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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

Club of Tiburon-Belvedere

Sunday, April 25, 2021



Charlie Oewel talked about unhoused people and the need to get them off the streets into transitional housing and eventually permanent housing. He has been working with Elihu Harris, a former mayor of Oakland, and has written a white paper about the need to address the problem.

About 150,000 residents of California are unsheltered on any given night. In Marin County, he is working with Stephanie Moulton-Peters, Marin County supervisor for District 3 and two councilmembers in Belvedere. They are members of the Richardson Bay Authority and are dealing with the anchor-outs, which has led to an encampment of homeless people in Sausalito.

“Our club is doing generous things to help people in the camps,” he said, and his company, DASH Houses (Disaster Area Steel Housing) is working on solutions that are more permanent by repurposing shipping containers into tiny homes. Lynn Fox introduced him to the Elks Club, and they have discussed using some of the club’s land for homes for extremely low-income people who can’t afford to pay rent. He is also working to place a community on Rowland Blvd. in Novato for needy individuals and has been talking to the City of Oakland about putting a community in each of its seven districts.

Marin County estimates the population of homeless people to be about 1,000, and about 30 percent are extremely vulnerable, because they have issues such as mental illness or drug addiction.

The homes won’t look like shipping containers. They’ll be nicely repurposed and painted. And they won’t be shared facilities; they will be individual homes that allow people to be independent. The project in Marin should house 800 people. “That’s for starters, “said Charlie. “We’re moving quickly.”

DASH is woman-owned, with one woman owning 51 percent. One of the advantages is that priority is given to women and women-owned businesses for public procurement.

Marianne Strotz asked if it is true that the police in Sausalito took one of the boats and hacked it to pieces.

“They’re seizing and crushing people’s boats,” said Charlie, explaining that the harbormaster lurks around some of these boats, which aren’t seaworthy, and waits for the occupant to leave and then seizes the boats with all the owner’s belongings. “That’s what’s led to the homeless encampment,” he said. “It’s cruel.”

Marianne also asked about another company that is repurposing containers, and he explained that they’re refurbishing them for other purposes, such as offices.

Karl Hoppe asked how much it costs to turn a container into a house, and Charlie said it costs $50,000 a unit, turnkey.

“What are the dimensions,” asked Marshall Gross, and Charlie said that they’re 8 feet wide and come 20 feet or 40 feet long.

“Where are you going to put them? That’s the sticking point,” said John Kaufmann.

Charlie responded that a site at Rowland Blvd. and Highway 101 in Novato has potential. Caltrans has two park-and-ride lots, and one is surplus, which it will make available for $1 a year. The site isn’t near housing, so it shouldn’t be an issue.

“To whom should clothing be given?” asked David Albert, and Charlie said that he can take donations to Cindy Siciliano’s hair studio, and she’ll make sure it’s distributed.

“How are you going to hook up electricity and plumbing?” asked Karl Hoppe, and Charlie replied that it costs about $100,000 for all utility hook-ups for a village, and everything needed for the community.

People will be able to stay long-term, about a year, and local organizations will help. Catholic Charities will help with navigations services, which include life skills such as learning how to cook. Nonprofit service providers are free. “It’s important for people to lift themselves out of the street and homelessness,” he said.

Karl Hoppe pointed out that the cost of housing is rising faster than earnings. He added that when he was growing up in Belvedere, Belveron homes were meant to be starter homes, but now they’re going for $2 million. “It seems like there’s a larger issue that needs to be addressed,” he said.

Charlie said that a large number of people are working to provide affordable housing, fueled by the California Low Income Tax Allocation Committee. It involves corporations that want to do some social good while improving their tax position by purchasing tax credits. The funds pay for affordable housing, but tax-credit funding isn’t enough to solve the problem.

He gave EAH, which manages Farley Place as an example, and EAH also manages The Hilarita.

