The Rotary Club of Castro Valley is once again hosting the Castro Valley Chili Cook-off on Friday evening, May 11th, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Rowell Ranch Rodeo Grounds.  Come and compete or eat.  Food, beer, wine, music, kids' game, and fun for the entire family.  Details on how to enter the Chili Cook-off contest and general event information are available here. 

The Rotary Club of Castro Valley is once again sponsoring the Rowell Ranch Rodeo Parade on Saturday, May 12th, starting at 10:00 a.m. on Castro Valley Blvd.  Enter your horse, club, team, organization, marching band or float. Details regarding entering the Parade and other general information are available here.  

CVSan has designated the Rotary Club of Castro Valley as one of three community organizations to benefit from volunteer time on Earth Day Cleanup on April 28th.  Go to to volunteer and indicated Rotary for your donation. 

Graham Lustig (4/3/2018) - Artistic Director of Oakland Ballet Company - Over his career, Graham has participated in many professional programs and traveled all over the world with various dance companies.
Katie Annand of KIND (Kids in Need of Defense 4/10/2018) - Katie Annand is the Supervising Attorney for Pro Bono Programs at Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) that provides pro bono representation to unaccompanied immigrant minors who are facing deportation hearings.
Noah Rubin – Wealth Management Perspectives (3/20/18) Noah Rubin, a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley, presented an overview of the financial markets in 2018 including a review of the markets in 2017 as well as a preview of the potential impact of the recently passed tax laws.
Al Pardo – Post-Polio Syndrome Start-to- Finish (3/27/18)In one of the most compelling, personalized presentation, Al Pardo, who works as a Marshall at Redwood Canyon Golf Course and is a good friend of our Dwight Perry, addressed the issue of Post-Polio Syndrome Start-to- Finish.
Jessica Nusse, Solid Waste Specialist from the Castro Valley Sanitary District (CV San) Jessica Nusse spoke about Zero Waste Initiatives in Commercial Business.  She shared the 4 R's for handling waste: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot and went into detail with slides for each "R" providing great examples of what to do and what not to do as well as answering questions from the audience.
Paul Wildrick – Action Coach Paul Wildrick, Certified Business Coach of Proven Gain Business Coaching of Orinda California, was the featured speaker. He started his presentation by saying that he has started and owned several successful small businesses, and personally used the principles in growing these businesses many fold over the years. At present, he provides coaching for businesses of many sizes and types.
Craig Semmelmeyer - Main Street Property Services, Developer of the Daughtrey’s Building - Craig started his presentation by noting that his father was a member of Rotary for 44 years and that he is considering joining the Club too.
Susan Ewing Haley & The Castro Valley Nike Missile Site - Susan Ewing Haley, Supervisor Curator for the National Park Service, Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), Parks Archives & Record Center presented an outstanding program on the Nike Missile SF-31 Launch Battery Site located above Lake Chabot. In sharing numerous slides about SF-31 Lake Chabot Nike Missile
Site, Susan showed slides of Nike Missile SF-88 located in the Marin Headlands. SF-31 now houses the offices and maintenance facilities for the East Bay Regional Park District, but it is not open to the public. SF-88 is open to the public on a limited basis.
Andy Lopasnak - Manager of Mike's Camera – “What Was Hot and What Was Not for Christmas 2017" Mike's Camera is a family owned business and was originally started in 1947 in Boulder, Colorado. Currently, it has seven branches in Colorado and five branches in California including Dublin Andy Lopasnak is the manager. Mike’s Camera is full service camera store that sells and provides types of cameras and photographic equipment with a wide range of services that are valuable to the amateurs, professionals and businesses.

Parvin Ahmadi – Superintendent of the Castro Valley Unified School District – New Bills Impacting Education
Parvin Ahmadi, Superintendent of Schools and Castro Valley Rotarian, spoke on the new bills impacting education and the impact of the Governor’s Proposed Budget.
Susie Passeggi & Kerry Principato – New Medical Technology Programs at CVACE Castro Valley Adult & Career Education (CVACE)
Director Susie Passeggi and Director of Career & Technical Education (CTE) Programs Kerry Principato shared the variety of Medical Technology programs offered by CVACE as well as the range of other, high interest programs.
The Empowerment Project – Sal Sbranti and Milanka Schneiderman 
Rotarians Sal Sbranti (President – Elect) and Milanka Schneiderman (Immediate Past President) presented The Empowerment Project, which developed by the Rotary Club of Antioch and is presented to all 8th-12th grade females in the Antioch Unified School District as well as others.
Emily Griego – President & CEO San Leandro Chamber of Commerce
Emily Griego, a native of New Mexico, shared what has been happening with the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce and what is in the works for the future, both the short and long term.  She was accompanied by Chamber Marketing Manager Nicole Hankton.
Nick Lavingia -  Challenges Executing International Mega Energy Projects
Nick Lavingia, who has over 40 years of Global Project Engineering, Management, Consulting and Training experience in the energy industry with Chevron, captivated the audience with stories and photos of his work on than 100 major capital projects worth well over $100 billion in more than 20 countries.   
Dennis Waespi, Director – East Bay Regional Park District
East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) was the featured lunch speaker.  Dennis was born and raised in Castro Valley and he chooses to live in Castro Valley.  He attended Castro Valley Elementary School, A.B. Morris Junior High, and graduated from Castro Valley High School. 
Program: Billie Knight and Lynn Levin, Soroptimist International of the East Bay Billie Knight and Lynn Levin presented a very informative program on the history of the Soroptimist International of the East Bay and the great works that it provides for women.
Program:  Murline Monat – What’s New in Castro Valley
At today’s meeting, the Club instituted a new program, What’s New in Castro Valley? where local business people share new information regarding Castro Valley in a field.  The Club’s own Murline Monat kicked off the program with a presentation about the economy and the real estate market.  
Program: Jim Phillips, Ray Wallace & Jim Negri – Craft Talks
The program today consisted of three extended Craft Talks by Rotarians Jim Phillips, Ray Wallace, and President Jim Negri.  Since the President forgot to assign someone to take notes, the descriptions of the talks will be brief.
Program:  Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday – What’s Happening in Hayward?
Barbara Halliday, the Mayor of Hayward, provided an inspirational presentation regarding the city’s progressive and innovative accomplishments as well as its future goals.  The Mayor presented a short video showcasing housing and public works projects both past and present, and then spoke about projects that showcase Hayward’s innovative spirit.

