Guest Speaker: Dr. Anthony Pirritano | Corona, CA

This past week we had our fellow Rotarian, Dr. Anthony Pirritano, give us a craft talk. Anthony spoke to us about Stem Cell procedures. Specifically PRP, which stands for platelet rich plasma. Stem cells are like a tiny seed. They are usually retrieved from bone marrow or fatty tissue. These retrieval methods are unpleasant, but now they can be gotten from placental tissue. Stem cells can help re-grow cartilage. Patients are given an injection into their large joints and they feel better pretty quickly. Anthony says it’s a very expensive procedure. One tiny vial of Stem Cells can cost up to $2000. Also some doctors are not doing the procedures correctly. Anthony does all of his procedures in a surgical center, to help reduce the incidence of this patients getting an infection. Stem cells are helping patients that have multiple sclerosis, arthritis, Parkinson’s to name a few maladies. Thank you Anthony for your very informative talk.

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

Guest Speaker: Ross Newhan | Corona, CA

Last week’s speaker was Ross Newhan.  Ross is a fellow Rotarian in the Corona Rotary group.  He is a retired sports writer for the Los Angeles Times. He had a long career there for 35 years.  Ross regaled us with stories of legendary baseball figures, that he covered while writing for the LA Dodgers and LA/Anaheim Angels baseball teams.  He also said that he got on Tommy Lasorda’s nerves quite a few times.  Ross also wrote about several Olympic games and several Triple Crowns.  He says he only had one job his entire career and that he was very lucky. He has always had a passion for the written word. He was the sports editor for his high school paper.  He didn’t have a clue what to do in life when he graduated from high school.  He started to write for a local newspaper in Long Beach. He began writing there and kept getting bigger and bigger assignments. He enrolled in Long Beach State, in case “this journalism thing” didn’t work out. When the Angels team formed, Ross was assigned to write for the team.  He got to meet former President Dwight Eisenhower at the Angels spring training camp in Palm Springs.  He ended up interviewing him.  Ross has too many favorite players to be able to pick only one.  In 2001 he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in the writer’s wing.  He currently writes a blog called, Newhan on Baseball.  We all laughed with Ross that this “ journalism thing” ended up being a great thing after all. Thank you Ross for sharing your interesting career with us.

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

Guest Speaker: Trixie Anderson | Corona, CA

Wed. Oct. 24th Patricia “Trixie” Anderson with the Corona Parks Foundation, came and spoke to our club. Trixie wants everyone to think about the Cleveland National Forest when they hear about Corona. The city of Corona shares a 12 mile border with the CNF. The Corona Parks Foundation is a group of volunteers that meet once a month and has a board of directors. Trixie is the Vice President and Treasurer of the Foundation. The mission statement of the group, is to enhance the quality of life in the City of Corona by promoting and providing parks and recreation programs for citizens of all ages which strengthen and unite the community. Trixie shared with us the various trails in the city, with Skyline Drive being the most popular and prominent of them all. Skyline Drive trail was founded on May 4th 1927. On June 10th 2017, a group of local hikers and historians met on the trail to recreate the original photograph taken in 1927. We thank Trixie for coming to CCR to talk about all the great hiking and biking trails that are in our wonderful city.

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