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      
Upcoming Speakers
Sara Lamnin, Council Member City of Hayward
Oct 26, 2021 12:00 PM
Update on the City of Hayward
Update on the City of Hayward

Council member Lamnin will provide an update on what is happening in Hayward.

Roland Williams, General Manager CVSan
Nov 02, 2021 12:00 PM
Update on CVSan Award Winning Projects
John Evans, KCBS Radio
Nov 09, 2021 12:00 PM
My Career in Bay Area Radio
Past Speakers
Heather Schomaker, Director of Outreach
Oct 12, 2021 12:00 PM
Rotary Wheelchair Initiative
Timothy Burroughs
Oct 05, 2021 12:00 PM
Alameda County Waste Management Authority - Stopwaste
Rona Popal, Ex Director of the Afghan Coalition
Sep 21, 2021 12:00 PM
The Afghan diaspora and how communities can support Afghan Refugees
Craig Semmelmeyer
Sep 14, 2021 12:00 PM
Update on the Castro Valley Marketplace & Other Projects
Tyson Amir
Sep 07, 2021 12:00 PM
Critical Race Theory
Dennis Waespi, EBRPD Board of Directors, Ward 3
Aug 31, 2021 12:00 PM
East Bay Regional Park District Parks, Projects & Operations
Mona Koh & Morgan Guenther, EBRPD
Aug 24, 2021 12:00 PM
Health Parks Healthy People
Brian Holt, Chief - Planning, Trails & GIS, EBRPD
Aug 17, 2021 12:00 PM
“Thurgood Marshall Regional Park – Home of the Port Chicago 50”
Pete DeQuincy
Aug 10, 2021 12:00 PM
East Bay Regional Park District Aquatics Program
Juliana Schirmer, East Bay Regional Park District
Aug 03, 2021 12:00 PM
Getting to Know the East Bay Regional Park District
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Randy Vanderbilt
    October 8
  • Jim Negri
    October 13
  • Dawn Ortiz
    Frank Ortiz
    October 11
  • Todd Anglin
    Thania Anglin
    October 20
The Rotary Club of Castro Valley meets on Tuesdays at 12:00-1:30 pm at Redwood Canyon Golf Course with the meetings available via Zoom.  All participants - both in person and via Zoom - must register for the meeting.  Check Upcoming Events and click on the event to register.
When Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988, there were 350,000 cases of polio in 125 countries every year. We’ve made great progress against the disease since then. Today, polio cases have been reduced by 99.9 percent, and just two countries continue to report cases of wild poliovirus: Afghanistan and Pakistan. And we remain committed to the end.
With polio nearly eradicated, Rotary and its partners must sustain this progress and continue to reach every child with the polio vaccine. Without full funding and political commitment, this paralyzing disease could return to polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk. Rotary has committed to raising US$50 million each year to support global polio eradication efforts. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged to match that 2-to-1, for a total yearly contribution of $150 million. Rotary has contributed more than $2.2 billion to ending polio since 1985.
Visit to learn more about Rotary and the fight to eradicate polio.
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In October 2020, Dr. Raul Andino, a virologist and professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the UCSF, spoke to the Rotary Club of Castro Valley.  Dr. Andino is noted for leading a team of researchers that developed the first new oral polio vaccine in 50 years. He completed his MS in Biology in 1980 and his PhD in Chemistry in 1986, both at the University of Buenos Aires. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and then at the Rockefeller University with Nobel laureate David Baltimore. He then joined the UCSF faculty.  Watch his presentation HERE.


At the meeting, Heather Schomaker, Director of Outreach for the Wheelchair Foundation described the work of the Foundation, which was founded by Ken Behring, the developer of Blackhawk.  Heather explained that the Foundation works in schools as well as how Rotarians can be involved in the work.  The Wheelchair Foundation is a nonprofit organization leading an international effort to create awareness of the needs and abilities of people with physical disabilities, to promote the joy of giving, create global friendship, and to deliver a wheelchair to every child, teen and adult in the world who needs one, but cannot afford one.   For these people, the Wheelchair Foundation delivers Hope, Mobility and Independence.  The three goals of the Foundation are (1) raise awareness; (2) to sensitize students and teacher; and (3) to raise money for wheelchairs ($150 per chair).  The Wheelchair Foundation is District 5170 International Project for the years. The Foundation leads trips each year to provide wheelchairs.  There will be three Rotary trips this year. Click here for additional information regarding the Foundation.  Click here to watch Heather's compelling presentation and here to access her slide presentation.

