November 12th Program
State Senator Reuven Carlyle

Our distinguished state senator Reuven Carlyle provided an interesting and intelligent overview of some of the issues confronting our state and especially the Puget Sound region, as well as the difficult divisive atmosphere we are working in presently. He suggested that when the legislative session begins in January that there will necessarily be a large number of budget cuts, given the passage of I-976.

October 8th Club Meeting

Candidates' Forum

A full house of club members and guests gathered for an exciting candidates' forum with the two finalists for Seattle City Council District 6, Dan Strauss and Heidi Wills.


District 6 candidate Dan Strauss

District 6 candidate Heidi Wills

Club president Billy Rodgers began the meeting with an exchange of club flags with visiting Rotarian Karuppu Samy of the Rotary Club of Bangalore Cantonment in Bengaluru, India. Greetings from our club to the Rotary Club of Bangalore Cantonment!

The candidates' forum began with club member David Rice introducing the moderator, Amy Radil, a reporter from NPR station KUOW. 

Amy presented questions that were submitted by the meeting attendees, with each candidate having an opportunity to respond.


More than 40 attendees filled the tables at Ristorante Picolinos for a delicious Italian meal and in anticipation of the candidates' forum. It was a memorable and successful meeting, many thanks to the candidates and all who attended!

September 10th

Club Picnic

The clouds parted and the sun shone brightly in time for the Rotary Club of Ballard's annual picnic on September 10th. Hosted by club member Ed (and Katie) Robinson, the picnic featured grilled burgers and hot dogs, as well as a delicious potluck of side dishes. The event is always well attended and draws family and friends of club members. This year members also had the opportunity to donate to the Rotary Foundation. The picnic featured a drawing for a dinner for two at Ristorante Picolinos and a bottle of champagne, as well as bottles of wine for second place winners. Congratulations to Scott Baldwin, the grand prize winner! Thanks to Ed and Katie for hosting another successful picnic!

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July 16, 2019

Cindy Krueger & Ballard P-Patch Challenges


At the July 16th club meeting, Cindy Krueger described the current challenges facing the Ballard P-Patch. Cindy is a member of the Ballard P-Patch Leadership Team, and explained how the current owner of the land used by the Ballard P-Patch needs to sell the land and is giving the P-Patch first opportunity to purchase it. 

Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church owns the property, and needs the funds to upgrade the church to meet safety requirements and to generally improve the building, which is more than 70 years old.  Krueger estimates the land will cost $1.8 million.

 Many fund-raisers are being scheduled this summer. To donate, visit the Ballard P-Patch's donation site or e-mail

A Visitor from the Rotary Club of Mumbai Royales

A special visitor at the July 16th club meeting was Anita Saraf from the Rotary Club of Mumbai Royales in India. Club flags were exchanged as an expression of international Rotary goodwill.

Anita Saraf, left, and James Raptis.

For more information about the Rotary Club of Mumbai Royales, visit their Facebook page at:

July 9, 2019

Hal Beals and Rotary Youth Exchange 

At the July 9, 2019 club meeting, Hal Beals spoke about the Rotary Youth Exchange. Hal Beals is the district chair of Rotary Youth Exchange, and began his excellent presentation by reminding us that in order to maintain vitality we need to keep inviting younger members into Rotary (who knew Paul Harris was only 34 when he began it?) There are four options to consider for starting youth earlier:

  • Interact, for high schoolers (23 clubs in our district)
  • Rotaract, for college age students (6 in district 5030)
  • RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Academy) a 4 day leadership institute for junior and senior high schoolers, usually held in March at PLU (only $65 registration!)
  • Rotary Youth Exchange, for 15 ½ to 18 years, in either a 4 week summer program or an academic year commitment. This does not cost the club, but has proven to build some wonderful bridges between cultures.

Hal did an outstanding job of orienting us to the different ways Rotary club can continue to stay fresh through involvement me in one or more of these youth programs.


Upcoming Programs
11/26/2019: No meeting This is the week of Thanksgiving, so no meeting is planned. Have a wonderful holiday!
12/3/2019: Dr. Warren Brown Dr. Warren Brown, president of North Seattle College, will talk about the state of North Seattle College and its plans, strategies, and challenges as it prepares its students to enter the work force.
12/10/2019: BHS Vocal Jazz Holiday Performance Director of Vocal Music Courtney Rowley and the members of Ballard’s Vocal Jazz group will entertain us with a range of holiday songs. We will be under the newly-remodeled big tent in the back of Picolinos, so it is going to be a special gathering. Bring a guest!
12/17/2019: Jen Muzia, Executive Director of the Ballard Food Bank Jen will update us on the new Ballard Food Bank building which will be located at 1400 NW Leary Way.
12/24/2019: No meeting and Merry Christmas!
12/31/2019: No meeting and Happy New Year!
Club Leaders
Meeting Times
Please join us at our lunch club meeting at noon every 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Tuesday of the month in Ballard at:
RIstorante Picolinos
6415 32nd Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
On 4th Tuesdays of the Month we meet in the evening at Ristorante Picolinos. On the rare 5th Tuesdays of the month, a club social is scheduled in a different location in Ballard. Check the Upcoming Programs for location.
Rotary Club of Ballard (Seattle)
PO Box 70472
Seattle, WA 98127
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