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Rotary Club of Tiburon-Belvedere

Fellowship and Service

Address: Sam's Anchor Cafe
Tiburon/Belvedere, CA 94920
Phone: 415-789-0161

Club of Tiburon-Belvedere

Monday, June 7, 2021



We were pleased to welcome Cherie Sorokin, president of the board of directors of Marin Villages and a member of the advisory board of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Dominican University (OLLI), to tell us about  two organizations that serve Marin's older population.

Marin Villages

Marin Villages’ mission is to help older adults remain active, connected and independent in the place they call home … and in the community they love. Cherie pointed out that many adults want to stay in their homes as they age, and it’s an issue of particular interest in Marin County, because we have one of the oldest populations in the State of California. By 2030, more than 35 percent of the county’s residents will be over 60 years old. Marin Villages is working to build a community in which seniors can thrive. Marin has six villages: Tiburon, Mill Valley, Twin Cities, San Rafael, Ross Valley and Novato, and Marin Villages has a central office that represents them and coordinates services.

As we age, we lose friends and want to make new ones, and Marin Villages provides opportunities. It’s different, because it provides one-on-one assistance and has local volunteers, who tend to be over 60 as well, helping neighbors to do two or more things a month. For example, Rotarian volunteers from Tiburon Sunset and our club worked with Marin Villages to deliver emergency kits to local seniors. “We also have events in local homes and patronize local businesses,” said Cherie.

For the last year, Marin Villages has had to adapt. “Everything changed with COVID,” said Cherie. “We put a lot of our programs on Zoom. We taught a lot of 80 and 90-year-olds how to use Zoom. They also delivered groceries instead of taking seniors shopping. In addition, they instituted companionship calls, and it was one of the most important things they did. “They were a lifeline for many people who were living alone,” she said, reporting that they did 4,000 in seven months. Volunteers also helped people with making appointments for vaccinations, because it took the county a long time to realize that not all seniors were comfortable online.

Membership fees, about $450 a year, and it’s one of the best deals around. Marin also has a grant from the county of Marin, and Rotary clubs are big supporters.

“We are always looking for volunteers,” said Cherie, and you can do it whenever you have time available. Rides are easy, and “You end up being friends with people you might not have ever met.”

She added that Marin Villages needs volunteers and is always looking for ways to partner. The local village has about 45 members, and some are very needy and can’t stay in their homes without help. She also observed that Isolation a problem, and people are unsure how to start going out again. “It’s more scary to go out than it used to be,” she said.

Cherie introduced John Power, who recently became executive director. “I’m new to Marin Villages, but not to service,” he said, explaining that he previously worked in San Francisco. He likes Marin Villages link to local businesses and will look at ways to do that more. “I really look forward to working with you all,” he said.

To find out more, go to www.marinvillages.org.


 The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute offers programs for seniors at Dominican University, and Cherie describes its offerings as “Brain candy for the intellectually curious.” Philanthropist Bernard Osher was the founder and based it on a program in San Francisco. He also established similar programs at several other campuses throughout the country.

OLLI offers non-credit classes that are usually lecture series on a wide range of topics. Small group discussions are also available for people who want more interaction. Topics include art, music, music, history, outer space and more, and “They’re great classes,” she said. “It’s a community of older adults. You have to be at least 50.”

Classes are currently on Zoom but will return to in-person in the fall. Pricing varies and scholarships are available. Summer session starts at the end of June.

To find out more, go to OLLI.

Questions and Answers

“What does it typically cost? asked President Annette, and Cherie said that there’s an annual fee, and classes are around $110. She believes it costs $15 to join for the summer.

David Albert asked if it’s a series of classes, not just one, and Cherie, said yes, they’re mostly a series of classes but with some one-offs. She recommended the classes as a great way to get intellectual stimulation.

“What time are classes,” asked President Annette, and Cherie said that some are in the morning; others start at noon, and some begin at 2 p.m. The length is usually 90 minutes to two hours.

“How did you get involved?” President Annette also asked.

