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
Rona Popal, Ex Director of the Afghan Coalition
Sep 21, 2021 12:00 PM
The Afghan diaspora and how communities can support Afghan Refugees
The Afghan diaspora and how communities can support Afghan Refugees

Rona Popal is the Executive Director of the Afghan Coalition in Fremont. She is also the project director for the Afghan Health Partnership Program. Ms. Popal is a recognized community leader and champion of Afghan women’s rights locally, nationally and internationally.  Ms. Popal will share information about the Afghan diaspora and how communities can support Afghan Refugees arriving in the US. 

Past Speakers
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
Mona Koh & Morgan Guenther, EBRPD
Aug 24, 2021 12:00 PM
Health Parks Healthy People
Brian Holt, Chief - Planning, Trails & GIS, EBRPD
Aug 17, 2021 12:00 PM
“Thurgood Marshall Regional Park – Home of the Port Chicago 50”
Pete DeQuincy
Aug 10, 2021 12:00 PM
East Bay Regional Park District Aquatics Program
Juliana Schirmer, East Bay Regional Park District
Aug 03, 2021 12:00 PM
Getting to Know the East Bay Regional Park District
Matt Johanson, CVHS Teacher
Jul 27, 2021 12:00 PM
Adventures in the Sierras
Dr. Jason Reiman, Assistant Superintendent CVUSD
Jul 20, 2021 12:00 PM
Building a Welcoming, Safe, and Rigorous Learning Environment
Gary Howard
Jul 13, 2021 12:00 PM
Frogs, Fingers & Falling Leaves
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Pam Tavani
    September 14
  • John McPartland
    September 24
  • Jerome Blaha
    Melanie Blaha
    September 19
As of July 13, 2021, the Rotary Club of Castro Valley has transitioned to hybrid lunch meetings at Redwood Canyon Golf Course with the meetings also available via Zoom.  All participants - both in person and via Zoom - must register for the meeting.  Please check Upcoming Events in the right column and click on the event to register and obtain additional meeting details.
On September 21 at 6:00-8:00 pm, the Rotary Club of Castro Valley will sponsor the 2021 Castro Valley Restaurant Walk.  Ticket books cost $20 each and provide one (1) tasting at each of the 14 participating restaurants.  For more information, please click here for details about the event and purchasing tickets.  Proceeds from the Restaurant Walk support Rotary's philanthropic efforts in the community and across the world.

The Rotary Club of Castro Valley is committed to supporting outstanding community programs that align with the goals of Rotary through its Grants Program. The due date for applications has been extended to close of business on October 1, 2021. 

The grants range in value up to $1000 for this round. In addition to supporting national and international projects, Grants Chair Dan Willits said “We are thrilled to be able to support some of the terrific organizations that are working to make Castro Valley an even better community.”  

The Rotary Club of Castro Valley meets on Tuesdays at 12:00 noon online and in person and is always searching for individuals who want to make a positive impact locally, nationally and internationally. They will fund another round of grants in March 2022. For more information about the grant program, lunch meetings, or the Club, please visit the Rotary website at

Photo:  Presentation of a grant to the SMART Environment Club at Castro Valley High School

At the meeting, the Club heard from
  • Craig Semmelmeyer, the developer of the Castro Valley Marketplace regarding its development and future plans for the site as well as plans for future developments that Craig has in progress along Castro Valley Boulevard; and
  • Stacey and Simon Tingstrom, owner of the Cordial Cellar + Lounge in the basement of the Castro Valley Marketplace.
Members and guests were reminded of
  • The UN International Day of Peace at Lake Chabot Regional Park on September 18 at 10:00 am-1:00 pm;
  • The Castro Valley Restaurant Walk on September 21at 6:00-8:00 pm; and,
  • The Club BBQ on September 28 at 5:00-8:00 pm.
The speaker on September 21 will be Rona Popal, Executive Director of the Afghan Coalition in Fremont and Project Director for the Afghan Health Partnership Program.  Registration deadline is 9:00 pm on September 19.
At the September 7th meeting, the Club 
  • Heard a presentation by Tyson Amir on Critical Race Theory;
  • Received an update on the wide range of programs offered by the Castro Valley Adult an Career Education; and 
  • Recognized Brian Morrison as a Paul Harris Fellow.
Read more about the meeting and watch the presentations here.
Don't forget the following Upcoming Coming Events:
  • September 14 - Lunch meeting with Craig Semmelmeyer, developer of the Castro Valley Marketplace, as the speaker;
  • September 14 - Racial Discrimination Forum meeting
  • September 21 - Lunch meeting 
  • September 21 - Castro Valley Restaurant Walk
  • September 28 - Club BBQ
Click here to access Meeting Highlights, which includes more information and the videos of the presentation.
On August 31, Dennis Waespi, East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) Director for Ward 3, concluded a month-long series of presentations by EBRPD staff.  Dennis provided a short history of the District, an overview of the District and its philosophy especially during the pandemic, highlights regarding recently opened parks, information on parks currently under development, and challenges faced by the District (i.e., drought, dead and dying trees, fire, rising sea level.  Ward 3 includes Castro Valley and Dennis is a Castro Vally resident who worked for EBRPD for 38 years before being elected to the Board of Directors. All the EBRPD presentations are available under the Speakers' Videos 2021-22 and Newsletters 2021-22 tabs.
Also speaking on August 31 was Julien Wagner, owner of the Seven Hills Baking Company in the Castro Valley Marketplace.  Seven Hills Baking Company is the only bakery in Castro Valley focusing on breads and pastries - just ask anyone who has purchases the fresh croissants.  Julien brought samples of the epi and European butter for the members to taste.
To learn more about each presentation including video presentation and additional links to more information, please click here.
At the August 24th lunch meeting, the Club
  • Heard a presentation by Mona Koh and Morgan Guenther on the East Bay Regional Park District's Healthy Parks Healthy People program.
  • Received an update on the status of the Club's former Rotary Exchange students from Afghanistan and efforts to assist them and their families.
  • Approved appointments to the Castro Valley Rotary Club Endowment Board and elected 2021-2022 officers.
  • Had a thank you note read from one of the Club's 2021 scholarship recipients. 
  • Recognized Rotarians of the Month for July and August.
  • Heard updates on the Castro Valley Restaurant Walk, Club BBQ, and Club Mixer.
  • Received information on the Breathing for Life (BFL) dedication trip to Ethiopia.
To read more and watch the presentations, click here.
September 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 (TBD)
Dave Sadoff
Castro Valley Rotary Foundation
Jim Phillips
Cheese & Wine Tasting (TBD)
Aaron Lewis
Children's Christmas Party (12/14/21)
Mark Poniatowski
Chili Cook-off (5/13/22)
Randy Vanderbilt
Club BBQ (9/28/21)
Randy Vanderbilt
Club Christmas Party (12/11/21)
Heidi Hausauer
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 (TBD)
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