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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

Saturday, February 17, 2018


We're celebrating St. Patrick's Day, and everyone's welcome!



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.



Nancy Dow Moody reported that Lifehouse has been serving people with developmental disabilities since 1954. The agency used to be called MARC (Marin Association for Retarded Citizens), but that’s not an appropriate name any longer. They serve about 270 people in Marin County and some in Sonoma Counry and San Francisco, and they have 300 employees. Currently, some exciting things are happening.

Technology. A technology program is one, and “It has opened the world to the people we serve,” said Nancy. Some clients have physical disabilities, and technology allows them to do some things they couldn’t before, such as turning on the music they want to hear from an iPad on a wheelchair.

In addition, Oculus Rift is a virtual reality system that immerses the user in a virtual world. It can simulate what it would be like to have autism to help staff understand what autistic clients experience. In another example, a person who’s afraid of the dentist can find out what it’s like beforehand and get an idea of what to expect.

Fundraiser. Lifehouse’s Great Chefs and Wineries event raises about $1 million a year to close the gap between state funding and the amount Lifehouse needs, and the additional funds allow the hiring of good staff and training.

Ann Elias, director of development, works with 25 restaurants and a large number of wineries, and she reported that this year’s event, which takes place April 21 at Peacock Gap Golf Club will give 3 percent of funds raised to fire relief. “They are our partners. They are our friends and neighbors,” she said.
Preschool. Lifehouse is working with the Marin County Office of Education and Dominican University to provide a preschool for both children with developmental disabilities and others who are developing regularly. Some with developmental problems catch up, and typical kids develop leadership skills and empathy. The school is scheduled to open in August 2018.

Using Technology

A Lifehouse video, Adventures in Technology, shows an autism simulator, which gives a user a taste of the intense sensory experience a person with autism experiences. Other highlights were a young woman choosing music on an iPad and a Google spoon that has a leveler for physically disabled clients.

Nancy said that technology gives clients a chance to play games, use Facebook and read the news and books. It also gives them a great way to communicate with family members.

She explained that Lifehouse’s services provide essential support for developmentally disabled people to live in the community. For example, Lily, who appeared in the video, lives in a group home with five other people, and she doesn’t get to see her mother as often as she’d like to. With technology, her mom can see and speak to her and make sure she’s happy.

Questions and Answers

John Kaufmann asked if some of Lifehouse’s clients work at Home Depot, and Nancy said yes. He added that he and Mary attend Great Chefs and Wineries, and “For foodies, there’s nothing like it anywhere else.” He also talked about a friend whose son is a Lifehouse client, and Nancy explained that he lives in his own apartment.

Great Chefs and Wineries is $350 per person, and it’s very reasonable for what you give,” John told Nancy. Huey Lewis and some Lifehouse clients do a performance, and the silent and live auctions are good. “You have very good support,” John observed.

Charles Arnold wanted to know more about autism, and Nancy replied, “If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism,” because they’re all individuals and are different. Diagnosis is often around six months of age, and people with autism don’t interact with our world the way other people do. Lifehouse is the only organization in Marin County that works with people with autism, and it sends staff to North Carolina for training. Three of its houses are devoted to autistic clients.

Sweetwater Spectrum in the City of Sonoma has four single-family homes for autistic individuals, and Lifehouse provides the staff. Residents have normal intelligence but don’t know how to interact with the world normally. Too much stimulation is distressing for them, and those with lower IQs have more challenges.

Charles Arnold mentioned an autistic doctor at Stanford, and Nancy talked about Temple Grandin, a professor of animal science who is autistic and has found ways to cope. “People find ways to adapt,” she said.

Mike Keran asked how many people Lifehouse serves, and Nancy responded that they help 270 people and have 315 employees, About 35 percent of Lifehouse’s referrals have autism.

Lifehouse has a $15 million budget and gets its money from a regional center and fundraising. State funding is not based on the number of people served, so Bakersfield would get the same amount of funding as Tiburon, for example.

Lifehouse owns nine homes and an apartment building, and they are in San Rafael, Novato, Fairfax and San Anselmo. People who live in the homes pay very little rent. “We’ve owned those homes for many years,” explained Nancy, so Lifehouse is able to provide affordable housing. Some people need 24-hour services, while others can live in their own apartments if they have help with grocery shop and paying bills.

“Are you taxed at a more favorable rate?” asked Marshall Gross, and Nancy said yes.

“How do you break down your budget?” asked Angelo Capozzi, and Nancy explained that most comes from the regional center, which receives it funds from the California Department of Development Services. Thus, the money comes from Sacramento and goes to the regional office in San Rafael, which pays Lifehouse for providing services. They also get some federal funding for people with more severe disabilities.

Charles Arnold asked about medications, and Nancy said that some take medication, but Lifehouse doesn’t prescribe. Some take medication for seizures, and a cannabis oil, called CBT oil, helps people with autism.

“I assume you’re not a custodial organization,” said John Kaufmann. Nancy confirmed that it isn’t and said that she once worked at a hospital for severely disabled kids. She said the kind of places John talked about did not provide a good living situation, and most have closed. The largest facility locally is in Sonoma, but it will be closed in a year.

With Lifehouse, clients have a nicer life. To find out more about Lifehouse, go to www.lifehouseagency.org.






February 28.        Ross Valley Players

March 7               Fellowship, no speaker

March 14             Leni Felton, Nutrition

March 21             Jennifer Caroff, Food Solutions

March 28.            David & Ginny Freeman, Sonoma Valley Authors' Festiva.

April 4                  Fellowship, no speaker



Friday, March 16: St. Patrick's Day Party, Belvedere Community Center. Details to be announced.

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



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

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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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



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)