The heart and muscle of Oakland Rotary lies within its committees.  That is where work is defined, camaraderie is built, and where the Rotary motto of "Service above Self" really happens.
Below is an overview of the Club's most active committees.  The names of the current chair or co-chair are listed in blue below; to contact them use your Club Roster to find their email addresses and phone numbers. You can also find out more about these committees by clicking any committee listed on the left margin.
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Community Service
Kimberly Cohn
CJ Hirshfield                                                                                                                     
Meets 1st Wednesday at Noon in the Rotary office      
Works within the community and identifies worthwhile programs.
Community and Economic Development
Gary Flaxman
Margo Dunlap 
Meets on the third Wednesday’s of each month at 5:30, just off the lake, in the
Ordway Building, One Kaiser Plaza Oakland, CA 94612, in the second floor conference room
The Community Economic Development team has been inspired with the prospect of being able to identify and produce job opportunities for formerly incarcerated Ceasefire clients. By focusing on both public safety, and local small businesses, we are positioning ourselves in a unique and critical supporting role in the revitalization of Oakland. 
Enterprise Institute
Debo Sarkar
Wil Hobbs                                                                                                                                 
Contact Chair  (Schedule changes as event approaches.)                                                      
Holds a three-day camp in Aptos for high school juniors from Oakland schools. The goal is to teach them about business, free enterprise, and themselves.  Committee meetings start in the fall and increase in frequency during the two months prior to the camp.
HOPE (Help Oakland Pupils Excel)
Mike Melone                                                                                                                     
Meets 2nd Tuesday at Noon in the Rotary office                                                                        
Provides mentoring to a select group of middle school and high school students. If the students meet certain grade and attendance requirements and satisfy other criteria through the end of high school, they receive scholarship funding for post-secondary education.
Dana Sack                                                                                                              
Meets at the call of the Chair                                                                                                                    
Develops and supports InterAct Clubs in Oakland high schools.
Saroni-Lena Scholarships
Mary Geong                                                                                                                               
Meets 1st Tuesday at Noon in the Rotary office                                                                        
Awards college scholarships to deserving Oakland high school seniors. The application and consideration process takes place in the spring. During the rest of the year, committee members serve as advisors  to scholarship recipients. Each committee member is responsible for one or two students.
Peter Sherris                                                                                                                                        
Meets 2nd Thursday from 5:30- 6:30 pm                                                                        
1999 Harrison Street, 25th Floor
Provides materials, supplies, field trips, classroom volunteers, enriching experiences, and program support to the Transitional Kindergarten program of the Oakland Unified School District.
International Youth Exchange
Lorie Alemania                                                                                                                                      
Meets as needed                                                                                                                             
Promotes better international relations through youth exchange programs, including the long-standing student exchange with Oakland Rotary’s sister-city club, the Fukuoka Rotary Club.
Rotary International Foundation
Joe Goralka                                                                                                                                          
Meets at the call of the Chair                                                                                                              
Coordinates and maintains records on all Paul Harris Fellows, Multiple Fellowships, or any other contributions to the RI Foundation, and ensures that appropriate recognition materials are presented to donors.
Karl F. Stucki World Community Service
Karen Friedman 
Ben Fey                                                                                                                           
Meets 3rd Tuesday at 5:30 pm                                                                                                        
Ordway Building Confernence Room
Works with Rotary clubs in developing countries to plan, finance, and implement community service projects.  Also works on special projects, such as student exchanges, to promote world peace through increased understanding among people in the world,
Oakland Rotary Development
Sean Callum                                                                                                                             
Meets at the call of the Chair                                                                                                         
Provides hands-on trade skills to students in the Laney College building-trades program. Through a partnership with Rotary, Laney, and the City of Oakland, students construct a low-cost home, which is sold to fund future projects that support the development of these students’ hands-on skills.
Audio Visual                    
Rod Hughes                                                                                                                                       
Meets as needed, especially before meetings requiring extra facilities and equipment. Sets up AV equipment before each meeting, operates equipment during meeting, and stores equipment following meeting.
Brown Bag
Ryan Spink                                                                                                                                                                               
Arranges programs to be held at different member businesses.
Business Sponsorships
Elida Scola                                                                                                                                               
Schedules meeting sponsorships whereby members pay $200 for “three minutes of Shameless Self-Promotion.” The payment supports Club operations, and the member has the chance to let Club members know about his/her business.
Dudley Thompson
Steve Berley                                                                                                                                      
Meets 1st Thursday from 5:30-6:30 pm                                                             
1814 Franklin Street, Leamington Building, 9th Fl. Conference Room
Organizes various social functions for Club members, families, and friends, e.g., new members’ party, tailgate parties, Holiday Dinner Dance, and others.
High Adventure
Mark Rosen                                                                                                                                   
Tom Limon                                                                                                                                     
Meets 1st Monday at 5:30 pm                                                                                                         
Generally at Pacific Coast Brewing Co.                                                                
Plans active, adventurous activities for members, including skiing, whale watching, hiking, and kayaking.
Live Oak Writers
Michael Valva                                                                                                                                    
Meets at the call of the Chair                                                                                                         
Reports on the activities of the Rotary weekly lunch meeting through the Live Oak newsletter.
The Main Event
Chair TBD
Mark Rosen
Anne Marie Gorman
Marc Pineda
Linda Boessenecker
​Deveraux Smith
Brenda Robertson
Meets at the call of the Chair
Organizes and conducts the annual Club fundraiser, which raises significant funds to support the service programs supported by our Club and includes a Silent Auction featuring interesting experiences, fine wines, and culinary delights.
Membership Recruiting
Mary Lowery                                                                                                                           
John Dolby                          
Erin McGlynn
Meets monthly at the call of the Co-Chairs                                                                                     
Recruits leaders in the Oakland business, professional, and nonprofit community to become Club members.
David Scharff                                                                                                                          
Arranges music for weekly meetings and other events.
Kathleen Cody                                                                                                                            
Meets 1st Wednesday at 5:30
155 Grand Avenue, Suite 1025
Responsible for attracting and securing informative speakers at Club meetings. The committee's goal is to make the Rotary Club the “Commonwealth Club of the East Bay.”

Meeting Support
Roberta Abel                                                                                                                       
Supports weekly meetings and provides a welcoming setting for members and guests.               
New Member Orientation
Robert Kidd 
Meets at the call of the Chair  
Provides information and orientation to new members and plans social events and other activities to help new members meet each other and Club leaders.                                                                                          
Joe Buenavista                                                                                                    
Meets at the call of the Chair            
Organizes golf tournaments throughout the year, including an awards ceremony at the end of the season.
Advises on the purchase, installation, set-up, repair, and maintenance of technology systems used by the Club. 
Third Supper Club
Marty Burchell
Harold Lowe 
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