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Rotary Club of Tiburon-Belvedere

Fellowship and Service

Address: PO Box 220
Tiburon/Belvedere, CA 94920
Phone: 415-747-5828



ROTARY
Club of Tiburon-Belvedere

Sunday, September 18, 2022

NEWS

Art at the Library

Acting president Marianne Strotz welcomed Diane Green, who has served on the art committee at the Belvedere Tiburon Library for 13 years.

The library held its Grand Reopening on Saturday, September 17, after three years of undergoing construction to create a larger space, and Diane reported that it is now19,500 square feet, with a long, open nave. The Founders Room, which was often full to overflowing, has been expanded and will now seat about 100 people.

“There’s a dedicated space for teenagers which is very jazzy,” she said, and it features equipment like computers as well materials for crafting. The library will host events for teens there, and “It’s a beautiful place for study and gathering,” she said.

The children’s library has a collection that is twice the size of the previous one, and “There’s a dedicated performance space.” The beautiful mural in the previous children’s library was put on canvas, and new figurative pieces that are reflective of children’s literature today enhance it.

The plaza, between the library and Town Hall, will be a gathering place and a venue for performances, and it leads to Zelinsky Park. Corner Books is on the Tiburon Boulevard side with its own entrance.
“The gallery is pretty amazing,” she said, adding that the entrance also faces Tiburon Boulevard, and “You walk in, and you’re in the gallery.”

Renewal

The pandemic led to creating art exhibits in a new way. The DeYoung Museum led the way by inviting artists from throughout the Bay Area counties to submit works. They received 11,000 submissions, and one in eight was accepted. “This show was at the DeYoung,” she said, so people could attend in person, but it also had a virtual web gallery, so they could see all the works and information online.

The library used a similar model for the inaugural art show, and “The theme we asked for had to fit with renewal,” said Diane. She wrote to the library’s art committee online, and she began contacting artists in the DeYoung show by email and stopped at 21 artists. The process was new, and  “I didn’t have a clue,” she said, and she wasn’t sure how it would work out, but 19 responded enthusiastically. She continued, and the exhibit is now is comprised of 43 pieces of diverse art by 17 artists in different media.

“I have already given three tours,” she said, explaining that one was for the library staff, and the other was for the Belvedere Tiburon Fine Arts Museums Auxiliary. “They were really pleased with it,” she reported.
The gallery opening is on Thursday, September 22, and the gallery’s first event—a panel discussion with artists Alice Beasley, Michelle Fillmore, Siddhartha Parasnis and Richard Weinberger—takes place on September 29 at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required on Eventbrite.

George Landau pointed out that in the past, the exhibits have been work of local artists, but this is a group show rather than a solo show. Few venues are available for independent artists to show their art, and he hopes the library will go back to that.

Diane explained that Town Hall and the Landmarks Society’s Art and Garden Center display the work of local artists, while the library is looking at theme shows. “We’re moving to group shows,” she said, and they are juried online without jurors knowing who the artists are. “This is different. It’s a change,” she acknowledged. “We’re trying to make it anonymous so it will be on merit. It’s going to be really based on the fit with the theme and the quality.”

David Albert asked if Rotary might be able to meet at the library, and Diane replied that a space with a small kitchen next to it is available for services clubs to use. “It’s a new component,” she said.

Diane is an artist herself, but she hasn’t had time to paint recently, because she’s been busy with her work on the art committee and another volunteer commitment. She is part of a group that packs lunches for distribution at St. Vincent’s Free Dining Room in San Rafael, where our club served lunch once a month for many years.

Diane and her group work in the St. Stephen’s kitchen, and since the pandemic began, they’ve packed 11,500 lunches.

The gallery’s opening party takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 22, and anyone can attend.

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BEE HUNTER WINES

President Kathleen Defever welcomed Alisa Nemo, co-owner of Bee Hunter Wine in Mendocino County’s Anderson Valley. Alisa comes from Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, and is a marine science nerd, yogi, phlebotomist and vintner. She’s also working on a screenplay. She was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in the Midwest and came to California from Florida, not intending to stay.

