Exchange Club National Executive Tracy Edwards, second from right, visits with Exchange Club of Newport Harbor club leaders Bob Wood, Spindrift editor; Dick Freeman, past district president; and John Kruse, secretary. (April 10, 2013)

On a quarterly basis, the Newport-Irvine Rotary Club hosts Chief David Maggard and the Irvine Police Department at breakfast to jointly honor a member of our community who has worked to contribute to the safety and benefit of Irvine and the local community, according to Rotarian Lucy E. Walther.

This month, Michele Gile of CBS2 and KCAL9, was the award recipient. She was instrumental in apprehending an individual who was acting erratically while driving his car with an infant in the back seat.

To Michele's credit, and thanks to her help, the department was able to track down the offender (who was incapacitated from prescription drugs) and detain him while securing the safety of the infant. Michele helped do this all while she was on deadline and supposed to be getting ready to go on the air.

Maggard and the club presented Michele with a plaque and a check for $250 in appreciation of her efforts. A film crew was on hand for the presentation, and the event was publicized on KCAL9 News at 4 and 6 p.m. May 2.

"This is a great partnership that we have forged with the Irvine Police Department," stated Walther.

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Harbor Mesa Lions raises and gives contributions

The Harbor Mesa Lions held its annual allocations meeting recently to present donation checks to representatives of local charitable organizations.

Donations this year amounted to more than $14,000 for many causes, including the Boys & Girls Club of the Harbor Area, Youth Employment Service, Someone Cares Soup Kitchen, Orange Coast College Scholarship Fund, Orange Coast Interfaith Shelter, Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation, Student Speaker Foundation, Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Program and Teresita Pines Camp for Deaf Children.

The Harbor Mesa Lions' annual fashion show will be held at 11:30 a.m. June 22 at the Costa Mesa Country Club. The event will feature women's casual to dressy fashions, lunch, boutique shopping and prizes. Tickets are $30 and must be purchased early. The public is invited to attend and help support our community charitable organizations.

The club raises funds by holding a casino night, fashion show, garage sale and candy and ice cream sales at the Orange County Market Place.

"When you help the Lions, you help your community," said President Eileen Jensen.

For further information, please check out the website: nhcmlionsclub.com.

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Exchange Club honors students with A.C.E.

At its weekly luncheon meeting April 11, the Exchange Club of Newport Harbor hosted Newport-Mesa Unified School District high school administrators, counselors and students to honor 10 high school seniors for their outstanding achievements.

Each student was presented with an A.C.E. Award and a $2,500 scholarship to assist in furthering their education.

The Exchange Club's A.C.E. Award (Accepting the Challenge of Excellence) recognizes high school students who, while overcoming significant challenges in their lives, have also excelled in scholarship, citizenship and/or community service. Recipients may compete for the Club A.C.E. of the Year award, as well as district and national honors. The Exchange Club of Newport Harbor has participated in the national program for years and awarded thousands of dollars to eligible students.

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OCC Circle K Club to host training conference