Paul Harris Awards
February 18, 2014


President John Aufdermauer brought down the gavel at Don Jose’s in Castro Valley, and asked Steve Ontiveros to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

THOUGHT(s) FOR THE DAY – Bruce Johnson from Confucius: “Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.”


VISITORS - Cliff Sherwood introduced Angela Dunbar (sheeeeeeeeeeeee’s baaaaack!); Ellyse Look, President of RotorAct East Bay; Mary Oliver-Iglesias, Melanie “We are seeing a lot more of Jerome now that she is attending the meetings” Blaha; Ira Hillier (San Ramon Rotary); Ellen O'Donnell; and Virginia’s Chauffeur and Personal Assistant (and Husband), Duane.

HELLO SONG - Ben Gurule celebrated everyone being present, especially our guests!

REMINDER - REMEMBERING MR. SAL TEDESCO - There will be a memorial for Sal Tedesco at his (and Sylvia’s) home on March 1, 2014 from 2-6 pm.  (Please continue to keep Mrs. Tedesco and her family in your thoughts and prayers.)

PAUL HARRIS AWARD - Dwight Perry presented three of our members with Paul Harris Awards today: Ceta Dochterman (plus 8), Cliff Sherwood (plus 5), and Ben Gurule (plus 4).  Thanks to all three for being such a blessing to so many around the world.

PRESENTATIONS OF GRANTS - One of the things we enjoy most at our Club is giving away money to
deserving programs within our community! Today’s organization(s) recognized: None today

Please look for updates on upcoming events below: Texas Hold’em, Pancake Putt-Putt, Chili Cook-off and Parade!

UPDATE YOUR CLUB INFORMATION - SEE SECRETARY JIM NEGRI - Please email him any changes in your personal or contact information to "Jim Negri" <>, as soon as they occur . . . thanks

CLUB ATTENDANCE - Be sure to let our Club Secretary Jim Negri whenever you attend any meetings associated with our Club so that they can be properly recorded . . . let’s keep him informed!


TEXAS HOLD’EM POKER TOURNAMENT - March 22 - Masonic Lodge - THIS IS OUR LARGEST FUNDRAISER AND FUNDS MANY OF OUR PROJECTS - 5 PM Dinner and 6 PM Tournament - WE NEED PRIZES AND PLAYERS . . . $200 buy-in . . . sign-ups are on-going . . . Alan will be having poker lessons at his house by the world famous poker players: Alan West and Dwight Perry! Watch your email for the date!  More info to follow!

PANCAKE PUTT-PUTT - April 5 - Golfland - sponsors and players will be needed . . . Pancake putt putt: Bill Nott passed out tickets. Please sell tickets $15 each or $50 for four. The putt putt will be on April 5. Please sell hole sponsorships ($100 each or $200 for one on each course). Please also collect raffle prizes. Fliers and posters ready next week.  (Note from Bruce the COG Scribe: My grandkids love this event!)

DISTRICT CONFERENCE, April 11-13, the Dolce Hayes Mansion, San Jose.  Part of the celebration will be remembering Rotarians from our District who have passed away this year, including our precious Mr. Short and Mr. Tedesco.

CHILI COOK-OFF - May 9 - Rowell Ranch Rodeo Grounds - Prizes are $500, $200 and $100. Repeat - We will need a new chair for next year since kern will be President-Elect.

ROWELL RANCH RODEO PARADE - May 10 - Rowell Ranch Rodeo Parade - Theme “Castro Valley
Rocks!” Co-Chair TL Baily confirmed that we WILL have the Wells Fargo Stagecoach this year!

CASTRO VALLEY CENTER FOR THE ARTS - Leslie Rothwell announced the upcoming programs:
March 1 - Comedy night: Jeff Applebaum, Headliner; March 15 - Death and Dreams of Benezir Bhuto; and
April 5 - Pamela Rose: A cabaret show.  Tickets on the website

$34    Bob Shayler (Anniversary)
$11    Dan Willits (Son’s birthday)


Eric Swalwell at Rotary
PROGRAM - Today United States Congressman (15th District) Eric Swalwell visited us, accompanied by one of his aides, Jason McCartney.  Congressman Swalwell shared that he was the oldest of four boys and his goal was to attend college on a soccer scholarship.  He wanted to improve so much that he took part-time jobs and a youngster to help pay the expenses of his playing on traveling teams.  He “started’ in politics working for Ellen Tauscher . . . and the rest is history . . . 

Congressman Swalwell, a regular participant in the Rowell Ranch Rodeo Parade, listed his Legislative Highlights as: voted a comprehensive two-year budget agreement, voted for a stronger Violence Against Women Act, Passed an Amendment to allow military bands to play again at events like the Pleasanton Scottish Games (and it was signed into law!), prevented TSA policy to allow knives on-board planes and secored $12.8 million for BART transbay to be upgraded to protect the system from terroism.

On the Congressional Agenda is Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Raising the Milimum Wage and Emergency Unemployment Insurance, Trade Legislation and Appropriations.

His Legislative Agenda includes: Serving as top Democrat of the Energy Subcommittee, Protect our federal investment in clean, American-made renewable energies; Comprehensive Immigration Reform providing earned citizenship for undocumented immigrants, Increase H-1Bs for high-skilled workers while investing in STEM educaiton to prepare our children for a 21st economy, and Strengthen border security.

Congressman Swalwell is committed to being bipartisan wherever possible.  He learned that at his dinner table where he grew up the only Democrat in a Republican household!
For more information on our Congressman, visit or come by the Rowell Ranch Rotary Parade on Saturday, May 10, where he will be an active participant . . .he would not have it any other way!
LOOKING FOR THE WHITE MARBLE - With $44 and 17 marbles, Ray Wallace (again!) reached into the sack and won . . . $5!
UPCOMING PROGRAMS as of this printing . . .
For future meetings will be listed on the Castro Valley Rotary Website a