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Angeline Saris May 31, 2023 5:30 PM
A Day in the Life: The Adventures of a Touring Bassist
A Day in the Life:  The Adventures of a Touring Bassist

Special meeting at the Elks Club! 

Angeline will discuss her experiences as a touring musician, music educator, solo artist, and working as a female in the music industry.  Musical performance included!

Lifelong Marin resident Angeline Saris is a bass player, songwriter, artist, educator, and activist for women’s empowerment.  Her career highlights include touring with Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer Todd Rundgren on the 2022 Celebration of Bowie Tour, and extensively with Grammy award-winning producer Narada Michael Walden (Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey), jazz-ska-reggae legend Ernest Ranglin, and all-female Zeppelin tribute Zepparella.  She has released multiple solo albums, been featured on the cover of a number of publications, and teaches internationally and locally when not touring.  A UC Berkeley graduate in Rhetoric, Angeline has recently launched the GROW Initiative (Global Reach of Women), an organization that seeks to raise awareness and resources to help women not just survive but thrive.

Mark Shotwell, CEO Jun 13, 2023 8:00 AM
An Overview of Services of Ritter Center
An Overview of Services of Ritter Center

Ritter Center prevents and resolves homelessness and improves the health, dignity and well-being of people living in poverty in Marin County by providing high-quality, culturally sensitive, easily accessible medical care and social services.

Mark Shotwell has worked in health care for 30 years, emphasizing holistic care to individuals in underserved communities. He became the Executive Director of Ritter Center in 2018. His passion comes from his own personal story as a person in recovery from mental illness and substance abuse over three decades, driving his efforts to help others and champion their lives.

Ryan Nazari, Student, Rotary Grantee Jun 27, 2023 8:00 AM
Art History in Iran: The Role of Research and Art in Social Justice

As an Assyrian-American who is researching the art of Assyrian minorities in Iran, Ryan will present on the experiences of writing his thesis in graduate school. He will discuss how to research in the field of art history and Iranian studies in general, the relevance of art for social justice, the history of Assyrian minorities in Iran, and what it’s like to ask family members about vulnerable stories from back home in Iran.

Ryan Nazari is a candidate for the MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Oxford, having previously earned a BA in English and Philosophy at Santa Clara University and served as a Fulbright grant to teach English to university students in Yerevan, Armenia. He is currently researching Assyrian paintings in 20th-century Iran and is the sponsor for the Rotary Global Grant from San Rafael Harbor to fund his graduate school research. He loves to run, listen to jazz music, and cook pasta.

This presentation will be delivered via Zoom from St Antony's College in England.

Monty Schmitt, Director, Marin Water Jul 25, 2023 8:00 AM
Get to Know Your Local Water District
Get to Know Your Local Water District

Your drinking water is locally sourced with the majority of the supply coming from seven reservoirs located on the Mt. Tam Watershed and in the hills of west Marin. Learn about Marin Water – the municipal water district responsible for caring for those watershed lands and providing that drinking water to you and 191,000 other people around the clock 365 days a year across central and southern Marin.  As the impacts of climate change, including periods of severe drought and increased threat of wildfire continue to challenge water District’s across California, learn what actions your water District is taking to ensure the resiliency of our water supply now and for future generations.

Monty Schmitt was elected to serve as the Marin Water Division II Director beginning in December 2020 and also currently serves as Board President. Monty is a water resources scientist and a senior project director with The Nature Conservancy’s Water Program in San Francisco.

TBA Aug 08, 2023 8:00 AM
Sheldon Siegel, Author Aug 15, 2023 8:00 AM
Getting Your Novel Published in 2023: There’s Never Been A Better Time to Be a Writer
Getting Your Novel Published in 2023: There’s Never Been A Better Time to Be a Writer

Longtime Greenbrae resident and San Francisco attorney Sheldon Siegel is the New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon best-selling author of fifteen critically acclaimed legal thrillers featuring San Francisco criminal defense attorneys Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez. Sheldon’s books have been translated into a dozen languages and sold millions of copies worldwide.