Community & Clubs: Mustering the movies for a cause

"The Exchange Club of Newport Harbor is happy to report that its annual movie event, held last fall at the Lido Theatre, was quite successful both socially and financially," reports Ed Romeo, club public relations chair.

"The major purpose of the movie event is to raise funds for the Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center. At a recent luncheon meeting at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, the Exchange Club presented a check for $20,000 to the center staff. The Exchange Club played a major role in the founding of the center and has supported its programs both financially and with volunteers for many years."


Newport Sunrise Rotary donates

At a recent meeting of the Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club, member John Hedlund introduced Kevin White from the Salvation Army. Hedlund presented White with a club check in the amount of $3,500. White reported that 100% of the donation will be used for the homeless shelter for men in Santa Ana. The shelter, dating to 1964, is open 365 days a year.


Daily Pilot Community & Clubs Hall of Fame

Save June 6 for the sixth annual Daily Pilot Community & Clubs Hall of Fame luncheon being held at noon at American Legion Newport Harbor Post 291 in Newport Beach.

Ten outstanding volunteers were honored at the 2013 Hall of Fame luncheon. Honored were Steve Grant, Kiwanis Club of Costa Mesa; Norm Witt III, Newport-Irvine Rotary Club; Bill Simons, Kiwanis Club of Newport Beach/Corona del Mar; Joanne Johnston, Assistance League of Newport-Mesa; Dick Dickson, Rotary Club of Newport-Balboa; Deane Bottorf, Exchange Club of Newport Harbor; Don Oldis, Post 291; Sue Seager, Harbor Mesa Lions Club; Jack Hammett, Sons of the American Legion; and Post 291 Commander Jess Lawson.

Do you know someone involved in a community group, service club or congregation who has given their time, talent and even treasure and deserves to be inducted into the Daily Pilot Hall of Fame? How about an individual in a congregation that provides service to the needy in our communities? How about the volunteers at the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen, Share Our Selves or the Sister City Committee?

Costa Mesa and Newport Beach have some great volunteers who don't make the society pages but volunteer out of love for the community. For more information, send me an email at


Service club meetings this week

You are invited to attend a service club to learn more about your community, make friends and have an opportunity to give back some of your time and talents to your community. Listed below are clubs' meeting dates and programs. Most clubs will buy your first meal as a guest.


Noon: The 15-member 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, 1601 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar. For more information, visit

Noon: The 75-member Exchange Club of Newport Harbor meets at Benihana, 4250 Birch St., Newport Beach, for lunch followed by a tour of the Lyon Air Museum, 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana. On Feb. 13, back at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, the program will feature Ed Kohlmeier discussing "One Hundred Missions Over Vietnam." 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 a program by Colin P. Smith with a club membership update. On Feb. 6, the Kiwanis lieutenant governor will make his official visit to the club. For more information, visit

Noon: The 55-member Newport-Irvine Rotary Club meets at the University Club, 801 E. Peltason Drive, Irvine, for a program by Dr. Marc Lerner, who will address the problem of "Food Insecurity Among Children in the United States."

6 p.m.: The 57-member Rotary Club of Newport-Balboa meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club. For more information, visit


6:30 p.m.: The Harbor Mesa Lions Club meets at the Costa Mesa Country Club on the first and third Monday of each month. The club meets at various restaurants 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 Dave Kiff, Newport Beach city manager, and on Feb. 11, the club will hold a Youth Protection Training. For more information, visit

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