Rotary Club of Castro Valley
Gary Howard, President 

Contact information

Lunch Meetings (online)
Tuesdays at 12:00 p.m.
Zoom link
The Meadows Restaurant at 
Redwood Canyon Golf Course
17007 Redwood Road 
Castro Valley, CA 94546
  Venue Map      
Lunch Speakers
Video recordings of the speakers are posted under Speakers' Video at the top of the page.
Upcoming Speakers
Tim Dupuis, CIO & Registrar of Voters
Oct 06, 2020
The 2020 Election
The 2020 Election

Please note:  This meeting is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.  There is no lunch meeting on October 5.

Tim Dupuis, Chief Information Officer and Registrar of Voters at Alameda County

Tim received his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from California State University, Fullerton and his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach. He started his career with the City of Santa Ana Public Works Department as the Project Manager/GIS Analyst for the City’s first GIS system moving on to become the GIS Manager for the City of Huntington Beach. Tim moved to Daly City as the City's Information Services Manager and then joined Alameda County as the Chief Technology Officer of the Information Technology Department. 

Past Speakers
Erica Walker, PhD - Postdoctoral Scholar Boston U
Sep 22, 2020 12:00 PM
Noise Pollution
Gregg Giusiana, District 5170 Governor
Sep 15, 2020 12:00 PM
Update on Districtt 5170 Activities
Bill Clarkson, Mayor - City of San Ramon
Sep 08, 2020 12:00 PM
What's New in San Ramon?
Abe Hejela, Partner - Capitol Advisors
Sep 01, 2020 12:00 PM
Funding for K-12 Education in California
Mark Friedman, Executive Director
Aug 25, 2020 12:00 PM
Update on the Eden Health District
Rick Kelly
Aug 11, 2020 12:00 PM
Mapping the Evolution of Castro Valley: Rancho to Ranch Homes
Stephen Menendian, Director of Research
Aug 04, 2020 12:00 PM
Racism in the Bay Area
Marian Meadow, LCSW, PPSC, Social Worker for CVUSD
Jul 28, 2020 6:00 PM
EVENING MEETING: Dealing with Stress in the Pandemic
Craig Semmelmeyer and Lisa Carmack
Jul 21, 2020 12:00 PM
Opening of the Castro Valley Marketplace
Shannon Bennett
Jul 14, 2020 12:00 PM
Infectious Diseases
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Pam Tavani
    September 14
  • John McPartland
    September 24
  • Jerome Blaha
    Melanie Blaha
    September 19
  • Sherry Yarnal
    Ralph Yarnal
    September 30
To ensure the health of our members, their families, guests, and the community; and in accordance with governmental health directives, the Rotary Club of Castro Valley has moved all lunch and Club meetings online until further notice.  Please check the Upcoming Events in the right column for specific details and instructions to access meetings.
The Rotary Club of Castro Vallley sponsored a presentation by the East Bay Regional Park District Fire Department (Chief Aileen Thiel) and the Alameda County Fire Department (Public Information Officer/ Fire Engineer Brian Centoni).  The presentation was moderated by Castro Valley Rotarian John McPartland, former Battalion Chief for the Oakland Fire Department and a BART Director.  Click here to watch the presentation.
Abe Hajela from Capitol Advisors traced the history of of K-12 education funding from local property taxes to Serrano v. Priest to Prop 13 to Revenue Limits to Prop 98 to the current Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). In the process, he demonstrated how Sacramento went from having little impact on K-12 education funding to being the major source of funding and concluded with that "compared to their peers, California students are at a competitive disadvantage.”
Eden Health District CEO Mark Friedman and Board Member Pam Russo provided an update on the District including how the District is addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.  CEO Friedman started on March 2, 2020, and almost immediately was shut out of his offices due to the shelter in place order, but indicated that the District has continued to serve the health needs of the community during the pandemic.
Castro Valley resident Rick Kelly has been writing a history of Castro Valley, Mapping the Evolution of Castro Valley - Rancho to Ranch Homes. His presentation traced the history of Castro Valley from the original land grant to the present day by focusing on how the property where he now lives has been transformed through property sales, inheritances, squatters, and sub-divisions.
Understanding Racial Inequality in the U.S. A Primer and Conversation Stephen Menendian, UC Berkeley Stephen Menendian is the Assistant Director and Director of Research at the Othering & Belonging Institute, and he oversees many of the Institute’s research initiatives and ongoing projects. In particular, Stephen leads the Inclusiveness Index initiative, an assessment of global inclusivity, fair housing policy and opportunity with the state of California, and a recent investigation on the extent and harmful effects of racial residential segregation in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Managing Stress During COVID-19 Marian Meadows, LCSW - Castro Valley USD Marian Meadows, Coordinator of Behavioral Health Services for the Castro Valley Unified School District and the Wellness Center at Castro Valley High School, provided an excellent overview of the stressors during the pandemic and productive ways to combat stress.
Lisa Carmack,Community Manager at the Castro Valley Marketplace, described its soft opening on July 9th and plans going forward as more businesses open in the Marketplace.  During Lisa’s presentation, members chimed in about the quality of the food at Castro Valley Marketplace, especially the croissants at Seven Hills Bakery and the selection of cheeses at Castro Valley Natural Grocery, which has a cheese expert on staff.
Shannon Bennett Origins & Evolution of Zoonotic Infectious Diseases - Shannon Bennett, PhD is the Chief and Dean of Science Research Collections and Associate Curator of Microbiology at the California Academy of Sciences. She discussed the evolution and transmission a wide-range of infectious diseases including Influenza, Hantavirus, Vector-borne, Bat, Coronavirus, Dengue, Chikungunya, Ebola, and Zika. Shannon finished with a discussion of SARS, SARS-2, MERS, and HCov and their relationship to the current pandemic.
Upcoming Events
Club Executives & Directors
Immediate Past President

2020-2021 Committee Chairs

Bruce Johnson
Dwight Perry
Media/Public Relations
Bruce Johnson, Jim Negri & Todd Anglin
Carol Bigelow
Meeting Highlights
Jim Negri
Rotary Foundation
Dwight Perry
Bruce Johnson
Social Media
Lytrel Carter & Ashley Strasburg
Gary Howard & Gary Bosley
Strategic Planning
Gary Howard & Cliff Sherwood
Jim Negri
Youth Protection
Roland Williams
Youth Services
Roland Williams
2020-2021 Event Chairs
All dates subject to COVID-19 Guidelines,
All dates subject to change.
Check the website regularly.
CV Virtual Car Show (7/22/20)
Dave Sadoff
Student Backpack Project (8/9/20)
Dr. Heidi Hausauer
Club Picnic (TBD)
Randy Vanderbilt
CV Fall Festival (TBD)
Canceled  - COVID-19
Virtual Beer Tasting (8/18/20)
Cliff Sherwood
Virtual Cheese Tasting (9/29/20)
Aaron Lewis
CV Light Parade (TBD)
Nominating Committee (11/10/20)
Todd Anglin
Senior Center Thanksgiving Lunch (TBD)
Adopt a Family (TBD)
Dr. Heidi Hausauer
Club Holiday Party (TBD)
Murline Monat
Children's Christmas Party (TBD)
Mark Poniatowski
Student Speech Contest (2/16/21)
Bernie Kempen
Texas Hold'em Tournament & Dinner (TBD)
Dawn Ortiz
Chili Cook-off (4/30/21)
Randy Vanderbilt
Rodeo Parade (5/1/21)
Murline Monet
Demotion (TBD)
Todd Anglin