On Oct. 10, the Kiwanis Club of Costa Mesa installed the officers for the 2010-11 fiscal year. The new officers are Ken Dilley, president; Charles Markel, vice president; Rhea Leigh Graf, treasurer; and Bill Lowe, secretary. The incoming Board of Directors will include President Ken Dilley and members James Bonar, Brigide Daily, Gregory Dennis, Jon Dilley, Jeff Dimsdale, Rhea Leigh Graf, Steve Grant, Buzz Kostlan, Bill Lowe, Charles Markel, Kent Mueller, Joe Panarisi, Jim Schabarum, Don Stevens, and Fran Ursini. The installation was conducted by Division Lt. Gov.Jim Bonar, also a member of the Kiwanis Club of Costa Mesa.

The Kiwanis Club of Costa Mesa meets at noon every Thursday for lunch at the Costa Mesa Country Club Clubhouse, 1701 Golf Course Drive. The meetings, which include interesting speakers from the community and local service organizations, recognize outstanding students from Estancia and Costa Mesa High Schools, and local elementary schools. The Costa Mesa club sponsors the Key Clubs at Estancia High School and Costa Mesa High School and the Circle K Club at Orange Coast College. The purpose of Kiwanis and its programs is to "change the one child and one community at a time."

For more information on the club's programs, or membership, contact Ken Dilley at (949) 631-1080 or by e-mail at ken.dilley.b71f@statefarm.com.

Costa Mesa Historical Society History Program

On Sunday, at 1870 Anaheim Ave., the Costa Mesa Historical Society will present Gordon Bricken, author of the book "Pioneers in Blue and Gray: Civil War Veterans in Orange County." Mr. Bricken will discuss how thousands of Civil War veterans, from both sides, moved west after the war and many of those found their way to what became Orange County. Gordon will further reveal how these veterans were involved in the formative years of Orange County and left their mark in name and deed and will relate the individual stories of those now buried here. Doors will open at 2, followed by the program at 2:30 p.m. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. For more information call (949) 631-5918, or visit http://www.costamesahistory.org

Spin Gourmet Dinner Event Set for November

Serving People in Need (SPIN) will celebrate 21 years of helping homeless families and the working poor at its annual fundraising dinner and gala on Nov. 6 at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Hotel, Huntington Beach. The gourmet food and wine event, "Viva SPIN," will feature a Spain-inspired dinner menu prepared by award-winning chefs Jeff Littlefield of Shades Restaurant in Huntington Beach and Jeff Jackson of A.R. Valentien Restaurant at The Lodge at Torrey Pines.

The gourmet event includes a multi-course dinner and wine pairings along with a cocktail reception, silent auction and dancing. It is a major fundraiser for SPIN, a Costa Mesa based nonprofit that provides critical services to homeless individuals and families. The evening celebration, which begins at 6 p.m. will also include inspiring testimonials from individuals whose lives have been transformed with help of SPIN and a presentation honoring law firm Sheppard, Mullin, Richter and Hampton for its "18 years of outstanding support of SPIN."

Tickets are available for the "Viva SPIN" dinner event and can be ordered by calling the SPIN offices at (714) 751-3332. Opportunity drawing tickets for a $1000 shopping spree at South Coast Plaza can also be purchased; winners need not be present at the event.

SPIN has served more than 74,000 Orange County families and individuals since its inception in 1987, including 870 that benefitted from SPIN's housing and support services in 2009. The nonprofit has three programs to serve the less fortunate. For more information regarding SPIN, please call SPIN Executive Director Jean Wegener at (714) 751-1101 ext. 12. or e-mail info@spinoc.org. The SPIN office is located at 151 Kalmus Drive, Suite H-2, Costa Mesa

Thought for the day

"What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals."- Zig Ziglar

SERVICE CLUB MEETINGS THIS WEEK

You are invited to attend a service club meeting this coming week to learn more about opportunities for service. Most clubs will buy your first meal for you as you get acquainted with them.

WEDNESDAY

Noon: The Exchange Club of Corona del Mar meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, 1601 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar.

5:15 p.m.: The 10-member Rotary Club of Costa Mesa meets at the Ramada Inn & Suites, 1680 Superior Ave., Costa Mesa. Visit http://www.costamesarotary.org.

6 p.m.: The 65-member Rotary Club of Newport Balboa meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, for craft talks. http://www.newportbalboa.org

THURSDAY

7 a.m.: The 20-member Costa Mesa Orange Coast Lions Club meets at Mimi's Café, Newport and Harbor Boulevards, Costa Mesa.

Noon: The 45-member Kiwanis Club of Newport Beach-Corona del Mar meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club. For more information, visit http://www.newportbeachkiwanis.org.

The 95-member Exchange Club of Newport Harbor meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club to hear Dennis Evans, foreman of the 2009-10 Orange County Grand Jury discuss "Processes, Protocals, Findings and Selection of 19 Grand Jurors." For more information, visit http://www.nhexchange.org

The 40-member Kiwanis Club of Costa Mesa meets at the Costa Mesa Golf and Country Club, 1701 Golf Course Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit http://www.costamesaKiwanis.org

The 65-member Rotary Club of Newport Irvine meets at the University Club, 801 E. Peltason Drive, Irvine, for a program by Mike Abdalla, M.D., "End Polio Now." Visit http://www.ni-rotary.org

The 45-member Kiwanis Club of Costa Mesa meets at the Costa Mesa Golf and Country Club.. http://www.costamesakiwanis.org

TUESDAY

7:15 a.m.: The Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club meets at the Five Crowns, 3801 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, to hear from Scott Paulsen of the OASIS Senior Center. http://www.newportbeachsunriserotary.org.

COMMUNITY & CLUBS is published Wednesdays. Send your service club's meeting information by fax to (714) 921-8655 or by e-mail to jdeboom@aol.com.