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Nearly every week on Thursday, the Oakland Rotary hosts our luncheon and features a new, great special speaker.

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THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER - Spencer Christian, TV Journalist and Former Gambling Addict

Dec 5th
2019

NO LUNCH MEETING - ROTARY DARK

Nov 28th
2019

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER - Dee Rosario, Director, East Bay Regional Park District

Nov 21st
2019

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER - Tanya Holland, Restaurant Owner, Chef and Author

Nov 14th
2019

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER - Elena Conis, Polio in America

Oct 31st
2019

Rotary Club of Oakland - Member Assembly

Members only business meeting

Oct 24th
2019

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER - Pete Escovedo, Legendary Percussionist

Oct 17th
2019

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER - Andrew Jones, Oakland Venue Management

Oct 10th
2019

AN EVENING AT CHILDREN'S FAIRYLAND - No lunch meeting

Registration required, click RSVP button

Oct 3rd
2019

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER - Kyla Johnson-Trammell, OUSD Superintendent

Sep 26th
2019

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER -Chris Iglesias, CEO, Unity Council

Sep 19th
2019

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER - Shatki Butler, Filmmaker and Transformational Educator

Sep 12th
2019

NO LUNCH MEETING - Evening Club Social and Committee Fair

Great for new members to learn about our service opportunities.

Sep 5th
2019

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKERS - Devante Dubose and Steven Aldrich, Oakland Roots Soccer

Aug 29th
2019

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER - Wendy Still - Alameda Chief Probation Officer

Aug 22nd
2019

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER - Dorothy Lazard, TransContinental Railroad

Aug 15th
2019

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER - Casey Farmer, U.S. Census 2020

Aug 8th
2019

ROTARY FAMILY and Friends EVENING PICNIC (No Lunch Meeting). Advance registration required.

Bring the kids. This event is designed to involve Rotary families.

Aug 1st
2019

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER - Joshua Bamberger, Homeless Crisis

Joshua Bamberger

Jul 25th
2019

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER - Ashley Pritchard, Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar

Jul 18th
2019

THURSDAY LUNCHEON - Inauguration of President Peter Sherris

Jul 11th
2019

NO LUNCH MEETING - ROTARY DARK

Jul 4th
2019

THURSDAY LUNCH MEETING - Demotion of President Gudrun Dybdal

Demotion of President Gudrun Dybdal

Jun 27th
2019

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER - Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California

Tani Cantil-Sakauye

Jun 20th
2019

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER - Jim Covel, Rotary Nature Center and Lake Merritt

Jim Covel, History of Lake Merritt and the Rotary Nature Center

Jun 13th
2019

NO LUNCH MEETING - Evening Meeting at the Zoo

Jun 6th
2019

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER - Dave Kaval, Oakland A's

Dave Kaval, President of Oakland Athletics

May 30th
2019

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER - Dave Kaval, Oakland A's

Dave Kaval, President of Oakland Athletics

May 30th
2019

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER - Paul Freedman, Pedal Power

Paul Freedman, Owner of Rock the Bike

May 23rd
2019

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER - Courtney Ruby

Courtney Ruby - Oakland City Auditor

May 16th
2019

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER - Kai Frazier, Virtual Reality Field Trips

Kai Frazier, Inventor of Virtual Reality Field Trips

May 9th
2019

NO THURSDAY LUNCH MEETING

May 2nd
2019

LUNCHEON SPEAKER - Randy Arnold,Barefoot Wines Ambassador

Apr 25th
2019

LUNCHEON SPEAKER - Noel Dybdal, Veterinary Care in Disasters

Apr 18th
2019

NO LUNCH MEETING

Instead, please come to Cocktails with the President at Lake Chalet from 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Apr 11th
2019

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER - ED BAUMAN

Apr 4th
2019

BROWN BAG FIELD TRIP LUNCH

Do not come to the California Ballroom for Lunch

Mar 28th
2019

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

CHAD BROWN - Founder of Soul River Runs Deep and Producer of documentary called Chandalar

