What We Do
The Newport Balboa Rotary Club enjoys a 75 year tradition of service both locally and internationally. Here are some of our ongoing yearly service tradtions:
◆ Supporting our Troops: Serving the First Battalion First Marines
◆ Arbor Day: Giving Every 3rd Grader in the District a Tree to Plant
◆ Back Bay Clean-Up: Working Towards Environmental Stability
◆ Frank Anderson Track Meet: Encouraging our Community Youth
◆ Okazaki Student Exchange: Investing & Developing Stellar Local 8th Graders
◆ Newport-Mesa Spirit Run: Helping Our School District Grow Stronger
◆ Disabled Sports: Assisting Others Achieve More
Club Service focuses on strengthening fellowship and ensuring the effective functioning of the club. This includes the operation aspects of the organization, leadership development and training, and planning of meeting and events.
Community Service: Rotarians are involved in projects throughout the community.
Regular projects include giving trees to every third grade student (over 2400) in the entire Newport-Mesa Unified School District to help develop an understanding of respect for our environment.
Our Club is a sponsor of the Spirit Run, which brings thousands of people to Newport Center for children’s races and Adult, Teen, and Children’s 5k events, serves to promote fitness in schools, and raises money for local school programs.
We also do regular service projects like serving the hundreds of volunteers at the annual Back Bay Cleanup event around the Newport Back Bay, and each year sponsor the Frank E. Anderson Memorial Track Meet for area youth.
Rotary is a great way to get involved at a grass roots level in making our community a better place, and the more people get involved, the more we can do.
International Service encompasses actions taken to expand Rotary’s humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace. Rotarians can support International Service by sponsoring a project in another country, seeking international project partners to support projects in their own communities, or by personally volunteering at an international project site.
Our club has been extremely active in international service projects, from the sponsorship of Ambassadorial Scholars, to the development of Project Deaf India which was started by our member Dr. Raj Desai and has been responsible for the immunization of more than a quarter of a million Indian girls against measles and rubella, to our ongoing student exchange program in conjunction with the Newport Beach Sister City Program that allows student from Newport-Mesa schools and students in Okazaki, Japan to experience each other’s culture first hand.
It is all about Rotarians working with youth in leadership development. It is an intensive training program for High School Juniors who are chosen for their proven or potential leadership abilities. Students attend an all-expense paid camp in Idyllwild Pines, California for three days in the spring. Camp is organized by Rotarians and facilitated by RYLA student Alumni. The RYLA event is sponsored by District 5320 and the 45 local Rotary Clubs. Students are joined by talented young people from communities throughout the district. RYLA provides a memorable opportunity to learn, grow, have fun, and make new friends.
Our club has historically sent three to four candidates to RYLA, where our own Gary Konecne has served as a counselor for over three years.
Historically, Rotarians have promoted the practice of high ethical standards as part of their commitment to vocational service. Two tools developed by Rotarians — The Four-Way Test and the Declaration of Rotarians in Businesses and Professions — provide a road map for practicing ethical behavior in the workplace and other areas of life.