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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

Rotary Club
of Tiburon-Belvedere

Tuesday, November 19, 2019


James Demmert of Main Street Reasearch will give a financial forecast for the coming months at this week's meeting. We meet at 5:30 p.m. at Sam's Anchor Cafe. $10 for the meeting, no-host food and drink.



“I’m a board member of an organization called Operation Encore,” said Guy Jaquier. He’s a retired real estate executive but not a veteran.

The role of Operation Encore’s musicians is to write original music and perform, while Operation Encore makes sure they get paid. Some go on the road to take their music to the masses, and “We support them,” said Guy. They also help them to record their music and make a three-song track of their work. “It gets them the marketing piece that can help them get to the next level,” he explains, and they also make CDs that they can sell at their gigs, which helps them get jobs. Put the music on Spotify. They can do it for $3,000 to $4,000, and they also put the music on Spotify and do podcasts. In addition, “We get them in music festivals,” said Guy, explaining that the open for more prominent musicians, and Operation Encore produces its own shows as well.

Operation Encore helps bridge the gap between the 1 percent who serve in the military and everyone else. “Some of my neighbors don’t know a post 9/11 veteran. … There can be a perception gap,” he said, and perceptions can differ from reality. For many, their experience with veterans is the homeless guy on street, but the vast majority are completely normal.

For those who do have problems as a result of the service, creating music and performing can be therapeutic. “We don’t bill ourselves as a music therapy organization,” he said, however, making art helps them with depression, PTSD and suicidal tendencies. “A good songwriter takes a personal experience, combines it with emotion and puts it into a wonderful package called a song,” said Guy. “They’re invincible when they’re on the stage,” and the positive feedback they get from the audience is invaluable.

Operation Encore is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and it has a board of five, which includes one member of the active military who is going on a mission. It has no paid staff, and the board does all the work. An impressive 95 percent of the funds raised go directly to the musicians. “We’re tremendously efficient,” said Guy. The biggest problem is registering as a nonprofit in different states.

When artists record, he’s in the studio with them, and “It’s a lot of fun. I get to produce the shows,” he said. Several of the artists put on a show at the Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley, and he did the marketing and promotion required to fill the seats. He also got the Operation Encore logo in background.
They have 20-25 artists. Andrew Wiscombe is a former sniper in special operations, who was in Honduras. Guy wondered why he was there, and he discovered that the country has serious problems with drugs and human trafficking, a black market in babies and human sacrifice. Andrew tells the stories but being trained in the military didn’t train him to see the body parts of children. The country is deal with vital issues, and the United States is providing important support, but there’s a cost for the service personnel who go there. They come back damaged and we have to be prepared to help them.

Operation Encore will have a show at St. Stephen’s Church in Belvedere on Friday, November 22, and the public is welcome to attend. Among the performers are Doug Lane from Utah, who plays the saxophone and was recruited to be in the U.S. Army band. He didn’t expect to see combat but traded his saxophone for a gun after the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. Keith Broker of Sacramento will also perform, and he’s now a United Airlines pilot.

Questions and Answers

“How did you get into it?” asked President Annette Gibbs.

Guy explained that he heard about Operation Encore from a friend. He is a singer/songwriter himself and has done a lot of his own music, and “It seemed like a natural,” he said. He helped book bands into Travis Air Force Base, and he arranged for Operation Encore members to perform in Mindenhall, England, which has a large Royal Air Force base.

“Has your organization considered any of the other arts, such as painting and books?” asked David Albert, and Guy said no, because the organization needs to focus on doing something well and building momentum.

He also addressed the issue of behind the front lines, such as decision makers and drone operators. Drone operators are on the front lines but not physically, and they have one of the highest rates of PTSD. “Their day job is playing a video game, and people are getting killed,” said Guy. He explained that they sometimes see bad things happening but can’t do anything about it. “It’s not their job to intervene,” he said. Snipers have the same issues. They see things—perhaps a child being raped— but if they shoot, they give up their position and jeopardize an operation. “It’s incredibly hard,” he said.

“Do they gravitate to country music?” David asked, and Guy said that some do, but others do hip hop and heavy metal, so when Operation Encore does a show, they have to decide what’s appropriate for the venue.

Charlie Oewel asked how many people Operation Encore helps, and Guy responded, “Right now, we’re helping about 25.”

“How do you find your veterans?” asked President Annette.

Guy explained that it’s all over the board. Some of it is word of mouth, and “Veterans find each other. They just do,” he said. An application is also on website.

President Annette thanked Guy and presented him with one of Bran Fanning’s books. Jon Rankin pointed out that Bran was a naval veteran of World War II.

Find out more about Operation Encore at operationencore.org.

To attend Operation Encore’s concert at St. Stephen’s Church, go to www.artangelsfair.org for tickets ($75 for the show and the party that follows.) The Art Angels Fair is also offering a private performance, which costs $50 and will take place on Saturday, November 23, at a local home. To sign up, stop by the Art Angels Fair, 3 Bayview Avenue, Belvedere, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., Friday, November 22. All proceeds will go to Operation Encore.




November 20        5:30 p.m., James Demmert, Financial Forecast

December 11        12:15 p.m., Allen Bronstein, Video storyteller/content provider

December 18        5: 30 p.m., Ruth Stotter, Storyteller



Holiday Party, Wednesday, December 4, Club at Harbor Point. RSVP required. Send an email to judith@telli.com to request an invitation.

Holiday Festival: Saturday, December 7, Point Tiburon Plaza



We meet at Sam's Anchor Cafe 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.

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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-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 2018-2019

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.

• 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.

• 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.

• Marin Youth Sympathy: Support for sending young musicians on a tour to perform in Europe.

• 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

• 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.

• 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. This year, we're contributing our international funds to the Rotary Club of Marin Evening's San Jacinto water project in Ecuador. 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.

District Designated Funds also support local projects, and this year our funds will go to underwrite the cost of school field trips to the Global Book Exchange and Audubon Canyon Ranch. In addition, we're donating portable bluetooth speakers to Canal Alliance so ESL teachers can fully implement the listening exercises that are part of the curriculum for English-language learners.




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)