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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

Rotary Club
of Tiburon-Belvedere

Thursday, March 19, 2020


Rotary & Coronovirus
All in-person Rotary meetings and events have been suspended or postponed until at least April 7.

Mitone Griffiths of Rotary District 5150 reports that Rotary International is following the COVID-19 situation closely and has assembled a team to monitor the situation and determine Rotary’s response. Rotary is following advice from the World Health Organization (WHO), the US Department of State, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). All district events, including Rotary Means Business and the District Assembly, have been cancelled and will be rescheduled.

To reduce your chances of contracting a respiratory illness, Rotary suggests the following:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
• Supplement hand washing by using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid close contact with people suffering from respiratory illness.
• Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze using a tissue or your bent elbow.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Get vaccinated against seasonal influenza.
• Get updated information on the illness and travel advice at https://www.cdc.gov/.


St. Patrick's Day Party Postponed
In accordance with a recommendation from the Department of Health, we are postponing our St. Patrick's Day Party. We'll announce a new date when the threat of Coronavirus COVID-19 has passed. Meanwhile, please take precautions and stay healthy.



Baking with Love

Adrienne Bell and Barbara Cupper of Cakes4Kids were on hand to tell us about the nonprofit organization that has home bakers make cakes for underserved children.

“Have you ever wondered why the birthday cake is used to celebrate our birthdays?” asked Barbara. She explained that cultures have been creating cakes for special occasions for thousands of years. The Romans are credited with the concept of the birthday cake, and it was reserved for the 50th birthday of males. “We were out of that deal ladies,” she said. The Egyptians created the celebration of birthdays, and the Greeks were the first to put candles on birthday cakes, because they made the cake glow.

In modern days, Germans celebrated children’s birthdays with a cake. The child received a cake lit with candles at the beginning of the day but couldn’t eat it until after dinner. The candles were replaced and relit after dinner, and the child would make a wish and try to blow out all the candles in one breath. The wish was a secret so it would come true.

The Industrial Revolution was an equalizer. Previously, cakes were for the wealthy, because ingredients were scarce and expensive. With mechanization, however, mass production began and cakes became available in bakeries.

Modern cakes are part of making memories. “Do you remember the smell of cake baking in the kitchen?” asked Barbara. “Do you remembers asking for a certain flavor or design, and your eyes were as big as saucers when you saw it?” Then she asked us to imagine being a kid who’s never had those experiences.

She’s a volunteer for Cake4Kids, and “We deliver smiles to children one cake at a time,” she said.
Libby Gruender founded Cakes4Kids in Sunnyvale in 2010. She saw a news story one day, and it was about a mom who had taken in a foster child. It was the girl’s birthday, and she made a fabulous cake, but the girl took one look at the cake, started to cry and ran to her room. Her foster mom wondered what she’d done wrong, and so she talked to her and explained that she wanted to make her birthday special. When she asked what had upset her, the little girl said she was crying because she’d never had a birthday cake before. Libby thought it wasn’t right and founded Cakes4Kids. Her goal was to show kids that someone cared and raise their self-esteem with a gift on special days. In addition to birthdays, they celebrate graduations and other noteworthy days.

Cakes4Kids works with agencies that deal with a range of social issues, including domestic violence, human trafficking and refugees. The volunteer bakers are a compassionate group who are mostly home bakers, and they deliver each cake to the agency that made the request. “Every cake is custom-made and has an enormous amount of love baked into it,” said Barbara. They serve young people who are in different circumstances, but all have had tough experiences. “Some of them have had to endure the horror of human trafficking,” she said.

The cakes need to look like they came from a bakery, and when a cake is delivered to an agency, it goes into a box with a  Cake4Kids sticker. Each cake is personalized—for example, it might say Happy Birthday, Marshall—so kids can see that the cake was made especially for them. “We have baked 20,000 cakes,” said Barbara, and she reported that Marin County is in its fourth year of participating and has 63 bakers. She expects the Marin organization to bake its 1,000th cake by the end of this year.

Adrienne Bell is the social media manager and works with agencies. She reported that every baker gets a thank you note and comments on the cake. The way it works, a child makes a request, and the agency asks Cakes4Kids to make a cake. They get lots of requests for superheroes, and Frozen, and “Whatever they want, we’re going to get it to them,” she said. Cakes4Kids confirms that a cake has to be at a certain place on a certain date, and Barbara delivers it to the agency. The case worker then  gives it to a child.
She told  the story of a mother who worked in a shelter and had three kids, and she made a request for her son Angelo, who wanted a Frank Sinatra cake. “Frank Sinatra was the little boy’s hero,” she said. Angelo, who was 12 years old, was thrilled and said whoever made the cake should get a million dollars.

Questions and Answers

“Has any agency come down on you for not having a commercial kitchen?” asked Marshall Gross, and Barbara said no, because the agencies understand that they are home bakers.

“Tell the truth,” said David Albert, asking Barbara if she has  never dipped her finger in the batter. “Why don’t you weigh 250 pounds?”

“I give it all away!” said Barbara.

“What’s your annual budget?” asked Angelo Capozzi.

“We don’t have a budget. We get donations and grants,” said Barbara, who added that Cakes4Kids is on Charity Navigator. “We have very low overhead, and we work really hard to make sure we’re all about the kids,” she explained. They have one big fundraiser a year in San Jose and auction off wine and all kinds of cakes.

