Speaker Date Topic
No meeting today Jun 22, 2021 8:00 AM
Jaime Ortiz, President, San R Biz Impv Dist Jun 29, 2021 8:00 AM
San Rafael Business Improvement District

Supporting San Rafael's downtown is the SRBID's only job. The SRBID builds community, advocates for its member businesses, and promotes the eclectic retail, restaurant, arts and professional companies that call downtown home.

 Our speaker, Jaime Ortiz, is SRBID's Board President. He is also VP and Marketing Manager for Bank of Marin, member of the Advisory Committees of Marin Latino Leaders and Rotacare San Rafael Clinic, and a member of the Marin Forum.. He has won numerous awards in service to Bank of Marin and is active in the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce. He is our own incoming San Rafael Harbor Rotary President. 

He will be joined by Eda Lochte, Executive Director of SRBID.

Christina McWhorter, ED, Novato Baylands Stewards Jul 06, 2021 8:00 AM
Community Action for Resilient Baylands
The Hamilton/Bel Marin Keys Wetland Restoration Project is significant ecologically and regionally, but did you know about the folks who work through mud and heat to restore the land? Join Christina McWhorter, Site Manager, in exploring the heart and soul of the Novato Baylands Stewards who have been sustainably restoring the wetlands as a community for over 8 years. From community-based science to rescuing bat rays, there is a lot to learn!

With a life-long interest in plants, Christina loves working with volunteers to restore vital wetland habitats in the Bay Area. After earning a B.S. in Plant Biology at UC Davis and a Masters in Horticulture from the University of Western Sydney, Christina has enjoyed working at the many intersections between plants and people in botanical gardens, restoration sites, and environmental education organizations. 

Andrew Hening, Project Mgr, Opening Doors Marin Jul 13, 2021 8:00 AM
A Collaborative Approach to Ending Homelessness in Marin

In 2017 Marin County, CA had the seventh highest rate of per capita homelessness in the entire country. However, from 2017 to 2019, Marin reduced overall homelessness by 7%, chronic homelessness by 28%, and San Rafael, Marin’s largest city, witnessed a 30% reduction in unsheltered homelessness. No one could have expected what happened next. A global pandemic. New federal legal rulings around homelessness. The rise of encampments. Come learn about all things homelessness in Marin County.

A native of Richmond, Virginia, Andrew Hening moved to San Jose, California in the summer of 2010 through AmeriCorps VISTA for a year of service as the Project Homeless Connect Coordinator for Santa Clara County. Following that role, he took a position with Downtown Streets Team (DST), a Silicon Valley-based nonprofit that provides volunteer work experience opportunities for people experiencing homelessness.   In July of 2013, Andrew launched DST's first team outside of Santa Clara County in San Rafael. In March of 2016, Andrew became the City of San Rafael’s Director of Homeless Planning & Outreach, where he has worked with an amazing team of local partners to envision, develop, and implement the Homeless Outreach Team (HOT), Coordinated Entry, the Marin Mobile Care mobile shower program, and Opening Doors Marin, a countywide housing collaborative.  As of June 30th, 2021, Andrew has left his role with the City of San Rafael and is now leading Opening Doors.


Andrew lives in Richmond, CA with his wife and daughter.  Andrew has a BA from the University of Virginia and an MBA for UC Berkeley. He is also an avid backpacker, having completed the John Muir Trail and parts of the the Yosemite High Route.

No program today Jul 20, 2021 8:00 AM
Danielle Lallement, District Governor, Rotary 5150 Jul 27, 2021 8:00 AM
Abby Yim, Exec Director Aug 03, 2021 8:00 AM
Integrated Community Services - an Update


Colonel Lee F. Lange, USMC (Ret) Aug 10, 2021 8:00 AM
Honoring the Fallen


One of the most important and least known duties in the Marine Corps and in all the other US military branches is the Casualty Assistance Call Officer. Headquarters Marine Corps utilizes a nationwide network to identify Marine officers and senior enlisted members for this duty. Once assigned, these Marines' primary duties is to notify the next of kin of fallen Marines. Once notification is made, these Marines are responsible for follow-up visits to explain military benefits and to provide military honors if requested by the family. These assignments are some of the most difficult in the Marine Corps. Every Marine in this duty understands this is the very least they can do to honor the service of fallen Marines and help families deal with the loss of their loved one. "Honoring the Fallen" explains this process and why it is so important to those serving and their families. 

Col Lange is a 1970 graduate of the University of Southern California and was commissioned a second Lieutenant following completion of Officer Candidate School in May 1971. His 30 year career as a Marine artillery officer included a wide range of operational, staff, and command billets in each of the Marine Corps’s four divisions.  Col Lange was involved in the evacuation of Vietnam in 1975 and served on the staff of the 2d Marine Division during the first Gulf War in 1991. Col Lange also served more than eight years as a manpower planner at Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, D.C. 


