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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 20, 2022


Educators of the Year

Congratulation to Rotary's Educators of the Year for 2021-2022! This year's honorees are Janet Cerni, teacher/librarian at Del Mar Middle School, and Michael Bronson, 5th grade teacher, and Ben Campbell, 6th grade teacher, at St. Hilary School.

George Landau presented Janet Cerni with an award, a certificate, flowers and a check.

Angelo Capozzi (right) and George Landau presented Ben Campbell (above) and Michael Bronson (below) with their awards at a school assembly.


Children's Book Drive

The Rotary Clubs of Tiburon-Belvedere and Tiburon Sunset are holding a book drive to collect gently-used and new books for the Global Book Exchange in Terra Linda. Some children in Marin County aren't fortunate enough to have books to read at home, and so local Rotary clubs underwrite literacy field trips so students at schools that serve low-income areas can visit and choose books for reading at home. So far this year, more than 1,000 kids have taken home close to 10,000 books, and the book drive will help fill the shelves so more classes can visit.

If you have children's books you no longer need and would like to donate them, please drop them off at Cindy's Hair Salon, 1640 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon. If you'd like to volunteer at the Global Book Exchange and help kids—some of whom have never owned a book of their own—choose books, pleases send an email to bookexchangemarin@gmail.com.

Here are a few suggestions for authors, titles and topics.

Fun second grade authors are

Sally Warner, who has two easy chapter book series, Absolutely Alfie and Ellray Jakes

Ted Arnold

Kevin Hekes

Dav Pilkey

Magic Tree House 

Owl Diaries

For fiction and non-fiction, kids love the following:

National Geographic Kids' Readers. The animals ones are the biggest hit. Any science ones are good.

Who Would Win? series

Sports books, especially soccer and basketball

Who Was biography series

I Survived series by Lauren Tarshsis

Ricky Ricotta Mighty Robots by Dav Pilkey

Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel

Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey

Books by Raina Telgemeier

Mo Willems is a super favorite of 1st and 2nd graders. Anything with Piggie or Elephant or Pigeon.

Pete the Cat

Lord of the Rings

Pokey Man


Wings of Fire (first of series), Sutherland 

Percy Jackson

Harry Potter books

Goose Bumps

Percy and the Olympics, Riordan series





Anastasia Pryor is development and communications director for Conservation Corps North Bay. Her first career was in advertising and marketing, and she worked for the Marin Independent Journal and the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. She went on to become assistant development director at Sunny Hills, where she developed a passion for helping young people live productive lives. She joined Conservation Corps North Bay in 2018, and its mission is youth development and conserving natural resources for a resilient, sustainable and equitable community.

The Conservation Corps was founded in 1982 after Richard Hammond discovered that the catastrophic storm of January 1982 had damaged the trails on Mt, Tamalpais. He organized crews of young people to restore the trails and take part in environmental awareness activities, and from there, the organization grew, eventually becoming Conservation Corps North Bay.

The Conservation Corps has partners, such as the Ring Mountain Homeowners Association, which hires a crew. Young people do the hands-on work and get paid work experience, learn from experienced people and earn certification for the skills they acquire.

They can choose one of two training tracks. One is natural resources, and they work with several agencies, which include Marin Municipal Water District, Marin County Parks and the Town of Tiburon. Among their tasks are fire fuel reduction, habitat restoration, flood prevention and highway right-of-way maintenance. They learn skills, but “Over the course of the year, they make a significant environmental impact as well,” said Anastasia.

Zero Waste Program Services is the second track, and crews provide recycling services around the county. They also do litter abatement at the Marin County Fair. They provided recycling services at the pancake breakfast in Mill Valley on Memorial Day as well. They’ve installed new recycling bins on public lands throughout the county, and “We have been expanding recycling services for several years,” said Anastasia, adding that e-waste is one of the largest needs.

Now they are getting into food recovery. Edible food should go to the food bank or someone who can use it, and if it’s no longer good, it should be composted. It should not go to a landfill. Recycling mattresses is new, and they recycle thousands of tires. You can go to the webpage to see when community recycling events and drop-off times are scheduled.

In addition, “As part of the job training program, we offer more than 30 certifications, and a number of these are industry-recognized,” she said. Certification is important, because it results in higher wages.
“We serve a very diverse population,” she said, and most corps members are Latino from Guatemala. About half haven’t yet earned a high school diploma, and they want help accomplishing goals so they can be independent and self-sufficient.

Career Pathways

Conservation Corps North Bay serves young people 18 to 30 years of age and offers them the opportunity to earn a full high school diploma at John Muir Charter School, which is important to corps members and their eventual employers. Career Pathways is the glue of the services and includes career and educational goal setting, support services, job skills development and career search and placement. They help all corps members with individualized plans and stick with them from the time they enter the program until they’ve launched their careers. 79% go on to living wage employment, and on average, jobs pay $19.16 an hour. Past and current job placements include Sonoma Water, Bartlett Tree Service, the County of Sonoma and Habitat for Humanity.

An individualized program begins with a young person expressing an interest in a specific career, and then a coach helps the student overcome obstacles so he or she can acquire skills for a specific type of work, and A new program called F.I.R.E. Foundry began in January. It has four phases, starting with one year in the Conservation Corps. It’s in the pilot phase, and supervisors voted to continue funding earlier this month.

Questions and Answers

“When you are going beyond the certification process, do you work with organizations like 10,000 Degrees?” asked Lata Setty.

Anastasia responded that they work with other organizations that serve the same population and connect corps members to resources.

“How do you see your organization meshing with Rotary?” asked David Albert.

Anastasia replied that they have worked with Rotary clubs to gather resources for specific projects. The Marin Evening club collected clothes for interviews and pulled together piles and piles of professional clothing.

Critical mass support is also helpful, especially during the holidays. They do a drive for toys and presents, and “We definitely need help with that,” she said. They are considering a special Amazon gift list to aid in meeting that need.

Rotary members could also talk to corps members at a workshop and do mock interviews to help them prepare for real job interviews.

“What are you doing in the Tiburon area?” asked Lynn Fox.

Anastasia replied that the town hires crews to do fire reduction work, and crews also work with homeowners associations on hardening homes to help protect them from fire. The president of a homeowners association can go to the website to hire a crew.

George Landau asked about electronic recycling, and Anastasia said that they hold community events so people can do drop-offs. You can find out when community events are coming up on the website.
Sometimes they make house calls, but you must make arrangements in advance. They don’t pick up mattresses, but people can drop off mattresses at the Novato location in Bel Marin Keys. “We are just the collector,” she said.

George added that he thought Al Aramburu, who was mayor of Tiburon, a Marin County supervisor and a committed conservationist, was a founder.

“We have environmental royalty who helped us set up. We’re fortunate in that way,” said Anastasia.
“If there are future events we can support, we look forward to collaborating with you,” said Lata, as she thanked Anastasia for her talk.

To learn more about Conservation Corps North Bay, go to ccnorthbay.org.




June 8          4 p.m., Zoom, Conservation Corps North Bay

June 1          Carrie Chin, Paul Harris Fellows, time and location to be announced


Meetings will be on Zoom until further notice unless noted.

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



Saturday, June 25     6:30 p.m., Rotary Club of Tiburon Sunset Stock Exchange, Tarantino Hall, St. Hilary Church, 761 Hilary Drive, Tiburon. Purchase a $100 share and get a chance to win $3,000 and other prizes. Contact judith@telli.com to purchase a stock certificate and get in on the action.




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.



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


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