THE ROTARY CLUB OF NEWPORT-BALBOA
May 12, 2016
As soon as you approached the Meeting Room, you knew that it was time for our Track Meet Awards Dinner! All of the energy and excitement that the student/athletes brought to the field was evident throughout the halls of BCYC!!
Dick Dickson provided our Invocation, Medal Winner Owen Lucas led us in the Pledge to our Flag, Kent Martin led the Four Way Test, and Dick Dickson did double duty and led us in “God Bless America”.
In light of the atmosphere, it was decided not to announce the passing of Dr. Mike Abdalla of RC Orange, who had served not only as our District Governor (1995-96), but also as a Trustee of The Rotary Foundation (2004-08), but please keep his widow Jean and their family in your thoughts and prayers.
As noted, the room was packed, some families had been there before and some were new-comers, but we did our best to welcome and congratulate them all. The entire McDonough clan was in attendance and it was learned that former NB Rotarian Burr Allegaert had hoped to come down from Camarillo to see his grandson Gavin receive his two medals, but alas complications prevented it, so his son Steve and family conveyed Burr’s best wishes to all. Molly Patience and Cody Muson from Newport Parks and Recreation were there to assist in the presentations.
In all, 16 student/athletes were in attendance, representing Harbor View, Newport El, Lincoln, OLQA, and Mariners, among others, and the presentations of the medals, as part of our exchange with our Sister Club, RC Okazaki South (D-2760, Japan) went smoothly, with plenty of photo opportunities for all.
Coach Bill Sumner, noting 33 years at CdM, saluted the winners and inspired all with his comments, then introduced Lilly Schmidt, one of his latest crop of outstanding runners whose candor about the challenges overcome and the sweet glow of victory capped the presentations.
For the calendar:
Hospitality Night will be tonight, at The Fairmont on MacArthur, so we’ll see you at your volunteered time, or earlier as the bar opens at 4:30!
Our Joint District Conference with our friends from San Diego (D-5340) continues through the weekend.
Next week, our speaker will be the new editor of the OC Register, Frank Pine.
The Port of LA Tour and Vocational Visit to Container Terminals and Dinner will be May 26 (we will be dark at BCYC).
On June 2, sports writer Matt Szabo will be our speaker.
Demotion will be June 30 and PP Lauren will appreciate your help in planning and executing this great Year End Tradition.
Remember your Coin Banks next week, and we’ll see you tonight!!