Be a Member of Speak Up Newport!

Speak Up Newport (SUN) is a non-partisan citywide residents group organized to promote the common good and general welfare of the Newport Beach community.  This is accomplished through:

  • Drawing attention to the desirable and unique quality of life in Newport Beach.
  • Taking action to inform residents of the issues impacting Newport Beach.
  • Celebrating the good things that happen in Newport Beach.
  • Recognizing the people who have a positive impact on Newport Beach.

What is the Primary Objective of Speak Up Newport?

The objective of SUN is to provide a forum for all residents to review and discuss the challenges and opportunities for Newport Beach as a model city in which to live, work, play and retire.

What Does Speak Up Newport Do?

SUN organizes a variety of informative programs for community members to attend. Some of these programs are:

  • Monthly Public Meetings - These monthly meetings provide residents with the opportunity to hear community leaders speak on issues of importance to Newport Beach. Each meeting is televised on our local cable channel to further reach our community members.
  • The Sunshine Award - SUN takes pride in recognizing outstanding citizens who "go the extra mile" to make our City the most desirable place in which to live, work, play and retire. It's our way of letting these people know how much we appreciate their dedication to the betterment of Newport Beach.
  • Annual Mayor's Dinner - A tradition for nearly 30 years, this dinner is attended by key community leaders. A Keynote Speaker addresses the audience on issues pertinent to Newport Beach, the Mayor gives a State of the City Address, and past Mayors are honored for their service to the City. For the residents of Newport Beach, this is a "must attend" community event.
  • Dorothy Hardcastle Scholarship Awards - SUN awards two scholarships each year: one each to a senior from Corona del Mar and from Newport Harbor high schools.
  • Open Debates - SUN believes in creating a forum in which the public can learn valuable information about viral community concerns. This includes debating the important issues that affect us all. Our most popular debates occur at election time, when City Council candidates discuss the issues. These debates are also televised on our local cable channel.

How Can I Become Involved With Speak Up Newport?

We encourage all residents committed to promoting the common good and general welfare of Newport Beach to join SUN in our mission.  There are two membership levels available:

  • Regular Membership - A $25 annual membership contribution allows SUN to continue informing residents of the issues affecting our community. Members are included on our mailing list and will receive monthly updates from our organization. You will also receive the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to maintain Newport Beach's status as a model city in which to live, work, play and retire.
  • Sustaining Membership - A $50 annual membership contribution includes all the benefits of a Regular Membership plus being listed on the SUN Web site as a Sustaining Member.

CLICK HERE to visit the SUN On-Line Store to Start or Renew a Membership.

CLICK HERE to download the SUN 2019 Membership Info and Mail-in Application.
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2018 SUN Board of Directors

  • Edward Selich, President
  • Hugh Logan, Secretary
  • Marie Marston, Treasurer

Debra Allen, Jeff Boyles, Janis Dinwiddie, Diane Dixon, Tom Fischbacher, Robyn Grant, Kathy Harrison, Rush Hill, Richard Luehrs, Joe Stapleton, Kay Walker, Rhonda Watkins

Honorary Directors

Jan Debay, Paula Godfrey, Dave Goff, Marilee Jackson, Caroline Logan, Carol McDermott, Mary Petropoulos, Dayna Pettit, Val Skoro, Don Willet, Darryl R. Wold, Pat Zartler

Sustaining Members

Gloria J. Alkire, Debra Allen, Dennis Baker, Scott Barr, Seymour Beek, Philip Bettencourt, Paul Blank, Homer Bludau, Jeff Boyles, Jeff Brouwer, Glenn Bozarth, Jack Callahan, Karen Carlson, Ted & Beth Cooper, Colleen Daliisio, Jan & Terry Debay, Chris Delfs, Janis Dinwiddie, Diane Dixon, Lindsay Eddy, Thomas Fischbacher, Paula Godfrey, Jerry Smith & David Goff, Robyn Grant, Beth Hallett, Don Krotee, Kathy & Ski Harrison, Evelyn (John) Hart, Michael Henn, Rush & Linda Hill, Pam Howard, Marilee Jackson, Buck Johns, Patricia Jorgensen, Catherine Kennedy, Donald Krotee, Margaret Lai, Kathy Leek, Caroline Logan, Hugh Logan, Richard Luehrs, Kate Malouf, Craig Mardany, Marie Marston, B. J. (Brenda) Martin, Maureen McCarthey, Carol McDermott, Tricia Moore, Kristina Morales, Michele (Michael) O'Brien, Mary Petropoulos, Jean Ritter, Jim Roberts, George Schroeder, Edward Selich, Joseph Stapleton, Michael Toerge, George & Roann Turk, Carole (Michael) Wade, Kay Walker, Rhonda Watkins, Don Webb