Food Sorting…Giving Back

The volunteer project for the week was food sorting at the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano located at 4010 Nelson Ave. in Concord. The turn out was great, we had 28 people. Over 4 1/2 tons of fruit and vegetables were bagged on Monday.

  • 1,180 pounds of squash
  • 3,553 pounds of plums
  • 2,115 pounds of apples
  • 1,492 pounds of pears
  • 687 pounds of oranges
  • 9,068 pounds of fruit and vegetables!!

Please join us for our next volunteer project! Here are the benefits of volunteering and giving back:

💥 Gain confidence
💥 Make a difference
💥 Meet people
💥 Be part of a community
💥 Learn new skills
💥 Take on a challenge
💥 Combats depression
💥 helps counteract the effects of stress, anger, and anxiety
💥 Makes you happy & feel good
💥 Provides a sense of purpose
💥 Have fun❣️

2019 Margaret Lesher Award Recipient

The Rotary Club of Concord-Diablo was the recipient of the 2019 Margaret Lesher Award this past July. This award is given to an organization or foundation that has demonstrated exceptional partnership with Project Second Chance, the Contra Costa County Library adult literacy program. This small but mighty club has supported PSC for many years in many ways. Thank you Project Second Chance. The Rotary Club of Concord Diablo was honored to attend the annual Recognition Event and grateful to be the recipient of this award. We were inspired by the student authors that spoke at the event.

Project Second Chance offers free, confidential, one-on-one basic literacy instruction to people who read or write below the 6th grade level. Students are over the age of 16, out of high school, and speak English well enough to communicate over the telephone and in person.

https://ccclib.org/psc

#concordca #ccclib #rotaryinternational #cdrotary #psc #justread

Edi Birsan, Patricia Ramirez and Nancy Glenfield accept the 2019 Margaret Lesher Award

2019 Demotion Party

Edi Birsan & Kathy Lafferty



2018/2019 Past President, Edi Birsan

Thank you to our outgoing President, Edi Birsan! It was an awesome day to celebrate with a pool party on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at the Clarion Hotel. It was beautiful, sunny and hot with burgers, hot dogs, spirits, friends and family. Thank you to all who attended.

Past President of 2017/2018, Kathy Lafferty had the honor of pinning Edi Birsan with his Past President Rotary Pin. Welcome to our incoming President 2019/2020, Patricia Ramirez. We are looking forward to another exciting year.

Madame President, Patricia Ramirez

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!