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A few good Easter baskets

March 26, 2005

JIM DE BOOM

Members of the Exchange Club of the Orange Coast have been building

Easter baskets for the children of Marines from Camp Pendleton who

were deployed to Iraq in early March, said Club President Bob Scott.

Members have been donating candy, toys and things little kids like.

The club has even received some anonymous donations to aid in

bringing joy to the Marine families. "That is what Exchange is all

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about -- helping our community," Scott said.

NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY AND PREPAREDNESS

With the support of Costa Mesa Emergency Services Coordinator

Jerry Verwolf, steps are being taken to strengthen the Neighborhood

Safety and Preparedness Course and make it even more valuable to

Costa Mesa residents. One step is training a team to be able to teach

the American Heart Assn. CPR program ourselves.

The goal is to become an association training site, with special

privileges, according to Diane Hill. To make this happen, Verwolf is

covering the expense of the two full days of training with the

understanding that those taking the training will volunteer their

time, so the CPR classes within the Neighborhood Safety and

Preparedness Course can continue to be free to Costa Mesa residents.

This training will be all day April 19 and 20. The city is especially

looking for one more people who can speak both English and Spanish to

help us take this program into the Spanish-speaking community.

If you know anyone who wants to help make a difference in Costa

Mesa by doing this work, please e-mail cmprepared@ comcast.net or

call Diane Hill, (714) 546-4252.

VOCAL COMPETITION

Holly Stanton won the vocal competition hosted by the Rotary Club

of Newport-Balboa. Holly, a contestant from Newport Harbor High, sang

"My Funny Valentine" as Rotarian Rick Weiss accompanied her on the

piano. Holly's proud mother Lisa Stanton was present. Rotarian Nate

White, who organized the evening, presented Holly with a check for

$25. Holly will be moving on to Rotary District 5320 Area

Competition, according to White. Good Luck!

REMOVING ROADBLOCKS IN COMMUNICATION

The fourth session in Mac MacAdam's Communication Connection

program series will be held at the Oasis Senior Center from 9:30 to

10:30 a.m. on April 7 in room 1A. McAdams said all are welcome to the

session. The topic is "Removing Key Roadblocks to Excellent

Interpersonal Communication." The focus of this session is on

learning about the roadblocks that deter good communication and how

to avoid them. Participants will identify the roadblocks they put in

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