Speaker Date Topic
Bill Quirk Nov 05, 2019 12:00 PM
Major legislation in Sacramento and working with the new governor
Major legislation in Sacramento and working with the new governor

Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D) was elected in November 2012 to represent the 20th Assembly District, which consists of Hayward, Union City, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, Ashland, Cherryland, Fairview, Sunol and North Fremont.

Before being elected to the Assembly, Quirk worked as a climate change scientist at NASA before beginning his career at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab, where he played a key role in the negotiations for the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. Teaching physics at Columbia, Caltech and UC Davis as well as playing an active role in his children’s education helped Quirk formulate his lifelong interest in education.

Quirk has served as a leader for more than 30 years in many local organizations including the local PTA, Hayward Rotary, the Friends of the Library, the Hayward Library Commission, the Board of Communication Workers of America Local 9119, and the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency.

In 2004, Quirk won a seat on the Hayward City Council. While on the city council, Bill brought the same in-depth, analytical perspective to city decisions that he developed as a scientist. He worked with his colleagues to prioritize neighborhood safety, revitalize downtown by attracting a movie theatre, improve traffic in the Mission-Foothill corridor, and create more jobs and housing around South Hayward BART.

Assemblymember Quirk and his wife Laurel moved to the Hayward area in 1978 and have been married for 41 years. They raised two children who attended California public schools and the UC system.






Brad Howard, past Rotary International director Nov 12, 2019 12:00 PM
The Rotary Foundation

Brad Howard is a second generation Rotarian and a charter member of the Rotary Club of Oakland Sunrise. He has served Rotary in many leadership roles including his term as District Governor in the area of California’s Silicon Valley in 2002-2003. In 2011-14 Brad served as the North American Chair of Rotary International’s Membership Development and Retention Committee and the Zone 26 End Polio Now Coordinator.

Brad is passionate about Polio Eradication and has led 23 teams and more than 1,000 Rotarians on National Immunization Days. As a result of his leadership and dedication to this effort, he was awarded the prestigious International Service Award for a Polio-Free World, an award given annually to only ten people.

For his Rotary service, Brad has received many honors, including The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service, the Distinguished Service Award and Rotary International’s top personal recognition – the Service Above Self award.