotary can be proud of this effort we have facilitated by our involvement in this global grant.

President Chris Davis thanks the speakers.

More meeting photos

Mindy Byers and Bev Washburn share a hug and a laugh.

Oly Wise, left, and James Raptis.

Steve Stansfield, left, and Erik Gulmann examine Erik's raffle-winning wine.

Chris Davis, left, and Darwin Rieck.

John Mitchell and speaker Linda Cheever share thoughtful conversation.

Kathleen Davis and Student of the Month Jack Clark.

Speaker Dorothy Ochuda chats with Keven Wynkoop and Student of the Month Sarah Hudson.

Darwin Rieck chats with Lori Foehn before departing.

Speaker Dorothy Ochuda and Oly Wise.

Kathleen Davis and Jason Bloom.

 February 13th Program

Kristin Pederson and Elena Losey: R2AK Adventure on the High Seas

Kristin Pederson

At the February 13th club meeting, program speakers Kristin Pederson and Elena Losey from the Center for Wooden Boats shared their adventure in last year's Race to Alaska, commonly known as the R2AK. They bought a 20’ sailboat and decided to take the challenge of competing in the R2AK (Race to Alaska)—with only wind, currents and human power to propel them.

Their first challenge was during the “Test” run to Victoria where they encountered 50 knot winds. After an heroic zig-zag course, as they struggled just to stay in place, they sheltered in Oak Harbor. They waited the storm out and managed to make it to Victoria within the required 36 hours. Because they passed the ‘test”, they qualified to continue to the “Bitter End” (as the Victoria to Ketchikan leg is called). During that storm, nine of the boats had to be rescued, which disqualified them.

Elena Losey

It took 17 days to reach Ketchikan, and they elected to shelter if winds were forecast to be over 30 knots. They learned to take advantage of favorable currents (rather than row against unfavorable ones). The competition is not cut-throat, and Kristin and Elena enjoyed how competitors helped each other out. They also did some science as they took water samples to be analyzed for microplastics.

Fun facts: Elena had gotten married a week before last June’s race, but this year she’ll be enjoying staying home and gardening. Kristin will be having another big adventure--sailing in the Pacific Cup.

More Meeting Photos

Speakers Kristin Pederson and Elena Losey chat about things nautical with visiting Rotarian Alan Knox.

Erik Gulmann and Elaine Knox

From left, Marilee Fuller, Britt Olson, and guest Barbara Wilson

Darwin Rieck and Bev Washburn

January 23rd Program

Sharon Lee of LIHI on Tiny Houses for the Homeless

Guest speaker at the January 23rd club meeting was Sharon Lee, advocate for affordable housing and member of the International District Rotary Club. Sharon gave a great presentation about homelessness, low income housing, and housing affordability. She shared some of the locations of low income and senior housing around Seattle, including the Nickelsville encampment in Ballard.

Depending on the specific need of the homeless (mothers, families, teens, seniors) there is really not a one size fits all approach. She focused on the tiny houses that are being built around Seattle as a form of transitional housing. Last year there were 133 deaths of homeless people. It costs $2,200 to build a tiny house. Currently, 155 people have moved into tiny homes. Rotarians and companies like Boeing have built or helped to transport these homes to locations around Seattle.

The Puget Sound Business Journal has named LIHI as one of the honorees receiving its 2018 Innovation Award. Congratulations, LIHI, and well-deserved!

Other Meeting Photos

Kathleen Davis, left, chats with her guest, Sarajane Milder.

Darwin Rieck, left, and Billy Rodgers

Mark Buick, left, and John Mitchell.

Lori Foehn and Peter Anderson

From left, Mark Buick, Marilee Fuller, guest speaker Sharon Lee, and guest Laura Hart.

January 9th Program

David Montgomery & Anne Bikle

At the January 9th meeting of the Rotary Club of Ballard, Marilee Fuller introduced the guest speakers, David Montgomery and Anne Bikle. David is a University of Washington professor, geologist, and 2008 MacArthur Fellow. He is an expert who was quoted on the impact of the Oso landslide in 2014. Anne is a biologist and expert on watershed restoration. They co-wrote the environmental trilogy: "Dirt", "The Hidden Half of Nature", and "Growing a Revolution". 