Mar 21st
2019

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Amani Soliman - International Journalist

Mar 14th
2019

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Jennifer Cabalquinto - CFO, Golden State Warriors

Mar 7th
2019

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Nick Orton, Orton Development

Feb 28th
2019

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir

Feb 21st
2019

ANNUAL SPEECH CONTEST

Club Level Competition Among Oakland High School STudents

Feb 14th
2019

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Jessica Zitter -- Author of Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life

Feb 7th
2019

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Bruce Cain, Stanford Professor and Political Expert

Jan 31st
2019

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Andrew Herring, MD, The Opiod Epidemic

Jan 24th
2019

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Lee Bruno, author of "Misfits, Merchants, and Mayhem"

Jan 17th
2019

OAKLAND ROTARY LUNCH AT CITY HALL

Libby Schaaf, Oakland Mayor, and Ivan Garcia, Oakland Youth Advisory Commissioner

Jan 10th
2019

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Samson Koletkar

Jan 3rd
2019

NO THURSDAY LUNCH MEETING

Happy Holidays!

Dec 27th
2018

NO THURSDAY LUNCH MEETING

Happy Holidays!

Dec 20th
2018

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Michael Morgan, Music Director and Conductor, Oakland Symphony

Dec 13th
2018

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Carol Christ, Chancellor of UC Berkeley

Dec 6th
2018

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

David Lei, The Chinese Exclusion Act

Nov 29th
2018

NO THURSDAY LUNCH MEETING

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 22nd
2018

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Matthew Sadowski, Director of Bands at UC Berkeley

Nov 15th
2018

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Michael McCarron, ED of USS Hornet

Nov 8th
2018

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Kalimah Priforce, Founder and Hacktivist CEO at Qeyno Group

Nov 1st
2018

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Susan Mernit, ED of the Crucible

Oct 25th
2018

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Glynn Washington - Host of Snap Judgment

Oct 18th
2018

SPECIAL THURSDAY EVENING MEETING at FAIRYLAND

Jackie Salas, Landscape Supervisor and Horticulturist

Oct 11th
2018

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Amy Tharpe - Port of Oakland, Director of Social Responsibility

Oct 4th
2018

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Tim Seelig, Artistic Director, SF Gay Men's Chorus

Sep 27th
2018

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Member Beth Hillman, President of Mills College

Sep 20th
2018

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Liam O'Donoghue

Sep 13th
2018

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Dr. Richard Isaacs - Executive Director and CEO of The Permanente Medical Group and President and CEO of Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group

Sep 6th
2018

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Sarah Crowell, Artistic Director of Destiny Arts Center

Aug 30th
2018

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Nicholas Collins, Founder of 510 Hikers

Aug 23rd
2018

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Kevin McCormack, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Aug 16th
2018

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Kristin Hull, Money Doula Blog and Nia Impact Advisors

Aug 9th
2018

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Dennis Araby - United Farm Workers

Aug 2nd
2018

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Alternative Transit - Robert del Rosario, AC Transit, and Dave Campbell, Bike East Bay

Jul 26th
2018

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Dennis Kyriakos - Magician and Mind Reader

Jul 19th
2018

INAUGURATION OF PRESIDENT GUDRUN DYBDAL

Jul 12th
2018

NO THURSDAY LUNCH MEETING

Jul 5th
2018

THURSDAY LUNCHEON - DEMOTION

Celebrate President Sean's Year

Jun 28th
2018

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Glenn Pomeroy - CEO, California Earthquake Authority

Jun 21st
2018

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

John Dolby - Development in Downtown Oakland

Jun 14th
2018

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Casper Cendre - Co-Founder of ABO Comix and No Walls Collective

Jun 7th
2018

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Warden Davis - San Quentin Prison

