Rotarians at Work!
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.
Lighting for Living Update
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!