Community & Clubs: Rotarians from Japan to tour Newport Beach

On Wednesday night,16 members of the Rotary Club of Okazaki South, from Newport Beach's sister city in Japan, will attend the Newport-Balboa meeting at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, Corona del Mar.

Also attending will be Newport Beach Mayor Michael Henn and other community dignitaries, including 10 representatives of the Newport Beach Sister City Assn. and representatives from District 5320.

On Thursday, the Okazaki Rotarians will visit the Newport Beach Central Library, where Newport Beach Sunrise President Cynthia Cowell will take them on a tour as the library's director of library services. The Japanese delegation will also be taken on a tour of the future Civic Center site by Public Works Director Stephen Badum.

At 10:30 a.m. Thursday, the two Rotary clubs will dedicate a third bench at the Newport Beach-Okazaki Japan Garden in the southwest corner of Irvine Terrace Park. The bench will be in memory of Okazaki's Masao Kato, who passed away in May.

Completing the morning will be a visit to the Environmental Nature Center and its Butterfly House, followed by a private farewell luncheon for the delegation at A'Maree's.


Cleaning up

On Sept. 17, the Rotary Club of Newport-Balboa served lunch to some 1,000 volunteers who spent the day taking part in the Cleaning the Upper Bay program. A special thank you went from club President Bill Hossfeld to the Newport Beach Fire Department for helping at the Muth Interpretive Center, and this year's joint event chairs, John Kerr and A.J. Thielen.


Lions reach out

The Harbor Mesa Lions donated school supply boxes filled with items requested by the teachers, such as pencils, erasers, rulers, glue, scissors, etc., to first-graders at Whittier and Rea elementary schools during their first week in session. Twenty members participated in the assembling and distribution of more than 200 boxes.



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.

5:15 p.m.: The 10-member Rotary Club of Costa Mesa meets at the Ramada Inn & Suites, 1680 Superior Ave., Costa Mesa,

6 p.m.: The 55-member Rotary Club of Newport Balboa meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, 1601 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar for a meeting with their sister club from Okazaki, Japan, and Newport Beach city leaders.



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

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,1601 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar for a Ladies Day program featuring basketball player Willie Naulis and his wife, Anne. 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. Visit



7:15 a.m.: The 55-member Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club meets at Five Crowns Restaurant, Corona del Mar for a Club Assembly. For more information, go to

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