Meeting Highlights provides members, guests, and the community an overview of each speaker's presentation, significant Club and member achievements, and information regarding upcoming speakers and events.                                                                                                                                                                                                           Jim Negri, Editor
Judge Leo Dorado
Superior Court of Alameda County 
Judge Leo Dorado is a native of Oakland.  He grew up in the Fruitvale area and attended St. Elizabeth Elementary & High Schools before attending UC Berkeley (B.A. Economics) and UC Berkeley School of Law.  During a thoroughly engaging and informative presentation on the legal system, Judge Dorado shared his career path (private sector attorney, attorney in the Alameda County District Attorney's Office and judge), memorable experiences and cases, and his personal insights and views on a wide range of issues.  Judge Dorado spent a good portion of the presentation answering questions.
As Ray Wallace noted in his comments to Judge Dorado, his presentation style immediately connected with the audience in a very honest and believable manner.  Be sure to watch the video to fully appreciate the Judge Dorado's story.
Dawn Balestreri
Branch Manager Castro Valley Library
Dawn Balestreri, Branch Manager for the Castro Valley Library, described how the Library has been operating throughout the pandemic, which included:  No Contract Pick-up and eBooks downloads; Grab & & Go Crafts; Online Programming; Alameda Reads; Storytime; serving as a Polling and COVID-19 vaccination location; and many more services.  location.  The library has gradually been re-opening and increasing its services including the temporary installation of Storywalk ® .  Electric car charging stations will be coming soon.  
  • Mark Poniatowski provided a detailed update on the work of the Racial Discrimination Forum's work focusing on the petition to the East Bay Regional Parks District to name a park at the former Concord Naval Weapons Station in honor of Justice Thurgood Marshall.  Click here to watch the presentation as well as announcements about the upcoming Demotion of President Gary on June 29 and a special presentation on June 8, Project Ice Cube, live from the South Pole.  Click here to watch the announcements.
May 25 at 12:00 pm - Growing Walnuts
Henry Gilbert, Gilbert Orchard Shop in Wheatland, CA
June 1 at 12:00 pm - The State of the Economy
David Wissinger, Mechanics Bank
June 8 at 12:00 pm - Project Ice Cube
A webcast from the South Pole with scientists (called winterovers) currently living and working at the South Pole  
June 15 at 12:00 pm - Comcast in California 
Keith Turner, Sales & Marketing VP for Comcast California
June 22 at 12:00 pm - Annual Report to the Club
President Gary Howard
June 29 at 6:00 pm - Presidential Demotion
Watch for details
Russell Hampton
ClubRunner Mobile
Rotary Club of Castro Valley
P.O. Box 2107 
Castro Valley, CA 94546
Founded 1953
Gary Howard, President