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Newport Beach

Volume 4, Issue 49  |  June 18, 2019

Newport Beach Foundation to launch Distinguished Citizen Program

Newport Beach Foundation audience

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Photos courtesy of Newport Beach Foundation

Joe Stapleton, Newport Beach Foundation chair, addresses the audience

On October 24, the Newport Beach Foundation held its introduction to the Distinguished Citizen Program to a sell-out audience. In attendance were six out of seven Newport Beach Council members and all 14 City department heads. The John Wayne Cancer Foundation was the charitable partner of the event.

The quarterly Distinguished Citizen Program will be rolled out in January 2019 with the goal being to activate the next generation by giving them a platform to become informed on what happens behind the scenes in Newport Beach and understand the key components that form the foundation of our city.

Newport Beach Foundation Will ONeill

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Newport Beach Mayor Pro Tem Will O’Neill

There was mingling during the first hour followed by the speakers who will be featured in the program addressing participants on a brief overview.

The 2019 First Quarter January Program Schedule (total of four Wednesday evenings from 6 - 8 p.m.) with distinguished speakers:

–January 9 - Newport 101 (Friends Room in Newport Beach Central Library)

a. Mayor with the State of the City

b. Homer Bludau - previous Newport Beach City Manager (City Charter & Council/Manager Form of Local Government)

c. Grace Leung - Newport Beach City Manager (Harbor and Airport)

d. Leilani Brown - City Clerk (Boards, Commissions and Committees)

–January 16 - Human Resources/Legal and Public Safety (Community Room, City Hall)

a. Aaron Harp – City Attorney

b. Barbara Salvini - Human Resources Director

c. Jon Lewis - Police Chief, Newport Beach Police Department

d. Chip Duncan - Fire Chief, Newport Beach Fire Department

–January 23 - Finance, Library, Parks/Beaches, Business (Community Room, City Hall)

a. Dr. Fred Navarro - Superintendent, Newport-Mesa School District

b. Tim Hetherton - Library Services Director

c. Laura Detweiler - Director of Recreation & Senior Services

do. Mario Marovic - Newport Beach Business Leader

–January 30 – Finances and City Planning (Community Room, City Hall)

a. Dan Matusiewicz - Director of Finance

b. Seimone Jurjis - Community Development Director

c. Dave Webb - Public Works Director

d. Mark Vukojevic - Utilities Director

e. Graduation - Distinguished Citizen Recognition & Presentation of Completion

Newport Beach Foundation Ethan Wayne

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Ethan Wayne, representing the John Wayne Cancer Foundation, the charitable partner of the event

Newport Beach Foundation is now accepting applications for their January class. For those interested in applying, visit the link to the website at A limited number of people will be chosen to participate per quarter. Applicants must live or work in Newport Beach and commit to attend the program four weeks in a row. Each accepted participant will be charged a $100 admission fee for the Distinguished Citizen Program. The fee will cover weekly dinners provided by The Bungalow and the rented space where the program meetings will be held. Newport Beach Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

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