Rotary Club of Hayward, California
Hayward Rotary Club is a non-partisan, non-political service organization. Our members are leaders in business, education, government, nonprofit, and community service. Rotarians come from many diverse walks of life, and we are united in giving back to our community. Hayward Rotary Club and Foundation have contributed millions of dollars of support to vital projects and programs that build a stronger future for Hayward and the world. Do you want to give back to the community in an organized way, in the company of distinguished community leaders? Do you have what it takes to become a Hayward Rotary Club member? Find out by attending our weekly luncheons, by talking to Rotarians, and by browsing this website. Learn more
Dr. Emily Young of the Hayward Youth and Family Services Bureau will be our guest speaker, this coming Monday, August 10, 2020.
Hayward Rotarians involved with Child Spree know that the club has years of experience working with Emily Young, administrator for the Hayward Police Department Youth and Family Service Bureau since 2011. Her department is involved in referring needy families to the program and she has reported to the Rotary Club Foundation that they have included those with families who, “struggle with trauma, unemployment, housing instability, single parent homes and mental health problems.”
“A number of families have remarked that Child Spree is such a big help, since they are barely able to pay rent and their bills, let alone get clothes for their children,” she reported to the club in 2017.
Dr. Emily Young received her Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree from the California School of Professional Psychology with a Child and Family Emphasis. Prior to joining YFSB in 2011 as the Counseling Supervisor, Dr. Young worked in a variety of community based settings providing services to youth and families. She also has significant experience working within schools and the educational system. Dr. Young has been the Administrator of YFSB since December of 2012. In this capacity, she oversees the YFSB Counseling and School Resource Officer Programs.
Today, Young’s department has become involved in the national discussion of police officers in the community. Her department’s responsibilities include the provision of campus-based school resource officers, who the Hayward Unified School District Board of Education has voted will not be on campuses if and when in-person classes resume. The school board voted in July to not renew the contract and is expected to decide in September whether to continue the program at all.



Pastor Anthony Woods, Assistant & Youth Pastor Palma Ceia Baptist Church, Hayward, California will present a keynote on systemic racism titled 'Bias and Unbias'. He will be joined by Freddye Davis, Hayward Rotarian and President of the Hayward South Alameda County chapter of  NAACP.

Pastor Woods was born in Oakland. In his early teens, the family moved to Hayward. He was graduated from Mt. Eden High School, and as a senior, he was a member of the Monarch’s only undefeated basketball team. Pastor Woods then attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. While at Dartmouth, he hosted a weekly AM Radio program titled “The Luke 4:18 Gospel Radio Show”, and spent a year in Blois, France studying French literature, architecture and art.

After Dartmouth, Pastor Woods attended Hastings College of the Law, and went on to open a small law office where he represented indigent clients in cases involving disability and civil rights litigation. Not unlike James and John, the sons of Zebedee in the Bible, Pastor Woods heard the call of God to ministry, and he left practicing law to serve the Lord.

Prior to his current assignment at Palma Ceia Baptist Church in Hayward, Pastor Woods served as an Executive Pastor for Word Assembly Church in Oakland where he helped innovate the development of subsidiary nonprofit organizations to help the church provide additional resources to the public. In addition to his post at Palma Ceia Baptist Church where he runs the Homework Club, Pastor Woods currently serves as the Religious Affairs Coordinator of the Hayward South Alameda County Branch of the NAACP, where Mrs. Freddye M. Davis serves as President. He is the designer and facilitator of faith-based training courses on topics ranging from sexual harassment, anger management, and conflict resolution, to de- escalation, anti-bias, and racial equity.



