I attended the luncheon meeting of the Costa Mesa Kiwanis Club Thursday as club President Ken Dilley presented a $525 check to Costa Mesa Fire Department Community Education Officer Brenda Emrick and Fire Chief Kirk Dominic to help fund emergency-preparedness efforts and Team Fire Force for teenagers. Dominic is home-grown, having graduated from Costa Mesa High School in 1979, and has spent 23 years in the Costa Mesa Fire Department before his appointment six weeks ago as chief.
The club is busy as ever! Several weeks ago, it hosted a pancake breakfast for the American Youth Soccer Organization.
On Oct. 29, members worked the Halloween carnival at the Boys & Girls that also involved Key Club members. On Oct. 30, members worked the pumpkin patch at the Orange County Rail Way Engineers site, serving some 80 families.
This past weekend, Jeff Dimsdale and 30 Orange Coast College Circle K members went to a leadership weekend in Sonoma.
Nov. 20-21 they will be selling ice cream at the Orange County Fairgrounds swap meet. In December, they plan to host a holiday party for children from the Boys & Girls Club as Mesa Verde United Methodist Church.
COMPUTER FRIENDS OF OASIS
The Computer Friends of OASIS Senior Center meets Wednesday, and the topic will be "GPS Systems — Never Get Lost Again."
"GPS systems are now affordable and invaluable," according to the program. "You will learn what types of GPS systems are on the market and the advantages of the different features available. The speaker will be Brian Richardson, president of Richardson IT Services."
The speaker will be followed by Randy Langel, the club's computer expert, who will answer questions and comment on the latest developments in computer technology and the Internet. The fee is $2 and all are welcome. The center is at 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar.
GLIDER PILOT STORY
In honor of Veterans Day, the Costa Mesa Historical Society will present its annual salute to our veterans with speaker Capt. Robert "Bob" Meyer, U.S .Army Air Corps, on Nov. 21. The topic is "Down and Go – The Story of WWII Glider Pilots." On active duty from 1942 to 1945, Meyer received numerous decorations after landing for so-called "suicide missions" in Normandy, southern France, Holland and the Rhine. He is a member of the Freedom Committee of Orange County, whose members speak to high school students and civic groups to bring "living history" into the classroom and instill a sense of patriotism in future generations. He also heads up http://www.operationabitofhome.com, which sends "care" packages to our overseas troops.
Doors open at 2 p.m. with the program at 2:30 p.m. Admission and refreshments are free. The Historical Society is located at 1870 Anaheim Ave., next to Lions Park, Costa Mesa. For information, call (949) 631-5918 or visit http://www.costamesahistory.org
SERVICE CLUB MEETINGS THIS WEEK
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 Exchange Club of Corona del Mar meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, 1601 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach.
5:15 p.m.: The Rotary Club of Costa Mesa meets at the Ramada Inn & Suites, 1680 Superior Ave. Visit http://www.costamesarotary.org.
6 p.m. The Rotary Club of Newport Balboa meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, 1601 Bayside Drive, to hear from past district Gov. Herb Trumpoldt on the Rotary Foundation. For information, visit http://www.newportbalboa.org.
7 a.m.: The Costa Mesa Orange Coast Lions Club meets at Mimi's Café, Newport and Harbor boulevards, Costa Mesa.
Noon: The Kiwanis Club of Newport Beach-Corona del Mar meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, 1601 Bayside Drive. For information, visit http://www.newportbeachkiwanis.org.
11 a.m.: The Exchange Club of Newport Harbor meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, 1601 Bayside Drive for Concours d'Anciens, a classic car show, and a program by Reeves Calloway of auto and golf club fame . For information, visit http://www.nhexchange.org.
Noon: The Kiwanis Club of Costa Mesa meets at the Costa Mesa Golf and Country Club, 1701 Golf Course Drive. For information, visit http://www.costamesaKiwanis.org.
Noon: The Rotary Club of Newport-Irvine meets at the University Club, 801 E. Peltason Drive, Irvine, at UCI for a program by Newport Beach Mayor Keith Curry. Visit http://www.ni-rotary.org.
Noon: The Kiwanis Club of Costa Mesa meets at the Costa Mesa Golf and Country Club, 1701 Golf Course Road, Costa Mesa. For information, visit http://www.costamesakiwanis.org.
6:30 p.m.: The Harbor Mesa Lions Club meets at the Golden Dragon, 2023 Harbor Blvd., in Costa Mesa.
7:15 a.m.: The Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club meets at Five Crown Restaurant, 3801 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar, to hear from past district Gov. Roger McGonegal on the Rotary Foundation. For 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.