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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

Rotary Club
of Tiburon-Belvedere

Monday, July 22, 2019



Our guest speaker this week is Lindsay Holt of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. We meet on Wednesday, July 24, at 12:15 p.m. for lunch at Sam's Anchor Cafe. The meeting fee is $10; food and drink are no-host.

Next week, July 31, is the fifth Wednesday of the month, so we won't have a meeting. Instead, we encourage everyone to attend Rotary Night at the Pacifics at Albert Park in San Rafael. $30 includes a ticket to the ball game, as well as a hot dog and soft drink. A portion of ticket sales goes to RI's Polio Plus, the global initiative to eradicate polio. https://www.eventsprout.com/event/pacifics-baseball-august-tix#



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.



Magdalena Yesil wrote “Power Up, How Smart Women Win in the New Economy” in 2017. She was tired of hearing that Silicon Valley is unfriendly to women. “If we keep saying that, we’ll have fewer and fewer women entering the technology field,” she said. Thus, she interviewed 23 women about their experiences. It was before Me Too but has elevated the conversation.

The first chapter observes that power comes from the ability to fail. People fail 10 times before coming successful, Magdalena explained. She added that in Turkey, people throw water on cars when they’re leaving with the following sentiment: “May you be like water, easily flowing past any obstacle.”
She came to the United States in 1976 at the age of 17 to attend university. She didn’t know anyone who had come to college here and was surprised to learn that she had to take a test, the SAT. She lived on the Asian side of Istanbul, and the test was on the European side. It was early in the morning, and the ferry wasn’t running, so her boyfriend found a fisherman to take them across the Bosporus Strait. She found the test site and discovered that the test was multiple choice. She had never seen one before, but did it successfully.

She sent applications to MIT, the California Institute of Technology and the Illinois Institute of Technology. Illinois sent her an acceptance letter first, without requiring a full application, and she accepted. She didn’t wait for MIT, which subsequently accepted her as well, and she claimed that was her first mistake. She had seen the moon landing she was young, and the United States was the place where the impossible became possible, and she just wanted to come here.

The institute was in a rough part of Chicago, and she was hungry when she arrived, but the cafeteria was closed. Her dormitory mates recommended McDonald’s, and so she headed out in high heels, wearing jewelry. A police car pulled up beside her, and an officer asked where she was going dressed like that. The officers took her to McDonald’s and then her back to the dorm and told her it wasn’t safe to go out dressed like that. She called her father and said she was going to get a ticket to go home, but he told her to stick with the decision she’d made. “Without knowing it, my father had just told me to power up,” she said. IIT was in one of Chicago’s worst neighborhoods, and so she took the police officers’ advice and became street smart

The worst part of Chicago was the winter weather, because she’d come from a mild climate. She didn’t have the right clothes, and so she had to go shopping. She met a couple of other people who didn’t like cold, and they talked about UC Berkeley and Stanford, and she transferred to Stanford, where she earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering.


“Did you ever hear from MIT,” asked Marshall Gross. MIT did accept her, but she turned down the offer, because she didn’t know any better. Marshall also asked if she was from a family of means, and she said, no, she was not.

Angelo Capozzi said that he was happy to hear that the police in Chicago helped her, because they don’t have the best reputation.

Lata Setty asked how she went from being an entrepreneur to a Broadway Angel. Magdalena explained that she spent the first decade as a semiconductor design engineer., and “Every time there was a wave of new technololgy, I’d jump on.

The early 1990s was a bad time in Silicon Valley, and she couldn’t find a job, so  she became an entrepreneur to create a job for herself. She created two companies and a third that got acquired. Then she was invited to work at United States Venture Partners, and she made a personal investment in a company that the firm rejected— Salesforce.

She spent time getting experience, and then she incubated a company and coached two guys for several months. After that, she left USVP and founded Broadway Angels, an angel investment group that is made up of accomplished female investors and business executives.

She gave Julie Wainwright of the RealReal, an online luxury consignment company, as an example of a successful woman. “She took a company public at the age of 64,” said Magdalena, adding that she was the CEO of pets.com, which closed in 2000, less than a year after its initial public offering. “It’s an amazing story, from ashes to glory,” she said.

She pointed out that angel investing is a great way to lose money. You have conviction and have to know more than the guy who’s writing the check.




July 24, 12:15 p.m., Lindsay Holt, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital

August 7, 5:30 p.m., Steve Diesenhof

August 14,12:15 p.m., Jett Walker

August 21, 5:30 p.m., No Speaker, Club Assembly

August 28, 12:15 p.m., RUSD Educator of the Year, Carin Rhodes.



Rotary Day at the Pacifics: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 6, Albert Park, San Rafael. $30 for game, soft drink and hot dog. A portion of each ticket sale goes to Rotary Polio Plus. Tickets: https://www.eventsprout.com/event/pacifics-baseball-august-tix#

Rotary SF Bay Sunset Cruise: 6:30 p.m., Friday, September 13. Adults: $30, Kids under 12: $15, Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/preview?eid=61412998933



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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

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 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.



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)