Our special guest speaker on Monday, July 20 will be State Treasurer Fiona Ma.
Ms. Ma is California’s 34th State Treasurer. She was elected on November 6, 2018 with more votes (7,825,587) than any other candidate for treasurer in the state's history. She is the first woman of color and the first woman Certified Public Accountant (CPA) elected to the position. The State Treasurer’s Office was created in the California Constitution in 1849. It provides financing for schools, roads, housing, recycling and waste management, hospitals, public facilities, and other crucial infrastructure projects that better the lives of residents. California is the world’s fifth-largest economy and Treasurer Ma is the state’s primary banker. Her office processes more than $2 trillion in payments within a typical year. She provides transparency and oversight for the government’s investment portfolio and accounts, as well as for the state’s surplus funds. Treasurer Ma oversees an investment portfolio of more than $102 billion, approximately $20 billion of which are local government funds. She serves as agent for sale for all State bonds, and is trustee on over $100 billion of outstanding debt.
Our guest speakers on Monday, July 13, will be a panel from BART. They will update us on the new BART track replacement project which includes installing 4000 feet of new rail. This will be a significant infrastructure project and the panel will present project updates and answer questions.
The Panel will consist of:
John McPartland, BART Board Director District 5
Aisha Brown, BART Principal Government and Community Relations Representative
Mahendra Gautam, BART Sr. Construction Engineer- Track
Shonda Scott, CEO, 360 Total Concept PR
Arzo Mehdavi will be our guest speaker on Monday, July 7, 2020. Arzo is the Community Services Chairperson for the City of Hayward and works on the Frontline as an ER Nurse in Oakland,CA . She is a Muslim-American woman, Social Justice advocate, and believer in kindness and positivity. Her passions include world travel, volunteering abroad and locally, and the community. Some of her achievements include being Kaiser Permanente’s 2019 Extraordinary Nurse Awardee, Congressman Eric Swalwell’s first CA-15 Community Hero Award recipient in 2020, and winning it big on the television game show Wheel of Fortune this past April. 
Arzo will speak about what it is like to work as a Nurse during the Coronavirus Pandemic, her volunteer experiences in Nigeria and here in Hayward, and her appearance on Wheel of Fortune.
This will be our first meeting under the leadership of President Sara Lamnin, so don't miss it!
Mark Freidman, CEO of the Eden Health District, will be our guest speaker on Monday, June 22.  Mark Friedman is the past CEO of the Thomas J. Long Foundation where he led a major grants program to East Bay community organizations working in health care, education, seniors, disabilities, and safety net services.  Prior to that he was the CEO of First 5 Alameda County for over 15 years.  First 5 Alameda County is a government agency that provides extensive services to children from birth to age 5 and their families including health care, developmental screening,  mental health, family support, and early care and education.  First 5 Alameda County was the first county First 5 Commission in the state to become operational and was known for its innovative and collaborative programs for the most vulnerable children in the county.  Mr. Friedman was appointed by then Governor Jerry Brown to chair the California Advisory Council on Early Learning and Care and served two terms as the President of the California Children and Families Association. He also served as co-Chair of Raising California Together.
Mr. Friedman also spent 11.5 years serving on the El Cerrito City Council including three terms as Mayor.  Among major projects he was instrumental in were building a new city hall and renovating the swim center.  He led the passage of strict anti-smoking regulations and the increase in the minimum wage.


The meeting is intended to provide an opportunity for honest dialogue about police-community relations in Hayward. It will be hosted by Advisory Panel members and Mayor Barbara Halliday, and will be facilitated by Police Chief Toney Chaplin and City Manager Kelly McAdoo.

This special event is being held online rather in person due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, and restrictions on public gatherings contained in the current Alameda County Health Officer shelter-in-place order.


If you do not plan to comment, please consider joining via television or youtube to save room in the virtual meeting for those that wish to comment. We have a 1000 person limit in the online Zoom.

Online: Zoom audio & video

Password: 011579B#B$

Telephone: Zoom audio only

US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799
Webinar ID: 915 2448 5686
Password: 671153

Live stream on Youtube:

Cable TV: Comcast Channel 15



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Brian Howard of the Oakland A's will be our special guest at our virtual meeting on Monday, May 18.  Also, Jasmine Nakagawa-Wong will report on FACES at St. Rose Hospital.
On Monday May 4, join fellow Rotarians as we get a fascinating look into the life and art of American sculptor Frederick Hart, led by none other than his son Lain. Lain Hart was born in Washington, DC. He graduated from King's College, University of London, and completed a Master of Arts degree in Museum Anthropology at Columbia University. As a freelance writer and editor, Lain Hart has written and edited museum publications, and published non-fiction essays and articles in academic journals and books, including the award-winning Frederick Hart: The Complete Works (2007). Between 2011 and 2019, he taught at Holy Names University and Saint Mary’s College of California. He is co-director of the Leopardi Writing Conference, and executive director of the Frederick E. Hart Foundation for Educational Opportunity.

