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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, March 5, 2017



The Rotary Club of Tiburon-Belvedere meets at the Tiburon Peninsula Club, 1600 Mar West St., Tiburon, for all meetings.

The focus on the first Wednesday of the month is fellowship, and we meet at 5:30 p.m. for a meeting that includes appetizers and a no-host bar. Cost is $15.

The rest of the month, we have lunch meetings, which begin at 12:15 p.m. and feature a guest speaker. The cost is $23 for lunch and $10 for non-eaters.

We love guests! Want to know more about Rotary? Please join us.


Get into the Groove

Rotarian Meredith Griffin is launching a new online magazine focused on Marin County's Art and Culture scene. Check it out—and make sure you have your volume turned up so you can see some of the cool features—at www.marinartandculture.com.


Lifeplan Institute

I love Rotary,” said Dr. Andy Mecca, who admires our motto, “Service Above Self” and the way Rotarians think globally and act locally.

In the 1980s, he used to run, and he met a woman who was a banker in Corte Madera and a Rotary president. She inspired him to run across the United States, and Rotary sponsored him. He did the cross-country run with a group who made beer, ice cream and pasta their main diet, and he spoke to Rotary clubs along the way. When they arrived in Sacramento, Governor Pete Wilson celebrated Rotary on the Capitol steps.

Andy ran drug detox centers during the Vietnam War, and he got a grant to further his work. He met with politicians in San Francisco, but they wanted to know how much money they’d get instead of asking what they could do for people. As a result, he came to Marin County and worked with Gary Giacomini and his colleagues, who shared Andy’s desire to help others

Most of the work was prevention, and Pete Wilson got him to do similar work throughout the state. The work involved distributing pamphlets and other information, and he became frustrated, because he wasn’t engaging with the kids. He then did some research, and one of the things that stood out was the power of mentoring. “Mentoring works,” he said. He established the California Mentor Foundation, and he recruited half a million mentors, including Pete Wilson and his wife Gail.

He became interested in the kind of conversations we could have with young people and founded the Lifeplan Institute more than a decade ago. It’s a program that trains all kinds of groups how to deploy the program, which mentors young people and helps them acquire the skills and tools necessary to create a sustainable life plan. It’s now in 23 states.

He has been working with eighth grade at small elementary school for eight years and finds that the top three values are love, family and tenacity. With Lifeplan, kids garner mindfulness. In talking about time, a young person might say time flies, but then say “I’m the pilot,” thus gaining a different perspective.

Life is all about choices, decisions and consequences. When kids go off to high school with their life plan, they’re prepared to deal with the challenges they face. He gave the example of a girl who made family a priority. She wanted to go to the mall with friends, but time with her family took precedence, and she had fun. Having a life plan helped her to make a decision and took off pressure. “The fluency of a 14-year-old sharing thoughts is powerful and very persuasive,” said Andy.

It’s all done without government help, and “It has become a rallying cry,” he said. He suggests that anyone who has a young person in the family or is interested in being involved, take action to do it. He finds that adults try to influence kids too much without their participation, and he tells parents, “Let your heart speak to your kids.” He observed that kids have radar, and pick up on everything, and adults should respect that.

Kids are isolated. Their parents working, and children are spending too much time with technology. Kids in Lifeplan are fluent at expressing their isolation. However, with Lifeplan, they discover their own individuality, and look at their values and use them in their decision-making. “Think about your core values,” he said.

George Landau had just spend time with college students at Cornell and Sarah Lawrence, and found their language disturbing. “If you eliminated ‘like,’ there would be semi-silence,” he said. He added that table manners are also an issue, and he pointed out that young people need to learn them if they are to give a good impression as adults, who will perhaps have to attend business lunches.

“Where I see the potency is where they’re interacting,” said Andy, adding that it’s not possible to get them away from technology.

He talked about competition and for the need for young people to seek best together. He’s been a coach and taught kids, “There is no race without all of us. Celebrate that.”

Too many experts telling people what they should do,” he said, but what’s most important is having a kind heart and a loving soul. “Ask kids what their dreams are and how they plan to get there,” he said, and you will help them to be successful.

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




March 8: Mike Toy, Motivational Speaker and Magician

March 15: Fay Zenoff, Center for Open Recovery, Addiction

March 22: Nubby Shober, Oriential Medicine and Acunpuncture

March 29: Suzi, Sequoia Web Design

April 5: Fellowship, 5:30 p.m. (No speaker)

April 12: Lisa Brinkmann, Marin Villages

April 19: Dr. David Schanaker, Lead Chiropractor, Sutter Institute for Health & Healing



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 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.

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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.

• 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)