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Community & Clubs: Celebrating a Serbian Christmas

January 29, 2013|By Jim De Boom

According to Tom Salata, the Serbian Christmas is on Jan. 7, because all Serbian religious holidays are still on the Gregorian calendar. "We celebrate it in honor of our parents," he added. Host for the luncheon were the Salata brothers, Paul, Jon, Tom and George.

This was the first year the celebration was held in Newport Beach; its previous home was San Pedro. Some 175 family members and friends gathered at the Tee Room at the Newport Beach Golf Course on Irvine Avenue from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A Christmas buffet, provided by Tee Room General Manager Hamid Taherian and the staff, included tossed salad, pasta with meat sauce, pasta with seafood, sauerkraut, beans, cabbage rolls, carved prime rib, pork (full baby pig), coffee and cake for dessert. Entertainment included the Don Peterson Band and magician Johnny Ace Palmer, and the Serbians in the audience sang along with Samarzich Tamburitza, a Serbian group.

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Among those attending were Olympic diver Sammy Lee, former Newport Beach City Manager Homer Bludau, Foothill High School swimming pool namesake Tom DeLong, philanthropist and First American Chairman Parker Kennedy, Corona del Mar photographer John Blom, former Goodwill of Orange County Chief Development Officer Dan Rogers, Daily Pilot Sports Editor Steve Virgen, Bob and Gini Robins of Theodore Robins Ford, Roger and Ann Alford, and members of the Balboa Bay Club Six O'Clockers and the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.

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Lions Honor Members

The Harbor Mesa Lions Club presented two members with the prestigious Melvin Jones Fellowship awards at the recent dinner to honor the founder of Lions International. Receiving the fellowship were Terri Stoker and Carol Van Holt. This is the highest award Lions can receive for their dedication and service. It was the second time for Van Holt to receive the award, who was given a diamond-studded pin to wear. Melvin Jones founded the Lions in Chicago as a businessmen's luncheon club. He realized the importance of community service, which led to the organization of Lions International on June 7, 1917. Lions International is the largest service organization in the world, with 46,000 clubs and 1.35 million members.

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2013 Interfaith Council Tours

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