October Bowling Bash 10/25/14!


2014-October-Save-the-Date-Postcard_FrontIf you’ re looking for a lot of family fun, you won’t want to miss out on our Halloween Bowling Bash at Clayton Valley Bowl on October 25, 2014.  Admission to the event is just $25 per bowler.  Non-bowlers are welcome too at just $15.

The fun will start off at 6PM and each team of five, don’t worry if you are a single, double, triple, or quadruple, we’ll match you up with fun people – and will run until you’ve bowled two games or 7:30PM, whichever comes first!  There will be prizes and light h’orderves for all, too!  Don’t forget to wear your favorite costume too!

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Purchase Bowling Bash Ticket(s) (Max. 5 players per lane) Here

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Thanks to our Lane Sponsors:

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WIN $500! Jelly Bean Cam


Coming soon… Your chance to win $500!  This is a live streaming transmission of the actual container you need to count!

Only from Concord-Diablo Rotary Club can you purchase a ticket for just $5, where you can guess the exact number of Jelly Beans in this container and win $500!

Here’s some quick facts:

  • Container is sealed and is filled only with standard sized “Jelly Belly” brand candy.
  • Nobody on earth knows the exact number of beans in the container.
  • The container, as you see it, weighs approximately 28 pounds / 12.7kg
  • Tickets to guess are just $5 US – Winner will be the entry closest to the actual number of beans in the jar, counted on or about June 10, 2015, without going over.
  • In the event of a tie, winnings will be split between the correct guesses.

All proceeds benefit the Concord-Diablo Rotary Charitable Fund, a not-for-profit 501c3 organization.

9/17/14 Meeting Recap

I would like to share with all of you that were not able to attend today you were missed.

Al Browning did a great job leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance, and made a donation to the charitable fund of 50.00 for missing on a few meeting. Thank You Al.

Kian Ameli did a fabulous job on the 4 way test of the things we Think Say and Do in are everyday lives.

President Karen did the thought of the day. Please keep in mind of all the little things we take for granite. My thoughts a prayers goes out to the town of Weed and everyone that has lost any and everything in the northern fires. Please help if you can. You can donate directly by clicking here.

Edi Birsan did a quick update on community services. And it was quick, thank you Edi.

Will Harper shared information on the Salvation Army there in need of help with data entry tomorrow between 9am-3pm. If you or someone you might know that could help out with any amount of time please go the Salvation Army on Clayton Rd. Also they are having a family dinner on the 18th of October between 6-8pm. The dinner is free to all but in need of help for this event as well.

Please contact Kathy Lafferty for Day At The Races, she can help you get registered.

We had a Thank You letter from a student from Project Second Chance. This is the program that we give dictionaries to for the adult literacy program. Basically is read as, I would like thank Rotary for donating the dictionaries to project Second Chance for it helps me learn new words and to be a better reader. This an adult student that took the time to thank our club for helping them in their life. This is what It’s all about, helping others.

We had Bowling Bash sponsorship checks for the total amount of $650 today, Thank You! Let’s keep the sponsorships coming.

President Karen Valles gave to our Club’s Charitable Fund a donation of $100.00 for the sale of her rental home. So glad It’s sold. Less is more to me now than we’re getting older. Did I just say I’m old, Not.

Speaker: You missed a great speaker ,Ed Cleland from the Clayton Community Church and a great program on Building Bridges. Not what you might think. The projects that they do titled Building Bridges are phenomenal, they are help other just like Rotary does, but more in manual labor concept. Great Great program. Sorry you missed it. I will invite them back you don’t want to miss it. They do great work for the community.

Well raffle: The chance to draw went to Kian how exciting the pot is quite big at this time,  $294, we’re all on the edge of our seats and ……………….. It’s still growing. Sorry Kian better luck next time.

President Karen announced the board’s decision to start meeting at 6PM on the second Wednesday of each month.  All other Wednesdays we will continue to meet at 12:15PM.  The idea is to encourage prospective members who can’t attend a daytime meeting. Please remember to invite a guest for our first evening meeting on October 8th. Mark Peterson, District Attorney of Contra Costa County will present Part II of his presentation. We expect a full room.Cost of the dinner meeting will be $20. (This will also be the price of the lunches beginning 1/1/15. No more sandwich boards, and a better salad lettuce and fixings too!) Until then, I will see you all Wednesdays at noon.