David began their talk about their life through dirt. Soil is the marriage of geology and biology. He showed a UN map of global soil degradation, noting that the invention of the plow undermined soil fertility. Plowing leaves the soil bare and vulnerable to erosion, losing 0.3% of global food capacity, while projected future population growth stands at 50%. Can we restore soil? It can take centuries to rebuild. Adding organic matter to gardens, such as wood chips and leaves can renourish the soil. They visited large farms in North Dakota and Ghana, as well as cattle ranches in North Dakota and corn and soybean producers in Ohio to study composting and mulching. Common elements for soil production were minimized disturbances, permanent ground cover and a diversity of crops. The benefits are better yields, reduced fossil fuel and pesticide use, increased soil carbon and water retention, and higher profits and less pollution. 

Anne discussed the human microbiome, and how it is an exploding field. Cells are 1:1 to 1:3 proportion with the cells of our microbiome; for every 1 of our cells, there are 1 to 3 cells in the microbiome, which operate with our genes. Our immune systems make assumptions on problems and antibiotics have impacted on microbiomes. There has been an increase in autoimmune diseases and other conditions, such as allergies, asthma, certain cancers, depression…Is this correlative or causal? Are we missing some microbes? She noted that we moving toward a framework of health – mulch your soil, inside and outside your body.

Other Meeting Photos

Guest Emma Le Du, left, Oly Wise, and Kathleen Davis.

Joseph Grief, left, Eva Dunn, and James Raptis.

Peter Anderson, left, and Steven Stansfield.

James Raptis and Chloe Fletcher tally the receipts.

Kathleen Davis and Ellen Le Du chat earnestly in the foreground, while Peter Anderson and Steve Stansfield converse in the background.

December 12th Program

Holiday Music

At its December 12th lunch meeting, the Rotary Club of Ballard enjoyed a performance by the Ballard High School Vocal Jazz Choir, which performed a series of holiday selections. Courtney Rowley, Director, will be taking the choir to Los Angeles in the spring for a performance.

Other Meeting Photos


Club members gather for a group holiday photo.

Val Gaifoulline and Randi Suetens.

Marilee Fuller, Erik Gulmann, and James Raptis.

Paul Sivesind, left, and guest Paul Georgeson.

Britt Olson and Peter Wick.

Steve Stansfield, left, Bev Washburn, and Lance Georgeson

Oly Wise, left, and Pete Scott.

Keven Wynkoop, left, and Billy Rodgers.

November 28th Program

John Clauson and "Missileman"

John Clauson, speaker at the November 28th club meeeting, was introduced by Marilee Fuller.

John gave the club an overview of "Missileman", a book he wrote about his father who was a key player, working behind the scenes during the development of atomic & nuclear weaponry.

This book is the result of overs 16 years of research by Mr. Clauson. It covers such topics as:

  • The Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Development of atomic/nuclear weaponry
  • The Cold War, and almost a hot nuclear one
  • Electron microwave development
  • The Polaris Missile System
  • The development of scientific computer systems
  • and much more

The book also covers the personalities involved as well, many you may or may not have heard about.

Other Meeting Photos

Past president James Raptis back at the podium.

John Mitchell and Sala Sweet

Tammy Walker and guest Matthew Woods chat with the speaker, John Clauson.

Peter Anderson, left, and Lance Georgeson

Paul Sivesind, left, Val Gaifoulline, and Eva Dunn

Guest John Rannestad, left and John Clauson


November 14th Program

Keven Wynkoop and The Opportunity Gap

 Over the years, Keven has helped secure programs of interest to both Rotarians and his students. At the November 14th meeting,  the speaker he helped schedule, 36th District Rep. Noel Frame, had a conflict. Principal Keven stepped up, with a presentation on a topic that is constantly in the news: The Opportunity Gap.

There have been decades of gaps in the student success by students of color, particularly African American boys. Seattle has one of the biggest gaps, sometimes masked by the extraordinarily high achievement of our schools overall. Graduation rates are improving, and gaps are narrowing, though they remain persistent.

At Ballard High, they are focusing on what works: a mission and vision to close gaps, and strong relationships. A Relationships Survey at BHS found that a strong minority of students disagreed with statements about teachers caring and treating them fairly. A majority felt teachers were not taking time to get to know them. With 150 students each, teachers have a huge challenge in these areas.

One initiative, Daily Academic Management Time (or DAM—it’s great to be a Beaver!), is focusing on study skills, mindfulness and relationships. Teachers are modeling techniques to get to know one another (including sharing selfies), knowing this will spin off to getting to know their students.

During the question time, SOM Else asked if students were aware that their teachers were doing this. Keven’s answer was, “No, but it has to change”.

