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: 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: 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 Speakers: Diane McDonald, Ruth Olson and Jill Wakefield | Corona, CA

Our speakers for March 6th, were Diane McDonald, Ruth Olson and Jill Wakefield. These women along with fellow Rotarian, Elaine Harris, provide support groups at local Corona schools for adolescent grief and loss. Jill Wakefield spoke about how grieving causes some people to get depressed. And in turn can lead to drinking and drugs to deal with their depression. She helps students to process grief through art. She has her students draw a happy memory, or an object to remember their lost loved one in a happy way. She says boys tend to get angry, and girls turn inward. These sessions help them to cope with their grief. At the end of their therapy sessions, they have a party and everyone is asked to bring their loved ones favorite foods.

Ruth Olson is a counselor and  works with Elaine Harris at Santiago High School. She says the kids in the therapy sessions feel connected to each other because they are all experiencing grief. They learn from one another.   They try to get the students to focus on the positive. A grieving student tends to miss a lot of school. The number one reason is due to anxiety. Diane McDonald works at Corona Regional Medical Center hospice program. A typical session group are 8-10 students for 8 weeks of therapy. She asks the students at the end of the sessions if they are helped with the counseling. A lot of the kids only come to school on counseling days because they know they will be seeing their friends in therapy. They learn that their depression is part of the process. They know that there is light at the end of the tunnel.   Diane does a lot of grant writing to get funding for the program. Many thanks to all these women for the invaluable service they provide to our youth who are grieving.

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: Bob Huff | Corona, CA

This week’s speaker was Bob Huff a TIP volunteer.  TIP stands for Trauma Intervention Program.  “Citizens Helping Citizens in Crisis” is their motto.  The TIP program is a team of specially trained citizen volunteers who are called to emergency scenes by hospital and public safety personnel to assist family members after a sudden death, victims of crime, witnesses to tragedy, children left alone after the death or injury of a parent, and anyone traumatized by a crisis event.  TIP volunteers work 24/7 365 days a year.  Our local volunteers are requested on site by the Corona Fire Department,  Corona Police Department, or the Corona Regional Medical Center. They come to help fellow citizens in need in the worse situations of their lives.  The volunteer never knows what type of tragedy they will be responding to. Training consists of classroom work and riding along with CPD and CFD.  There are 31 active volunteers in the Corona area.  They have served over a 1,000 residents. Not everyone is able to be a TIP volunteer.  It is difficult not to internalize someone else’s tragedy.  The program is always seeking more capable volunteers.  Our fellow Rotarian, James, talked about how much the TIP volunteers assist the Corona Police Department.  And he recalled how different times were before this program was implemented.  We are all grateful to know that these wonderful volunteers live in our community and are ready to respond if we should ever find ourselves in a time of crisis.

To find out more about Circle City Rotary Club guest speakers, 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.