This issue of Meeting Highlights summarizes the presentations of Alessia Simmonds regarding Census 2020, Pastor Jake Medcalf on the work of 1st Presbyterian Church, and Katherine Boxer from the Alameda County Resource Conservation District as well as highlighting the Club's Wine and Food evening and the winners of the Club's Student Speech Contest.
John McPartland – BART District 5 Director - Castro Valley Rotarian and BART Director for District 5, which includes Castro Valley, provided the Club with an update on BART by focusing on three areas: Safety and Reliability; Station Security and Access; and, Future Planning. Click here for more information about BART. 
Elizabeth Laderman: The Federal Reserve and the Economy - Dr. Elizabeth Lademan is the Senior Outreach Economist at the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank (aka The Fed). Her presentation focused on (1) Why the Fed was founded? (2) How the Fed is structured? (3) Who votes on monetary policy? and (4) A summary of the current economic environment and outlook for the future.
Castro Valley High School Madrigal Singers - Once again, the Club was treated to a holiday concert at lunch by the award-winning Madrigal Singers from Castro Valley High School under the direction of Laryssa Sadoway. Ms Sadoway described the Madrigals as the best of the best from the Castro Valley High School Choir Program.
CVUSD Helping Students in Housing Transition: Myths, Facts, Actions & Resources - Nic McMaster, Director of Student Services, Jessica Bias (below left), Social Worker, and Nancy Nodal (below right), Parent/Community Liaison, for the Castro Valley Unified School District, described the programs that CVUSD offers for homeless students.
Phong La, Alameda County Assessor - Alameda County Assessor Phong La began his presentation with an inspiring tale of how his family came to the United States as refugees from Vietnam when he was two years old (i.e., picked up at sea by the U.S. Navy) and settled in Union City. He described how his parents went from picking lettuce to starting their own successful small businesses to provide a better life for him and his siblings. Phong is a graduate of James Logan High School in Union City, lived in Fremont after law school, and he, his wife and daughter now live in Alameda. Phong received his BA from UC Davis in 2000, his JD from the UC Hastings College of the Law in 2003, and is a member of the Rotary Club of Alameda.
Brad Howard - Polio Plus: The Unintended Consequences - Brad Howard presented an amazingly inspirational talk on the impact that Rotary International's Polio Plus campaign has had on people around the world.
Assemblymember Dr. Bill Quirk (Dem - Assembly District 20) - Assemblymember Quirk served on the Hayward City Council 2004-2012 and was elected to the California Legislature in 2012 representing Assembly District 20 (Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, Fremont, Hayward, San Lorenzo, Sunol, and Union City) . He was re-elected in 2014. 2016, and 2018. Assemblymember Quirk is the only rocket engineer to serve in the California Legislature. Prior to his election to the City Council, Bill worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) 1979-2005.
Katie Bowman - San Leandro Economic Development - Katie Bowman is the Economic Development Manager with the City of San Leandro.  In this position, she manages business attraction and retention programs, facilitates strategic development projects, and serves as a liaison between businesses and the City.
Jill Duerig, General Manager (retired) Zone 7 Water District - Jill Duerig, former General Manager of Zone 7 Water District and currently President of the Rotary Club of Livermore Valley, the Breakfast Club, was the speaker for the day. Her presentation described the history of Zone 7 and the challenges currently facing Zone 7 and California in terms of water supply.
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
  Venue Map      
Buffet lunch and speaker for $15.  
Non-members can make reservations
at the phone number below.
Contact information
Lunch Speakers
Upcoming Speakers
Ramesh Hariharan, District Governor
Mar 03, 2020 12:00 PM
Update on District 5170
Update on District 5170

Ramesh Hariharan is the district governor of District 5170 for the year 2019-20.

Dave Stark, Bay East Association of REALTORS
Mar 10, 2020 12:00 PM
Update on Real Estate Trends in Castro Valley and Surrounding Areas
David Halsing, South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Dis
Mar 17, 2020
Restoring the salt ponds in the South Bay
Jo Loss and Penny Peck, League of Women Voters
Mar 24, 2020 12:00 PM
100 Years of the League of Women Voters
Elie Goldstein, owner Kraski’s Nutrition
Mar 31, 2020 12:00 PM
What's new in nutrition
Past Speakers
Dr. Joel Parrott, Director, Oakland Zoo
Feb 25, 2020 12:00 PM
What's new at Oakland Zoo
Katherine Boxer, Alameda Resource Conservat Dist
Feb 18, 2020 12:00 PM
Natural resources in Alameda County
Annual Student Speech Contest
Feb 11, 2020 12:00 PM
No Lunch Meeting Today
Feb 04, 2020 12:00 PM
Jake Medcalf, Lead Pastor, 1st Presbyterian Church
Jan 28, 2020 12:00 PM
Housing, Chabot Theater and Other Plans for the Community
Alessia Simmonds, 2020 Census
Jan 21, 2020 12:00 PM
Census 2020 in Alameda County
Elizabeth Laderman, SF Federal Reserve
Jan 07, 2020 12:00 PM
The Federal Reserve and the Economy
No Lunch Meeting Today
Dec 24, 2019
The Madrigals, CVHS's premier choir, will perform
Dec 17, 2019 12:00 PM
Holiday music
No Lunch Meeting Today
Dec 10, 2019 12:00 PM
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Todd Anglin
    February 10
  • David Gehrke
    February 13
  • John McPartland
    Maria McPartland
    February 2
  • Ajay Ahluwalia
    Anju Ahluwalia
    February 23
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