June 25, 2019

Dr. Chris Davis and Maintaining a Healthy Weight

Chris spent many years as an emergency medicine physician. At the June 25th club meeting, he spoke about the importance of maintaining a healthy weight and gave tips on how to know what your proper weight should be and how to reach it.

A measure of one’s weight status can be determined by looking up your BMI on the web. If your BMI is under 25, you are a normal weight. BMI of 25 – 30 indicated being overweight whereas a BMI of more than 30 indicates an obese status. Chris explained that being obese carries with it serious dangers to one’s length and quality of life. The two ways to control our weight as we all know are food management and exercise. He demonstrated a way for each of us to determine how far we would have to walk to burn of any specific number of calories. In addition, Chris explained that exercise not only helps control our weight but is the only known way to slow down the loss of intellectual function including memory that affect older people. He provided helpful charts about exercise and recommended the Harvard Medical School booklet on weight loss which can be ordered online or by phone. Call Chris if you wish further details.

Farewell Roast for President Chris

At the final club meeting of the Rotary 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!

June 18, 2019

David Rice & The Seachordsmen

Club member David Rice was in his element as he led the presentation of the Seachordsmen Barbershop Chorus at the club lunch meeting on June 18. David gave some history of barbershop and of the Seattle group. David sings tenor, and he introduced the other members of the quartet: Lead--Gary Ackerman (Semi-Retired Attorney specializing in Condo Law at Foster Pepper), Bass---Rod Heivilin (Retired Fireman, Works at Board Up, Fire Commissioner at Shoreline), Baritone--Bill Bush, MD (Retired Radiologist)

They sang some sharp harmonies, including "You're as Welcome as the Flowers in May", "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" and then taught the group to join in harmony with tag to the song, "Cry".

Upcoming Concert

Seachordsmen are celebrating their 70th Anniversary, and their show is titled, "Our 70 Years of Song!"
Saturday, June 29th, 2pm and 7pm At Shorewood High School Performing Arts Center
17300 Fremont Ave. N. Shoreline, WA 98133.
Click here for tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4228192
$20 for Adults and $15 for Seniors.

For the history of the Seachordsmen--check out full information at: http://seachordsmen.org/

 June 11, 2019

Conversation with DG Nominee Cathy Gibson

At the June 11 club meeting, Kathleen Davis introduced Cathy Gibson, District Governor Nominee and Managing Partner at Evolve. Cathy earned an MBA from Cornell University and a Masters in Management from the Université de Louvain in Belgium. Her professional career has been spent in banking, international development, strategy consulting, and business mediation.

She is transitioning from active mountaineer to armchair mountaineer, together with her husband of 30 years whom she met at 14,000 ft when climbing in Soviet Central Asia in the 1980s. In 2018 Cathy completed a 33 year quest to climb the Seven Summits. She was the third American Woman and the 14th woman overall to summit Everest and will be attempting her 20th summit of Mt Rainier this summer. Cathy is an active community volunteer serving on diverse boards: Seattle Goodwill, YMCA, the United Negro College Fund, and the Women’s University Club.

Susan Haris engaged Cathy in a conversation on her role as DG Nominee, soon to be DG Elect. As DG Elect Cathy will be in full planning mode for her year as District Governor 2020-2021. A major change she is looking at is moving the District Conference from spring to a fall event. Cathy also answered questions from the audience.

May 28, 2019

Derick Pasternak on Evaluating International Hospitals

Program speaker at the May 28th club meeting, Dr. Pasternak has more than 30 years of experience as provider and manager in health care and brings expertise in patient safety, quality measurement and management, and medical staff matters to his role as a Joint Commission Resources, Inc., (JCR) consultant. His background in international health includes serving with Joint Commission International (JCI) A division of JCR and other U.S.-based organizations in Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Latin America, as well as actively participating in the development of the World Health Organization’s standards for HIV/AIDS services.

Dr. Pasternak’s consulting expertise includes patient safety, medical staff organization and bylaws, credentialing and privileging, quality measurement and management, hospital/physician relations, patient rights and organizational ethics, and international hospital standards and survey process.

Dr. Pasternak received his Doctor of Medicine from Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and his Master’s in Business Administration from Anderson School of Management, University of New Mexico, New Mexico.

Through international accreditation, consultation, publications, and education programs, JCI extends the Joint Commission's mission worldwide by helping to improve the quality of patient care; assisting international health care organizations, public health agencies, health ministries, and others in evaluating, improving, and demonstrating the quality of patient care; and enhancing patient safety in more than 60 countries.[9] International hospitals may seek accreditation to demonstrate quality, and JCI accreditation may be considered a seal of approval by medical travelers from the U.S

JCI standards are related to Ambulatory Care, the Care Continuum, Clinical Laboratories, Medical Transport, Primary Care, and Clinical Care Program Certification.

JCI forth edition covers acute care, and International Patient Safety Goals.

The JCI standards focus on patient safety, patient and family rights.

The ISO-9000 family of quality management systems (QMS) standards is designed to help organizations ensure that they meet the needs of customers while meeting statutory and regulatory requirements related to a product or service is used for Radiology.

