Community & Clubs: Join the fun at the 51st Annual Sandcastle Contest

The Newport Beach 51st annual Sandcastle Contest

will at Big Corona from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 7.

Join this fun day on one of Corona del Mar's most beautiful beaches as a castle creator or a cheering fan! No experience necessary.

This is a great way for families, businesses, school groups, youth groups, churches and friends to have a fun time while supporting the community. There is a special category for architects as well as children younger than 12.

Pick your team name and register at Go to Events Calendar, 51st annual Sandcastle contest and register at the bottom of the page. For more information, call George or Gina Lesley at (949) 533-7075 or (949) 646-9169.


Newport Sunrise Rotary installs new officers

The Rotary Club of Newport Beach Sunrise "demoted" its president, Cynthia Cowell, who is also director of library services at the Newport Beach Public Library, at a dinner that featured Western attire to honor the native Texan.

Attorney Phil Reynolds takes over the presidential duties for 2012-13. A graduate of Caltech and Harvard Law School, Phil has distinguished himself with taking over the club's Back Bay/Monte Vista High School scholarship program.

Rotarian Donna Cody, who has a doctorate in audiology, was given a special award for her tremendous work on behalf of the Rotary. In honor of one of the club's founding members, Charles "Chuck" Hirsch, the board made him a lifetime member. Chuck is possibly most well known for his incredible support of the Boy Scouts and Rotary, as well as being a Stanford University graduate and the head of club humor.

Founding member Rudy Baron, a CPA, has taken over the critical job of club treasurer. President-elect is Dan Morris, an Ohio radio announcer and transplant.

The board approved some $65,000 in funding for various charities, including the aforementioned scholarship program, African Child Foundation, Wounded Warrior Battalion-West at Camp Pendleton, Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation, the Sea Scout base, Orange County Drug Court, Working Wardrobes, Salvation Army rehabilitation programs for men and women, and several others. Due to the tremendous work of Carl Lachman and the Annual Fundraising Gala Committee, this Rotary broke a club record for giving at our spring event.

The club also welcomed Luther Marr as its newest member.


New website launched by Newport-Balboa

President A.J. Thielen introduced members of the Rotary Club of Newport-Balboa to a newly designed website at The website is easier to update, reflects current newsletter and program information and has links to a variety of Rotary websites.




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

5:30 p.m.: The 57-member Rotary Club of Newport-Balboa meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club for a program by Newport Beach Fire Department Chief Scott Poster. On Sunday, the club hosts the Okazaki Youth Exchange participants at a barbecue and pumpkin carving. For more information, visit



7 a.m.: The 20-member Costa Mesa Orange Coast Lions Club meets at Mimi's Café, 1835 Newport Blvd., 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

The 95-member Exchange Club of Newport Harbor meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club for a program by Terry Welch about the Banning Ranch Conservancy. On Oct. 4, the club will hold a business meeting. For more information visit

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

The 55-member Rotary Club of Newport Irvine meets at the University Club, 801 E. Peltason Drive, Irvine, for a presentation by Bill Engle, a certified clinical master hypnotherapist. On Oct. 4, the program features Jeff Bott, a senior public affairs and community relations representative for the Transportation Corridor Agencies. For more information visit



7:15 a.m.: The 58-member Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club will meet at the Five Crowns Restaurant for a program by Vladoe Raylapel the Dog Wizard. On Oct. 4, the program will feature the Kaiser-Woodland School Foundation. For more information visit

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