2018 Motorcycle Cannonball Race: Doug Feinsod (member of the Rotary Club of Freedom) and Steve Gonzales described their participation in the 2018 Motorcycle Cannonball Race as well as past races. Doug (#18 on a 1909 Excelsior) has participated in the Race 5 times and Steve (#59 on a 1915 Harley Davidson 11F) 2 times. There were 123 riders in 2018. (Click here to see the riders and their motorcycles.)
Dave Nolting – Appraiser: Guidelines for Property Appraisals Dave Nolting has worked in the real estate market for more than 45 years. Initially, Dave worked as a Real Estate Agent until the mid-1990's when he began working as a Property Appraiser. All property appraisers work for mortgage finance companies (e.g., banks, mortgage lenders) and are responsible to these companies. Their business, however, is regulated by Real Estate Boards. The Property Appraisers are certified by these boards and they operate in compliance with the requirements and principles of the Boards under uniform procedures and forms approved by the Boards.
David Stark – Update on the Current State of the Real Estate Market in Central Alameda County David Stark, Bay East Public Affairs Director, spoke to the club about the local real estate market. David started with an overview of how we got to where we are statewide with the housing markets (creating more jobs but not enough housing to keep up) and then focused on the local housing market showing multiple charts to illustrate his conclusions that the housing market will remain strong due to supply and demand. He stressed multiple times that we are blessed to live in Castro Valley where the average residential home now sells for $880,000 . . .
Castro Valley Rotarians Murline Monat and Gary Howard stepped up to provide the program for the day. Murline is currently serving as the Vice President of the Castro Valley Arts Foundation (CVAF). Rotarians Bernie Kempen and Bill Nott also served as members of the Board of Directors. The Rotary Club of Castro Valley has supported the CVAF in many ways since it was founded by Erma Smith and Terri Liebowitz in 1998 (read the history). Murline provided an update on current happenings with the CVAF and programs at the Castro Valley Center for the Arts (CVCFA).
Brad Howard – Update on the Challenges of Growing Rotary in the U.S. Brad Howard, Rotary International Director and holder of multiple other positions in Rotary over the last 40 years, spoke to the club about how to ensure the future of Rotary as a vital, contributing organization in the 21st Century. He shared the trends we are all familiar with as Rotarians: While membership is expanding rapidly in many areas globally (notably India,
Taiwan and other Asian nations) membership in the original Anglophone countries of the U.S., Australia and the U.K. is falling.
Kathleen Scheidel – Update on Capital Punishment in California Kathleen is a Castro Valley resident who has been active in the schools (e.g., Marshall PTA, Measure G Bond Oversight Committee) and community, works for the State Public Defenders Office representing individuals charge with a crime subject to capital punishment. While she was not representing the Office today, Kathleen did provide a history and update of capital punishment in California. The 8th amendment to the U.S. Constitution addresses “cruel and unusual punishment,” but nothing in the Constitution prohibits capital punishment. Her office has 40 attorneys and numerous paralegals, but is not funded or staffed at the same level as the Attorney General’s Office
Mary Jo Price, Theater Manager of the Douglas Morrison Theater Today’s presentation focused on an update on the activities of the Douglas Morrison Theater (DMT), part of H.A.R.D. by Mary Jo Price, the Theater Manager. May Jo joined the Doug Morrison Theater in January 2018 bring a rich history of working with people and theater, including Children’s Creative Museum (2012-15), Administrative Director at the Playwrights Foundation (2015-2016), Operations Manager at Tandem, and Partners in Early Education (2016-17) before coming to the Douglas Morrison Theater.
Ginny Roth – Walk to End Alzheimer’s Ginny Roth, Chair of the East Bay Walk to End Alzheimer’s Volunteer Planning Committee, and Sherry Ford, a volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association of California and Nevada, share their personal stories regarding Alzheimer’s in their families and explained why they are actively involved in the Walk to End Alzheimer, which is scheduled on October 20, 2018, at Heather Farms in Walnut Creek.
Teddy and Keith Seibert – TwiningVine Winery The husband and wife winemaking team of Teddy and Keith Seibert from TwiningVine Winery in Castro Valley shared their winemaking experience and samples of their wines to the delight of the members.
District Governor Tim Lundell - District Governor (DG) Tim Lundell addressed this year’s Rotary International theme, Be the Inspiration. DG Lundell said that he thought long and hard about
how to implement this theme in District 5170 and has concluded that our biggest challenge is the dwindling membership in the Clubs throughout District 5170. One of the reasons for the decline of membership is the aging population; therefore, DG Lundell has decided to emphasize membership growth as the highest priority for District 5170.

What is Rotary? 

Rotary Club of Castro Valley
Charles Mortimer, President

Meets 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
Alan West
Nov 13, 2018 12:00 PM
Shriner's Hospitals
Russ Hobbs
Nov 20, 2018 12:00 PM
Rotary Foundation
Fire Chief Dave Rocha
Nov 27, 2018 12:00 PM
Activities of the Alameda County Fire Department
Past Speakers
Sheriff Greg Ahern
Nov 06, 2018 12:00 PM
Update on the activities of the Sheriff's department
Julie Menack, 21 Century Solutions
Oct 30, 2018 12:00 PM
Geriatric care management and fiduciary responsibilities
Stephen Gonzales
Oct 23, 2018 12:00 PM
The Cannonball Motor Cycle Race on 100-year-old motorcycles
Dave Nolting, Appraiser
Oct 16, 2018 12:00 PM
Current Appraisal Guidelines
Dave Stark, Bay East Public Affairs Director
Oct 09, 2018 12:00 PM
The Local Real Estate Market
Bruce Raine, CPA
Oct 02, 2018 12:00 PM
Taxes and the Prop 5 Tax Fairness Initiative
Brad Howard, past Rotary International director
Sep 25, 2018 12:00 PM
Importance of membership and an update on the polio project
Kathleen Scheidel, attorney
Sep 18, 2018 12:00 PM
Update on capital punishment in California
Mary Jo Price, Douglas Morrison Theater
Sep 11, 2018
Update on the activities of the Douglas Morrison Theater
Ginny Roth, Alzheimer's Association of NorCal
Sep 04, 2018 12:00 PM
Update on Alzheimer's disease
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Jeff Moore
    November 2
  • Charles Mortimer
    November 6
  • Ben Gurule
    November 11
  • Ceta Dochterman
    November 11
  • Bob Shayler
    November 13
  • Margie Ramos
    November 15
  • Gary Howard
    November 17
  • Rosalyn Antonio
    November 20
  • Bruce Johnson
    Linda Johnson
    November 9
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