May 31st
2018

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Suzanne Weirtheim - Eliminating Bias and Unfairness in the Workplace

May 24th
2018

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Angela Tsay - Founder of Oaklandish

May 17th
2018

THURSDAY SPEAKER - EVENING MEETING, IN LIEU OF LUNCH MEETING

Joel Parrott, President and CEO of the Oakland Zoo

May 10th
2018

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Angie Garling -- The State of Early Childhood Education

May 3rd
2018

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Bob Harris - Trailblazing Attorney

Apr 26th
2018

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Anastacia Marx de Salcedo - Combat-Ready Kitchen

Apr 19th
2018

Brown Bag Lunch

Apr 12th
2018

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Caroline Beteta - CEO, Visit California

Apr 5th
2018

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

James Head

Mar 29th
2018

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Micah Weinberg

Mar 22nd
2018

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Jabali Smith

Mar 15th
2018

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Isaac Kos-Read

Mar 8th
2018

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Jack McAboy on Oakland Rotary's 110 Years of Impact

Mar 1st
2018

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

CLUB SPEECH CONTEST

Feb 22nd
2018

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Ishmael Reed

Feb 15th
2018

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Greg Ahern, Alameda County Sheriff

Feb 8th
2018

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Ted Klauber -- The Best and Worst of the Super Bowl Ads

Feb 1st
2018

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Bob Melvin - Manager of the Oakland Athletics

Jan 25th
2018

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Richard Rothstein

Jan 18th
2018

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Mayor Libby Schaaf

Jan 11th
2018

NO THURSDAY LUNCH MEETING

Dec 28th
2017

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

David Hunt, Prescott Circus Theatre

Dec 21st
2017

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

James Zhang

Dec 14th
2017

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Jaimal Yogis - All Our Waves are Water

Dec 7th
2017

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Richardine Howard, Oakland Fire Department Captain

Nov 30th
2017

THANKSGIVING - NO MEETING

Nov 23rd
2017

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Dan Devone

Nov 16th
2017

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Lauren Markham

Nov 9th
2017

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Jeff Krischner, Founder and CEO, Litterati

Nov 2nd
2017

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Jim Barnett, Television Analyst, Golden State Warriors

Oct 26th
2017

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Nicholas Williams, Oakland Parks and Recreation Department

Oct 19th
2017

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Barry Nickelsberg, The Carter Center

Oct 12th
2017

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Andy Gunther, Bay Area Ecosystems Climate Change Consortium

Oct 5th
2017

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Katie Albright, Daughter of Madeleine Albright

Sep 28th
2017

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Ruth White, Emotional Resilience and Stress Management

Sep 21st
2017

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Peter Nicks, Filmmaker of "The Force" about the Oakland Police Department

Sep 14th
2017

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Kyla Johnson-Trammell, Superintendent, Oakland Unified School District

Sep 7th
2017

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Michael Ghielmetti, Lennar Multifamily Communities

Aug 31st
2017

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Matthew Zapruder, Poetry Editor of the New York Times Magazine

Aug 24th
2017

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Elaine Brown - Former Black Panther Party Chairwoman

Aug 17th
2017

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Tony Stefani - Firefighting and the Link to Cancer

Aug 10th
2017

THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Ryan Russo, Director of Oakland Department of Transportation

Aug 3rd
2017

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Daniel Patterson and LocoL

Jul 27th
2017

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Mary Roach Interviewed by R. Kidd

Jul 20th
2017

Inauguration of President Sean Marx

A Celebration of the 2017-18 Year Ahead

Jul 13th
2017

President Linda's Demotion

No special speaker, ceremony planned

Jun 29th
2017

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Stephen Texeira - Exceptional Photography

Jun 22nd
2017

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

James Reinhart - Thread UP

Jun 8th
2017

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Nipam Patel - Butterfly Guy

Jun 1st
2017

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Valerie Coleman - The News Anchor is Not in the Catbird Seat Anymore

May 25th
2017

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Brian McKeown, KIVA - Connecting Online Lenders to Entrepreneurs

May 18th
2017

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Dr. KJ Page - End of Life Wishes: How Best to Prepare

May 11th
2017

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Sylvia Whitlock - First Rotary Female President

May 4th
2017

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Meeting at City Hall - Buffet lunch followed by meeting in Council Chambers

Apr 27th
2017

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Dr. Ali Bouzari - The science of food and cooking

Apr 20th
2017

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Dr. Alex Filippenko - 2017 Total Solar Eclipse: Who Cares & What Does Lick Have to do with It!

