Community & Clubs: Ringing in the holiday bells of service

This is a busy time of the year for service clubs in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach.

Some club members are ringing the Salvation Army bells and staffing the donation kettles at local shopping centers. Others, such as Exchange Clubs of Corona del Mar and Newport Harbor, are delivering food and Christmas gifts to families in need. Still others, partnering with their Interact, Key Club groups and are decorating their Rose Parade floats in time for the 123rd parade being held on Jan. 2 in Pasadena.

Look for the Kiwanis International, Rotary International and Lions International floats starting at 8 a.m. as the Rose Parade steps off on Monday, Jan. 2. The best TV viewing, uninterrupted by commercials, will be on KTLA- 5 in Southern California. If you are not out of bed at 8 a.m., KTLA will rebroadcast the parade several times during the day.

The service clubs have also been taking time to enjoy fellowship during the holidays. Several have held Christmas Boat Parade dinners at home and at yacht clubs. Others have held Christmas parties for their own children and grandchildren.

Most clubs will not be meeting for the next two weeks as members take time to enjoy their families and the holiday.

From my wife Barbara and myself, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and best wishes for the New Year!


Thought for the day

"Apologizing doesn't mean that you are wrong and the other person is right. It only means that you value the relationship more than your personal ego!"



Noon: The Exchange Club of Corona del Mar meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, 1601 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar.


7 a.m.: The 20-member Costa Mesa Orange Coast Lions Club meets at Mimi's Café, Newport and Harbor boulevards, Costa Mesa.

Noon: The 45-member Kiwanis Club of Newport Beach-Corona del Mar meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club. For more information, visit

The 40-member Kiwanis Club of Costa Mesa meets at the Costa Mesa Golf and Country Club, 1701 Golf Course Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit

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