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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

Monday, April 24, 2017

Putting a Spotlight on the Arts

Meredith and Noah Griffin founded the Cole Porter Society about three years ago, and Meredith discovered that the arts aren’t getting much press in Marin County. “Unless you’re the Grateful Dead, you don’t get any coverage,” she said. She worked in publishing for most of her career and started five magazines, and that experience combined with the Cole Porter Society seemed like a good match. She decided to start a web magazine, Marin Arts and Culture, which launched on April 1, and the reception to it has been remarkable.

It’s unique in that it’s online, so Meredith can do things with it that aren’t possible in print. Every ad is linked to a website, and if she gets an ad a day before the magazine goes to press, she can drop it in at the last minute. If something newsworthy comes up mid-month, she can add it, and every subscriber will receive notification.

The cover story of the first issue is about Mill Valley artist Tom Killion. The intent of the magazine is to give a voice and light to local artists, and Tom is world famous, but John Briscoe, an attorney who has argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, is a poet who isn’t well known, and his work is featured. Music is embedded in a story about Musica Marin, which also shows photos of a chamber music concert in a private home. Cooking is part of Marin County’s culture, so that’s a regular feature, as well as wine, and Keith Marsh, a local photographer for National Geographic is in the first issue. “Nobody knows about him,” said Meredith, explaining that he has developed an unusual art form in photography. A story she couldn’t resist was about a colleague’s mother. “It’s beautiful writing, good literature,” she said.

How We Met will be a monthly feature, and in the premiere issue, it tells the story of Meredith and Noah. Angela Colombo, development director at Marin Theatre Company and daughter of Russ Colombo, will be in the May issue. The Artists’ Marketplace includes Deborah Winters, who performs with the Cole Porter Society, and readers can click on a link to hear one of her wonderful songs. MarinArts.org is a new portal with information on arts events, and readers can click on a link to see calendar listings of arts events.
Meredith showed an ad for Bellam Self-Storage and Boxes, which has a commercial embedded into the site, and she added, “I can do a 20-minute short film. The possibilities are endless.”

She said the May issue is going to be spectacular. The Mountain Play is going to be on the cover, and “I’m starting to attract really good writers,” she said. She’s finding lots of opportunities. She wanted to do a video and went to the Community Media Center of Marin, which helped her do one on a man who makes custom guitars.
The Italian Street Painting Festival is coming up and will be included, and a story on the Tiburon Classic Car Show will appear as well. The magazine is expanding as people become more aware of it, she said.

“Will you have a listing of everything, like Rancho Nicasio?” asked Bill Lindqvist.

“It all is in www.MarinArts.org, and you can go to the link,” Meredith responded. “It will be in every issue. You can just go in to find out what’s going on.”

Bill added that Old St. Hilary’s has concerts, and some of the artists are fantastic, but the turnout is often low.
Charles Arnold asked if she knows about crowd funding. “I’m exploring all options. We’re exploring that option too,” she said.

She is working with the Mountain Play and the Marin Symphony, and the magazine is Marin-centric. “All I wanted was a nice little Marin-County-based business. I really want to live and work in my own community,” she said adding that after she married Noah, she decided she wasn’t traveling anymore.
The magazine has a theme song. Go to www.marinartsandculture.com, page 4, click on the link, and you’ll see a wonderful performance.

The business model is subscriptions, and her goal is 10,000. To find out more, go to www.marinartsandculture.com.

Photos: Google Images, www.mountainplay.org



Save the Date!

Get ready to party! We're celebrating our 40th anniversary and hope you'll join us.

6 p.m., Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Bella Vista Room, Servino Ristorante, 9 Main Street

We'll be posting more details in mid-May, so please visit again.




April 26: Dr. David Schanaker, Lead Chiropractor, Sutter Institute for Health & Healing

May 3: Fellowship, 5:30 p.m., (no speaker)

May 10: Gem Munro, Amarok Society

May 17: Keith Axtell, Microcredit Projects in Ecuador

May 24: Teacher of the Year Awards

May 31: TBA

June 7: Fellowship, 5:30 p.m., (no speaker)

June 14: David Morgan, Dauntless Communications



50/50 Day. 4:45-6:15 p.m., Founders' Room, Tiburon-Belvedere Library. A screening of Emmy-nominated filmmaker Tiffany Shlain's short film, 50/50: Rethinking the Past, Present and Future of Women + Power with a guided discussion on gender balance and live streaming of a global panel to follow. This a world-wide event, with more than 4,000 groups around the world participating. A free community event.



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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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.




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)


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)