Keven Wynkoop's Reading List

- "For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood... and the Rest of Y'all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education" by Christopher Emdin
- "Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People" by Mahzarin R. Banaji
- "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir" by Sherman Alexie
- "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Classification Talk by Jason Bloom

Member Jason Bloom gave a classification talk at the November 14th club meeting. Jason Bloom never met a mike he didn’t like, but used his time to focus on things he supports. After getting a poly sci degree, he thought he’d have a career in public policy and interned working on the Growth Management Act. Then life took a turn, when his wife returned to grad school and someone had to get a real job. Jason found his passion in mortgage lending, where he likes building things and impacting people’s lives in positive ways.

October 24th Program

Ross Cohen and Helping Veterans


At the October 24th club meeting, president Chris Davis introduced our speaker, Ross Cohen, a veteran helping veterans. Mr Cohen was an enlisted airborne infantryman in the Army, with one combat deployment to Afghanistan. He has served as Executive Director at JPMorgan Chase leading the Veterans Jobs Mission, as Executive Director of the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring Our Heroes Campaign in Washington DC, with the ServiceNation coalition's civilian-military initiative.

Mr Cohen spoke on the campaign for Proposition 1, a levy that is up for renewal on Nov 7th. Prop 1 is the King County Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy, which 
will provide vital services like job training, employment opportunities, and housing stability to veterans, seniors, domestic violence survivors, and more. It has strong accountability and a proven record of successfully helping veterans, active duty service members and their families, seniors, individuals and families experiencing homelessness, and others in need.  There are 524 senior veterans who are homeless and 1,100 homeless veterans in Washington state.

More Meeting Photos

President-Elect Mindy Byers and Past President James Raptis.

Eva Dunn and Steve Stansfield.

Marilee Fuller, left, and Jennifer Muzia.

John Mitchell, left, and Jake Dixon counting cash at the end of the meeting.

October 10th Program

Author David Williams on the Ballard Locks

Marilee Fuller introduced our speaker, David B. Williams, who spoke  about his new book “Waterway – The Story of Seattle’s Locks and Ship Canal”. The book was published as part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the Ballard Locks.

The book covers the local geology and native history in the area of the Ship Canal, and the various paths that were planned and started before settling in on the North Route through Salmon Bay and Lake Union. Shipping coal was also a big part of why they built the canal.

The area around Lake Union was homesteaded by Thomas Mercer and David and Louisa Denny. Harvey Pike acquired some of this land. It is said that he began to cut the channel with a pick and a shovel.

The Army Corps of Engineers thought that Lake Washington would make a great fresh water port for navy vessels.

Army Corps of Engineers' Hiram M. Chittenden supported the funding of masonry instead of wood locks for the ship canal. He was supported by the Lake Washington Canal Association, a group led by Burke, McGraw and Greene.

The canals used turned out to be a boon for the commercial and recreational boat and shipping industry but not a large naval facility as the Corps had imagined.

More Club Meeting Photos

Joseph Grief works as cashier for the meeting.

David Williams signs a book for Steve Stansfield.

Pete Scott, left, chats with Lance Georgeson.

Britt Olson, left, hugs Bev Washburn.

Jennifer Muzia chats with Ed Robinson.

From left, Lance Georgeson, Chris Davis, and James Raptis. In background, Pete Scott and Kathleen Davis.

 September 26th Triple Treat Program!

Emily Hicks and Rotary Youth Exchange

At the September 26th meeting of Rotary Club of Ballard, Emily Hicks presented a short program on her year abroad as student in the Rotary Youth Exchange. She spent the 2010-2011 school year in Copenhagen, Denmark. She attended Rotary Club meetings each week that year as part of her commitment to the Rotary Exchange program, and immersed herself in Danish life.

She enjoyed many adventures provided by three different host families and by the host Rotary Club, which had a sister club in England and in the US. She visited England where she had the opportunity to attend RYLA activities. She also was able to tour Europe and other exchange activities provided by Rotary District 1420. 

She is very appreciative of her Rotary Exchange experience, which left her with a stronger sense of responsibility and a desire to always build strong relationships around the world.

September Students of the Month

At the September 26th meeting, Keven Wynkoop, club member and Principal of Ballard High School, kicked off another year of Ballard Rotary honoring outstanding students. He introduced the September Students of the Month, Trinity Cho and Beck Svaren, both student officers in the ASB.