“Farley House was one of our big Rotary projects,” said George Landau, and we also raised money for the Belvedere Community Center. He went to the grand opening, and someone asked him what he was doing there, because he lives in Tiburon. He explained Rotary’s role and pointed out the Rotary plaque.

See more about DASH Houses at https://www.dashhouses.com/.



President Annette Gibbs welcomed Jessica Hotchkiss, recreation director at The Ranch, who told us how the local recreation department has survived the past year. She reported that starting in March 2020, The Ranch transitioned 24 weekly classes to virtual, and some have returned to in-person classes, while 10 still remain virtual. Programs have attracted 160 new students, and, in addition, the staff has individually helped more than 40 seniors navigate Zoom so they can participate in activities.

Outdoor classes include Zumba, which is also on Zoom. Online Spanish, which Graciela Placak teaches, is popular, as are classes such as virtual art.

Youth programming includes classes such as arts and crafts, and The Ranch offered three in-person camps. “Most importantly, The Ranch created a program, called Academy Club,” she said, explaining that it’s one of the largest revenue-generating programs and has helped The Ranch to stay afloat. It takes place at Dairy Knoll and the Belvedere Community Center and has been running continuously since August. It’s ending now, because kids are going back to school fulltime.

Academy Club has had support from the Marin County Office of Education, Reed Union School District, the Tiburon Peninsula Foundation and the Belvedere Community Foundation.

The Ranch has also created a scholarship fund and appreciates our recent donation to allow kids from low-income families to attend summer camp. “The families are very grateful,” said Jessica.
“We’re gearing up to bring back everything we can as soon as state guidance allows,” said Jessica, and she added that we should feel free to call if we need assistance or want to know more about The Ranch. More information is also available on the website: theranchtoday.org.

Questions and Answers

“Did you have to furlough anyone?” asked Angelo Capozzi, and Jessica replied that they did have to let some people go but were able to bring several back in September.
Angelo also asked if the Ranch is eligible for PPP, and Jessica said no.

“What is your background and how did you come to The Ranch,” asked David Albert.

Jessica said that she has a degree in recreation nonprofit entities, and she went to The Ranch, because she knew some of the staff. Previously, she was manager of the Belvedere Tennis Club

“How do you find people to hire?” he asked, and she said that she looks for people who have a background in recreation and working with children. The Ranch also contracts instructors who have experience running specific classes.

“I took a Spanish class from Graciela Placak, and she was great—muy buena,” said Irene Slisky.

Angelo asked if Graciela had taught Spanish at St. Hilary School, and Marianne Strotz said no, that was Graciela Pera.

He also asked if there’s any connection between The Ranch and The Hilarita.
“We’re two separate entities,” Jessica replied, but while nothing is official, The Ranch allows the food pantry to operate at Dairy Knoll.

“When are you going to start in-person art classes again?” asked Marianne Strotz, and Jessica said it depends on when Graciela feels comfortable returning to in-person instruction.

“Are you going to do the beer festival this year,” asked President Annette Gibbs.

“No, we don’t know if we’ll be in an allowable tier,” said Jessica, explaining that it’s a big event that takes about a year to plan, and she doesn’t have the staff or time. She added, however, that she is working with the Chamber of Commerce to come up with an event for the fall that will fall within the guidelines, and she will let us know and bring us into the fold, as we were slated to serve popcorn and hot dogs at the annual event.




April 28       Jack Fiorito, Landmarks Society, Tales of China Cabin, 4 p.m., 42 Beach Road, Belvedere

Meetings will be on Zoom until further notice unless noted. If you'd like to attend a meeting
or be a guest speaker, please send an email to rotary@telli.com



May, TBD        Educator of the Year Awards

May 15            Rotary Chosen Family Reunion, District 5150 Annual Conference, virtual,
                        register www.rotary5150.org. $28 per person, guests welcome

May 19            Educator of the Year Awards




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.

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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 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/.


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.




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.


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).


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)


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.