Ali and Andy DuVigneaud, who is from Anderson Valley, started the winery in 2013. It is a small-batch operation, with no more than 200 to 500 cases per wine produced, and Ali and Andy only work with growers who use organic, biodynamic and sustainable farming practices.
Bee Hunter Wine has won awards, and Kathleen said that she had a delicious Bee Hunter Grenache at a nice restaurant called the Bewildered Pig in Boonville.

In addition to winemaking, Ali and Andy do cooking shows on Facebook Live, and they show items fermenting on their kitchen counter. They also throw dinners that are available for sign-up on Event Brite, and they’re having a harvest dinner on October 22. They’ll be having orange wine, and “It has a very rare, unique flavor,” said Ali. They’re collaborating with the Skunk Train for the holidays as well. She added that

Mendocino County is also having harvest dinners from November 5 to 15.
She asked if we know about Boontling, the local dialect, and said, “It’s where bee hunter comes from.” It means be hunter, and tidrick means tea drink. According to Boontling a bee hunter is a valley girl who says that she “be hunting” when she is asked what she’s doing. “I be hunting describes a voracious appetite for life,” she explained.

What varietals are you currently bottling?” asked Kathleen.

“Pinot Noir,” said Alisa, and “We have a full-blown Grenache, which is the one you tasted.” And they make a Zinfandel with grapes from Sonoma and Mendocino counties as well. They also use grapes from Napa and Santa Cruz counties and have won a Best of Class award for Chardonnay. “We always be hunting for grapes,” said Ali, because they don’t have their own vineyards.

The orange wine is called Vin d’Ambre, and it’s a traditional European style of wine. It has a little contact with the skins of Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Their sparkling wine is made with Méthode Champenoise.
Angelo Capozzi recently read an article in the San Francisco Chronicle about a shortage of oak barrels and asked, “Are you having that problem?”

“We’re doing it totally different from anyone else,” said Alisa. “Andy’s making wine the way you’d do it back in the day in Italy or France.”


“We don’t need barrels right now. We’re not producing a lot of wine,” said Andy. He explained that they don’t use much oak and have enough barrels in the warehouse.  “We’re good to go,” he said.

Marianne Strotz asked where Anderson Valley is. She’s familiar with Alexander Valley but hadn’t heard of Anderson Valley.

Kathleen explained that Anderson Valley is in Mendocino County near Booneville, and Alexander Valley is in Sonoma County near Healdsburg.

Alisa said that a visit to Mendocino County is a wonderful weekend trip. You can go to Boonville and visit Bee Hunter Wine, stay at the Boonville Hotel and then go to the coast to the town of Mendocino.
Kathleen asked what what the difference is between biodynamic and organic farming.

Andy explained that biodynamic and organic are two different systems. Organically grown has more to do with what you’re using in the vineyard. Both practices must be organic, and a grower gets certification.
Biodynamic agriculture is based on Rudolf Steiner’s (1861-1925) theories. At certain times, you bury things like skulls. It’s a biodynamic ecosystem of farming, and the idea is to use the cycles of the moon and micro additions. “You’re adding very small amounts of concentrate of compost preparations and teas that will get the plants to catalyze what they need instead of using compost and fertilizer,” he said. The oversight is rigorous. “Biodynamic is much more in depth and harder to get certified,” he said. “It does work better with white grapes in drier climates.”

Revati Natesan asked about moon cycles, and Andy explained that theory is that when the moon and sun are in the same part of the sky, the gravitational pull is greater. At night, when the moon is on the same side of the earth as the sun, the increased amount of gravity pulls the nutrients out of the roots into the leaves. He added that it’s incredibly complicated and hard to explain, but it seems to work.

Kathleen asked about sustainable farming and asked, “Do you use sheep between the vines?”
Andy explained that sheep are a problem, because they like to eat grapevines, and they have pointy little hooves and have a compaction problem. Using sheep can be very expensive and complicated, and owners need to have fields and pastures for them and buy feed. In addition, the window when they’re useful is very short.

“It’s interesting when you think what wine-making really is,” said Ali, because you have to think about which barrels you use, how long you age and how long you press. “So much of winemaking is about patience,” she said and she finds the process interesting.  “We choose really good vineyards, and we don’t mess them up.”

