I was invited to Thursday's Kiwanis Club of Costa Mesa meeting to cover the check presentation made by club president Ken Mueller to Dan Monahan, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of the Harbor Area, and Lou Yantorn Branch Athletic Director Harland Anderson. The check was in the amount of $5,776. This money represented the proceeds of their eighth annual golf tournament.
Upon accepting the contribution, Monahan said "this will go a long way to help kids in real need this summer at the Boys and Girls Clubs."
For more information on the Boys and Girls Club summer programs visit http://www.haborareabgc.com.
The program for the Kiwanis Club Thursday was a testimonial by Susan Lee. A U.S. Air Force and Vietnam War veteran, she found herself homeless a year ago as the apartment building she was living in was sold and the rents were raised by more than 50% on short notice.
She found help at the Village at Cabrillo, a former Navy base in Long Beach, which has 520 beds for homeless vets. The housing is free and includes three meals a day. The center provides mental health help, job skill training and help in finding a job until the veteran gets back on his or her feet. The Village accepts male and female veterans, including those with children. For more information visit http://www.usvetsinc.org.
CHRISTMAS IN SEPTEMBER
The Rotary Club of Costa Mesa is sponsoring Christmas in September for families to get their portrait taken in time for sharing at Christmas. The portrait session includes an 8-by-10-inch folio print and two 5-by-7-inch prints for $100 (regularly $395), with the proceeds supporting Rotary Club of Costa Mesa projects. Discounted prices will also be given on holiday cards and additional prints, according to Rotarian and photographer Kellianne Jordan.
Projects supported by the proceeds include SOS Backpacks, Adopt a Family, School Supplies for Romanian Orphans, library books and seedlings for third-graders, YMCA scholarship program, NMUSD Dental Screenings, support for local senior residents and other community projects.
You can schedule your family portrait between 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11 for Caspers Wilderness Park; Sunday, Sept. 12 at Mason Regional Park; or Sunday, Sept. 26 at Carbon Canyon Regional Park.
For more information or to schedule your appointment, contact Kellianne Jordan at (714) 914-2025 or visit http://www.costamesarotary.org.
"Friends are those rare people who ask how you are and then wait to hear the answer." — Ed Cunningham
SERVICE CLUB MEETINGS THIS WEEK
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 http://www.costamesarotary.org
6:00 p.m.: The Rotary Club of Newport Balboa meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club for the official visit of District Gov. Johrita Solari. Visit http://www.newportbalboa.org
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 http://www.newportbeachkiwanis.org
Noon: The 95-member Exchange Club of Newport Harbor meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club for a program by Roger Bloom, editor of The Newport Beach Independent. For more information, visit http://www.nhexchange.org
Noon: the 65-member Rotary Club of Newport Irvine meets at the University Club, 801 E. Peltason Drive, UC Irvine. Visit http://www.ni-rotary.org
Noon. : the 45-member Kiwanis Club of Costa Mesa meets at the Costa Mesa Golf and Country Club. 1701 Golf Course Drive, Costa Mesa, http://www.costamesakiwanis.org
7:15 a.m.: The Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club meets at Five Crowns , 3801 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, to hear William Hahn, with C.W. Driver, discuss the new City Hall project. For more information, visit http://www.newportbeachsunriserotary.org.
COMMUNITY & CLUBS is published Wednesdays. Send your service club's meeting information by fax to (714) 921-8655 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.