Rotarian $ at Work!

Ballard Art Walk Features Youth Photography

On Saturday, June 9, as a part of the Ballard Art Walk, Ballard Landmark was proud to host the photography of students in the Ballard Boys & Girls Club Art Program. The Art Program is sponsored by a grant from the Rotary Clubs of Ballard, Fremont, and Magnolia. 

In their first month with the new cameras provided by the grant, the 4th grade - 8th grade club members were able to create this collection of photographs and film a trailer for their upcoming short film, "Black Lotus". 

Thank you, Ballard Landmark, for supporting the creative work of these young folk. To see more photos of this art installation, just click on the Social Events Gallery at the top of the page.

Weekend Food for Kids

Rebecca Miles sent in this photo in April 2018 of our volunteers at the Ballard Food Bank, packaging food for students in need. From left, guest Rotarian Bobbi Miles, Steve Stansfield, Ed Robinson, and Chris Davis. Great work!!

Weekend Food for Kids

Ballard Rotarians help package food every Monday afternoon for this confidential program that provides students in need with bags of food. Here are John Deasy, James Raptis and Val Gaifoulline, at the end of the 90-minute session on Monday, March 12th, 2018, intent on getting those last bagels wrapped. Kudos, guys!

Lighting for Living

The tiny houses that formed Nickelsville Ballard are finally being set up in their new home in lower Wallingford, right next to the parking lot for Ivar's Salmon House. This location will have electricity, so our solar panels are not needed. Hurray for the improvement! Photo taken on March 13th, 2018.

The Global Reading Challenge is On!

February 2018 saw the beginning of the Global Reading Challenge in our local schools. Each year the competition consists of 4th and 5th grade students reading from a list of books from around the world (selected by the Seattle Public Library), and then competing to test their knowledge of the books. Rotary Club of Ballard provides books for the competition to several elementary schools in Ballard. In addition, Rotarians help with the first tier of competition, in which multiple teams in each school compete to earn the right to represent their school in the semi-finals.

March will see the conclusion of the competition, as school teams earn the right to participate in the finals. The biggest win, however, of the competition is the love of reading that it instills in its participants.

Chris and Kathleen Davis and the winning team at Whittier Elementary. 

The library at Loyal Heights Elementary is prepared for the competition, with chairs set up in groups, one for each team.

The tools of the competition. Rotarian volunteers help as timekeepers and scorekeepers.

A school display of the books in this year's competition.

Loyal Heights Elementary proudly displays trophies that list each year's winning team. 

January 2018

Lighting for Living Update


On December 21st, Mark Buick met with James Raptis, Walt Hickey, and others at Camp Second Chance, located at 97th and Meyers Way in south Seattle. They installed about 5 solar panels on tents which have no electricity. The encampment also has tiny homes with electricity. The solar panels are the ones originally installed at the Ballard Nicklesville encampment, and removed when the camp had to be moved to a different location. There are 10 solar panels yet to be installed, so when another request for volunteers is made, seriously consider helping with this noteworthy project.

It Was a Busy December 2017!

Bell-Ringing for the Salvation Army

December 16th club members gave the Salvation Army a hand by ringing the bells for donations at Fred Meyer in Ballard. Thanks to all the volunteers who worked shifts from am to 4 pm to spread holiday cheer and encourage donations for the Salvation Army.




Kids Shopping Spree at Fred Meyer

John Deasy, Community Service chair, reported that the Kids Shopping Spree at the Ballard Fred Meyer on December 2nd was an excellent success. With our club members on hand to help pay for the goodies with $100 gift cards, 27 kids were able to purchase clothes and other gifts.













Autumn Hygiene Drive October 21st, 2017

The Rotary Club of Ballard held another very successful hygiene drive on Saturday, October 21st at two Bartell Drugs locations in Ballard: 15th and Market, and the Commons at 56th & 22nd Ave NW. 

Club members provided lists of needed items to drugstore customers, asking for donations of personal hygiene items such as shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, tissues, diapers, and more. All collected items were donated to the Ballard Food Bank. Over 463 lbs of items were collected in over 7 barrels. Go team!!

Billy Rodgers, left, and John Deasy.


Eva Dunn and her daughter.

Garden Tour at Labateyah Youth Home

Marilee Fuller shared some pictures taken at a tour on July 1st of the edible garden at the Labateyah Youth Home in Ballard, the recipient of past service projects of Rotary Club of Ballard.


Susan Sola of University District Rotary with one of the rainwater cisterns at the garden. Can you spot the tiny Ballard Rotary signs above the giant University District Rotary banner?

Garden guru Fred Miller giving a tour.

 2017-2018 District Grant Recipient Selected

At the June 27th club meeting, Kathleen Davis requested a vote from the membership on what project will be the recipient of our District Grant for 2017-2018. The two choices were  the Ballard Boys & Girls Club Arts Program and the Ballard Boys & Girls Club Garden Project. The winner was the Ballard Boys & Girls Club Arts Program.

The grant will fund an expansion of the existing photography club for middle school students into a full-range arts program for 2nd through 8th graders. The program will include photography, music production, and filmmaking. Funds would be used to purchase cameras, electronic instruments, microphones, and related software. Total funding goal: $7,750. Congratulations, Ballard Boys & Girls Club!


Upcoming Programs
2/19/2019: Music4Lifeā„¢ Program speaker David Endicott, co-founder of Music4Life, will speak about this Rotary 5030 District project that provides ready-to-play musical instruments at no charge to public school districts for use by students in need.
2/26/2019: Richard Wagoner and the Seattle Times Traffic Lab Traffic Lab is a regular feature of The Seattle Times and covers transportation issues in the city and the region. This is a program you won't want to miss! February Students of the Month will also be honored.
3/5/2019: Board meeting The board meets on the first Tuesday of the month at Ballard Landmark, 4:30 pm.
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6415 32nd Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

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PO Box 70472
Seattle, WA 98127
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