Community & Clubs: Beating the heat at Balboa Bay Club

August 05, 2013|By Jim de Boom

During a hot July in Rancho Mirage, Barbara and I took long weekends in Orange County and enjoyed the sun on the beach at the Balboa Bay Club daily.

The new club ownership has made some noticeable, positive changes, including eliminating the "guard gate" at the Pacific Coast Highway entrance, remodeling and expanding the Members Grill and eliminating the monthly Resort Fitness Center fee.

The new chef at the Members Grill is Grant Lawson, who has developed a new menu, and now members can have their own wine locker. The power burger on the beach is still a great burger! After a 12-year absence, I got to visit the club's Six O'Clockers, or what's left of the longtime fitness center group that gathers daily for coffee and cards or to read the newspapers and shower and shave for the day. Some of the newer Six O'Clockers actually work out!


Longtime Balboa Bay Club and Six O'Clockers member Jack Wright was helpful in updating me on many of the longtime members. It was good seeing some friendly Six O'Clockers faces, meeting newer club members and, of course, experiencing the great staff at the Balboa Bay Club!


Harbor Mesa Lions Club serves

The motto of Lions Clubs International is "We Serve," and the Harbor Mesa Lions do just that, states Carol Van Holt, past president and Daily Pilot Community & Clubs Hall of Fame honoree.

The club, chartered in 1992, has all women members, some of whom were originally Lionesses in the Costa Mesa-Newport Harbor Lions Club. They dedicate their time and talents to serving the community by donating money to many charitable organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club; Share Our Selves Medical/Dental Clinic; Someone Cares Soup Kitchen; Youth Employment Service; Alzheimer's Family Services; Second Harvest Food Bank; Orange Coast College scholarships; Orange Coast Interfaith Shelter and many more. Money is raised through a casino night, candy sales, fashion shows, garage sales and the annual Costa Mesa Fish Fry.

They have "hands-on" service projects such as assembling school boxes filled with tools students will need. The boxes are given each year to first-graders in two Westside grade schools in Costa Mesa. They collect books for school libraries and participate in a reading program at Rea Elementary School that helps the students advance their reading skills.

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