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
Indoor and Outdoor Event Facilities - Lone Tree Cemetery
On Monday June 21, the Hayward Rotary Club will host its first Post-Covid outdoor meeting at the Lone Tree Cemetery.
Hayward's own Ruus-Shakespeareans (https://www.ruus-shakespeareans.org/) will perform their latest production.  Come join your fellow Rotarians  in a safe, physically distant space as we enjoy quality entertainment and break bread together. And perhaps also conduct some club business!
Kindly RSVP with Mona if you haven't filled out the event survey yet.
Flagship heads out for Atlantic Ocean's first floating wind array | Recharge

On  June 14 Parker Rodrigues will give a keynote on sourcing renewable energy  from Windfloat, a floating support structure for offshore wind turbines with a simple, economic and patented design.

Parker Rodrigues is a Structural Engineer with Principle Power Inc, a global leader in offshore-floating wind turbine technology. Log in on Monday to learn all it!
Rick Harnish, Executive Director High Speed Rail Alliance will be our keynote speaker on Monday, June 7. Rick Harnish co-founded the High Speed Rail Alliance in 1993 with a passion for revitalizing the region he grew up in, lives in, and loves. The Alliance builds the political will for systemic change by advocating for integrated rail and transit networks connected by 200+ mph high-speed lines. By connecting cities, towns and airports, the high-speed trains will dramatically expand economic opportunities and slash carbon emissions.
A native of the Chicago area, Harnish has been MHSRA’s executive director since 2001. His perspective on trains and transportation policy has appeared in Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Politico, Governing, the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, Crain’s Chicago and many other publications, in addition to various NPR
programs. He has achieved notable successes and progress in MHSRA’s three focus areas:
advocacy, education, and research.

Harnish’s work is informed by his strong commitment to researching and learning from global best practices. He has ridden high-speed trains—often in the context of leading small groups—in Belgium, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Spain, and Turkey, and he draws on a global network of colleagues with expertise in trains and transportation policy.
Parent Leaders Bring Their Daughter's Playground Dream to Life | Lucile  Packard Foundation for Children's Health
The Hayward Rotary Club will meet for a private tour of Mia’s Dream Come True Playground. This will be followed by lunch at a nearby restaurant. For more details contact Pam Russo.
The 99-year-old Oakland Zoo, just 7 miles from Hayward, reopened to the public on Feb. 3 to the relief of its many fans. During the health care crisis, the Conservation Society of California, the nonprofit that operates the zoo, had to deal with the same challenges as other organizations, including a fiscal crunch last summer that threatened its future and the welfare of its 850 native and exotic animals.
Crowds are back, and at its May 17 meeting new Oakland Zoo CEO Nik Dehejia will address members of the Hayward Rotary Club to discuss the importance of the zoo to the region and how it kept faith with supporters during the months it was closed to the public. Dehejia is a 14-year veteran of the zoo, named CEO earlier this year.
The zoo is comprised of several regions: Adventure Landing, African Savanna, African Veldt, Flamingo Plaza, Tropical Rain Forest, Children's Zoo, Wild Australia, and California Trail. Animals live in naturalistic habitats and include chimpanzees, bears, elephants, lions, giraffes and more. 
Dehejia oversaw the development of the California Trail, a $71-million-dollar project that included a veterinary hospital that opened in 2012, a biodiversity center and the California Trail that is accessed by a gondola, taking visitors where the vistas include bison, grizzly bears and a panoramic view of San Francisco Bay.
A 24-year resident of the Bay Area, Dehejia holds an MBA from UC Berkeley and has been a board member for Heyday Books, Community Initiatives, and Slide Ranch. Before coming to the Oakland Zoo, Nik worked in international policy at the World Resources Institute and World Bank, in corporate responsibility at Business for Social Responsibility, and in a more traditionally commercial role at Levi Strauss & Co.  www.oaklandzoo.org


Fire Chief's Message | City of Hayward - Official website


On Monday, May 10, Fire Chief Garrett Contreras will present the latest on the Smoke Detector Project, and also updates from the City.