Trinity Cho is in her third year as an ASB officer, and is co-president of the Multicultural Club and active in the STAR Club. STAR stands for Students and Teachers Against Racism. She is passionate about working for racial equality and building a sense of community and multiculturalism where everyone has a voice. She is also on the girls varsity basketball team. Her college goals include attending the University of Washington, studying pre-law or biology.
Beck Svaren is also in his 3rd year on the ASB, serving as President this year. He enjoys serving on the ASB because he can help others, represent the ideas of all students, and help make meaningful changes. Beck has a strong interest in business and finance. He is in the Academy of Finance and is currently working an internship at a business in downtown Seattle, K&L Gates. He is a member of DECA, having competed two years in international DECA competitions. 
His goals after high school include the School of Business at the UW, or at the University of Alabama. He also has a goal of acquiring an MBA.

Congratulations to both of these gifted and exceptional students!
Vashon Rotary and the Drop of Milk Project

The main program for the September 26th meeting featured two members from Vashon Rotary and a representative of the non-profit organization TAG, speaking about the "Drop of Milk" project. 

Eliza Steele

Eliza Steele, International Committee Chair for the Rotary Club of Vashon Island, was the first to speak about the Drop of Milk project, which seeks to improve maternal and child care in Myanmar. She described how TAG International Development was looking for a club in our area to take the leadership role. Rotary Club of Vashon Island signed up to lead the project, with support from the Rotary Clubs of Ballard, Mercer Island, and South Lake Union, and the Rotary Club of Rangoon. If the project is successful, TAG will replicate it in other regions.

Mike England

Mike England, president of Rotary Club of Vashon Island, spoke briefly and then introduced Marina Hennessy of TAG to provide the details of the project.

Marina Pevzner Hennessy, Head of Global Partnerships/Directory TAG USA at TAG International Development
Marina Hennessy spoke to the severity of the need in the ethnically diverse Shan state of Myanmar for adequate health care of mothers, infants, and small children. Chronic malnutrition, poverty, poor hygiene and sanitation, and lack of early detection and education among mothers and children are endemic in Myanmar. The Drop of Milk project was created to fill those gaps by providing robust frontline care and necessary medical equipment.

The project involves the Pindaya Regional Hospital, 2 local hospitals, and 10 village clinics. The project goals have the strong commitment of the target communities, because the goals were developed with their input. The funds raised for the project will go towards provisioning health care providers, educating midwives, and using mHealth technology (mobile health technology developed by the Gates Foundation) to improve patient history management.
More Meeting Photos
Tammy Walker, left, and Marilee Fuller
Emily Hicks and John Mitchell
Sally Smith, left, and Chloe Fletcher
From left, Mindy Byers, Wacek Domaradski, Garrett Greib, and Pete Scott
Cameron Smock, left, and Steve Stansfield
James Raptis and Bev Washburn
Oly Wise, left, and Garrett Greib
Chris Davis, left, and Claudia Wiersma

September 12th Program

Christy McKinney & the Nifty Feeding Cup

The program for the September 12th meeting featured speaker Christy McKinney, PhD from the University of Washington/Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Department. 

Dr McKinney was in the Peace Corps and has a passion for public health. She and her team have developed a feeding device for infants with mouth deformities (cleft lip and cleft palate). The Nifty Cup was created for infants that struggled with traditional breast feeding. After several trials and a test period in India, the final version was developed. As of today, over 40,000 have been distributed. They cost $1.00 each and are made in China. They are not available currently in the United States.

The Nifty feeding cup.

Meeting Photos


Mindy Byers, President-Elect, wearing her new Sergeant-at-Arms vest.

Val Gaifoulline provides the Thought of the Day

Student Saori Kitabatake expresses her appreciation to the club before she returns to Japan. 

Paul Sivesind, left, and Doug Warne catch up at end of the meeting.

After the meeting, Dr. McKinney gives some personal Q&A time to Sala Sweet and Marilee Fuller.

Nathan Engman, left, gets expressive while chatting with Billy Rodgers.


August 22nd Program

Damon Huard and Husky Football

Damon Huard, left, and club president Chris Davis

Guest speaker at the August 22 club meeting was Damon Huard, ex-NFL and UW Husky quarterback. Huard grew up in Puyallup, where he played his High School football for his dad, Mike. He had a great college and pro career, playing for three teams in the NFL and was a part of two Super Bowl Champions. 

Mr Huard currently has three jobs, the first of which is working for UW Football Coach Chris Peterson as the Director of External Relations. Huard is also the color analyst on UW Football Broadcasts on KOMO Radio 1000. Huard is also President of Passing Time winery. Passing Time has won several awards and he has been involved in that company since the beginning. 

Damon updated all of us on the upcoming Husky football season and the excitement around the program. He spoke about the leadership of Chris Peterson and how a student athlete at Washington is truly a Student Athlete. Coach Peterson stresses academics, citizenship, and creating a culture of success in the program.

