Last week, I asked that as you make your New Year's resolutions, you
add one to visit a service club and check them out for possible
membership in 2002. Membership in a service club is an extra 30 minutes a
week on a breakfast, lunch or dinner hour for a club meeting filled with
information, fun, friends and service. For some, it's a way to start a
day inspired with a sunrise club. For others, it's a way to stay informed
about your community. For still others, service club membership is way to
end a day with friends at a dinner meeting.
We should be thankful for all our blessings, for we could have been
born in the Sudan or Afghanistan. We are indeed blessed people. Service
club membership is one way to share our time, talent and treasure with
our neighbors, here and abroad.
Many people want to make a difference in the world, and for those of
us in service clubs, find that we can have a greater effect as a group
than as an individual. Take, for example, Rotary's $480-million effort to
eradicate polio from around the world and providing the polio vaccine to
some 2 billion children under the age of 5 in the past 12 years.
And there are 1.2 million Rotarians, including 200 in Costa Mesa and
Newport Beach, who are making a difference with their support of the Los
Angeles Times Reading by 9 program.
Exchange Club members make a difference with their major thrust of
prevention of child abuse. They are pretty good at promoting Americanism
with the Freedom Shrines -- copies of historical documents important in
American history -- found in our local schools, libraries and at John
Soroptimist International, including our local Newport Harbor chapter,
makes a difference with its emphasis on local women's opportunities and
the development of women peace ambassadors around the world.
The Lions Club's major emphasis is on blindness and preserving sight
with eye exams for our local schoolchildren and major treatment campaigns
in Third World countries. You can recycle your old eyeglasses, thanks to
the efforts of Lions Clubs locally.
Kiwanis Clubs around the world have a major campaign underway to
eliminate iodine deficiency disorders.
Try helping your community and the world through a service club. For
many, service club membership is an extension of our religious beliefs
and congregation affiliation.
You are invited to attend a club meeting this coming week to learn
more about service clubs. You will probably meet neighbors, business
leaders and community members at the meeting. Most clubs will buy your
first meal for you as you get acquainted with them.
6:30 p.m.: The Harbor Mesa Lions club will meet at the Costa Mesa
County Club to hear Kathy Blake of the Braille Institute, along with her
seeing eye dog, Angel.
7:30 a.m.: The 40-member Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club will meet
at Five Crowns Restaurant.
6:30 p.m.: The Costa Mesa-Newport Harbor Lions Club, also known as the
Fish Fry Club, will meet at the Costa Mesa Country Club for a business
7:15 a.m.: The South Coast Metro Rotary Club will meet at the Center
Club (o7 www.southcoastmetrorotary.orgf7 ), and the Newport Harbor
Kiwanis Club will meet at the University Athletic Club.
Noon: The Exchange Club of the Orange Coast will meet at the Bahia
Corinthian Yacht Club for a program on fire prevention.
6 p.m.: The 60-member Rotary Club of Newport-Balboa will meet at the
Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club for a program on Project Deaf India by Raj
Desai and Wendell Sawyer (o7 www.newportbalboa.orgf7 ).
7 p.m.: The 20-plus member Costa Mesa-Orange Coast Breakfast Lions
Club will meet at Mimi's Cafe for "Getting to Know Tom Gielow."
Noon: The 50-member Costa Mesa Kiwanis Club will meet at the Holiday
Inn, the Newport Beach-Corona del Mar Kiwanis Club will meet at the Bahia
Corinthian Yacht Club, the 80-member Exchange Club of Newport Harbor will
meet at the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum for a program by Officers
Michelle Shean and George Lesley on the DARE program (o7
www.nhexchangeclub.comf7 ), and the 100-member Newport-Irvine Rotary
Club will meet at the Irvine Marriott for a program by Dr. Michael Glueck
on biological warfare (o7 http;//www.nirotary.orgf7 ).
WORTH REPEATING: From "Thought for the Day" provided by Greg Kelley of
the Newport-Mesa Irvine Interfaith Council: "Let no one ever come to you
without leaving better and happier." -- Mother Teresa
* COMMUNITY & CLUBS is published Saturdays in the Daily Pilot. Send
your service club's meeting information by fax to (949) 660-8667; e-mail
to email@example.com or by mail to 2082 S.E. Bristol St., Suite 201,
Newport Beach, CA 92660-1740.