Edi Birsan reports…with the mission to Mr. Narbi’s home, the last fruit picking on December 30th, we broke the 3 ton (6,000 pounds) marker in picked fruit for the year, 2015. It was delivered it to the SHARE food pantry on Willow Pass Rd., which was one of the first sites we delivered to more than 6 years ago when the project started. Pretty good considering it was a drought year! He also reports that we are the only Club in our District (5160) that had every member participate in a single community service project. Outstanding! Congratulations Concord-Diablo Rotary members. And thanks, Edi for being our head fruit picker.
The kids were so excited when Santa came and delivered a toy and a book for each child. Rotary members were present to watch the the expressions and hear the squeals of joy. What a fun time for everyone. And such a satisfying feeling!
At the November 18th Rotary meeting Community Service Chair Edi Birsan, along with President Kian Ameli presented 200 $5 gift cards to Kathy Lafferty, Executive Director at Cambridge Child Development Center. The families the Center serves will be able to purchase the necessities for yummy Thanksgiving meals.
Kian, Kathy, and Edi
Speaker Chuck Kohler told us of his experience as a Pearl Harbor survivor. He voluntarily enlisted in the U.S. Navy on April 30, 1941, a couple of months after his 17th birthday. Little did he know what he would be involved in just eight months later. He was stationed on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor and was at his desk typing a letter to his mother when the bombs started to fall all around him. Those present at this meeting were totally engaged while Mr. Kohler told of his brave actions and struggles to return fire power…all while having been injured in the initial bombing. Chuck describes his 61 year marriage to Judy as “still in the honeymoon phase”, Thank you Chuck for your service and for sharing history.
Judy, Chuck and Kian
Edi Birsan, for leading the Club in international and community projects. In addition to the Burkina Faso water projects Edi’s favorites are the book sales at the Concord Library and fruit gleaning around the City of Concord. Edi gathers members to help set up and take down three to four book sales each year. Edi’s favorite motto is “there will be no scurvy in Concord”. He is largely responsible for leading Club members to pick over two tons of fruit just this year, and over ten tons since he brought the project to the Club about five years ago. All fruit is donated to the local food pantries and food banks. Well done, Edi!
Kian and Edi