Circle City Rotary – Service Project June 2019 | Corona, CA

On June 22nd 2019,  at least sixteen Circle City Rotarians and their friends and family helped to spruce up the gazebo area of Santana Park in preparation for the city’s annual 4th of July festivities.

We arrived at the park ready to work. We painted the grills, and also the picnic tables. The trash cans were also painted, and we removed any and all visible graffiti in and around the area. We were assisted by Mark, city staff personnel who brought us the supplies we needed to do the job. It took about 2 ½ hours of our time since we had so many helping hands. It was a productive morning and we left the area sparkling ready to be enjoyed by Corona residents. Great job everyone!!

 

To find out more about our monthly service projects, 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: Sue Nichols | Corona, CA

Wed. April 24th our speaker was Sue Nichols from Rosa Parks Elementary School in Eastvale. This is the school where we donate all our signed books each week. Sue is the school’s librarian.

She truly appreciates all of our book donations because she says she has zero budget to purchase new books. Rosa Parks Elementary School is the largest school in the CNUSD. The library contains 52% books that are fiction and 48% that are nonfiction. It is a very large library. Sue has great support from her family. Her late brother built her a castle in a corner of the library for story time and the students can actually sit up in the turrets. Sue also keeps live creatures in her library. She currently has tiger salamanders and crawdads. She shares a lot of her interesting personal collections in the library. Her school is very culturally diverse, so Sue likes to do different themes and talks a lot about the multiple cultures. We could tell that Sue loves her job because of the enthusiasm she shared with us in speaking about her library. We thought her library was extremely cool. It also seems like a mini hands-on museum as well. What lucky children who attend that school and get to enjoy Sue and that very awesome library! Thank you Sue, so happy our donated books are being loved and used at your school.

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.

Circle City Rotary – Service Project December 2018 | Corona, CA

For our service project this month, the Board voted on adopting 3 families that could use a little help during the holidays.  Several members vetted the 3 families which all live in our  community.  Each received gifts of food, and presents for everyone in the family.  One of our members delivered all of the presents to each of the families.  They were very happy and grateful to receive our gifts.

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

Circle City Rotary – Service Project November 2018 | Corona, CA

All throughout the month of November, Circle City Rotarians brought in new, unwrapped toys to each of our meetings.  And on Dec. 15th several Rotarians helped out at Crossroads Church to wrap over 300 gifts for the Kops for Kids event put on by our local Corona Police Department.  They had fun while helping out for a great cause!

To find out more about Circle City Rotary Club service projects, 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: 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.

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