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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

COMMUNITY HEROES

Kala Venugopal Shah embodies Rotary's motto, Service Above Self, and she wants to help young people become effective agents of change. She has three boys, the oldest is a senior getting ready for college and she also has twins. She has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University.

“I’m the founder of Community Heroes, which I started about a decade ago,” said Kala. It started an elementary school lunch club when her son was a second grader at Sun Valley Elementary School in San Rafael, and it was a way for children to talk about issues and help others. Activities, such as a coat drive for Canal Alliance, allowed the kids to feel good about helping others. Collectively they made a big impact, and they learned the joy of service and building connections with neighbors.
“Community Heroes and Rotary, we share so much in common,” said Kala, observing that service is a core value of both. She has collaborated with Melissa Prandi of the Mission San Rafael Club, and they’ve done events and service projects together. “We’re trying to bring community and values back into fashion,” she said. “Religion has faded from modern society, and we’ve become separated.”

Kala's Story

Kala is the daughter of immigrants from India. She was born in Washington, DC., and “I grew up biculturally,” she said.

Her family always had other people living with them, and they included cancer and heart patients who needed help and stayed for several months. Her mother cooked for them and held their hands when they couldn’t eat, and Kala saw the caring and compassion firsthand. “It’s really embedded deeply into my soul,” she said.

She put her education in Public Policy into action as an intern at the White House, and she moved to California about 20 years ago, because she had good professional opportunities.
Then she had three young children and decided she wanted to focus on more important things, such as being a good mother and community member, and she founded Community Heroes. Its mission focuses on young people, especially those who want to give back and don’t know how. “This was the fulfilment that I was seeking,” she said.

She began with elementary school students, and as they grew up, they started stepping into leadership roles, so she shifted her focus to high school students. Now she helps teenagers follow their passion and make a difference. They got in their last day of giving before the shutdown, and then Community Heroes shifted into virtual mode, doing leadership workshops with a continued focus on reaching adolescents and mentorship. A video on YouTube, Community Heroes: Our Me to We Movement, shows Community Heroes in action.
Kala also does live cooking shows called Cooking Heroes with Kala.

She talked about partnership opportunities and invited us to take part, suggesting that we could join Community Heroes in doing collections drives, events, sponsorships or youth mentorships. She gave a blanket drive for fire evacuees as an example of a featured cause.


Questions and Answers

Mark Nikolov said he was interested in Kala’s opinion on the Facebook controversy because she’s worked in politics. “Do you believe that Facebook is a necessary evil?” he asked.

Kala explained that she talks to kids about using social media for social good and tries to put out positive messaging. “If we can balance in favor of the positivity, we’re still winning,” she said. She also pointed out that young people are susceptible to mental health issues related to social media, so she wants to focus her energies on doing good.

Mark added that one of Mark Zuckerberg’s sisters goes around the country teaching young people how to use Facebook responsibly. He believes it’s her own thing, not a Facebook initiative.

George Landau asked about Community Heroes’ mission in Marin County. “You’ve done work with 6.5 thousand kids in Marin County,” he observed.

“Initially we were focused on elementary schools, starting at Sun Valley, and then it spread to other clubs. The message is compassion in action, and “These kids went out and did things,” she said. Then she started focusing on teenagers.

George added that in Rotary, we have a program for teenagers called Interact. We also work closely with the schools in the Belvedere-Tiburon-Corte Madera area. “Do you have anything at Del Mar?” he asked
Kala said that Children for Change is similar, and she believes they are working with the schools in Tiburon. [Bel Aire Elementary and Del Mar Middle schools participate in Children for Changes’ service-learning program.]

“Have you received any community funding?” asked David Albert, and Kala replied that Community Heroes has received grants and also has private donors. Marlena Blavin and David Roche are big supporters.
George Landau recalled that David Roche, who is a motivational speaker, once spoke to the club.
Irene Slisky recalled doing service projects at her church in San Francisco, when she was young, and she asked, “Do you ever get involved with church youth groups?”

Kala responded that they are mentoring some youth who are working in their faith communities.
“When is your next day of giving, and how can we support it?” asked Lata Setty.

Things have been on hold during the pandemic, Kala said and they’ve had to recalibrate because of COVID-19, but she will get in touch when they start again. “She added that she loves to do cooking classes in person, and that might be a good way to build some community connections.

Learn more at www.comheroes.org.

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HOMEWARD BOUND OF MARIN

I’m really pleased to be here,” said Mary Kay Sweeney, executive director of Homeward of Marin, who thanked Rotary for its support. “This has been an extraordinary time for partnerships across the whole county,” she said.

