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.
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.
SERVICE CLUB MEETINGS THIS WEEK
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, http://www.costamesarotary.org.