Community & Clubs: Girls State Conference delegates selected

The following students at local high schools have been selected to serve as delegates at the 2011 Girls State Conference this summer at Claremont-McKenna College: Emily Knight, Corona del Mar High School; Caitlyn Brock and Raquel Friedmann, Costa Mesa High School; Parisa Esfahani, Estancia High School; Johanna Lee and Trish Nguyen, Irvine High School; Tori Schmitt and Kimberly Watanabe, Newport Harbor High School; Adelina Pak and Rini Sampath, Northwood High School; Deepali Dhruve and Amanda Jaramillo, Woodbridge High School.

These girls are academic high achievers involved in numerous extracurricular activities in their schools and communities. They demonstrate a high moral character and show strong leadership abilities. The schools submit names of junior girls that meet the criteria set by the American Legion Auxiliary.

Girls State is a one-week conference in which the girls study local, county and state government processes. There will be about 500 young women attending from throughout the state. Girls State helps young women develop leadership skills, confidence and poise while learning about their duties as United States citizens.

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Note of thanks from sister city

Here is the substance of a thank you e-mail that local Rotarians and the Sister City leadership received on April 4 from Masao Kato, a Rotarian from Okazaki, Japan, Newport Beach's Japanese sister city:

"…On behalf of my friends at the Rotary Club of Okazaki South, I would like to convey their and my profound appreciation for your generous donation in the total amount of $3,000 for the victims of the East Japan Disaster. Indeed, your funds have been duly received. I have worked with Mr. Watanabe in arranging an appointment for him to meet Mayor Koichi Shibata of the city of Okazaki on … April 14, at which time he will present to Mayor Shibata your donation in the names of the Rotary Club of Newport Balboa, Newport Beach Sister City Assn. and Mr. Hal Gray. Hopefully, your goodwill will be made known to our citizens with an article in our local newspaper (like your Daily Pilot). Please accept our heartfelt gratitude for your generosity, kindness and thoughtfulness. Again, thank you and with my warmest regards, Masao Kato."

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Local Lions raising funds for Japan

The Harbor Mesa Lions Club and other Lions clubs in Costa Mesa are joining with Lions Clubs International Foundation to raise money for the earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan.

As in every disaster, Lions are one of the first organizations to be on the scene with financial and physical help. Each dollar donated goes directly to the people in need and none is used for administrative costs.

Donations can be sent through the local Lions clubs. Harbor Mesa Lions Club address is: P.O. Box 1841, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Checks can be made out to "District 4L4 Lions Japan Relief Fund," or you can contact the Harbor Mesa Lions through their website at nhcmlionsclub.com.

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Civil War veterans in O.C.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, the Costa Mesa Historical Society will present Gordon Bricken, author of the book "Pioneers in Blue and Gray: Civil War Veterans in Orange County."

He will talk about how thousands of Civil War veterans moved West after the war, including many who settled in what became Orange County. Gordon will reveal how these veterans were involved in the county's formative years and left their mark in name and deed. He will relate the individual stories of those vets who were buried here.

Admission is free and the program will start at 2:30 p.m. at the society, 1870 Anaheim Ave. For more information, call (949) 631-5918 or visit http://www.costamesahistory.org.

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Thought for the day

"You don't have to get it perfect — you just have to get it going. Babies don't walk the first time they try, but eventually they do."

— Mark Victor Hansen

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UPCOMING SERVICE CLUB MEETINGS

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.

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TODAY

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 p.m.: The 65-member Rotary Club of Newport Balboa meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club for a program by Carlos Olvera, president of the Dana Point Historical Society, who will talk about the 40th anniversary of the Festival of the Whales. Visit http://www.newportbalboa.org.

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THURSDAY

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

The 95-member Exchange Club of Newport Harbor meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club for a program by Tanya Smith Chappel on "Life Style Caddy." On April 21, Bob Kinton will present "Accepting the Challenge of Excellence Awards." For more information, visit http://www.nhexchange.org.

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 http://www.costamesakiwanis.org.

The 65-member Rotary Club of Newport Irvine meets at the University Club, 801 E. Peltason Drive, Irvine. On April 21, Ray Chips, of the Irvine Police Department, will talk to the club about "Emergency Preparedness." Visit http://www.ni-rotary.org.

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TUESDAY

7:15 a.m.: The Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club meets at the Five Crowns, 3801 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, for Craft Talks. Visit http://www.newportbeachsunriserotary.org.

COMMUNITY & CLUBS is published two Wednesdays a month. Send your service club's meeting information by fax to (714) 921-8655 or by e-mail to jdeboom@aol.com.

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