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:


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, 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

Lindsay Peyton News Editor

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

Meeting Times
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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