What is Rotary? 

Rotary Club of
Castro Valley

Meets on Tuesdays at 12:00 PM 
The Meadows Restaurant at Redwood Canyon Golf Course
Enjoy a buffet lunch for $20
  Venue Map      
Lunch Speakers
Upcoming Speakers
David Judson, CVCFA Managing Director
Apr 24, 2018 12:00 AM
Update on the Castro Valley Center for the Arts Programs and Facility
Update on the Castro Valley Center for the Arts Programs and Facility
Ben Bauer, Consultant Delta Lending Group
May 01, 2018 12:00 PM
Tax Policy and Great Financial Crisis Monetary Unwind – Examining The Impacts
Nancy O'Malley, Alameda County District Attorney
May 08, 2018 12:00 PM
Update on the Critical Issues Facing the Alameda County District Attorney
Rowell Ranch Rodeo
May 15, 2018 12:00 PM
Preview of the 2018 Rowell Ranch Rodeo
Debby Moore, Vietnam Vet
May 22, 2018 12:00 PM
My Vietnam War Experience
Nima Jafarian, VP Product Management & Marketing
May 29, 2018 12:00 PM
Your toothbrush and mobile phone are just the beginning/How wireless charging will...
Past Speakers
Carolina Salazar & Michael Kusiak
Apr 17, 2018 12:00 PM
Update on Assemblymember Quirk's legislative agenda for Castro Valley
Katherine Krassilnikoff, Esq. Pro Bono Attorney
Apr 10, 2018 12:00 PM
Unaccompanied Immigrant Youth
Graham Lustig, Artistic Director - Oakland Ballet
Apr 03, 2018 12:00 PM
Oakland Ballet
Al Pardo
Mar 27, 2018 12:00 PM
"Post-Polio Syndrome Start to Finish"
Noah Rubin, Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley
Mar 20, 2018 12:00 PM
Financial Markets in 2018 & Tax Reform
Jessica Nusse, CVSan
Mar 13, 2018 12:00 PM
Zero Waste Initiatives in Commercial Businesses
Annie McBride, Founder of McBride Irish Dancers
Mar 06, 2018 12:00 PM
The History of Irish Dance in the Bay Area
Paul Wildrick, Action Coach
Feb 27, 2018 12:00 PM
"What businesses are doing right and what businesses need to do."
Club Speech Contest
Feb 20, 2018 12:00 PM
Castro Valley & Redwood Christian High School Students
Craig Semmelmeyer - Main Street Property Services
Feb 13, 2018 12:00 PM
Update on the Development of the Daughtrey's Building
Susan Ewing Haley - Curator, GGNRA Archives
Feb 06, 2018 12:00 PM
The History of the NIKE Missiles Sites in Castro Valley
Andy Lopusnak, Manager of Mike's Cameras in Dublin
Jan 30, 2018 12:00 PM
What Was Hot & Not Over Christmas Sales/Business Applications of Photography
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Ken O'Donnell
    April 1
  • John Courtney
    April 3
  • Jerome Blaha
    April 6
  • Gary Bosley
    April 11
  • Jim Phillips
    April 16
  • Jeff Moore
    Allyson Moore
    April 17
  • Kern Lewis
    Olga Lewis
    April 17
  • David Gehrke
    Honey Baby Gehrke
    April 18
  • KJ Page
    Thomas Page
    April 21
  • Hafsa Burt
    Eduard Burt
    April 28
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Upcoming Events
Club Executives & Directors
Immediate Past President
2017-2018 Committee Chairs
Club Service/
Sgt. at Arms
Margie Ramos
Club Endowment
Dan Willits
Dwight Perry
Club Trainer
K.J. Page
Community Service
Randy Vanderbilt
Charles Mortimer
Mark Poniatowski
Roland Williams
International Project
Breathing for Life (BFL)
Obse Lubo
Media Relations
Bruce Johnson
Virginia Degner
Nominating Committee
Carol Wikle
Bruce Johnson
Gary Bosley
Speech Contest
Jeff Moore
Song of the Day
Ceta Dochterman
The Rotary Foundation (TRF)
Dwight Perry
Thought for the Day
Cliff Sherwood
Youth Protection Officer
Youth Exchange
Bob Shayler
Youth Service
Roland Williams
Ken O'Donnell
Welcome Song
Ben Gurule
2017-2018 Event & Project Chairs
Breathing for Life (BFL) Project
Obse Lubo
Chili Cook-off
May 11, 2018
Randy Vanderbilt
Children's Christmas Party
December 12, 2017
Mark Poniatowski
Club Holiday Party
December 9, 2017
Charles Mortimer
Club Picnic
August 15, 2017
Cliff Sherwood
Poker Tournament
March 10, 2017
Dawn Ortiz
Mark Poniatowski
Randy Vanderbilt
Rodeo Parade
May 12, 2018
Michaela Thompson
Bill Nott