Community & Clubs: Our hero, the newswoman

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.


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.

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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.


OCC Circle K Club to host training conference

On May 11, Orange Coast College's award-winning Circle K Club will host nearly 500 student leaders from colleges and universities throughout Southern California and Nevada for the annual Spring Training Conference South.

Students from more than 30 schools will come together for the full day of instruction, according to Jeff Dimsdale, advisor from the Kiwanis Club of Costa Mesa.

Dozens of topics will include goal setting, record keeping and inspiring others. Some workshops include service projects to aid children's charities.




Noon: The Exchange Club of Corona del Mar meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, 1601 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar.

5 p.m.: The 57-member Rotary Club of Newport-Balboa meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club. For more information, visit


7 a.m.: The 20-member Costa Mesa Orange Coast Lions Club meets at Mimi's Café, Newport and Harbor boulevards, Costa Mesa.

Noon: The 45-member Kiwanis Club of Newport Beach/Corona del Mar meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club. For more information, visit

Noon: The 75-member Exchange Club of Newport Harbor meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club. For more information, visit

Noon: The 40-member Kiwanis Club of Costa Mesa meets at the Costa Mesa Country Club, 1701 Golf Course Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit

Noon: The 55-member Newport-Irvine Rotary Club meets at the University Club, 801 E. Peltason Drive, Irvine, for a presentation by Gary Konecne on Disabled Sports USA.


6:30 p.m.: The Harbor Mesa Lions Club meets at the Costa Mesa Country Club; on the third Monday, the club meets at various restaurants in the area. For more information, email


7:15 a.m.: The 58-member Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club will meet at the Five Crowns Restaurant, 3801 Pacific Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, for a program by Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, who will give an overview of his office and talk about current gang initiatives and DNA procedures. On May 21, Karen Van De Laat will present "Get on the Bus." For more information, visit

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