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Rotary Club of Tiburon-Belvedere

Fellowship and Service

Address: 1600 Mar West Street
Tiburon/Belvedere, CA 94920
Phone: 415-789-0161

Friday, March 16, 2018


New Time, New Day, New Location

We're thrilled to be returning to our original meeting day—Friday—and we've got a great new space! Starting Friday, March 23, we'll be meeting at Sam's Anchor Cafe, 27 Main Street in downtown Tiburon. Meetings will start earlier too, beginning at 11:30 a.m. and ending at 12:45 p.m., making it easier to fit Rotary meetings into busy lives.

Sam's had a previous commitment, so we'll be meeting elsewhere on three dates: March 30, April 20 and May 25. We'll meet down the street at Servino's, 9 Main Street, and we'll keep you posted with announcements on where we'll be on the other two dates.

Check out our great lineup of guest speakers (below), and plan to join us for lunch and make some new friends. We love guests!

Photo: Sam's Anchor Cafe



This event is cancelled.

Drama at the Barn

 “I’ve been acting all my life,” said Stephanie Ahlberg, who is on the board of Ross Valley Players and has served as president. In 2000, she was cast in Philadelphia Story and has been involved ever since.

Alex Ross, who is also on the board and is business manager, has been involved with RVP since 1971. He, too, is an actor and has been in 40 productions, both with RVP and other companies. He worked at Chevron as a chemical engineer and has known Chuck Auerbach for many years.

“Ross Valley Players was formed in 1930 as an antidote to the Depression,” said Alex, and the company moved into its home at the Barn Theatre at the Marin Art & Garden Center in Ross in 1930. The Barn was built in the 1860s, and MAGC owns it now. RVP also performed in other places in the 1930s, including St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ross and spots in San Rafael. RVP is the longest continually operating theater west of the Rocky Mountains.

Stephanie added that RVP’s mission is to maintain its legacy of involvement with the community, and “We do work very, very hard to do that,” she said.

This season opened with Cabaret. “I saw that, and it was absolutely fabulous,” said John Kaufmann.

Stephanie explained that Jim Dunn was the director, and he loves the Ross Valley Players and directs a play every year.

Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell phone opens on March 2 and runs through Sunday, March 25. It’s the story of a woman who answers a dead man’s persistently ringing cell phone and gets involved in his life.

Photo (left): Deborah Murphy and Steve Price in Deadman's Cell Phone. Photo by Gregg LeBlanc.

The next main stage production, which opens on May 17, is The Tin Woman, which is about a woman who has a heart transplant and feels guilty. And following that is Savannah Sipping Society, a story about the lives of a group of women.

Interspersed between Dead Man's Cell Phone and The Tin Woman is RAW—Raw Alternative Works—an annual event that gives a playwright to see the full production of a new play. This year, it will be Just My Type, the world premiere of a musical by Rita Abrams, who has done many musicals, including For Whom the Bridge Tolls, and won several awards. She’s also noted for writing the hit song Mill Valley, which she recorded with her students in 1970, when she was a teacher at Strawberry Point School.


“We are an all-volunteer organization,” said Stephanie, who explained that technicians get a small stipend to recognize their commitment of time during a play, as does the director, but the most of the people who make a production possible are volunteers. “Our board is a working board,” she said. “We’d love to have more volunteers.”

Alex added that RVP’s budget is $320,000 a year, which is small compared to Marin Theatre Company. Production budgets run around $20,000 a show, and they also have costs such as rent and utilities. Box office receipts cover about 60 percent, and 40 percent is from donors. “We haven’t sought any grants,” he said. RVP is currently raising funds for new seats

“Over the years, we have done everything to that barn from our own perspective,” said Alex, explaining that they raised the money to install ADA-compliant bathrooms, for example. They were on a month-to-month lease until 2014, when they finally got a one-year lease, and now they have one until 2021. However, he said, “We’re at the whim of the Marin Art & Garden Center.” In addition, “The arts are in big trouble, and even more with the new tax bill,” he observed.

Outreach is important to RVP, and they often bring people in who want to learn theatrical skills. Some have gone on to big theaters in New York or to work on movies. RVP also has an arrangement with Villa Marin in Terra Linda, where residents form their own play reading group, and someone from RVP helps them. Once a year, they put on a show that consists of an hour and a half of skits, and “We’re very please to help them with that,” said Alex. They help the Rotary Club of Novato Sunrise with a fundraiser as well.

They have a fundraiser every two years, and have done A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters at a private home in the past. This year, they will be reprising it, with Stephanie and Alex in the roles of two people who’ve known each other all their lives and written letters to each other. It’s a two-person play, and “I just love doing that with Stephanie,” said Alex. It takes place on April 21, and a few tickets are still available.

