Community & Clubs: Rotary Club's benefit gala is 'Passport to the World'

February 14, 2012|By Jim de Boom
  • Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club provided 31 special foam memory mattresses to Wounded Warrior Detachment in Hawaii for Christmas to accelerate healing process and mental health. Rotarian Sandra Ohara of Honolulu Metro Rotary is surrogating for the Sunrise Club at the delivery to Kaneohe Bay Marine Base, Oahu.
Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club provided 31 special…

"Passport to the World," the Newport Sunrise Rotary Club's annual fundraiser gala, will be held at the Crevier Classic Cars shop in Costa Mesa on the evening of March 31.

To support the club's work in the community, event Chairman Carl Lachman and his committee have put together a fun-filled evening to support many of its charities.

These include: Working Wardrobes Success Workshops in conjunction with the Rotary and Salvation Army; The African Child Foundation, supporting a girls orphanage in Kenya; and the "Wounded Warrior Battalion — West," to which musical instruments have been donated for therapy and memory foam mattresses given that help accelerate the healing process of severely wounded Marines and Navy personnel at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii on Oahu.

For car aficionados, you can view rarely seen cars, such as the 1940 Packard 110 Woodie Station Wagon, a 1938 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead, a 1956 Ford Thunderbird or various Hudsons and BMWs.


The evening will feature a sit-down dinner, accompanied by silent and live auctions, including a chance to win a tour of Paramount Studios or a week at the 5-star Club Cascadas de Baja in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

For more information or to order tickets for the evening event, go to or call (714) 606-8384.


Lions honor Old Glory

On Friday morning, Harbor Mesa Lions will give a presentation honoring the symbol of our country, the American flag, at Whittier Elementary School in Costa Mesa. Fourth- and fifth-graders will participate in the program, which starts at 8:15 a.m.

Lions club members Carol Van Holt, Arlene Schafer and President Carol Proctor will tell the students about the history of our flag. Eight students will be included in the presentation.

Parents and guests are invited to attend the ceremonies. Each student will receive a flag from the Lions at the end of the program. Lions clubs statewide participate in "Lions Flag Days" in February, to coincide with Presidents Day.


California and mission history

On Sunday, the Costa Mesa Historical Society will present architect Richard Dodd talking about "Traveling the El Camino Real – the Founding of the California Missions."

The program will cover California's early years and how the missions shaped it.

Doors open at 2 p.m. and the program starts at 2:30 p.m.. Free admission and refreshments. The Historical Society is at 1870 Anaheim Ave., at the northwest corner of the Lions Park complex in Costa Mesa.

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