“I signed up for a class, and I was hooked,” said Cherie. She added that OLLI is specifically designed for older people, without any homework or tests.


Plight of the Western Monarch Butterfly

Photo: Xerces Society

“I’ve had the biggest learning curve knowing that I was going to tell you about the Monarch butterfly,” said Kathy McLeod, a member of Tiburon's Green Team. Her interest began when she saw someone asking for milkweed on Nextdoor. “I just had no idea,” she said. However, she discovered that Monarchs can’t live on anything other than milkweed, and she thought she had some. When it came up this year, she gave it to the person who wanted it. She added that the type of milkweed Monarch butterflies need is native, and nurseries carry the wrong one. It’s tropical and harms the butterflies. “If it’s not native, don’t buy it,” she said.

The native plants to look for are California narrow-leaf milkweed (asclepias fascicularis) and showy milkweed (asclepias speciosa, right, with honeybee). The caterpillars feed on the leaves and need them to survive.

Tiburon is in the perfect position for attracting Monarch butterflies, because it’s just five miles from the ocean. Places farther away are too great a distance from the migration route, which is close to the coast, Kathy explained. The butterflies overwinter in Bolinas and Stinson Beach, arriving in October and November and leaving in July and August. When they get to Tiburon, they’re ready to rest and reproduce, but they won’t lay eggs unless they find the correct species of milkweed.

She has heard of great examples of milkweed planting and knows about ones at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center, Harmony Farms in Sebastopol and an area adjacent to Avenida del Prado in Novato. The tall, showy milkweed plants have flowers and are deer-resistant, drought-resistant and beautiful. “Hopefully it’s going to attract the butterflies,” she said.

Mia, a park ranger at Muir Woods does the annual count of Monarch butterflies and has observed a big decline and thought it might be because of the wildfires, which destroyed a lot of milkweed. She sent Kathy an email saying, “Tiburon Green Team Monarch butterflies are a way to bring back the Monarch population,” and she referred to Tiburon as a place for rest, breeding and nectar.”

Belvedere mayor James Campbell and Tiburon mayor Holly Thier support planting milkweed, and some plants are at Blackie’s Pasture.

George Landau lives near open space, and he saw lots of Monarch butterflies, when he came to Tiburon 48 years ago, but they’ve disappeared. He asked if park rangers could plant some milkweed.
Kathy reported that Marin County is doing a study to find out where the wildlife corridors are and will decide what to do after the study is completed.

Western Monarch Population 2021 by Center for Biological Diversity

Bill Lindqvist said that for many years, he and Helen participated in the annual bird count for the Audubon Society. Hundreds of observers went out on one designated day and counted all the different species. “When you look at the long-term trends, they have ups and downs. How long has the [Monarch butterfly] count been going on?” he asked.

Kathy didn’t know, but Judy Wilson recently did some research and learned that in the 1980s, the Monarch butterfly count in California was 4 million, and the number has declined steadily to only 1,900 in 2020. Kathy said the last count was even lower.

“Do they change their migration route?” asked Bill, and Kathy said she’d try to find out. She added that some people find a chrysalis and take it inside, but it’s unknown if the butterflies can find their way to the migration route when they’re released.

Angelo Capozzi reported that a wonderful documentary on Monarch butterflies, Monarch Butterfly, is available on Amazon.

David Albert and his wife Joyce rescued milkweed from the Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross. “It had caterpillars on it, and they were throwing the milkweed out,”he said, adding that it was sad to see them destroying it. David and Joyce took the plant and caterpillars home, and when the larvae had completed their tranformation into the butterflies, they took them to an area on the migration route.

Kathleen Defever reported that a small public garden in her neighborhood isn’t tended well, and she and Lynn Fox have been talking about improving it. “It could make a pollinator garden,” she said.

Kathy said that seed balls are a way to plant milkweed seeds, and they require compost and clay as well as seeds. Judy Wilson added that milkweed needs a cold stratification process if they are to germinate, and so the best time to distribute them is in late fall, so, hopefully, they’ll have the advantage of winter rainfall.

