Guest Speaker: Debbie George & Michelle Thornburg | Corona, CA

Wed Aug 22, 2018

Our meeting today welcomed two guest speakers that are advocates for Type 1 diabetes research. Debbie George and Michelle Thornburg. They both have children that were born with Type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that attacks the pancreas and deems a person dependent on insulin for life. There is no cure for this disease. It is nicknamed “the invisible disease” because suffers of Type 1 diabetes can appear to be the picture of health. Everyday activities can affect the blood sugar of those with the disease. Examples are: exercise, too much food, lots of activity, illness, and improper dosing of insulin. Some complications associated with Type 1 diabetes are: nerve, eye, kidney damage and cardiovascular disease. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to amputations amongst other problems.

It was a very informative talk today. And we clearly need to continue research to find a cure for this malady.

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Guest Speaker: Amelia Nieves | Corona, CA

On Wed August 1st.   Amelia Nieves was our guest speaker.  Amelia came to our Rotary meeting to share with us what WICC does for Corona.

WICC is an acronym for the Women’s Improvement Club of Corona.  This club is one of the oldest, if not the oldest club in the city of Corona.

The Women’s Improvement Club was founded in 1899 and was incorporated in 1910.  It is a non-profit 501 (c)3 and is part of a wider General Federation of Women’s Club in the nation.   General business meetings are conducted once a month at the Historic Clubhouse located at 1101 South Main St.  The Clubhouse was built in 1913 and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.  The Women’s  Club was founded as a service club which continues to this day.  The Women’s Improvement Club started The Corona Public Library, The Settlement House and has given 2 scholarships a year to the graduating senior class from each Norco/Corona USD high school.

Funds are also distributed to other local non-profits in the city, such as Peppermint Ridge, and The Settlement House.  Items are collected all year long to donate to baskets that are assembled for babies of military families. There are 2 major fundraisers throughout the year that helps fund donations. One is the Spaghetti Dinner that is held in the Fall, and the other is the Military Dance that is held in the Spring.  Also the Historic Clubhouse is used as a rental facility and has seen many gatherings over the years.  The Women’s Club is always seeking new members that would like to be of service to their community and for the mutual improvement of its members.

Everyone enjoyed Amelia’s talk on the Women’s Improvement Club of Corona.

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