Captain Dennis James – Veteran Airline Pilot - Captain James has more than 30 years of flying experience starting with the U.S. Marine Corps where he learned to fly on F4 Phantoms. Currently, Captain James flies 737s for American Airlines. In his presentation, Captain James described the 737 Max controversy from a pilot’s perspective. Captain James was very clear that he was not representing neither American Airlines nor Boeing.
Jennifer Ott - Deputy City Manager for the City of Hayward Economic Development in Hayward -  Jennifer Ott, the Deputy City Manager for Hayward, reviewed currently economic development in Hayward and discuss several long-range planning initiatives. She has 18-years of experience in land use planning as well as economic and community development. Jennifer has served in multiple strategic development roles in the Bay Area and prior to coming to the City of Hayward served as Acting Assistant City Manager for the City of Alameda.
Apollo - Castro Valley Coin Changing Value of U.S. Currency & Precious Metals - Apollo, who goes by just one name, is the co-owner of Castro Valley Coin located in the Lucky's Shopping Center off Redwood Road. His presentation focused largely on the changes in value of U.S. currency and precious metals over the last 100 years.
Castro Valley Unified School District: All Means All Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi & Trustee Gary Howard Parvin Ahmadi - Superintendent of Castro Valley Unified School District (USD) and Castro Valley Rotarian, and Gary Howard, Vice President of the Castro Valley USD Board of Trustees as well as President-Elect of the Rotary Club of Castro Valley, shared an update on the successes of and challenges facing the District.
L. Karen Monroe Alameda County Superintendent of Schools L. Karen Monroe, Alameda County Superintendent of Schools, was first elected to the position in 2014 and re-elected in 2018. As County Superintendent, she has legal responsibility for the oversight of the fiscal health and basic educational standards of all districts in Alameda County. Additionally, as Superintendent, she provided support and guidance for district operations including training and support services. The County Superintendent also leads initiatives that enhance student academic achievement, such as promoting quality preschools and integrating arts education into the comprehensive school curriculum. 
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Inc. Northern California Chapter Indiana Ortega, Vice President Business Development; Sergio Cortez, Workforce Development Manager; and Luah Huynh, Carpentry & Construction Laborer Instructor from the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Inc. Northern California Chapter were the speakers for the lunch program. ABC advocates for a merit shop in the construction industry as opposed to union-controlled shop. A merit shop is defined as a philosophy that awards work to the most qualified and lowest bidder regardless of labor affiliation. ABC is the leader for fair and open competition in the construction industry.
Frank Mellon - EBMUD Board of Directors - Frank Mellon, a frequent speaker at the Club, represented the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) was the program for the day. He was elected to the EBMUD Board of Directors in 1994 to represent Ward 7, which includes the areas of Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, and parts of San Leandro and Hayward in Alameda County as well as a part of San Ramon in Contra Costa County. More information about EBMUD is available at
Club Celebrates with the First Mixer of 2019-2020 - On July 30th, the Club held its first Mixer of the year at Don Jose's Mexican Restaurant.  The turnout was outstanding.  This year, the Club is piloting three Mixers in lieu of the regular lunch meeting. 
Wendy Winsted - Coordinator, Hayward Area Recreation and Park District - Wendy Winsted, Coordinator at Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (H.A.R.D.) Spoke about the Sulphur Creek Nature Center in Hayward. The mission of the Sulphur Creek Nature Center is to instill a sense of responsibility for the welfare of our world by bringing people and animals together through wildlife rehabilitation and education.
Rotary Club of Castro Valley
Todd Anglin, President 2019-20

Meets most Tuesdays at 12:00 p.m.

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
Katie Bowman, Econ Develop Manager, San Leandro
Oct 22, 2019 12:00 PM
Business developments in San Leandro
Katie Bowman, Economic Development Manager will provide an update on all the development planned and happening in San Leandro.  Over the past several years, construction and development have been at an all-time high in San Leandro.  Across the city, there are over 700 new housing units, 350,000 square feet of new or renovated office, and over 2 million square feet of new industrial complete or in the works.  Downtown San Leandro is lively with new restaurants and new development planned and the groundwork is being laid for transformation of the Bayfair Mall area into a mixed-use transit village over time.
Katie Bowman is the Economic Development Manager with the City of San Leandro.  In this position, she manages business attraction and retention programs, facilitates strategic development projects, and serves as a liaison between businesses and the City.  Katie has worked with the City of San Leandro since 2015.  Prior to then, she worked in economic development and planning in the Chicago area with the Village of Hanover Park and University of Illinois at Chicago.  Katie first began her career as a planner with the Town of Yountville, CA.
Bill Quirk
Nov 05, 2019 12:00 PM
Major legislation in Sacramento and working with the new governor
Brad Howard, past Rotary International director
Nov 12, 2019 12:00 PM
The Rotary Foundation
Past Speakers
Jill Duerig
Oct 15, 2019 12:00 PM
Water in California
Dennis James, veteran pilot
Oct 08, 2019 12:00 PM
A pilots view of the 737 Max
Jennifer Ott, Deputy City Manager for Hayward
Oct 01, 2019 12:00 PM
Latest developments about the business environment in Hayward
Apollo of Castro Valley Coin and Currency
Sep 17, 2019 12:00 PM
The cost of gold and the treat of inflation
Andy Lopusnak of Mike’s Photography,
Sep 10, 2019 12:00 PM
The benefits to business of drone photography.
Parvin Ahmadi and Gary Howard
Sep 03, 2019 12:00 PM
The State of the District
L. Karen Monroe, Alameda County Super of Schools
Aug 27, 2019 12:00 PM
Education funding in California
ABC NorCal
Aug 20, 2019 12:00 PM
Apprenticeship programs for the trades
Frank Mellon, Director of EBMUD
Aug 06, 2019 12:00 PM
How EBMUD is preparing now for climate change
Wendy Sinsted
Jul 23, 2019 12:00 PM
Sulphur Creek Nature Center
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Randy Vanderbilt
    October 8
  • Jim Negri
    October 13
  • Dawn Ortiz
    Frank Ortiz
    October 11
  • Todd Anglin
    Thania Anglin
    October 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 (8/13/20)
Randy Vanderbilt
Fall Fundraiser (TBD)
Speech Contest (TBD Feb 2020)
Bernie Kempen
Texas Hold'em Tournament & Dinner (3/14/20)
Dawn Ortiz
Rodeo Parade (5/9/20)
Gary Howard
Chili Cook-off (5/8/20)
Randy Vanderbilt
Demotion (6/30/20)
Charles Mortimer