Guest Speakers: Maykala Sullivan and Brian Young | Corona, CA

At our June 19th meeting, we had two speakers. First speaker was Maykala Sullivan, who is fellow Rotarian Don Garling’s granddaughter. Maykala attends Santiago High School and she wrote an award-winning 4 Way speech which she read to our club. Her speech was about bringing awareness to mental health issues in teens. Mental health is at an all-time high in the U.S. Anxiety, depression and stress are the three growing issues in our society. Maykala is advocating for a course in mindfulness to be taught in schools. Mindfulness can and does improve the lives of people who suffer from mental issues. Congratulations Maykala, for your very informative and award winning speech. And thank you for shedding some much needed light on this topic.

Our second speaker was fellow Rotarian Brian Young. Brian is the Corona City Fire Chief. Brian shared with us about a new initiative that Corona Fire is working on. It has to do with the Corona Fire Department working with other local agencies concerning the wildlife interface. The city of Corona abuts with 12 miles of the Cleveland National Forest. The new non-profit formed is The Fire Safe Council. Local Home Owners Associations are invited to join the council. There are currently 87 HOAs that share a border with the CNF. Brian also talked about steps we can take as homeowners to protect against wildlife fire. He also discussed the new fire department app called Pulse Point. This app lets you know where and when an emergency is unfolding in our city. Any time the Fire department is called out, it shows up on Pulse Point. Thank you Brian, for all you do in keeping residents safe. And for sharing this important information with our club.

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

Guest Speakers: Lieutenant Mercado & Sargent Morris | Corona, CA

Speakers for  Wed. May 1st. were none other than Corona’s finest, Lieutenant Mercado and Sargent Morris from Corona Police Department.  These two gentleman are part of  the department’s  UAS team.  This stands for unmanned aerial systems, also known as drones.  This enhancement for the department started this past Feb. 2019.  Sargent Morris is a drone pilot.   The UAS pilot’s were chosen from patrol and are highly trained in UAS technology.  It requires 56 hours of highly specialized pilot training.  The team is called in to assist with special ops missions, and emergencies.  They also assist in searching for suspects, missing persons and help with the mapping of accident scenes.  Drones are also used in search and rescue missions.  They will be partnering with the Corona Fire Department in the future.  It is more cost effective to use drones rather than a helicopter. The drones use battery packs for fuel.  The length of the battery packs vary, some are 10 min only while others can operate for 38 min.  These packs, while being less expensive than fuel, can add up. The drones can be flown at night, but they require a light kit per FAA rules. They can also be flown in inclement weather.  Drones help in real time intelligence gathering which helps the officers on the ground with their planning.  This was a very exciting talk and the officers brought in a number of different drones that they use in the UAS team.  At the end of the talk Sargent Morris took one of the drones outside and flew it a bit for us and showed us thermal imaging of our little group. Thank you both, this was a very informative talk.  Good to know our CPD is advancing with new and exciting technologies to keep our community safe.

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

Guest Speaker: Gina Moran-McGough | Corona, CA

Our speaker this week was Gina Moran-McGough.  Gina is the Emergency Management Coordinator for the city of Corona.  She works through the Fire Department.  She is the one who interfaces with all the city departments in an emergency.  In an emergency three things may happen:  You may need to leave your home,  You may not be able to return to your home, or you may need to stay inside your home.  She talked about emergency preparedness.  The city must disseminate this information in order for it to receive Federal funds.  We got handouts about the type of items you need to have handy in case of an emergency.  We also received light sticks, and emergency blankets.  A couple of lucky Rotarians received a tool that is used to shut off gas and break windows, or used as a weapon.  It is in everyone’s best interest to be prepared in case  an emergency situation should arise.  We found the talk to be very informative indeed.  Thank you Gina!

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

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.

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.