After retiring from the Marine Corps in 2001, he joined the staff of the Military Officers Association of America where he became the lead lobbyist on military surviving spouse issues in the Government Relations Department.  In June 2006 Col Lange was named as the Deputy Director for the Council and Chapter Affairs Department and became the Director in December 2006. Col Lange Retired from MOAA in January 2013 and now resides in Anthem, Arizona.     

No program today Aug 17, 2021 8:00 AM
Gareth Loy Aug 24, 2021 8:00 AM
The Tourist Club - The Century-Old Mt. Tam Group You've Never Heard Of

In 1912, just four years after Muir Woods was established, a small group of European immigrants bought a small
plot of land on the shoulder of Mt. Tam for their hiking club. Called the Tourist Club, it is the San Francisco
branch of Die Naturfreunde (Friends of Nature), which was founded in 1895, in Vienna, Austria. It has grown
into a community of over a half million members. Their motto, “BERG FREI”, affirms that the mountains and
nature belong to us all.

Gareth Loy, the chair of the Club’s History Committee, will share not only the history
of the club’s role in the environmental movement, but also many fabulous, long-forgotten images of Mt. Tam,
the Sierras, and beyond, drawn from the Tourist Club archives.

Alexis Wichowski, D. Chief Tech Ofcr, NYC Aug 31, 2021 8:00 AM
The Information Trade: How Big Tech Challenges the Nation-State

In this provocative presentation about our new tech-based reality, Alexis Wichowski considers the unchecked rise of tech giants like Facebook, Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and Tesla - what she calls "net states" - and their unavoidable influence on their lives. Rivaling nation states in power and capital, today's net states are reaching into our physical world, inserting digital services into our lived environments in ways both unseen and, at times, unknown to us. They are transforming the way the world works, putting our rights up for grabs, from personal privacy to national security.

Alexis serves as Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Innovation for the City of New York and teaches government, media and technology at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. Prior work includes the American Red Cross, the U.S. Department of State's Office of eDiplomacy, and the permanent mission of the United States to the United Nations. Outside government, Wichowski has worked in media impact research, information architecture development, academic book indexing, web coding, theater production, foreign sitcoms and pretzel vending. Wichowski holds a Ph.D. in Information Science from the University of Albany's College of Engineering & Applied Sciences and a BA in Chinese from Connecticut College, completed in three years cum laude. She lives in Brooklyn with her family and reads science fiction voraciously.

San Rafael Police Department Sep 07, 2021 8:00 AM
Barbara Garvey, Opera Buff Sep 14, 2021 8:00 AM
An Opera Featured by the NY Metropolitan Opera

Barbara Garvey is a life-long resident of Springfield, Massachusetts. She has taught American Government on the honors high school and community college level for many years. She served as a member of the Springfield City Council for eight years and worked as a special assistant to Charles Ryan, mayor of Springfield, multiple terms. She co-founded and chaired the Massachusetts Arts Advocacy Committee and was a member of the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy. She was a member of the Springfield Rotary Club for several years.

Barbara sang alto in the Springfield Symphony Chorus for more than forty years. As a self-described opera buff, she will lead a discussion of an opera performed by the Metropolitan Opera Company of New York. The opera will be chosen 10-14 days before our meeting and will be available to be viewed by meeting participants in advance of the meeting. The Met offers free viewing of a number of their performances, including the opera we will be discussing. Come prepared with questions!

More details about this special presentation will be provided soon.

No program today Sep 21, 2021 8:00 AM
Jane Kramer, Executive Director Sep 28, 2021 8:00 AM
Enriching Lives Through Music

Enriching Lives Through Music provides youth with an immersive music education and resources that inspire and empower them to pursue their dreams. Jane Kramer, ELM Executive Director, will update us on the significant growth of ELM programs, even during Covid.

Jane has played music since the age of 7, mastering the oboe and the English horn. She also has a Ph.D. in Urban Policy and Planning from U.C. Berkeley and has consulted for public sector and nonprofit organizations with a focus on vulnerable adolescents. She is the Founder of Enriching Lives Through Music and, in 2016, received the 2016 Marin County Humanitarian Award. In 2018 she was honored to enter the Marin Women's Hall of Fame. Jane will discuss the ever-growing programs of ELM and their impact on the children who participate.

Kate Lane & Skip Dailey, Fernwood Cemetery Oct 05, 2021 8:00 AM
Green Burial: Why Many Choose It

Fernwood Cemetery in Mill Valley, CA, is the first Green Burial Cemetery in California. Kate Lane and Skip Dailey will discuss what "green burial" is, the many ways it makes burial environmentally friendly and why it has become an increasingly popular choice for burial.

No program today Oct 19, 2021 8:00 AM
Gareth Loy & Jonathan Braun Oct 26, 2021 8:00 AM
Tenaya Guitar Duo: Music Recital


No program today Nov 16, 2021 8:00 AM