Rotary Club of Tiburon-Belvedere
Fellowship and Service
|Address:||PO Box 220
Tiburon/Belvedere, CA 94920
Club of Tiburon-Belvedere
Tuesday, January 17, 2023
Lending a hand to Ambassadors of Hope and Opportunity
George Landau gives a check from the Rotary Club of Tiburon-Belvedere Foundation to Zara Babitzke, executive director of Ambassadors of Hope and Opportunity, a Mill Valley nonprofit that rescues young people at risk of becoming homeless and puts them on the path to successful lives.
CRAFTING A VISION FOR THE TPC
Lucasz Monka, General Manager and COO of the Tiburon Peninsula Club, started in the position on June 6, 2023, and was pleased to share some of his background with us.
He came to the United States from Poland in 2005. He finished his master’s degree in Poland and after he started working in private clubs, he discovered that he had a passion for the work. “I was delighted and very fortunate to move to North Carolina first,” he said. He worked at two different clubs, and “I spent three years in that area and absolutely loved it,” he said. Next he was recruited by a club in Jupiter, Florida, where he pursued his interest in wellness, managing the fitness and wellness facilities. The area was beautiful, and the club had 9,000 members and several golf courses. In contrast, the clubs in North Carolina were small, with 350 members.
He spent eight and a half years in Florida and stayed around the club most of the time. However, his wife is a lawyer, who has family in Northern California, and she suggested that he look for a position as a general manager in California. The geographic area was appealing, and “It’s a gorgeous place,” he said, although the cost of living is an adjustment. They are currently renting a place near the Cove, which is a good first step to allow them the time to get to know the area better.
“Our son moved with us,” he said, but he went back to his former high school after spending six months here. He attended Redwood High School and had an opportunity to experience the area, but he chose to go back and live with a friend and his family while he finishes high school. Lucasz observed that moving a senior is difficult. “We became villains overnight,” he said.
When Lucasz arrived, he took time to get to know people and understand the club. “You can’t bring your ideas without getting to know the club and people first,” he said, and it was a process that allowed him to learn a lot. Then he created a 100-day plan with the goals he wanted to accomplish. Number one was creating a strong executive team to serve the membership, and a recruiting effort began. He brought in people from the club industry to provide the best service for members, including a controller from New York, an executive chef, a food and beverage director and a wellness director. She and the food and beverage director came from Belle Haven Country Club in Virginia. He expects that the TPC will soon have a complete executive staff.
Lukasz explained that a club can operate in different ways, but elevating service and elevating the club can only be done with a great team. Members care about the end result, but he’s trying to build something solid, because a good structure is behind the members’ positive experiences. Thus, this is a transitional year.
He began with a list of 18 priorities, and ensuring that executives were in place was the first. He’s also looking at what the club needs and making sure that it never falls behind. The goal is to identify items that need attention and then focus on them, and that means making sure good processes and procedures are established. “I’m delighted with all my team members,” said Lucasz. “I have an amazing opportunity to serve a tremendous membership.”
Questions and Answers
Angelo Capozzi asked how many members the TPC has, and Lucasz replied that the club has a little more than 3,000.
He also asked if the gym has a separate membership. “It does not,” said Lucasz. “You have to be a member of the club.” He added that the club has two types of members: regular and senior members.
“Does the membership keep the gym busy enough?” Angelo asked, and Lucasz said that the answer is not single-layered. The gym might look quiet at a given time, but people go at different times, so it might be busier than it appears. The better the programs, the greater the participation. The challenge is to engage members in the club’s activities and achieve a balance.
George Landau asked about the fee to join, and Lucasz said that the initiation fee is $23,500, and potential members need to pay a fee to secure a spot on the wait list. Once they’re members, they pay monthly fees and have an annual minimum that they must spend at the café.
Lucasz said that the club has great strategies for improvement. At the moment, they need to hire and train staff, find vendors and work on procedures. He observed that It’s so important to create a culturally welcoming environment for team members. He pointed out that without members, staff don’t have jobs and without a staff, members don’t have a club.
“Can outside people have events?” asked Angelo, and Lucasz explained that a member needs to sponsor an event. The process is going through a full review now, but members fund everything, so they’re the priority.
