A nine-year search for a suitable location to house a combined community-based facility and Rotary site in Novato came to a close last Tuesday evening at College of Marin’s (COM) Board of Trustees meeting. In a move that will raise the visibility of Indian Valley Campus (IVC) assets and provide benefits to Novato as well as the surrounding areas, College Trustees approved an agreement with Rotary Club of Novato and Novato Rotary Endowment for development and long-term lease of Building 19 at IVC. The agreement sets in motion creation of the Bill and Adele Jonas Center—a facility ideal for events, meetings, training, and a host of other activities.
COM Trustee Brady Bevis was ecstatic at Tuesday’s meeting, "Hooray! This partnership between COM and Rotary Club of Novato is going to be a game changer for the community and for the Indian Valley Campus,” said Bevis. “New energy and activities, including new pools and classes, are recharging IVC. It has been such a privilege to work with Rotary on this project for the benefit of our community.”
Agreed upon space programming includes accommodation for a minimum seating capacity of 250 at 10-person round tables, parking, a raised stage, state-of-the-art audio visual equipment, commercial kitchen and counter area, patio or deck areas, and at least one room for flex space.
As outlined in the agreement, designing the space and contractor selection will be a collaborative effort, with final plans approved in writing by the Rotary Board of Directors and the COM Board of Trustees prior to bidding. Rotary Club of Novato will have use of the center rent-free for its weekly lunch, along with five day-long events and one multi-day event per year, and 10 additional event times per year, if the center is available.
The College will have use of the center during non-Rotary times and will be responsible for scheduling facilities use. This will allow the College to rent the space and hold College-sponsored events, programs, and training when not utilized by Rotary.