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/.
For the past several years we have picked fruit on Super Bowl Sunday. This year, with rain predicted on Bowl day several members turned out to pick lemons a week early. Newest member Rocky Gernhardt did a fine job on his first fruit picking as did Brigitte Ross, who by the way is not even a member, yet. She really wants to impress! Last but certainly not least, President Beri Kasper led the group in picking 200 pounds and donating to the Monument Crisis Center. The fruit picking is always free of charge to the homeowner. However, sometimes they are so thankful to be able to not only get their trees gleaned and ready for new blossoms but be able to donate to people who can use the fruit that they will donate to our Charitable Fund. Such is the case of homeowner Rita who also took all these fantastic photos of our Rotarians hard at work. All are truly following the Rotary motto “Service Above Self”. Thank you, Rita for the fruit and for the boost to our Charitable Fund, which will, in turn let us provide things like scholarships to deserving DVC students, toys for Cambridge kids, and food gift cards for families in need. Seems like a Win, Win in this Super Bowl!
With this years total of 3415 lbs, of fruit picked, the Rotary Club of Concord-Diablo’s Picker Squadron has passed 25 Tons for the food bank and pantries in Concord since the program started in 2009. “There is no Scurvy in Concord or the Valley since we started this program” jokes Edi Birsan the founder of the program and one of its main ‘Pickers’ while also being Vice Mayor of the City. Rotarians as well as their families and guests are invited to help with the mission of the Picker Squad. Contact Casilda Gonzales 925 338-5775 or Edi Birsan 925 798-3537 to get your fruit picked or to volunteer. Thanks to Edi and Casilda for organizing our gleaning dates!
Patricia Ramirez completed her blue badge requirements closely behind Wendee and was rewarded with her official badge by President and sponsor Beri Kasper and membership chair Kian Ameli. Congratulations Patricia on a job well done!
Internationally known Russian artist Ludmila Pawlowska lives in Sweden and is a member of the Vadsbo Rotary Club. She visited us to tell us about her traveling exhibit, Icons of Transformation. Ludmila (Mila) offers a rare opportunity to see both her work and the path of her contemporary vision derived from traditional Russian icons. The collection includes both her own art and icons from Vassilevsky Monastery. For more information visit her website www.saintmichaelsconcord.org.