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 info@ballardppatch.org.

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
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.
Club Leaders
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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