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 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: Don Williamson | Corona, CA

Today, May 15th, our speaker was Don Williamson. Don is the founder of the non-profit Corona History Association. Don came to speak to  us very passionately about the first cemetery in Corona called Corona Sunnyslope Cemetery and about the Potter’s Field that is also there.

The city of Corona was established in 1886. The founding fathers realized the town needed a cemetery and Sunny Slopes was established on Rimpau. A lot of prominent Coronans are buried there. The Potter’s Field was used for indigent families, for persons with unknown identities and for some of the Chinese who lived on the outskirts of town. The last people to be buried in Potter’s Field was in 1940. There are no records of the people who are buried there. For many years the upkeep of Potter’s Field was done by volunteers. When the cemetery was sold to new owners, all of the volunteer upkeep was curtailed. Don is very upset that the new owners have razed all but two of the crosses that were in Potter’s Field and have sold the land to another organization for their burial needs. It is illegal to bury people where there is already an existing grave site. Don has talked to numerous government entities and multiple lawsuits have ensued against the current owners.

There are still living relatives of the people that are buried in Potter’s Field. Don is trying to undue this injustice that has been done to them and the city at large. Thank you Don, for caring and for your very passionate mission in trying to correct this travesty.

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: Cyndi Monroe | Corona, CA

Our Rotary speaker for Wed. April 3rd. was Cyndi Monroe. Cyndi is the founder and director of CATS, Christian Arts Theatre, group. She started the theatre 20 years ago. She says she had no clue on how to start a new business, but she was able to recruit people to help her start the theatre company. It’s a nonprofit organization for children. They offer all sorts of classes besides theatre arts. The theatre is a magnet for all types of kids. Besides acting classes, they teach make-up, set design and how to make costumes. Not all the kids that join necessarily wish to perform. And those that do, need to audition for the roles. Cyndi says valuable life lessons are being learned. Not everyone that auditions gets a part. The kids learn that we don’t always get what we want. Parents of the students build the sets for the plays. There are a lot of team building activities. In the past 20 years they have had 20,000 kids go through their program. Less than 1% are still performing, but most grow up to be amazing human beings. Thank you Cyndi for coming and speaking to our club about your wonderful theatre company.

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: Russ March | Corona, CA

At our last meeting our speaker was Russ March, principal at Victress Bower School for Exceptional Children.  Russ is very passionate about his students and his project.  It is called the Mobility Project.  Russ works at a school where most of  the students are mobility challenged.  The students have several pieces of equipment each that take up a lot of space in a very limited classroom. What this project is about, is to install lift systems in the ceiling of each of the classrooms.  It is vitally important for these students to be upright, so their circulatory, digestive, and respiratory systems can function properly.  The students are unable to assist the staff in getting into their equipment.  The ceiling lift systems are typically safer to use than any other type.  They are very expensive.  Russ started the project 2 years ago when the school used $15,000 of their General Fund budget to install a lift system in their Mobility/Sensory Room.  The students go there to experience sound, smell, tactile and visual stimulation which calms them.  Russ is looking to team up with other local non-profits in the area, such as Rotary clubs. With this monetary help, his dream of putting ceiling lifts in all the classrooms can be realized.  We were all inspired with Russ’ vision.

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