JIM DE BOOM
Almost 9,000 people made it through the Orange County Fair's
turnstiles on July 28 without ponying up a cent.
Instead, they exchanged new and gently-used children's books for
free admission to the 112th running of the annual event.
From noon to 6 p.m., a total of 29,611 books were collected, and
they, plus an equal number of books to be donated by Scholastic, will
be delivered to Orange County schools, said Roger McGonegal, "Reading
by 9" coordinator for the Rotary Club of Newport-Balboa.
This inaugural event, cosponsored by the Orange County Fair and
the Los Angeles Times "Reading by 9" program, is the most successful
single event book drive that the program has ever conducted,
Rotarians who volunteered to collect, count and box the books
included: Dick Carroll, Cathleen Collinsworth, Micki Elliott, Dan
Hoffmann, Lizbeth Laroff, Roger McGonegal, Dean Reavie, Wendell
Sawyer and Rick Weiss from Newport-Balboa; Arnold Blaine from Newport
Irvine; Price Shapiro from Newport Beach Sunrise; Nancy and Bob Long
from Signal Hill; and Bill Christensen and Bob and Carol Gallagher
from Orange. The Rotary Clubs of Newport-Balboa, Newport Irvine and
Newport Beach Sunrise have supported the Holiday Book Drive since its
inception five years ago, and in recent years delivered nearly 26,000
new books to Pomona, Whittier and Wilson elementary schools,
The vision of "Reading by 9" is that 95% of all children in
Southern California will read in English at grade level by the age of
9, and the recreational reading books provided by the program are
provided to develop a love of reading that will last a lifetime.
NEW OFFICERS FOR EXCHANGE CLUB
Recently installed at ceremonies at the Five Crowns in Corona del
Mar were the new officers and directors of the Exchange Club of
Newport Harbor. John Fornes is the new president of the Club. Also
serving for the coming year are Duncan Forgey, president elect; David
Atencio, vice president; Tuck Rabbitt, secretary; Lloyd Jenkins,
treasurer; and John Kruse, immediate past president. Joining
continuing board members Art Gronsky, Jack Allanach and Bob Kinton
are new board members Steve Pool, Bill Bechtel and Bob Klein.
IT'S ALL ABOUT WOMEN
A special video presentation of a panel discussion at the Mary
Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Humanity in Boston -- which
features one of the largest collections by and about an American
woman, including papers, artifacts, historic photographs and rare
books related to Mary Baker Eddy's ideas, life and achievements --
will be presented on Sun., Aug. 29 at the First Church of Christ
Scientist, Costa Mesa, 2880 Mesa Verde Drive East.
The video includes a trio of scholars, said Sandra Clark,
development director for the First Church of Christ Scientist.
"All three scholars had spent time researching the collections in
the Library, through the lens of religious, medical and women's
history -- and their comments were illuminating," she said. "For
example, it was amazing to hear what an impact Christian Science had
on society and the medical community in Mrs. Eddy's day. Their
collective respect for Mary Baker Eddy, as well as for the
Collections, is most impressive and, frankly, quite moving."
This program is free of charge and the public is welcome. For more
information, call (714) 545-1747, or the reading room librarian at
(714) 546-4252 or by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the Thought for Today, provided by Greg Kelley of the Newport
Mesa Irvine Interfaith Council: "The person who has learned to
disagree without being disagreeable has discovered the most valuable
secret of a diplomat."
-- Robert Estabrook
SERVICE CLUB MEETINGS THIS WEEK
7:30 a.m.: The 47-member Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club will
meet at the Five Crowns Restaurant for a program by developer Steve
7:30 a.m.: The South Coast Metro Rotary Club will meet at the
Holiday Inn 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 to hear Terrence Payne talk about "All the
things that can be done with hypnosis".
6 p.m.: The 50-member Rotary Club of Newport-Balboa will meet at
the Bahia Corinthian Yacht.
7 a.m.: The 20-plus member Costa Mesa-Orange Costa Breakfast Lions
Club will meet at Mimi's Cafe.
Noon: The 50-member Costa Mesa Kiwanis Club will meet at the
Holiday Inn (http://www.kiwanis. org/club/costamesa); the 50-member
Newport Beach-Corona del Mar Kiwanis Club will meet at the Bahia
Corinthian Yacht Club; the 85-member Exchange Club of Newport Harbor
will meet at the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum for a program by Tom
Naughton, "Update on the airport Issue" (http://www.nhexchange
club.com); the Rotary Club of Newport Irvine will meet at the
Radisson Hotel to hear Bill Laningham discuss the history of the air
traffic control system.
* COMMUNITY & CLUBS is published Saturdays in the Daily Pilot.
Send your service club's meeting information by fax to (714) 921-8655
or by e-mail to jdeboom@ aol.com.