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
Dr. Ray Wallace
May 17, 2022 12:00 PM
Reminiscences on Worldly Matters
Reminiscences on Worldly Matters

Former Executive Director of International Programs at CSUEB, Dr. Ray Wallace will offer “Ruminations on Worldly Matters”. 

Past Speakers
Russ Fields & Bridgette Davila
May 10, 2022 12:00 PM
100 Years of the Rowell Ranch Rodeo
Bill Ganahl, Owner of South City Rod and Custom
May 03, 2022 12:00 PM
Building Hot Rods and Custom Cars
Igor Tregub
Apr 26, 2022 12:00 PM
Devastation in the Ukraine.
Dr. Jason Reiman, Assistant Superintendent CVUSD
Apr 19, 2022 12:00 PM
Ethnic Studies in Castro Valley USD
Elizabeth A Crocker RN MHA MSc
Apr 12, 2022 12:00 PM
Post-Polio Health
Sonja Shin, Host of Fleet Week TV
Apr 05, 2022 12:00 PM
San Francisco Fleet Week 2022
David Joseph-Goteiner, UC Berkeley
Mar 29, 2022 12:00 PM
"Locating Decline and Growth of Civic Associations in Communities: The Case of the YMCA, 1950-2000."
Greg Boller, Assistant DA for Alameda County
Mar 22, 2022 12:00 PM
Consumer Protection
Laura O’Brien & Candace Tigerman, AVID Teachers
Mar 15, 2022 12:00 PM
AVID - Preparing students for College Eligibility and Success
Linton Johnson, CVO of Ovis
Mar 08, 2022 12:00 PM
Cryptocurrencies - A growing facet of the business world.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Roland Williams
    May 2
  • Linton Johnson
    May 9
  • 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
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.
Bill Ganahl, Owner - South City Rod & Custom
Bill Ganahl is one of the premier builders of personal, high-end custom cars. He has been in the business for over 20 years. His cars vary from small jobs to   $1-2M cars.  Essentially, Bill takes the shell of a car and replaces everything else with the very best, including the chassis, engine, transmission, and suspension. His 6,000 square-foot shop in Hayward has everything it needs to build the frames and do sheet metal work and more.  Building these cars takes a wide range of trades (e.g., fabric workers, welders, sheet metal, and mechanics), but at the same time, he has a business to run. 
At any time, he has 10-15 projects at various stages so that he can keep everyone gainfully employed. Everything is on a deadline, mostly to get cars ready for shows. Bill is proud of the number of awards they have won at shows and the number of magazine covers that his cars have graced. He pointed out that all his cars are fully functioning and ready to drive.  Bill and several of Rotarian Cliff Sherwood’s friends brought their cars built by Bill to the meeting that members and guests were able to view after the meeting. More about South City Rod & Custom here.  Watch Bill's presentation here.
Sam Crader, General Manager Touchstone Golf at Redwood Canyon
Sam Crader is the General Manager for Touchstone Golf, the company that leases Redwood Canyon Golf Course from EBMUD.  Since Touchstone took over the course, they have made many improvements to the golf course, including fixing the drainage, irrigation, and leaks.  They have an agreement from EBMUD to install a cart path all around the perimeter of the course.
Golf did pretty well during the pandemic because it was an outdoor activity in which people felt safe participating and the upswing in players has continued. Since Redwood Canyon is conveniently located, it would like to expand its offerings beyond golf. They hope to sponsor the CVHS golf team and fundraisers for other groups. Touchstone Golf Foundation supports community activities.  On the third Thursdays in July, August, and September, Touchstone will be sponsoring music concerts. Watch Sam's presentation here.
Click here to read the complete version of Meeting Highlights for May 3, 2022
Next Meeting
Joint Meeting with Rotary Club of Hayward
Date: May 10, 2022
Time: 12:00-1:30 pm
Location: Redwood Canyon Golf Course & via Zoom
Russ Fields, President of the Rowell Ranch Rodeo Board of Directors
Bridgette Davila, 2022 Rodeo Queen
Topic: 100 Years for the Rowell Ranch Rodeo
ReservationsClick here
The War in the Ukraine - Igor Tregub
Rotarian April Chan introduced Igor with a video clip from KTVU (be sure to click on the video link below to this outstanding and timely presentation).
Igor was born in Ukraine, but moved to the US as a child. He has retained deep ties to his native country and has done an extraordinary job of raising awareness and resources for Ukraine during the war. He related stories about people he knows who have, so far, survived the horrors of the war. The Ukrainians suffered under Soviet domination for years, but then enjoyed a period of democracy and prosperity when they gained independence, which they are not going to give up.
Igor emphasized that we are all part of the resistance to tyranny and that there are things both large and small that can help. He said that small things done locally can make a big difference globally. He thanked every person at every rally for every penny donated, every petition signed, and more. These collective and effective efforts are ways to help Ukraine. On a larger scale, he urged everyone to push the US and other governments to take action.
Click here to read more about Igor's presentation.
Click here to watch Igor's presentation.
Deborah Varner, Director of Educational Programs - Sulphur Creek Nature Center
Deb Varner brought a special guest to the meeting, Sidney (Sid), a 4-year-old skunk, who was orphaned. Although he received good care, he became too comfortable around people, so he now lives at Sulphur Creek Nature Center in Hayward.  Sid was de-scented so he is “safe” around people.  He enjoys an exercise wheel that was donated for him, which is important because skunks walk a great deal each night looking for food. Skunks are omnivores, meaning they will eat almost anything. They typically live 7-8 years, but in captivity, they can reach 10 years.  
Click here to read more about Deb's presentation.  Click here to watch Deb's presentation.
Click here to read the entire Meeting Highlights for April 26.
Dr. Jason Reiman, Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services, and Jaliza Eagles, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Coordinator, for the Castro Valley Unified School District provided an outstanding and thorough overview of how the District is strategically implementing its Ethnic Studies curriculum under Assembly Bill 101- Ethnic Studies Graduation Requirements.  They began the presentation with a quote that is common in Ethnic Studies because it emphasizes the need of all of us to know our roots and what our people have contributed to this nation. Without that knowledge, it is difficult to truly know who you are.
Jason went on to define what Ethnic Studies is and how Castro Valley USD is implementing a curriculum that honors and benefits its diverse student population
Throughout the presentation, Jason and Jaliza stressed that CVUSD would not be purchasing an out-of-the-box, but use local and national expertise to develop a curriculum that addresses the needs of the students.  To that end, the District has partnered with the Liberated Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum Institute (LESMCI) to develop the curriculum and provide the necessary professional development for staff.  Jaliza explained the rationale for partnering with LESMCI and the five (5) themes that the curriculum will incorporate.  

