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Community & Clubs: Iraq war veteran to speak at meeting

On Wednesday, Iraq war veteran David Mayer is going to be at the general meeting of the American Legion Newport Harbor Post 291, along with his mother and father. He will speak about the organization he is establishing to build homes for veterans who have suffered debilitating injuries in the military, according to Jess Lawson, 3rd vice commander of Post 291.

Army Specialist Mayer was on his second tour of duty in Iraq when he lost both of his legs in an attack on his convoy on March 14, 2008. En route to a mission in Baghdad, Mayer’s vehicle was struck in Al-Hillah by an explosively formed penetrator, which caused him to be thrown into the gunner’s cage and be severely injured by shrapnel. Mayer and two other soldiers suffered serious injuries, leaving each of them as bilateral amputees. Airlifted to Landstuhl, Germany, Mayer was later transported to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. where he underwent therapies and treatments.


The Post 291 Honor Rifle Squad will escort Mayer to the podium. The General Meeting of American Legion Newport Harbor Post 291 will be held 7 p.m. Wednesday at the post, 215 15th St., Newport Beach.



New clergy luncheon


The Sept. 15 meeting of the Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council will welcome new clergy to the area. The program will feature Professor Bonnie Kent, who teaches philosophy at UC Irvine’s School of Humanities, speaking on “How Religion Should Respond to Changes in Ethics,” according to Greg Kelly, the council’s program co-chairman.

The annual New Clergy luncheon, which will begin with a reception at 11:45 a.m., will be held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, O’Donnell Hall, 1441 West Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. Admission is free for all clergy new to Costa Mesa, Irvine and Newport Beach, while tickets for all others cost $10 with a reservation and $12 without a reservation.


Reservations must be made by Monday by calling (714) 921-8665 or e-mailing For more information on the Interfaith Council, visit

The Oct. 13 Interfaith Council meeting will focus on resources for homeless and hungry in the three cities and will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at Dover and 16th Streets in Newport Beach, according to Rev. Julie Elkins, council president.


Lions spaghetti dinner fundraiser



The Harbor Mesa Lions will hold their 15th annual “Spaghetti Splash” dinner on Sept. 11, at the home of Mike and Ann McIlroy. The evening will include the “Italian Raffle” game and the ever popular singing of the de facto Italian national anthem, “That’s Amore.” Funds raised will help many organizations and the needy in the Harbor area. The event starts at 6 p.m. and the cost per person is $20. For further information, call (714) 641-0664.


Support the community emergency response team


“Please join us on Sept.14 at ECCO restaurant located At The Camp to raise funds for disaster supplies for the Costa Mesa Community Emergency Response Team and enjoy delicious fresh Italian cuisine,” states Patti Bass, a CERT coordinator. CERT members, their family and friends will dine at 6:30 p.m., according to Bass. Twenty percent of your dine-in or takeout food and beverage bill between the hours of 11 a.m. to midnight will go the CERT, if you mention CERT Fundraiser. ECCO is located at 2937 Bristol St. in Costa Mesa.


Thought for the day


“Success is waking up in the morning, whoever you are, wherever you are, however old or young, and bounding out of bed because there’s something out there you love to do, that you believe in, that you’re good at — something that’s bigger than you are, and you can hardly wait to get at it again today.”

— Whit Hobbs


Service club meetings this week


You are invited to attend a service club meeting this coming week to learn more about opportunities for service. Most clubs will buy your first meal for you as you get acquainted with them.




Noon: The Exchange Club of Corona del Mar meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, 1601 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar, to hear Diane Cranley discuss TAALK.

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 a program by pro-scout Mike Gibbons, who will discuss the NFL cuts, trades and “Hot off the Press” information about USC and UCLA football. Visit


7 a.m.: The 20-member Costa Mesa Orange Coast Lions Club meets at Mimi’s Café, 1835 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa for a visit by the district governor.

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

The 95-member Exchange Club of Newport Harbor meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club for a program by Matt Bisbose on “The Community Emergency Response Team.” 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

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

The 45-member Kiwanis Club of Costa Mesa meets at the Costa Mesa Golf and Country Club. 1701 Golf Course Drive, Costa Mesa. Visit


7:15 a.m.: The Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club meets at the Five Crowns, 3801 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, to hear a program by Dr. Marcia Whalen.

COMMUNITY & CLUBS is published Wednesdays. Send your service club’s meeting information by fax to (714) 921-8655 or by e-mail to