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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

Saturday, June 23, 2018


Join us for some summer fun at

Bubbles, Bags, & BBQ

1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, July 1, 2018

Landmarks Art & Garden Center
841 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon

Mobile barbecue & food truck—ribs, chicken, vegetarian dish, beans, salads
Music & Dancing
Cornhole games
Plein air art
Photography contest
Scavenger hunt & piñata

Adults: $45 with reservations (pay on entry); $50 at the gate
Children 14 & under: $20

No-host beer, wine & margaritas

Reservations: rotary@telli.com

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

Congratulations to Michael Keran, District 5150's 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, and May marks the beginning of the 12th year of this service project.



New time, new day, new location

We're meeting at Sam's Anchor Cafe on Tiburon's Main Street now, and we're delighted to have a great new space. Even better, we've moved back to Friday. We now meet at 11:30 a.m., and meetings end at 12:45 p.m.

Check out our great lineup of guest speakers (below), and plan to join us for lunch and make some new friends. We love guests!

Photo: Sam's Anchor Cafe


The Miracle of Rotaplast

Angelo Capozzi founded Rotaplast International with Peter Lagarias, when he was a member of San Francisco #2. Rotaplast celebrated its 25th anniversary in January, and “We’re well into our 26th year of helping kids around the world,” he said. The organization started out as a community service organization that went to South America on its first mission in 1992. Donna Lee Rubin, who is a past district governor, is the executive director. “We’re very connected to Rotary,” said Angelo.

Every three minutes, a child is born with cleft lip and/or palate. “Every child is perfect, but they’re not born perfectly,” said Angelo. Rotaplast has gone on 217 missions and treated 19,000 patients in 26 countries. “You don’t see them in this country, because they’re so well taken care of when they’re born,” he said. The disorder results from a combination of genetics and environment, and ascorbic acid appears to be involved, but doctors don’t know how. Diet also plays a role.

Charity Navigator rates nonprofits and gives Rotaplast four stars, its top rating. “We’ve had that designation for the last three years,” said Angelo.

Changing Lives

Rotaplast helps children by providing them with free corrective surgery. Angelo told us about José García, a boy who, with his mother, walked six hours to the bus stop and then took a 24-hour bus ride to a hospital in El Salvador. When they arrived, the people at the hospital wouldn’t let his mother in, because she had a lesion on her cheek. Angelo identified the mother’s problem and treated it. José’s teeth were a problem, so a dentist on the team took out his bad baby teeth. A few days later, a surgeon repaired his palate and then his lip.

Angelo spoke to five Rotary clubs in El Salvador and got the presidents to support Rotaplast. A pastor arranged for Jose to meet Angelo, who looked good. Later, Angelo brought him to the United States, and the University of the Pacific dental school looked after him.

He also told us about a 3-year-old in Ethiopia. He operated on his lip on the first trip, and did his palate the second year. While the boy was in recovery, he asked how he was doing, and the child gave him a thumbs-up. He knew that something great had happened, and his life would change

“Cleft lip and palate is our main goal,” said Angelo, but if not enough patients need help, they will do burns. He explained that wounded areas contract if they are not treated properly, which results in deformity. He showed a boy with his lip pulled down, who was always drooling because he couldn’t control his saliva. “We do other odd things,” he said, showing a photo of a child with two thumbs.

Rotaplast went to India in 2004, and “We escaped just before the tsunami hit,” he said. The team saw 45 adults from 35 to 55 years old, including a woman with cleft lip and palate. They don’t usually repair such conditions in adults, because it’s more difficult and hard to control bleeding, and it doesn’t really change their speech. They have other avenues of therapy, so they did her lip and nose, and an orthodontist prepared a prosthesis with teeth to hide the cleft palate. They also repaired her nose.

The Mission

Rotaplast tries to educate local physicians in places that have them. “The goal is to work our way out a job,” said Angelo. They also take geneticists on some missions and try to determine the cause, comparing families with cleft kids and those without.

Every mission is by invitation from a Rotary club. Rotarians are generous, but before Rotaplast, not many went to other countries and had hands-on experience John Kaufmann and Bill Lindqvist have gone on missions, and it’s a great opportunity to serve mankind and make new friends. A mission offers opportunities to serve, make connections and experience new places and cultures. Teams are multidisciplinary and include both medical and non-medical teams. The mission director is a Rotarian, who looks after all logistics. Among the non-medical positions are medical records keeper, equipment sterilizer, photojournalists, pre-op and post-op assistants and interpreter. “The volunteers are a great addition,” said Angelo, explaining that the medical people love to have them, and they make conversations more interesting.

Every country has Rotary except China and Vietnam. Clubs in China have members from other countries, but who are ex-pats, because the Chinese can’t belong.

Angelo goes to Bangladesh in October. He flies Emirates from SFO to Dubai and stays overnight. Next he flies to Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, and then to Sylhet, the city where the mission takes place. Rotaplast got a grant that pays for 18 airline seats for the medical team. “That was a real breakthrough,” he said. They also take 35 boxes or more of medical equipment and supplies.

Surgeons operate on about 100 children per mission. The cost of a mission is in the neighborhood of $100,000, and costs are about $1,000 per child.”

Three organizations makes wraps for kids, and each one gets a colorful quilt after surgery.

Angelo observed that the mission of Rotaplast is in keeping with Rotary’s Four Way Test.
George Landau pointed out that our club was involved in Rotaplast, before Angelo became a member. It started when Jackie Garrett got Rotarians involved in a project. In addition, we sponsored a mission to India in 2008.

Dave Albert asked about the link to ascorbic acid and if it’s possible that a failure on the DNA strand occurs.

Angelo explained that it’s a combination of genetics and environment, and many factors have an impact. Dave asked if ethnicity plays a role, and Angelo said that it seems to.




June 29                 No lunch meeting. Look for us at Friday Night on Main

July 6                    Fellowship, no speaker

July 13                  Craig Middleton, Belvedere City Manager

July 20                  Fire Safety with Michael Lantier, Deputy Fire Marshall, Tiburon FPD

July 27                  Karina Nielson, Estuary Ocean Science (Romberg Center)



Wednesday, June 27, 5-7:30 p.m., Tiburon Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Mixer, Angel Island. Includes ferry, tram ride and dinner.

Friday, June 29, 6-9 p.m., Friday Night on Main, A Whale of a Time

Sunday, July 1, 1-4 p.m., Bubbles, Bags & BBQ, Landmarks Art & Garden Center, 841 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon



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 p.m., on Friday for a buffet lunch, and most weeks, and guest speaker makes a presentation.
Lunch & Attendance: $30, attendance only: $10.

Happy Hour
We enjoy a social gathering on the third Thursday of every month at 5:30 p.m. at Servino Ristorante, 9 Main Street, Tiburon. This is a no-host event—place and pay for your own order.

Board of Directors Meetings
Meetings of the Board of Directors are open to all members and take place on the second Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m.

Contact us at rotary@telli.com.

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



Having Fun at Friday Night on Main

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

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)