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.
2018 Motorcycle Cannonball Race: Doug Feinsod (member of the Rotary Club of Freedom) and Steve Gonzales described their participation in the 2018 Motorcycle Cannonball Race as well as past races. Doug (#18 on a 1909 Excelsior) has participated in the Race 5 times and Steve (#59 on a 1915 Harley Davidson 11F) 2 times. There were 123 riders in 2018. (Click here to see the riders and their motorcycles.)
Dave Nolting – Appraiser: Guidelines for Property Appraisals Dave Nolting has worked in the real estate market for more than 45 years. Initially, Dave worked as a Real Estate Agent until the mid-1990's when he began working as a Property Appraiser. All property appraisers work for mortgage finance companies (e.g., banks, mortgage lenders) and are responsible to these companies. Their business, however, is regulated by Real Estate Boards. The Property Appraisers are certified by these boards and they operate in compliance with the requirements and principles of the Boards under uniform procedures and forms approved by the Boards.
David Stark – Update on the Current State of the Real Estate Market in Central Alameda County David Stark, Bay East Public Affairs Director, spoke to the club about the local real estate market. David started with an overview of how we got to where we are statewide with the housing markets (creating more jobs but not enough housing to keep up) and then focused on the local housing market showing multiple charts to illustrate his conclusions that the housing market will remain strong due to supply and demand. He stressed multiple times that we are blessed to live in Castro Valley where the average residential home now sells for $880,000 . . .
Castro Valley Rotarians Murline Monat and Gary Howard stepped up to provide the program for the day. Murline is currently serving as the Vice President of the Castro Valley Arts Foundation (CVAF). Rotarians Bernie Kempen and Bill Nott also served as members of the Board of Directors. The Rotary Club of Castro Valley has supported the CVAF in many ways since it was founded by Erma Smith and Terri Liebowitz in 1998 (read the history). Murline provided an update on current happenings with the CVAF and programs at the Castro Valley Center for the Arts (CVCFA).
Brad Howard – Update on the Challenges of Growing Rotary in the U.S. Brad Howard, Rotary International Director and holder of multiple other positions in Rotary over the last 40 years, spoke to the club about how to ensure the future of Rotary as a vital, contributing organization in the 21st Century. He shared the trends we are all familiar with as Rotarians: While membership is expanding rapidly in many areas globally (notably India,
Taiwan and other Asian nations) membership in the original Anglophone countries of the U.S., Australia and the U.K. is falling.

What is Rotary? 

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
  Venue Map      
Buffet lunch and speaker for $15.  
Non-members can make reservations
at the phone number below.
Contact information
Lunch Speakers
Upcoming Speakers
Derrick Holt
Jan 15, 2019 12:00 PM
Benefits of Solar Energy
Past Speakers
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
Julie Menack, 21 Century Solutions
Oct 30, 2018 12:00 PM
Geriatric care management and fiduciary responsibilities
Stephen Gonzales
Oct 23, 2018 12:00 PM
The Cannonball Motor Cycle Race on 100-year-old motorcycles
Dave Nolting, Appraiser
Oct 16, 2018 12:00 PM
Current Appraisal Guidelines
Dave Stark, Bay East Public Affairs Director
Oct 09, 2018 12:00 PM
The Local Real Estate Market
Bruce Raine, CPA
Oct 02, 2018 12:00 PM
Taxes and the Prop 5 Tax Fairness Initiative
Brad Howard, past Rotary International director
Sep 25, 2018 12:00 PM
Importance of membership and an update on the polio project
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Michaela Thompson
    December 16
  • John Aufdermauer
    December 19
  • Kern Lewis
    December 20
  • Bruce Johnson
    December 29
  • Bill Nott
    Sigi Fulcher-Nott
    December 16
  • Jim Negri
    Rina Negri
    December 20
  • John Aufdermauer
    Bobbie Aufdermauer
    December 31
  • Roland Williams
    December 31
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