Welcome To The Hayward Rotary Club!
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



On Jan 25 the Hayward Rotary Club speaker will be Dr. Bassam El-Fahmawi, PhD. president/CTO and founder of Mawi DNA Technologies.  He has more than 25 years experience in genomics sample preparation and holds several patents for simplifying nucleic acid purification technology. He launched his company in 2014. When the pandemic hit he had four employees at his Hayward plant. By the summer, he had 45 employees and his company was continuing to grow, in large part because of his development of a product called the iSWAB Microbiome Collection Kit, a revolutionary way to test for COVID-19.

One of the first in Hayward to connect with Dr. El-Fahmawi at the onset of the pandemic was Hayward Rotarian and fire chief Garrett Contreras, who initiated one of the Bay Area’s first testing operations here.

Early in his career Dr. El-Fahmawi managed the commercialization of nucleic acid purification technology at both Beckman Coulter Genomics (formerly Agencourt), and Corning. He has patents for simplifying nucleic acid purification technology and sample collection. Dr. El-Fahmawi earned his Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Alberta. You can read more about it the company’s technology here https://mawidna.com/the-iswab-advantage/.  And then join us at Hayward Rotary on Jan. 25 to hear from the inventor himself.



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The Hayward Rotary Club is offering its Community Grants program to local nonprofits. The application will be online for the ease of the applicants.  The deadline to submit is Feb. 5, 2021.
If you have a favorite nonprofit or you are a nonprofit that has a need, please use this link for the application:
The way we shop may have changed forever as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic and social upheaval of 2020. Here in Hayward, two men on the front lines of the revolution in retailing are Southland Mall manager Todd Falduti and Costco Business Center manager Randall Urushima. Join us on  Jan 11, as they throw a spotlight on the future of retail shopping.
With more than 100 stores, the mall has been especially hard-hit by the pandemic and was even closed down early in the crisis. While remaining open as an “essential business,” Costco Business Center at the intersection of Hathaway Avenue and A Street, had to learn to deal with massive lines and high demand for certain products from its members. Both have been subjected to overwhelming government regulations, including regular testing of employees and “capacity” restrictions on the number of shoppers permitted at any given time.
And as monster sales tax generators and employers, they are critical to Hayward’s economic recovery.
Southland Mall
Falduti has managed the 56-year-old Southland Mall since 2017 and guided the 1.3 million square-foot facility through acquisition of major tenants such as the Cinemark movie theatres, H&M clothiers, and Round1 entertainment center. The biggest challenge of his career was presented by COVID-19 as he has dealt with closures mandated by health authorities, then partial openings under a variety of restrictions on capacity, social-distancing, and food service.  This year’s mall Santa Claus had photo-ops with a plexiglass shield between him and the kids. He also worked closely with the city last summer as organized out-of-town looters attempted to access the mall, only to be turned away by his security team and Hayward police.
Falduti, has had a career managing commercial properties, including "super-regional" retail centers and Class A office facilities. He has had direct oversight of up to 11 million square feet of regional shopping center operations and capital expenditures. He previously managed large malls including Vintage Fair in Modesto, Jamestown in Alameda, Westfield Mall in Fairfield, and San Francisco Centre.
Costco Business Center
Urushima has been working for Costco since 1987, managing sites in Texas until coming back to manage the Hayward Costco Business in Hayward, where he was born and raised, in 2019.  There are 785 Costco Wholsale stores worldwide (one in southwest Hayward), but there only 15 Costco Business Center locations in the United States, each filled with hundreds of items not found at Costco warehouses. Geared toward restaurants and small businesses, these Costcos don't carry clothes, books, toys, most seasonal items, and other small household items. The local store has co-hosted with the Hayward Chamber of Commerce workshops with the California Restaurant Association and hosted tours of the chamber ambassadors group. Early in the pandemic, long lines of members, masked-up and socially-distanced, stretched outside the building.
The most recent development at Costco Business Center in Hayward was narrow approval by the Hayward City Council last November for addition of a fueling station, just the second gas station approved in Hayward in the last 11 years.
On Monday, Jan 4  James A. Wilcox will present a keynote on 'The Economic and Business Outlook for 2021'.
Mr. Wilcox is Professor of  Economic Analysis and Policy, and Finance  at UC Berkeley. He has a PhD in Economics from  Northwestern University,  and a BA in Economics and History from Binghamton University. Tune in for an insightful presentation!
No meetings on Dec. 21 and 28, as we are dark for the holidays.
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You are invited to our Annual Holiday Party on Monday, Dec 14 at 5:30pm. This year due to Stay-at-home orders, we will celebrate the Holidays and each other with a virtual get-together.  Join the zoom meeting with your favorite food and drink, and join your Rotary friends for an evening of fellowship. 
5:30pm - Zoom room opens (use the link for usual Monday meetings)
5:45pm - Event begins, Club Elections are held, and any other Annual Meeting business is conducted.
6pm - Adjourn to first breakout rooms for socializing
6:20pm - Return to main group
6:30pm - Adjourn to second breakout rooms
6:50pm - Return to group for farewells
7pm -Event ends

On Monday, Dec 7 Jayanti Addleman will present an overview and an update on the latest happenings at the Hayward Library. Jayanti has been the Director of Library Services at the City of Hayward since January of 2019. Prior to coming to Hayward she was the Library Director and County Librarian for 12 years at Monterey County.

Jayanti is passionate about embracing diversity and delivering Library Services to all members of the community, and sees herself as a strong champion of the underdog.  She is very proud of Hayward Public Library’s many achievements over the last two years and most recently the City Council’s approval of waiving overdue fines starting in January 2021.

Jayanti has  worked in a variety of libraries during her many years in the profession including city and county libraries, community colleges and private industry, and has served on the boards of several educational and nonprofit organizations. She has been recognized for her professional and volunteer work through many awards during her career including the statewide Outstanding Librarian in Support of Literacy and Outstanding Woman of Monterey County. As of November she has taken over as the President of the California Library Association.



Assembly member Bill Quirk will be our keynote speaker on Monday, Nov 30. Bill has an undergraduate degree in engineering and applied physics and a PhD in Astrophysics, both from Columbia University. He had a 35 year career as a computational hydrodynamicist.
After a postdoctoral fellowship at CalTech, he went to NASA Goddard, where he developed one
of the first Global 3-dimensional models of the earth's climate. He joined Lawrence Livermore
National Laboratory in 1978, where he continued his work on climate and became the Nation's
foremost technical expert on foreign nuclear weapons. Bill played an instrumental role in the
successful negotiations for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. He retired from
Lawrence Lab in June 2005.
Bill was elected to the California State Assembly in November 2012. Since then, he has worked
on issues addressing energy, climate change, transportation and public safety. He is Chair of the
Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials (ESTM). As the only scientist
in the Legislature, data and research play a major role in his approach to legislation. Since
becoming Chair of ESTM, Bill has authored legislation on lead among children, recycled water,
contaminants of emerging concern in drinking water and harmful algal blooms.
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We meet In Person
Mondays at 12:00 PM
Due to COVID-19 and until further notice, our Club currently meets online via Zoom.
Meeting ID: 988 227 898
Password: 731623
Hayward, CA
United States of America
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Dr. Bassam El-Fahmawi,President/CTO Mawi DNA Tech.
Jan 25, 2021
Hayward Company is on the Front Line of COVID-19 Battle
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