Hayward park district honors Gordins, Castro Valley Rotary

HAYWARD — Jana and Jeff Gordin and the Castro Valley Rotary are the winners of the park district’s annual awards.

The Gordins are being honored for establishing and supporting the Karen Gordin Scholarship Fund. The fund was established in 2001 in memory of their daughter, Karen Gordin, who was killed when her car was hit by the driver of a stolen van who was being pursued by deputies. Gordin, 19, had been on her way to work as a lifeguard at the Hayward Plunge, which is run by the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District.

The scholarship has benefited more than 24 lifeguards with their college education. The fund also has provided swimming lessons for hundreds of low-income youth and swim team scholarships. The Karen Gordin Foundation has donated more than $28,000 to the park district since 2001.

The Castro Valley Rotary is being recognized for its partnership with the park district and support of its programs. In 2013, Castro Valley Rotarians donated funds and volunteered for the Ashland holidays gift giveaway and Sulphur Creek Nature Center and hosted a Thanksgiving luncheon for 150 seniors in Castro Valley.

The Rotary club donated money to help the district set up the Sulphur Creek Owl Cam. (If you haven’t viewed the owl cam, check it out once nesting season begins.)

Castro Valley Rotary partners with the district and other groups to stage the Rowell Ranch chili cook-off, the Castro Valley Blues Festival and the Rowell Ranch Rodeo Parade.