Highly reliable organizations have certain things in common low error rate, preoccupation with limiting failures like airlines, nuclear plants and aircraft carriers.

Accreditation requires a risk reduction strategy.

A JCI consulting team usually has three members, an administratior, a nurse and a physician.

The effectiveness of the program is shown in decreased rates of infection and other improvements in patient care.

May 21, 2019

Kobi Yamada - Small Business Entrepreneur and Author

 At the May 21st club meeting, member Susan Haris interviewed Kobi Yamada about his three children’s books and his role as President of Compedium. Compedium is a gift company that started in 1985. They sell greeting cards, notebooks, stationary, and desk accessories with thoughtful and inspiring words on them. Their greeting cards have sold millions around the world.

Yamada spoke about the importance of giving back to the community using his business as a platform to do good work in the community.

He has written three books with another one on the way. All proceeds from his books sold at the Club will be donated back to Rotary!

Yamada is married to City Council Candidate Heidi Wills. Wills is vying for the District 6 seat on the City Council.

May 14, 2019

Getting to Know Each Other Better

The speaker for the May 14th club meeting had to cancel at the last minute. So, the quick thinking, and almost-past-president Chris and the brilliant, soon-to-be-new-president Billy came up with a ‘Club Members Get to Know Each Other Better’ solution. The microphone was passed around, and the members present had a chance to speak about what was going on in their lives currently.

Billy Rodgers started off by telling of his move from Boys & Girls Club to his new role as director of Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA). PCA is a non-profit organization providing training to coaches, parents, and administrators of schools and sports organizations.

Chris Davis updated us on his full-time retirement which includes, along with this full-time Rotary President responsibilities, his more than full time volunteer teaching job for First Responders, and his consideration of becoming its director. After working 30 years as an ER doctor Chris give us the impression that this is his way of winding down his workload.

Chloe Miller--we all wonder what Chloe does after tax season is all over on April 15th. She finally was able to set the record straight and pointed out that as a mother and full time CPA, working at Fisherman’s Terminal with the local fishing industry she had only a little time each November to rest. We probably won’t joke as much anymore. Oh yes, she has also been doing all the Club Accounting and Treasurer work for the past several years.

Britt Olson--the Club also assumed that being a pastor she only worked on Sunday. She also was able to fill the Club in on her workload as Pastor of Saint Luke's Episcopal Church which includes providing free breakfasts to the neighborhood. Supporting and helping between 300-400 people daily coming to their facilities, along with neighborhood gardens and other community building activities. It is now hard to think how she has time for Rotary, though we are glad she does!

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David Rice--outside of being a financial advisor, father, and active Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church member, he is an excellent and talented singer with the SeaChordsmen. And now that he has become a Rotarian any empty corners in his life can be filled up to overflowing with new ways of making connections that build community as is his passion. Along with his wife Joan, who accompanies him on many of his Rotary volunteer activities David is definitely a friend of Rotary.Related image

Carlye Teel--as director of the Ballard NW Senior Center (and also past president who signed the papers to let this scribe into the Club) she manages an organization of nonstop activities from Senior Activities, Spanish, Chinese and other minority group activities on a daily basis, along with providing space for Rotary activities as we need them.

Daniel Foe--an attorney with Mullavey, Prout, Grenley & Foe, LLP Dainel, focuses on litigation, construction, insurance, maritime, employment, and general business and corporate matters. Litigation. He also handles a wide variety of litigation matters in state and federal courts, and arbitration. In the Club Dan is always one to help out in international service projects, and on the Board gives a levelheaded clarity to issues that confront us.


Lori Foehn--as we all know her as the Windemere go-to person in finding and selling our homes. We can now know her in her new job with the Washington DOT office, with full benefits! Now I am sure Lori will have even more time to overflow her time with Rotary activities which we all look forward to because of the fun we have when we are working with her.

Val Gaifoulline--a real estate agent and property manager, also fills his time with snowboarding, camping, hiking, golf and fishing. Val’s help with Rotary activities is very much appreciated. Val is quiet but one is amazed when you talk to him and the things he is doing and has done.

James Raptis--is an architect who specializes in multi-family projects. We know he is good because our favorite, 50+ year perfect attendance Rotarian, Oly Wise, has hired him to do a project.

Nathan Engman--is the bank manager for Columbia Bank in Ballard, in his spare time he works with his wife who runs a winery. He is planning a summer trip to Croatia.

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Susan Haris--is originally 100% from New York, but she is now 75% from Seattle and 25% New York. She spends her time volunteering at the Nordic Museum, and is editor of their journal and a book of Ballard Scandinavians histories. Susan also tutors at Broadview Thompson K-8 School

Bev Washburn says “What you see is what you get” – We know we get GREATNESS and KINDNESS and LOVE and everything else that is good from her.

Ed Robinson--unemployed at the moment but is looking for the right job he says. Thankfully Ed is in Rotary and is able to work at the Food Bank, provide lunches for the Special Olympics, opening his home to Rotary events, along with the many other things he does, to give him something to do.

