When? July 4th from 8 am to 11 am (or when all the pancakes are gone)
Where? Todos Santos Park in Concord
What? Pancakes, sausage, and coffee or juice
Why will this be your most enjoyable breakfast of the year? Well, not only is the cost only $5.00, and the proceeds benefit the Concord-Diablo Rotary Charitable Fund, which in turn benefits the community of Concord, BUT you don’t have to cook it! Plus attendees will get to see the Concord parade for free. Please ask a member of the Concord-Diablo Rotary for tickets. Bring the whole family.
On Saturday 316 lbs of oranges, lemons, and grapefruit were gleaned by the Picker Squadron, Edi Birsan, Nancy Glenfield, Beri Kasper, Brigitte Ross, Lee Koellermeier, Kathy Lafferty, and first time picker Wendee Williamson. This fruit was delivered to the Food Bank. Thanks to Carol Toms for making the trees available.
Sunday was another great day of gleaning. Check out this huge lemon tree with lemons as big as soft balls. We got about 200 lbs that are headed to Monument Crisis Center on Monday. Not only was this the first gleaning for Julia Neely but she led the team which included Beri Kasper and Kathy Lafferty.
Way to go, everyone!
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Brigitte Ross as our newest member. She was inducted on February 15th by membership chair Kian Ameli and her sponsor and President Beri Kasper. Brigitte grew up in a small town in northern Germany and has a sister who is three years older and still lives in Germany. After graduating from high school she spent a year in the US (in Potomac, MD) working as an Au-Pair, taking care of 3 kids. Brigitte says it was a wonderful experience as she was able to explore Washington D.C., travel to New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, the West Coast including Los Angeles, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and many other places.
She returned to Germany and went to college in Baden-Baden to study languages and business administration. Brigitte graduated in 1993 and went to work for WR Grace near Hamburg, Germany as an office administrator in the R&D department for can coatings and lacquers. As working in Germany did not give her sufficient opportunity to use her language skills she moved to Brussels, Belgium in 1998 and started working for Vetrotech Saint-Gobain a fire rated glass manufacturer. In 2000 Vetrotech sponsored her to relocate to Seattle, WA to open up their North American sales and manufacturing facility in Auburn, WA. Within in the first month of being in Seattle she met Jim Ryberg. He ran his own acoustical ceiling company and was installing the ceilings in her office. She turned down his to buy her a coffee but did not turn him down a couple of weeks later when he offered to buy lunch. They have been married for 11 years now. In 2006 they moved to Brussels where she took a position with the European Government but decided to return to the US in 2009.
Jim and Brigitte have been in the Bay Area since 2012 and own a house in downtown Concord which they continue to renovate bit by bit. They do not have any children together but he has a 30 year old son and two girls in their twenties.
The Patriots Jet Team, that is. Ed Daley visited the Club and showed us some incredible videos of his Team in action. Have you ever seen the Blue Angels? Well, the Patriots do the same thing. And they are located in Byron, CA! They perform their well practiced air routines at air shows all over the country including right before the Blue Angels during Fleet Week in San Francisco every October. They also have a non-profit Foundation dedicated to inspiring the youth of America with a love of aviation and aerospace. They believe students today need and deserve every encouragement to learn and apply STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) along their educational paths. You can find out more about the Patriots Jet Team and the Patriots Jet Team Foundation by visiting their website, http://patriotsjetteam.com/.