Guest Speaker: Kathy Wright | Corona, CA

Kathy Wright was the Circle City Rotary guest speaker on Wed. Dec. 12th.   Kathy is the President of the Friends of the Corona Public Library.  The Friends organization is a non-profit dedicated to supporting our Library in providing the best programs, services, materials and experience for library visitors. Friends membership, the BookShop, and Adopt-a-Book all make this possible.  We have a very active Friends group. The Friends believe that the strength of a library lies not only in its collection of books and materials but also in its programs and services.  Here are some numbers from the Friends contribution to our library from 1993-2017:  $5,537,466 total value of contributions to the Library.  250,775 Friends volunteer hours for the Library valued at $4,082,105 based on an Independent Sector website.  60 average number of active volunteers.  $1,018,838 value of books given to the Library for the Library Collection, based on a value provided by the Library.  $481,460 the value of major gifts given to the Library.  The Friends volunteers are involved by either serving on the Board, or by working in the BookShop.  The BookShop is one of the BEST used book stores around.  It’s vast collection of items is well known throughout the Inland Empire.  They receive many donations from outlying cities, not only from folks living in Corona. It was a very informative talk, and we all got to learn a lot about this very dedicated group.

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Guest Speaker: Wes Speake | Corona, CA

Wes Speake is here today to talk about the Flagler Trophy. This was handed out in the Corona Road Races. John Flagler was a land owner in Corona who donated the trophy “worth at least $5,000” to be given to the winner of the race (1913-1917).

Corona road race- racers would drive 100 mph when the average car during that time drove 10mph!

These racers were rockstars of their time.

1915- no race (the town took a break)

Resumed in 1916. Eddie O’Donnell won that yr. Eddie gave the trophy to his folks to hold on to and it was not seen again until it was tracked down by Wes. Wes has since gone to Indiana where the trophy is and had photos taken of it. Wes is working on trying to get the trophy back to Corona(at least for a visit!). They are planning on making a 3D model of the trophy (cost would be $5,000). The Library or The Heritage Museum would be a great place to display this replica according to Wes.

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