April 23, 2019

Club Assembly

The April 23rd club meeting was a club assembly, as president-elect Billy Rodgers looked for input on setting goals and making our club stronger. It will take a group effort for the success of our club.

Billy and his wife Kristina are raising three young children. Kristina is the Principal at Roosevelt High School, and Billy is a manager at Positive Coaching Alliance, an organization teaching life lessons through sports. Billy joined Rotary for service, community--he stays for the relationships.

Billy's general goals:

  • Focus on Service: international and local, and on members
  • Consistent communication, including communicating with people who don’t make it to lunch. Calendar for planning a few months in advance.
  • Flexible, new service project ideas welcome, such as a park project.
  • Fun!

Billy asked members to break into groups to discuss the following & report back:

  1. Club projects--take a look under the hood see what the focus should be.
  2. Membership, attendance and engagement--different levels of engagement are OK.
  3. Structure: number of meetings, socials, communications
  4. Goal setting-- membership growth, for example.

Some of the feedback:

The Ballard Food Bank (lunch-paking & hygiene drive) and St. Luke’s Hope's Kitchen (morning breakfast, as well as capitol projects) are good places for our support.

Susan Haris: Invite friends, have flex times. Follow up with SOM (invite them back for lunch/keep in contact) and give better awards (framed?). Also intermix students with Rotarians instead of separated at lunch. Would like to see diversity. Seattle 4 committee meets with schools, looking for for hard-working students (not only high-achievers) & has a luncheon for them.

Calendar for once-a-month evening socials, with rotating location: i.e., Maritime Pacific, Pacific Fisheries.

Use Instagram, Twitter.

Kathleen Davis: District Matching Grants are available for up to $15k (match coming part from us, part from other clubs). Criteria: members need to be involved with any non-profit partners. Kathleen is looking for a brief description of possible projects in the next couple of weeks. The deadline to get other clubs onboard is the end of summer. AG Express Grants are also available ($500). This year's Express Grant supported the Ballard Boys and Girls Club.

April 16, 2019 Program
Ballard High Class on Sexism in the Workplace

At the April 19th club meeting, Principal Wynkoop introduced a presentation on Sexism in the Workplace. Social Studies teacher Carol Faust, who also teaches a four-class series called Academy of Finance, described the details of the project.

One of the classes is based on the KUOW podcast, Battle Tactics for Your Sexist Workplace. Rotarians listened to a 4-minute audio of the podcast, which described an  occurrence at a local supermarket where a Seattle man was able to respond appropriately to a sexist comment. One of the purposes of the class is giving people a response when they hear such comments. Another is to emphasize the importance of listening to voices different from yours.

Students Ellis Stock (left) and Megan Cooper described infographics they developed during the class on topics such as being an ally and an advocate (Megan) and Impostor Syndrome & Toxic Masculinity (Ellis). BHS partners with the UW Foster School on this program.

April 9, 2019 Program

Michael Banobi and Tanzania School Project

Program speaker at the April 9th club meeting was Michael Banobi, President of CORE Tanzania (https://coretanzania.org/about-us/

He grew up in the village of Bushasha, Tanzania, and taught high school English in Tanzania for several years. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington Business School and has worked in international shipping logistics for close to 25 years. He is driven by the conviction that education is the key to raising the quality of life in rural Tanzania.

Twegashe Primary School will be located in Bushasha village, in the Kagera region of northwest Tanzania, close to the Uganda border. The village is far from the game parks and exotic Maasai tribes of northeastern Tanzania that attract outside visitors and, consequently, a lot of outside aid. The school will be constructed on 15 acres of land donated by the village in demonstration of their strong support for the project. They are currently planning for the first phase of construction. The design process is being led by volunteer architects from Gensler, and international design firm. They are committed to involving village labor, so villagers will learn skills, and to environmentally sustainable materials and techniques (such as solar energy and micro-flush biofil toilets).

March 26, 2019 Program

Kathleen Davis and our Guatemala Project

Kathleen Davis spoke at the March 26th club meeting on the state of our Global Grant project in Gautemala. She and Chris Davis began their visit in Antigua, Guatemala, a city in the central highland of Guatemala famous for its well-preserved Spanish Baroque-influenced architecture as well as a number of ruins of colonial churches. It served as the capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala. It has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.

People for Guatemala (http://www.peopleforguatemala.org/) is a community service organization that helps the people in in the local catchment area. They are indigenous people, mostly subsistence farmers. They offered scholarships to 99 students, and were disappointed that two of the scholarship recipients left with people smugglers (coyotes) with offers of a better life in the U.S.

In order to get the global grants, the projects must be sustainable. The recipients must meet to prioritize, participate, and contribute. Our global grant was able to help four primary schools with sanitary stations, five primary schools with computers labs, and two other schools.

Sanitation Before Our Project

Sanitation After Our Project

Along with the wash stations, there is the need to inform them about sanitation. With the computers, kids need to be taught to use them, and the teachers need to be taught how to teach about them.