Marianne Strotz recalled that membership used to be restricted to residents of Tiburon, then the club opened it to the entire peninsula.
Lucasz added that the club took measures to maintain membership during COVID. He observed that the more members the club has, the more it can do for members, which in turn increases membership.
“My kids grew up in this club,” said Marianne.
“I understand the importance of legacy,” Lucasz responded.
George Landau asked if any other big events such as the Tiburon Challenger are planned.
Lucasz explained that the balance between member use and that of visitors during events is important, because some facilities aren’t available to members. “It’s a members’ club and members first, and everything comes after,” he said. He’s focused on creating the best Challenger on the tour, although a junior tournament, which would be shorter and have less impact is a possibility. One of the challenges is figuring out how to split access for members and non-members.
Kathleen thanked Lucasz for an interesting presentation on the inside workings of the TPC.
Photo: 19-year-old Zach Svajda upset seeded players to win the Tiburon Challenger in 2022.
Adam Gagnon, TPC Tennis Director and Director of the Tiburon Challenger, presented the club with a check for $1,000 from the Challenger for the foundation. Each year, they give us a check to show their appreciation for our help. “I’d love to work with you guys to see how we can get your more involved,” said Adam.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
GREAT GUEST SPEAKERS
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Wednesday, January 18 6 p.m., Social, Tiburon Peninsula Club
WHERE TO FIND US
We meet at the Tiburon Peninsula Club, 1600 Mar West Street, Tiburon, CA, at 6 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of the month and at noon on the second and fourth Wednesdays. We'll announce activities and events for months with a fifth Wednesday. Some meetings are hybrid, allowing members and guests to attend either in person or on Zoom
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ROTARY AT WORK
The Rotary Club of Tiburon-Belvedere supports a wide range of programs, with a focus on youth, literacy and community. We believe that reaching out to others makes a better world and encourage others to join us. Here's what we supported in 2021-2022/
Youth—Investing in the Future
• Ambassadors of Hope and Opportunity: Support to provide a safety net of stable housing, guidance and community connections for young people 16 to 25, who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless in Marin County.
• Canal Alliance University Prep: A program to help high school students who will be the first in their families to attend college to achieve their goals.
• Dave Hutton Rotary Award for Service Above Self: An annual award to a graduating eighth-grader with a record of outstanding community service at Del Mar Middle School.
• Educator of the Year Awards: Annual awards to outstanding educators in local schools, whose unique projects give children a worldview that encourages them to become good citizens
• Global Book Exchange: Support for the Global Book Exchange in San Rafael, which collects lightly-used books and redistributes them to teachers at schools with limited budgets, disadvantaged families and nonprofits that serve children, as well as schools throughout the world.
• Marielos Fund: A scholarship to send a young woman in El Salvador to medical school.
• Reed School PTA: Funding for playground supplies for Reed School's new Pre-K classes.
• Rotaplast International: Support for volunteer medical teams to provide life-changing surgery for children with cleft-lip and palate in needy communities around the world.
• Rotary Youth Leadership Awards: Scholarships so high school sophomores and juniors can attend a special camp that guides them to develop their leadership skills.
• The Ranch: Scholarships for low-income youth to attend summer day camp.
• ThinkGlobal Arts: Programs in the for young people in disadvantaged countries, bringing joy and hope into their lives.
We're also to be one of the Tiburon Peninsula Little League's sponsors.
Meaningful Projects—Service Above Self
• Get Ready to Go 94920: Emergency lanterns for Get Ready to distribute to members at a special event devoted to emergency preparedness
• Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society: Assistance for the community's historial society to do maintenance on the community's landmarks.
District Designated Funds
Rotary's District Designated Funds helped establish this sewing shop in Esmeraldas, Ecuador. Photo: Courtesy of Keith and Holly Axtell
Funds that our members donate to the Rotary International Foundation's annual campaign, Every Rotarian Every Year, earn District Designated Funds for our club. In 2022, we used the funds to send 50 illustrated full-color children's dictionaries to schools in San Carlos, Mexico, where learning English is a key to success. We also contributed to the Rotary Club of Marin Evening's newest microcredit project in Ecuador.
