Rotary Club
of Castro Valley
Chartered June 16, 1953
Dwight Perry, President 
Contact information
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 2117
Castro Valley, CA 94546
Hybrid Lunch Meetings
Tuesdays at 12:00 p.m.
The Meadows Restaurant at 
Redwood Canyon Golf Course
17007 Redwood Road 
Castro Valley, CA 94546
  Venue Map      
Upcoming Speakers
Chris Carr
Nov 30, 2021 12:00 PM
My Adventures Motorcycle Touring

Castro Valley Rotarian Chris Carr will describe his experiences with motorcycle touring.

Past Speakers
Russ Hobbs
Nov 16, 2021 12:00 PM
The Rotary Foundation
John Evans, KCBS Radio
Nov 09, 2021 12:00 PM
My Career in Bay Area Radio
Roland Williams, General Manager CVSan
Nov 02, 2021 12:00 PM
Update on CVSan Award Winning Projects
Sara Lamnin, Council Member City of Hayward
Oct 26, 2021 12:00 PM
Update on the City of Hayward
Heather Schomaker, Director of Outreach
Oct 12, 2021 12:00 PM
Rotary Wheelchair Initiative
Timothy Burroughs
Oct 05, 2021 12:00 PM
Alameda County Waste Management Authority - Stopwaste
Rona Popal, Ex Director of the Afghan Coalition
Sep 21, 2021 12:00 PM
The Afghan diaspora and how communities can support Afghan Refugees
Craig Semmelmeyer
Sep 14, 2021 12:00 PM
Update on the Castro Valley Marketplace & Other Projects
Tyson Amir
Sep 07, 2021 12:00 PM
Critical Race Theory
Dennis Waespi, EBRPD Board of Directors, Ward 3
Aug 31, 2021 12:00 PM
East Bay Regional Park District Parks, Projects & Operations
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Jeff Moore
    November 2
  • Va (Joe) Lu
    November 3
  • Ceta Dochterman
    November 11
  • Bob Shayler
    November 13
  • Margie Ramos
    November 15
  • Gary Howard
    November 17
  • Bruce Johnson
    Linda Lee Johnson
    November 9
The Rotary Club of Castro Valley meets on Tuesdays at 12:00-1:30 pm at Redwood Canyon Golf Course with the meetings available via Zoom.  All participants - both in person and via Zoom - must register for the meeting.  Check Upcoming Events and click on the event to register.
This issue of Meeting Highlights includes the November 2nd, November 9th, and November 16th meetings.  Be sure to check out Upcoming Events and Upcoming Speakers for more information regarding future meetings and events.
November 16th
  • Past District Governor (PDG) Russ Hobbs described the work of The Rotary Foundation (TRF), his involvement with TRF, and how members can support and become involved with TRF.  Watch the presentation here.
  • Nicole Easterly, owner of FARMCurious at the Castro Valley Marketplace described her business as well as other services (e.g., classes) that she offers the community.  Watch the presentation here.
  • Read more about the meeting and presentations here.
  • Check out photos from the meeting here.
November 9th
  • John Evans, KCBS Radio, shared his experiences in Bay Area radio.  Watch John's presentation here.
  • Francis Vergara, Events Coordinator at the Castro Valley Marketplace share what events and meeting spaces are available at the Marketplace.  Watch Francis' presentation here.
  • Carol Wikle reported the trip to Nejo, Ethiopia for the Breathing for Life (BFL) oxygen generator dedication, the largest District 5170 International Project ever.  A special thank goes to Obse Lubo for spearheading the BFL Project.  Watch Carol's presentation here.  Click here to view the photo album of the trip and dedication.
November 2nd
  • Roland Williams, General Manager of the Castro Valley Sanitary District, and Jason Warner, General Manager of the Oro Loma Sanitary District, shared award-winning projects implemented by the two districts to benefit the communities and promote conservation while protecting the environment.  Watch the presentation here.  View the slide presentation here.
  • Carol Sandoval, Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP) Counselor, reviewed the services that HICAP provides for seniors, especially Medicare counseling.  Watch Carol's short overview presentation of HICAP here.  Review the informational handout that Carol shared here.
  • View photos from the meeting here.
The Club heard outstanding presentations by Hayward City Councilmember Sara Lamnin and Castro Valley Forum Editor Michael Singer.
Hayward Councilmember Sara Lamnin 
  • Described how she become involved in politics: (1) learning about the Constitution in junior high school; (2) working in the nursing home industry in South Hayward starting in 1996; and (3) working to support the Patients' Bill of Rights Act of 1989, which was never brought to the floor of the House for a vote.
  • Discussed her work since 2014 when she was elected to the City Council, especially her involvement with the youth of Hayward.
  • Reviewed her currents efforts with the Alameda County Coalition on Fair Redistricting.  She noted that the greatest challenge is that the issue is "flying below the radar" despite its importance to the communities. (See graphic in the presentation.)
  • Answered questions on (1) homelessness in Hayward, (2) the challenges of redistricting, and (3) what is happening with Skywest Golf Course. 
  • Described a new version of the 4-Way Test (See graphic in presentation.)
  • Click here to watch the video of the presentation and here for her slides.
 Michael Singer, Editor of the Castro Valley Forum
  • Michael has worked for the Castro Valley Forum since 2005.
  • Provide to the Forum, he worked reporter for Channel 30 in the Tri-Valley, CNET, The Economist, and Information Week.
  • He reviewed the history of the Castro Valley Forum, which was founded in 1987 by Fred Zehner, and the distribution number.
  • Michael focused on the different sections in the paper and explained how the Forum seeks to provide independent community news and stories with integrity.  Current issues are available online at MyCVForum.
  • He stressed that the community can support the paper by advertising, providing news and stories, and talk to people about the value the Castro Valley Forum brings to the community.
  • President Dwight commended the Castro Valley Forum for the coverage and support of Rotary.
  • Click here to watch the presentation and here for the slides.
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With polio nearly eradicated, Rotary and its partners must sustain this progress and continue to reach every child with the polio vaccine. Without full funding and political commitment, this paralyzing disease could return to polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk. Rotary has committed to raising US$50 million each year to support global polio eradication efforts. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged to match that 2-to-1, for a total yearly contribution of $150 million. Rotary has contributed more than $2.2 billion to ending polio since 1985.
Visit to learn more about Rotary and the fight to eradicate polio.
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In October 2020, Dr. Raul Andino, a virologist and professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the UCSF, spoke to the Rotary Club of Castro Valley.  Dr. Andino is noted for leading a team of researchers that developed the first new oral polio vaccine in 50 years. He completed his MS in Biology in 1980 and his PhD in Chemistry in 1986, both at the University of Buenos Aires. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and then at the Rockefeller University with Nobel laureate David Baltimore. He then joined the UCSF faculty.  Watch his presentation HERE.


