Guest Speaker: Peggy Brock | Corona, CA

On Sept. 19th, our speaker was Peggy Brock.  She is a trauma nurse who volunteers for Samaritan’s Purse.  Samaritan’s Purse is an evangelical Christian humanitarian aid organization that provides aid to people in physical need. It was founded in 1970 by Bob Pierce. The organization’s president is Franklin Graham, son of Christian evangelist Billy Graham. They work in more than 100 countries around the world.  Volunteers come from all over the world to staff the hospitals. There are 3 of them. The one Peggy worked at was in Mosul Iraq. They treated all patients the same, whether they were ISIS combatants, or civilian adults and children. They perform multiple surgeries a day. And sometimes they double up in the same room. Most civilians cannot afford to go to a hospital. They do not turn anyone away. When hospital staff go on strike in some countries, the hospitals are shut down.  Samaritan’s Purse has turned over a $7 million dollar hospital to the Iraqi government in Sept. of 2017. Peggy also shared with us, the resilience of the volunteer staff, who often times work under threat to their own safety. We were all captivated to learn of her time in Iraq.

To find out more about Circle City Rotary Club guest speakers, please visit our website at www.circlecitycorona.org.

Guest Speaker: Erin Fitzgerald | Corona, CA

Our speaker this past week was Erin Fitzgerald.  She came to enlighten us about the National Charity League.  This organization was first started in California in 1925.  It is a registered non-profit 501 (c) 3.  It is a service organization made up of Mothers and Daughters.   When Erin’s daughter did not wish to continue with Girl Scouts, Erin sought out other community groups that her daughter could get involved with.  She met a couple of other local moms, and together they started a NCL chapter here in our city of Corona. They needed to start with 25 members, and 4 philanthropic charities.  The 3 pillars of the National Charity League are, leadership, culture, and philanthropy.  The girls join the league when they are in 7th grade and continue along with their mothers,  until the 12th grade. They hold separate meetings from each other, and have their own executive boards.  Each girl is required to serve on the board at least once during her tenure. The mothers are referred to as Patronesses and the girls are called Tick Tocks.  The tick tock name came about because the girls used to eye the clock to see when they could begin their volunteer work.  The NCL does no fundraising, they each pay dues into the league.  Being a part of  the NCL  make the members feel good to  be able to make a difference in their community.  They, along with their mothers, enjoy being of service.  Rotarians can relate to this organization, being of service is what being in Rotary is all about!  We had lots of questions for Erin.  She said at the beginning of her talk that she was not a good public speaker, we beg to differ.  She did an excellent job in sharing with us what the National Charity League is all about.  Kudos to Erin!

To find out more about Circle City Rotary Club guest speakers, please visit our website at www.circlecitycorona.org.

Guest Speaker: Shirley Zink | Corona, CA

Last week’s speaker was none other than our own fellow Rotarian, Shirley Zink.    Shirley and her husband Don, sadly lost their son in 1998 to suicide, and turned their deep grief into the S.A.C.K. Foundation, which is simple acts of caring and kindness.  Their son had been bullied in elementary school for many years without their knowledge.  This turned into depression, which was never diagnosed.  The Zinks did not want this to happen to any more families.  Shirley says her faith teaches her to be better not bitter. The SACK Foundation has a desire to help children live, laugh and love in a bully-free environment.  The Corona-Norco USD is involved with the SACK Foundation.  All fourth graders in the district are taught the SACK program. They are taught to care about each other and their community.  PTAs are integrating the SACK program.  They convene  2 days  a year at Crossroads Church in Corona where all the fourth graders meet and listen to speakers.  Grandma Rose and John Pritikin are two of the kids favorites.  There is another project that Shirley is involved with, and it’s called the World Kindness Project. There are 64 countries currently participating. Shirley received a phone call from Australian Michael Lloyd White, and he has asked Shirley to help him get the USA involved. Together they have gathered over 50 non-profits in the US to be involved in this project.  Shirley is an ambassador for World Kindness USA for the Corona area.  To say we are proud of Shirley would be an understatement.

She is a true example of what it means to be a Rotarian.  Service above Self.

To find out more about Circle City Rotary Club guest speakers, please visit our website at www.circlecitycorona.org.

Circle City Rotary- Service Project August 2018 | Corona, CA

On a nice and cool morning, 15 Rotarians plus some of their friends and family, helped turn an Inspire Life Skills yard in Eastvale into a home to be proud of.  This was a huge effort put in by all the folks that showed up and lent a hand.  All of the grass, and some dead hedges were torn out and a lovely drought tolerant landscape was left in its place.  Everyone started to arrive around 7:00 a.m. with work gloves, shovels, a sod busting machine, iron rakes and a can do spirit!!  It took a little over 5 hours of hard work and perspiration, but well worth it in the end.  We even had a few of the men who live in the home come out and lend a helping hand.  In total we had 25 wonderful volunteers to help dig out, and plant, and rake all morning until the job was done.

We had coffee from Starbucks, breakfast burritos from Miguel’s and donuts from Kristi (Inspire Life Skills co-founder).  So there was lots of fortifications on hand.  New edging was put in place, to separate the planters from the gravel.  And a variety of drought tolerant plants were put in the planters.  The planter dirt was then covered in mulch to help keep water from evaporating too quickly.  A drip system was put in place for the plants and trees.  The lawn was replaced by low maintenance gravel.  Kristi was very appreciative with the job being done, and told me this was going to cut down on their water bill tremendously.   We at Circle City Rotary were more than happy to help out.  There were a few aches and pains later in the day when the job was finished, but no one regrets spending a part of their Saturday morning in helping out in this worthwhile cause.  All materials and plants were donated by our Rotary club.

To find out more about Circle City Rotary Club service projects, please visit our website at www.circlecitycorona.org.