Spirit of Volunteerism Focus of Incoming Newport Beach Mayor

Spirit of Volunteerism Focus of Incoming Newport Beach Mayor

(L-R) Newport Beach Mayor Will O'Neill and Chamber President Steve Rosansky. (Courtesy of Ed Olen, Olen Photography)

Lynn Hackman

Lynn Hackman

12/19/2023

Updated: 12/26/2023

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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.—Outgoing Mayor Noah Blom welcomed incoming Mayor Will O’Neill and Mayor Pro Tem Joe Stapleton during the recent annual Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce Mayor’s Reception and Volunteer Awards Ceremony, held at Back Bay Bistro at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort.
The Dec. 12 event, which drew a crowd of more than 150 attendees, was held in appreciation of the outgoing mayor and welcomes the incoming mayor and mayor pro tem, as well as honoring select Chamber volunteers.
“It’s an honor for the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce to host the Mayor’s Reception and Volunteer Award Ceremony each year,” Chamber president Steve Rosansky told The Epoch Times. “It’s part of our mission to be the premier business and civic organization in Newport Beach.”
Mr. Rosansky served as the emcee for the event, calling select Chamber members to the podium to be recognized for their volunteerism and support of the organization.
Awards were given to Ambassador of the Year, Ryan Magdaleno; Navigate-Young Professional of the Year Samantha Dalby; and Chamber Ambassador Lawrence Jones and 2021 Ambassador of the Year, Jaril Tudio who each received the annual Silver Anchor award.
(L-R) Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce Ambassador of the Year, Ryan Magdaleno, Silver Anchor Recipient Jaril Tudio, and Chamber President Steve Rosansky. (Courtesy of Ed Olen, Olen Photography)

(L-R) Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce Ambassador of the Year, Ryan Magdaleno, Silver Anchor Recipient Jaril Tudio, and Chamber President Steve Rosansky. (Courtesy of Ed Olen, Olen Photography)

“The Newport Beach Chamber Ambassadors play a vital role in representing the Chamber to the public and are highly visible emissaries of the business community,” Ms. Tudio told the crowd.
Before introducing the new mayor and mayor pro tem, Mr. Rosansky invited outgoing Mayor Noah Blom to address the crowd.
“It’s been fun, we’ve had a really good time,” Mr. Blom said. “I honestly think that is one of the most important things to bring to anything, is you should have a good time doing it. And, I am so thankful every single member of our council has their own style and energy that they bring to everything they do. I think that’s what makes good government.”
Mr. Rosansky then introduced new Mayor Pro Tem Joe Stapleton, followed by incoming Mayor Will O’Neill, who served as mayor for the first time in 2020 during the COVID-19 lockdowns.
Mr. O’Neill reflected on his tenure, which has included acting as mayor pro tem three consecutive times and now twice as mayor in five of his eight years on the council.
Talking about his first time as mayor during the pandemic, Mr. O’Neill lauded the city staff for “standing tall” during the crisis and continuing their hard work over the last several years of recovery.
(L-R) Newport Beach Mayor Pro Tem Joe Stapleton, Councilwoman Lauren Kleiman, and outgoing Mayor Noah Blom. (Courtesy of Ed Olen, Olen Photography)

(L-R) Newport Beach Mayor Pro Tem Joe Stapleton, Councilwoman Lauren Kleiman, and outgoing Mayor Noah Blom. (Courtesy of Ed Olen, Olen Photography)

He also emphasized the importance of thanking the many volunteers throughout the city who are there when needed, sometimes never being noticed, or receiving recognition for all that they bring to the fabric of the community.
“We’re really a fortunate and blessed community,” Mr. O’Neill said. “So, to that end, one of the things I’d really like to do in the coming year is continue to recognize the volunteerism that has come to personify this community.”
“We don’t know what the next year will bring, but I am confident that whatever it brings, we have helpers,” Mr. O’Neill continued. “We have a lot of people in this community that have stepped up, they are the behind-the-scenes folks, they are the ones that run towards danger, they’re there when folks are grieving, they are the helpers. The more you thank people like that, the more it multiplies—so we’re looking forward to a year of recognizing helpers.”
The City of Newport Beach operates under a council-manager form of government, and its seven city council members are elected by district but voted on by the population to serve a four-year term. Every even-numbered year, either three or four members residing in separate council districts are elected by the community, and annually the council chooses one of its members as mayor and one as mayor pro tem for the coming year, with the mayor serving as the presiding officer of the city council.
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Lynn Hackman

Lynn Hackman

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Lynn is a reporter for the Southern California edition of The Epoch Times, based in Orange County. She has enjoyed a 25-year career as a senior-level strategic public relations and contingency planning executive. An editor, blogger, and columnist, Lynn also has experience as a television and radio show producer and host. For six years, she was co-host of Sunday Brunch with Tom and Lynn on KOCI 101.5 FM. She is also active in the Newport Beach community, serving as chair emeritus of the Newport Beach City Arts Commission, among various positions with other local organizations.

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