Continuing our work on 'Service above Self', the Hayward Rotary Club will match, dollar for dollar, up to $5000 each to the :

1. South Hayward Parish:     and

2. Comida Para Cherryland - Eden United Church of Christ :  (When donating, choose Comida Para Cherryland in the drop down menu)

This means that every dollar you donate to any of these organizations (up to $5000) will be matched by our Club.


"Right now we are in the midst of unprecedented times! While the present seems surreal, it's times like these that require the most effort from those committed to service. Hayward Rotary Club is proud to help support our community at this monumental time of need.  Rotarians' purpose is service, fellowship, diversity, integrity and leadership in the community.  We are happy to be able to help and hope that others will follow our lead and support these worthy causes." 
                      -  Club President Michael Cobb.


To donate to the organization of your choice, please click the link provided next their info.

1. South Hayward Parish:

"South Hayward Parish’s Mission is to engage people of faith in the endeavor and partnership of building and maintaining a just and nurturing community.  The Parish actively advocates for the rights and dignity of all people, regardless of sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, race, or geographic origin.

The South Hayward Parish is serving a record number of new people every day due to the current crisis impacting our world. "


2. Comida Para Cherryland - Eden United Church of Christ :  (When donating, choose Comida Para Cherryland in the drop down menu)

For the past 8 years, volunteers from unincorporated Cherryland, Congregation Shir Ami in Castro Valley, and members and friends of Eden Church have been addressing the food insecurity needs of residents in the 94541 zip code.Since the COVID-19 Crisis unfurled, participation in the Comida have grown exponentially as other area food pantries have had to close their doors for various reasons. 

On Wednesday, April 8, for example, Comida para Cherryland served 900 clients in 1 hour. Participation in Comida para Cherryland is expected to continue leapfrogging until the Shelter In Place Order is relinquished.  


This is an excellent opportunity to double your contribution, so please consider making a donation today. Together we can!



On Monday, Mar. 23, 2020, the City of Hayward opened a testing facility so sick people, first responders, and health-care workers with recent suspected exposures to the novel coronavirus can be tested for infection. No referral from a medical doctor is required to be screened.
The COVID-19 Testing Center, at Hayward Fire Station #7, 28270 Huntwood Avenue., has been established to take pressure off hospital emergency rooms, provide quicker answers for recently exposed first-responders and health care workers, and to enhance the region’s capacity to suppress new transmissions through isolation after testing. The Center is outfitted to test up to 350 people a day. It is free to the public and open to anyone regardless of where they live or immigration status.
Please join Eko Coffee Bar and Tea House and the  Hayward Rotary Club in supporting our City's warriors by donating what you can to our City's Frontline Testing Heroes!  You can donate at our GoFundMe site:
Thank you Past President Sid for not only leading this initiative but also for keeping our City's Heroes fed!  If you have any questions, please contact Lucy Lopez @ (510) 219-7676.

The new Hayward Navigation Center and its mission of providing a path off the streets and out of homelessness got a big lift recently with a generous $83,000 donation from the Hayward Rotary Club. The gift helped pay for the purchase of one of two residential sleeping dormitories at the Center, which has been providing a transitional home with one meal a day, laundry, lavatory and shower facilities, storage, and supportive and housing placement services to 44 people at a time.


Since its November 2019 opening, the Center has moved 10 individuals into permanent housing and anticipates graduating eight more of its residents by the end of March.The City Council authorized establishment of the Navigation Center in January 2019 against a backdrop of a worsening chronic homelessness crisis in Hayward and across the Bay Area.  To learn more about ways to support the Center, go online to the Hayward Housing Navigation Center on the City of Hayward website.


If you'd like to see a video of our  Club presenting this check to the City, you can watch it here:


The Hayward Rotary Foundation proudly presents its Annual Champagne Omelet Brunch. Proceeds from this popular community fundraiser are dedicated to Hayward Rotary's Literacy Projects and Community Grants benefiting Hayward youth and families.

