Community & Clubs: New Rotary leaders for a new Rotary year

The four Rotary clubs in Newport-Mesa have installed new presidents, officers and board of director members for 2011-12.

Certified public accountant Jeffrey Kolsin is the new president of the Costa Mesa club, replacing Kim DeBroux, whose term expired. Serving with Kolsin are Adrian Suta, president elect; Kim DeBroux, membership chairwoman; Kellianne Jordan, secretary; Dale Bixler, treasurer; Alex Ureche, international service chairman; and James Erickson, new generations chairman. The Rotary Club of Costa Mesa meets at 5:15 p.m. Wednesdays at Ramada Inn and Suites, 1680 Superior Ave. The club website is

Newport Beach librarian Cynthia Cowell is the new president of the Newport Beach Sunrise club, replacing Reniero Francisco, whose term expired. Serving with Cowell is Carl Lachman, president elect; Donna Cody, secretary; James Valle, treasurer; Laura Dietz, public relations; Gilbert Thweatt, training officer; Thomas Giulioni, membership chairman; Richard Hanki, foundation chairman; Gordon Bagne, community service chairman; Tim Brown, vocational service chairman. The Newport Beach Sunrise club meets at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at Five Crowns restaurant, 3801 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar. Visit for more information.

Developer Bill Hossfeld has taken the helm of the Newport-Balboa club from out going President Jerry Morris. Serving with Hossfeld are A.J. Thielen, president elect; Marc Aarons, vice president; Martin Pitha, secretary; Anna Wong, treasurer; Victor Currie, public relations chairman; Roger Gilbert, foundation chairman; Steve Speer, club service chairman; Miyuki Smith-Richardson, program chairwoman; John Kerr, community service chairman; Robert Merring, international service chairman; Danny Frankel, vocational service chairman; Gary Konecne, new generations chairman. The Newport-Balboa club meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, 1601 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. The club website is

Civil engineer Uzo Okereke is the newly installed president of the Newport Irvine club, replacing Junius Jaubert. Serving with Okereke is Robert Fish, president elect; Diane Pearce, secretary, Jerry Rekers, treasurer; Greg Arbues, public relations chairman; John Brainerd, training officer; Russell Johnson, membership chairman; David Halm, foundation chairman; Arthur Kleinpell, community service chairman; Stephen Hammers, club service chairman; Bill Zeller, international service chairman; Pat Brainerd, vocational service chairwoman; Sanjay Dalal, new generations chairman. The Newport Irvine club meets at noon Thursdays at the UCI University Club, 801 E. Peltason Drive, Irvine. Visit for more information.

You are welcome to visit a Rotary Club this coming week. As a first-time visitor, the club will usually buy your first meal for you. We will have reports on new officers and director for Lions, Kiwanis, Exchange and Soroptimist clubs in the coming weeks.



With my daughter, Stacy, and son-in-law, Kyle Howard, I attended the welcoming party for Mr. Irrelevant, Cheta Ozougwu, the 254th and last pick of the 2011 NFL draft, who will play for the Houston Texans.

A large crowd turned out June 20 at Newport Dunes including many Commodore Club members and business leaders who continue to support Irrelevant Week and Irrelevant Week founder Paul Salata.

A new twist this year was the off-duty Newport Beach fire personnel who provided the food and beverage and no admission charge for the event. The evening was great fun. Good luck, Mr. Irrelevant!



You are invited to attend a service club meeting this coming week to learn more about opportunities for service.



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



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

Noon: The 95-member Exchange Club of Newport Harbor meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club,1601 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar to hear Debbie Magnusen discuss Project Cuddle. For more information visit

Noon: The 40-member Kiwanis Club of Costa Mesa meets at the Costa Mesa Golf and Country Club, 1701 Golf Course Drive. For more information, visit

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

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