Mary Kay has been with Homeward Bound for 28 years, and “I’m extremely fortunate to have found a place that is like a home away from home,” she said. Homeward Bound was founded in 1974. It serves 900 people annually and has permanent supportive housing for families and single adults, as well as a culinary job-training program, which had to be shut down because of the pandemic. It’s starting again, however and they have hired chef Andy Wild, who will start on Monday.

“We’re the generalist in the community serving people who have found themselves to be homeless,” she said, and they’ve been extraordinarily busy during COVID. They do COVID testing of people entering shelters and offer on-site vaccinations. In addition, the kitchen team has been preparing food for Great Plates. She reported that 100% of the staff have been vaccinated.

Among the housing they offer is Oma village, which opened in 2017 and is housing for families. They also help people to find secure housing opportunities when they leave Homeward Bound. “We don’t want people leaving our shelters and becoming homeless,” she said. Each person has an individualized plan to help them be successful, and she explained that Homeward Bound is helping to end homelessness one person at a time.

They also offer supportive social services to the residents of low-income apartment at the Fireside in Tam Valley. A bingo night is one of the activities they organize. They also provide respite for people who are leaving a hospital and don’t have anywhere to go and mental health services. The goal is to give people the strength, hope and opportunity to move on with their lives.

Meadow Park housing for families at Hamilton in Novato

Social Enterprises


Fresh Starts Culinary Academy at Homeward Bound’s Novato campus give students 10 weeks of hands-on culinary basics and front-of-the house service to prepare them for employment in the food industry. The program also includes kitchen management, because taking inventory and managing a budget are important in running a kitchen. The academy has received recognition from Catalyst Kitchens and the American Culinary Federation Educational Foundation.

In addition, Homeward Bound sells products, such as Halo chocolate truffles and Wagsters dog biscuits to businesses. Wagsters dog biscuits are in 180 stores, including Whole Foods and Woodlands Pets. Pet Express was the first to carry them.

Chef Events is a monthly series in which celebrity chefs prepare a meal for paying guests to enjoy. In-person events were suspended due to the pandemic but will return soon.

Mill Street

Mill Street in San Rafael’s Canal neighborhood is the entry-level shelter, and Homeward Bound had the building demolished in January and started building a new one in February. The first level is parking because the Canal area is in a flood zone, and the two upper levels will be affordable housing. “It’s going to be a really wonderful addition to our housing stock,” said Mary Kay. It’s supposed to be complete next August and might be ready before school starts. “The project is $19 million,” she said, and they have raised $18 million so far. “We look forward to raising the remaining million in the next year, starting now.”
A new project in Hamilton across from the administrative office will have 24 units for unhoused veterans with a commercial bakery on the ground level. The project has already gone through design review and is ready to go to Novato planning and city council.

Questions and Answers

Drawing of new veterans' housing planned at Homeward Bound in Novato

David Albert asked if the pandemic has increased the need for more beds.

“Everyone’s been mentally challenged during this pandemic,” Mary Kay replied. She added that it’s a huge challenge for people with  “brain illness,” who are struggling to maintain their wellness. “That’s why we have support services,” she said.

“How long have you been making the dog biscuits?” asked Kathleen Defever.

Mary Kay explained that they started with chocolate truffles, but they were complicated and persnickety. “We needed to find something easier for students, and “The answer turned out to be dog biscuits.”

“Do you have anything for cats,” asked David Albert, and Mary Kay said that she’s a cat person and would like to find something for felines.

“We decided to diversity our funding, and at the same time, we wanted to be able to hire people,” she said.

“We keep them employed, and they make a living.”

George Landau suggested partnering with the Marin Humane Society, so people could adopt a dog and get a bag of treats. Mary Kay thought it was a good idea, and George suggested contacting Guide Dogs as well.

“Are you connected with any civic organizations?” asked David Albert.

“Oh my, yes, we’re connected with everyone,” Mary Kay replied, giving Ritter House and St. Vincent de Paul as examples. She reported that all the providers and cities have tried to house as many chronically homeless as possible, and so far, they’ve housed 38. “I know we have a ways to go but we’re making a difference?” she said, adding that the only way to make it work is through collaboration.

David asked what the age range is of people Homeward Bound assists, and Mary Kay said that they see lots of young people 18 and 19, but the people they serve are all ages, and they’ve seen individuals as old as 90.

George Landau asked if Homeward Bound gets support from the Marin Community Foundation, and Mary Kay said, “Absolutely, it’s a very wonderful foundation.”

Kathleen Defever asked how someone can connect a homeless person with Homeward Bound, and Mary Kay explained that if they’re already connected to another organization, that organization will refer them. They can refer themselves as well.

“Have you had many intakes from the Sausalito camp?” Kathleen asked.

