Community & Clubs: Eating lobsters for good causes

Save the date of Aug. 1 for the second annual Newport Beach Lobsterfest sponsored by the Rotary Club of Newport Beach Sunrise. The Lobsterfest will be held at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marine on Newport Beach's Back Bay beginning at 4 p.m. for beach time and silent auction, and 6 p.m. for the lobster dinner.

"While there are always growing pains with any new event, this year's will be even better than last year," said Rotarian Laura Dietz. "VIP tables will include premium wines, choice of whole lobster or lobster tail and tri-tip, side dishes, no-host bar, a separate entrance, free valet parking, and a special ambience away from the crowds but near the water on a hard surface."

VIP seating comes at a price of $150 while the regular ticket costs $75, which still includes lobster, tri-tip, side dishes and no-host bar plus $10 per car for parking. The Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation is the lead beneficiary, with 10% of all ticket sales be made to the foundation. The funds raised at the Lobsterfest will also go to help many other local nonprofit organizations, said Rotarian Carl Lachman.

The surf band Hodaddies will provide both oldies but goodies and ballads for dancing. There will also be the sandcastle contest for children, with a professional instructor and prizes for the winners. The auction items will include a hotel stay at the 5-star Club Cascadas de Baja in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, provided by the very generous Giddings Co., who also has a 5-star resort in Puerto Vallarta. Order your tickets on or before July 29, at


The Harbor Mesa Lions club held its installation of officers 2010-2011 recently at the home of Keith and Carol Van Holt. More than 50 people attended this annual event to install the new officers and board for the next year. Officiating for the installation was Past District 4 L4 Gov. Elizabeth Warren. The newly installed officers are as follows: President, Jennifer Kelder; 1st VP, Carol Proctor; 2nd VP, Sandi Scheafer; Secretary, Joan Parks; Treasurer, Cathy Blake; Lion Tamer, Lynn Ruiz; Tail Twister, Eileen Jensen; Bulletin Editor, Carol Van Holt; Board Members, Arlene Schafer, Terri Stoker, Sally Uhlir, Gina Stansbury, Barbara Hayward, Lisa Knowles, Marianne Allen and Debbie Karlson. For more information, please check out the club website at

The first meeting of the month and the new year will be Monday, July 5, 6:30 p.m. at the Costa Mesa Country Club. The featured speaker will be Lane Calvert of Learning for Life and Exploring, an Orange County-based organization that offers youth hands-on opportunities in numerous fields of work.


Club officers for the Costa Mesa Newport Harbor Lions Club "The Fish Fry Club" will change effective July 1. Installed as the president for the 2010-2011 term is President Mike McIlroy, Vice President Bob Ooten, Secretary Mike Scheafer and Club Treasurer Lion Raul Jara. Serving as directors are Roberto Jara, Ryan Ferryman, Jim Ferryman, Lee Gibb and serving as webmaster is Matt Scheafer.

The first meeting of the new "Lions" year will take place on Tuesday July 6, 6 p.m. at the Chicken Coop restaurant, 414 Old Newport Blvd., Newport Beach.


"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger individuals! Do no pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for power equal to your tasks." - Phillips Brooks


How are you giving back to your community? Help 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 service club meeting this coming week to learn more about opportunity for service. Most clubs will buy your first meal for you as you get acquainted with them.


7:30 a.m.: The 10-member Newport Harbor Kiwanis Club meets at Denny's Restaurant, 290 Bristol St., Costa Mesa.

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

5:15 p.m.: The 10-member Rotary Club of Costa Mesa meets at the Ramada Inn & Suites, 1680 Superior Ave., Costa Mesa. Visit

6 p.m.: The Rotary Club of Newport Balboa meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club for the President Marc Aarons Demotion Dinner.


7 a.m.: The 20-member Costa Mesa Orange Coast Lions Club meets at Mimi's Café, 1835 Newport Blvd., 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

Noon: The 95-member Exchange Club of Newport Harbor meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club for a business meeting. For more information, visit

Noon: the 65-member Rotary Club of Newport Irvine meets at the University Club, 801 E. Peltason Drive, Irvine at UC Irvine. Visit

Noon: the 45-member Kiwanis Club of Costa Mesa meets at the Costa Mesa Golf & Country Club. 1701 Golf Course Drive, Costa Mesa


6:30 p.m.: the Harbor Mesa Lions Club meets at the Costa Mesa Golf & Country Club to hear Lane Calvert of "Learning for Life and Exploring," which is an Orange County based organization that offers youth "hands on" opportunities in numerous fields of work.


7:30 a.m.: The Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club meets at Five Crowns , 3801 E. Coast Hwy., Corona Del Mar, for a program by Gordon Duffy. For more information, visit

6 p.m.: The Costa Mesa Newport Harbor Lions Club meets at the Chicken Coop, 414 Old Newport Blvd, Newport Beach.

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