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
 
 
 
We will be dark on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day. We meet again on June 3.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Twenty-seven years ago Yesenia Sanchez took an entry level position with the Alameda County Sheriff's Department and, in January 2023, became not only its first woman sheriff, but the first Latina. Sheriff Sanchez will address the Hayward Rotary Club at its luncheon meeting Monday, May 20
 
Born in Hayward, Sanchez started in the Alameda County Sheriff's Office in 1997 as an entry-level technician. In 2001, she became a sworn deputy, in 2020, she  became division commander overseeing the Santa Rita Jail.
 
She is the 23rd sheriff in county history and supervises a $429 million budget, 1,000 sworn officers and 600 non-sworn.
 

 

Hayward Rotary Club operates the food and drink concessions during the three days of the Rowell Ranch Rodeo. All the proceeds from our food and drink sales go toward our charitable work in the Hayward community -- specifically, by giving Community Grants to local nonprofit organizations each year. Volunteers are needed to help us sling burgers, fries, and soft drinks to the thirsty crowd! Join in the fun, get to know Rotary Club members as you serve, and experience some of our community's western heritage watching real cowboys "at work and play"; all while we raise money for great causes.

Sign-up at the link below.  Together we make a difference!

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When her older brother shared a childhood story at a family reunion in 2006, Bay Area resident Sara Fashandi was shocked by the wealth of family lore he held – and how much of it she didn’t know about his childhood in Tehran, Iran. Fashandi recounts brother Mohsen’s perseverance as he struggles to help provide for his family from as young as 6 years old in her book, "Message in a Matchbox," a finalist for an International Book Award last year.
 
The author will share how her book came together at a presentation to the Hayward Rotary Club at noon, May 13. 
 
The tale follows Mohsen through his teenage years as he finds ways to fight life’s onslaught of challenges in a county with oppressive leadership.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It is with tremendous excitement that we announce Valerie Caveglia is this year's recipient of the prestigious RICHARD W. BOWMAN OUTSTANDING HAYWARD ROTARIAN AWARD!
 
We are thrilled to be honoring Val and look forward to a wonderful evening!
 
The OHR event will be on May 6th and begin with Social hour at 5:00pm and dinner will be at 6:00pm. The OHR presentation will follow after dinner.
 
Members can use their prepaid Lunch tickets (2) for this evening event. Spouses and guests are very welcome but please RSVP here  or contact Vrushali.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
'The Genie's Out of the Bottle:' Renowned ChatGPT Scholar to Address Hayward Rotary April 29
 
 
One of the country's foremost academic experts on ChatGPT, Professor Asha Rao of Cal State East Bay, will address the lunch meeting of the Hayward Rotary Club on April 22. 
 
Her presentation is based on her conference workshops that are given to packed rooms of educators and corporate managers: "The Genie's Out of the Bottle: Preventing Cheating, and Exploring the Creative Potential of ChatGPT." 
 
Prof. Rao is associate chair in the Department of Management at Cal State East Bay, where she has taught since 2001. A senior Fulbright Fellow, she created the prestigious Women in Leadership Program at CSUEB. She has been a visiting professor at universities in India and Canada and numerous American universities. 
 
Writing in Linked In recently, she noted that the main concerns she has found about ChatGPT in the U.S., "are inaccuracy, plagiarism and misrepresentation. But no one raised the issue of blandness, or the boredom that I face in reading AI content."
 
" I find an incredible blandness in student papers that they have 'edited' with AI where one student's work merges into another in my mind," she wrote. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Members of the Hayward High School Uganda Club will give a presentation on its past work in Africa and this summer's project with Habitat for Humanity in Atlanta, at the April 22 luncheon meeting of the Hayward Rotary Club.
 
Club advisor Jennifer Gonsalves and some of her students will discuss how the club equips students for traveling, cultural awareness, construction, and social service. In the photo, students are seen posing at a construction project they worked on in Uganda last summer. 
 
This summer's project will involve incoming Hayward High School juniors and seniors in building low-income housing in Georgia. The costs are covered by fundraising, the Gunther Foundation Scholarship, and Hayward Unified School District Youth Enrichment YEP funds.
 
Their five-day itinerary is here.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A representative of the Belarus Freedom Forum’s Bay Area organization will talk about how his group is working to restore democracy in the "last dictatorship in Europe" at the April 15 lunch meeting of the Hayward Rotary Club.
 
Dmitry Borodaenko will describe how his country has endured a series of fraudulent elections (including presidential), and how dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka has had 50,000 persons arrested, 4,644 tortured, and imprisoned 1,414 political prisoners and 34 journalists. Those imprisoned include 2022 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, Alex Bialiatski.
 
Lukashenka has also disbanded more than 270 independent nonprofit organizations. Russia is one of the few countries in the world that recognizes his government as legitimate.
 
"I saw my own country walk the path from a flawed democracy to authoritarianism," Borodaenko writes. "I saw the colonial superpower next door, Russia, walk the same path even faster and get all the way back to totalitarianism. Now I see my new country, the one where I still don't have a right to vote, set off down the same path."
 
 
 
 
 
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Mondays at 12:00 PM
Masonic Lodge
1074 B Street,
Hayward, CA 94541
United States of America
Our club meets in-person at the Hayward Masonic Lodge.
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