The Rotary Club of Castro Valley would like to thank everyone who participated in the Chili Cook-off on Friday evening, May 11.  It was a great evening for Castro Valley.  Thank you to all the teams of chili cookers, the band, volunteers, Castro Valley High School Interact Club, Boy Scouts, and the community who came out, had a great time,and supported Rotary.

The 2018 Chili Cook-off Winners

  • First Place - Meals on Wheels
  • Second Place - Castro Valley Independent Sports League
  • Third Place - Keeney Electric of Dublin
  • Best Booth Decorations - Meals on Wheels
  • People's Choice - Jr. Rodeo

Thank you to Gary Bosley for photos of the Chili Cook-off that are available HERE (

The Rotary Club of Castro Valley was very pleased to sponsor another great community event,  the Rowell Ranch Rodeo Parade, for the 37th year on Saturday, May 12th.  Thank you to all the participants, sponsors, and volunteers that allows Rotary to present this event.  Thank you to everyone who came out on a beautiful morning and enjoyed the Parade.
Parade winners and photos will be posted shortly.
Stephen Gray – CEO of the Eden Medical Center at Sutter Health - Past President and Speaker Chair for May Carol Wikle introduced speaker, Stephen Gray, CEO of the Eden Medical Center (EMC), who shared the history of the Medical Center.
Debby and Douglas Moore – The Vietnam Experience - Rotarian Dawn Ortiz introduced her brother-in-law, Colonel Douglas E. Moore, who in turn provided a wonderful introduction of Dawn’s sister, his wife, Debby Alexander Moore. Colonel Moore completed 30 years of military service before retiring in 1989 as Executive Officer for The Army Surgeon General. His many duty assignments included tours in Germany, Japan, and Vietnam.
Rowell Ranch Pro Rodeo The program this week was devoted to the Rowell Ranch Pro Rodeo and was a joint meeting of the Rotary Clubs of Hayward and Castro Valley. Becca Savery, the 2018 Rowell Ranch Rodeo Queen, opened the program with a brief welcome and thanked the Rotary Clubs for their support.
Nancy O’Malley, Alameda County District Attorney Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley provided an overview of the wide-range of programs and services in the District Attorney’s Office but focused on human trafficking and her work through the research institute H.E.A.T. (Human Exploitation and Trafficking). As District Attorney, she oversees a staff of approximately 400 employees. District Attorney O’Malley was appointed by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors in September 2009.
Ben Bauer, Senior Mortgage Consultant - Tax Policy and Great Financial Crisis Monetary Unwind- Examining the Impacts Ben a Senior Mortgage Consultant/Branch Manager for Delta Lending Group spoke on Tax Policy and Great Financial Crisis Monetary Unwind. Ben started with the idea that global Central Banks took unprecedented monetary policy actions during the past decade to stem the collapsing global economy. These policies ranged from $20 trillion in total assets purchased to negative interest rates.
Steven Hendee – Director of Bands at Castro Valley High School Steve Hendee, Director of Bands at Castro Valley High School (CVHS) was the replacement speaker for David Judson, Managing Director of the Castro Valley  enter for the Arts (CFA), who was involved with his students with the State testing program. Since Steven spends a great deal of time in the CFA, he was the perfect fill-in speaker.
Michael Kusiak – Legislative Issues Impacting Castro Valley Michael Kusiak has been and continues to be very active in community, school, and political activities in Castro Valley since he and his family moved here in 2009. Michael has been very active with Castro Valley Matters (check the website at and was the driving force behind the Castro Valley Stands United Against Hate signs displayed across Castro Valley. Michael served at the chair of the Yes on Measure G bond campaign for the Castro Valley Unified School District.
Graham Lustig (4/3/2018) - Artistic Director of Oakland Ballet Company - Over his career, Graham has participated in many professional programs and traveled all over the world with various dance companies.
Katie Annand of KIND (Kids in Need of Defense 4/10/2018) - Katie Annand is the Supervising Attorney for Pro Bono Programs at Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) that provides pro bono representation to unaccompanied immigrant minors who are facing deportation hearings.
Noah Rubin – Wealth Management Perspectives (3/20/18) Noah Rubin, a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley, presented an overview of the financial markets in 2018 including a review of the markets in 2017 as well as a preview of the potential impact of the recently passed tax laws.
Al Pardo – Post-Polio Syndrome Start-to- Finish (3/27/18)In one of the most compelling, personalized presentation, Al Pardo, who works as a Marshall at Redwood Canyon Golf Course and is a good friend of our Dwight Perry, addressed the issue of Post-Polio Syndrome Start-to- Finish.
Jessica Nusse, Solid Waste Specialist from the Castro Valley Sanitary District (CV San) Jessica Nusse spoke about Zero Waste Initiatives in Commercial Business.  She shared the 4 R's for handling waste: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot and went into detail with slides for each "R" providing great examples of what to do and what not to do as well as answering questions from the audience.
Paul Wildrick – Action Coach Paul Wildrick, Certified Business Coach of Proven Gain Business Coaching of Orinda California, was the featured speaker. He started his presentation by saying that he has started and owned several successful small businesses, and personally used the principles in growing these businesses many fold over the years. At present, he provides coaching for businesses of many sizes and types.