She has fun with sharing with Rotarians, and she explained that she was an exchange student in Holland when she was 15.  “Somebody thought it was a good idea to send a 15-year to Amsterdam,” she said. “Then when she was 23, she went to Brittany and learned about wine. She’d like to curate experiences for Rotarians.

“The YMCA and Rotary club basically raised my brother and me,” she said, explaining that her mother was busy getting a doctorate in Russian fairy tales. Her father’s wife is Swiss and sits on the board of Waldorf Schools, which is based on the theories of Rudolf Steiner. Her brother, who is 20, is very Swiss, and he’s on a break between completing school and doing military service.

“Thanking you for having a small boutique winery like ours in Mendocino,” she said, because it’s important for small producers to have people interested. If you visit, Bee Hunting is easy to find. It’s close to the Boonville Hotel, and you’ll see a 2000 Porsche Boxter sitting in the driveway.

Ali enjoys the culinary aspect as well as the art of winemaking and said, “We’re just a couple of little Hobbits living in the Shire trying to find out what this American Dream is all about.”

Find out more
www.beehunterwine.com
www.visitmendocino.com
www.avwines.com

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR

GREAT GUEST SPEAKERS

September 21   6 p.m., Laurie Nilsen, Get Ready to Go 94920, Via Piccola Trattoria

September 28   4 p.m., David, musician from Haiti, Zoom

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

Meetings will be on Zoom unless noted otherwise.

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

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NOTEWORTHY EVENTS


October 16        11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Get Ready to Go 94920. BBQ and Get Ready Fair at McKegney Green   begins at noon.

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WHERE TO FIND US

Meetings
We're working on the transition to in-person meetings, but have yet to find a permanent meeting space. Meanwhile, some of our meetings are on Zoom, and some are in person at the locations announced. Pleased check the section titled Speakers pandemic to see where and when we're meeting. If you'd like to visit, either in person or on Zoom, we'd be delighted to meet you. For Zoom meetings, please go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81915154482?pwd=MDVHWWVjemovQ2ovdjJkZzczeW9qZz09,

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
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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 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 supported in 2021-2022/

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.

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.

• The Ranch: Scholarships for low-income youth to attend summer day camp.

Meaningful Projects—Service Above Self

• Community Action Marin: Founded in 1966, Community Action helps low-income families and individuals throughout the county become self-sufficient and improve their quality of life in many areas. CAM also works with every major nonprofit in the county to develop policies and give them opportunities to better their lives.

• Homeward Bound of Marin: Marin County’s primary provider of homeless shelters and services for families and individuals without shelter. It also helps people transition out of homeless, putting them on the path to self-sufficiency and offers job training at its culinary academy.

District Designated Funds


Rotary's District Designated Funds helped establish this sewing shop in Esmeraldas, Ecuador. Photo: Courtesy of Keith and Holly Axtell

Funds that our members donate to the Rotary International Foundation's annual campaign, Every Rotarian Every Year, earn District Designated Funds for our club. In 2022, we used the funds to send 50 illustrated full-color children's dictionaries to schools in San Carlos, Mexico, where learning English is a key to success. We also contributed to the Rotary Club of Marin Evening's newest microcredit project in Ecuador.

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GALLERY

BOCCE BALL TOURNAMENT

Kathleen Defever plays Bocce. Photos: Marshall Gross

Teammates Kathleen Defever and Angelo Servino

Anastasia Fink, Charlie Oewel and Marianne Strotz

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

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District Governor Gary Chow of the Rotary Club of South San Francisco, administered the oath of office, launching Kathleen Defever's second year as president.

George Landau presented Janet Cerni, teacher/librarian at Del Mar Middle School, with an Educator of the Year award. Her peers in the Reed Union School District selected her for the honor.

Angelo Capozzi and George Landau presented Ben Cambell with an award, a certificate, and a check.

Angelo Capozzi presented Michael Bronson with a Rotary Educator of the Year award at a school assembly.


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.

Canal Alliance—a volunteer's perspective