Luke and the Locomotives, Blues BBQ, the Wildcats, 3rd Degree, and
The Sons of the American Legion, Newport Harbor Squadron 291 is a
nonprofit veterans service organization that primarily raises money
for veterans and youth groups, according to Matt Parsons, commander.
All proceeds from the Blues on the Bay are donated to charity. For
seven years, the Sons of the American Legion have raised and
distributed more than $100,000 in charitable donations from Blues on
Some of the organizations that have been assisted include
Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation, Southern California Special
Olympics, American Legion Child Welfare Foundation, Children's
Miracle Network, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, the Long Beach
Veterans Hospital, Hoag Hospital, and the World War II Memorial Fund.
For more information, please visit the event's website at
BOOK DRIVE A SUCCESS
"I'm pleased to announced that the Orange County Fair book drive
was another resounding success," said Debbie Ream, Reading by 9
coordinator for the Los Angeles Times.
This year, 35,790 books were collected by Orange County Rotary
clubs and Reading by 9, an increase over last year's total of 29,611.
"The event continues to grow, and we look forward to our
partnership with the Orange County Fair and the Rotary clubs of
Orange County for next year's event," added Ream.
Two members of the Harbor Mesa Lions were recently honored with
the Proud Lion Award. Sue Seager and Lynn Seaholm were presented the
certificate and pins from the visiting District Governor Jack
TSUNAMI RELIEF EFFORTS
Club member Chuck Hirsch reported at a recent club meeting on the
use of tsunami-relief funds raised by club members over the past
With the help of past district governor Mike Abdalla -- now a
trustee of the Rotary International Foundation -- he was able to find
a way for the Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary to do some good without
having to go through bureaucracies and red tape.
The $20,000 raised by the Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club will