They concluded the presentation by highlighting four key points and asked Club members and guests for their input on the curriculum.  Audience comments were extremely positive and supportive of the work.  President Dwight invited Jason and Jaliza to return in the future to update the Club on the implementation of the Ethnic Studies curriculum.

Click here to watch this powerful presentation.

Click here to read more about the presentation and see all the slides.

Post-Polio Health
Elizabeth Crocker, RN MHA MSc
Castro Valley Rotarian Elizabeth Crocker share her personal experience as a child with polio and its impact on family and friends.  In her presentation, Elizabeth began by explaining the Three Strains of Poliomyelitis and Proportion Case and then traced the history of the Salk and Sabin vaccines before focusing on the late effects of polio on survivors as well as family and friends.
Click here to watch this excellent and powerful presentation by a skilled medical professional that put real emotion and personal experience at the heart of the tragedy of polio and on-going efforts to eliminate the disease.  Click here to read more about the presentation and see the slides.
Castro Valley Adult & Career Education 
Beth Cutter, Director of Castro Valley Adult & Education (CVACE), who described the many different programs serving the community in the following areas:
  • Career Education
  • English Language Learners
  • Adult High School Diploma & GED
  • Parenting
  • Community Interest
  • Adults with Disabilities (STRIDES)
Watch Beth's presentation hereClick here to read more about CVACE and see the slides.
Meeting Highlights for April 12, 2022, is available here.
May 2022
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 (June 18, 2022)
Dave Sadoff
Castro Valley Rotary Foundation
Jim Phillips
Cheese & Wine Tasting (Canceled)
Aaron Lewis
Children's Christmas Party (Canceled)
Mark Poniatowski
Chili Cook-off (Canceled)
Randy Vanderbilt
Club BBQ (9/28/21)
Randy Vanderbilt
Club Christmas Party (Canceled)
Lytrel Carter
Community Events
Todd Anglin
Demotion (6/28/22)
Gary Howard
Endowment Board
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 (Canceled)
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