Teachers and students in the new computer lab

The computer labs had to be secured with bars on the windows and screens under the roofs. Parents hired a teacher for the computer lab. 60% of jobs require some computer skills. With limited internet access, they use a hard drive called Rachel where many resources are downloaded for use on multiple computers. They follow a national curriculum. The free Kahn Academy is also available on the Rachel. https://www.khanacademy.org/

Our Rotary District 5030 has contributed $236,100. Our project (supported by other clubs in the district) was $65,500.

Global grants are those above $30,000 and can be applied for at any time. District grants are those below $30,000 and must be applied for before Sept. 15th of the Rotary Year.

Thanks to all that contribute to the International Rotary Foundation that makes all this possible.

Oly Wise thanked Kathleen Davis for all the grant work she does. Thanks Kathleen from all of us! Oly mentioned TINFA – Technology and Information for all by supporting teachers. http://tinfa.org/

Susan Haris asked if violence is causing the emigration. Kathleen’s response was that it was poverty and lack of opportunity that caused them to leave this area.

Guatemala like most of Latin America has a social structure of systemic prejudice where people of European decent are the upper ruling class and there are few opportunities for the indigenous people.

Gifts from Guatemala for Ballard Rotary!

Kathleen and Chris Davis in Guatemala.

March 19, 2019 Program

Ballard Boys & Girls Club Update

Katie Hanford of the Ballard Boys & Girls Club spoke at the March 19 club lunch meeting. Katie is new to the club's full time staff. She focuses on the teen programming. She started her career at the Wallingford Boys & Girls Club, moving to the Ballard Club 6 months ago. The club has appreciated the Rotary Grant support for the photography and art club for middle school kids. The photography equipment is also shared with kids at the Wallingford Club.

The teens have also started a film and media club. The King County Youth of the Year, Piper is a student from Ballard and is representing the Ballard Club. She’ll compete for Washington State Youth of the Year on March 28th.

The club is fundraising for teens to attend the Keystone Leadership Conference in Orlando. There is a fundraiser at MOD Pizza on April 2nd.

Sports Leagues and K-8 Summer Registration is open at the club! Register on-line or stop by the club.

March 12, 2019 Program

CookingDolls.com and Olive Huang

Olive Huang gave us an introduction to ‘Cooking Dolls’, a chef-owned personal chef service serving the Greater Seattle Area.

See more at: www.cookingdolls.com

Since she was 10 years, Olive loved to cook. After college she worked for 6 years in technology industries, but knew cooking was her true passion. Five years ago Olive started her own company ‘Cooking Dolls’ and it has become her life focus.

Her company's three primary focuses today include:

  • In home custom cooking for weekly meal planning and special events.
  • Food tours through the Wing Luke Museum (currently the dumpling tour through the International Area)
  • https://www.wingluke.org/events/international-dumpling-crawl/
  • Cooking classes

"What do you enjoy about Food and Cooking?" we asked.

Her reply, in her own words, (and some words from her web site) “The world we live in has inspired me to constantly discover new recipes from a remote fishing village on a small island to a refined metropolis. We don’t have to travel far out of our kitchen to enjoy the essence of the global food culture; we can have the experience right at the dining table where we can experience the diverse and disparate flavors of Provence, Tuscany, Morocco, Istanbul or coast of Thailand”.

Olive made us all hungry for more.

February 26, 2019 Program

Seattle Times Traffic Lab

Richard Wagoner, Seattle Times Reporter and Traffic Lab Editor, was the featured speaker at the February 26th club meeting. The Times “Lab” Series are funded through foundations or individual contributions, not through traditional revenue sources (advertising). There are three staff members working on traffic/mobility reporting. The types of stories they focus on: watchdog, consumer, neighborhood news, solutions, enterprise.

Richard shared the many stories that his team have worked on, including the over budget street car, the opening of the new highway 99 tunnel, and the expansion of light rail. They have focused on asking the community which stories that they would like to see reported on or discussed. A real community focus.

A big challenge has been trying to get the overall numbers from all departments that are allotted to transportation in the region.

 February 19, 2019 Program


At the club meeting on February 19th, Susan Haris introduced speaker David Endicott as someone who makes a difference in a positive way. David is also 2019-20 president of the Puget Sound Passport Rotary Club.

Music 4 Life provides ready-to-use musical instruments to nine school districts in our area. Music instruction helps kids do better in other disciplines. With 48-50% of kids in Seattle School District qualifying for free or reduced lunches, it's important for them to have access to musical instruments that families may not be able to afford.

Music 4 Life was born when David met with Ballard High grad Dick Lee, where they came up with the concept and the name. Music 4 Life has multiple meanings--music occupies kids productively and keeps them out of trouble--it also gives them love of music throughout their lives.

Music 4 Life has well-organized booster groups that raise funds and raise awareness to generate donors of musical instruments.To find a donor form, click: https://www.music4life.org/

Almost 5,000 instruments have been distributed over they years. In 2018, 311 additional instruments, worth $183,000 went out to school districts. The pace is even faster in 2019. Kids are given instruments and keep them as long as they are enrolled in school. When they move or graduate, the instrument stays with the school and is given to a new child.

