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Rotary Club of Tiburon-Belvedere

Fellowship and Service

Address: 1600 Mar West Street
Tiburon/Belvedere, CA 94920
Phone: 415-789-0161

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Saluting Joe Lavigne

The purpose of life is not
to be happy. It is to be useful,
to be honorable,
to be compassionate,
to have it make some difference
that you have lived and lived well.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

*Please join the Rotary Club of Tiburon-Belvedere
and the Rotary Club of Tiburon Sunset
to remember Joe Lavigne and share memories.
Friends, neighbors, Rotarians—everyone's welcome.

11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Friday, December 14, 2018
Sam's Anchor Cafe, 27 Main Street, Tiburon
$30 with lunch, $10 for attendance only

*Reservations required. Please contact Charlie Oewel
at coewel@gmail.com by noon, Thursday, December 13, to make reservations.


Citizen of the Year — James Demmert

(l. to r.) Natale Servino, of Servino Ristorante; DeAnn Biss, executive director of the Tiburon Peninsula of Commerce; and James Demmert, Tiburon Peninsula Business Citizen of the Year (photos by Marshall Gross)

“Welcome one and all to the Citizen of the Year lunch,” said Master of Ceremonies and Rotary President Jon Rankin. “We’re honoring Mr. James Demmert today.”

James was born and raised in Rochester, NY. He spent his high school years in the Berkshires, and then he attended Harvard University, following which he had an internship at Rothschilds, a firm in Boston. He then moved west and got a job Lehman Brothers, where he worked in institutional sales. Next, he started Main Street Research in a location on Tiburon’s Main Street. The company grew, and in 1988, it moved to a larger space in Sausalito, where it is today. “He’s been 35 years in business,” said Jon. He also published a coffee table book: The Journey to Wealth, Smart Investment Strategies to Stay Ahead of the Curve.”

James and his wife Velda met at Servino’s and have been married since 2006 and have two children, Hudson and Stella. James collects Porsches and displays them in the Tiburon Classic Car Show. His son and Jon’s son Jaden attend Del Mar Middle School together, and Jaden envies James’ Porsche collection. Hudson, however, covets Jon’s classic Cadillac.

Jon revealed that James once wanted to be a professional magician, and asked, “Do you know any tricks,” He replied that he knows a few. In addition, Jon reported that James’ daughter Stella says her dad can drink beer with his toes.  “Which reflects a degree of flexibility far beyond mine,” said Jon.
Main Street Research donates a percentage of its profits to charity every quarter, and the Marin Food Bank, World Villages for Children and Susan G. Komen for the Cure are among the recipients. James also donated 40-flat screen monitors to the Belvedere-Tiburon Library. “He’s very generous with his time and money,” said Jon.

Jim Fraser presented James with a plaque on behalf of the Town of Tiburon. “Being in a small community … you know a lot about everybody,” said Jim. He added that it’s a pleasure to recognize people for their service and contributions and read a resolution from the Tiburon Town Council. “James, congratulations. It’s well deserved,” he said,
Marty Winter (left) followed with honors from the City of Belvedere. “Your CV is so impressive … I’m just awestruck.” He read Belvedere’s resolution in honor of James and said, “He’s a shining example. Thank you so much for all the years you’ve spent in our community and all the good work you’ve done.”

Joan Lubamersky represented State Senator Mike McGuire, State Assemblymember Marc Levine and Marin County Supervisor Kate Sears. She said that she was thrilled that Marc Levine asked to attend and represent him.
Thrilled that Marc Levine asked her to attend and represent him. She presented James with a plaque commending him for his civic engagement. “Also, we appreciate the civic engagement of all of you,” she said, adding that when people contribute, it creates a sound community. She also read a resolution from Kate Sears, thanking him for making Main Street an enduring part of the Tiburon community.
Jon quipped that one representative was attending on behalf of three officials, and it must be a reflection of belt tightening.
Next, Fire Chief Rich Pearce presented James with a proclamation from the Tiburon Fire Protection District.

