Community & Clubs: Columnist honored by Exchange Club

June 15, 2010|Jim de Boom

The Newport Harbor Exchange Club honored yours truly last week with an award established in 1917, The Book of Golden Deeds.

According to Garrett TeWinkle, who organized the presentation, the award "recognizes dedicated volunteers who give their time and talents toward making their communities a better place to live."

Several years ago the club added to the award's name, that of a longtime member, the late John Crean.

The local Exchange Club has given out the award for the past 35 years, honoring during the past eight years people such as Evelyn Hart, Gary Monahan, Rich Saul, Jeanette Chervony, Ruby Wissman Suikki, Diane Flatten, Paul Salata and Harland Anderson.

TeWinkle introduce Richard Freeman, a past president of the Exchange Club who provided my community involvement background and shared the club's appreciation for this weekly column.

Lions International Past District Gov. Mike Schaefer and Rotary International Past District Gov. Roger McGonegal added their comments and congratulations as well.


My thanks go to the Exchange Club for the honor.


Mike Schaefer, Costa Mesa-Newport Harbor Lions Club member, said the club has put another one in the books: "We are tired, but relieved. Here are some numbers: 2,112 Fish dinners served, over 1,000 pounds of cod cooked, and the event raised a little over $42,000 for the community."



Patrick Wines from the Orange Coast Lions Breakfast Club reports that the May 1 Spaghetti/Bingo dinner was a success with more than 200 dinners served and 300 playing bingo.

Wines stated that the club was able to help local schools and charities it supports, thanks to the help of prize donors. They included the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Avila's El Ranchito Restaurant, Big 5 Sporting Goods, Connell Chevrolet, Dodger Dream Foundation, Five Crowns Restaurant, Golden Dragon Restaurant, Hooters, In-N-Out Burger, Jacks Surfboards, Medieval Times, Newport Rib Company, Souplantation Restaurant, Stater Bros Market, Trader Joe's, Villa Nova Restaurant, Von's Market, Wild Rivers Water Park and Z' Tejas Southwestern Grill.

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