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
Photo DG Richard Flanders
Richard Flanders is a member of the Rotary Club of Pleasanton North, California, U.S.A. He was the President of the Rotary Club of San Ramon Valley for the year 2001-2002 in District 5160. A Rotarian since 1995, Richard has served as Assistant District Governor in Districts 5170 and 5160. He was District 5170 Lieutenant Governor – Chief of Staff in 2010-2012. As a Club President in 2001-2002, his club received First Place in Club Service, First Place in Community Service, First Place in Vocational Service, and First Place in International Service at District 5160 District Conference in Ashland, Oregon, and was named the Best Club in the District.

Rotary District 5170 has presented him with the “Lead The Way” Award in 2007 for his commitment to the Service of Rotary, the Neal J. Hoffman Award in 2008 for the most outstanding younger Rotarian in the district who has shown exemplary leadership skills in their club and/or the district, the Karl Stucki Award in 2015 for Rotarian in the District who exemplifies the Greatest Commitment to Rotary Ideals, and the Richard D. King Award in 2018 for the Rotarian in the District who makes the greatest personal commitment to the programs of The Rotary Foundation. He is also a recipient of the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service Award.

Richard is an attorney practicing in Alameda, California. He belongs to Alameda County Bar Association. He volunteers with the Alameda County Superior Court as a settlement officer and assisting self-represented litigants at hearings. Richard and his wife Florence have girl/boy twins, Brennyn and Ryson.

Richard Flanders will visit our Club on Monday, November 29.


Learning Points: The Badjao tribe teach us how to treat our oceans with  respect
Badjao Bridge had its origin in Hayward in 2009, when home-grown Dan Johanson returned from 10 years of living in the Philippines with a heart to provide hope and opportunity for "children living on the sea."
Dan founded the nonprofit organization to help children of the Badjao tribe using board members collected from the Hayward and Castro Valley communities. Today, there are boards in both countries focused on helping advance literacy, provide dry land to live on, and clean drinking water for the tribal people on three islands.
Men of the Badjao tribe are famous for their ability to stay underwater for long lengths of time while spearfishing, an occupation increasingly denied them by the government. A video at the organization's website gives a good look at badjaobridge.org.
Dan and his family live in Castro Valley, and headquarters for the nonprofit is at the First Presbyterian Church of Hayward. Dan is conversant in Tagalog, Visayan, and is learning Badjao. His wife Hazel is from the Philippines and they have two children.

Office of the Superintendent


Dr. Wayne is our special keynote speaker on Monday, Nov 8. Matt Wayne is the Superintendent of the Hayward Unified School District.  Dr. Wayne strives daily to support schools in creating challenging, thoughtful and joyous learning experiences for children.  This has been his focus throughout his career in education—as a middle school language arts teacher in New York; as vice-principal, then principal of a large, Title 1 school in San Pablo, California; as an Executive Director for elementary schools in San Francisco, and as a literacy consultant in California and New York, and as first the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services in HUSD and then Superintendent. Dr. Wayne brings a student and school centered approach to district leadership, focused on deeper learning and creating relationship-centered schools.

Dr. Wayne earned an undergraduate degree in rhetoric and his doctorate in Educational Leadership from UC Berkeley.  He also served as a lecturer in the Leadership for Educational Equity Program at UC Berkeley. Dr. Wayne also earned a Masters of Arts in English Education and a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University.




It is with tremendous excitement that we announce David Elkins as this year's most worthy RICHARD W. BOWMAN OUTSTANDING HAYWARD ROTARIAN AWARDEE.
Dave has been a member of the Hayward Rotary Club for 25 years and has clearly  excelled in the Four Way Test and Avenues of Service!  We are thrilled to be honoring Dave, and as a special treat we have moved the date up for the evening event to November 1, 2021, so Dave's family from out of state can share in the evening's celebration.
For more information and to RSVP, kindly visit :  https://haywardrotary.org/event/outstanding-hayward-rotarian-2020-2021/


Phong La was elected on November 6, 2018, to serve as the Assessor for the County of Alameda, and is committed to making government work for the people of Alameda County.

The work that the Assessor’s Office helps generate revenue for Alameda County, its 14 cities, and six unincorporated communities. These major funds provide for crucial services such as schools; public health, social, and family support services; fire, police and sheriff departments; road maintenance; neighborhood improvements, and more.

Phong obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of California, Davis and his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Phong worked as an attorney in one of California’s largest real estate law firms, for the United States government, for a privately held real estate holding company and his own small businesses. Phong has also worked as an adjunct professor teaching Real Estate Law, Economics and Property Management.

Phong was born in Vietnam and came to the United States as a refugee at the age of two. He grew up in Union City, lived in Fremont for many years and currently lives in Alameda with his wife Stephanie and daughter Olivia.



For over two decades the Wheelchair Foundation has been delivering mobility, freedom, dignity, and hope one wheelchair at a time. Heather Schomaker is the Director of Community Outreach and on October 18, she will share remarkable stories of what just one wheelchair can do to change lives. In 2009 the vision of the Wheelchair Foundation expanded to develop a school program called 'From The Heart'. Through this program Heather helps educators show students that we are all different in some ways, but we all have the same needs for respect, acceptance, inclusion, and friends.

In her spare time, you will likely find Heather gardening, baking, or adventuring in the outdoors. She also hopes to one day own her own dog farm, despite her husband’s resistance.
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We meet In Person & Online
Mondays at 12:15 PM
Masonic Lodge
1074 B Street,
Hayward, CA 94541
United States of America
Starting July 2021, until further notice, our Club will meet in person at the Masonic Lodge location as well as online via Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/93798040471
Upcoming Events
Distrcit 5170 Governor Richard Flanders
Nov 29, 2021 12:15 PM
Annual Club Visit
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