Community & Clubs: Lions donate supplies to first-grade students

Harbor Mesa Lions donated school boxes filled with all the supplies the first-graders at Whittier Elementary School will need throughout the year, according to Carol VanHolt. Teachers give the club a list of all the tools the children will be using in the classroom, such as rulers, scissors, pencils, glue, markers and crayons. The project is chaired by Amy Averbach, Myrta Sparkes, Dalila Vaden and Gina Stansbury, who buy the items and boxes. Members have an assembly day the week before school starts and distribute the boxes the following week. The children are delighted to receive these boxes and show their gratitude with big smiles and a thank you.

Funds for this annual project are raised with several events the club holds, including their Casino Night, Candy Sales, Bingo Night and the annual garage sale. For more information about the club, visit


Melissa Olsen, a professional photographer, has assisted both the Irvine Kiwanis and the Costa Mesa Kiwanis clubs with our respective golf tournaments, said Costa Mesa President Kent Mueller.

"She has donated her time and talent to both the Irvine and Costa Mesa tournaments for well over eight years. She shoots pictures of our golfers at the first tee and prints them in time for review by the end of the day. She also has her staff put together a DVD to music that is also ready by the end of 18 holes and is playing in the clubhouse when the golfers come off the course!"

Charlie Markel, a member of both clubs introduced Kiwanis Lt. Gov. Joel Uranga, who presented our Kiwanis Distinguished Service Award to Melissa Olsen for her volunteer efforts on behalf of both clubs.


Supporters and organizers of the Rotary Myanmar Water Project were thrilled to receive news Sept. 10 that a Rotary Foundation Special Initiatives Grant in the amount of $100,000 has been awarded for expansion and continuation of this life-changing program.

The Rotary Myanmar Water Project was founded by JT Warring of the Rotary Club of Newport Irvine. Warring has worked tirelessly over the last four years to raise funds for the construction of 20 water wells serving orphanages in Myanmar. This work has been especially challenging as there are no Rotary clubs in Myanmar, due to current political conditions. The project is a shining example of the ability of Rotarians to break through political and cultural barriers and accomplish humanitarian goals worldwide, said club President Junius Jaubert.

For more about the project, visit

Thought for the day

"When you are in the final days of your life, what will you want? Will you hug that college degree in the walnut frame? Will you ask to be carried to the garage so you can sit in your car? Will you find comfort in rereading your financial statement? Of course not. What will matter then will be people. If relationships will matter most then, shouldn't they matter most now?" — Max Lucado


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.


Noon: The 15-member Exchange Club of Corona del Mar meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, 1601 Bayside Drive.

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

6 p.m.: The 65-member Rotary Club of Newport Balboa meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club. for the eighth annual program thanking Newport Beach Fire Chief Steve Parker and Newport Beach firefighters. Visit


7 a.m.: The 20-member Costa Mesa Orange Coast Lions Club meets at Mimi's Café, Newport and Harbor boulevards, 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 Paul Leon called "Putting Homeless Families into Homes." For more information, visit

The 40-member Kiwanis Club of Costa Mesa meets at the Costa Mesa 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 Country Club. For more information, visit


6:30 p.m.: The 40-member Harbor Mesa Lions Club meets at Coco's Fashion Island, 151 Newport Center Drive.


7:15 a.m.: The 60-member Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club meets at Five Crowns, 3801 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, for a visit by Dist. Gov. Johrita Solari. For more information, visit

6 p.m.: The 35-member Costa Mesa Newport Harbor Lions Club meets at the Chicken Coop Restaurant, Old Newport and Hospital Road, Newport Beach.

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

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