BOCCE BALL TOURNAMENT
Kathleen Defever plays Bocce. Photos: Marshall Gross
Teammates Kathleen Defever and Angelo Servino
Anastasia Fink, Charlie Oewel and Marianne Strotz
Scroll down to see our photo gallery of Rotarians at work and play!
District Governor Gary Chow of the Rotary Club of South San Francisco, administered the oath of office, launching Kathleen Defever's second year as president.
George Landau presented Janet Cerni, teacher/librarian at Del Mar Middle School, with an Educator of the Year award. Her peers in the Reed Union School District selected her for the honor.
Angelo Capozzi and George Landau presented Ben Cambell with an award, a certificate, and a check.
Angelo Capozzi presented Michael Bronson with a Rotary Educator of the Year award at a school assembly.
District Governor Danielle Lallement, Assistant District Governor Anne Sands, President Kathleen Defever (2021-2022) and Past-President Annette Gibbs (2019-2021)
Linda Emberson and President Kathleen presented Cindy Siciliano with a Service to the Community Award for her work helping the homless.
“She is tireless in assisting people who are needier thank herself,” said Linda. “She identifies a need and just jumps in and does it.”
The Rev. Christine Trainor of St. Stephen's Church assisted in presenting a Service to the Community Award to Sunny Lyrek. “She goes above and beyond and always has a sunny disposition,” said Christine, explaining that Sunny helps those at the margins of our community and does it with love and devotion. She has been providing meals for 85 need families since March 2020 and has also been helping the homeless.
Angelo Servino helped with presentation of a Service to the Community Award to brothers Natale and Vittorio Servino of Servino Ristorante and Caffè Acri. "I'm so proud of them," he said. They earned recognition for pivoting the business to create a market and offer items such as hand sanitizer and toilet paper, which local residents were unable to find. They also donated boxes of fresh produce to a local food pantry during the pandemic.
President Kathleen Defever thanked Annette Gibbs for her service and presented her with native milkweed seeds, a butterfly house, a book about butterflies and a gift certificate so she can create a habitat for Monarch butterflies in her garden. Linda Emberson gave Annette a bouquet of flowers.
District Governor Danielle Lallement gives Kathleen the oath of office. Among the requirements she asked her to repeat: “I will promise to keep healthy, ask for support and above all have fun.”
“We wish you an amazing 2021-2022 Rotary year,” said DG Danielle. “It is my pleasure to introduce to you your president for the 2021-2022 year.”
LENDING A HAND
Angelo Capozzi picking up groceries from the food pantry at The Ranch to deliver to residents of The Hilarita.
Cindy Siciliano, of the Rotary Club of Tiburon Sunset, has been helping the residents of the homeless encampment at Dunphy Park in Sausalito. Linda Emberson and George Landau of the Rotary Club of Tiburon-Belvedere joined her on Sunday, March 7, to prepare and serve a pancake breakfast.
Marianne Strotz, Revati Natesan and Geneva Michaelcheck at Happy Hour at the Club at Harbor Point. Photo: Marshall Gross
Julie Aubrey visited from Rotary International's headquarters in Evanston, Illinois.
(l. to r.) Irene Russell, Kathleen Defever, Helen Lindqvist and Bill Lindqvist at the Tiburon Peninsula Chamber of Commerce mixer at the downtown Tiburon firehouse.
HELPING KIDS GO TO CAMP
President Annette Gibbs presented Jessica Hochkiss with a check for $1,000 for The Ranch from the club’s foundation, which will help low-income children attend day camp. “We currently have two large summer camps going on,” said Jessica, and she explained that they take kids to Angel Island every day. “The camp has gone on for 40 years,” she said, and some of today’s campers have parents who attended when they were young.
The Ranch is a nonprofit, and “Every little bit helps,” she said, expressing her gratitude.
Past-president Linda Emberson and incoming President Annette Gibbs at the Installation Celebration
Lata Setty, Zohre Grothe and Lata's son, Deven Ramachandran
Warren and Irene Russell
Having fun at the Tiburon Classic Car Show!
Rotary in the community: Cindy Siciliano and Linda Emberson made it look easy, as they spent the day flipping burgers, hot dogs and corn on the cob for scores of happy customers.
