Rotary Club of Castro Valley
Gary Howard, President 

Contact information
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 2117
Castro Valley, CA 94546
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
Gary Howard & Dwight Perry
Jun 22, 2021 12:00 PM
The Year in Review & The Year Ahead

President Gary Howard will provide a review and summary of the 2020-2021 Rotary year and President-Elect Dwight will provide a preview of the 2021-2022 Rotary year. 

Past Speakers
Lorena Hernandez, Director of Community Impact
Jun 15, 2021 12:00 PM
Comcast in California
Live from the South Pole
Jun 08, 2021 12:00 PM
Project Ice Cube
David Wissinger, Investment Mgr. Mechanics Bank
Jun 01, 2021 12:00 PM
The State of the Economy.
Henry Gilbert
May 25, 2021 12:00 PM
Growing Walnuts
Judge Leo Dorado, Superior Court of Alameda County
May 18, 2021 12:00 PM
My Experience on the Bench
Stephen McLaughlin
May 11, 2021 12:00 PM
My Career as a Pilot on San Francisco Bay
Juan Romero, Asst Staff Specialist at BAAQMD
Apr 27, 2021 12:00 PM
Update from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Teipo Brown
Apr 20, 2021 12:00 PM
Tourism in Californa
Karla Brown, Mayor of Pleasanton
Apr 06, 2021 12:00 PM
What's Happening in Pleasanton?
Ed Molyneaux
Mar 23, 2021 12:00 PM
In-house attorney for Adobe
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Cliff Sherwood
    June 1
  • Monica Lee
    June 2
  • Lytrel Carter
    June 9
  • Bill Nott
    June 11
  • Dan Willits
    June 11
  • Mark Poniatowski
    June 18
  • Ajay Ahluwalia
    June 26
  • Dwight Perry
    Barbara Perry
    June 18
  • Bob Shayler
    Pam Lowe
    June 21
  • Ray Wallace
    Gee Yen
    June 24
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.  The Club is planning to begin hybrid meetings in July 2021.  Please check the Upcoming Events in the right column for specific details and instructions to access meetings.  
Join the Rotary Club of Castro Valley and Castro Valley Science on June 8th at 12:00 p.m. for an extraordinary virtual presentation by scientists at the South Pole who will describe what it is like to live and work where it is dark more than 23 hours every day and where the average temperature is -50⁰F. Project Ice Cube uses a cubic kilometer of ice at the South Pole to measure neutrinos, mysterious subatomic particles that have an extremely small mass. Register here for Zoom access.
This meeting featured
• A presentation by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Dorado describing his path to serving on the bench and his experience as a judge.  During this engaging and informative presentation, Judge Dorado offer his insights on a number of issues.
• A presentation by Castro Valley Library Branch Manager Dawn Balestreri describing how the library has operated during the pandemic and its re-opening plans.
• A report from Mark Poniatowski, Co-chair of the Club's Racial Discrimination Forum, describing the work of the group, especially the petition to the East Bay Regional Parks District to name a park at the former Concord Naval Weapons Station in honor of Supreme Court Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall.
Click here to access Meeting Highlights and the videos of the presentations.
The meeting featured presentations by Steve McLaughlin describing his career as a bar pilot on San Francisco Bay and Elizabeth Crocker from London describing the majesty and kindness of horses.  Access the Meeting Highlights with the videos here
The Rotary Club of Castro Valley and the Castro Valley Educational Foundation (CVEF) jointly presented A Conversation with Eric Alatorre:  My Career with Chanticleer.
For 28 years, basso profundo Eric Alatorre sang with the world-famous acapella group Chanticleer. Born in Southern California and educated at the California State University Fullerton and San Francisco State University, Mr. Alatorre joined the San Francisco Symphony Chorus before beginning his great career with Chanticleer.
Laryssa Sadoway, Director of the Choral Music Program at Castro Valley High School, served as the moderator for the discussion.
Watch the conversation here.
This issue of Meeting Highlights covers the meetings of 
  • April 6 - City of Pleasanton Update - Mayor Karla Brown
  • April 6 - Local Journalism - Gina Channell, President/Publisher - Pleasanton Weekly
  • April 13 - Club Assembly on the Future of the Club including the establishment of the Castor Valley Community Endowment
  • April 13 - Update on Mortgage Rates - Chris Carr, LaSalle Morgage Services
  • April 20 -Update on California Tourism - Teipo Brown, Director of Sales San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • April 20 - Update on the Rotary Club of Castro Valley Endowment - Carol Wikle, Mirador Capital Advisors
  • April 27 - Update from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District - Juan Romero, PIO BAAQMD
Click here to see the full issue.  Be sure to click on the links in each story to watch the presentation and learn more.
This issue of Meeting Highlights covers the meetings of March 9, 16 & 23. 
March 9 - Preparing for Your Next Breakthrough - Jeff Teseri
March 9 - End Polio Now Campaign - Dwight Perry
March 16 - Educational Options at Castro Valley High School
March 16 - Response to Covid-19 - Curtis Porchardt
March 23 - Software Licensing - Ed Molyneaux
There was not a lunch meeting on March 30 and the meeting of March 2 previously posted here
Click here to read this issue of Meeting Highlights.  Be sure to click on the links in each article to read more about the meeting and watch the video of the presentation.
During the Club Assembly, Rotarian Jim Phillips presented a proposal for a new foundation, The Castro Valley Rotary Community Foundation, a new 501(c)3 foundation that would serve the broader community.  Watch the presentation and discussion here.
Kathy Brady described the work and services of the Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP) that assist seniors with Medicate.  Watch the presentation here.  Use the link in the Meeting Highlights to access HICAP in Alameda County.
Mark Pontiatowski and Gary Howard provided updates on the work of the Racial Discrimination Forum including an effort to spread the work to Area 4 and District 5170.  Watch the presentation here.
Click here for the current issue of Meeting Highlights.  Click here for a suprise.
At this meeting, the Club hosted the first round of the District 5170 Richard D. King Annual Youth Speech Contest for students from Csatro Valley High School and Redwood Christian High School.  Due to the shelter-in-place orders, the contest was held virtually this year under the excellent leadership of Speech Contest Chair Bernie Kempen.  
President Gary Howard recognized three outstanding individuals as the Rotarians of the Month for their outstanding leadership of the Castro Valley Racial Discrimination Forum.
Vocational Services Chair Chris Carr described a project with Eden Area Regional Occupational Program that is seeking the expertise of Club members.
Click here to watch the student speeches, find out who the winners were, learn about the Rotarians of the Month, and volunteer for the Vocational Services project.
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
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
Canceled  - COVID-19 
Randy Vanderbilt
CV Fall Festival 
Canceled  - COVID-19
Virtual Beer Tasting (8/18/20)
Cliff Sherwood
Virtual Cheese Tasting (9/29/20)
Aaron Lewis
CV Light Parade 
Canceled  - COVID-19
Nominating Committee (11/10/20)
Todd Anglin
Senior Center Thanksgiving Giveaway (11/19/20)
Carol Bigelow
Adopt a Family 
Dr. Heidi Hausauer
Club Holiday Party 
Canceled  - COVID-19
Children's Christmas Party 
Canceled  - COVID-19
Mark Poniatowski
Student Speech Contest (2/16/21)
Bernie Kempen
Texas Hold'em Tournament & Dinner 
Canceled  - COVID-19
Dawn Ortiz
Chili Cook-off 
Canceled  - COVID-19
Randy Vanderbilt
Rodeo Parade 
Canceled  - COVID-19
Murline Monet
Demotion (6/29/21)
Location TBD
Todd Anglin