Rotary Club of Terra Linda

"Service Above Self"




Some Like It Hot, featuring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon.  Join us for a special viewing of this classic favorite!  Movie starts at 7pm, tickets are $25 each and proceeds benefit the Rotaplast Mission to Colombia this summer!
Movie Night at the Lark! SOME LIKE IT HOT! Craig Tackabery 2018-05-15 07:00:00Z 0
Join us for this social event to help raise funds for a multi club Rotaplast Mission to Colombia supporting over 100 surgeries for cleft lip and cleft palate reconstruction. 
INCAVO will be donating 20% of your final check to Rotaplast Mission Colombia, just by mentioning this event.
Thursday May 10, 2018
1099 4th Street, San Rafael
INCAVO fundraiser benefit for Rotaplast Colombia Christine Goodin 2018-05-10 07:00:00Z 0
A Rotaplast Mission to Colombia in July 2018 Craig Tackabery 2018-03-05 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Day at Pacific's Baseball June 21 2017-05-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeffrey Moss
Want to know when you are scheduled to do Meeting Set Up and what you are supposed to do? Click on "Set Up Schedule" on the Home Page Download Files to check when you are scheduled, and Click on Set Up Duties on Site Pages for information on Meeting Set Up, Member Moment, Observer and other Commitments.
When is your turn to do Meeting Set Up? Jeffrey Moss 2014-08-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Martin Malkin on Jun 30, 2014
We are always looking for interesting and engaging speakers for our Club Meetings. If you know of one or wish to speak contact Marty Malkin @ Send Marty a short subject description and Speaker contact information and he will get back to you. 
Speakers Martin Malkin 2014-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeffrey Moss on May 20, 2014
I, President Jeff, opened the meeting at precisely 12:15:00 Atomic Time.  I welcomed everyone to our meeting and made note of today’s special event, The Scholarship Awards Ceremony.  I provided the Club with some words of wisdom:
“I don’t see the point in measuring life in terms of time anymore; I’d rather measure life in terms of making a difference.” – Stephen Sutton
“We live in a world where joy and empathy and pleasure are all around us, there for the noticing.” – Ira Glass. 
After acknowledging that I know neither of these fellows a couple of smart people who shall remain nameless (Hillary and Marty) raised their hands saying they had heard of them.  It set an intellectual tone for the rest of the meeting which our Special Guests fit right into!
Always one to shake things up, take the risky road and chance the anger of his fellow Rotarians, I then wished everybody a good lunch and put off calling for visiting Rotarians and Guests; what a daredevil I am!.
Observer of May 20, 2014 Jeffrey Moss 2014-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Irv Schwartz on Apr 29, 2014
President Jeff gonged us to attention right about 12:15. 
Irv Schwartz led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and tried to inspire us with the following words of wisdom, “We were all born with two eyes, two ears and one mouth, so we should watch and listen twice as much as we talk.”
Rich Benson complained that he had heard this before and disagreed with the concept.  (The thought for the day, not the pledge.)
Observer for April 29, 2014 Irv Schwartz 2014-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeffrey Moss on Apr 21, 2014
I know that I indicated that I would try to send out some more info on board activity this year, and while you have received some you have not received enough. As my time as President runs short, i will try to get that process going again. So here goes!
The RCTL Board of Directors met last Wednesday ​evening and we had some visitors: Tony Engstrom, Wally Chipman and Marty Malkin were present along with a quorum of the Board. We addressed a number of issues; I will try to summarize them below. 
Board Meeting Jeffrey Moss 2014-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christine GoChris on Mar 31, 2014
President Jeff rang the brass bell at promptly 12:17pm and stopped all the fooling around. The ever cheerful Marty Malkin led us in the pledge and followed with these ‘foolish’ thoughts for March ‘32nd’, 2014:
The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected - Will Rogers
I have great faith in fools - self-confidence, my friends call it. - Edgar Allen Poe
The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes - Winston Churchill
Wise men don't need advice. Fools won't take it. - Benjamin Franklin
President Jeff reminded the club that it was April Fool’s Day and if anyone noticed anything around the room that was out of sorts…he’d be collecting observations after the meeting!
Observer for April 1, 2014 Christine GoChris 2014-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christine Goodin on Mar 06, 2014
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President Jeff Engstrom rang the brass bell at promptly 12:17pm. The pledge was recited with enthusiasm and extra volume since we had FIVE guests joining us today!
Something to ponder for today:  Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is that little voice at the end of the day that says “I’ll try again tomorrow.”  --- Mary Anne Radmacher
Observer Christine Goodin 2014-03-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nathan Cobert on Feb 10, 2014


Jeff gonged us to attention right on time and Nathan led us in the Pledge of Allegiance with disciplined enthusiasm. The thought for the day theme was friendship, with quotes provided from noted philosophers, authors, publishers and celebrities Albert Camus and Oprah Winfrey.