Apr 13th
2017

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Mike Healey - BART, The Dramatic History of the Bay Area Rapid Transit System

Apr 6th
2017

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Scott Kucirek, CEO OCHO Candy - Manufacturing in West Oakland

Mar 30th
2017

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Johanna Silver - Garden Editor SUNSET Magazine - Sunset's historic move and the Bold Dry Garden

Mar 16th
2017

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Dave Kaval - President - Oakland As

Mar 9th
2017

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Deng Ajak Jongkuch - The Lost Boys of Sudan

Mar 2nd
2017

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Timothy Don & Kira Brunner-Don - The Oakland Book Festival: Read. Debate. Celebrate.

Feb 23rd
2017

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Toni Nielson - Argumentation in an Alternative-Fact World

Feb 16th
2017

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Tanya Holland - Brown Sugar Kitchen - Modern Soul Food and Comfort Classics

Feb 9th
2017

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Bill Santana Li - CEO Knightscope, Inc - What is a mini-IPO and what is an autonomous security robot?

Feb 2nd
2017

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

George Zimmer - A Suitable Life

Jan 26th
2017

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Darren Virassammy COO - 34 Strong, Inc. - Leadership and Entrepreneurship

Jan 19th
2017

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

FBI Special Agent, Enrique Alvarez - Cyber Crime - The Odds Are in the Criminal's Favor

Jan 12th
2017

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Jordan Medina - UBER comes to Oakland

Jan 5th
2017

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Komal Ahmad - Hunger is the World's Dumbest Problem

Dec 15th
2016

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Sally Cowal - American Cancer Society - Cervical Cancer

Dec 8th
2016

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Karely Ordaz Salto - Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children initiative

Dec 1st
2016

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Ron Coccimiglio - Cal Football Career Development - Life After Cal Football

Nov 17th
2016

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Jodie Van Horn - Sierra Club - Ready for 100% - Clean Energy Work

Nov 10th
2016

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Brad Howard - Rotary International Director - Not your Father's Rotary

Nov 3rd
2016

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Charles Keller - I'm Building A Bat Cave

Oct 27th
2016

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

David Wilkins, Program Director AC Transit - AC Transit's plans for Bus Rapid Transit

Oct 20th
2016

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Dr. Martha Taylor - History of Black Churches in Oakland

Oct 13th
2016

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Jacqueline Kabat - Improv your Leadership

Oct 6th
2016

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Holly Million - Artists United

Sep 29th
2016

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Cathryn Blum - Catbird Scouts - Scouting film locations

Sep 22nd
2016

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Grace Crunican, General Manager of BART - Future Plans for BART

Sep 15th
2016

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Delaine Eastin - Public Instruction and early education

Sep 8th
2016

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Beth Mowins - Play-by-Play NFL announcing

Sep 1st
2016

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Capt Freddie Hamilton - 21st Century Policing

Aug 25th
2016

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Carter Laren - Gateway Accelerator - marijuana startup funder and incubator

Aug 18th
2016

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Brooke Levin - Director of Public Works, City of Oakland

Aug 11th
2016

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Daniel Ari - Cummings and Goings: A Dive Into Super-Concentrated Language

Aug 4th
2016

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Amy Wilkinson, Author - The Creators Code

Jul 28th
2016

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Nancy E. O'Malley - Alameda Country District Attorney

Jul 21st
2016