Every Theo purchase directly supports the livelihoods of over 5,500 cocoa farmers, and a supportive supply chain of 30,000 people and families, enabling farmers to send their children to school, feed their families and reinvest in their communities.

Another cool part of the program is recorders for 3rd & 4th graders. This is a partnership with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, where orchestra members teach recorder skills and the kids get an opportunity to play with the symphony.

Other Meeting Photos


From left, visiting Rotarian Cathy Gibson (Seattle 4), speaker David Endicott, and Ballard Rotarian Susan Haris.

Guest Mike Peacore, left, and club member Billy Rodgers

January 22, 2019 Program

Theo Chocolates!

At the January 22 club meeting, Aaron Lindstrom came from Theo Chocolate with more chocolate samples to taste than any one of us ever imagined! He was well received and invited back before he began. Aaron is the Chocolate Ambassador for Theo Chocolates, stimulating us through our own taste buds that the best chocolate in the world is made from only the highest quality cocoa beans. This is a result of farmers who participate in organic and Fair-Trade certified chocolate principles. Theo Chocolates was the first Organic and Fair-Trade certified chocolate factory in North America. Their founding ideals are that the finest chocolate can (and should) be produced in an entirely ethical, regenerative fashion.

Every Theo purchase directly supports the livelihoods of over 5,500 cocoa farmers, and a supportive supply chain of 30,000 people and families, enabling farmers to send their children to school, feed their families and reinvest in their communities. Ballard Rotary is proud to say that the Theo Chocolate Company expresses our ideals of being Rotarians and living in Seattle.


These qualities represented by Seattleites are also why Joe Whinny, the founder of Theo Chocolate, picked Seattle as the first place he wanted to be from and start his factory. And as we found out today, the name Theo does not come from a person named Theo. Theo comes from the name of the tree that cocoa beans come from - The theobroma cacao tree. And the stimulant that we think is caffeine in chocolate is theobromine. There is no caffeine in chocolate.

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Chloe Fletcher and Daniel Foe enjoy chocolate samples.

John Mitchell will have another chocolate sample, thank you!

January 15, 2019 Program

History of Woodland Park Zoo

David Towne, former Rotarian and former Director of Woodland Park Zoo, introduced the guest speaker.

Speaker John Bierlein, author, who was pivotal in innovative changes to Woodland Park Zoo that made it a world-class zoo.

At the January 15th club meeting, member Al Hovland introduced the speaker David Towne who turned the meeting over to John Bierlein, longtime education and exhibit expert at the Woodland Park Zoo. John is the author of the new book, Woodland: The Story of the Animals and People of Woodland Park Zoo, a lovely and large history of the zoo and its changing ideas of the relationship between animals and people.

Guy Phinney private estate started in 1889 with it’s own electric trolleys--one from Freemont and one from Downtown Seattle. They started with animals as circus acts like catching peanuts, then moved to cages and practical finishes like concrete and steel. Some construction was done during Modern and Abstract architecture periods. This led to designs that had the animals in holding areas that looked modern and abstract but not in a natural setting. In the 1980s King County voters passed a $31.5 million bond that enabled the zoo to design more natural settings. These resulted in national recognition as one of the best zoos in the country. The enclosures were now designed with areas of refuge, retreat and prospect. Natural settings were now designed, separating non-compatible animals with hidden motes and fences.

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 11, 2018 Program

Ballard High School Jazz Choir


The December 11th club meeting featured beautiful holiday music provided by the a capella voices of the Ballard High School Jazz Choir. The choir, directed by Courtney Rawley, visits schools, senior centers, and our club at this time of year to spread the cheer of the holiday season. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! See you next year!

More Meeting Photos

Billy Rodgers and Randi Suetens


Jason Bloom with Britt Olson

Nathan Engman, left, and Lance Georgeson


James Raptis, left, and Doug Warne


November 27, 2018 Program

A Year of Living Kindly

The speaker at our November 27th club meeting was Donna Cameron, a local author who started looking into the subject of “kindness” in 2015 after a number of years in non-profit management.  This culminated with publishing “A Year of Living Kindly”, with a blog and speaking engagements.  She offered helpful suggestions on how each of us can combat the rise in incivility we are currently seeing in the culture.  She provided us with cards that said “Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.”  

New Members Inducted: Scott Baldwin and Kristen Burton

At the November 27th 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!

November 20, 2018 Program

Hans Rosling and Factfulness


The program was introduced by Katheen Davis, who played a video of a TED Talk by Hans Rosling, the author of the book “Factfullness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Things are Better Than You Think”.  His talk dealt with misconceptions people have concerning data on education, poverty, life expectancy average schooling and income levels, in various societies across the globe.

In the video, he was speaking to a Swedish audience and he compared the answers to a questionnaire with the U.S., Swedes and a Chimp. Often the chimp was better.

The book should clear up many of these misconceptions.

Classification Talk: David Rice

David spoke of his deep Seattle roots. He is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones.