Observer for February 11, 2014 Nathan Cobert 2014-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeffrey Moss on Oct 30, 2013

On December 11, 2013 the St. Isabella's Interact Club will receive it's charter as an official Interact Club of Rotary International. The club is being co sponsored by the Terra Linda and San Rafael Rotary Clubs. We hope that you will take a short break from your life to attend and help celebrate this important event. it is not only important to the Interactors involved, but is also important as it is the second Interact Club sponsored by our club. We hope you will attend to share in this positive step in our club's history of Service Above Self.

Save the Date - December 11, 2013 Jeffrey Moss 2013-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeffrey Moss on Oct 01, 2013


12:15 Gong to Order – President Jeffrey A. Moss gonged the meeting at exactly 12:15 pm and then engaged in a 7 ½ minute hesitation before getting our attention.  He then welcomed everyone to the RCTL Meeting of October 1.

Irv Schwartz led us in the Pledge & provided a Thought for the Day: he suggested a Moment of Silence for our Government (which is not operating today).

Jeff then introduced Rebecca Spencer from Celebrate Life and her “entourage”, Yvonne Robinson and Deborah Vance here to talk about Breast cancer awareness and resources. This has been in the news recently.  We then ate a hardy lunch and talked with our fellow Rotarians.

Observer for October 1, 2013 Jeffrey Moss 2013-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeannemarie Friedel on Aug 26, 2013

At the Gong:  

Meeting was called to order at some time I am sure that was near or around noon. I was clearly not paying attention. Yours truly lead the pledge “please place your right hand over your left heart” your left heart? Where’s that? And a thought for the day of:  “Live life fully while you're here. Experience everything. Take care of yourself and your friends. Have fun, be crazy, be weird. Go out and screw up! You're going to anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process. Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes: find the cause of your problem and eliminate it. Don't try to be perfect; just be an excellent example of being human.” - Anthony Robbins

Observer for August 20, 2013 Jeannemarie Friedel 2013-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeffrey Moss on Aug 25, 2013

The Club Board met on Wednesday, August 21, 2013. Tom Martz, Fan Tan Smith, Christine Goodin, Rich Benson, Ed O’Neill, Hilary Spaulding, Jeanne Friedel, Craig Tackabery and yours truly were in attendance. Club Members present were Brian McLeran, Budd Jones, John Zeiter and Tony Engstrom.

CLUB BOARD UPDATE Jeffrey Moss 2013-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Irwin Taranto on May 14, 2013


It was a lightly attended session as President Elect Jeff Moss rang the bell in place of our missing Pres.  The thought for the day related about the fine students we interviewed for scholarships.

Observer for May 14, 2013 Irwin Taranto 2013-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Craig Tackabery on May 12, 2013


President Tony started the meeting at 12:19.  Craig led the club in the pledge, and read a quote in the spirit of the Four Way Test from John Bunyan:  “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”

Observer for May 7, 2013 Craig Tackabery 2013-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Budd Jones on May 02, 2013


President Tony started the meeting at 12:15 plus 2 minutes. Yours truly led the club in the pledge, and read a quote from Lady Bird Johnson about every committee needs a person who can be the “spark” or “flame”. Yours truly commented on how that applies to our club and urged members not to wait until the July club assembly, but to join one of our service committees now—the committee chairs need help.

Observer for April 30, 2013 Budd Jones 2013-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Martin Malkin on Apr 26, 2013


President Tony, ever alert, gonged us to order promptly at some time when the big hand was someplace and the little hand some other place (around 12:18 PM). Your scribe for the day asked the assembly to pledge our allegiance to Old Glory. Waxing philosophic, the assemblage heard the wisdom of 3 wise people:

“One of the secrets of a long and fruitful life is to forgive everybody everything every night before going to bed.” Bernard Baruch.

