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
Club Assembly
Mar 02, 2021 12:00 PM
Castro Valley Rotary 2025 - Planning the Future
Castro Valley Rotary 2025 - Planning the Future

The Vision of the Rotary Club of Castro Valley is As the preeminent service club in the Bay Area, the Rotary Club of Castro Valley will support activities that enliven the Club and benefit our Castro Valley community and beyond.  At this virtual lunch meeting, the Club will continue working Castro Valley Rotary 2025  the Club's strategic plan and future goals, and update the requirements for members to earn their Blue Badge.  Additionally, Jim Phillips will describe a possible new initiative that involves establishing a Community Foundation.

Guests are welcome to join the meeting to learn more about the Rotary Club of Castro Valley.

Past Speakers
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
Mayor Libby Shaaf
Jan 26, 2021 12:00 PM
What's Up in Oakland?
Cynthia Butler
Jan 12, 2021 12:00 PM
Clean Water Outreach
Rafael Pelayo, MD - Stanford University
Jan 05, 2021 12:00 PM
Students and Sleep
Martin Neideffer, Alameda County Sheriff's Office
Dec 01, 2020 12:00 PM
Alameda County Sheriff's Office Dig Deep Farms & Kitchen Programs
Julia T, Brown, AAUW National Board of Directors
Nov 10, 2020 12:00 PM
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Linda Granger, Superintendent Eden Area ROP
Nov 03, 2020 12:00 PM
Career Education - Eden Area Regional Occupational Program (ROP)
Raul Andino, PhD, UCSF
Oct 27, 2020 12:00 PM
A New Polio Vaccine
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Todd Anglin
    February 10
  • David Gehrke
    February 13
  • John McPartland
    Maria McPartland
    February 2
  • Ajay Ahluwalia
    Anju Ahluwalia
    February 23
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’s 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.
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.
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.
The Club was treated to a truly outstanding presentation on a critical public health issue, Adolescent Sleep Health, by Raul Pelayo, MD at Stanford University.  Dr. Pelayo has been actively involved in sleep research for many years, especially research on the impact of sleep or rather the lack of sleep on students.  His research was critical in the passage of SB 328 that establishes later starting times for schools across California. 
As part of the Club's ongoing Member's Moment program, Red Badge Member Monica Lee shared her personal and profession background as well as her likes and hobbies.
To read more about and watch the presentations as well as read about December's Rotarian of the Month and the Club's newest member, click here. 
During December the Club held only one lunch meeting (December 1), a Club Assembly (December 8), and a Holiday Dinner Concert (December 15); therefore, this issue of Meeting Highlights covers the entire month, which includes:
December 1 - Captain Martin Neideffer and Crime Prevention Sr. Program Specialist Hillary Bass describing the Alameda County Sheriff's Office (ACSO) Community Capital Policing (CCP) Program
December 1 - Linda Roark, owner of Pete's Ace Hardware, describing the services that Pete's offers and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses.
December 8 - Club Assembly addressing the Club's Strategic Plan, Blue Badge Requirements, and the Parameters and Protocols for Returning to In-Person Meetings
December 15 - Annual Holiday Concert with the Castro Valley High School Madrigals
Just a reminder that the Club does not meet on December 22 and December 29 due to the holidays.  Weekly lunch meetings resume on January 5.  Check out the list of outstanding speakers and programs on the January calendar.
Use this link to access the Meeting Highlights newsletter with complete stories, photos, the videos of the presentations - don't miss the Madrigals concert - and slides from the presentation. 
Caeer Education Eden Area Regional Occupational Program Superintendent Linda Granger - Linda Granger, Superintendent of the Eden Area Regional Occupational Program (EAROP) provided an excellent overview of the EAROP’s history, programs, and flexibility to market demand. EAROP is celebrating 50 years of serving students in the Castro Valley, Hayward, San Leandro, and San Lorenzo Unified School Districts. At one time, EAROP also served students in the New Haven USD.
A New Polio Vaccine - Raul Andino, Ph.D. University of California, San Francisco Raul Andino is a virologist and professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the UCSF. He is noted for leading a team of researchers that developed the first new oral polio vaccine in 50 years. Raul started by noting that his research ties into two of Rotary International's goals: providing clean water and prevent diseases (i.e., developing and distributing vaccines). The presentation was built around three points: RNA virus evolution; oathogenesis; and, vaccines.
What's Up with the Castro Valley MAC? Ken Carbone, Chair - Castro Valley MAC Castro Valley Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) Chair Ken Carbone started with an overview and history of the MAC. Cliff Sherwood, who served on the MAC when it was established, provided additional history and context. As Ken pointed out, the MAC is an advisory council that makes recommendations to the Alameda County Planning Commission and Alameda County Board of Supervisors as well as other governmental agencies. The seven members are appointed by District 4 Supervisor Nate Miley. Learn more about the MAC here.
Human Trafficking in Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley Alameda County District Attorney presentation was a powerful and informative review of the current situation in County and the pro-active steps that DA's Office is taking. She started the presentation with a 2016 quote from President Obama, “I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name: modern slavery. It is barbaric and it is evil and it has not place in a civilized world.”
The Rotary Club of Castro Valley is pleased to present the submissions to the Pandemic:  An Artist’s View show sponsored by Rotary and A.R.T., Inc.  To capture the COVID-19 pandemic that has drastically changed our lives in a very short time, local artists were asked to submit original art, photographs, and poems that presented their perspective on the medical, economic, and social effects of living in a pandemic.
We encourage you to view the gallery at the following link:  Please click on each entry to view it, the name of the artist, and the title of the piece.  Contact information is provided for some artists.  If the information does not automatically display, please click on the information icon (the “i” in the circle on the upper right).
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the show and to everyone at A.R.T., Inc. and the Rotary Club of Castro Valley who made this show a reality.
Enjoy the show.
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 & Ashley Strasburg
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 (TBD)
Randy Vanderbilt
CV Fall Festival (TBD)
Canceled  - COVID-19
Virtual Beer Tasting (8/18/20)
Cliff Sherwood
Virtual Cheese Tasting (9/29/20)
Aaron Lewis
CV Light Parade (TBD)
Nominating Committee (11/10/20)
Todd Anglin
Senior Center Thanksgiving Giveaway (11/19/20)
Carol Bigelow
Adopt a Family (TBD)
Dr. Heidi Hausauer
Club Holiday Party (TBD)
Murline Monat
Children's Christmas Party (TBD)
Mark Poniatowski
Student Speech Contest (2/16/21)
Bernie Kempen
Texas Hold'em Tournament & Dinner (TBD)
Dawn Ortiz
Chili Cook-off (5/7/21)
Randy Vanderbilt
Rodeo Parade (5/8/21)
Murline Monet
Demotion (TBD)
Todd Anglin