Chief Contreras was hired as a Firefighter with the City of Hayward in 1995. During 2005, he was promoted to Captain. In 2008 and 2011, Chief Contreras was further promoted to the positions of Battalion Chief and Deputy Chief (Special Operations), respectively. He attained the position of Fire Chief in 2012.

During his lengthy tenure with the City, Chief Contreras has been heavily involved with Firefighters Local 1909. He was elected president in 2002 and served in that capacity for 6 years. During this time, he was heavily involved in negotiating 3 labor contracts with the City. In addition to serving as president, Chief Contreras was instrumental in helping to remodel the Local 1909 Union Hall, served as chair of the 1909 Political Action Committee, and spent 5 years as an executive board member and shift representative.

Outside of his work related duties, Chief Contreras served as an executive board member for the Alameda County Central Labor Council and was also an active participant in the successful passage of Measure A in 2009, which was the only user utility tax to pass in the state during that time.



As members of the Hayward Rotary Club program committee were sitting around on Zoom planning for great speakers in the midst of a health care crisis, the group realized that in the pandemic we are all doing far too much “sitting around.”
As it turns out, working and connecting virtually with friends and family while sitting in a chair is not particularly good for you. And, fortunately, Hayward has an institution that knows the science behind that and what to do about it.
At Hayward Rotary’s May 3 meeting, the featured presenter will be Dr. Koen P. Kallop of Hayward’s Life Chiropractic College West, who will address this issue in his presentation: "Sitting Can Be Bad For Your Health and Too Much Sitting Can Be Painful." He will be joined by one of the college’s student interns, Lauren Kelsey Stefaniuk.
Forty years after opening its campus at 25001 Industrial Blvd. in Hayward, Life Chiropractic College West still has classrooms full of students and, as an “essential” part of the health care community, has been teaching and offering clinical help throughout the pandemic. One of its leading faculty members is Dr. Kallop, a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, who has had a practice in the Bay Area for 35 years and has been on the Life West faculty since 2013. He is one of nine mentor doctors who have approximately 20 senior interns treating patients in the college’s outpatient clinic on the campus. He assists interns and advises them in case management, communication skills, spinal analysis and chiropractic adjusting.
Joining Dr. Kallop will be one of his interns, Lauren Kelsey Stefaniuk. She provides care in the Life West Health Center and is in the ninth of 14 quarters required before graduation. Originally from Alberta, Canada, she has a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Calgary. In college, she volunteered in the recreational therapy department of a local hospital, bringing joy and vitality to elderly patients and those with dementia.

Once centered in the Bay Area, electronic game companies are now spread across the globe, and the most valued practitioners are proficient in the four major platforms: PC, mobile, handheld, and console. Nick Huggett is one of those whose experience includes all those platforms and on Monday, April 26 he’ll explain to members of the Hayward Rotary Club why the $180 billion-a-year electronic gaming industry has conquered the entertainment world with many of the characters we first met in comic books. Over 164 million adults in the United States play video games and three-quarters of all Americans have at least one gamer in their household.

The industry has bigger revenues than the movies and all professional sports combined.

A graduate of Hayward High School, Chabot College, and San Francisco State, Nick is now based in Southern California and his career has included work on the Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes game for Electronic Arts and now Scopely's Marvel Strike Force, featuring dozens of heroes and villains from the “Marvel Multiverse” such as Captain America, the Hulk, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Thor, Red Skull and Venom. The Google Play digital distribution service named Marvel Strike Force the best breakthrough game of 2019 for overall design, user experience, engagement and retention, and strong growth. PocketGamer.biz reports that the game generated $144 million in revenue from January to August of 2020. Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide play the game daily. 

The free-to-play, visually-striking, role-playing game pits a squad of five superheroes of your choice against a squad of villains. The side with the bigger punch wins after you watch the animations play out. As a community manager and video producer, Nick's responsibilities include overseeing a team with oversight on social media strategy, producing and hosting the Strike Time video program, managing 20 "influencers," and acting as an ambassador for the game in appearances on Marvel Entertainment's YouTube channel.




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Meeting Details

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
Upcoming Events
Outdoor meeting
Jun 21, 2021 12:15 PM
Ruus-Shakespeareans will perform.
Evening Reception
Jun 28, 2021
President Sara's Demotion
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