Community & Clubs: Interfaith Council elects officers, directors

The Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council reelected The Rev. Julie Elkins, pastor at First United Methodist Church of Costa Mesa, as its president for 2011 at the January membership meeting.

Serving with Elkins as vice presidents are Greg Kelley, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church; Armand Mauss, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Irvine; The Rev. David Stoner, First United Methodist Church of Costa Mesa; and Lane Calvert, Bahai's of Costa Mesa. The Rev. Lloyd Sellers, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, will serve as treasurer.

Serving on the board of directors are Soraya Azzawi, a student at UC Irvine; Eman Bermani, Islamic Educational Center of Orange County; Victoria Dendinger, Our Lady Queen of Angels; Rabbi Marc Dworkin, American Jewish Committee; The Rev. Sarah Halverson, Fairview Community Church; Christine Hernandez, Earth Centered; Caroline Kline, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Newport Beach Stake); The Rev. Holly Reinhart-Marean, Christ Church by the Sea; The Rev. Don Oliver, Hoag Hospital; The Rev. Blake Schwendimann, St. Matthews's Anglican Catholic Church, and The Rev. Bradley Stienstra, Newport Harbor Lutheran Church.

The Interfaith Council's meeting on Feb. 16 will be held at 1 p.m. at the Hoag Hospital Irvine auditorium, 16200 Sand Canyon Ave., Irvine. Lunch will be served, and hospital officials will make a presentation on changes in the health care system in 2011.

Visit for more information, and to make reservations, e-mail Attendees will receive a free copy of the 32-page 2011 directory for Costa Mesa, Irvine and Newport Beach that contains information on 120 congregations, hundreds of religious leaders and dozens of interfaith contacts.


Rotary supports Africa Girls School project

At a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Newport Beach Sunrise, member Cynthia Cowell introduced Sylvia Michler and Kimberly McKinney, who provided a presentation on the Africa Girls School project.

Michler explained the process that they and the Rotary Club of Newport Beach Sunrise went through to secure a grant for the African Child Foundation. The African Child Foundation supports more than 350 orphans at the school, the Mt. Olive Academy, which opened in January 2010.

The local Rotary Club gave $2,000 for furniture for the school and $1,300 for computers. The difference needed for the computers was $799, which was donated by McKinney. The Hurlingham Rotary Club in Kenya gave $300, the Rotary Club of Fullerton gave $2,000 and Rotary District 5320 provided a $10,000 matching grant, which was approved last May.


Lions help those with sight, hearing problems

The Harbor Mesa Lions Club notes that the Lions are always looking for ways to help those with sight and hearing problems, and that the state of California has a solution for persons with difficulty in hearing, seeing and more. The state is offering special phones, at no cost, for those types of problems.

The phones that have amplified sound and large buttons for easy dialing. If you know of anyone who needs such a phone, you can refer them to the California Telephone Access Program (CTAP). It is easy to apply for the phone; there is no age or income requirement, and the application is easy to complete.

You must have phone service, a line in California and have medical verification of limited hearing, vision, speech, mobility and/or memory. For information call (800) 806-1191 or visit


Thought for the day

"First thing every morning before you arise say out loud, 'I believe,' three times."

—Norman Vincent Peale



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, for a business meeting.

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 65-member Rotary Club of Newport Balboa meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club for a craft talk by new member Howard Ashlock. Visit



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

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

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

The 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



6:30 p.m.: The Harbor Mesa Lions Club meets at the Costa Mesa Golf and Country Club for a student speech contest.



7:15 a.m.: The Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club meets at the Five Crowns, 3801 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar. Visit

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