Welcome to the Rotary-Club of Tiburon-Belvedere. Our club was founded in 1977 by a group of local business leaders who wanted to make a difference in the world, and we're part of Rotary International, the largest service and leadership organization in the world. We meet every week at the Tiburon Peninsula Club, 1600 Mar West Street, Tiburon, and would be delighted to have you join us. We meet for lunch and to hear a guest speaker at 12:15 p.m. every Wednesday, except the first Wednesday of the month, when we meet after work, at 5:30 p.m., for fellowship and appetizers.
Our mission is helping others by lending a hand to those in need both at home and abroad, and our focus is youth and education, based on the belief that supporting our young people is the best investment we can make to ensure a bright future. Here's what we do.
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 have aged out of foster care, often before completing their education, and are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless in Marin County.
• Audubon Canyon Ranch: Support for ACR's program in which volunteers host children from low-income urban neighborhoods on school field trips.
• Bel Aire School’s Liberia Project: Advice and financial contributions to support the fifth-grade students’ 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.
• Field Trips: Financial support so children from low-income neighborhoods in San Rafael can go on school field trips to the Global Book Exchange and choose free books for summer reading.
• Global Book Exchange: Support for the Global Book Exchange in San Rafael, which collects used books and redistributes them to teachers at schools with limited budgets, disadvantaged families, nonprofits that serve children and 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.
• Teacher of the Year Awards: Annual awards to outstanding teachers whose unique projects give children a worldview that encourages them to become good citizens.
• Trade School in Uganda: Funding to help a new trade school in Uganda purchase sewing machines and other equipment, so students can learn a trade and become employable.
Meaningful Projects—Service Above Self
• Canal Alliance: Support for teacher-volunteers who give classes in English to immigrants.
• Marin Villages: Support for programs that help seniors age in their own homes. Members enjoy social get-togethers and access to volunteers for help with tasks such as getting to appointments, changing light bulbs or assisting with pets.
• Microcredit in Ecuador, Guatamela and Peru: Training in job and entrepreneurial skills and extending microloans so residents of poor communities can become self-sufficient.
• 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 most needy 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.
We recently embarked on a special project to raise funds for a Rotary garden in the new community plaza that is planned for the area between Tiburon Town Hall and the Belvedere-Tiburon Library.
We are also contributing to Tiburon's Trestle Trail, a walking trail that remembers Tiburon's history as a railroad town.