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
The War in the Ukraine - Igor Tregub
Rotarian April Chan introduced Igor with a video clip from KTVU (be sure to click on the video link below to this outstanding and timely presentation).
Igor was born in Ukraine, but moved to the US as a child. He has retained deep ties to his native country and has done an extraordinary job of raising awareness and resources for Ukraine during the war. He related stories about people he knows who have, so far, survived the horrors of the war. The Ukrainians suffered under Soviet domination for years, but then enjoyed a period of democracy and prosperity when they gained independence, which they are not going to give up.
Igor emphasized that we are all part of the resistance to tyranny and that there are things both large and small that can help. He said that small things done locally can make a big difference globally. He thanked every person at every rally for every penny donated, every petition signed, and more. These collective and effective efforts are ways to help Ukraine. On a larger scale, he urged everyone to push the US and other governments to take action.
Moving to renewable energy would take away the majority of Russia’s income and reduce their ability to cause mischief in the world. President Biden could invoke the Federal Defense Production Act to make more material available to Ukraine.
Finally, he again thanked everyone for everything they can do to make the American dream a reality for Ukraine.  There are many ways to donate to help Ukraine. Rotary International is clearly one. Igor also offered his own address for donations that he assured us would be put to use to help Ukraine.
Igor Tregub
1043 Virginia Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
Attn: Ukraine Fund
Deborah Varner, Director of Educational Programs
Sulphur Creek Nature Center
Deb Varner brought a special guest to the meeting, Sidney (Sid), a 4-year-old skunk, who was orphaned. Although he received good care, he became too comfortable around people, so he now lives at Sulphur Creek Nature Center in Hayward.  Sid was de-scented so he is “safe” around people.  He enjoys an exercise wheel that was donated for him, which is important because skunks walk a great deal each night looking for food. Skunks are omnivores, meaning they will eat almost anything. They typically live 7-8 years, but in captivity, they can reach 10 years.
Deb reported that Sulphur Creek , a great community resource, is open again for visitors to see the animals that are recovering from injuries before being released into the wild or those, like Sid, who cannot be released again. The Center is located on D Street in Hayward and is open Thursday to Saturday (10:30-2:30) and Sunday (12:30-4:30).
Scenes from the Meeting
POSTPONED: Chili Cook-off - May 13
President Dwight announced with great reluctance that the 2022 Chili Cook-off has been postponed until May 2023 due to unforeseen circumstances beyond Rotary's control.  Read the press release here.
Rowell Ranch Rodeo Parade - May 14 Planning for the Rowell Ranch Rodeo Parade, Back in the Saddle, on May 14, which is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Castro Valley is moving ahead with a new parade route.  Volunteers are still needed for all assignments. Please contact Parade Chair Lytrel Carter for details or rsvp to the volunteer email.  Registration and other information available here.
Castro Valley Car Show
President Dwight announced that registration for the Castro Valley Car Show, another great community event sponsored by the Rotary Club of Castro Valley, scheduled for June 18 on Castro Valley Blvd opened on March 15.  There are already numerous entries and sponsors, but more are always welcomed.  Please contact Car Show Chair Dave Sadoff for more information and to volunteer to work the show.
Polio Plus Campaign 
President Dwight reminded everyone that the Polio Plus campaign takes place in April and May. He asked each member to donate $50 or more to the campaign. Make checks payable to TRF (The Rotary Foundation).
Watch the Announcement here.
Meeting notes by Gary Howard and photos by Jim Negri
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Rotary Club of Castro Valley
P.O. Box 2107 
Castro Valley, CA 94546
Founded 1953
Dwight Perry, President