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
Alameda County Clean Water Outreach - Cynthia Butler
Cythnia Butler from the Alameda County Clean Water Outreach Program shared the work of the Program and the resources available to the community.  She stressed that everyone can do his/her part to ensure that only rainwater, not litter and chemicals, goes down the storm drain and into local creeks and the Bay.  Educating the public on the difference between the storm drain system and the sewer system is a major task for the Clean Water Outreach Program.
The presentation was very informative with many resources and photos so be sure to access all the information by clicking on the link below.
Tri-Valley Writers - Jordan Bernal, President
The California Writers Club (CWC), founded in 1909, is the oldest professional writers’ organization in the western United States. It began under the influences of Jack London, George Sterling, Herman Whitaker, and Austin Lewis.   CWC is a nonprofit organization with 22 branches with a statewide membership of over 2,000.  Tri-Valley Writers (TVW), chartered in July 2006, is the 16th branch of CWC.
TVW President Jordan Bernal provided a very informative presentation on the history, work, and activities of TVW.  Click on the link below to read more.
Vocational Service Committee - Chris Carr, Chair
Earlier this year, President Gary Howard tapped Chris Carr, Lance Brede, Cliff Sherwood, and Randy Vanderbilt to revive the Vocational Service Committee.  The Committee has been working closely with the Eden Area Regional Occupational Program (EAROP) to develop a strong link between EAROP and professionals in the Club and the Community.  Chris reported on the Committee work and asked the Club members for their assistance.  Read further to learn about the ASK.
  • Nominating Committee Chair Cliff Sherwood reported that the Nominating Committee (i.e., all Past Presidents) has been meeting throughout December is nominating Lytrel Carter at the President-Elect Nominee (i.e., 2022-2023 Club President).  Dwight Perry seconded the nomination and Lytrel was elected on a unaimous voice vote (the first Club President elected virtually via Zoom).  Congratuations to Lytrel.

  • Cliff Sherwood made the final call for reservations for the Club's 2nd Virtual Beer Tasting that occurs on January 19 at 6:00 p.m.  This event is a Members Only event.  An email was sent to all members with details.  Members may participate in the Zoom event even it they did not order a tasting kit.  Due to the Beer Tasting, there will not be a Lunch Meeting on January 19.

  • Jim Negri, reporting for Speech Contest Chair Bernie Kempen, announced that the Richard D. King Speech Contest will take place virtually this year.  Students will record their speeches on Zoom for judging by Rotarians.  The top seven speeches will be shown at the Club meeting on February 23.  Bernie is seeking volunteers to serve as judges.  Please contact him.
  • Bruce Johnson announced that the Endowment Board with meet on January 20 at 5:30-5:59 pm prior to the Club's Board Meeting.  Both meetngs are open to all members.  Red Badge members are encouraged to attend to learn more about the Club and fulfill a Blue Badge requirement. 
  • Members are requested to register for lunch meetings by responding to the email invitation or using the link under Upcoming Events.
  • The new Zoom link to access all lunch meeting is
January 19 - No Lunch Meeting 
Evening Social - Virtual Beer Tasting at 6:00 p.m.
This event is a Members Only event.  Members have been emailed the details for the event.  Please contact Cliff Sherwood with questions.
January 26 - Lunch Meeting at 12:00 p.m.
Speaker:  Libby Schaaf, Mayor of Oakland
Topic:  What’s Up in Oakland?
February 2 - Lunch Meeting at 12:00
Speaker:  Orrin Mahoney
Topic:  Polio Plus
February 9 - Lunch Meeting at 12:00 p.m. 
Speaker:  Rod Diridon, Sr.
Topic:  Rotary and Climate Change 
February 16 - No Lunch Meeeting
Evening Social - Presentation in Conjunction with CVEF
Speaker:  John Perkins, Lawrence Liveromore National Lab
Topic:  Nuclear Fusion & More
February 23 - Lunch Meeting at 12:00 p.m.
Topic:  Richard D. King Student Speech Contest (2020 winners pictured)
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Rotary Club of Castro Valley
P.O. Box 2107 
Castro Valley, CA 94546
Founded 1953
Gary Howard, President