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Community & Clubs: Planting the seeds

March 13, 2012|By Jim de Boom

On Saturday, at least 30 members of Rotary Club of Newport-Balboa will titivate, or spruce up, more than 2,500 golden trumpet tree (tabebuia chrysotricha) and orchid tree (bauhinia variegata) seedlings in preparation to present them at a small ceremony this coming week to public and private schools within the boundaries of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.

The Arbor Day activity was started in 1969 by Newport-Balboa's past president and chairman of the Board of Supervisors, the late Gen. Thomas F. Riley, and his good friend Cecil Schira, then president of Hines Nurseries. For the past 43 years, Rotarians have given more than 98,500 trees to third-grade classes in public and private schools in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach.

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LIONS CELEBRATE 65 YEARS OF ENSENADA VISITS

It is a tradition with Lions clubs to visit other clubs each year, mainly in surrounding communities. However, a visit to another country is unique and not easily accomplished.

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On May 2, Lions of District 4 L4 sailed from Long Beach aboard a cruise ship to Ensenada, Mexico, for the 65th anniversary of the longest running International Visitation in the world. Two clubs in Costa Mesa were represented: the Harbor Mesa Lions and the Costa Mesa Newport Harbor Lions. In all, 57 Lions participated this year. They brought donations of school supplies and cash to assist the Ensenada Lions with their community support and causes.

A special highlight of the visit was their 92-year-old member, Carlos, who was instrumental in forming this long-standing event. District 4 L4 Gov. Ken Sherwood was presented with a beautiful plaque to commemorate the occasion.

The Lions have built schools, eye clinics and donated medical equipment in the Ensenada area, and are a valuable asset to the community. Languages and customs may be different, but "Lion-ism" in any country is the same cause, and the motto "We Serve" means just that.

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EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

The Costa Mesa Historical Society monthly program on Sunday focuses on community safety with a presentation by Brenda Emrick, fire protection specialist for the Costa Mesa Fire Department

Emrick, who handles community education for CMFD, will talk about fire safety in the home, easy-to-prepare emergency kits, and the Community Emergency Response Team training in April.

Doors open at 2 p.m. and the program begins at 2:30 p.m. Admission is free. The society is located at 1870 Anaheim Ave. For more information, call (949) 631-5918 or visit http://www.costamesahistory.org.

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