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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
Tommie Lindsey - MacArthur Foundation

Our Keynote speaker on March 1 will be Dr. Tommie Lindsey. Dr. Lindsey graduated from the University of San Francisco with a major in Communication Arts and Social Science. Lindsey was a college valedictorian but began his career teaching incarcerated children.  Lindsey recently retired after 41 years as a coach and mentor from James Logan High School's Forensics team in Union City, California. The forensics team at James Logan High School has had unparalleled success, becoming the first school in the history of the National Speech & Debate Association to have won a School of Excellence Award for 19 consecutive years. He has proven that success in speech, school, and life can be achieved by students whom others label as disadvantaged or at risk. 


His philosophy has always been to “recognize that every child has a voice, and to work insatiably to create an environment where they discover the skills necessary to develop it.” Tommie's life and program were not about winning; they were about empowerment. Speech trips visited historical sites like the Holocaust Museum and places in Birmingham where the struggle for Civil Rights met fierce resistance. 


Coach Lindsey produced articulate voices. His goal: “Use your voice as your drum to fight for social justice until equity becomes the rhythm of the land."


Some of his other honors and recognitions include being named California State Teacher of the Year in 1994, being inducted into the MacArthur Fellows program in 2004, and being awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of San Francisco for his "visionary leadership" in 2007. Tommie is also a Hall of Fame inductee for both the NSDA and California High School Speech Association and is a recipient of the Carlston Family Foundation Outstanding Teachers of America award. 




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Join us on Monday, February 22 for the Annual Richard D. King Speech Contest.
A nonprofit foundation that originated at First Presbyterian Church of Hayward to address the housing crisis was on a national stage in December when its plans for tiny homes in the Hayward area were the subject of a webinar from Washington D.C. by then-US Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson.
The presenter was Rev. Jake Medcalf, lead pastor at 126-year-old “Hayward Pres,” which earlier in 2020 opened six “tiny homes” as part of a transitional housing program in a corner of its parking lot at the northeast corner of Grove Way and Redwood Road. Rev. Medcalf will address members of the Hayward Rotary Club on Feb. 8 to explain how the local foundation that grew out of that effort is helping communities address homelessness issues nationwide. The church developed the tiny homes project as an extension of its work providing the homeless with warming shelters, food, showers, pandemic response, and other services. Critical to the project was $200,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds, with another $270,000 in costs covered by six home-builders and support of 25 trade organizations. According to the housing industry organization Home Aid, there are 38,000 acres of land owned by faith-based organizations in California that could be considered for such projects.
That first project led to creation of the local nonprofit, Firm Foundation Community Housing, ffchousing.org, that now has “tiny home villages” under consideration by Hayward city officials for additional homes at other church properties and the South Hayward Parish on Patrick Avenue. The organization currently has 34 units under construction off Foothill Boulevard in San Leandro, and another 28 at Crosswinds Church in Livermore.
The organization has a nine-member board of directors that promote their work as guiding owners of surplus land “to help transform their underutilized property into Tiny Home Villages to better serve our neighbors suffering the housing crisis.” The foundation has just received a $1 million grant from Alameda County to provide 50 beds nightly for shelter at the First Presbyterian site and another 25 at South Hayward Parish for the next six months. The funding will also allow development of a resource center for homeless persons Monday through Friday. In addition to Hayward and San Leandro, Firm Foundation is assisting faith-based organizations in East Palo Alto, Livermore, Fremont, Castro Valley, Vallejo and Olympia, Washington.
Rev. Jake Medcalf will be our keynote speaker on Monday, February 8.
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:
Our mothers and grandmothers always told us to “mind our manners”.  But in these Shelter-In-Place times, we may not even remember those manners to mind.   To remedy that, we’ve asked Dr. Thomas Padron, who is an Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator in the Department of Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism at Cal State, East Bay to be our Speaker on Monday February 1, 2021 to teach us Social Etiquette as well as to talk about Hospitality and Tourism in the Post Covid-19 era.
Dr. Padron is an experienced hospitality industry professional as a former chef, event planner and director and has been a university professor for over 17 years.  Dr. Padron has a Ph.D. in Business Organization and Management with a Specialization in Leadership.  He has conducted over 120 etiquette dinners along with numerous training and educational seminars on professionalism and etiquette.    Prior to the pandemic, he has hosted more than a dozen Social Etiquette Dinners at CSUEB for graduating students and others.   
Be sure to join us Monday February 1. 



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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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
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Hayward, CA
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