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 Speaker: John and Kathleen Saville | Corona, CA

Our speakers for May 29th was our fellow Rotarian John Saville and his wife Kathleen. John is a retired pastor and now spends part of his retirement traveling to various states during the summer months to be a temporary chaplain. Upon retiring, John read a book that he highly recommends to everyone, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by American surgeon, Dr. Atul Gawande. The book addresses end-of-life care, hospice care, and also contains Dr. Gawande’s reflections and personal stories. John and his wife went to Alaska in summer of 2018. They stayed at the John Thomas Center for Senior Leadership. This center is focused on promoting healthy senior living in everything they do. They view elders not as patients or care objects but as respected senior leaders and role models in the community. They provide space for privacy, and community spaces for social interactions and group activities. John was their summer chaplain, and he told us how active everyone in this special community truly is.

John says there are three great ways to live out your life. Connect, Create and Contribute and that is exactly what this place inspires in all who live there. Kathleen ran the coffee talk hour. The topic of conversations were about the residents themselves, what was their first job, what was their favorite Christmas. The center was built and is funded by the Lowell Thomas Foundation. Both John and Kathleen had a wonderful time in Alaska, lots of fishing and hiking was done when they were not interacting with the seniors at the center. Thank you John and Kathleen, for caring and sharing your story.

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

Guest Speaker: Chris Miller | Corona, CA

Our speaker on Feb. 13th was none other than fellow Rotarian Chris Miller. Chris is a long time Rotary member and his topic was leaving your legacy. Chris’ family moved to Corona when he was very young. His parents purchased Thomas Miller Mortuary, the longest operating business in the city of Corona. This business began in 1891! His parents began to get involved with volunteering. His father joined the Lions Club and his mom joined the Soroptomist. Chris states he acquired his work ethic from his parents. He also says that his parents were/are excellent examples of what it means to give. When Chris joined Rotary at the ripe old age of 25, he says he used to bring his baby daughter to meetings while his wife went to work. He says he has been blessed with a very successful business and enjoys giving back to the community. Rotarians all want to give back, that’s why we joined the club! Thank you Chris for your many years of caring giving!

To find out more about our 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.

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.

New Member Alert! | Corona, CA

We have a new member in Circle City Rotary, John Michalski.  He is a romance travel specialist at LoveShack Vacations by John.  We are very happy to have John join our club!

To find out more about joining Circle City Rotary Club, 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.

New Member Alert! | Corona, CA

This past week we inducted our newest member into Circle City Rotary!!  Chris Glinski.  He works for Pacific Premier Bank and was invited to join by his friend, Chris Miller.

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