“Not many. Many people in these encampments aren’t interested in going to a shelter,” Mary Kay replied, but Homeward Bound is happy to help them if they are interested. She added that the shelters are mostly full and probably have six opening a week. Openings occur when people leave for permanent housing.

She added that Homeward Bound works with local congregations and several Rotary Clubs, and said, “You are rock stars for all that you do.”

“How did you get involved?” asked David Albert.

Mary Kay explained that she was leaving another position in 1993, and a friend asked her to do a four-month project for homeless families. She got some motels engaged in providing shelter, and “I just fell in love with the work and my colleagues. It’s a very vibrant organization.”

“We used to do REST at St. Hilary’s, and they stopped doing it. Is that ever going to come back?” asked Angelo Capozzi.

“I don’t believe so,” Mary Kay replied, explaining that the focus is to get people housed. REST didn’t house people, and the organizations involved wanted to work on housing-focused shelter and a plan for permanent housing. “We’re not just putting people up. We’re getting them housed,” she said, and the goal is to make sure they work toward permanent housing.

Revati Natesan asked how many women are seeking shelter compared to men, and Mary Kay said that the breakdown has always been 25% women and 75% men, but now it’s more like 35% to 65%, and “I see more people becoming homeless,” she said. Many are women with children, who are considered families, and their biggest need is childcare, which they need to be able to go to work. A recent study showed that childcare is more expensive in Marin than any other county in the Bay Area, so they have challenges. She added that Homeward Bound has a good relationship with Head Start and gets kids in.

“How many people are on drugs?” asked Revati, and Mary Kay responded that it’s a problem for some, and everybody has a problem with credit.

“Do you offer any medical services?” asked David Albert.

Mary Kay reported that they have some beds and a nurse for homeless people who are released from hospitals and still need medical care. “We can take them on for a period of time,” she said, and hopefully they’ll then go to a shelter.

“With eviction moratoriums ending as of Thursday, I’m afraid we’ll be seeing more people on the streets,” she added, pointing out that such a scenario would be devastating for the whole community.

Kathleen Defever observed that the first step is to recognize the need, and working for a solution comes next. “I’m so glad we support your organization, and we’ll continue to do so,” she said.

To learn more about Homeward Bound of Marin, please  visit the website at hbofm.org.

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR

GREAT GUEST SPEAKERS

October 13     4 p.m., Social, Tiburon Tavern patio. No-hosts, guests welcome

October 20     TBA

October 27     4 p.m., Zoom. Miles Dakin and Israel Lisle, Pollinator Partnership and North American Pollinator Protection Campaign

https://us05web.zoom.us/j/81397071974?pwd=RDBPUDVqYUNsakk0QVRZTnJUSUl3Zz09

Meetings will be on Zoom until further notice unless noted.

If you'd like to be a guest speaker, please send an email to rotary@telli.com

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NOTEWORTHY EVENTS

Wednesday, November 7   4:30 to 6 p.m., Business Citizen of the Year Event. Sam's Anchor Cafe

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WHERE TO FIND US

Meetings

All in-person Rotary meetings and events have been cancelled or postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be meeting on Zoom at 4 p.m. on Wednesday until further notice. If you'd like to join us, we'd be delighted to meet you. Please go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81915154482?pwd=MDVHWWVjemovQ2ovdjJkZzczeW9qZz09,

Our usual meeting place is Sam's Anchor Cafe, and we gather 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.

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

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

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COVID-19 RELIEF

The Rotary Club of Tiburon has donated funds to the following local organizations that are serving Marin's most vulnerable residents during this challenging time:

• Ambassadors of Hope & Opportunity www.ahoproject.org

• Canal Alliance https://canalalliance.org/

• SF Marin Food Bank https://www.sfmfoodbank.org/

• St. Vincent de Paul https://www.vinnies.org/

• Vivalon https://www.vivalon.org

In addition:
• To support local business, the club made a donation to the Tiburon Peninsula Chamber of Commerce's COVID-19 Tiburon Small Business Fund. https://www.tiburonchamber.org/

• To assist families need, we purchased 10 boxes of fresh produce from Servino Ristorante to donate to the food pantry at The Ranch. www.servino.com

• To help give kids whose parents are financially challenged a good summer, we donated funding for scholarships to The Ranch's summer camp program. www.theranchtoday.org

Food insecurity is an increasing problem. If you'd like to find out more about it and how you can help, go to https://www.mymove.com/moving/guides/food-donation/.

 ROTARY AT WORK

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 2020-2021

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.

• Del Mar Middle School’s Liberia Project: Support for the students’ service-learning 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: 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.

• 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

• Canal Alliance: Support for a population that includes many of Marin County's essential workers, who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 pandemic.

• 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.

