Miriam Meadows, Castro Valley Unified School District Social Worker/Counselor - After an introduction by Castro Valley Rotarian Parvin Ahmadi, Superintendent of the Castro Valley USD, Miriam described the history and workings of the District’s Wellness Center located on the Castro Valley High School campus. The Wellness Center provides a multi-tier support system for all students at Castro Valley and Redwood High Schools. The Mission of the Wellness Center is to build, together with the CVUSD community, a web of adults, peers, spaces and experiences that make it safe for everyone to grow their best selves.
Ashley Strasburg, Executive Director of the Castro Valley/Eden Area Chamber of Commerce Ashley Strasburg, a member of the Rotary Club of Castro Valley, was the day’s speaker and described the work and upcoming activities for the Castro Valley/Eden Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is a member-driven association of businesses and community organizations that work together for the betterment of the communities through the promotion of economic and civic health.
Susan McCue and Kristin Perrault - Alameda County Economic and Civic Development Department After an introduction by January Speaker Chair Brian Morrison, the Club welcomed back Susan McCue, Economic Development Manager, and Kristin Perrault, Economic Development Specialist, from the Alameda County Economic and Civic Development Department for an update on Alameda County activities, especially those activities that impact Castro Valley. The role of the Economic and Civic Development Department is to promote economic development and public/private investment in the unincorporated communities of Alameda County, including the Eden Area communities of Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, and San Lorenzo.
Derrick Hall - Solar Energy Systems Membership Chair Virginia Degner introduced Derrick Hall from Solar Energy Systems whom reviewed solar energy options for Club members and guests. Derrick started by
explaining how greenhouse gases trap heat and are making the planet warmer. This warming trend has been recognized by the both the State of California and the U.S. Government. As a result of this trend, they have been developing means of reducing the impact of greenhouse gases.
Zack Ebadi – Adopt-a-Family Program Zack Ebadi is the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (H.A.R.D.) Volunteer Coordinator for its Adopt-a-Family Program. Under the leadership of Dr. Heidi Hausauer, the Rotary Club of Castro Valley has partnered with H.A.R.D. for a number of years on the Adopt-a-Family Program. Zack provided members and guests with a short update on the Adopt-a Family program.
David Rocha, Chief of the Alameda County Fire Department The Club was happy to welcome back Alameda County Fire Chief David Rocha for another presentation, especially considering the recent California fires and the concern regarding potential fires in our community. David grew up in San Lorenzo and attended Chabot College and graduated from the University of San Francisco with a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration (B.P.A.).
Alan West – Chief Rabban of the Aahmes Shriners & Castro Valley Rotarian Al West, a Past President of the Rotary Club of Castro Valley and current member, updated the Club on the work of the AAMHES Shriners, especially the Shriner’s Children Hospital as well as the role Al is playing in the Shriners.
Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern - Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern was the lunch speaker today. Dwight Perry’s great introduction shared that after starting his career with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office in 1980, Greg quickly moved through the ranks becoming Sheriff on January 8, 2007, the 22nd Sheriff in Alameda County since 1853.
Julie Menack, Owner of Fiduciary Services and Life Care Management, was the speaker of the day. She discussed how the country is being hit by an Age Wave and the impact that it is having. Almost 10,000 people per day are turning 65 years and this trend is likely to continue over the next 20 years. Nearly 70% of the individuals over the age of 65 will become cognitively unable to complete at least two "activities of daily living" including dressing, bathing, or eating at some point in their lives and over 50% of people over age 85 will have some form of dementia.  All these individuals are going to need some help in managing their affairs as they get older, less mobile, and less lucid. Some fortunate ones can depend on their children or other relatives who live nearby and can take on the additional responsibility of managing their affairs. Most others will have to look for help from other sources (e.g., government programs such as Medicare and  MediCal; subsidized housing;, County Area Agency on Aging;, Meals on Wheels;, paratransit; nonprofits such as Senior Information and Assistance, Senior Centers, faith communities, diagnosis- based organizations such as Alzheimer’s Association and Parkinson’s Foundation; free services such as placement services; fee-based services such as Aging Life Care Professionals, Independent and Assisted Living Facilities, CA Licensed Private Professionals and Fiduciaries, Adult Day/ Health Programs and many others.
Rotary Club of Castro Valley
Charles Mortimer, President

Meets Tuesdays at 12:00 p.m.

The Meadows Restaurant at 
Redwood Canyon Golf Course
17007 Redwood Road 
Castro Valley, CA 94546
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Buffet lunch and speaker for $15.  
Non-members can make reservations
at the phone number below.
Contact information
Lunch Speakers
Upcoming Speakers
RYLA Students
Feb 19, 2019 12:00 PM
The RYLA students will describe their activities during the last year
Denyse McCowan
Feb 26, 2019 12:00 PM
Service of County Ombudsmen to the Elderly in Long-Term Care Facilities
Lynda Foster, California Earthquake Authority
Mar 05, 2019 12:00 PM
Protecting, Mitigating, and Recovery and retrofit programs for Californians after a major quake
Feby Boediarto, East Bay Community Energy
Mar 12, 2019 12:00 PM
New power alternative for most of the county
Jennifer Ott, Deputy City Manager for Hayward
Mar 19, 2019 12:00 PM
Update on the I-238 corridor
Todd Anglin
Mar 26, 2019 12:00 PM
Understanding insurance exposure and options
Robert Maddow, former chief counsel for EBMUD
Apr 02, 2019 12:00 PM
Water in California
Kevin McCormack, CA Institute of Regenerative Med
Apr 09, 2019 12:00 PM
Progress in stem cell research
Past Speakers
Annual Student Speech Contest
Feb 12, 2019 12:00 PM
Marian Meadows
Feb 05, 2019 12:00 PM
Caring for Students at the Wellness Center
Ashley Strasburg
Jan 29, 2019 12:00 PM
State of the Chamber of Commerce
Eileen Dalton, Alameda Economic & Civic Dev
Jan 22, 2019 12:00 PM
Progress on the Daugherty Building and other projects in the area
Derrick Holt
Jan 15, 2019 12:00 PM
Benefits of Solar Energy
Brandon Morrison
Jan 08, 2019 12:00 PM
Studying Overseas on a Rotary Grant
Fire Chief Dave Rocha
Nov 27, 2018 12:00 PM
Activities of the Alameda County Fire Department
Russ Hobbs
Nov 20, 2018 12:00 PM
Rotary Foundation
Alan West
Nov 13, 2018 12:00 PM
Shriner's Hospitals
Sheriff Greg Ahern
Nov 06, 2018 12:00 PM
Update on the activities of the Sheriff's department
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Todd Anglin
    February 10
  • David Gehrke
    February 13
  • John McPartland
    Maria McPartland
    February 2
  • Ajay Ahluwalia
    Anju Ahluwalia
    February 23
Upcoming Events
Club Executives & Directors
Immediate Past President
2018-2019 Committee Chairs
Coming Soon
2018-2019 Event & Project Chairs
Coming Soon