Rotarian Carol Bigelow reminded members and guests that the Club is currently collecting can food or cash in lieu of canned food for Ruby's Place.  Please bring the canned food to any lunch meeting.  Click here to watch Carol describe how Rotarians can respond to the need of the hungry in the community.

One step on the path to earning a Blue Badge, every Rotarian shares his/her personal and professional background at a Club meeting.  Today, the Club heard from Michael Lin.  Click here to watch his presentation.

President Dwight Perry presented Obse Lubo with her Paul Harris Fellow and recognized her for her outstanding work on the Breathing for Life (BFL) Project to install an oxygen generator at Nejo Hospital in Ethiopia. The BFL Project was officially dedicated on October 21, 2021.  Members should check their email for photos.  Additional details and photos from the dedication will be posted on this page soon. 

Click here to check out Upcoming Events.




At the meeting, Timothy Burroughs, Executive Director of Stopwaste, described the work that Stopwaste is doing throughout the community.  Since 1976, Stopwaste has been helping Alameda County’s businesses, residents, and schools waste less, recycle better, and use water, energy and other resources efficiently. We’re a public agency governed by the Alameda County Waste Management Authority, the Alameda County Source Reduction and Recycling Board, and the Energy Council. With local partners, it helped launch the green building movement in California and organized one of the first and largest food scrap collection programs in the country. Our work helps people make better decisions everyday about the products they buy, the resources they use, and the stuff they no longer use.  Click here to watch the presentation.
The Club also heard a short presentation by Carol Tan, owner of Akemi Sushi at the Castro Valley Marketplace (click here) to watch the presentation) and by Rotarian Carol Bigelow regarding the Club Food Drive for Ruby's Place (click here to watch the presentation).
Click here to see photos from the meeting.
Click here to read Meeting Highlights with more information about the meeting and to watch the presentations.
At the meeting, the Club heard from
  • Craig Semmelmeyer, the developer of the Castro Valley Marketplace regarding its development and future plans for the site as well as plans for future developments that Craig has in progress along Castro Valley Boulevard; and
  • Stacey and Simon Tingstrom, owner of the Cordial Cellar + Lounge in the basement of the Castro Valley Marketplace.
Members and guests were reminded of
  • The UN International Day of Peace at Lake Chabot Regional Park on September 18 at 10:00 am-1:00 pm;
  • The Castro Valley Restaurant Walk on September 21at 6:00-8:00 pm; and,
  • The Club BBQ on September 28 at 5:00-8:00 pm.
The speaker on September 21 will be Rona Popal, Executive Director of the Afghan Coalition in Fremont and Project Director for the Afghan Health Partnership Program.  Registration deadline is 9:00 pm on September 19.
At the September 7th meeting, the Club 
  • Heard a presentation by Tyson Amir on Critical Race Theory;
  • Received an update on the wide range of programs offered by the Castro Valley Adult an Career Education; and 
  • Recognized Brian Morrison as a Paul Harris Fellow.
Read more about the meeting and watch the presentations here.
Don't forget the following Upcoming Coming Events:
  • September 14 - Lunch meeting with Craig Semmelmeyer, developer of the Castro Valley Marketplace, as the speaker;
  • September 14 - Racial Discrimination Forum meeting
  • September 21 - Lunch meeting 
  • September 21 - Castro Valley Restaurant Walk
  • September 28 - Club BBQ
Click here to access Meeting Highlights, which includes more information and the videos of the presentation.
October 2021
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 (Canceled)
Dave Sadoff
Castro Valley Rotary Foundation
Jim Phillips
Cheese & Wine Tasting (TBD)
Aaron Lewis
Children's Christmas Party (Canceled)
Mark Poniatowski
Chili Cook-off (5/13/22)
Randy Vanderbilt
Club BBQ (9/28/21)
Randy Vanderbilt
Club Christmas Party (12/11/21)
Lytrel Carter
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 (Postponed)
Dawn Ortiz
Public Image
Jim Negri
Restaurant Walk (9/21/21)
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