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 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.

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.

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.

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.