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Rotary Club of Tiburon-Belvedere

Fellowship and Service

Address: PO Box 220
Tiburon/Belvedere, CA 94920
Phone: 415-747-5828

Club of Tiburon-Belvedere

Wednesday, October 5, 2022


Get Ready to Go 94920 takes place on Sunday, October 16. Walk your neighborhood and find your escape route from 11 a.m. to noon, and then gather at McKegney Green at for a barbecue and Get Ready Fair from noon to 2 p.m. Look for Angelo Capozzi and Rotary volunteers making fresh popcorn!


Lighting up lives with music

President Kathleen Defever introduced a program about a music project in Haiti explained that our club’s interest in helping young people in Haiti began when we contributed to the Rotary Club of Naperville’s initiative to fund a music program there. “It’s a wonderful program,” she said.

Revati Natesan welcomed Janet Anthony and Barry McKeown, International chair for the Rotary Club of Naperville. Janet is a retired professor who works with more than 50 programs in Haiti, including BLUME Haiti—Building Leaders through Music Education. www.blumehaiti.org

Our club contributed to the program in partnership with the Naperville club, and Revati hopes we’ll continue our relationship with Naperville. “It’s exciting to work together on a great cause," she said. She added that Haiti is a beautiful country with waterfalls, hills and natural beauty. “Recently it’s been facing a lot of challenges,” she said, including violence, political unrest and natural disasters. “It’s the poorest country in the western hemisphere,” she said, with 60% of the population living in Port Au Prince. Pierre-Payen, the location of the music project, is a small town 41 miles northwest of Port au Prince, and a lot of young people there are struggling to get through hard times.

David Ferdinand runs the campus in Pierre-Payen, and he’s an up-and-coming music teacher in his mid 20s. He is a trumpet player, and she showed us a video in which he played for us. “It makes me very happy that we can hope to make a difference with all these children,” she said. The Pierre-Payen Music Academy has 49 students, 10 girls and 39 boys, and they use the basement of a church to meet and practice, taking advantage of whatever space they can find, with some students are outside. At this point in the presentation, David tried to join the meeting, but the internet connection was intermittent, and he was cut off after a couple of minutes.

The violin teacher is no longer giving lessons because of a lack of funds, and Revati hopes we can help with the cost of teachers’ salaries. “Overall expense would be $7,500. It will have an impact the lives of many children throughout the year,” she said.

“I’ve been going to Haiti since 1996,” said Janet, and BLUME Haiti supports all 10 of Haiti’s department or states. She’s known David for a decade, and “It’s been a pleasure to watch him grow as a teacher and musician,” she said. “Economically, Haiti is in a very difficult place right now,” she added, explaining that the music program is about the underlying values that music can teach, and it gives kids options and possibilities.

“We’ve been involved with music in Haiti for five or six years,” said Barry. The Naperville club’s interest started with a member who was from Haiti. The country hadn’t returned to normal after earthquake, and he wanted to give kids music. The club donated 20 instruments for a music program and partnered with BLUME Haiti. They also needed to have musical repair if they were going to have a music program, and they partnered with BLUME Haiti to create one. Our club donated funds to the repair program last year.

“You are making a huge, huge difference,” said Janet, explaining that they have a repair person who has
Have a repair person who has taught people from all 10 Haitian departments to do instrument repairs. People are already earning income from doing repairs, and the schools are benefiting.

Barry added that a significant class difference exists in Haiti, but a student who is playing a musical instrument is equal to everyone. Janet explained that different classes rarely mix, but music is different, and “Music can be an equalizer and permit everyone to interact on the same footing.”

“Since this is a cultural program, not political in any way, can the U.S. aid mission help?” asked George Landau. He has seen the U.S. aid program at work in Liberia, and it has a cultural element.
Janet said BLUME Haiti has have US agencies and has yet to have any of their requests approved.

Ray Mehra added that in 2019, the Glidden Foundation was active in Haiti. “They could be a resource,” he said, observing that the potential and expansion of what music can do is quite significant.

Revati added that when Think Global Arts gets involved in any country, they have a person in that country who knows the culture and can make sure the money is used correctly.

“Do the children only keep the instruments during the camp, or do they have a way to practice?” asked Kathleen.
Janet replied that the academy’s summer music camp had students coming from more than 20 miles aways. Gas prices are about $21 a gallon and the cost of transportation was too much, so some kids stayed at the academy, but it’s difficult to find ways to feed them. That, however, gave them access to instruments so they could practice.

The academy has 49 students now and wants more, and “If they enroll more children, the impact is awesome,” said Revati. Music helps distract them from the violent environment around them, and that is meaningful for young children.

George Landau asked Janet how people go about donating and sending instruments.
“We’ve shipped hundreds of instruments to Haiti,” she said. It’s helpful to have one place to gather instruments and then ship them to Florida. When they have enough for a container, they ship them.

Janet has a special fondness for used instruments. “It’s one of the things I like the most, hearing instruments sing again,” she said.

Revati is trying to contact a Rotary club in Haiti. She’s found one in Saint Marc and one more, and she will contact others to see if she can find a contact in the Pierre-Payen area.

“This was a great presentation,” said Kathleen, as the meeting came to a close.




October 5          Noon: Club Assembly, Zoom

Zoom link: https://us05web.zoom.us/j/81397071974?pwd=RDBPUDVqYUNsakk0QVRZTnJUSUl3Zz09

Meetings will be on Zoom unless noted otherwise.

If you'd like to be a guest speaker, please send an email to rotary@telli.com



October 16        11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Get Ready to Go 94920. BBQ and Get Ready Fair at McKegney Green   begins at noon.



We're working on the transition to in-person meetings, but have yet to find a permanent meeting space. Meanwhile, some of our meetings are on Zoom, and some are in person at the locations announced. Pleased check the section titled Speakers pandemic to see where and when we're meeting. If you'd like to visit, either in person or on Zoom, we'd be delighted to meet you. For Zoom meetings, please go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81915154482?pwd=MDVHWWVjemovQ2ovdjJkZzczeW9qZz09,

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.

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

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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.

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.

• The Ranch: Scholarships for low-income youth to attend summer day camp.

Meaningful Projects—Service Above Self

• Community Action Marin: Founded in 1966, Community Action helps low-income families and individuals throughout the county become self-sufficient and improve their quality of life in many areas. CAM also works with every major nonprofit in the county to develop policies and give them opportunities to better their lives.

• Homeward Bound of Marin: Marin County’s primary provider of homeless shelters and services for families and individuals without shelter. It also helps people transition out of homeless, putting them on the path to self-sufficiency and offers job training at its culinary academy.

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.




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.”


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.

Canal Alliance—a volunteer's perspective