President Annette Gibbs reported seeing butterflies in her backyard frequently, which is unusual these days.

George Landau added that other small butterflies used to be common, but they have disappeared. (Left: The Bay Checkerspot butterfly is also threatened. (Photo: UC Berkeley)

“They went extinct,” said Kathy, who also recommended the Xerces Society as a good source of information. It started when the butterflies started to go extinct.

For more information on pollinator gardens for butterflies, bees and birds, go to Pollinator Partnership.org, www.pollinator.org and the Xerces Society, www.xerces.org.

Showy milkweed (foreground) in the pollinator garden at Cornerstone Sonoma.




June 9       Sarah Hamid, Essential  oils

June 16     Chief Ryan Monaghan, Tiburon Police Department

June 23     Helen Lindqvist, Head docent at Old St. Hilary's Landmark will give a talk and tour at an in-person meeting. 

Meetings will be on Zoom until further notice unless noted. If you'd like to attend a meeting
or be a guest speaker, please send an email to rotary@telli.com



June 19           Juneteenth Celebration, Music, poetry readings, guests speakers and more. 1 to 4 p.m. on Tiburon's Main Street.

June 30           Installation Celebration. 5 p.m., Caffe Acri. $30. Includes gourmet hor d'oeuvres, a glass of Prosecco or Italian soda, no-host bar. RSVP required. Contact judith@telli.com for an invitation



All in-person Rotary meetings and events have been cancelled or postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be meeting on Zoom at 4 p.m. on Wednesday until further notice. If you'd like to join us, we'd be delighted to meet you. Please go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81915154482?pwd=MDVHWWVjemovQ2ovdjJkZzczeW9qZz09,

Our usual meeting place is Sam's Anchor Cafe, and we gather at 5:30 p.m. for an early evening meeting on the first and third Wednesday of the month and for lunch at 12:15 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Most weeks, either a guest speaker makes a presentation or we have a program. Attendance is $10. Food and drinks are no-host  We welcome guests. If you'd like to hear a speaker, offer to be one or find out more about Rotary, pay us a visit. We'd be happy to make your acquaintance.

Board of Directors Meetings
Meetings of the Board of Directors are open to all members and take place monthly at a time to be announced. For information, please send an email to judith@telli.com.

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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The Rotary Club of Tiburon has donated funds to the following local organizations that are serving Marin's most vulnerable residents during this challenging time:

• Ambassadors of Hope & Opportunity www.ahoproject.org

• Canal Alliance https://canalalliance.org/

• SF Marin Food Bank https://www.sfmfoodbank.org/

• St. Vincent de Paul https://www.vinnies.org/

• Vivalon https://www.vivalon.org

In addition:
• To support local business, the club made a donation to the Tiburon Peninsula Chamber of Commerce's COVID-19 Tiburon Small Business Fund. https://www.tiburonchamber.org/

• To assist families need, we purchased 10 boxes of fresh produce from Servino Ristorante to donate to the food pantry at The Ranch. www.servino.com

• To help give kids whose parents are financially challenged a good summer, we donated funding for scholarships to The Ranch's summer camp program. www.theranchtoday.org

Food insecurity is an increasing problem. If you'd like to find out more about it and how you can help, go to https://www.mymove.com/moving/guides/food-donation/.


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 2020-2021

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.

• Del Mar Middle School’s Liberia Project: Support for the students’ service-learning 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• Young Performers International: Scholarships for kids to take music lessons and develop their performing skills. Music makes kids smarter!

Meaningful Projects—Service Above Self

• Canal Alliance: Support for a population that includes many of Marin County's essential workers, who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 pandemic.

• 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.

• Vivalon: 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. This year, we're contributing our international funds to the Rotary Club of Marin Evening's new microcredit project in Ecuador and the Rotary Club of Mill Valley's greenhouse project in the high Andes n Peru.

District Designated Funds also support local projects, and this year our funds purchased boxes of produce for the food pantry at The Ranch.




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.


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).


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)


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.