November 13, 2018 Program

The Battle of Midway

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At the November 13th club meeting, President Chris Davis was the featured speaker. He gave a presentation about the Battle of Midway and how it changed the tides of war against Japan in favor of the US largely thanks to John C Waldron of the Torpedo 8 squadron. John, against his orders and all odds, was able to locate the evasive Japanese fleet and distract them long enough for 3 out of 4 Japanese carriers to be destroyed. Of the 30 men form Torpedo 8 squadron only one -George H. Gay, Jr.- survived. Thank you, Chris, for the informative and inspiring talk, with great visual aids.

Classification Talk: Alan Hovland

Alan Hovland gave a classification talk at the November 13th meeting. Alan has been in Rotary for 32 years. He is a Seattle native, he attended Green Lake Elementary School, Roosevelt High School and University of Washington. He started working for the parks department in 1966 and went from a seasonal worker to a manager position because he was very passionate. He always enjoyed coming to Ballard throughout his life. He met his wife in 1978 and they got married in 1979. Alan is the Ballard Senior Center's auction chair and has been in that position for a very long time.

New Member Induction: Susan Haris

The club is happy to welcome Susan Haris, formerly of Seattle 4 Rotary Club, as one of its newest members. She was inducted at the November 13th club meeting.  Susan is an educator and former Seattle School Board member.  As an active volunteer with the Nordic Museum, she wants to become more involved with the Ballard Community.
Susan with President Chris and sponsor Kathleen Linscott

October 23, 2018 Program

5030 District Governor Alan Merry

District Governor Alan Merry spoke at the October 23rd club meeting, and  discussed what it means to be a Rotarian. He explained that people who join Rotary for the connections stay for the friendships. He thanked Ballard Rotarians for all the service projects we participate in and support--like the food bank, Edible Hope Kitchen and Guatemala project.

Alan also promoted the May 2019 Joint District Conference in Spokane. The conference theme "Come Together" is in honor of the two districts: 5080 and 5030 meeting together. It is scheduled May 16-19 and will feature plenary speakers RI President Barry Rassin and Bill Gates.

DG Alan Merry awarded a special certificate of appreciation to Bev Washburn for all the great work she does--hand-writing and mailing cards & invitations, organizing food bank volunteers, and especially getting us into a great meeting location at Picolinos.


5030 DG Alan Merry & club president Chris Davis congratulate Bev Washburn.   

Ballard Rotary Receives Certificate of Appreciation

Sara Bates, Edible Hope Volunteer Coordinator, presented a certificate of appreciation for Rotary Club of Ballard's volunteers and financial support. 

Chris proudly displays award from Edible Hope Kitchen.

Induction: David Rice

David Rice was inducted as a new member at the October 23rd meeting. He is a financial advisor at Edward Jones. David's wife Joan was present for the occasion. Two of the Rices' children were honored by our club as Ballard High School Students of the Month in the past.


David Rice with friend & mentor Joseph Grief

 From left, Kathleen Linscott (Membership Chair), Joan Rice, David Rice, Joseph Grief, and President Chris Davis

October 16, 2018 Program

Mike Madden and

the Guatemala Computer Project

Mike Madden of University Sunrise Rotary was the program speaker for the October 16th club meeting. He spoke  about their partnership with TINFA, a Seattle organization fostering computers and computer literacy in the developing world. Internet access can come from cell towers which are plentiful. Rotary matching grants provide computer equipment, and, especially, training for teachers in curriculum development using the internet. Local Rotarians and the K-6 school system in Guatemala are partners in implementation.


Kathleen shares notes with speaker Mike Madden


President Chris with Mike Madden & Oly Wise from University Sunrise Rotary

Report on Ballard Rotary's Guatemala Grant
At the October 16th meeting, Grants Chair Kathleen Davis reported that the computer labs and sanitation projects covered by Ballard Rotary's most recent Global Grant in Guatemala are mostly complete.
Computer labs and trained teachers

Toilets and sinks in primary schools


October 9th, 2018 Program

The Opioid Crisis


Dr. Carney with President Chris Davis   

The featured speaker at the club's October 9th meeting was Molly Carney, Executive Director at Evergreen Treatment Center. She spoke about the current opiod crisis, covering the causes and treatments.

Evergreen is a treatment center for people with heroin and opioid addiction.  They have two locations and currently have two case workers working in Ballard.  At their Airport Way location, they see 1400 patients.  90% of heroin users have started by abusing prescription medication.

The epidemic started with doctors over-prescribing pain medication for longer periods of time.

Treatment does work.  A person with this addiction has a 4-6 hour high, then drops until another fix is found. It is a real up and down experience. Addiction also increases criminal activity, EMS responses, and homelessness. 75% of people that use a needle exchange program want to quit using drugs. 

Doctors are now keeping a database so they can track people that are “doctor shopping” looking for prescription drugs.   

September 25, 2018 Program

Kit Bakke, Author

Kit Bakke, author, spoke at the September 25th club meeting. She has three published books, each quite different from the others:

  1. Dancing on The Edge
  2. Miss Alcott’s E-Mail
  3. Protest On Trial
Kit enjoys lunch with Wacek and John                  
Kit signs copies of her books


Kit spoke on the challenges of being a successful author. To be an author you must have been published.  Some of the facts about being an author:

  • 2 ½ billion books sold in the U.S., mostly used,
  • 600 million published per year,
  • The average author sells 3,000 books,
  • Historically thse books tend to be mysteries, crime romance and westerns,
  • The largest  publisher is Amazon,
  • Most authors can’t make a living at writing.