Beeper Ball: Anmol Bhatia spoke to the club briefly about a modified style of baseball for blind players, called Beeper Ball. The local team is the Seattle South King Sluggers. There are 30 teams across the country. The sluggers hope to raise awareness of the capabilities of persons who are blind and provide a fun activity. For more information, go to: www. sluggerbeeperball.org.

Anmol Bhatia shows the club a beeper ball.

August 8th Program

Mary Palmer Honored

Mary Palmer, recently retired from Seattle Public Library, was honored by Rotary Club of Ballard at its August 8th meeting for her leadership in starting the Global Reading Challenge. For this outstanding work, the club awarded her with a prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship. 

Terry Collings introduced Mary Palmer, and gave Mary his heart felt appreciation for all the good that she brought with her from Kalamazoo Michigan, when she brought the seeds of the Global Reading Challenge to Seattle, in 2005. The Global Reading Challenge started here with 3 schools and 63 students participating.  Today it is made up of 63 schools and over 4,000 students.

Since 2005, Ballard Rotary has worked closely as a special benefactor of the program. And as the saying goes ‘Everyone Who Reads is a Winner’.  We all left the meeting feeling like winners to be part of this great program.

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July 25th Program

District Governor Alex Hopkins

From left, past-Assistant Governor Lynn Cheney, Kathleen Davis, past-President Marilee Fuller, District Governor Alex Hopkins, and Assistant Governor David Halbrook.

Assistant Governor David Halbrook, of the Lake Forest Park Rotary, introduced District Governor Alex Hopkins, of Woodinville Rotary. Alex spoke on his twenty years as a Rotarian, including many roles at the club and District level.  His earliest memories of Rotary are when, as an eight-year-old, he attended with his grandfather.  He appreciated his grandfather’s connections (and especially winning the 50/50 raffles).  Alex invited all to the April 27-29, 2018 District Conference in Tulalip.  It’s a short drive from Seattle and will be packed with break-out sessions for a variety of interests.

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Past AG Lynn Cheney and current AG David Halbrook

From left, Colin Moy and Billy Rodgers chat with Kathleen Davis.

Club treasurer Chloe Fletcher works the numbers for lunch.

July 11th Program

George Scarola & Seattle's Homeless

Mr. George Scarola, left, and Christopher Davis, president of Rotary Club of Ballard.

On July 11th, the Rotary Club of Ballard hosted George Scarola, appointed by the mayor to oversee across departments the City of Seattle's response to homelessness. In his talk, Mr. Scarola said that encampments work better than shelters. Even though there is a lot of resistance before an encampment is set up, communities come and work together afterwards.

Seattle is not alone, practically every coastal city on the west is facing similar problems as living conditions. San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Portland all have significant homeless populations as living outside is possible due to favorable climate conditions. In LA alone there are as many as 40,000 homeless,. However, the place that has the most homeless per capita is Honolulu, HI.

It's like a perfect storm resulting from an affordability crisis and an opioid epidemic. In the past two years in Seattle there have been 3700 overdoses, which is way too much. The new mayor would need to deal with the affordability crisis and decrease the number of people becoming homeless. The new system needs to be outcome- based and focused on getting people housing. 

Currently in Seattle there are as many as 4000 homeless (staying in tents, cars, walkways). For the past 6 months Seattle has implemented a Navigation Team that consists of 8 police officers and 10 case workers. The navigation team visits heavily  impacted areas. They force people to move, but when they work to connect folks with housing, only about a third agree to move into housing. This is due to the fact that they are not able to bring their belongings, pets, partners, and they would have to sleep on a cot potentially getting bed bugs, as well as the possibility of getting their stuff stolen.
During Q&A, in response to the question "Why Seattle, why are there so many homeless coming to Seattle?", Mr Sarcola explained that it's not that there are homeless people moving to Seattle but that there are so many people here that are living on the edge of homelessness and the number of people becoming homeless each year is what's actually driving the homeless population. 


Upcoming Programs
7/16/2019: Save the P-Patch Cindy Kruger will be talking about the Ballard P-Patch and the need to save it from being sold off for the development of townhouses.
7/23/2019: District Governor Bill McElroy The official visit to our club by the governor of District 5030, Billy McElroy. Billy will address the club regarding Rotary International and the district's goals, objectives, as well as issues that are important to the our club and our members. You are encouraged to invite spouses to attend this meeting.
7/30/2019: TBD As the 5th Tuesday of the month, there is no club meeting on this date. But a club social may be scheduled, so stay tuned!
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6415 32nd Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

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PO Box 70472
Seattle, WA 98127
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