Redwood Christian High School Seniors take Center Stage
Rotary Club of
Castro Valley
On March 14, the Club hosted the Club Level competition of the Richard D. King Annual Speech Contest at the weekly lunch meeting.  
Abigail Hague, Ashlyn Miler, Ethan Neal, Julianna Loux, Kayla Chaudhary and Nathanael Butler, seniors from Redwood Christian High School participated. Each of their speeches represented an understanding of this year’s Rotary International theme IMAGINE ROTARY, and the Four-Way Test: Is it the TRUTH? Is it FAIR to all concerned? Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Judging good speeches to pick the best of the best is always difficult, but the four judges Craig Semmelmeyer, Jim Phillips, Marco Jaramillo and Misti Short, awarded 1st place to Nathanael Butler, 2nd place to Ethan Neal, and 3rd place to Ashlyn Miller. In addition to all speakers receiving certificates with their achievements listed, Nathanael was awarded a check for $100, Ethan received a check for $50, and Ashlyn received a check for $25.
Due to both 1st and 2nd place winners being on a service project in the Navajo Nation, 3rd place winner, Ashlyn Miller will represent the Rotary Club of Castro Valley at the Area Speech Contest on March 28, 2023, at Dublin High School.
Front row L - R: Al Hearn (Superintendent of Redwood Christian Schools), 3rd place winner Abigail Hague, 1st place winner Nathanael Butler, 2nd place winner Ethan Neal, John Aufdermauer, contest chair and Club past president. Back row L – R: Dr Evan Barnhart Assistant Principal, Redwood Christian HS, Justin Redemer Principal, Redwood Christian HS.                     
Photo by G Bosley
All the students who participated in the Richard D. King Annual Youth Speech Contest.               
Photo by G Bosley
Club Welcomes New Members
On February 28th, the Rotary Club of Castro Valley welcomed four new members to its local community committed to Service Above Self as part
of the global community of 1.2 Million men and women dedicated to building a better world.
  • CHP Officer Dan Jacowitz has been an officer for more than 14 years and currently serves as the Public Information Officer for the Castro Valley Area CHP. Dan’s sponsor was Dan Willits, Owner of Direct Sales Floors Carpet One and the Club’s 2024-2025 President-Elect.
  • Cindy Cerrudo, a Century 21 Real Estate local realtor, is active in the community. Cindy’s sponsor was Chris Carr, the Club’s current Treasurer and the 2023-2024 President-Elect.
  • Dwight Speir is an agent with New York Life Insurance and is active in the community. Dwight’s sponsor was Jim Negri, retired Castro Valley Unified School District superintendent and a Past President of the Rotary Club of Castro Valley.
  • Tina Sachs is a resident and finance director of PlayCV Summer Enrichment, a non-profit organization that brings after-school and summer enrichment classes and activities to school campuses in Castro Valley. Tina’s sponsor was Gary Howard, President of the Castro Valley Unified School District Board of Education and a Past President of the Rotary Club of Castro Valley.
The Castro Valley Rotary Club, chartered in 1953, is a non-political, non-religious, humanitarian service organization that brings together individuals, businesses, and professional leaders, to provide community service, promote integrity, and advance worldwide goodwill, peace and understanding. 
The Club welcomes individuals who want to make a positive impact locally, nationally, and internationally to contact the Club for more information.
Have you read the latest issue of The Rotarian?  if not, you can access it online here.  Be ready for a pop quiz at the next lunch meeting.
Rotary Club
of Castro Valley
June 16, 1953
Lytrel Carter, President 
Contact information
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 2117
Castro Valley, CA 94546
Hybrid Lunch Meetings
Tuesdays 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
In Person 
The Meadows Restaurant at 
Redwood Canyon Golf Course
17007 Redwood Road 
Castro Valley, CA 94546
Via Zoom
Please click on the Zoom link 
embedded in the weekly
meeting invite.
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Club Executives & Directors
Immediate Past President

 2022-2023 Committee Members

Castro Valley Car Show 
John Aufdermauer & Dan Willits
Castro Valley Fall Festival 
Carol Bigelow
Castro Valley Rotary Foundation
Cliff Sherwood
Club Christmas Party 
Chris Carr & Misti Short
Children's Christmas Party 
Heidi Hausauer & Bruce Johnson
Club BBQ 
Randy Vanderbilt
Club Runner
Elizabeth Crocker
Elizabeth Crocker & Andi Hangea
Community Events
Craig Semmelmeyer & Robert Hoffman
Dwight Perry
Bruce Johnson
Evening Socials
Aaron Lewis & Craig Semmelmeyer
Dan Willits & Bruce Johnson
International Projects
Bernie Kempen
Elizabeth Crocker & Misti Short
Nominating Committee
Dwight Perry
Program Speakers
Gary Howard
Racial Discrimination Group
Mark Poniatowski & Roland Williams
Restaurant Walk
Aaron Lewis & Chris Carr, Dwight Perry
Rowell Ranch Rodeo Parade
Chris Carr & Randy Vanderbilt
John Aufdermauer & Bruce Johnson
Dan Willits
Senior Center Events
Carol Bigelow
Speech Contest 
John Aufdermauer & Jeff Moore
Strategic Planning
Cliff Sherwood
Andi Hangea & Bob Shayler
Thanksgiving Senior Luncheon
Carol Bigelow 
The Rotary Foundation (TRF)
Dwight Perry
Vocational Services
Jim Phillips
We Care
Margie Ramos
Wine & Food Pairing
Aaron Lewis 
Youth Protection
Roland Williams
Youth Services
Roland Williams & Jim Phillips
Upcoming Events
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Obse Lubo
    March 18
  • John Courtney
    April 3
  • Jerome Blaha
    April 6
  • Gary Bosley
    April 11
  • Jim Phillips
    April 16
  • Javier Padilla
    Favinla Padilla
    March 30
  • Jeff Moore
    Allyson Moore
    April 17
  • David Gehrke
    Honey Gehrke
    April 18