Leroy Morishita, President of CSU East Bay - Leroy M. Morishita was appointed President of California State University East Bay (CSUEB) in January 2012. Previously, he served for 29 years at San Francisco State University (SFSU) in a variety of positions with increasing responsibility.
Dr. Morishita started by acknowledging how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the operations and structure of education at CSUEB.  He noted the the recent events and protests have also impacted the university, but noted that CSUEB has always been committed to social justice and equity. 
Key points in a very informative presentation included:
  • The history of the school's founding in 1957 as the State College of Alameda County to opening on the Sunset High School Campus in 1959 to moving to the Hayward campus in 1963 to being renamed CSU Hayward in 1973 to the renaming to CSU East Bay in 2005. 
  • The campus switched to the semester system in 2018, which benefits students in multiple ways (e.g., time for research, better prepared for the world of work).
  • There are 14,500 student of which 60% are first generation college students, 45% receive Pell Grant funding, which is based on social-economic factors, 75% receive some financial aid, 80% are working, and there is no majority ethnic group (the largest group is Latino). 
  • Approximately 40-45% of the students are freshmen and 55-60% are transfer students from the community college system.  80% of the CSUEB graduates remain in the area.
  • There are 800 faculty members and CSUEB offer 49 B.A., 34 M.A., 1 Ph.D. and 24 Credential programs
Dr. Morishita concluded his presentation by discussing the steps CSUEB is taking to address the COVID-19 pandemic (probably 95% online courses in the fall) as well as impact of the State budget cuts, which could be 10% of the $230 million budget, and the cost of dealing with the pandemic.
Dr. Morishita provide a great deal of valuable information regarding the past, present and future of California State University East Bay.  Watch the video the presentation here for the details.
New Member: 
Lance Brede, East Bay Regional Park District
Dan Willits, a longtime friend from CVHS days, introduced Captain Lance A. Brede to the Club. Then President Todd Anglin and Membership Chair Carol Bigelow formally inducted Lance into the Club and started him on his way to a Blue Badge.  Lance thanked the Club and noted that he looks forward to continuing the tradition of Service Above Self.   Watch the presentation here.
Lance has served the East Bay Regional Park District since 1993 and was sworn in as an Officer in 1997. Lance was promoted to his current role in 2017 with management responsibility for the Operations Division, including Patrol Services, Air Support Unit, Investigations Unit, Special Enforcement Unit and the Volunteer Trail Safety Patrol.
Lance resides in Castro Valley with his wife and two sons. He continues his tradition of service by coaching and mentoring several youth sports programs in his free time. 
Member Moment:  Pam Tavini
Pam attended her first Rotary Club of Castro Valley meeting at the end of July 2019 and was hooked on the work in which the Club was engaged.  Pam was born in San Leandro and grew up in Fremont.  She earned a B.S. In Business Management and spent 25 years in Tech Sales working with the health care and public agencies sectors.  After a break, Pam worked for a tech startup with the transportation industry (e.g., creating the mandated electronic logs) before moving into her current position a little over a year ago.  Pam currently serves as the Director of Client Care for Brightstar Care that provides a range of direct care patient services in the Dublin and Castro Valley area.  When we begin meeting in person again, please take the time to learn more about Pam and her work.  Watch her presentation here.   
Restaurant of the Week
Sweet Treat of the Week
Support local businesses!  Let them know that the Rotary Club of Castro Valley sent you.  Watch the presentations here.
Support a CVHS Student Intern This Summer
In February, Abraham Mendoza, Work-Based Learning Specialist for the Eden Area Regional Occupational Program (ROP) spoke to the Club about the Summer Intern Program, which is free to local businesses,  The program is still working to place 15-20 Castro Valley High School student in 4-6 week summer internship program starting in the next week or two.
If you can place a high school summer intern in your work environment this summer, please contact Abraham ASAP at 805.705.9138 or amendoza@eden.org.  To review the information that Abraham provided in February, click here.
The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention
As you know, Rotary International had to cancel the 2020 Annual International Convention in Honolulu due the COVID-19 pandemic, but Rotarians can still attend the Convention - virtually June 20-26 and later in July. 
Click here to learn how you can participate in the Convention and grow as a Rotarian.  Additionally, RI will be providing breakout sessions throughout July.  Click here to see the breakout sessions scheduled in July.   You are required to register for the Convention, but there is no cost to participation in the virtual conference.
If you go to the Rotary Convention Website and scroll to the bottom of the page and enter your e-mail address, you will receive timely notifications when new information is posted on the official website.  To see the variety of breakout sessions that you can attend virtually, click here.
After the Convention, everything that is part of the official convention program will be recorded and stored in one location on the RI website.  Some programs will be published in shorter segments.  Take advantage of this resource and experience a RI International Convention.
District 5170 Training Assembly 2020 Sessions
Unable to hold its annual one-day Training Assembly, District 5170 turned to Zoom and provided the training sessions over a two week period, which allowed Rotarians to participate in far more sessions than they could have in one day.  Click here to access the videos, PowerPoint presentations, and chat for all 15 training sessions.  Anyone who is an officer or committee chair definitely view the training for his/her role and all Rotarians can learn more about how a Club and District operate. 
To learn more about Rotary District 5170 and how the Rotary Club of Castro Valley is part of the District, click here
COVID-19:  Reopening Schools Safely in 2020-2021
At the June 2nd meeting, Castro Valley USD Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi mentioned that she was working on a State committee developing guidelines to reopen schools safely for the 2020-2021 school year.  The California Department of Education has now released the guidelines, Stronger Together. Use the link below to access this 62 page report.
Next Meeting - June 16, 2020
Iron Mountain EPA Superfund Site Reclamation Project
Castro Valley Rotarian Dave Sadoff will discuss the Iron Mountain EPA Superfund Site Reclamation Project.  Dave received a degree in Geology from California State University, Hayward and has worked as an environmental consultant in the clean‐up of contaminated properties for over 20 years.