“Open your eyes look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living.” Bob Marley.

“Life is like an onion: you peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.” Carl Sandburg.

Observer for April 23, 2013 Martin Malkin 2013-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeffrey Moss on Apr 17, 2013

The Future Vision Group met on April 16, 2013.  The group addressed meeting attendance (and a few other things).  As you may remember we have had some very low attendance rates at recent meetings (as low as 40%) and the group wanted to discuss ways to energize existing members so they attend meetings and to see what can be done to make meetings more attractive to new Rotarians.  Some of the suggestions were:

PRESIDENT ELECT’S MESSAGE Jeffrey Moss 2013-04-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeffrey Moss on Apr 09, 2013

The Future Visions Group met on April 8, 2013. You may recall that this is an informal gathering of Club Members who want to improve Club functions and Member satisfaction, increase meeting attendance and encourage new members to join. We discussed a wide range of perceived challenges from mentoring new members to informing club members about what the Club Board is doing.  A number of suggestions will be implemented right away; others require more refinement and Board or club member input and buy-in. At this meeting we did hone in on the need to improve communications between club administration and club members and between club members themselves. Here is a synopsis of the items discussed and the road map for those suggestions.

PRESIDENT ELECT’S MESSAGE Jeffrey Moss 2013-04-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Irwin Taranto on Apr 09, 2013


Pres Tony waited patiently for more members to show up (at least that’s what he claimed) and finally dinged the meeting to order at 1225).  Yours truly led the Pledge and offered the following Thought for the Day – “You may easily play a joke on a man who likes to argue …simply agree with him” attributed to Edgar Howe, an American author.

The meeting resumed at 1240 (same excuse) with the introduction of Sheri Maier of RC Sausalito, our sole visiting Rotarian.  Christine Goodin introduced her guest, Renee Eisen.

Observer for April 9, 2013 Irwin Taranto 2013-04-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Irwin Taranto on Apr 02, 2013

The Big Bell:  

At precisely 12:15:30 President Tony rang the bell as there was no gong to be found anywhere.

Irv Schwartz led the assembled group in the pledge of allegiance to our flag.

He then followed with a though for the day: “Always give 100% except when donating blood.

Observer for April 2, 2013 Irwin Taranto 2013-04-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Irwin Taranto on Mar 26, 2013


President-Elect Jeff  Engstrom  (Jeff’s words, Prez Tony was away) hit the bell at 12:15 sharp. Dick Kuhn led the pledge and gave the thought for the day, which was to try something new to master and you will be the better for that effort.  Then we started our chicken Caesar and pasta luncheon accompanied by some good looking mini dessert options for those whose glycemic levels needed enhancement.

Observer for March 26, 2013 Irwin Taranto 2013-03-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Irwin Taranto on Feb 27, 2013


The meeting commenced with the ringing of the bell.

My thought for the day from Neil Lowndes,  How to Talk to Anyone:

“It’s wonderful to tell people you appreciate or love them. When it matches what they appreciate or love about themselves, the effect is overpowering.”

Observer for February 26, 2013 Irwin Taranto 2013-02-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Irwin Taranto on Feb 09, 2013
How many people does it take for me to do set-up? Don’t ask, but I do want to give thanks to Al, Irwin, Lee and Marty.
Tony’s timing for the meeting was perfect today. I led the pledge at 12:15 and the quote of wisdom came from Winston Churchill, “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” Tony’s started the meeting at 12:30 – good job Tony!
Observer for February 5, 2013 Irwin Taranto 2013-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Irwin Taranto on Jan 22, 2013


12:15:47 President Tony called the meeting to order.  After a three minute delay to retrieve the flag, yours truly led the pledge and gave a meaningless couple of sayings.

Observer for January 22, 2013 Irwin Taranto 2013-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Irwin Taranto on Dec 23, 2012


Tony kept his promise and started the meeting right at 12:15pm.  I led the Pledge and gave a few words from the Dalai Lama XIV…. There is a saying in Tibetan, "Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength no matter what sort of difficulties how painful the experience is, if we lose our hope, that's our real disaster."

