Editor's note: Eight locals were inducted into the Community & Clubs Hall of Fame during a luncheon in their honor June 17 at American Legion Post 291 in Newport Beach. Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach emceed the event, while Daily Pilot columnist Jim de Boom presided over handing out Hall of Fame Awards to the eight inductees, who were nominated by Newport-Mesa service club chapters. This week's Community & Clubs column features edited excerpts from de Boom's speech introducing each of the inductee and welcoming them into the Hall of Fame:
The Exchange Club of Corona del Mar is proud to nominate Ed Kohlmeier for the Community & Clubs Hall of Fame Award. Ed is married to Shirley, the club secretary, and together they have three children, four grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Ed has been an Exchange Club member for 35 years, including 25 years with the Exchange Club of Corona del Mar. He has served as club president, board member, district president, district secretary, Region 1 national vice president and was responsible for developing the National A.C.E — Accepting the Challenge of Excellence Award.
Ed has led the club in recognizing and honoring the Orange County Sheriff's Department and O.C. Fire Authority annually. He has led the club in honoring students from numerous high schools through sponsoring the club's Search for Talent. He supports many local projects such as Teen Challenge and Project Cuddle. But he is best known for saying "yes," as he remains involved in all club activities and fundraising, two Exchange clubs and is active in both District and National Exchange activities.
The Harbor Mesa Lions Club is proud to nominate Sandi Scheafer. Sandi has been married to Mike Scheafer, a 2009 recipient of the Hall of Fame Award, for 39 years. They have three sons and four grandchildren, and son Matt is Lions Club member.
Sandi has been a member of the Harbor Mesa Lions Club for 14 years, serving as club president, 2nd vice president and club treasurer. She has chaired fundraising for the Boys and Girls Club, and chaired the annual Lions International Peace Poster contest, among other events. In our Lions district, she has worked on the District Convention Committee several times and is known for organizing contests (i.e. survivor, medieval contests, etc.) She was also the District 4L4 Lions President of the Year a few years ago.
Sandi works as the administrative assistant for the Harbor Area Boys and Girls Club. She was a board member and served as President of the Costa Mesa National Little League. In 1995, French's, the mustard maker, named the Scheafer family as the California Baseball Family of the year.
Hank has been involved in the Costa Mesa Newport Harbor Lions Club for 40-plus years and has served in many positions, including club president.
Over the years, Hank has been a leader and involved in all club projects, but he is probably best known as the electrician for the annual Lions Club Fish Fry. Before the Fish Fry begins, Hank is on site, hooking up the electrical power that is needed for the carnival, food booths, and the main stage. Hanks is also a founder and member of the Orange County Model Engineers.
American Legion Post 291 is proud to nominate Walt Wagner. For 66 years, Walt has been an active member of the American Legion. He has held all officer positions, including commander, finance office and executive board member. He has served as the American Legion Baseball of Orange County commissioner.
This man who stands before us today, has freely given of his time, talent and treasure for the American Legion and our communities. A special note: Walt is a U.S. Marine Corps and World War II vet who served in the battle of Iwo Jima. Thank you for your service, Walt.