The Rotary Club of Ballard in Seattle, Washington was chartered on 25th June, 1946 with 33 Charter members. They currently have 42 members.
They are a very active club and undertake many local projects. Every Monday afternoon a group of Rotarians help to package food for a confidential program that provides students in need with bags of food.
Christmas is a busy time for the club as they regularly undertake bell ringing for the Salvation Army to solicit donations. The club also sponsors a 'Kids Shopping Spree' where 27 underprivileged children were given a $100 shopping voucher so that they could purchase gifts and clothing. Rotarians are on hand to assist the children with their purchases.
February 2018 saw the beginning of the Global Reading Challenge in their 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 saw 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.
A regular hygiene drive is also conducted by the club. Club members provide lists of items in need to drugstore customers, asking for donations of personal hygiene items such as shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, tissues, nappies and more. All collected items were donated to the Ballard Food Bank. Over 463 pounds of items were collected in seven barrels.
The Rotary Club of Ballard meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 12 noon and on the third Tuesday of the month at 5.00pm