Community & Clubs: Honoring news coverage of women and girls

Dawn Marie Lemonds, a member of the Soroptimist International of Newport Harbor, has joined as co-chair the planning committee of the National Women's Coalition Against Violence & Exploitation (NWCAVE) for the Jane Velez-Mitchell Journalism Award.

The Jane Velez-Mitchell Journalism Award is named after the award-winning journalist, host of "Jane Velez-Mitchell" on HLN. The award recognizes excellence in the coverage of news of local, national and international significance. It will be given to either a print or broadcast journalist who has used the power of media and his or her position to highlight violence against women and girls.

Violence takes the form of domestic abuse, human trafficking, kidnapping and more.

The award will be presented Jan. 18 in Los Angeles during the Southwest Conference Against Trafficking. Lemonds reports that applications are now available at Deadline for submission is Sept. 30.


New officers for Rotary Club

The Rotary Club of Newport-Balboa installed new officers in July, with local attorney Bob Merring accepting the presidency from outgoing President AJ Thielen. Joining Merring in club leadership are Gary Konecne, president-elect; Jerry Morris, vice president for policy and ethics; Richard Oberreiter, public relations; John Kerr, international service director; Ron Gill, vocational service director; Dick Holmgren, the Rotary Foundation; Dan Hoffmann, club foundation treasurer; Art Walton, community service director; Martin Pitha, secretary; and Steve Speer, club service director.

The Rotary Club of Newport-Balboa has been serving the communities of Newport Beach and Costa Mesa in addition to touching lives around the world through Rotary International since 1939.

The old stereotypes of service club membership have fallen away over the past decade. The club has members in their 20s and over 80. While Rotary was originally founded as a businessmen's networking and service group, women have been the fastest-growing segment of the Rotary population for more than 20 years.

The club meets at 5:45 p.m. Thursdays for cocktails, with dinner at 6:15, at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, 1601 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar. This offers a great opportunity to get together with others who share a commitment to Rotary's tradition of service above self. Where else can a young up-and-coming professional share dinner with a successful retired CEO as equals dedicated to shared service?

Rotarians are business leaders, professionals, managers, educators, retirees, young entrepreneurs and more. They come from every political and racial background. In Rotary's second century, there is no "typical" Rotarian. The modern Rotarian is simply committed to working with others to make a difference and to subscribing to Rotary's Four-Way Test as a way of leading an ethical life and an ethical business. For more information visit


Service Club Meetings This Week


Noon: The 15-member Exchange Club of Corona del Mar meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club.


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 75-member Exchange Club of Newport Harbor meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club for a program by Jordan Fisher on "Digital Marketing"; on Aug. 22, David Jones will talk about "Maximizing Your Social Security Benefits." For more information, visit

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

Noon: The 55-member Newport-Irvine Rotary Club meets at the University Club, 801 E. Peltason Drive, Irvine.

6 p.m.: The 57-member Rotary Club of Newport-Balboa meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club for a program by Eric Spitz, president of Freedom Communications, the parent company of the Orange County Register. For more information, visit


6:30 p.m.: The Harbor Mesa Lions Club meets at the Costa Mesa Country Club on the first Monday of each month; on the third Monday, the club meets at a restaurant in the area. For more information, email


7:15 a.m.: The 58-member Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club will meet at the Five Crowns Restaurant, 3801 Pacific Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, for a program by Hans Linhardt, who will discuss "World Energy." On Aug. 27, Rae Shirer, District 5320 governor, will make her official visit. For more information, visit

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