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
Stephen McLaughlin
May 11, 2021 12:00 PM
My Career as a Pilot on San Francisco Bay
My Career as a Pilot on San Francisco Bay

Stephen MacLaughlin was born in 1952 to a military family. They moved a lot until he graduated from high school and entered the California Maritime Academy in Vallejo. In 1973, he graduated from CMA and began working offshore on tugs that towed barges all over. With 2 months of turning 22, he became captain of an offshore tug. In 1977, he came to San Francisco to work on harbor tugs until he was accepted into the San Francisco Bar Pilots and worked there until he retired in 2016. Since then, he has been enjoying traveling with his wife of 40 years, playing golf, and pampering his grandson.

Past Speakers
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
Castro Valley High School Teachers
Mar 16, 2021 12:00 PM
Educational Options for Students at Castro Valley High School
Jeff Teseri
Mar 09, 2021 12:00 PM
Preparing for your next breakthrough
Club Assembly
Mar 02, 2021 12:00 PM
Castro Valley Rotary 2025 - Planning the Future
Rod Diridon, Sr.
Feb 09, 2021 12:00 PM
Rotary and Climate Change
Bob Rogers - End Polio Now Coordinator
Feb 02, 2021 12:00 PM
Polio Plus
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Roland Williams
    May 2
  • Jake Medcalf
    May 11
  • Virginia Degner
    Duane Degner
    May 14
  • Jim Phillips
    Melissa Phillips
    May 19
  • Bernie Kempen
    Kathy Kempen
    May 20
  • John Courtney
    May 20
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 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.
On the evening of February 16th, the Rotary Club of Castro Valley and the Castro Valley Educational Foundation (CVEF) co-sponosered a presentation by John Perkins, PhD, from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on Fission and Fusion at LLNL:  What has nuclear physics done for you today?
In an informative and engaging presentation, Dr. Perkins shared information about energy in the atomic nucleus, how both fusion and fision release energy, the three most common methods to achieve fusion, and the work of LLNL and its impact on the world plus much, much more. 
Click here to watch the presentation.
Click here to access the Meeting Highlights for February 16, 2021.
Recently, the Rotary Foundation Trustees and Rotary International Board of Directors have both unanimously approved adding a new area of focus: Supporting the Environment.  Today‚Äôs speaker, the Honorable Rod Diridon, Sr., brings a wealth of experience in public service and leadership (e.g., Chair of the U.S. High-Speed Rail Association, Emeritus Executive Director (Ret.) of the Mineta Transportation Institute).  Rod is working with the Rotary Climate Action Council in District 5170.  His presentation, posed the question:  Is Climate Change the Sixth Mass Extinction?  and looked the history and causes of climate change, the current situation, and possible solutions.
The Club also heard from Bernie Kempem in his Student Speech Contest Chair role regarding regarding the upcoming virtual Speech Contest and in his International Project Chair role about a possible global grant in South Africa.
President Gary Howard shared the information regarding a Rotary Area 4 grant the provide breathing equipment to Eden Medical Center.  There is a video link to the the demonstration.
Click here to read the entire issue of Meeting Highlights.
This issue of Meeting Highlights covers the meetings of January 26th when Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf spoke on What's Up in Oakland? and Redwood Christian Schools Superintendent Al Hearne II, PhD addressed What in the World Are You Thinking:  Rebuilding Education in the Midst of a Global Pandemic
On February 2, Rotary Area 27 End Polio Now! Chair Bob Rogers described the efforts, challenges, and successes of the End Polio Now! campaign including a vidoe of the 2020 National Immunization Day (NID) in India, and his personal story with polio as a child.
Click here to read the complete Meeting Highlights and be sure to click on the links in each story for complete details.
The meeting featured a presentation by Cynthia Butler from the Alameda County Clean Water Outreach Program who detailed the work of the Program and the resources provided for the community as well as sharing photos of the Program's events.
The meeting also featured a short presentation by Jordan Bernal, President of Tri-Valley Writers, a writing club that provides resources and support for published authors and those looking to be published.  Chris Carr, Co-chair of the the Vocational Service Committee, provided an update on the work of the Committee and asked for volunteers to share their professional experience and expertise with students enrolled at the Eden Area Regional Occupational Program.
Click here to learn more about each presentation including the video and the slides, to review the announcements made during the meeting including the nomination of the President-Elect Nominee, and learn about upcoming speakers and events.
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