Fire and Ice Update: Check Disbursement Time! | Corona, CA

At our June 26th meeting, we disbursed our funds collected at our annual Fire and Ice Chili Cook Off and Craft Beer Festival. This is by far the favorite meeting of the year for most of us in Circle City Rotary. Over $22,000 was given away to local non-profits. And all of the books that we collect year round were given to Sue Nichols, the librarian at Rosa Parks elementary school in Eastvale. We can’t wait till next year’s Fire and Ice Festival on Sat. February 29th, leap year, to be bigger and better than ever, so we can give even more away!!

To find out more about our Fire & Ice Chili Cook Off and Craft Beer Festival, please visit our website at www.circlecitycorona.org.

Guest Speaker: Ula Gilewska | Corona, CA

The speaker for June 5th meeting was our Rotary Youth Exchange student, Ula Gilewska. Ula arrived from Poland to the U.S. last August during the Holy Fire here in Corona. Rotarian Karen Maldonado and her family are her host family. Laura Seltzer, (myself) is her Rotary mentor. Ula has five siblings back home, all girls except for one brother. Her parents are doctors and Ula applied for the student exchange program through the local Rotary club in her town.

She has had a very fun filled time here in California. She absolutely loves the beaches here. The Maldonados have taken her to Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Dana Point. She has been to San Diego, Coronado area, and to Santa Barbara. She says in Poland there are no beaches, only the Black Sea. She is attending Santiago High School in Corona as a junior. She joined the track and field team. She attended the Homecoming Dance and the Prom as well. The Rotary Youth Exchange has various weekend outings for all the inbound students. Ula has been to Ventura, Big Bear, San Diego, a camp in the Hollywood Hills and to RYLA. She has made many friends from various countries through this program.

On June 16, Ula, along with several of her fellow exchange students, will be boarding a train that will take her cross country to the East Coast. They will make several stops along the way, and visit at least 7 states. They have a very packed agenda. She is looking forward to this trip. Ula has enjoyed her stay here with the Maldonados and is grateful for all the monetary support Circle City Rotary has given her throughout her visit here. She returns home to Poland in mid July, but has expressed a desire to return to California someday. We will miss her, she is a very sweet and delightful young lady.

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

Guest Speakers: Katie Moore & Kevin Royse | Corona, CA

On Wed. May 8th, our guest speakers were Katie Moore and Kevin Royse from the ABC Hopes Foundation.  The foundation is a nonprofit 501c (3) organization that was started in 2013.  Katie’s brother, Christopher, was born with Down’s Syndrome.  His family began the foundation all because of Christopher.  What the ABC stands for in their name.  Their mission is to empower individuals with intellectual disabilities to contribute to society in a positive manner by giving them job opportunities that develop their social, physical, and educational skills.  They accomplish this mission by having participants of their program operate a produce stand at local farmer’s markets, the one here in Corona and Anaheim, and by participating in their fitness program that they partner with the local cross-fit gym. And by members going to various community events and fundraisers. ABC Hopes host fundraisers throughout various times of the year.  In their fitness program, they like the whole family to participate if possible.  Christopher was also present at the talk where he very happily passed out brochures and a bottle of hand sanitizers.  What a great foundation this family has started that will help so many individuals all because of their love for Christopher. Thank you so much for sharing with us about your wonderful organization.

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

Guest Speaker: Jane Moore | Corona, CA

This past Wed on April 17th our speaker was Jane Moore from Pencils and Dreams. Pencils and Dreams is a fundraising partner with vetted organizations and schools that improve educational options for children in Tanzania. Jane visited Tanzania with her family in 2005. She went to see the country and the wildlife in person, not just on a documentary, but she fell in love with the people. Jane was an educator for 40 years, and she was overwhelmed by the children’s desire to learn. When she returned home from her trip, she had a dream about building schools for the children they had met. And over the past 9 years that is exactly what this organization has been doing. And it is all done through donations. Presently they are partnering with two incredible schools, these schools are having a tremendous impact on the students. These students will be the future leaders of Tanzania. Pencils and Dreams has a goal of giving each school $10,000 every year. And Jane knows they will reach it thanks to the generosity of all the donors. Thank you Jane for your generous heart, and vision we enjoyed your talk today.

