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Communities & Clubs: It's the season for giving back

December 14, 2010|By Jim de Boom

This is a busy time of the year for our communities' service clubs. Some club members are ringing Salvation Army bells and staffing the donation kettles at local shopping centers. Others are delivering food and Christmas gifts to families in need. Still others are partnering with their Interact or Key Club groups, and decorating their Rose Parade floats in time for the New Year's Day parade in Pasadena.

Speaking of the Rose Parade, the Kiwanis International Float will be seventh in the parade lineup, while the Lions International float will be No. 48 and Rotary International's float No. 51. The parade begins at 8 a.m. on Jan. 1. The best TV viewing in Southern California will be on KTLA Channel 5.

Circle K at OCC

The Orange Coast College Circle K Club, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Costa Mesa, has become a force of community service in Costa Mesa. Growing from just one member in 2007 to 77 today, the club focuses on service, leadership and fellowship. Last month, club members completed more than 900 service hours.

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Members of the club — which is one of seven at colleges and universities in Orange County and hundreds of chapters internationally — include OCC Student Body President Cat Tran, Vice Presidents Steven Quach and Ruben Ruiz, Interclub Council President Jonathan Cao-Nguyen and Secretary Lauren Kim, College Life Council Secretary Tanya Tran.

Circle K members have service projects every week. Recent projects include the Boys & Girls Club Halloween Carnival, Orange County Model Engineers/Kiwanis Pumpkin Patch, OCC Science Night, the Orange County Children's Book Festival, CHOC Walk, the CROP Walk against Hunger, Share Our Selves and many more. Members are planning a sports tournament for Jan. 22 to raise funds for children's charities.

The club is organized with an elected board: Christine Nguyen, president; Cat Tran and Ruben Ruiz, vice presidents; Vincent Vu, treasurer; and Jonathan Cao-Nguyen, secretary. Committee chairs include Kelly Ho, Kiwanis family relations; Stephanie Nguyen, membership development and education; Shelby Paisley, scrapbook; Alan Chung, technology; Jennifer Que and Ryan Pham, spirit and social; Colin Wu, historian; Paul Jessup and Tanya Tran, public relations; and Lauren Kim, fundraising.

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