Adrienne was a stay-at-home mom until her son went to college, and then she found about Cakes4Kids on Nextdoor, volunteered and became involved. Barbara signed up and went to an orientation.

Cakes4Kids works with a long list of agencies, including Canal Alliance, Homeward Bound of Marin, Performing Stars, Catholic Charities, Gilead House, Jewish Family Services and more.

David Albert asked if the Shriners request cakes, and Angelo Capozzi pointed out that most of the kids they serve have families. Also, the Shriners aren’t in Marin County.


Barbara and Adrienne concluded by treating us to chocolate cupcakes and giving us gifts of spatulas with the Cake4Kids logo.

Learn more about Cakes4Kids at https://www.cake4kids.org/.

Building a Library

Library director Debbie Mazzolini (left) and project manager Glen Isaacson

“We are keeping the library open,” said Belvedere-Tiburon Library director Debbie Mazzolini, who reported that the library will continue operating during construction. It’s a very busy place, and in addition to its usual library services, it does more than 1,000 programs a year, or roughly 20 a week.

Debbie introduced Glen Isaacson, of Belvedere, who is project manager for the library’s expansion and renovation. “We’re very lucky to have him,” she said.

Expansion is underway, and Glen displayed slides of illustrations to show us what the new library will look like. It will have a new children’s wing, and the outdoor space between the library and Town Hall will become a beautifully landscaped civic plaza. Parking will be located behind the library, and access will be off Mar West Street. Zelinsky Park is being shifted to behind Town Hall.

Marianne Strotz asked where the garden will be that Rotary is helping to fund, but Glen was unsure. [Note: Our club will be contributing to landscaping, and the extent of our contribution depends on our fundraising.]

The adult collection remains where it is now, in the nave, but when expansion is complete, the access will be different, and the entry will be a more dramatic experience. The new building will contain the new children’s library, a conference center, an art gallery and a working space for all the library’s services, such as circulation, offices for Debbie, the business manager, the technical group and the foundation. “The nice thing about the children’s library is that it’s away from the street and faces Zelinsky Park,” he said.

Glen also showed the new location of Corner Books and the lovely view of the park and Old St. Hilary’s, as well as a deck for drinking coffee.

The adult collection remains where it is now, in the nave, but when expansion is complete, the access will be different, and the entry will be a more dramatic experience. The new building will contain the new children’s library, a conference center, an art gallery and a working space for all the library’s services, such as circulation, offices for Debbie, the business manager, the technical group and the foundation. “The nice thing about the children’s library is that it’s away from the street and faces Zelinsky Park,” he said.

Glen also showed the new location of Corner Books and the lovely view of the park and Old St. Hilary’s, as well as a deck for drinking coffee.

Questions and Answers

“What kind of foundation will it have?” asked Charlie Oewel.

Glen explained that the area used to be part of the railyard, and it’s a marshy area, so for the existing library, structural engineers developed a foundation system to accommodate the mushy soil. “It’s worked for 23 years,” he said, and so the expansion will have the same kind of foundation. Truckloads of excavated soil were recently removed and taken away.

Charlie also asked about the parking lot, and Glen said it would be on fill rather than excavation, because it doesn’t have to support the same kind of weight.

In response to a question about cost, he said that the total cost, which includes renovation of the current library, is $17 million. The foundation has raised $14 million in cash and pledges, but still needs to raise the balance, and he urged us to give our support.

The square foot cost is $400 for new building, and the combination of the new building and current one is $600 a square foot, and that’s fully furnished. The completion date is December 2021.

Debbie emphasized that the library will continue operations as usual and keep its Tuesday programs and workshops. “I hope you continue to come in throughout the expansion,” she said.

George Landau recalled that our former member Chuck Auerbach used to volunteer at the library. Debbie reported that he still helps and choses the books. He’s now living at Villa Marin, and “He really likes it there,” she said.

In response to a question about museum passes, she said that the library has free passes to the museums in San Francisco, and if you’re a member of the library, all you have to do is ask for one (http://www.beltiblibrary.org/service/museum-passes-0).

“We’re always looking for ways for our members to help in the community,” said President Annette. “What are some of your needs where Rotarians might be able to help?”

Debbie replied that the library has about 200 volunteers, and among their activities, they shelve books and serve on committees, such as the art committee or program committee.

“Have you asked to move into the Chase and Bank of America buildings when they’re empty?” asked John Kaufmann, drawing laughter.

Bill Goldberg used to go to the Larkspur and Tiburon libraries to get CDs and books on tape, but it’s old technology and is no longer available, so he hasn’t been in the library for five years.

Debbie said that the library has about 175,000 books that you can download.

Debbie invited us to attend a community event Friday, May 8, from 4 to 6 p.m. The library foundation is planning it, and “We hope everyone will come and celebrate the library,” she said.

Find out more about the library at www.beltiblibrary.org.





No meetings currently scheduled due to Marin County Health & Human Services'
order to shelter in place.



St. Patrick's Day Party, Postponed

Rotary District 5150 Assembly, Postponed



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.

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-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 2019-2020

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.

• 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: Sup.port 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.

• Musica Marin: Underwriting for scholarships for local students to attend events featuring classical music, fine food and a philanthropic purpose

• 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

• 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.



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)