Observer for December 18, 2012 Irwin Taranto 2012-12-24 00:00:00Z 0
Crab Feed Auction Items - Feb. 23, 2013 Jeannemarie Friedel 2012-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Leroy Page on Dec 05, 2011


Pres Budd surprised the few present by whacking the bell precisely at 1215, a first for this Rotary Year.  Lee Page (standing in for Helmut Sommer) led the Pledge and offered the Thought for the Day ."Every great mistake has a halfway moment, a split second, when it can be recalled and perhaps remedied".  Author: Pearl Buck

Observer for December 13, 2011 Leroy Page 2011-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeffrey Moss
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Starting on time, I think, I called for everyone to cover their heart and pledge of allegiance to the flag. All complied. I love it when folks follow direction.  The quote for the day followed…
“Never before has man had such capacity to control his own environment, to end thirst and hunger, to conquer poverty and disease, to banish illiteracy and massive human misery.
We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world …or make it the last.” ~ John F. Kennedy
President Jeff then let us all eat our lunch.
Observer for March 11, 2014 Jeanne Friedel 0
Posted by Thomas Martz


President Jeff Engstrom started the meeting promptly at 12:17 pm.  The pledge was dramatically led by Tom Martz, who gave us the following words of wisdom from Ed O’Neil’s good friend Aristotle: Happiness depends upon ourselves. After that memorable quote the club members sat down and got back to their chow.

Observer for October 29, 2013 Thomas Martz 0
Posted by Jeffrey Moss


After the end of this Rotary year, President Jeff will be a perfect candidate to work for the Swiss time keeping system! He’s incredibly punctual! At exactly 12:15, President Jeff rang the bell and caught the attention of room bursting with energy! Once everyone assumed the pledging position, we paid respects to Old Glory.  

Budd Jones was kind enough to give President Jeff and me our very own copies of Cliff Dochterman’s book. The thought for the day (slightly modified) comes from that special book.  (Yes, I’ve already read the book cover to cover! Thank you,Budd!)

If our Rotary Club were to disappear tomorrow, would anyone miss it? If Rotary International were to disappear tomorrow, would anyone notice? The answer for Rotarians comes when we ask ourselves, “What have I done in the past six months to benefit our Rotary Club?” What has our Club done for our community in the past three months? What would become of our club if every member had done about as much as Jeff Moss (and all Club Presidents!) does? What would happen if no member invited a guest to become a new memberRotary is a personal thing. If you take pride in our club, and give some of your personal time, thought, effort and energy then our club will be much stronger and more valuable to our community. Remember, YOU are Rotary.                                                Cliff  DochtermanAs I was Saying

Observer for August 27, 2013 Jeffrey Moss 0
Posted by Jeffrey Moss
AT THE GONG: Jeff Moss, our new president gaveled the group to order at 12:15. NathanCobert led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and then read to the assembled members a quote from Winston Churchill about giving versus getting. Nathan luckily got this from Lee, and he gives his thanks.
Observer for July 16, 2013 Jeffrey Moss 0
Posted by Irwin Taranto


President Tony started the meeting promptly at 12:17 pm.  The pledge was led by Tom Martz, who left the following words of wisdom: Never trust Dick Kuhn to do set up for you! After that memorable quote the club members sat down and got back to their chow.

Observer for March 12, 2013 Irwin Taranto 0
Posted by Irwin Taranto


El Presidente, Tony ran a bit late, but better late than never. Helmut had the privilege to lead the Club’s pledge of allegiance and conveyed some wise words from Mahatma Gandhi.
Observer for March 5, 2013 Irwin Taranto 0
Posted by Irwin Taranto


President Tony started the meeting promptly at 12:15.  The members were led in the pledge by yours truly, who then presented the audience with a short but sweet quote from Norman Vincent Peale of “Live your life and forget your age”.  It was the perfect quote for our club members as most of them forgot what was said by the time they sat back down and started eating.

Observer for February 12, 2013 Irwin Taranto 0
Posted by Irwin Taranto


President Tony followed his predecessor’s bad habits and started the meeting after 12:15 (12:20 to be exact). Yours truly lead the pledge and gave two quotations: “In charity there is no excess” by Francis Bacon—I then added about giving to The Rotary Foundation and items for our crab feed silent auction. The 2nd quote was “Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared” by Eddie Rickenbacker. I reminded folks to have the courage to ask guests to our meetings and to our crab feed.

Observer for January 29, 2013 Irwin Taranto 0
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