Posted by Ambareen Jaddi on May 15, 2018

Kirkland Rotary Meeting Notes

May 7th 2018


The meeting was called to order by Club president, Steve Shinstrom at 6:30 p.m. The flag salute was led by Joanne Russ Stromberg. Front desk: Rick Ostrander and John Pruit with new member Monica helping

Introduction of Visitors:

Student of the Month: Sofia (did not capture her last name) of Lake Washington High School

Other Visitors: Members and Spouses of the Downtown Kirkland Breakfast club


Club Announcements

President Steve reminded about the golf tournament for this year will be held Monday, May 14th at Flatstick Pub in Kirkland from 4pm to 7pm. Sign-up through Steve. Club is covering the cost of pizza and 1st game. Beverages are no-host


Another successful weekend for Miracle league. Seattle University fraternity members were on hand to help with the event. More games planned for the coming weekends. Patty Sims will send out email with reminders on times and location


Scott Becker provided and update on the Duck Dash. Three new restaurants are participating with coupons, all prior restaurants have also donated. We now have $23,000 in sponsorship and will not be short. Ticket sales are expected to being June 1st

One of the downtown Rotary club members shared they are planning a Golf tournament for July 17t. President Steve will share more information via email

Past president’s dinner will be Steve’s house on Wednesday May 9th.

Thursday May 10th is the last single board meeting

Rick Walter collected Happy Dollars for the John Muir Librarian Tim Platt who is retiring at the end of the school year. Tim has been instrumental is supporting our Clubs Reading Buddy program. Over the last 15+years the program has donated over three thousand books to the school


Bob Becker Architect presented on the options being proposed to add parking to the downtown Kirkland area

The firm has worked on the projects such as Kirkland Performance theater and Bellevue Youth Theater

Currently there is a shortage of parking in downtown Kirkland, this project is proposing adding 1500 parking spots

Mr. Becker presented four plans all of which include an Aquatics/Fitness center which would get its power and heat from the sewage line that run through downtown Kirkland

The Aquatic center would have a 50-meter pool and a 25-meter pool with an adjustable floor for water polo. The site would have eight thousand square feet of retail space, child care, work out area, community room, balconies to look over the downtown area

Plans include improvements to Peter Kirk park and baseball field which could bring a semi pro baseball team to Kirkland

There would also be an outdoor theatre with a green room for concerts and events

Tennis courts are also part of the design

Currently the plan to provide free parking or maybe charge a dollar an hour

There were lots of questions from the group

None of the four deigns have been approved by the City, move conversations are taking place

President Steve thanked our guests and SOM, and closed the meeting

The meeting was adjourned at 8 p.m.

Submitted by Scribe:

Ambareen Jaddi