To ensure the health of our members, their families, guests, and the community; and in accordance with governmental directives to shelter in place, the Rotary Club of Castro Valley has moved all lunch and Club meetings online via Zoom until further notice.  Please check the Upcoming Events in the right column for specific details and instructions to access the meeting.  
The Club will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and governmental directives and adjust Club meetings and events as appropriate.  Please check your email and this website on regular basis for updated information.  Please take all necessary health precautions and stay safe.
Castro Valley First Responders Salute COVID-19 Health Care Workers at Eden Medical Center - On May 14, first responders from throughout Castro Valley saluted the health care workers at Eden Medical Center with a drive-by parade. The Rotary Club of Castro Valley was proud to be involved in helping plan and sponsor this event.  More information in the following story. Click here to watch the inspiring video of the parade and read more in the next article.
Deb Bakerjian, Clinical Professor University of California at Davis - Deb Bakerjian began by showing photos of a very attractive and well-maintained nursing facility that had a 5-star CMS rating (5-star for quality measures, 4-star for staffing and 3-star for health inspections) yet was at the center of the COIVD-19 outbreak.  CMS is the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service.
Relief Bill Tobin, Rotary Relations Manager of ShelterBox
ShelterBox began  as a Rotary project of the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard Cornwall, England and over the past 20 years has continued to grow to provide world-wide disaster relief.  It is operated and funded independently of Rotary International (RI) and The Rotary Foundation (TRF); however, ShelterBox is an Official Project Partner of Rotary International.  Bill Tobin a member of the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills serves as the Rotary Relations Manager of ShelterBox and shared the story of ShelterBox.
Jo A.S. Loss and Janice Friesen The League of Women Voters of the Eden Area (LWVEA) LWVEA representatives Jo A.S. Loss and Janice Friesen, dressed in period attire (check out the video) shared the long and arduous journey on how women won the right to vote with the passage of the 19th amendment in August 1920.
Alameda County Transportation Commission Gary Huisingh- Deputy Executive Director of Projects Gary Huisingh reviewed the work of the Alameda County Transportation Commission in three parts: plan, fund, deliver.
Castro Valley/Eden Area Chamber of Commerce A Chamber Update During COVID-19 Ashley Strasburg, Executive Director - Ashley began her presentation (18:30) with a history of the Castro Valley/Eden Area Chamber of Commerce, which was founded in 1937 with a Mission to Advocate for businesses and help the community thrive through advocacy, economic development and building relationships. The Chamber's Core Values are detailed in the slide below.
South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project Restoring the Wild Heart of the South Bay Dave Halsing, Executive Project Manager - We have all seen the beautiful colors of the salt ponds as we have driven across the San Mateo or Dumbarton Bridges or flown into Oakland or San Francisco International Airports. In today's presentation, Dave Halsing, Executive Project Manager of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project, describe why we see the colors, but more importantly, focused on the history of the salt ponds restoration.  Dave explained the history of the project, what has been accomplished to date, and what is planned for the future.  The restoration project started with legislation in 2008.
Carol Wikle, Don Garman, Lauren Moone and Jonathan Ting - Mirador Capital Partners - Castro Valley Rotarian Carol Wikle started by introducing the Mirador Capital Partners team that includes her son, Dan Garman, the founder of the company. Many Club members are very familiar with Mirador Capital Partners as investors. The entire presentation and a PDF of the slides are accessible via the links at the end of this article.
Parinaz Fozouni. MD/PhD Student, Ott Lab UCSF/Gladstone Institutes - In a truly outstanding and informative online presentation, Parinaz Fozouni shared her research at UCSD/Gladstone Institutes and how it applies to the current COVID-19 pandemic. A special thank you goes to Gary Howard for coordinating Ms. Fozouni's presentation.
Rotary Club of Castro Valley
Todd Anglin, President 2019-20

Meets most Tuesdays at 12:00 p.m.
Currently online until further notice at

The Meadows Restaurant at 
Redwood Canyon Golf Course
17007 Redwood Road 
Castro Valley, CA 94546
  Venue Map      
Buffet lunch and speaker for $15.  
Non-members can make reservations
at the phone number below.
Contact information
Lunch Speakers
Upcoming Speakers
Supts Parvin Ahmadi (CVUSD) & Al Hearne (RCS)
Jun 02, 2020 12:00 PM
Online Schooling

Parvin and Al will be discussing how the Castro Valley Unified School District and Redwood Christian Schools transitioned to online, virtual learning to deal with the shelter in place orders.

Parvin Ahmadi is the Superintendent of Castro Valley Unified School District. Prior to becoming the Superintendent in Castro Valley, Ahmadi served as Superintendent of the Pleasanton Unified School District and Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for the Fremont Unified School District.

Al Hearne, Superintendent, Redwood Christian Schools. He was Middle School and High School Principal and Assistant Superintendent of Instruction/MSHS Principal.

Leroy Morishita, President CSUEB
Jun 09, 2020 12:00 PM
CSU East Bay Update
Tim Dupuis, Alameda Co CIO & Registrar of Voters
Jun 16, 2020 12:00 PM
Alameda County Update
Bryant Francis, Director of Aviation - OAK
Jun 23, 2020 12:00 PM
Update on Oakland International Airport
Past President Todd Anglin & President Gary Howard
Jul 07, 2020 12:00 PM
Passing the Torch
Past Speakers
Ellen Clark
May 26, 2020 12:00 PM
Development in the City of Pleasanton
CARES Act & SBA Loans
May 19, 2020 12:00 PM
Video Link: at the 27'19" mark
Keeping Elderly Adults Safe During COVID-19
May 12, 2020 12:00 PM
Video link: at the 11'10" mark
Bill Tobin - ShelterBox
May 05, 2020 12:00 PM
Video link: at the 19'13" mark
History of the 19th Amendment
Apr 28, 2020 12:00 PM
Video link: at 21'22" mark
Alameda County Transportation Commission
Apr 21, 2020 12:00 PM
Video link: at 7'30" mark
Castro Valley/Eden Area Chamber of Commerce
Apr 14, 2020 12:00 PM
Video link: starts at 18'30" mark
South Bay Salt Pond Restoration
Apr 07, 2020 12:00 PM
Video link: at 8:47 min
Impact of COVID-19 on the Financial Markets
Mar 31, 2020 12:00 PM
Video link:
What's Next with COVID-19? The Research
Mar 24, 2020 12:00 PM
Video link:
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Roland Williams
    May 2
  • Jake Medcalf
    May 11
  • Virginia Degner
    Duane Degner
    May 14
  • Jim Phillips
    Melissa Phillips
    May 19
  • Bernie Kempen
    Kathy Kempen
    May 20
  • John Courtney
    May 20
Upcoming Events
Club Executives & Directors
Immediate Past President

2019-2020 Committee Chairs

Bruce Johnson
Dwight Perry
Media/Public Relations
Bruce Johnson
Carol Bigelow
Meeting Highlights
Jim Negri
Rotary Foundation
Dwight Perry
Bruce Johnson
Social Media
Lytrel Carter & Ashley Strasburg
Gary Howard & Gary Bosley
Strategic Planning
Cliff Sherwood
Youth Protection
Roland Williams
Youth Services
Roland Williams
2019-2020 Event Chairs
Club Picnic (8/13/19)
Randy Vanderbilt
Speech Contest (February 2020)
Bernie Kempen
Texas Hold'em Tournament & Dinner (10/10/20)
Dawn Ortiz
Rodeo Parade (5/9/20)
Gary Howard
Chili Cook-off (5/8/20)
Randy Vanderbilt
Demotion (6/30/20)
Charles Mortimer