Guest Speaker: Bob Huff | Corona, CA

This week’s speaker was Bob Huff a TIP volunteer.  TIP stands for Trauma Intervention Program.  “Citizens Helping Citizens in Crisis” is their motto.  The TIP program is a team of specially trained citizen volunteers who are called to emergency scenes by hospital and public safety personnel to assist family members after a sudden death, victims of crime, witnesses to tragedy, children left alone after the death or injury of a parent, and anyone traumatized by a crisis event.  TIP volunteers work 24/7 365 days a year.  Our local volunteers are requested on site by the Corona Fire Department,  Corona Police Department, or the Corona Regional Medical Center. They come to help fellow citizens in need in the worse situations of their lives.  The volunteer never knows what type of tragedy they will be responding to. Training consists of classroom work and riding along with CPD and CFD.  There are 31 active volunteers in the Corona area.  They have served over a 1,000 residents. Not everyone is able to be a TIP volunteer.  It is difficult not to internalize someone else’s tragedy.  The program is always seeking more capable volunteers.  Our fellow Rotarian, James, talked about how much the TIP volunteers assist the Corona Police Department.  And he recalled how different times were before this program was implemented.  We are all grateful to know that these wonderful volunteers live in our community and are ready to respond if we should ever find ourselves in a time of crisis.

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

A Little News About Our Rotary Exchange Student… | Corona, CA

Ula Gilewska is from Poland and she has been living with member Karen Maldonado and her family since August of 2018.  She arrived during the Holy Fire out in the Cleveland National Forest.  Ula attends Santiago High School and is currently a junior.  She has been on several trips through the Rotary Youth Exchange program.  And the Maldonado family has taken her to Las Vegas and several times to the beach.  She spent New Year’s Eve in Oceanside with a friend she met through the Youth Exchange.  She is enjoying her time here and loves the California beaches.  She also says the teachers here in the States are very helpful to the students, more so than in her country.  She will be staying here until her time to return home in June.

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

Circle City Rotary – Service Project December 2018 | Corona, CA

For our service project this month, the Board voted on adopting 3 families that could use a little help during the holidays.  Several members vetted the 3 families which all live in our  community.  Each received gifts of food, and presents for everyone in the family.  One of our members delivered all of the presents to each of the families.  They were very happy and grateful to receive our gifts.

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

Circle City Rotary – Service Project November 2018 | Corona, CA

All throughout the month of November, Circle City Rotarians brought in new, unwrapped toys to each of our meetings.  And on Dec. 15th several Rotarians helped out at Crossroads Church to wrap over 300 gifts for the Kops for Kids event put on by our local Corona Police Department.  They had fun while helping out for a great cause!

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

Guest Speaker: Samantha Jimenez and Monica Cornelius | Corona, CA

Samantha Jimenez and Monica Cornelius were our guest speakers on Jan. 9th.   Both of these ladies came to speak about their experience in India.  They both attended the Giving University.  The Giving University is a place where you go to learn about charitable organizations. The classes are 8 weeks long, and at the end of the class you are sent on an international all expense paid trip to vet the charities that they work with and to make sure they are operating legitimately. You do need to bring your own spending money.  Our speakers went to India Christian Ministries.  The name of the organization they visited was Sarah’s Covenant Homes.  This is a local charity that takes in orphaned children.  Sadly in India if you are born disabled in some parts of the country, you are considered cursed.  This is a cultural norm.  So although most of these children are not orphaned, they are abandoned by their families.  Sarah’s Covenant Homes takes in these children and cares for them.  They also try to educate the families and ultimately strive to re-unite them with their children.  Both Sam and Monica, had an amazing trip that they both were passionate about sharing.  Sam worked with the disabled kids and youth, and Monica shared about the importance of micro loans.  It was a very informative talk.

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

New Member Alert! | Corona, CA

On Jan. 9th, Circle City Rotary welcomed our newest member into our club.  Corona Fire Chief Brian Young was pinned today!  Welcome to our Rotary Brian.  We are happy to have you!

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