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Exchange students visit Newport Beach

October 08, 2005|By: JIM DE BOOM

Monday, members of the Rotary Club of Newport-Balboa were busy

escorting the youth exchange members from the Okazaki South Rotary

Club and their host youth from Newport Beach on a tour of significant

sites in our beautiful city, including the Central Library, the

Environmental Nature Center, the city's Harbor Patrol and the

highlight patrol boat tour of the harbor.

The group also went to the Newport Aquatic Center for kayaking and

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to Ruby's on the Balboa Pier for lunch.

The youth exchange group from Okazaki included the chaperons,

Yukari Kanasashi and Masamichi Ishihara (staying with Timree Gold,

the chaperon who went to Okazaki in July); and youth, Wakana Maruo

(staying with Kelly Clark and family), Ayano Tsuchikawa (staying with

Leilani Tanbara and family), Takuya Wada (staying with Daniel Kenichi

Ward and family), and Masato Nagasaka (staying with Edward Wiklund

and family). Kelly, Leilani, Daniel and Edward are the students from

Newport Beach who visited Okazaki.

Monday evening, the Okazaki students and the Newport students, who

visited Okazaki during the summer, and their families joined the

Rotarians for a traditional American barbecue of hamburgers and

potato salad. The Okazaki students also got a new experience: pumpkin

carving. Members of the Rotary Club and the city's sister city

association provided hors d'oeuvres and other food.

Rotary Club president Terry Rousselot opened the formal evening

with a salute to the flag, which was fittingly displayed next to the

flag of Japan. The Japanese youth entertained the gathering with some

special music and dance.

The chaperons, Yukari Kanasashi and Masamichi Ishihara and each of

the youth made a brief statement about their impressions of their

visit.

Following the entertainment and dinner, Rotarian Nathan White

oversaw the pumpkin carving and the judging of the winners.

Each youth from Newport Beach and Okazaki had the opportunity to

speak of their exchange experiences and was given a gift of a Newport

Beach T-shirt.

Rotary Youth Exchange Chairman Dan Hoffmann said, "It was great

because of the cooperation and support of everybody -- the Rotarians,

sister city members, city, school and last, but not least, the

parents of the kids."

CASINO NIGHT FUNDRAISER

Harbor Mesa Lions will hold its ninth casino night at 7 p.m. Oct.

28, at the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center. The evening will

include casino games, music, dinner, opportunity drawings and a

silent auction. Chairwoman Joan Parks promises a great time for all

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