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 $20
Non-members can make reservations at the phone number below.
Contact information
Lunch Speakers
Upcoming Speakers
Greg Hitchan-Founder&Partner-Tri-Valley Ventures
Jun 26, 2018 12:00 AM
Start-ups in the Tri-Valley - What’s ahead?.
Start-ups in the Tri-Valley - What’s ahead?.

Greg Hitchan, Founder and Managing Partner of Tri-Valley Ventures will speak on Start-ups in the Tri-Valley - What’s ahead?.

Past Speakers
Sherry Yarnal, Yarnal Jewelry
Jun 12, 2018 12:00 PM
Yarnal Jewelry and the 580 Marketplace
Stephen Gray-CEO Sutter Health Eden Medical Center
Jun 05, 2018 12:00 PM
What is new and happening at Sutter Health Eden Medical Center
Nima Jafarian
May 29, 2018 12:00 PM
"Checking Your Memory Health Digitally."
Debby Moore, Vietnam Vet
May 22, 2018 12:00 PM
My Vietnam War Experience
Rowell Ranch Rodeo
May 15, 2018 12:00 PM
Preview of the 2018 Rowell Ranch Rodeo
Nancy O'Malley, Alameda County District Attorney
May 08, 2018 12:00 PM
Human Exploitation And Trafficking
Ben Bauer, Consultant Delta Lending Group
May 01, 2018 12:00 PM
Tax Policy and Great Financial Crisis Monetary Unwind – Examining The Impacts
David Judson, CVCFA Managing Director
Apr 24, 2018 12:00 AM
Update on the Castro Valley Center for the Arts Programs and Facility
Michael Kusiak
Apr 17, 2018 12:00 PM
Update on Assemblymember Quirk's legislative agenda for Castro Valley
Katherine Krassilnikoff, Esq. Pro Bono Attorney
Apr 10, 2018 12:00 PM
Unaccompanied Immigrant Youth
Graham Lustig, Artistic Director - Oakland Ballet
Apr 03, 2018 12:00 PM
Oakland Ballet
Al Pardo
Mar 27, 2018 12:00 PM
"Post-Polio Syndrome Start to Finish"
Noah Rubin, Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley
Mar 20, 2018 12:00 PM
Financial Markets in 2018 & Tax Reform
Jessica Nusse, CVSan
Mar 13, 2018 12:00 PM
Zero Waste Initiatives in Commercial Businesses
Annie McBride, Founder of McBride Irish Dancers
Mar 06, 2018 12:00 PM
The History of Irish Dance in the Bay Area
Paul Wildrick, Action Coach
Feb 27, 2018 12:00 PM
"What businesses are doing right and what businesses need to do."
Club Speech Contest
Feb 20, 2018 12:00 PM
Castro Valley & Redwood Christian High School Students
Craig Semmelmeyer - Main Street Property Services
Feb 13, 2018 12:00 PM
Update on the Development of the Daughtrey's Building
Susan Ewing Haley - Curator, GGNRA Archives
Feb 06, 2018 12:00 PM
The History of the NIKE Missiles Sites in Castro Valley
Andy Lopusnak, Manager of Mike's Cameras in Dublin
Jan 30, 2018 12:00 PM
What Was Hot & Not Over Christmas Sales/Business Applications of Photography
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Cliff Sherwood
    June 1
  • 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
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Upcoming Events
Club Executives & Directors
Immediate Past President
2017-2018 Committee Chairs
Club Service/
Sgt. at Arms
Margie Ramos
Club Endowment
Dan Willits
Dwight Perry
Club Trainer
K.J. Page
Community Service
Randy Vanderbilt
Charles Mortimer
Mark Poniatowski
Roland Williams
International Project
Breathing for Life (BFL)
Obse Lubo
Media Relations
Bruce Johnson
Virginia Degner
Nominating Committee
Carol Wikle
Bruce Johnson
Gary Bosley
Speech Contest
Jeff Moore
Song of the Day
Ceta Dochterman
The Rotary Foundation (TRF)
Dwight Perry
Thought for the Day
Cliff Sherwood
Youth Protection Officer
Youth Exchange
Bob Shayler
Youth Service
Roland Williams
Ken O'Donnell
Welcome Song
Ben Gurule
2017-2018 Event & Project Chairs
Breathing for Life (BFL) Project
Obse Lubo
Chili Cook-off
May 11, 2018
Randy Vanderbilt
Children's Christmas Party
December 12, 2017
Mark Poniatowski
Club Holiday Party
December 9, 2017
Charles Mortimer
Club Picnic
August 15, 2017
Cliff Sherwood
Poker Tournament
March 10, 2017
Dawn Ortiz
Mark Poniatowski
Randy Vanderbilt
Rodeo Parade
May 12, 2018
Michaela Thompson
Bill Nott