• Vivalon: 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 new microcredit project in Ecuador and the Rotary Club of Mill Valley's greenhouse project in the high Andes n Peru.

District Designated Funds also support local projects, and this year our funds purchased boxes of produce for the food pantry at The Ranch.

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GALLERY

District Governor Danielle Lallement, Assistant District Governor Anne Sands, President Kathleen Defever (2021-2022) and Past-President Annette Gibbs (2019-2021)

Linda Emberson and President Kathleen presented Cindy Siciliano with a Service to the Community Award for her work helping the homless.

“She is tireless in assisting people who are needier thank herself,” said Linda. “She identifies a need and just jumps in and does it.”

The Rev. Christine Trainor of St. Stephen's Church assisted in presenting a Service to the Community Award to Sunny Lyrek. “She goes above and beyond and always has a sunny disposition,” said Christine, explaining that Sunny helps those at the margins of our community and does it with love and devotion. She has been providing meals for 85 need families since March 2020 and has also been helping the homeless.

Angelo Servino helped with presentation of a Service to the Community Award to brothers Natale and Vittorio Servino of Servino Ristorante and Caffè Acri. "I'm so proud of them," he said. They earned recognition for pivoting the business to create a market and offer items such as hand sanitizer and toilet paper, which local residents were unable to find. They also donated boxes of fresh produce to a local food pantry during the pandemic.

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President Kathleen Defever thanked Annette Gibbs for her service and presented her with native milkweed seeds, a butterfly house, a book about butterflies and a gift certificate so she can create a habitat for Monarch butterflies in her garden. Linda Emberson gave Annette a bouquet of flowers.


District Governor Danielle Lallement gives Kathleen the oath of office. Among the requirements she asked her to repeat: “I will promise to keep healthy, ask for support and above all have fun.”

“We wish you an amazing 2021-2022 Rotary year,” said DG Danielle. “It is my pleasure to introduce to you your president for the 2021-2022 year.”

LENDING A HAND

Angelo Capozzi picking up groceries from the food pantry at The Ranch to deliver to residents of The Hilarita.


Cindy Siciliano, of the Rotary Club of Tiburon Sunset, has been helping the residents of the homeless encampment at Dunphy Park in Sausalito. Linda Emberson and George Landau of the Rotary Club of Tiburon-Belvedere joined her on Sunday, March 7, to prepare and serve a pancake breakfast.

Marianne Strotz, Revati Natesan and Geneva Michaelcheck at Happy Hour at the Club at Harbor Point. Photo: Marshall Gross

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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.

HELPING KIDS GO TO CAMP

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.

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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

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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.

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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)

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Welcome New Members

Membership chair Angelo Capozzi welcomed new members Neelam Kanwar (upper photo) and Lynn Spitler (lower photo).

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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.

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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

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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.

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Annette Gibbs (left) and Shelby Gross joined the Rotary contingent and got into the spirit
of this year's first Friday Night on Main

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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

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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!

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First meeting at Sam's

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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.

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Karen Glader welcomes new member Valerie Marsh to the club and gives her a Rotary pin.

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Rotarians have fun in the Day Before-Labor Day parade.

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Proclamation

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.



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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.”

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MAKING KIDS SMILE

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.

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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)

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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

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DAY BEFORE LABOR DAY PARADE

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."

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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.

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Jon Rankin views the on-court action at the annual Bocce Ball Tournament, a fundraiser for Rotaplast International. (Photo: J. Wilson)

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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)

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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)

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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

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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)

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Carnaval!

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)

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In 1976, Tim Severin decided to test the theory. He built a similar boat, in Bantry, where Tom’s family is from, and he sailed it to North America, demonstrating that Brendan could have done it. [Severin wrote a book about his experiences, The Brendan Voyage, and it was made into a film.]

Severin also encountered a tribe of American Indians with white skin, brown and reddish hair and blue eyes. The name of the tribe was Duhare, a name that comes from ancient Celtic. Their carvings were the same as those in the west of Ireland, and the only person who reputedly reached North America early was Brendan, suggesting that he and the tribe are connected.

Tom’s family coat of arms has a red hand, and legend has it that when the first Europeans came to North America, one of Tom’s ancestors cut off his right hand and threw it to the shore so he could be the first to touch the new land.

“Was your ancestor called Lefty O’Neill?” quipped David Albert.

Terry Graham said she has done some research and discovered that when the first ships arrived from England, some of the tribes met the ships and tried to communicate with the sailors. Welsh sailors understood what the Indians were saying, leading to speculation the natives’ language came from Ancient Welsh, which is also related to Hebrew.

Tom added that the Irish and Welsh languages are Gaelic, and the first people in England and Ireland were Phoenicians, who are from the Levant region of the eastern Mediterranean.