Castro Valley Unified School District: All Means All Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi & Trustee Gary Howard Parvin Ahmadi - Superintendent of Castro Valley Unified School District (USD) and Castro Valley Rotarian, and Gary Howard, Vice President of the Castro Valley USD Board of Trustees as well as President-Elect of the Rotary Club of Castro Valley, shared an update on the successes of and challenges facing the District.
L. Karen Monroe Alameda County Superintendent of Schools L. Karen Monroe, Alameda County Superintendent of Schools, was first elected to the position in 2014 and re-elected in 2018. As County Superintendent, she has legal responsibility for the oversight of the fiscal health and basic educational standards of all districts in Alameda County. Additionally, as Superintendent, she provided support and guidance for district operations including training and support services. The County Superintendent also leads initiatives that enhance student academic achievement, such as promoting quality preschools and integrating arts education into the comprehensive school curriculum. 
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Inc. Northern California Chapter Indiana Ortega, Vice President Business Development; Sergio Cortez, Workforce Development Manager; and Luah Huynh, Carpentry & Construction Laborer Instructor from the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Inc. Northern California Chapter were the speakers for the lunch program. ABC advocates for a merit shop in the construction industry as opposed to union-controlled shop. A merit shop is defined as a philosophy that awards work to the most qualified and lowest bidder regardless of labor affiliation. ABC is the leader for fair and open competition in the construction industry.
Frank Mellon - EBMUD Board of Directors - Frank Mellon, a frequent speaker at the Club, represented the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) was the program for the day. He was elected to the EBMUD Board of Directors in 1994 to represent Ward 7, which includes the areas of Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, and parts of San Leandro and Hayward in Alameda County as well as a part of San Ramon in Contra Costa County. More information about EBMUD is available at
Club Celebrates with the First Mixer of 2019-2020 - On July 30th, the Club held its first Mixer of the year at Don Jose's Mexican Restaurant.  The turnout was outstanding.  This year, the Club is piloting three Mixers in lieu of the regular lunch meeting. 
Wendy Winsted - Coordinator, Hayward Area Recreation and Park District - Wendy Winsted, Coordinator at Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (H.A.R.D.) Spoke about the Sulphur Creek Nature Center in Hayward. The mission of the Sulphur Creek Nature Center is to instill a sense of responsibility for the welfare of our world by bringing people and animals together through wildlife rehabilitation and education.
Paul Keim - Smalltown Society Paul Keim, Operations Director/Lead Curator/Producer/Artist at Smalltown Society in Castro Valley spoke to the Club about the work of Smalltown Society and its recent purchase of the Chabot Cinema.  Smalltown Society hosts "The Space": A community common space highlighting local artists, advocates, and communities desiring to take part in a more collective narrative for the Eden Area and beyond. 
David Scharff - Long-term Care Options for Seniors David Scharff of Silver Transitions spoke on “Long-term Care Options for Seniors.”  Involving the Club members and their personal experiences dealing with the issue of aging (personally or parents), David provided valuable information in a discussion format.
President Todd Anglin Rings in the New Year – Rotary Connects the World Todd Anglin, 2019-2020 President of the Rotary Club of Castro Valley, rang in the new year with one of the softest bell ringing in recent memory despite an oversized gavel. Before recapping his trip to the Rotary International Conference in Hamburg, Germany and presenting his goals for the year, President Todd had Immediate Past President Charles Mortimer review his year as president (2018-19) as the Club witnessed the continued leadership of the Club.
Rob Warren – Alameda County Assistant District Attorney – Grand Jury Advisor President-Elect Nominee Gary Howard introduced the day’s speaker, Rob Warren, a Castro Valley resident, to talk about the Alameda County Civil Grand Jury. Working as an arm of the Superior Court, the Civil Grand Jury is comprised of 19 citizens authorized to investigate local government to ensure that public agencies are working in the best interests of the public.  Its independence gives the Grand Jury a unique role in securing local government accountability and in examining allegations of misconduct.
Rotary Club of Castro Valley
Todd Anglin, President 2019-20

Meets most Tuesdays at 12:00 p.m.

The Meadows Restaurant at 
Redwood Canyon Golf Course
17007 Redwood Road 
Castro Valley, CA 94546
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Buffet lunch and speaker for $15.  
Non-members can make reservations
at the phone number below.
Contact information
Lunch Speakers
Upcoming Speakers
Apollo of Castro Valley Coin and Currency
Sep 17, 2019 12:00 PM
The cost of gold and the treat of inflation
Bill Quirk
Nov 05, 2019 12:00 PM
Major legislation in Sacramento and working with the new governor
Brad Howard, past Rotary International director
Nov 12, 2019 12:00 PM
The Rotary Foundation
Past Speakers
Andy Lopusnak of Mike’s Photography,
Sep 10, 2019 12:00 PM
The benefits to business of drone photography.
Parvin Ahmadi and Gary Howard
Sep 03, 2019 12:00 PM
The State of the District
L. Karen Monroe, Alameda County Super of Schools
Aug 27, 2019 12:00 PM
Education funding in California
ABC NorCal
Aug 20, 2019 12:00 PM
Apprenticeship programs for the trades
Frank Mellon, Director of EBMUD
Aug 06, 2019 12:00 PM
How EBMUD is preparing now for climate change
Wendy Sinsted
Jul 23, 2019 12:00 PM
Sulphur Creek Nature Center
Paul Keim
Jul 16, 2019 12:00 PM
What's up at SmallTown
David Scharff of Silver Transitions
Jul 09, 2019 12:00 PM
Long-term care options for seniors.
Charles Mortimer and Todd Anglin
Jul 02, 2019 12:00 PM
A review of the last year and a preview of the next
No Lunch Meeting Today
Jun 25, 2019 12:00 PM
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • John McPartland
    September 24
  • Jerome Blaha
    Melanie Blaha
    September 19
  • Sherry Yarnal
    Ralph Yarnal
    September 30
Upcoming Events
Club Executives & Directors
Immediate Past President

2019-2020 Committee Chairs

Bruce Johnson
Dwight Perry
Media/Public Relations
Bruce Johnson
Carol Bigelow
Meeting Highlights
Jim Negri
Rotary Foundation
Dwight Perry
Bruce Johnson
Social Media
Lytrel Carter & Ashley Strasburg
Gary Howard & Gary Bosley
Strategic Planning
Cliff Sherwood
Youth Protection
Roland Williams
Youth Services
Roland Williams
2019-2020 Event Chairs
Club Picnic (8/13/20)
Randy Vanderbilt
Fall Fundraiser (TBD)
Speech Contest (TBD Feb 2020)
Bernie Kempen
Texas Hold'em Tournament & Dinner (3/14/20)
Dawn Ortiz
Rodeo Parade (5/9/20)
Gary Howard
Chili Cook-off (5/8/20)
Randy Vanderbilt
Demotion (6/30/20)
Charles Mortimer