Club News


Patricia Allen is presented with her honorary membership certificate by president Jim Ficenec
Patricia Allen is presented with her honorary membership certificate by president Jim Ficenec

At the June 28th meeting, Patricia Allen was inducted as an honorary member of the Club.

Patricia was honored for her tireless efforts working on various Rotary projects over the years, even bringing down her whole family to work at the July 4th Dave Crane Memorial Pancake Breakfast!

Patricia was nominated for this honor by Club Secretary Nancy Glenfield.  Patricia is the fourth person to be honored in this manner by the Club since 1979.


Andrea Olson from the Office of Assemblymember Joan Buchanan commended the Rotary Club of Concord-Diablo through an email to Community Service Chair Edi Birsan on their efforts to organize fruit “gleening” from local residents.  The project helps bring much needed fruit to local food pantries.


The Dave Crane Memorial Pancake Breakfast is set for Sunday, July 4th! Tickets are still just $5, with the proceeds benefiting the good works we do.  Here’s the details:

WHEN: Sunday, July 4, 2010
Pancake Breakfast

COST: $5 per ticket (good for pancake, sausage & drink)

Tickets are available from any member of the Concord-Diablo Rotary Club or by sending an email request here.

Concord/Diablo Rotary Foundation  Holds Charity Raffle

Thanks to everyone who purchased a ticket this year!  Because of your generosity, we will be able to give even more to deserving local organizations.  Look for your chance to play again next year!

And the winners are:

1st Prize $500-Early Bird                  Blanca from Concord
2nd Prize $125-Early Bird                Jeff & Liz from Walnut Creek
3rd Prize $125-Early Bird                 Erin M. from Walnut Creek
4th Prize $125-Early Bird                 Michael B. from Concord
5th Prize $125-Early Bird                 Cindy from Nevada

2nd Prize $2000 Travel Voucher & $1000 Cash              Lois G. from Concord
Grand Prize $5000 Travel Voucher & $2000 Cash          David L. from Concord

Concord/Diablo Rotary Foundation to Hold Charity Raffle

Starting on January 15, 2010 the Concord-Diablo Rotary Charitable Fund will hold a charity raffle.  Only 300 tickets will be sold at $100 each.

First prize is a $5,000 travel voucher, plus $2,000 cash!  Second prize will a $2,000 travel voucher plus $1,000.  Travel vouchers may be used for any travel.

Tickets sold before 2/1/2010 will be eligible for an “Early Bird” drawing for $1,000 in additional prizes!

For more information, click here or call Jeff at 925-798-0896 x15.


Concord-Diablo Rotary Dictionary Donation Featured in Concord Transcript ArticleHere’s an excerpt…

Another group in Central County that works to help adults learn to read and write English is Project Second Chance (PSC), the Contra Costa County Library adult literacy program, which has served the community for more than 25 years.

And in turn, PSC was helped by the Concord-Diablo Rotary Club as part of the club’s Community Support program. More than 20 special dictionaries, especially for new readers, were donated to the literacy program.

“The reason for picking Project Second Chance was they had made a presentation to the club, as part of our regular community outreach program, to explain their service to the community,” said Edi Birsan, community director for the club and in charge of the project.

“The unique aspect of Project Second Chance is that it is geared toward adults who are learning to read. This segment is also able to quickly achieve much higher functioning in our society with significant positive outcomes spreading out to multiple family members and associates.”

Birsan said he looked into possible areas of mutual interest, and the PSC coordinators “expressed their desire for special picture-oriented dictionaries.” After a review by the board of directors, the project received approval and the dictionaries were delivered to Laura Seaholm, program manager for PSC.

PSC’s next three-day training for prospective tutors is set for January. For more information about Project Second Chance and volunteering, visit or call the Pleasant Hill office at 925-927-3250.

For more on Concord-Diablo Rotary Club, visit its Web site at

Three cheers to Concord-Diablo Rotary and to Project Second Chance.  To read the full article, click here…

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