At the meeting, Heather Schomaker, Director of Outreach for the Wheelchair Foundation described the work of the Foundation, which was founded by Ken Behring, the developer of Blackhawk.  Heather explained that the Foundation works in schools as well as how Rotarians can be involved in the work.  The Wheelchair Foundation is a nonprofit organization leading an international effort to create awareness of the needs and abilities of people with physical disabilities, to promote the joy of giving, create global friendship, and to deliver a wheelchair to every child, teen and adult in the world who needs one, but cannot afford one.   For these people, the Wheelchair Foundation delivers Hope, Mobility and Independence.  The three goals of the Foundation are (1) raise awareness; (2) to sensitize students and teacher; and (3) to raise money for wheelchairs ($150 per chair).  The Wheelchair Foundation is District 5170 International Project for the years. The Foundation leads trips each year to provide wheelchairs.  There will be three Rotary trips this year. Click here for additional information regarding the Foundation.  Click here to watch Heather's compelling presentation and here to access her slide presentation.

Rotarian Carol Bigelow reminded members and guests that the Club is currently collecting can food or cash in lieu of canned food for Ruby's Place.  Please bring the canned food to any lunch meeting.  Click here to watch Carol describe how Rotarians can respond to the need of the hungry in the community.

One step on the path to earning a Blue Badge, every Rotarian shares his/her personal and professional background at a Club meeting.  Today, the Club heard from Michael Lin.  Click here to watch his presentation.

President Dwight Perry presented Obse Lubo with her Paul Harris Fellow and recognized her for her outstanding work on the Breathing for Life (BFL) Project to install an oxygen generator at Nejo Hospital in Ethiopia. The BFL Project was officially dedicated on October 21, 2021.  Members should check their email for photos.  Additional details and photos from the dedication will be posted on this page soon. 

Click here to check out Upcoming Events.




November 2021
Event Registration
Registration for all lunch meetings - both in-person and via Zoom - is required.  Please click on the event to be taken to the registration page and select the appropriate option.  
Upcoming Events
Club Executives & Directors
Immediate Past President

2021-2022 Chairpersons

Castro Valley Car Show (Canceled)
Dave Sadoff
Castro Valley Rotary Foundation
Jim Phillips
Cheese & Wine Tasting (TBD)
Aaron Lewis
Children's Christmas Party (Canceled)
Mark Poniatowski
Chili Cook-off (5/13/22)
Randy Vanderbilt
Club BBQ (9/28/21)
Randy Vanderbilt
Club Christmas Party (12/11/21)
Lytrel Carter
Community Events
Todd Anglin
Demotion (6/28/22)
Gary Howard
Bruce Johnson
Chris Carr & Aaron Lewis
Dan Willits
International Projects
Bernie Kempen
Meeting Highlights
Jim Negri
Ceta Dochterman
Nominating Committee
Gary Howard
Gary Howard
Poker Tournament (Postponed)
Dawn Ortiz
Public Image
Jim Negri
Restaurant Walk (9/21/21)
Chirs Carr & Aaron Lewis
Rowell Ranch Rodeo Parade (5/14/22)
Lytrel Carter
John Aufdermauer & Bruce Johnson
Dan Willits
Speech Contest (2/22)
Bernie Kempen
Strategic Planning
Cliff Sherwood
Thanksgiving Senior Lunch (TBD)
Carol Bigelow
The Rotary Foundation (TRF)
Dwight Perry
Vocational Services
Lance Brede
We Care
Margie Ramos
Kern Lewis & Jim Negri
Youth Protection
Roland Williams
Youth Services
Roland Williams