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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

Thursday, April 19, 2018


Getting Ready for 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


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.

Sam's has previous commitments, so we'll be meeting elsewhere on April 20 and May 25. We'll be at Servino Ristorante, upstairs, this week, and will post an announcements on where we'll be meeting on May 25, when it's confirmed.

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


Speech Therapy Cambodia

lizabeth Chafcouloff and Susan Langmore are both speech pathologists with Speech Therapy Cambodia. Elizabeth explained that after strokes or neurological problems, people have difficulty swallowing, and the organization’s mission is providing treatment in Cambodia, where therapy has not been available.

She gave a short history of Cambodia, explaining that the Khmer Rouge removed people from the cities and forced everyone to go into the country and farm. People who are wealthy can go to Bangkok or Singapore for medical treatment, but people in the country don’t have that option. Cambodia is a very poor country with poor roads, and people don’t trust the hospitals, because they believe that is where you go to get sick. The result is poor overall health, and people in their 50s suffer strokes, which cause dysphagia (swallowing disorders).

Addressing Dysphagia

She showed a video of a man who had suffered a stroke. Doctor tried to put in a feeding tube, but blood came out of his nose, and it didn’t work. Without therapy he would die, so a relative did Internet research and found a speech therapist who could help, giving them hope. The video is on the website: www.speechtherapycambodia.org.

Susan explained that swallowing disorders are common throughout the world, and up to 68 percent of patients in hospital and nursing homes are affected. Without treatment, malnutrition, dehydration and pneumonia result. In Cambodia, speech pathologists are the primary practitioners who evaluate and treat patients. Before they arrived, the solution was to put in a feeding tube and wait to see if a patient recovered.

Speech therapists have been going to Cambodia since 2002, when a nurse connected the first mission with a hospital. Training speech therapists is also a priority, and Elizabeth hopes speech therapy will be a profession there some day. Meanwhile, visiting speech therapists give lectures and train potential practitioners in beside and outpatient care. Speech Therapy Cambodia has also developed materials.
After working at one hospital, they got requests from two other hospitals. “We did a lot of workshops and lectures,” said Susan, and they also did whatever they could to spread the word. In 2016, they developed a Cambodian NGO, and “It took jumping through hoops but it works,” said Susan. Among the photos of Cambodia, she showed a cat in an ICU and explained that its job is to chase mice.

Cambodia has very few nursing services, and “Family members are the ones taking care of the patients,” said Elizabeth. She was the only speech therapist in the beginning, and then they started using short-term volunteers, but it was difficult to do training every two weeks, and so they went to a long-term model. Now they get volunteers to stay there for one year, and she talks with one of them on Skype every week.
The first step in treatment is an evaluation. Trained therapists need to be able to see the throat and airway as the person swallows, and they do a procedure called FEES—Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing—which requires putting a scope through the nose to the back of the throat. Susan showed a photo of a portable FEES system being used with a laptop at a patient’s beside. Companies donated the equipment. She showed us a video that allowed us to see normal swallowing as well as liquid going the wrong way. Treatment follows evaluation and involves changing posture and doing exercises. The goal is to restore patients’ ability to eat so they can go back to a normal diet.

“We’re in our fifth year now,” said Elizabeth, and Cambodian doctors can do assessments. Training in dysphagia also takes place at a university. “We’re hoping step by step, it will become a viable profession,” she said.


Clinicians don’t have enough time, and so they need to see patients with dysphagia after work. They usually are unable to do that, however, because they are poorly paid and leave in the afternoon to go to other jobs.

Raising money is one solution, and $300 a month would allow the subsidies to continue and pay two physicians for two hours a day, five days a week at one hospital. It would also help to pay the salary of a crucial Cambodia executive assistant to run organization smoothly and provide little things like gloves, hand sanitizer, medical masks and soap.

Cambodians don’t have medical insurance, and they have to pay for care unless they’re completely destitute, so Speech Therapy Cambodia is creating a patient fund.

In addition, the FEES equipment is wearing out, and they need to replace it.

Questions and Answers

“Why Cambodia?” asked John Kaufmann.

“I went as a tourist. I loved the country I loved the people,” said Elizabeth. She thought she could just go there and volunteer, but couldn’t find anything in her field, so she decided to start an organization.
Brian Walker asked if Rotary has clubs in Cambodia, and Elizabeth said yes, but the members are westerners, not Cambodians.

“How do you split your time?” asked Lata Setty. Elizabeth was five or six months a year, but now that she has more volunteers, she spends more time at home.

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




April 20                Club Assembly, no speaker

April 27                TBA

May 4                   Fellowship, no speaker

May 11                 Catriona MacGregor, Resilient Forests

May 18                 Educator of the Year Awards

May 25                 To be announced

June 1                  Fellowship, no meeting

June 8                  Edward DeAguilera, Project Amigo

June 15                Neelam Kanwar, the Holistic Way of Life

June 22                TBA



5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 26, REST, Service project at St. Hilary's Church, Tarantino Hall. Info: angelocapozzimd@gmail.com

5:30 p.m., Saturday, April 28, Marin Evening's Top Hat and Pearls Dinner Dance, Marin Country Club, Novato. Info: www.marineveningrotary.com

Sunday, April 29, Rotary Clubs of Terra Linda and San Rafael Evening, Texas Hold'Em Poker Tournament, Marinwood Community Center, to benefit Rotaplast International's mission to Apartadó, Colombia. Info: Ncobert7@gmail.com

May 4-6, DisCon 18. District 5150 Conference, McClellan AFB and Lions Gate Hotel, Sacramento. Info: http://www.5150discon18.myevent.com/

May 12, 6 p.m., Tiburon Sunset's Stock Exchange, St. Stephen's Church, Belvedere. Info: mnemzer@gmail.com

June 16, 11 a.m. Tiburon Classic Car Show, Shoreline Park. www.tiburonclassiccarshow.com



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.

From January to April, we will provide dinner for participants in the REST (Rotating Emergency Shelter Team) at St. Hilary's Church in Tarantino Hall. This service project will take the place of Happy Hour.

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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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.

• Dictionaries: Full-color, illustrated children’s dictionaries for every third grader in local schools every year.

• 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.

• Pathway Home: Support for a program in Napa County that provides residential treatment for veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

• 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



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)