January 22, 2019 Program
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.
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
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
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
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:
- Dancing on The Edge
- Miss Alcott’s E-Mail
- Protest On Trial
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
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.
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
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
August 28 2018 Club Assembly
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lindsay Peyton News Editor email@example.com
Other meeting photos
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