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.
Currently, there are 4,800 students enrolled in the 20 programs on high school campuses and the 13 programs at the Regional Occupation Center (ROC) located on Hesperian Blvd. across from Chabot College.  Since its founding in 1971, the EAROP has sereved over 200,000 students.
Vocation Services Committee - Chris Carr
President Gary Howard recently appointed Chris Carr, Lance Brede, Cliff Sherwood, and Randy Vanderbilt to serve as members the Vocational Services with a goal of revitalizing the Committee and supporting the work of the Eden Area Regional Occupational Program (see. above story).  All members are asked to contribute their knowledge and expertise to this Committee as a commitment to Service Above Self.
History of the Castro Valley Lions Breakfast Club
Joe Farias, a founding member of the Castro Valley Lions Breakfast Club and longtime educator for the Castro Valley Unified School District, provided an outstanding history of the Club.  Joe detailed the many successes of the Club during its long history in Castro Valley.  Read the excellent history of the Castro Valley Lions Breakfast Club here.
Andy Soulard Awarded a Paul Harris Fellow
The Rotary Club of Castro Valley was pleased to recognize Andy Soulard with a Paul Harris Fellow.  As a six-year old girl and member of the Oakland Zoo, has raised over $225,000 to support the Oakland Zoo during the COVID-19.  The Club had the honor of hearing from Andy during her lunch break from school.  Andy's efforts clearly demonstrate Service Above Self at a young age.
Club Provides iPads to Nursing Homes
Since the COVID-19 pandemic hot, the Club has looked for ways to support the community.  The latest project is providing iPads to local nursing homes through a partnership with the Ombudsman Service in Alameda County and Sutter Health Eden Medical Center.  The first iPads were delivered on October 26th to Oak Creek Alzheimer and Dementia Care and three other homes with more to come in the coming weeks.  Thank Todd for spearheading this effort.

Photo (Left to right) Rotarians Todd Anglin, and Gary Howard, Charmaine Brent of the Ombudsmen Service, and Elizabeth Carson of Oak  Creek.  Photo by Terry Carson
  • President Gary Howard announced that Hung Wei, current District 5170 Membership Chair from the Rotary Club of Cupertino, has been selected as the 2021-2022 District Governor Nominee, which sets her on the path to serving as District Governor in 2023-2024.  Many members have had an opportunity to work with Hung or attend one of her presentations, and look forward to working with her.

  • Past President Todd Anglin reported on (1) the iPad Project (see story above); (2) that the Club raised $1,000 to support to the effort spearheaded by Aurora Catering to provide Thanksgiving meals to firefighters; and (3) that there will be a Car Light Holiday Parade on December 5th starting at 4:30 pm in Fairview and driving to Cherryland.  Watch for details in the coming weeks.                 

  • President Gary Howard mentioned a possible project - writing the history of Castro Valley through personal stories.  The Castro Valley Educational Foundation completed such a project a few years ago and President Gary is proposing to update that history.                                                                                                                                                                                           

  • Are you concerned about falling? Do you want to know more about your risk and what you can do to prevent falls? By knowing more about what factors can cause a fall, you can help stop a fall before it happens.  President Gary Howard recently emailed members a flier regarding a free Fall Prevention Workshop that the Club is promoting with Eden Medical Center on November 16th at 10:00-11:00 am.  Click here to see the flier for details.                                                                                                                                                                
  • FARMcurious, who hosted the Club's virtual cheesetasting, is hosting a Crafting Brie & Camebert at Home online event on November 15-16.  For information, click here.
  • Members are requested to register for lunch meeting on ClubRunner under Upcoming Events.
  • The Zoom link to access the the lunch meeting is always: 
November 12 - Rodeo Parade Planning Meeting at 6:00 p.m.
  • Watch for an email from Parade Chair Murline Monet with the agenda and Zoom link or contact Murline.
November 17 - Special Lunch Meeting at 12:00 p.m.
  • Topic:  Club Assembly - Strategic Plan 2025
  • Facilatator:  President Gary Howard.
  • All members are strongly encouraged to attend to assist in developing the Strategic Plan for the Rotary Club of Castro Valley
  • Watch for details in an email.
November 18 - Board Meeting
  • President Gary Howard will provide details
  • All members, especially Red Badge members, are welcome
November 19 - H.A.R.D Senior Center Drive Thru Goodie Bag
  • Contact Carol Bigelow to volunteer.
  • Arrive at 11:00 a.m. for setup
  • Event is 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
November 24 - No Lunch Meeting 
November 26 - Happy Thanksgiving
Russell Hampton
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