The Kiwanis Club of Costa Mesa joins sponsors Hoag Hospital, South Coast Plaza, Union Bank, the Costa Mesa Community Foundation, Office Depot, Sears, the OCC Foundation and attorney Gregory Bartone in supporting the Boys & Girls Club of the Harbor Area to annually fund and support Kelly's Closet.

According to project advisor Jeff Dimsdale, the Boys & Girls Club chapter selects 24 children, who will be paired with the Costa Mesa High or Estancia High Key Club, or an Orange Coast College Circle K mentor. On Aug. 27, the pairs board a bus to Sears, where each team is given spending money and a shopping list. Kiwanis members will be stationed in store departments to assist with fitting and other issues, Dimsdale said.

After buying school clothes and shoes, grade-appropriate school supplies, backpacks, and electronic dictionaries and calculators, they return to the Boys & Girls Club for an old-fashioned, all-American picnic with games, crafts, food, fun and Kiwanians doing the cooking. The Kiwanis Club is seeking additional sponsors, particularly for items for the picnic that follows the shopping trip, said Dimsdale. He can be reached at (949) 929-1201.

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OCC Circle K competes with giants

The OCC Circle K Club received first-place awards in a Circle K competition in Virginia Beach, Va., in July against powerhouses such as UC Berkeley and UC San Diego.

The OCC club, sponsored by the Costa Mesa Kiwanis, won awards for its newsletter, the family relations program, and for growth enhancement and membership. During the past year, the club grew from 45 to 103 members, according to outgoing OCC Circle K President Jennifer Que.

And in a separate category, the local club took third place, just behind Berkeley and UCSD in service hours donated by members, with more than 2,000 hours donated to the community. Congratulations!

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Newport Beach mayor meets DeMolay

On July 14, Newport Beach Mayor Mike Henn made a presentation at the Newport Beach chapter of DeMolay International, according to member Rebecca Lane. His presentation focused on the structure of Newport Beach's city government and his personal experiences working for the city and serving as mayor, Lane said.

The event was part of Newport Beach DeMolay's My Government Day, an annual event that requires each member to learn about our nation's government. The presentation was lively and informative, and the chapter members thoroughly enjoyed the question-and-answer session afterward with the mayor, Lane said.

DeMolay is a member-driven, character and leadership building organization for males ages 12 to 20. More information on DeMolay International and Newport Beach chapter can be found at http://www.nbdemolay.org.

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Lions International convention

Mike and Sandi Scheafer attended last month's 94th Lions Clubs International Convention in Seattle.

Lions from all over the world gathered to celebrate the previous year's accomplishments and to look forward to the current year's programs, the Scheafers reported. Outgoing International President Sid Scruggs of North Carolina officially installed the new president, Dr. Wing-Kun Tam of Hong Kong. Disaster programs, youth programs, technological advancements and environmental issues will be a major focus for 2011-12.

One of the annual highlights of any convention is the parade of Lions through the convention's host city. Downtown Seattle welcomed the parade July 5.

The keynote speaker at the Thursday session was William H. Gates Sr. of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. On Friday, the final session, keynote speaker was former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

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