Enjoy tasty omelets prepared by Hayward's finest community heroes, hourly prize drawings, mimosas, beverages, and much more.

Tickets may be purchased in advance from any Hayward Rotarian, purchased at the door, or contact Lucy Lopez @ (510) 219-7676.

We look forward to seeing you there!
Hayward Rotary will continue a tradition of kicking off the beginning of each calendar year with a presentation by noted economists on Jan. 13 when Wesley Blundell, PhD, will give his thoughts on economic growth for the next decade. Dr. Blundell is assistant professor in the Department of Economics at California State University, East Bay, where his research includes environmental economics, industrial organization, and applied microeconomics.
A special evening meeting to celebrate the holidays! On Monday, Dec 16 join your friends at the Hayward Rotary Club as we toast to  each other and another great year of 'Service above self'. Social hour begins at 5:30pm followed by dinner, revelry and some usual Rotary business as well.
The price of admission is your usual lunch ticket (that's right), so bring your family and your friends!  Kindly RSVP here:
Rosie Rios is the CEO of Red River Associates, a real estate consulting  firm, and has recently completed
her term as a Visiting Scholar at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University with a focus
on Millennials and Post-Millennials. She was the 43rd Treasurer of the United States and is most recently known
for initiating and leading the efforts to place a portrait of a woman on U.S. currency for the first time
in over a century. Upon her resignation in 2016, she received the highest honor bestowed in the
U.S. Department of the Treasury. Rosie was the longest serving Senate-confirmed Treasury official
beginning with her time on the Treasury/Federal Reserve Transition Team in November 2008
at the height of the financial crisis.
In her role as Treasurer of the United States, Rosie was the CEO of the Bureau of Engraving and
Printing and the U.S. Mint, including Fort Knox. Her day-to-day responsibilities included overseeing all
currency and coin production activities with almost 4,000-employees in eight facilities nationwide
and an annual budget of approximately $5 billion. In the first five years of her tenure, she saved over
$1 billion by implementing efficiencies and innovative concepts while meeting increased production
demand and increasing employee morale at record levels. Her signature currently appears on a
world-record $1.69 trillion of U.S. currency out of the approximately $1.71 trillion in circulation worldwide.
Rosie is a graduate of Harvard University and was selected as the first Latina in Harvard’s 383-year history
to have a portrait commissioned in her honor. Her portrait was officially unveiled at Winthrop House in
May of 2019. She currently serves on the board of Fidelity Charitable Trust, the Schlesinger Council at
Harvard and the Advisory Committee for Artemis Real Estate Partners. She was previously a Trustee with
the Alameda County Employees Retirement Association (ACERA). In 2018, she was appointed as a
member of America 250, the Congressional Commission to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the
nation’s founding in 2026. She serves on the Executive Committee and is the Chair of the Finance and
Audit Committees and is leading the strategic planning process. Her personal passion includes serving as
Founder and CEO of EMPOWERMENT 2020, an initiative that facilitates the physical recognition of
historical American women. Its first project, Teachers Righting History, recognizes historical American
women in classrooms across the country. She has also launched Notable Women, an Augmented Reality
educational initiative in collaboration with Google. She remains active in real estate finance and is
consulting on several transformational projects in the Bay Area under her “RESCUE” initiative: Real Estate
for Socially Conscious Urban Empowerment.

Every year, your Hayward Rotary Club raises money to support other not-for-profit organizations that serve the Hayward community.  During this 2019-2020 fiscal year, we will grant approximately $25,000 to help fund other groups' projects that serve our friends and neighbors in Hayward.  If you and your organization would like to be considered for a grant, we would love to receive your application!

The application packet (click here to access it) contains the instructions and forms you will need to complete to let us know about your interest.  Please read the instructions carefully and submit your request by the December 31, 2019 11:59 p.m. deadline.  If you have any questions during the process, please email the Hayward Rotary Community Grants chairman, Douglas M. Den Hartog, Sr., at with the subject line "Community Grants Question".

We look forward to serving Hayward together with you!



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