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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

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project—Taking Action

Tom Powers from the Rotary Club of Los Altos was on hand to tell us about the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project, LARAP, and his club’s work in fighting AIDS. His club got involved in 1989, when new president Dude Angus, who was principal of Los Altos High School, stood up, announced that his son had AIDS, and the club had to do something about the disease. The news was shocking, and some people were so upset, they left the club. Others, however, started organizing immediately.

The club’s initial focus was education and awareness, but now it’s also helping to prevent transmission of HIV from mothers to newborns in Africa. Tom explained that in Sub-Saharan Africa, most women get AIDS from their husbands, but they won’t go to clinics to be tested. Instead they go to mother and child health clinics, when they have babies. Drugs are free, and as a result of current treatment, 98 percent of the children at risk are HIV free, when they’re one year old.

The Los Altos club’s work started its work in Africa with the Rotary Club of Sinkor in Liberia, with whom we work to help facilitate Bel Aire’s projects with its sister school in Monrovia. They started by providing HIV test kits and supplies, and recordkeeping was poor, so they helped organize that as well. The Sinkor club continued outreach throughout the country and provided computer training and flash drives in different dialects loaded with all the information people needed.

At first, the club partnered with Save the Children and expanded health clinics with a grant from the RI Foundation, but it moved on to find better ways to achieve its goals.

The club founded FAME—Foundation for African Medicine and Education—In Tanzania in 2017 and is working with the Rotary Club of Arusha. An American doctor runs the clinic, and he wanted to do something for the country, after he experienced health issues while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and got medical treatment.

Women there get tested for HIV, and if they’re positive, they receive a drug that treats the disease before and after giving birth. They also receive a Mama Kit, which contains necessities like clothing and diapers and a water-pasteurizing device.

Photo: Renata, a patient receiving treatment in Tanzania.

Photo: FAME Hospital in Arusha, Tanzania

Next year, the club plans to provide training at healthcare centers and equip birthing centers in Nepal. They are also promoting the use of solar ovens in Nepal, which will eliminate the need to burn wood.

The club is seeking new corporate, foundation and individual support for its projects, and it would like to expand partnerships and get the support of Rotary and Rotaract clubs, its future plans also include a $100,000 Global Grant to expand medical outreach.

Impact over past five years

• 40+ clinics in Liberia and Nepal.

• 36K mothers treated

• 35K newborn lives saved.

Tom asked if we remembered the movie Philadelphia and said that it’s roughly based on Dude Angus’ family. The club has a video, The Los Altos Story, which you can see at http://www.rotaryaidsproject.org/story.html

 “Dude couldn’t just mourn his son, he wanted to do something,” said Tom.





July 26: David Mondereo, Uber Driver

August 2: Fellowship, no speaker

August 9: Erin Blackwood, Romberg Center

August 16: District Governor Visit

August 23: Bob Roberts, Mill Valley Rotary Club, Greenhouses in the Andes

August 30: Zara Babitzke, Ambassadors of Hope & Opportunity

September 6: Fellowship, no speaker

September 20: Greg Chanis, Tiburon Town Manager

September 27: Rob Devlin, Automobile Historian, The Golden Gate Races of 1952-1954



Friday Night on Main. 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, July 28, La Dolce Vita, downtown Tiburon. Look for Rotary at Fountain Plaza.

Pablo Castro's Art Show Opening: 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, August 5, Tiburon Town Hall

Rotaplast 25th Anniversary Gala. Friday, August, 11, Julia Morgan Ballroom, San Francisco.http://rotaplast.org/get-involved/upcoming-events/rotaplast-internationals-25th-anniversary-gala/.

Jon Rankin's Book Launching. 7 p.m., Wednesday, August 23, Book Passage. To pre-order a book, go to http://www.bookpassage.com/event/jon-rankin-running-sunrise-corte-madera.

See more about Jon’s debut as a novelist at http://www.marinij.com/article/NO/20170704/NEWS/170709925

Celebrate Women. Doing Good in the World. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Sunday, August 27, Julia Morgan Ballroom, San Francisco. www.doinggoodintheworld.myevent.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 the Tiburon Peninsula Club, 1600 Mar West Street, Tiburon, at 12:15 p.m., most Wednesdays, for
a guest speaker's interesting presentation and lunch (optional). Lunch & Attendance: $23, attendance only: $10

First Wednesday Evening Meeting
On the first Wednesday of the month, we meet at the Tiburon Peninsula Club, 1600 Mar West Street, Tiburon, at 5:30 p.m. We welcome guests, visiting Rotarians and friends for fellowship, camaraderie, a little Rotary business, hors d'oeuvres and a no-host bar. $15

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. at the TPC.

Contact us at rotary@telli.com.

See our website at www.tiburonrotary.org

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 2016-2017.

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.

• Trade School in Uganda: Funding to help a new trade school in Uganda purchase sewing machines and other equipment, so students can learn a trade and become employable.

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.

District Designated Funds

Rotary's District Designated Funds helped establish this sewing shop in Esmeraldas, Ecuador. Photo: Courtesy of Keith and Holly Axtell

• Microcredit in Ecuador: Funds from the sale of raffle tickets associated with District 5150’s fall event earn District Designated Funds for our club. For the past two years, we have contributed our funds to a multi-district, multi-club microcredit project in Esmeraldas, Ecuador, which is training people in job and entrepreneurial skills and extending microloans to help them start small businesses and become self-sufficient.




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)