Alex and Stephanie concluded their presentation by giving us four comp tickets to Dead Man’s Cell Phone and four to Just my Type to use to raise funds for the club. We auctioned the four tickets for Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and Dave Albert was the winning bidder. We will use the tickets to Just My Type for a raffle at the St. Patrick’s Day party.

Lynn Fox suggested that we put together a group to attend a performance, and Stephanie said that RVP does group tickets.

“How did you go from chemical engineer to thespian?” Dave Albert asked Alex.

Alex explained that Chevron had a very rigid culture, and being in a play was therapeutic. “It gives you an opportunity to play a character totally different to who you really are,” he said.

Find out more about Ross Valley Players and order tickets at rossvalleyplayers.com.




March 23             First meeting at Sam's, Jennifer Caroff, Food Solutions

March 30.            David & Ginny Freeman, Sonoma Valley Authors' Festival

April 6                  Fellowship, no speaker

April 13                Dee Morris, Speech Therapy

April 20                TBA

April 27                Marshall Gross, Photographing Birds



8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 17: District Learning & Development Assembly, Redwood High School, Larkspur. Reservations required.

5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 23, Tiburon Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Mixer, The Ranch, Neds Way, Tiburon.

5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 29, REST, Service project at St. Hilary's Church, Tarantino Hall.



Lunch Meetings
We welcome guests. If you'd like to hear a guest speaker or find out more about Rotary, please pay us a visit. We meet at the Tiburon Peninsula Club, 1600 Mar West Street, Tiburon, at 12:15 p.m., most Wednesdays, for
a guest speaker's interesting presentation and lunch (optional). Lunch & Attendance: $23, attendance only: $10. Please note, Sam's will serve a lunch buffet, and the cost will increase to $30 on March 23.

Happy Hour
We enjoy a social gathering on the third Thursday of every month at 5:30 p.m. at Servino Ristorante, 9 Main Street, Tiburon. This is a no-host event—place and pay for your own order.

From January to April, we will provide dinner for participants in the REST (Rotating Emergency Shelter Team) at St. Hilary's Church in Tarantino Hall. This service project will take the place of Happy Hour.

Board of Directors Meetings
Meetings of the Board of Directors are open to all members and take place on the second Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. at the TPC.

Contact us at rotary@telli.com.

See our website at www.tiburonrotary.org

Send mail to Rotary Club of Tiburon-Belvedere, P.O. Box 220, Tiburon, CA 94920

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



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 2017-2018.

Youth—Investing in the Future

• 10,000 Degrees: Funding for support and mentoring to help low-income students gain access college and succeed.

• 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.

• Audubon Canyon Ranch: Support for children from low-income urban neighborhoods to go on field trips and experience nature.

• Bel Aire School’s Liberia Project: Advice and support for the fifth-grade students’ ongoing projects to help their sister school in Liberia, thus encouraging altruism at home and helping children in a disadvantaged country across the world.

Dave Hutton Rotary Award for Service Above Self: An annual award to a graduating eighth-grader with a record of outstanding community service at Del Mar Middle School.

• Dictionaries: Full-color, illustrated children’s dictionaries for every third grader in local schools every year.

• Eagle Scouts: Financial support for Eagle Scout projects, thus allowing Boy Scouts to develop leadership skills and prepare to become tomorrow’s leaders.

• 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.

• Rotaplast International: Support for volunteer medical teams to provide life-changing surgery for children with cleft-lip and palate in needy communities around the world.

• Rotary Youth Leadership Awards: Scholarships so high school sophomores and juniors can attend a special camp that guides them to develop their leadership skills.

• Educator of the Year Awards: Annual awards to outstanding educators in local schools, whose unique projects give children a worldview that encourages them to become good citizens.

Meaningful Projects—Service Above Self

• Canal Alliance: Support for a program that teaches immigrants to speak English.

• 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.

• Pathway Home: Support for a program in Napa County that provides residential treatment for veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

• 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.

• Tiburon’s Green Team: Support for the volunteers who plant, weed, prune and trim landscaping in public places to keep our community beautiful.

• Whistlestop: Underwriting for Whistlestop's Thanksgiving Feast for Seniors.

District Designated Funds

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

Funds from the Rotary International Foundation's annual campaign earn District Designated Funds for our club. For the past three years, we have contributed our funds to multi-club microcredit projects in Ecuador, Guatemala and Peru to train people in job and entrepreneurial skills and extend microloans to help them start small businesses and become self-sufficient





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)