Past District Governor Ron Gin, now district membership chair, presents Mike Keran with a pin in honor of his being chosen Rotarian of the Month for District 5150.
District Governor Jayne Hulbert and First Husband Gene Duffy paid the club a visit.
Cindy Siliciano of the Tiburon Sunset Rotary Club (left) and President Linda Emberson of the Tiburon-Belvedere club get ready to toss goodies to kids at the Labor Day weekend hometown parade. (Photo: Marshall Gross)
Welcome New Members
Membership chair Angelo Capozzi welcomed new members Neelam Kanwar (upper photo) and Lynn Spitler (lower photo).
It is with profound sadness that President Linda Emberson announces the passing of beloved member Jim Deitz on Friday, July 13. Jim exemplified Rotary's motto, Service Above Self, and his altruistic spirit was a model for everyone. He was devoted to his family, loved dogs and was one of the best. We'll miss him terribly.
(l. to r.) Lisa Brinkmann of Marin Villages accepts a check from Marianne Strotz, and Michael Heckmann presents a check to Michael Keran for St. Vincent de Paul. Photo: Lynn Fox
Rotarian of the Month
District 5150 named Michael Keran Rotarian of the Month for May. Mike's much-deserved honor is in recognition of his ongoing commitment to St. Vincent de Paul and helping the homeless in Marin County. In addition, he recruits a crew of Rotarians to serve lunch at the St. Vincent de Paul Free Dining Room in San Rafael every month. May marked the beginning of the 12th year of this service project.
Annette Gibbs (left) and Shelby Gross joined the Rotary contingent and got into the spirit
of this year's first Friday Night on Main
Celebrating Earth Day
Having Fun at Friday Night on Main
Angelo Capozzi (left) and Neelam Kanwar planted trees at Homeward Bound as part of Rotary International's initiative to plant one tree for every Rotarian. Photo: Marshall Gross
Lending a Hand at St. Vincent de Paul
Stalwart volunteers (l. to r.) Klaus Meinberg, Michael Keran and Angelo Capozzi in the kitchen of the St. Vincent de Paul Free Dining Room in San Rafael. The Rotary Club of Tiburon-Belvedere serves lunch on the fourth Thursday of every month and will begin its twelfth year of volunteering, under Mike Keran's leadership, in May. Angelo is team leader for the club's participation in the REST program, and he and Klaus also served dinner to a group of homeless men at St. Hilary's Church the same day. Service Above Self at its best!
First meeting at Sam's
Rotary does REST
The Rotary Club of Tiburon-Belvedre hosted dinner for a group of 25 homeless men who were spending the night at St. Hilary's Church on Thursday, February 15, as part of the REST (Rotating Emergency Shelter Team) program.
Members of the Rotary crew (above, l. to r.), John Kaufmann, Angelo Capozzi, Brian Walker, Raja Ramachandran and Deven Ramachandran, took a break before serving dinner to guests in Tarantino Hall. Lata Setty, Annette Gibbs, Bill Goldberg, Zohre Grothe, Karl Hoppe and Lata Setty were also on hand to help. The evening featured good conversation, great appetites and uplifting camaraderie, as well as good food.which included homemade lasagna that Deven, Lata’s son, helped prepare as a family Valentine’s Day project, and Mary Kaufmann'a delicious oatmeal cookies and cupcakes decorated with hearts.
Karen Glader welcomes new member Valerie Marsh to the club and gives her a Rotary pin.
Rotarians have fun in the Day Before-Labor Day parade.
The Town of Tiburon issued a proclamation in honor of the Rotary Club of Tiburon-Belvedere's 40th anniversary, which we will celebrate in June, and the 100th anniversary of the Rotary International Foundation. Pictured, left to right, are George Landau, President Linda Emberson and Tiburon Mayor Jim Fraser. Photo: Marsall Gross.
Visitor from Afar
Rehmah Kasule (above left), with President Linda Emberson) is the Immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Kampala/Impala in Uganda. She took the opportunity to visit us when she was at a conference in San Francisco in October. In 2010, she received recognition at the White House for her work in empowering women and met President Obama. She then wrote a book, From Gomba to the White House. She shared an African proverb: “When you walk fast, you walk alone. When you walk with others, you go far.”