An author needs a coach or critic who can help in the final product. In order to be effective write you must:

1)      Force yourself to sit down and write,

2)     Think clearly,

3)     Keep going,

4)     Have a reader or editor, and

5)     Think about your readers.

In Kit’s early days she got rejections.  Some said “There is no market for this type of book” or something like “There would be disappointing sales”.

One acceptance the quote was something like, “It is selling, but don’t start remodeling your kitchen just yet."

Also an author must understand that after the book is published, it belongs to the readers.

September Students of the Month

At the September 25th club meeting, Ballard High School Principal Keven Wynkoop introduced two Student Body officers, Grace Johnson and Dina Pasha.  They discussed their activities while at BHS.



Alan Hovland reports that Ballard Rotary's tradition of honoring Students of the Month is 30 years long.  And, Principal Wynkoop responds, "I knew it was more than 24 years, because I was a Ballard Rotary Student of the Month in 1994.  I love that the club recognizes our students!"

September 18, 2018 Program

Compass Housing Alliance

At the September 18th program, Marilee Fuller introduced Suzanne Sullivan, Director of Advancement for Compass Housing Alliance (CHA).  
Suzanne and Kathleen Davis discuss Ballard Rotary Grant
For almost 100 years, CHA has been meeting the needs of our vulnerable community members – from emergency services to permanent affordable housing. They started by housing loggers and fishermen. Compass provides a welcoming space at more than 23 locations throughout the Puget Sound region.  They refer people to places to get help and also build housing. They strive to create an environment where each person who enters any of their programs experiences stability, growth, and community.

CHA helps 10,000 people a year.  They do this with a staff of 225, with the cooperation of 500 partners and with the help of 6,000 volunteers. 98% of clients have been traumatized so they need trauma-informed care. Compass also:

  • Provides stability through housing
  • Supports personal growth through personalized programs to get them work, housing etc.
  • Supports engagement in the community

Compass Broadview Project

A mixed-use development with 59 units of permanent housing is under construction for individuals and families whose incomes are at or below 30% or 50% of Area Median Income. The development will include a community room, media room, children’s room and a courtyard with playground. The community room will be furnished with a Rotary grant for appliances, furniture, and so on. Comcast will provide a cart with laptops so residents can be connected online.


Kathleen Linscott and Nathan ask questions.

Chloe Miller and James Raptis enjoy the program.

During Q&A, the club learned:

  • the Compass Broadview facility would be filled in about a month after it opens in February. 
  • There will be a program manager and 3 case workers to support the programs at Compass Broadview
  • Compass Alliance is in contact with the PTA and the Principal of Broadview K-8. 
  • There will be 59 units of 1 to 4 bedrooms. Larger units are for extended families.
Kathleen Davis talked about the Rotary grant application for this project, on which we are partnering with the Rotary Clubs of University Sunrise, Edmonds Daybreakers, and Alderwood Terrace.

September 11 2018 Program

City Councilman Mike O'Brien

Councilman O'Brien and Rotary friends. From left, Carlye Teel, O'Brien, Mindy Byers, Oly Wise, Billy Rogers

Speaker at the club's September 11th meeting was District 6 Council Member Mike O’Brien. He has served on the Council for eight years.  He grew up in Seattle and has been a champion for environmental and social justice causes.  He has one child in college and another in high school.  He lives in Fremont.

Mike gave four updates:

1>     Sound transit light rail to Ballard in 2035.  Several options are on the table for consideration on how to get the service to Ballard (elevated or tunnel).  Light rail is also expanding to West Seattle, Tacoma, and Everett.  More information to come soon, there may be a need for additional revenue to support a tunnel to Ballard.  That was not originally in the Sound Transit voter approved budget.

2>     Backyard Cottages – the council is trying to make it easier to build backyard cottages and Mother-In-Law apartments within the city limits.  This is one way to create more affordable housing.  The goal is to be able to build them larger and streamline the approval process.

3>     Homelessness Crisis – creating more affordable housing, transitional housing, mental health services/addiction recovery.  200 new shelter beds opened last year, 300 additional beds are scheduled to be available this year, with an additional 900 next year.  He is hoping the Mayor makes this a priority in the upcoming budget.  The city has a team reaching out to the homeless to try and get them off of the street and provide servies.

4>     Budget Update…waiting to hear what Mayor Durkan’s first budget will look like and what priorities she has for the city.  There will be a lot of time for discussion and community input as the process moves along.

Other meeting photos

Kathleen Linscott remembering 9-11

James Raptis puts up the flag
Past President Oly Wise of University District Rotary was on hand to greet speaker Mike O'Brien.  Doug Warne brought former Ballard Rotarian Bjarne Varnes.
Past president James Raptis, left, with past president Oly Wise
Former Rotarian Bjarne Varnes, left, with Doug Warne.