Tom O’Neill (below) then passed on the crown, taking the place of Steve Sears, who was last year’s Citizen of the Year, but not available. Tom was Citizen of the Year two years ago, and “I was thrilled to be asked,” he said. He has known James for 17 years, and he thinks that Citizen of the Year will be the most cherished award he receives.
“If Mother Hubbard has as many Porsches as James, she’d have to buy a house from Jim Fraser on Gilmartin to house all her children,” he said. Generosity is a wonderful thing, and donating money is easy if you have it, Tom observed, but he pointed out that what’s more important is generosity of spirit and will. “James demonstrates a generosity of spirit,” he said. “In one of your various maneuvers around town, we expect to see you wearing this,” he added, as he presented James with the crown.
“Perfect fit,” said James.
“I had the crown placed on my head,” said Jon, but then he put it in a plastic cube and placed it on top of his fish tank. Georgia Kirchmaier followed him as Citizen of the Year, but she didn’t want the crown. “I didn’t want to give it up anyway, and I kept it for an extra year,” I hope you take the words to heart,” he said, adding that he also hopes James will add to the history of the crown.

Past Citizen of the Year Tom O'Neill presented James Demmert, this year's honoree, with the traditional crown. (photo: Marshall Gross)





November 30   Bill Keeener, Marine Biologist, Golden Gate Cetacean Research, www.goldengatecetacean.org

December 7     No meeting

December 14   Remembering Joe Lavigne

December 21   No Meeting

December 28   No Meeting



Sat., Dec. 1          2 to 6 p.m., Holiday Festival, Ark Row and Boardwalk

                             10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Landmarks Society Holiday Art & Craft Sale

Wed., Dec. 5        6 p.m., Rotary Holiday Party at Sam's. RSVP required



Lunch Meetings
We welcome guests. If you'd like to hear a guest speaker or find out more about Rotary, please pay us a visit. We meet at Sam's Anchor Cafe, 27 Main Streeet, Tiburon, at 11:30 a.m., on Friday, and most weeks, a guest speaker makes a presentation.
Lunch & attendance: $30, attendance only: $10.

Board of Directors Meetings
Meetings of the Board of Directors are open to all members and take place on the second Friday of the month at 10:30 a.m., at Sam's.

Contact us at rotary@telli.com.

If you'd like to be a guest speaker, please contact Marianne Strotz at properties@pacbell.net.

Send mail to Rotary Club of Tiburon-Belvedere, P.O. Box 220, Tiburon, CA 94920

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Scroll down to see our photo gallery of Rotarians at work and play!



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're supporting in 2017-2018.

Youth—Investing in the Future

• 10,000 Degrees: Funding for support and mentoring to help low-income students gain access college and succeed.

• 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.

• Audubon Canyon Ranch: Support for children from low-income urban neighborhoods to go on field trips and experience nature.

• Bel Aire School’s Liberia Project: Advice and support for the fifth-grade students’ ongoing projects to help their sister school in Liberia, thus encouraging altruism at home and helping children in a disadvantaged country across the world.

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.

• Eagle Scouts: Financial support for Eagle Scout projects, thus allowing Boy Scouts to develop leadership skills and prepare to become tomorrow’s leaders.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

Meaningful Projects—Service Above Self

• Canal Alliance: Support for a program that teaches immigrants to speak English.

• Marin Villages: Support for programs that help seniors age in their own homes. Members pay a small fee and can enjoy social get-togethers and access to volunteers for help with tasks such as getting to appointments, changing light bulbs or assisting with pets.

• Service to the Community Awards: Recognition for people who serve the community in meaningful ways, but don’t often get acknowledgement.

• St. Vincent de Paul: Support for helping Marin’s neediest residents obtain nutritious food, affordable housing, meaningful employment and a voice in the community.

• Tiburon’s Green Team: Support for the volunteers who plant, weed, prune and trim landscaping in public places to keep our community beautiful.

• Whistlestop: Underwriting for Whistlestop's Thanksgiving Feast for Seniors.

District Designated Funds

Rotary's District Designated Funds helped establish this sewing shop in Esmeraldas, Ecuador. Photo: Courtesy of Keith and Holly Axtell

Funds from the Rotary International Foundation's annual campaign earn District Designated Funds for our club. For the past three years, we have contributed our funds to multi-club microcredit projects in Ecuador, Guatemala and Peru to train people in job and entrepreneurial skills and extend microloans to help them start small businesses and become self-sufficient



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).


Jim Deitz

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.


Good Work

(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.”



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.


Tiburon Challenger

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



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)