MAKING KIDS SMILE
Marshall Gross donated two beautiful puppets that he won in a gift basket to Rotaplast's mission in Cebu City, Philippines. Dr. Angelo Capozzi (with the big dog) reports that the puppets are making kids smile every day before undergoing surgery, and the mission is going well.
Charlie Oewel, representing the Rotary Club of Tiburon-Belvedere, accepted a generous check from Ashoo Vaid (middle) of Wells Fargo and tournament director Brendan Curry (right) at the conclusion of the Tiburon Challenger. The funds will go to the club's education projects. (Photo: Getty Images for Revd)
Rotary welcomes Kimberly Brooks
District Governor Jeri Fujimoto (center) inducted new member Kimberley Brooks (right) as Kimi's sponsor, Joe Lavigne, looked on. Photo: Marshall Gross
DAY BEFORE LABOR DAY PARADE
Tari Nix and friend pull wagons with books for kids from the Global Book Exchange, as Marianne Strotz walks alongside, wheeling a Rotary sign. (Photo: Marshall Gross)
To see more photos of the parade, go to www.tiburonrotary.org and click on "Photo Gallery."
President Linda Emberson (left) of Tiburon-Belvedere and President Marilyn Nemzer of Tiburon Sunset hitch a ride with Michael Heckmann in the Day Before Labor Day Parade. (Photo: Marshall Gross)
Dana and Chester (left), making friends.
Winter in August was the theme of the Tiburon Peninsula Chamber of Commerce's mixer at the Boardwalk. President Linda Emberson took the prize for the most creative hat.
Jon Rankin views the on-court action at the annual Bocce Ball Tournament, a fundraiser for Rotaplast International. (Photo: J. Wilson)
Changing of the Guard
Thanks to President Marianne
President Linda Emberson (left) thanks outgoing President Marianne Strotz (right) for her two outstanding years of leadership with a special Rotary jacket, as Karen Glader, the club's new secretary, looks on. (Photo: Marshall Gross)
Honors for Angelo
Dr. Angelo Capozzi (left) and Dr. John Kaufmann with a child who underwent surgery during a Rotaplast mission to Peru in May 2016. (Photo: Courtesy of Rotaplast International)
Service Above Self
Dave Hutton presents the Capt. Dave Hutton Rotary Service Above Self Award to Kendall Hermann, graduating senior at Del Mar Middle School, for her outstanding performance in community service. The presentation took place at a special awards assembly in June. Photo: Marshall Gross
Teachers of the Year
(Left to right) RUSD Superintendent Nancy Lynch, Bel Aire School's Kelly Morphy, Reed School's Ross Modlin, Rotarian George Landau and Erin Turner of St. Hilary School (photo: Marshall Gross)
Mary Kaufmann and Jon Rankin got into the spirit of Carnaval, a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Tiburon-Belvedere. For more, see the photo gallery at www.tiburonrotary.org. (Photo: Marshall Gross)
In 1976, Tim Severin decided to test the theory. He built a similar boat, in Bantry, where Tom’s family is from, and he sailed it to North America, demonstrating that Brendan could have done it. [Severin wrote a book about his experiences, The Brendan Voyage, and it was made into a film.]
Severin also encountered a tribe of American Indians with white skin, brown and reddish hair and blue eyes. The name of the tribe was Duhare, a name that comes from ancient Celtic. Their carvings were the same as those in the west of Ireland, and the only person who reputedly reached North America early was Brendan, suggesting that he and the tribe are connected.
Tom’s family coat of arms has a red hand, and legend has it that when the first Europeans came to North America, one of Tom’s ancestors cut off his right hand and threw it to the shore so he could be the first to touch the new land.
“Was your ancestor called Lefty O’Neill?” quipped David Albert.
Terry Graham said she has done some research and discovered that when the first ships arrived from England, some of the tribes met the ships and tried to communicate with the sailors. Welsh sailors understood what the Indians were saying, leading to speculation the natives’ language came from Ancient Welsh, which is also related to Hebrew.
Tom added that the Irish and Welsh languages are Gaelic, and the first people in England and Ireland were Phoenicians, who are from the Levant region of the eastern Mediterranean.
Canal Alliance—a volunteer's perspective