Welcome to Telli Marin!   Sign in | Create a login

Rotary Club of Tiburon-Belvedere

Have lunch and hear great speakers

Address: 98 Beach Road
Tiburon/Belvedere, CA 94920-0220
Phone: 415-789-0161

Monday, February 20, 2017


Location Changes

Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 12:15 p.m., Commodore's Room, San Francisco Yacht Club, 98 Beach Road, Belvedere

Wednesday, March 1, 5:30 p.m., Tiburon Peninsula Club, 1600 Mar West St., Tiburon. Fellowship meeting with appetizers and a no-host bar.

Beginning Wednesday, March 8, all meetings will take place at the Tiburon Peninsula Club, 1600 Mar West St., Tiburon. First Wednesday is a fellowship meeting at 5:30 p.m. Every other Wednesday is a lunch meeting with a guest speaker at 12:15 p.m.


Big Sur Land Trust

Hurricane Point

Brian Steen, a member of the Rotary Club of Palo Alto and former executive director of the Big Sur Land Trust, spoke to us about the efforts to preserve 60 miles of Central California's spectacular coast, beginning with a small group of individuals and a pledge of $5,000 that turned into millions, allowing the trust to purchase a significant amount of land on the Big Sur coast.

60 Miles of Scenic Coastline

People have been visiting Big Sur for hundreds of years. The highway opened in 1937, but tourism really took off in the 1950s and ‘60s. “The highway is a defining element. … What you see from the highway is what the public really enjoys,” said Brian. He observed that many people drive it only one time in their lives, but they have a desire to preserve what they see. Thus, the land trust identified the most scenic spots on the coast and then raised the money to preserve them.

Bixby Creek Bridge

In September 1966, Lady Bird Johnson dedicated the area of highway at the Bixby Creek Bridge—on the Monterey Coast, 13 miles south of Carmel—as the first scenic highway in the country. It paved the way for further preservation, and politicians later proposed Big Sur preservation, but their legislation failed. “That’s where the Big Sur Land Trust came into the picture,” said Brian. It was established in 1978, and they hired Brian in 1980, and he got to know the coast really well.

Soberanes Fire

The Soberanes Fire burned thousands of acres last summer. The Big Sur Land Trust is part of the Ventana wilderness, which is prone to fires and dangerous. The fire started with a smoldering, illegal campfire and was the most expensive wildfire in U.S. history, burning 180,000 acres and coming very close to the highway.

Brian showed photos of the El Sur Ranch, which was a Mexican Land Grant, and is one of the largest properties preserved. It is one of the key properties in the land trust and is a working cattle ranch. A landmark on the coast is the Point Sur Lighthouse, and Cone Peak, at more than 5,000 feet but only 3 miles from the coast, adds to the spectacular scenery.

Brian noted that many people think the California Coastal Commission protects the land, but, in fact, it is only responsible for preserving access to the coast  and does not protect land. One area that met Coastal Commission guidelines was set to be a hotel, and the land trust stepped in to save it from development.

After receiving the initial $5,000, the land trust needed to figure out how to preserve the scenic coastline. Brian worked with legislators, and in 1987, Proposition 70 passed, allocating funding to preserve the Big Sur coast. The land trust then went to the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and asked for help in doing an analysis on defining the view shed, as they needed to identify the best parts for preservation. They received $40,000 and took pictures and compared views, which allowed them to raise $25 million.

They then went back to Mr. Packard with a new proposal that he buy a ranch in the area and sell the conservation easement, which would maintain the land for agricultural purposes in perpetuity and prevent development. When he discovered that his donation of $40,000 had grown to $25 million, he said it was the best investment he’d ever made and agreed to purchase the property.

Ranchland on the Big Sur coast

Brian showed a bridge on the Big Creek property, about 50 miles south of Carmel, and explained that some of the land (Landels-Hill Big Creek Reserve] belongs to the University of California and is operated by UC Santa Cruz, and the Packard Ranch is on south side. Deed restrictions prohibit activities such as subdivisions, mining and selling timber on the land, but it has remained in the private sector. Not all preserved land has to be publicly preserved and accessible to the public, so publicly-owned and privately-owned property is mixed. Because the land trust bought the development rights only to the Packard Ranch, it continues to be a working ranch without public access. However, it preserves the views and prevents development. “He [David Packard] was very happy. He got $11 million, but he can’t put up a hotel,” said Brian.

Observing a photo of cows grazing next to the ocean, he said, “These are the luckiest cows in the world,” noting that they could be freezing in Wyoming.

Brian also had talks with TV personality Allen Funt, who owned land in Big Sur and was a gruff old guy. When Brian explained he wanted to buy the development rights, Funt didn’t understand and asked him to outline the proposal in a letter and fax it to him. Funt called the next day and said, “I like what I see. …  I’m working right now in Hollywood, and people sent me bullshit all day long.” He didn’t find any of that in Brian’s proposal, however, and he indicated that he was interested in working together. A short time later, he had a stroke and died, and his heirs discovered that historic parts of the land that were valuable, so the proposal didn’t go forward. Eventually they sold the property to the U.S. Forest Service.

Big Sur Beach

Showing a photo of a beach that is the result of a landside, he explained that Caltrans pushed the land down to the sea to create a beach, but the material is loose, not compacted, a natural beach would be. “It’s not the best beach in California,” he said.

He also showed a photo of McWay Falls, which at 80 feet is the tallest waterfall in the United States that hits the ocean, and he concluded with a sunset.

“The job is not 100 percent done,” said Brian, adding that not everybody is willing to sell property, and the land trust might not have the money if they are.

To find out more, go to www.bigsurlandtrust.com.

Thanks to Brian Steen for Big Sur photos.




February 22: Dr. Andrew Mecca, California Mentor Foundation. Meeting begins at 12:15 p.m. at the San Francisco Yacht Club, 98 Beach Road, Belvedere

March 8: Mike Toy, Motivational Speaker and Magician. 12:15 p.m., Tiburon Peninsula Club



Saturday, March 18, 8:30 a.m. to 130 p.m., District 5150 Learning and Development Assembly. Redwood High School, Larkspur

Friday, April 21-Sunday, April 23: Belvedere Tiburon Library's 20th anniversary celebration. Rotarians will pour wine.



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 in the Commodore's Room at the San Francisco Yacht Club, 98 Beach Road, Belvedere, beginning at 12:15 p.m., most Wednesdays, for
a guest speaker's interesting presentation and lunch (optional). Lunch: $28, attendance only: $20

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 SFYC.

Contact us at rotary@telli.com.

See our website at www.tiburonrotary.org

Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tbrotary. Hope you "like" us!



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



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.

• Teacher of the Year Awards: Annual awards to outstanding teachers 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.



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)


District 5150 Assembly

Members of Tiburon Sunset (l. to r.) President Elect Marilyn Nemzer, Joanne Norman and Ric Postle at a session on Social Networking at the District 5150 Learning and Development Assembly at Redwood High School on March 19. The big message: share photos!


Making Friends

President Elect Linda Emberson with the legendary Cliff Dochterman at PETS



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)


Dictionaries for Third-Graders

Rotarian Ric Postle of Tiburon Sunset (l. to r., in the Bel Aire Multipurpose Room), Belvedere Police Chief Patricia Seyler-Campbell and the Tiburon-Belvedere Rotary Club's Dave Hutton presented beautiful, full-color illustrated dictionaries to all the third-graders at Bel Aire School and St. Hilary School on Friday, January 29, 2016. (Photo: Marsall Gross)