Rotary Club of Castro Valley
Chartered June 16, 1953
Dwight Perry, President 
Contact information
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 2117
Castro Valley, CA 94546
Hybrid Lunch Meetings
Tuesdays at 12:00 p.m.
The Meadows Restaurant at 
Redwood Canyon Golf Course
17007 Redwood Road 
Castro Valley, CA 94546
  Venue Map      
Lunch Speakers
Video recordings of the speakers are posted under Speakers' Video at the top of the page.
Upcoming Speakers
Juliana Schirmer, East Bay Regional Park District
Aug 03, 2021 12:00 PM
Getting to Know the East Bay Regional Park District
Getting to Know the East Bay Regional Park District

Juliana will be presenting on getting to know the Regional Parks Foundation and their work to support the East Bay Regional Park District through fundraising to provide Universal Access, Environmental Stewardship, Educational and Recreational Programs, and the Acquisition of Parklands.

Past Speakers
Matt Johanson, CVHS Teacher
Jul 27, 2021 12:00 PM
Adventures in the Sierras
Dr. Jason Reiman, Assistant Superintendent CVUSD
Jul 20, 2021 12:00 PM
Building a Welcoming, Safe, and Rigorous Learning Environment
Gary Howard
Jul 13, 2021 12:00 PM
Frogs, Fingers & Falling Leaves
Robin A. S. Beck
Jul 06, 2021 12:00 PM
The Mars Mission and the Rovers
Gary Howard & Dwight Perry
Jun 22, 2021 12:00 PM
The Year in Review & The Year Ahead
Lorena Hernandez, Director of Community Impact
Jun 15, 2021 12:00 PM
Comcast in California
Live from the South Pole
Jun 08, 2021 12:00 PM
Project Ice Cube
David Wissinger, Investment Mgr. Mechanics Bank
Jun 01, 2021 12:00 PM
The State of the Economy.
Henry Gilbert
May 25, 2021 12:00 PM
Growing Walnuts
Judge Leo Dorado, Superior Court of Alameda County
May 18, 2021 12:00 PM
My Experience on the Bench
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Ray Wallace
    July 4
  • Heidi Hausauer
    July 13
  • Javier Padilla
    July 16
  • Monica Lee
    Edward Molyneaux
    July 16
  • Randy Vanderbilt
    Debbie Vanderbilt
    July 19
  • Gary Howard
    Shirley Valdivia
    July 24
  • Dan Willits
    Kristy Willits
    July 29
The Rotary Club of Castro Valley is pleased to announce that it will return to Redwood Canyon Golf Course for its weekly lunch meetings effective July 13, 2021.  The meetings also will be available via Zoom.  All participants - both in person and via Zoom - must register for the meeting.  In Upcoming Events (right column), please click on the event to register and obtain additional meeting details. 
June has been a busy month as the Club closes out the 2020-2021 Rotary Year (Rotary Opens Opportunities) under the leadership of President Gary Howard and begins planning for the 2021-2022 Rotary Year (Serve to Change Lives) under the leadership of President Dwight Perry.  During 2020-2021, all Club meetings and events were held virtually.  It is significant that the Demotion of President Gary will be the Club’s first in-person meeting/event since March 2020. 
As the Club enters 2021-2022, planning is under way for hybrid lunch meetings and events as well as in person lunch meetings and events.  Watch your email for regular updates and check the website,, for regular updates posted under Upcoming Events.
June meetings included a variety of presentations including a live 90-minute presentation from the South Pole.  Click here to read about each meeting and watch the presentations.
Thank you to President Gary Howard for his outstanding leadership during the past year.  Despite the challenges and restriction of the COVID pandemic, President Gary led the Club to new heights with outstanding speakers from around the world, innovative projects that served the community, and new members.  One of President Gary's goals for the year was to make the Rotary Club of Castro Valley well known throughout the community.  Mission Accomplished!!!
President Gary Howard introduced Henry Gilbert as a Renaissance Man:  anthropologist, paleontologist, professor, author (Homo erectus: Pleistocene Evidence from the Middle Awash, Ethiopia) , and currently, a third-generation walnut farmer at Gilbert Orchards (founded over 100 years ago).  Since he was returning from a family trip to Mexico, Henry joined us from the Houston airport.
After a brief discussion of his academic life including positions that he still holds at UC Berkeley, CSU East Bay, and the Director of the Kesem Kebena Project in Ethiopia, Henry explained how he became a walnut farmer in Wheatland, California (i.e., the death of his father in 2016 and other relatives) on 2000 acres in Wheatland. 
Click here to read more about the presentation and watch the video.
Click here to read about the short presentation regarding Business Computers vs Ransomware.
This meeting featured
• A presentation by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Dorado describing his path to serving on the bench and his experience as a judge.  During this engaging and informative presentation, Judge Dorado offer his insights on a number of issues.
• A presentation by Castro Valley Library Branch Manager Dawn Balestreri describing how the library has operated during the pandemic and its re-opening plans.
• A report from Mark Poniatowski, Co-chair of the Club's Racial Discrimination Forum, describing the work of the group, especially the petition to the East Bay Regional Parks District to name a park at the former Concord Naval Weapons Station in honor of Supreme Court Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall.
Click here to access Meeting Highlights and the videos of the presentations.
The meeting featured presentations by Steve McLaughlin describing his career as a bar pilot on San Francisco Bay and Elizabeth Crocker from London describing the majesty and kindness of horses.  Access the Meeting Highlights with the videos here
The Rotary Club of Castro Valley and the Castro Valley Educational Foundation (CVEF) jointly presented A Conversation with Eric Alatorre:  My Career with Chanticleer.
For 28 years, basso profundo Eric Alatorre sang with the world-famous acapella group Chanticleer. Born in Southern California and educated at the California State University Fullerton and San Francisco State University, Mr. Alatorre joined the San Francisco Symphony Chorus before beginning his great career with Chanticleer.
Laryssa Sadoway, Director of the Choral Music Program at Castro Valley High School, served as the moderator for the discussion.
Watch the conversation here.
This issue of Meeting Highlights covers the meetings of 
  • April 6 - City of Pleasanton Update - Mayor Karla Brown
  • April 6 - Local Journalism - Gina Channell, President/Publisher - Pleasanton Weekly
  • April 13 - Club Assembly on the Future of the Club including the establishment of the Castor Valley Community Endowment
  • April 13 - Update on Mortgage Rates - Chris Carr, LaSalle Morgage Services
  • April 20 -Update on California Tourism - Teipo Brown, Director of Sales San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • April 20 - Update on the Rotary Club of Castro Valley Endowment - Carol Wikle, Mirador Capital Advisors
  • April 27 - Update from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District - Juan Romero, PIO BAAQMD
Click here to see the full issue.  Be sure to click on the links in each story to watch the presentation and learn more.
This issue of Meeting Highlights covers the meetings of March 9, 16 & 23. 
March 9 - Preparing for Your Next Breakthrough - Jeff Teseri
March 9 - End Polio Now Campaign - Dwight Perry
March 16 - Educational Options at Castro Valley High School
March 16 - Response to Covid-19 - Curtis Porchardt
March 23 - Software Licensing - Ed Molyneaux
There was not a lunch meeting on March 30 and the meeting of March 2 previously posted here
Click here to read this issue of Meeting Highlights.  Be sure to click on the links in each article to read more about the meeting and watch the video of the presentation.
During the Club Assembly, Rotarian Jim Phillips presented a proposal for a new foundation, The Castro Valley Rotary Community Foundation, a new 501(c)3 foundation that would serve the broader community.  Watch the presentation and discussion here.
Kathy Brady described the work and services of the Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP) that assist seniors with Medicate.  Watch the presentation here.  Use the link in the Meeting Highlights to access HICAP in Alameda County.
Mark Pontiatowski and Gary Howard provided updates on the work of the Racial Discrimination Forum including an effort to spread the work to Area 4 and District 5170.  Watch the presentation here.
Click here for the current issue of Meeting Highlights.  Click here for a suprise.
At this meeting, the Club hosted the first round of the District 5170 Richard D. King Annual Youth Speech Contest for students from Csatro Valley High School and Redwood Christian High School.  Due to the shelter-in-place orders, the contest was held virtually this year under the excellent leadership of Speech Contest Chair Bernie Kempen.  
President Gary Howard recognized three outstanding individuals as the Rotarians of the Month for their outstanding leadership of the Castro Valley Racial Discrimination Forum.
Vocational Services Chair Chris Carr described a project with Eden Area Regional Occupational Program that is seeking the expertise of Club members.
Click here to watch the student speeches, find out who the winners were, learn about the Rotarians of the Month, and volunteer for the Vocational Services project.
Event Registration
Registration for all lunch meetings - both in-person and via Zoom - is required.  Please click on the event to be taken to the registration page and select the appropriate option.  
Upcoming Events
Club Executives & Directors
Immediate Past President

