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Today Jeffrey Allen, a 28-year member of Rotary International with perfect attendance, received his Major Donor award from Former District Governor and Foundation Chair John Bottari, with President Hugh Murphy ready to be the first to congratulate him.  Way to go, Jeff!
Today we welcomed Stan Green, retired Independent Registered Investment Advisor, into our Club.  Stan has been very active in the volunteer community in Marin, having worked with CVNL (both as Board member and Volunteer Matchmaker), with  St Vincent de Paul in kitchen food preparation, with COM in their financial literacy program, Marin County FAST team in their financial elder abuse program, and with Carola's MoM program.  All in all...a valuable new member.  He is also interested in international projects (heads-up, Karen!).   Welcome, Stan.
Lauren Vuong, mother, attorney, and rescued Vietnamese "boat child" spoke to our Club about her quest to find and film the men who rescued her 30 fellow children and 31 adults when they were stranded in the ocean, almost out of fuel, food, water, and near death.  She wants to produce a short documentary about Compassion and Gratitude.  Her story was compelling and emotionally charged; a very good breakfast meeting.
President Hugh Murphy Exchanging banners on March 14 2017 with visitor Corinne Corley, from Kansas City, Missouri.  You can see the banner on our felt display!
The Ahi and Sake committee met at President Hugh Murphy's to complete a test-run dinner and decided that the sobe noodles, the seared ahi, and the tiny sake cups all combined to create a serene atmosphere...which we immediately destroyed by laughter, singing (Happy Birthday, John Bottari), and chatting!  So my guess is the March 28th dinner will not be an intimate, quiet, candlelight type of event but our more typical classy, happy-go-lucky, Rotary type of event!  Check out this picture taken by Hugh of Assistant Chef Ken, Helen, Bev, John, Susan, Judi, Barb, and Brigette (left to right around the table).
Chris Major brought his new Chess banner, his oversized chess set, and a regular chess set (to give Judi a referesher lesson) along with his slides of his African trip last summer.  He taught baseball and chess there and shared slides of young women and men learning and enjoying.  Nice presentation from our own member.

Several Local Community Service Organizations speaking to, and supported by, the Rotary Club of San Rafael Harbor from July 2016 to January 2017

Opening the World 2016

Hugh Murphy and Barbara Weldon present our check to Jeanine Curley and one of her young participants to help with "Opening the World" to at-risk youth of Marin.

President Hugh Murphy presents our RYLA check for the year.  Left is the RYLA  District rep Jennifer Bates (RC of San Rafael Evening).  Right is Rachel Kalish SRHS Teacher & Interact Coordinator. 
Marv Zauderer, Extrafood.org

Marv Zauderer, Executive Director of Extrafood.org, is presented with our Speaker's gift (Rotary Foundation contribution) by President Hugh Murphy.  Marv described how his organization gathers food from groceries and restaurants and redistributes to non-profits such as Meals on Wheels or Meals of Marin.

Lori Davis of Sanzuma and President-Elect Carola Detrick
Lori Davis, Executive Director of Sanzuma, and President-Elect Carola Detrick (filling in for President Hugh Murphy).  Harbor supports Sanzuma every year, and it was nice to hear about the upgrades planned for the Davidson Middle School garden.  Oct 2016.
The first meeting of our new year saw 46 members and guests arriving to hear nationally acclaimed keynote speaker and youth motivator (and Rotarian of long standing) Michael Pritchard. 

"Our" swimmers graduate!

In 2016, the Rotary Club of San Rafael Harbor decided to sponsor the transportation of children from the west end of San Rafael (Canal District) to central San Rafael High School so "Make a Splash" non-profit teaching center could give them swimming lessons.

Showing Andrea Salmi (left) and  Isa Ferris displaying the $750 check from the Rotary Club of San Rafael Harbor.
Pictured from l to right starting with Helen Abe (behind Andrea and Isa): Bev Shwert, Immediate Past President.  Carola Detrick, President Elect.  Susan Lundy,  Barbara Weldon, Public Service Chair.  Stacie Strassberg.  Tom Sutton,  Hugh Murphy, President.
A couple of years after Tom Sutton and John Bottari attended the District 5150 Blue Angels Fundraiser, our own Jeff Allen offered his powerboat, the Tangoroa, to get the Blue Angel perspective from the Bay.  The boat holds 20, but Capt'n Jeff had on board his first mate son, Michael, 3 of Michael's friends, and Rotarians Jim Ring and date (visiting), Chris Major and Joanne Pugh, Susan Lundy and Jim Spellerberg, and Hugh Murphy with Marjan.  We learned the unpublished history of Sausalito and Belevedere's coastal residences that only a multi-generation resident could know, and then saw the French, the Blue Angels, the United Airways, and various other acrobatic air escapades while drinking beer and eating lunch.  Only Jeff had to work the entire time, being totally alert in a VERY crowded bay.  Thanks, Jeff...you gave all of us a wonderful memory and your generosity in providing the boat, the work, and the history is very appreciated by your fellow Harborites.
A month after the final commercial flight out of South Vietnam, Pan Am organized a mercy flight into (closed) Saigon Airport to rescue its staff and more than 400 others.
This week the Interact students of San Rafael High School bought, cooked, and served the homeless an evening meal.
We worked at Davidson Garden instead of meeting at our regular Jackson Cafe and...wow!!...the garden is really thriving.   Lori Davis of Sanzuma described the progress toward full organic, sustainable gardening.  Aaron, a sixth grade student, was there to help explain why celery tastes better from one bed than from the other beds.  Then, some of us (your scribe excepted), rolled up our sleeves, stuck on our garden gloves, and pulled weeds and cleaned up.  FUN!.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Thomas Sutton
    June 4
  • Carola Detrick
    June 14
  • Jaime Ortiz
    Laura Ponce
    June 1
  • Jim Carriere
    Nancy Carriere
    June 2
Join Date:
  • Carola Detrick
    June 30, 2005
    12 years
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Membership Chair
International Service Chair
Speaker Chair
Harbor Foundation President
Newsletter Editor
Interact CoChair
Dictionaries Chair
Community Service Chair
Youth Services Chair
Interact CoChair
Public Relations Chair
Rotary Foundation Chair
Hugh's Message
The Harbor Beacon
Jan 12, 2017
The Harbor Beacon
Aug 18, 2016
The Harbor Light
Jul 21, 2016
The Harbor Light
Mar 28, 2016
The Harbor Light
Feb 02, 2016
The Harbor Light
Jan 05, 2016
The Harbor Light
Dec 07, 2015
The Harbor Light
Nov 16, 2015
The Harbor Light
Oct 26, 2015
The Harbor Light
Sep 24, 2015
The Harbor Light
Sep 08, 2015
Allen Ng from RC Marin Evening
Jul 11, 2017
Personal journey thru Central Asia Sinkiang Province, China; Hunza Valley, Pakistan Wakhan Corridor.
Susan with Hugh, Bev, and John B.
Jul 24, 2017
Atlanta RI Convention: Public Image "in Action" roll-out, etc.
Club Meeting Info

Harbor Rotary

The Club that touches peoples' hearts.

We meet Tuesdays at 8:00 AM
Jackson Cafe
Whistlestop Wheels
930 Tamalpais Avenue
San Rafael, CA  94901-3325
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