District Governor Gregg Giusiana Visits Club - Gregg Giusiana is currently serving as Rotary District 5170 Governor (DG). As part of his DG duties, Gregg visits all 55+ Clubs in District 5170 at least once during the year. Gregg served ten years as the Chief of Police for the City of Gilroy before retiring in 2008..
Gregg started the day by meeting with the Club's Board of Directors where he commended the Club for a "quality Club" and recognized its efforts.  President Gary Howard organized a presentation to share with Gregg what the Club has done, is doing, and plans to do in the future.  Click here to see the presentation and to hear Gregg's comments about District 5170 and Rotary.
After Board meeting, Gregg joined the Club for lunch and continued to share the importance of Rotary with all the members and what District 5170 is doing and has planned.  Click here to watch the meeting and his presentation.  Don't miss Gregg's personal story of what Rotary means at the end of his presentation.
DG Gregg noted that the Rotary Internation Vision and the Four Way Test both have 24 words.  The Vision explains what Rotarians do and the Four Way Test how Rotarians do it.
Together, we see a world wher people unite and take action to create lasting change - across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
Four-Way Test
  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Exoskelton Demonstration
Sutter Health's Eden Medical Center
For the past year, the Rotary Club of Castro Valley has partnered with Eden Medical Center to raise funds to purchase a Ekso GT Robotics Exoskeleton that assists stroke patients to learn to walk again.  The exoskelton is now in use.
After introductions and overviews by Eden Medical Center CEO Pat Ryan and Adminstrative Director, Neuoscience & Onology Services Glen Jett, he program was turned over to Susanna Hsu, Outpatient Rehab Manager and physical therapy team to demonstrate the exoskelton in acutal use with a patient recovering from a stroke and learning to walk again. 
Members described the demonstration as "powerful, amazing, awe-inspring, and it brought me to tears."  There is no way words can capture the impact of the demonstration so click here to watch it.
Stroke is the number one cause of disability in the nation and regaining mobility is one of the biggest challenges during stroke rehabilitation. Over 60% of acute stroke survivors are unable to walk or experience difficulty with walking. Physical therapy guided by trained specialists can help patients to regain the strength, balance, and endurance they need to walk following a stroke.
The Ekso GT Robotics Exoskeleton provides advanced rehabilitation technology to achieve optimal outcomes for stroke patients. This wearable robotic technology has revolutionized stroke care by providing comprehensive gait therapy beyond what a physical therapist can do with conventional tools. 
In 2019, the Rotary Club of Castro Valley partnered with Eden Medical Center to raise funds to help purchase a Ekso GT Robotics Exoskeleton.  The Club matched up to $10,000 and with support from Sutter Health and other generous community donors, Eden Medical Center was able to purchase the Exoskelton and begin helping patients recover.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to this project.  Don't miss the video.
  • The Castro Valley/Eden Area Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring Candidate Forums for H.A.R.D. and Eden Township Healthcare District on September 23 at 7:00-9:00 pm and BART District 5 Director on September 24 at 7:00-8:00 pm.  Details on the Chamber website.      
  • Virtual Cheese Tasting on September 29 at 6:00-7:30 pm.  Check your email for details.  This tasting is a members and their guests only event.  Contact Aaron Lewis for details.  Deadline to order tickets is 5:00 p.m. on September 22.             
  • Members are requested to register for lunch meeting on ClubRunner under Upcoming Events.
  • The Zoom link to access the the lunch meeting is always: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/240179056 
September 22 - Lunch Meeting via Zoom at 12:00 pm
  • Speaker - Erica Walker, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Boston University
  • Topic:  Noise Pollution
September 22 - Deadline to order Virtual Cheese Tasting Tickets
September 29 - No Lunch Meeting
September 29 - Virtual Cheese Tasting (Members Only)
  • Aaron Lewis is coordinating the Club event.  Please contact him with questions.
  • Check email for details and registration.  Registration deadline is September 22.  Once you register, you will be sent details to access the event.