2021-2022 Chairpersons

Castro Valley Car Show (10/2/21)
Dave Sadoff
Castro Valley Rotary Foundation
Jim Phillips
Cheese & Wine Tasting (TBD)
Aaron Lewis
Children's Christmas Party (12/14/21)
Mark Poniatowski
Chili Cook-off (5/13/22)
Randy Vanderbilt
Club BBQ (9/28/21)
Randy Vanderbilt
Club Christmas Party (12/11/21)
Heidi Hausauer
Community Events
Todd Anglin
Demotion (6/28/22)
Gary Howard
Bruce Johnson
Chris Carr & Aaron Lewis
Dan Willits
International Projects
Bernie Kempen
Meeting Highlights
Jim Negri
Ceta Dochterman
Nominating Committee
Gary Howard
Gary Howard
Poker Tournament (10/23/21)
Dawn Ortiz
Public Image
Jim Negri
Restaurant Walk (8/17/21)
Chirs Carr & Aaron Lewis
Rowell Ranch Rodeo Parade (5/14/22)
Lytrel Carter
John Aufdermauer & Bruce Johnson
Dan Willits
Speech Contest (2/22)
Bernie Kempen
Strategic Planning
Cliff Sherwood
Thanksgiving Senior Lunch (TBD)
Carol Bigelow
The Rotary Foundation (TRF)
Dwight Perry
Vocational Services
Lance Brede
We Care
Margie Ramos
Kern Lewis & Jim Negri
Youth Protection
Roland Williams
Youth Services
Roland Williams