Community & Clubs: Students set off for Okazaki trip

July 05, 2011|By Jim de Boom
  • Bob Washer honored with "Book of Golden Deeds" by Garry TeWinkle and the Newport Harbor Exchange Club. Washer graduated from Duke University in three years, completed seminary at Boston University and served as a Methodist minister. Washer joined classmate Martin Luther King Jr. in a freedom march during the 60s. Washer has been a long-time Newport Beach businessman and chairman of the Clubs Movie Benefit, which has raised tens of thousands of dollars for the Child Abuse Prevention Center.
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A delegation of students from Newport Beach was set to leave Tuesday for a visit to the sister city of Okazaki, Japan.

"We have an outstanding delegation going to Okazaki representing the Newport Balboa Rotary Club, the Newport Beach Sister City Assn., our schools and our community," said Connie Skibba of the Newport Beach Sister City Assn.

The group consists of Lauren Nakamura, Courtney O'Connor, Matthew Daruty, Natalie Wilde, Montana Mattox, Kelly Mulcaire and chaperones Julie Oblouk and Nicole Fusaro, who teach at Corona del Mar High School.

The delegation will stay with host families and attend school in Okazaki, about 200 miles southwest of Tokyo. Before returning home July 15, they will also visit Kyoto.

In October, the local students will host students from Okazaki in their homes and share their high school campus experience. The exchange was started by the Rotary Club of Newport-Balboa some 20-plus years ago, according to Robert Merring, a Rotarian and Sister City Assn. board member.



Volunteers clock many hours

Volunteers devoted a total of 31,741 hours of their time to the Assistance League of Newport Beach during 2010-11.

"This year, the total annual hours volunteered by our membership was nothing short of amazing, and each of us can be proud to belong to such a dedicated group of women," said Kathy Youngman, the league's vice president of for membership.

"Given that the 2010 national estimated value of the volunteer hour is $21.36, our 513 members donated $677,988 worth of their time this past year," Youngman said.


Hearts of lions

Harbor Mesa Lions have donated more than $12,000 to charitable organizations in the past year.

At a recent meeting, representatives of various charities, including the Boys & Girls Club of the Harbor Area, Youth Employment Services, Share Our Selves Soup Kitchen, Angels Charities, Interfaith Shelter and many others were given the money and spoke about their organizations.

Each gave touching stories of how those in need are helped with the funds. The Lions are always in the forefront when disasters occur and when a need for help arises in the community. The personal stories of those helped made it all very worthwhile to the Harbor Mesa Lions members. The funds are raised with events such as a casino night, bingo night, spaghetti dinner and the garage sale.

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