Next week’s speaker Ashur J. Yoseph – Assyrian Aid Society Of America.

Author Discusses Businesses Behaving Well

DSC_0132Author Ron Elsdon, author of “Business Behaving Well” gave us an overview of corporate social responsibility and the benefits to society.  He tied back the four-way test, as well as the numerous projects our club is involved in, as part of his discussion. Ron was kind enough to donate a copy of his book for our raffle winner.

DSC_0130Today was also a day for good news!  Three “missing” Rotarians were able to make it to the meeting today!  Al Browning, Will Harper, and Kevin Schwartz were a  in attendance.  Al was able to miss the photo, but if you look carefully, you can see his hand at the buffet line behind Will and Kevin.

Jeff also introduced his guest, Wenbo Liu, who is a pharmacist at Sam’s Club, across the street from the Crowne Plaza!

Beri reported that the Carondelet Interact Club was going to be having their club rush on Thursday, September 11th.  Because of new rules on who is allowed on campus, and the fact that she just found out about these rules on Tuesday, she will be delivering pop cycles to the officers of the club to entice new members via somewhat clandestine methods.

President Karen chipped in $20 to our charitable foundation to celebrate the official selling of her house!  Beri tossed in a couple of bucks because she took Angelina (our exchange student from Poland) to Cost Plus last night and ended up purchasing about $40 worth of European chocolates for Angelina! (Of course, this was after her workout at KIan’s Momentum FitnessJeff tossed in a couple of happy bucks because Angelina received her first two grades, both A’s, on a photography assignment.  Edi Birsan, tried to get off with a measly $5 for a trip to Italy over the weekend to defend his honor as a Diplomacy Champion.  It appears that Edi came in #4 in the world — but he’s #1 in our hearts!  Edi told a charming story about meeting a couple from Finland when they noticed he was wearing a Rotary shirt.

You won’t want to miss next week’s Club Assembly – the pot in the drawing is over $280!

Valles Triumphant Return

President Valles returned to the throne at the meeting on September 3, 2014.  She seemed more at ease after a little R&R in Oregon, and moved things along swiftly.

Erin McGregor also made an appearance, mentioning that she purchased a new car that has a sticker that lets her use the HOV lane, but it still has a back up engine, as not to smite her employer…  Rumor has it that her hubby has a new plane that he could just drop her off with a little help from a parachute, but we won’t go there…

Nancy Glenfield gave a happy buck for her eye surgery that went well…  Beri Kasper also contributed to the pot.  Edi Birsan was out on a secret diplomatic mission to Rome. Better a mission than an inquisition!

DSC_0065Our speakers were Rotarians Horace Crawford and Kathe Mitchell, as well as Karen Leffler from the Trinity Center in Walnut Creek.  The mission of the Trinity Center is to serve the homeless and working poor population in Central County.  They offer services such as a food pantry, clothing, washing machines and dryers, and showers.  They have recently expanded their program from two days a week to seven days a week.  Think about that – something we take for granted like a shower or clean clothes – can make such a difference in someone’s lives.  Not to mention being called by name and acknowledges as a human being.  Thankfully, few of us will know what it’s like to become invisible while in plain sight.

Kathy Lafferty held the winning ticker number, but alas, drew the 2 of Clubs… that means the pot’s now over $271!


Angelina Helps Out Library!

DSC_0060Our exchange student, Angelina Zywert, gave up two hours of her Sunday to help transport books from the Lafayette Friends of the Library Bookstore to the Concord Library for the upcoming September book sale.

Angelina was joined by Edi Birsan and Jeff & Beri Kasper.  Unfortunately, the Concord Library was closed for the Labor Day DSC_0062Weekend, so the crew had to make a detour to Edi’s home, and “round two” will be taking the books back to Concord on Tuesday when they reopen!