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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

Thursday, July 19, 2018


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

Congratulations to Michael Keran, District 5150's 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, and May marks the beginning of the 12th year of this service project.



New time, new day, new location

We're meeting at Sam's Anchor Cafe on Tiburon's Main Street now, and we're delighted to have a great new space. Even better, we've moved back to Friday. We now meet at 11:30 a.m., and meetings end at 12:45 p.m.

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


Spotlight on Belvedere

Craig Middleton, Belvedere City Manager, observed our surroundings at Sam’s and said, “I understand this changed from a bar to a prayer meeting quickly.” He was referring to the history of Sam’s during Prohibition.

He then gave us an update on how Belvedere is working to make improvements and some of the challenges the city faces. “We’re doing a few things to protect the city both financially and physically,” he said.

He addressed pensions first, explaining that Belvedere has some great volunteers on the finance committee, and Larry Wheat is the chairman. Belvedere has funded the entire unfunded portion of its pension liability, and the portion that is unfunded is very little, unlike other cities. In a second strategy for financial stability, Larry and committee require that 50 percent of the city’s funds be held in reserve. As a result, “Financially I think the city is in pretty good shape,” said Craig.

Belvedere has a strong volunteer spirit, and the city is taking advantage of it to make the town safer and avoid a disaster. People saw what happened in Santa Rosa, and “We want to be prepared,” he said. If, for example, a fire occurs, the city has block captains and people registered in an emergency program. Every now and then, they have a fake emergency for practice. One took place on Peninsula Road and another on Bella Vista, and it was the block captain program in action. Neighbors might play along perhaps and create a scenario, and the block captain has to figure out what to do.

For fire prevention, the city is identifying and removing dead trees. It is also building new lanes. “One of the things I love about Belvedere is these lanes,” said Craig. They’re great ways to get exercise, and they also provide evacuation routes. The city has allocated $500,000 and is encouraging people to contribute matching funds. Eucalyptus Lane is the first, and the others will follow. The goal is to make them safer and more walkable and beautiful.

Houses on the lagoon are below sea level, and “We have to look at how to protect those homes,” he said. In addition, Belvedere’s entrances and exits are on levees, so the city needs to raise them. It is working with the Rockefeller Foundation to come up with innovative ideas.

Angelo Capozzi pointed out that the Dutch have dealt with similar issues, and Craig said that Dutch experts visited to share their expertise. “Their approach is to live with the water instead of trying to keep it out,” he said.

An addition issue is housing, which is an ongoing issue throughout the state.

In summary, “The state of Belvedere is good right now,” Craig reported.

Questions and Answers

Dave Kweder asked about the 1906 earthquake.” It’s an island and withstood the earthquake well,” Craig said, adding that some San Francisco residents had vacation homes in Belvedere and moved here after the earthquake in 1906.

“What is the biggest emergency Belvedere Island has had?” asked Angelo Capozzi, and it hasn’t really had one, except perhaps deer.

Lynn Fox suggested that people who attended Bubbles, Bags & BBQ look at the package they received from the Landmarks Society, because it included a book with good information.

Angelo recalled pine trees burning in the open space above Avenida Miraflores and said, “Things were burning like crazy.” His house was in the fire’s path, but wasn’t affected.
Michael Heckmann pointed out that the water pressure is low on some streets, and he also asked about anchor-outs that end on up on properties on West Shore Road.

Craig hadn’t heard that water is low, but Lynn Fox reported that houses on Sugar Loaf are on pumps, and they have water tanks but no pressure.

“Is that an issue on the Martha Property?” asked Angelo, and Lynn said yes.
In regard to anchor-outs, Craig reported that budget for Richardson Bay Regional Agency has increased, which will allow more enforcement. In addition, the commission is talking about creating a mooring field (like campsites but on water), which should help. Meanwhile, it’s a problem. “They still come loose in the winter and crash into West Shore,” he said.

Dave Albert asked what population of Belvedere is, and Craig responded that it’s about 2,100.
“What is flooding the lagoon,” asked Bill Goldberg. Craig explained that water from the Tiburon hills flows into the lagoon, but the lagoon owners’ property association usually manages it well, by lowering the water level in winter and raising it in summer. They have new pumps to make the process more efficient. He added that if sea level rise were to occur, a sheet of water would go over the seawall and into the lagoon.

President Linda Emberson asked about Tiburon and Belvedere sharing police services. Craig explained that the fire departments combined a long time ago, but “We’ve always had our separate police departments.” That changed several years ago when Belvedere Police Chief Trisha Seyler also took on duties as captain at the Tiburon Police Department. It was supposed to be temporary, and it’s been great for everyone except Trisha, who has a large workload. He added that Belvedere has eight members of the police force, and Tiburon has about twice as many.

Charlie Oewel wanted to know how the school bus program is going. Craig explained that the community is trying to get more money. The buses are good for relieving traffic congestion, but have had problems with breakdowns. The program has a new contract with First Student and will have new buses with seatbelts when school starts. It also looks like Marin Transit is going to provide some funding for a countywide yellow bus program.

Charlie pointed out that Ross got a subsidy, and although it’s a different situation, Craig reported that Belvedere Mayor Bob McCaskill made that point, and so Tiburon- Belvedere might get some money.
“Why aren’t school buses free?” asked Annette Gibbs, recalling that they were when she was growing up in Tiburon. Craig replied that they should be, but school districts used to run the buses, and now they can’t afford it.

Charlie Oewel observed that Belvedere’s major landowner is the Belvedere Land Company, and they wanted to do a lot-line adjustment. He wondered if it has happened, and Craig said not yet.
The issue of undergrounding came up, and Craig said that the city is looking at creating a new undergrounding district. Undergrounding has obvious benefits from a fire perspective, and 80 percent of Belvedere has underground wiring. He hopes the city will get to 100 percent, and although it’s expensive, it’s well worth it. He thinks it will cost about $3 million.

Angelo Capozzi asked about the library’s planned expansion, and Craig said they’ve decided to design according to their budget. “I think that’s probably a good thing,” he said.




July 20                  Fire Safety with Michael Lantier, Deputy Fire Marshall, Tiburon FPD

July 27                  Karina Nielson, Estuary Ocean Science (Romberg Center)

August 10             Mary Ann Maggiore, Encouraging entrepreneurship

August 17             Bruce Frank, Drone pilot



Sunday, August 19 , 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bocce Ball & BBQ, Rotaplast fundraiser, Marin Bocce, San Rafael



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 Sam's Anchor Cafe, 27 Main Streeet, Tiburon, at 11:30 p.m., on Friday for a buffet lunch, and most weeks, and guest speaker makes a presentation.
Lunch & Attendance: $30, attendance only: $10.

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.

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.

Contact us at rotary@telli.com.

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

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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.

• 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.

• 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



Having Fun at Friday Night on Main

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

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)