August 28 2018 Club Assembly

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The Rotary Club of Ballard used the August 28th date as a club assembly in order discuss club business, to induct Alan Hovland as a member, and to honor the passing of past club president David Hiscock. 


Past Ballard Rotary President Al Hovland

Al has come full circle from being a Ballard Rotary President, to being a member of the University Sunrise Rotary Club, to finding his way back home to Ballard.

Al brings not only his great enthusiasm for Rotary but also brings a valuable knowledge of the history of Ballard Rotary.  We are very fortunate to have Al back with us, and to become friends for the first time with him, for so many of us.

Al with sponsor Carlye Teel and President Chris


Other Meeting Photos

From left, past president Lance Georgeson, past president Dale Osterud, visiting Rotarian Susan Haris, and past president Carlye Teel

Visiting Rotarian Robert Boyd with Lori Foehn

August 14 2018 Program

Water & Sanitation in Addis Ababa

Speakers Ruth Ann Halford and Larry Logue, with President Chris

Speakers at the club's August 14th meeting were Larry Logue and Ruth Ann Halford of the Lake Union Rotary Club.  They described their project, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa West and NGO Splash, as well as the school system in Addis. Ballard Rotary and other District 5030 clubs also support this project.

The project, a continuation of past efforts, will:

  • Install 12 water filtration systems in government schools, benefiting about 5,100 kids
  • Oversee construction of 12 hand washing and drinking stations
  • Provide hygiene education for teachers and kids 

Because sustainability is important, every installation will include ten years worth of spare parts and maintenance.

See their website at: 


Other meeting photos


Visiting Rotarian Oly Wise with James, Billy and Ed

 Visiting Rotarian Charles Cohen with Lori

Britt Olsen invites the club to attend the Edible Hope Kitchen fundraiser.

July 24 2018 Program

Westside Seattle News

Speakers at the July 24th Rotary Club of Ballard meeting were Ken Robinson, Co-Publisher/Managing Editor, and Lindsay Peyton, News Editorm of the Westside Seattle which covers news and information for Burien, Ballard, West Seattle, White Center, Des Moines, and surrounding areas. The paper can be delivered, or is free online.  Their website is: www.westsideseattle.com


Ken Robinson and Lindsay Peyton

On August 21, 2013, Robinson Newspapers announced that it would combine the Ballard News-Tribune, the Highline Times, the West Seattle Herald, and White Center News into The Westside Weekly on September 6, 2013. The name of The Westside Weekly changed to Westside Seattle in June 2017.

The company is owned by the Robinson family. Its founder was Jerry Robinson (1920-2014). Robinson purchased the White Center News in 1952, founded the Federal Way News in 1954, expanding it into Des Moines in 1963. He acquired the Highline Times and the West Seattle Herald in 1974. With his partner Al Sneed, he developed Rotary Offset Publishing Company in 1956, Robinson sold the papers in 1989 but restarted them in 1998 after the then publisher ceased operations. He had previously acquired the Ballard News Tribune and the Monroe Monitor in 1993.

Today the company is operated by sons Ken and Tim Robinson as Managing Editor and General Manager respectively. Another son, Patrick, is the online editor for WestSeattleHerald.com, as well as functioning as a reporter/photographer and social media manager. Son Scott Robinson is a contributing columnist.

Please contact them with any questions, tips on local happenings,  or information you would like published:

Ken Robinson Co-Publisher/Managing Editor kenr@robinsonnews.com

Lindsay Peyton News Editor   lindsay@robinsonnews.com

Other meeting photos

Lance Georgeson

From left, Randi Suetens, Joseph Grief, and Billy Rogers 

  From left, Ed Robinson and Dan Foe

Club president, Chris Davis, and Lindsay Peyton

  July 10 2018 Program

Cindy Kruger and Ballard P-Patch

At the July 10 club meeting, Kathleen Davis introduced Cindy Kruger,her long-time friend and fellow book club member.  Cindy is a 17-year Ballard resident and gardener at the Ballard P-Patch, near 25th Ave and 85th St NW. The community garden P-Patch program, with 90 P-Patches in the city, is celebrating its 45th Anniversary this year.  

Cindy started her presentation with the offer of a prize T-shirt to the Rotarian who knew what the "P" in P-Patch stood for. There were no winners, as no one guessed that the "P" stands for Picardo, the first P-Patch in Seattle, and one of the largest, donated by the Picardo family in Northeast Seattle.

Ballard P-Patch has 78 plots of varying sizes. A gnome is the garden mascot--small gnomes were placed in plots as a gentle remonder that work was needed.

Cindy mentioned three benefits of the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON) administered P-Patches:

1. They provide green space where all are welcome

2. Their biggest crop is community, but they also provide produce to the food banks (over 13,000 pounds from the Ballard P-Patch to the Ballard Food Bank last year)

3. Neighborhood parties

Upcoming Programs
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!
8/13/2019: Taproot Theater Sonja Lowe will speak about Taproot Theater, the vibrant local theater located in the Greenwood neighborhood, where she serves on the Development staff.
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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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