2018: A Year in Review

“There will be no scurvy in the valley!” 

  • In 2018, 3361 pounds of various fruit was picked by the Concord-Diablo Rotary Club and another 2952 pounds was picked in working with the Boys Scouts;
  • Gleaned fruit is immediately taken to Share Food Pantry, The Salvation Army, Monument Crisis Center, and/or Contra Costa and Solano Food Bank;
  • The fruit is consumed with in 48 hours of gleaning;
  • If you have a fruit tree that needs picking, contact Glean Queen Brigitte Ross at RossyBerg2313@gmail.com or EdiBirsan@gmail.com.
  • There is NO scurvy in the valley!

Fundraising/Giving/Volunteering

  • Bowling Bash – raised $4,500
  • Pancake Breakfast – raised $2,500
  • Giving Wednesday
    • $1,000 to Cambridge Child Development Center. Families received 200 $5 gift cards (cambridgecom.org)
    • $2,000 to Project Second Chance (ccclib.org/psc/)
    • $1,000 to Concord High School Music Program to replace a duct taped Bass instrument.
  • The club members volunteered over 132 hours (we began reporting in September). That is over 16 – 8 hour days or 5.5 – 24 hour days.
  • Cambridge Child Development Center Christmas Giving – each child received a donated gift from the Concord-Diablo Rotary along with a visit from Santa.
Cambridge Child Development Center
Concord High School Music Program
Project Second Chance

2018 Activities

Camp Venture
  • 2018 Super Bowl Party – Eagles beat the Patriots!
  • Camp Venture – Camp Venture is a five day training and motivational camp for students who have finished their junior year and are interested in pursuing a career in business, particularly as entrepreneurs. It is held in late June at St. Mary’s College in Moraga. Students, sponsored by their local Rotary Clubs, have the opportunity to interact with experienced business people and meet with other students in District 5160 who have similar interests. As a Vocational Avenue Service project, Camp Venture sponsorship provides your club with the opportunity to build closer ties with students at your local high school and to demonstrate Rotary’s commitment to youth.Thank you for your continued support of Camp Venture.
  • Bocce Ball with the Martinez Rotary
  • Channel 7 News Tour and Dinner – Rocky & Lauren, Jeannette & Per, Rico and Patricia, so much fun!
    Exchange Student Visit – Joe from Japan. 
Dinner at Piperade in San Francisco
Dan Ashley, Rocky & Lauren Gernhardt, Jeanette & Per Lohmann, Patricia & Rico Ramirez
Joe Shiozaki from Wakayama, Japan

PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Rocky & Lauren Gernhardt – Beautiful baby Audrey was born May 19, 2018
  • Edi & Carol Birsan celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on December 27, 2018
  • Our own Edi Birsan was the 2018 Mayor of Concord
2018 Concord Mayor Edi Birsan

FUN FACTS

Al & Betty Browning

Rotarian, Al Browning joined the Club in 1990. On February 12, 2019, Al will be 85 years old.

Beri Kasper joined the Club in 1992.

Karen Mahshi

Karen Mahshi joined the Club in 1993.

Lady Beri

Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Concord Diablo for a job well done!


MALDONADO TAKES THE THRONE!

Forget Charles in Charge, Eric Maldonado has big plans for his year as the president of the Rotary Club of Concord-Diablo.  Bring a guest to his first meeting!  We have an exceptional program ready for you!

 

KEN DAMI FROM TESORO TO SPEAK

(Gary Buckmann has had to cancell, and will reschedule for another date.) Ken Dami from the Tesoro Refinery has graciously agreed to be the inagural speaker for President Maldonado’s year.  Ken has years of excperience in the industry and will be able to give us an overview of the refinery, as well as Tesoro’s commitment to the community. (In case you missed it, they are the presenting sponsor of Concord’s 4th of July Parade!

 

CODY LEAVES FOR JAPAN NEXT WEEK!  AZUSA ARRIVES SOON!

A friendly reminder, our outgoing Japanese exchange student will be at the club this week to talk about what he hopes to accomplish during his exchange trip to Japan.  Continuing the tradition, we will also be passing the hat for a little spending money for Cody while he’s on the road.  Please remember to bring some extra $$ to put into the hat!

GET YOUR DUCKS HERE! RUBBER DUCKY DERBY AUGUST 19th AT WATERWORLD CONCORD

Duck Races Banner

Ready, set GO!  The Duck Races Are ON!  Sunday, August 19th at Waterworld in Concord.  You can adopt a duck for just $10! One duck will win $1,000! You do NOT need to be present to win!

This event is sponsored by eight local Rotary Clubs (Clayton Valley Sunrise, Concord, Concord-Diablo, Diablo View, Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, Walnut Creek Sunrise) to raise money for projects in our community.  Projects include scholarships, Meals on Wheels, Food Bank, Healthcare, CASA, Senior Care, and much much more!

Special $20 Kids & $30 Adult Admission tickets available.  Contact any member of the Concord-Diablo Rotary Club or email us to adopt ducks or purchase tickets.

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.