Understanding Racial Inequality in the U.S. A Primer and Conversation Stephen Menendian, UC Berkeley Stephen Menendian is the Assistant Director and Director of Research at the Othering & Belonging Institute, and he oversees many of the Institute’s research initiatives and ongoing projects. In particular, Stephen leads the Inclusiveness Index initiative, an assessment of global inclusivity, fair housing policy and opportunity with the state of California, and a recent investigation on the extent and harmful effects of racial residential segregation in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Stephen’s primary areas of expertise are structural racism, fair housing, affirmative action and educational equity, and civil rights law, but his research focuses on the causes and consequences of inter-group inequality (“othering”), and the design of effective equity interventions under prevailing interpretations of law.

Stephen's presentation and Q&A session was very informative on this timely issue.

Member Moment:  Sherry Yarnal
Yarnal Jewelers
Sherry and Ralph Yarnal are Corporate Members of the Club.  As Sherry noted, Ralph is that one that usually attended meetings when the Club was meeting in person and Sherry stayed behind to run the store.  Yarnal Jewelers, located in the 580 Marketplace, opened in March 2010.
Sherry introduced her staff starting with Ralph who is the CFO and the behind the scenes technical expert.  The staff includes a Master Goldsmith/Designer, a Designer, and another Goldsmith.  During pandemic, Sherry completed a year long course in 8-weeks and is Graduate Gemologist certificated by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), which has a very interesting and informative website.
Yarnal Jewelers provides the following services:
  • Custom Design
  • Engagement and Wedding Rings
  • Antique and Estate Jewelry
  • New Jewelry
  • Jewelry Repair
  • Appraisals
Stop in and see how Sherry can assist you.  Click here for more information regarding Yarnal Jewelers.
Click here to watch Sherri's Member Moment.
Club Donates Backpacks to Students
Students may be beginning school this year online, but they will still need many of the same materials. So Club members and family members gathered on Sunday morning, August 9, with face masks and gloves at Direct Sales Carpet One and assembled backpacks with pens, erasers, glue sticks, colored pencils, crayons, scissors, a binder, a folder, and a colorful highlighter. The pandemic caused two new items to be included this year: hand sanitizer and a face mask! 
For the past seven years, Dr. Heidi Hausauer has made an annual trip to “get the best bargains” purchasing backpacks and supplies, but had to do it all online this year.  This did not hinder the Club’s enthusiasm of the backpack project!

The backpacks will go to students who need them at Castro Valley Unified School District and Redwood Christian School. “This is a tough year for everyone,” said Rotary President Gary Howard. “We are happy to be able to make it a little easier for some students who need a little help.”

Picture left to right: Tania, Todd and Natalie Anglin; CVUSD Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi; Club President Gary Howard; Jase, Cole, and Lance Brede; and Gavin, Dan, and Ian Willits. Not pictured: Pam Tavani.  Photo by Pam Tavani.
August 11 - Online Lunch Meeting via Zoom at 12:00 p.m.
  • Rick Kelly on the history of Castro Valley, Mapping the Evolution of Castro Valley Rancho to Ranch Homes
  • Go to Upcoming Events to register.
  • Zoom link to access the meeting:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/240179056
August 15 - District 5170 Virtual Membership Seminar
  • District training for all Club leaders, especially those involved in membership and member services.  No cost.
  • Click here for more details and registration information.
August 18 - No Lunch Meeting
August 18 - Virtual Beer Tasting via Zoom at 6:00 p.m. 
  • Limited space for members and their guests.  Contact Cliff Sherwood for additional information.
August 20 - Deadline to register for District 5170 Leadership Academy
  • Year long leadership training program for all Club leaders and future leaders.
  • Click here for more details and registration information.
August 25 - Online lunch meeting via Zoom at 12:00 p.m.
In Progress - iPad Project for Castro Valley Nursing Homes
  • Contact Todd Anglin for information.
  • Click here for more details and how to donate.
TBD - Cheese tasting presented by the Castro Valley Natural Grocery
  • Aaron Lewis is coordinating this upcoming Club event.
  • Watch for details.
September 15 - Annual District 5170 Governor's Visit at Lunch
September 19 - 4th Annual "Day on the Greens"
  • Golf tournament sponsored by the Castro Valley Sports Foundation and Rowell Ranch Rodeo.
  • Click here for information regarding registration, sponsorships, and donations or contact Bruce Johnson or Cliff Sherwood.