Rotary Club of Tiburon-Belvedere
Fellowship and Service
|Address:||Sam's Anchor Cafe
Tiburon/Belvedere, CA 94920
Club of Tiburon-Belvedere
Monday, October 25, 2021
Melissa in Africa
Melissa Prandi (front, second from left) joined 32 volunteers from three Rotary districts for a journey to Africa in September.
Marin native Melissa Prandi has been in real-estate management for 27 years. She started as a receptionist at 19 and has owned the business for nearly 40 years. Brian McLeran talked to her for 10 years before she became a Rotarian and she is a recent past president of the Rotary Club of San Rafael Mission. “My true passion is giving back,” she said.
Melissa went to Africa with a group of Rotarians for three weeks in September, and “My trip to Africa was pure joy and life-changing,” she said. The first week in Kampala was with H2OpenDoors. She explained that a group of Rotarians came here from Uganda two years ago, and she hosted six of the visiting Rotarians. She took them to Muir Woods, the Golden Gate Bridge and to a restaurant for dinner in Sausalito, and they established a relationship. She, when she was president, helped to arrange for Mission San Rafael and the Ugandan club to be sister clubs.
The trip to Uganda was a long one, and it took three flights, many COVID tests and masks and mask-changes and lots of security checks.
They visited Kampala first, and Melissa didn’t like calling the neighborhoods slums, so she said told the residents they were going to call them villages, and the change in term changed their attitude.
The group’s first adventure was a trip to Nbgama Island, where they spent a day playing, saw chimpanzees and took a boat ride.
The first project was fitting eyeglasses at a clinic and distributing reading glasses that people had donated. “I did the intake of everybody coming in,” she said, and she made sure they washed hands and wore masks.
While in Uganda, she met a young woman called Angella who was smart but needed help to stay in school. She asked how much it would cost and found out that it was only $500 or $600 a year, so she said she’d look after Angella’s education. “She’s so smart. It was the highlight of my trip. It was the highlight of my life,” she said, explaining that she considers Angella her adopted daughter. Another Rotarian, Helen Abe, also adopted a daughter, and “You just help one person, and you change lives,” Melissa said.
Her second service project was with H2OpenDoors, and Rotary volunteers installed a system that will provide 44,000 liters of water a day to a Ugandan community. She showed a garden that it will water, and she also planted a cinnamon tree. “I had never planted a tree before,” she said, and she added that she didn’t know that cinnamon is good for you.
The third project was with Days for Girls and involved empowering young women. She spoke to girls at a private school, and “They look at you like you’re going to change the world. The gratitude, the hope,” she said. She was raised not to cry but “I cried so much on this trip,” she revealed. She asked the girls what they want to do when they grow up, but the problem is that they don’t always go to school, and if they do go, they have obstacles.
One is that the president of Uganda doesn’t believe in education, so lots of schools are closed. Another is that girls don’t have sanitary supplies to use when they have their periods, and so they miss school if they do go. Uganda wants to use plastic, but Days for Girls tries to avoid plastic. However, they acquired bags made from plastic to use for kits containing the supplies girls need. A friend gave Melissa $2,500, and her club also gave $2,500 so she could buy lots of kits. Women in Uganda make the kits, so they have jobs, which is another benefit. To get kits, girls had to have sex education first, and so they learned about health and hygiene. She had 500 gifts of kits from Days for Girls., but 800 girls showed up, and she was disappointed because 300 girls had to go away without anything.
One day, an amazing woman from the Institute of Advanced Leadership–Uganda spoke. “She was brilliant,” said Melissa, explaining that she talked about the leadership school without any notes.
On the last day, they arrived at the school, and there were 300 kids called the Lost Children, and they’re a dance troupe. “They don’t go to school, but they want to go to school,” said Melissa.
She also visited a little village, and it was the poorest group she spoke to, which children who were dirty, had no shoes and didn’t have parents. She also met a group like a women’s union, and ‘It was really cool to see them collaborating,” she said. Everybody was speaking English, and they had fun. “There was so much laughing,” she said.
They took a break and went to Kenya on a Safari. Helen Abe was worried, because they were going to be camping, and she didn’t have a sleeping bag, but Melissa told her not to worry; she was sure they tents would have beds. They travelled around in an open Jeep and saw wonderful animals there.
She said the trip inspired her, and she started a new foundation, the Melissa Prandi Children’s Foundation. It has already received some donations.
“It filled my heart completely,” she said of the experience. “It was the best trip of my life.”
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Melissa asked Angelo Capozzi how many Rotaplast missions he’s been on, and he replied that he’s been on 72. “This was my second,” she said. She added that she didn’t see kids with cleft palates or in wheelchairs, and she thinks they stay inside.
Melissa told a story about buying coffee at Starbucks and deciding that she could save the $5 a day and give it away. She took a stack of $5 bills and made sure she gave them to people who needed money to buy food. She pointed out that kids need food to be able to learn. She also spoke to senior moms, because they can help to change the lives of their children and grandchildren.
On the last day, she stayed with a family, and the children greeted her on their knees, which was one of the cultural differences she observed. Their mother gave her a gift to represent her work, with the kids around her. They never treated like she was different, however, and she felt like she was surrounded by unconditional love.
Steve Ramirez asked about water project and how it’s powered. She explained that wind and solar power the system that purifies water. She added that the system will produce enough water for the school and the community.“
You” know what the world needs?” asked Angelo Capozzi. “It needs a thousand Melissa Prandis.”
“You need to educate the boys,” said John Kaufmann.
Melissa said that in Uganda, rape isn’t tolerated. If a boy is caught, he’s put in the middle of a tire that is set on fire, and he’s burned.
Melisssa countered that the first step is girls. “They need to know they can say no. There’s a lot of work to be done to empower women,” she said, adding that people are still mutilating girls in Uganda.
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
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 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.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
GREAT GUEST SPEAKERS
October 27 4 p.m., Zoom. Miles Dakin and Israel Lisle, Pollinator Partnership and North American Pollinator Protection Campaign
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Wednesday, November 7 4:30 to 6 p.m., Business Citizen of the Year Event. Sam's Anchor Cafe
WHERE TO FIND US
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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.
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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
• 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.
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.
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
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.
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).
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.
(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.”
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.
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
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."
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)
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.