Exchange students visit Newport Beach

Monday, members of the Rotary Club of Newport-Balboa were busy

escorting the youth exchange members from the Okazaki South Rotary

Club and their host youth from Newport Beach on a tour of significant

sites in our beautiful city, including the Central Library, the

Environmental Nature Center, the city's Harbor Patrol and the

highlight patrol boat tour of the harbor.

The group also went to the Newport Aquatic Center for kayaking and

to Ruby's on the Balboa Pier for lunch.

The youth exchange group from Okazaki included the chaperons,

Yukari Kanasashi and Masamichi Ishihara (staying with Timree Gold,

the chaperon who went to Okazaki in July); and youth, Wakana Maruo

(staying with Kelly Clark and family), Ayano Tsuchikawa (staying with

Leilani Tanbara and family), Takuya Wada (staying with Daniel Kenichi

Ward and family), and Masato Nagasaka (staying with Edward Wiklund

and family). Kelly, Leilani, Daniel and Edward are the students from

Newport Beach who visited Okazaki.

Monday evening, the Okazaki students and the Newport students, who

visited Okazaki during the summer, and their families joined the

Rotarians for a traditional American barbecue of hamburgers and

potato salad. The Okazaki students also got a new experience: pumpkin

carving. Members of the Rotary Club and the city's sister city

association provided hors d'oeuvres and other food.

Rotary Club president Terry Rousselot opened the formal evening

with a salute to the flag, which was fittingly displayed next to the

flag of Japan. The Japanese youth entertained the gathering with some

special music and dance.

The chaperons, Yukari Kanasashi and Masamichi Ishihara and each of

the youth made a brief statement about their impressions of their

visit.

Following the entertainment and dinner, Rotarian Nathan White

oversaw the pumpkin carving and the judging of the winners.

Each youth from Newport Beach and Okazaki had the opportunity to

speak of their exchange experiences and was given a gift of a Newport

Beach T-shirt.

Rotary Youth Exchange Chairman Dan Hoffmann said, "It was great

because of the cooperation and support of everybody -- the Rotarians,

sister city members, city, school and last, but not least, the

parents of the kids."

CASINO NIGHT FUNDRAISER

Harbor Mesa Lions will hold its ninth casino night at 7 p.m. Oct.

28, at the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center. The evening will

include casino games, music, dinner, opportunity drawings and a

silent auction. Chairwoman Joan Parks promises a great time for all

who attend this important fundraiser, which will benefit many in the

community. Harbor Mesa Lions donates these funds to such charities as

SOS, Boys and Girls Clubs, YES and the Lion's Sight and Hearing

Foundation that furnishes eye and hearing tests to local school

children.

Tickets are $30 and include dinner, one drink and $100 in playing

money. For information or ticket purchase, call (949) 548-2440.

BOB LOUGHRIDGE TO LEAD

KIWANIS CLUB

Bob Loughridge has been elected president of the Kiwanis Club of

Newport Beach-Corona Del Mar for 2005-06, replacing Joel Carlson

whose term expired.

Serving with Loughridge is Dave Kaech, president elect; Joel

Uranga, vice president; Joel Carlson, secretary; Jack Mills,

treasurer; and Jim Dickson, Don Hubeli, Bill Simons, Harry Hartstein,

Peter Papke and Jack Rippy, directors. The Kiwanis Club meets

Thursdays at 12:10 p.m. at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club.

WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF SERVICE CLUBS

Ernest W. "Sonny" Oates, sponsored by Willis Longyear, who joined

the Rotary Club of Newport Beach Sunrise.

WORTH REPEATING

From the Thought for the Day as provided by Greg Kelley of the

Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council: o7"The illiterate of the

21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those

who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn."f7

-- ALVIN TOFFLER

SERVICE CLUB MEETINGS THIS WEEK

How are you giving back to your community?

Help your community and the world through a service club!

For many, service club membership is an extension of our religious

beliefs and congregation affiliation.

You are invited to attend a service club meeting this coming week

to learn more about opportunity for service. Most clubs will buy your

first meal for you as you get acquainted with them.

TUESDAY

7:15 a.m.: The 48-member Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club meets

at the Five Crowns restaurant for a program by Dick Cooling

(o7www.newportbeachsunriserotary.orgf7).

Noon: The newly formed Rotary Club of Costa Mesa will be meeting

at The Club House at South Coast Plaza.

6:30 p.m.: The Costa Mesa Newport Harbor Lions Cub meets at the

Costa Mesa County Club.

WEDNESDAY

7:30 a.m.: The Newport Harbor Kiwanis Club will meet at the

University Athletic Club.

Noon: The 27-member Exchange Club of the Orange Coast meets at the

Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club.

6:15: The 50-member Rotary Club of Newport Balboa meets at the

Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club for a craft talk by Hunter Cook

(o7www.newportbalboa.orgf7).

THURSDAY

7:00 a.m.: The 20-member Costa Mesa Orange Coast Lions Club meets

at Mimi's Cafe.

Noon: The 50-member Costa Mesa Kiwanis Club will meet at the

Holiday Inn (o7www.kiwanis.org/club/costamesaf7); the 50-member

Kiwanis Club of Newport Beach/Corona del Mar meets at the Bahia

Corinthian Yacht Club to hear Ada Hand speak about a literacy program

for children; the 85-member Exchange Club of Newport Harbor meets at

the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum for presentation of "God and

Country" by Art McIntosh; the 90-member Rotary Club of Newport Irvine

meets at the Radisson Hotel to hear Judge Jim Grey on "How to Become

a U.S. Senator" (o7www.nirotary.orgf7).

* COMMUNITY & CLUBS is published Saturdays in the Daily Pilot.

Send your service club's meeting information by fax to (714) 921-8655

or by e-mail to o7jdeboom@aol.comf7.

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