Thanks go out to Cody Sickinger and Dirk Wentling for their combination of picking and roof climbing to clean out the oranges at the MacDonald’s in Walnut Creek.

The orangers were split between the Food Bank and the Homeless Shelter.
This was Cody’s 16th mission making him one short of Karen Mahshi’s record holding of 17.  Dirk who is also an Ace Squadron Picker, 8 missions.

Demotion a Success! Kasper Strums off Into the Sunset…

It was three o’clock in the afternoon and the sun was high.  The Hawai’ian music was floating on the breeze.  The MaiThai’s were flowing freely…


PP Jim did a great job at the luau themed event, in honor of the departing “Big Kahuna” Jeff Kasper.  The food was great (especially Jeff’s favorite — SPAM Sushi!  Karen & Richard Valles offered up their home, the perfect setting for this festive Luau!

A majority of the Club was in attendance, with Kevin actually daring to bring his whole family! (The new baby is really getting big!) Elusive Laura Hoffmeister was even there live, and in person!

Kasper had said that he “Didn’t need anymore plaques!”  So PP Jim came through with a beautiful Ukelele!  (He was also kind enough to include a lesson book)  Kasper gave gifts of the islands to the Board members for their support (thank you Mrs. Kasper for putting these together), including an inspirational Rotary item for each member.

Eric will officially take the reigns at the July 11th meeting – but he’s in charge now!  Jeff can be found strumming his uke, so far he’s learned “Are you sleeping?”, “Mary Had A Little Lamb” and “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”  Look for the album on iTunes!

Concord-Diablo Rotary Partners With Area Rotary Clubs

This is the booth that we set up in conjunction with the Sunrise and the Concord-Friday club.

While we did not get any sign ups requesting member information, I did get about half a dozen flyers out on prospects for both the RotaCare facility and the Picker Squadron.

Edi Birsan

Six Months & 6,000 Pounds!

It is with great pleasure to announce that as of noon July 1st we have collected over 6,000 pounds of fruit for the community this year. That’s THREE TONS OF FOOD!

This week has been an active one with 5 houses being hit. Including the home of Sally Smith a literacy volunteer at the Monument Community Partnership who is often seen in a handicap scooter. This illustrates the duality of service that we provide by gleaning- not only do the hungry get fresh fruit, but the homes of the giver’s are often people who also need help who could not harvest their own trees.

At Sally’s there was the return of Beri Kasper and Erin McGregor to the active Picker Squadron Ranks earning make ups and Erin was able to receive an Aloe plant gift from Sally’s plentiful bounty as a way of thanks.

This morning we hit two homes of a mother and daughter with more plums and a haul of apricots. One of the discards was rather interesting and looked like a heart. We like to have fun with fruit shapes.