Community & Clubs: New officers for service clubs

Costa Mesa resident and insurance executive Mike Scheafer has been elected and installed as president of the Costa Mesa-Newport Harbor Lions Club for 2012-13.

Serving with Scheafer are Phil Marsh, vice president; Bob Ooten, secretary; Mike McIlroy, treasurer; Sri Vasudevan, lion tamer; Raul Jara, Tailtwister; and Jim Ferryman, Ryan Ferryman, Al Hahn and John LaVere as directors. Matt Scheafer will continue as the club's webmaster.

For more information about the "Fish Fry Club," visit

Financial advisor A.J. Thielen has been elected president of the Rotary Club of Newport-Balboa, one of the oldest service clubs in Newport Mesa. Attorney Bob Merring is the president-elect.

Serving with Thielen is Jarry Morris, vice president; Victor Currie, public relations; Marc Aarons, international service; Danny Frankel, vocational service; Steve Speer, club service chairman; Roger Gilbert, RI Foundation coordinator; Dan Hoffmann, Club Foundation treasurer; John Kerr, community service; Martin Pitha, secretary; and Steven Williams, treasurer.

For more information on the 55-member club, visit


All-Star Lowsman Banquet

Irrelevant Week Chief Executive Melanie Fitch promised a fun, focused evening at the All Star Lowsman Banquet on July 3 at the Newport Beach Marriott to honor the 37th Mr. Irrelevant, Chandler Harnish. And she delivered along with the help of a dozen or so friends who coordinated a silent auction and 16 celebrity roasters!

While Harnish was picked last in the recent NFL draft by the Indianapolis Colts, the celebrities — led by master of ceremonies John Robinson, former USC head football coach — kept the evening positive and upbeat for Harnish.

Former Ram QB Vince Ferragamo gave Chandler Jim Everett's No. 11 jersey, while he sent his own jersey on to Andrew Luck, the first man picked in the NFL draft.

Newport Beach Council member Mike Henn noted that he, too, graduated from North Illinois University. Former USC QB Paul McDonald presented Harnish with the Commissioner's Watch, while former USC running back Sam Cunningham presented him with the Lowsman Trophy.



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.

5:30 p.m.: The Rotary Club of Newport Balboa meets at the BCYC to listen to Laird Hayes discuss his experiences as an NFL sideline referee.



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

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

The 95-member Exchange Club of Newport Harbor meets at the BCYC for a program by Graham Casey on Caring Companions at Home. For more information visit

The 55-member Rotary Club of Newport Irvine meets at the University Club, 801 E. Peltason Drive, Irvine, to hear Fritz Strehlow of The Mentor Group. Jim Rutter of the Ocean Institute in Dana Point will be the guest speaker on July 26. For more information, visit

The 45-member Kiwanis Club of Costa Mesa meets at the Costa Mesa Golf and Country Club.



7:15 a.m.: The 58-member Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club meets at Five Crowns, 3801 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, for a program by Wade Roberts, director of Sherman Gardens: "Early History of Corona del Mar." For more information,

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