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

Fire & Ice Chili Cook-Off & Craft Beer Festival 2019 | Corona, CA

On Feb. 23rd  Circle City Rotary had our 5th Annual Fire and Ice Fundraiser. It was held once again at Dos Lagos. The event was a HUGE success!!! Thanks to all the committee members who planned the event, fellow Rotary members who participated in the event, along with our wonderful volunteers from various non-profits and local high schools. This event wouldn’t be a success without our fabulous sponsors and all the lovely people who came to sample chili and vote for People’s Choice, and taste the beers donated by awesome micro brewers. A very heartfelt THANK YOU to ALL!! The weather was perfect, snow on the mountains in front of us and behind us! Great music by The K-Tel All-Stars! They were a huge hit once again. Lots of fun for all ages!! Be sure to come and join us next year on Sat. Feb. 29th 2020. Leap Year!

To find out more about our annual Fire & Ice Chili Cook-Off & Craft Beer Festival, 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.

Guest Speaker: Timothy Evans | Corona, CA

Our guest speaker on Dec. 19th was Timothy Evans.  Tim is the founder of a non-profit organization called The Unforgettables Foundation.  Tim started this Foundation in 1999. The mission of the Unforgettables Foundation is to enable low-income families to give their children a dignified burial.  Empower communities to memorialize children who have died.  Educate parents and children’s caregivers to confront, control and conquer the primary risks to our children’s health and wholeness.   And to encourage communities to recognize the financial trauma which is often associated with the death of a child.  The Foundation is entering its 20th year. They raise money to help defray the cost of burials for families who cannot afford it.  They do not pay the entire cost, but a portion of it.  The families help to pay for the rest. The Foundation’s help is granted to families across the Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange Counties in California.  Also in Southern Nevada.  Since its incorporation in 2000, over 5,000 families have been assisted in 100 cities in Southern California, Nevada, Ohio and Canada.   It was a sad talk today, but it was also great to know that this organization exists, and is there to help these families in their toughest, saddest days while grieving.  Thank you Tim for starting The Unforgettables Foundation.

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

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

Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 8th and 9th,  6 CCR Rotarians participated in the SACK Foundation Conference.  We were asked by Shirley, to please come to Crossroads Church in Corona where the conference is held and to interact with the 4th grade students that attended.  On Monday, Danny M.  Karen M. and myself participated.  We played Go Fish card game, a game called, Let’s Go Fishing, and we brought beads and string so the students could make day bracelets.  There was also a coloring station.  But the absolute biggest hit of the day was Danny’s puppy,  Adria, which is a therapy dog in training.  The children really enjoyed hearing Danny explain to them how she trains the puppy, and of course they got to pet her as well.  Adria was a real trooper that day and got lots of training in patience.  Tuesday, Gordy, Mark A. and Ray V. attended the conference. They had a great time engaging with the children.

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

Guest Speaker: Bill Steinkirchner | Corona, CA

Last week’s speaker was none other than our own fellow Rotarian, Bill Steinkirchner. Bill is the proud owner of our local microbrewery Stone Church Brewing. He spoke to us about his upcoming event, Amber Waves of Grain Craft Beer Festival. It will be held at Dos Lagos on Nov. 3rd from 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm. Tickets are $40. This is the third year that this wonderful fundraiser will take place. All net proceeds are given to veteran non-profit groups registered 501 (c) 3. This event is a time for all armed forces veterans to come together and help those who have also served. The individuals that will be pouring the microbrewery beers are veterans themselves and they will be able to display their memorabilia to share with everyone. There will be 40 microbreweries and a few home brewers this year as well. This fundraiser is staffed by all volunteers. There will be a parade beforehand to kick off the event. All-American Riders is one of the non-profits that works with this event, as is Christmas Dinner for Homeless Vets. I had the pleasure of attending last year, and it was a lot of fun! I’m looking forward to going again this year.  Great event for a great cause! Thanks Bill, a true act of service above self.

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

Guest Speaker: Debbie George & Michelle Thornburg | Corona, CA

Wed Aug 22, 2018

Our meeting today welcomed two guest speakers that are advocates for Type 1 diabetes research. Debbie George and Michelle Thornburg. They both have children that were born with Type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that attacks the pancreas and deems a person dependent on insulin for life. There is no cure for this disease. It is nicknamed “the invisible disease” because suffers of Type 1 diabetes can appear to be the picture of health. Everyday activities can affect the blood sugar of those with the disease. Examples are: exercise, too much food, lots of activity, illness, and improper dosing of insulin. Some complications associated with Type 1 diabetes are: nerve, eye, kidney damage and cardiovascular disease. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to amputations amongst other problems.

It was a very informative talk today. And we clearly need to continue research to find a cure for this malady.

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