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December 18, 2019
Greeter; Podium & Bell/Gavel
Shearson, Shonna
 
Registrar: Badges & Attendance/Cards
Records, Billie Sue
 
Inspirational: Audio-Visual Aids & Handouts
Swanson, Jeremy
 
Flag Salute: US Flag & Rotary Banners
Smith, Amy
 
Ambassador: Visiting Rotarians & Thanking Guest Presenters
Smith, Carol
 
January 15, 2020
Greeter; Podium & Bell/Gavel
Williams, Laura
 
Registrar: Badges & Attendance/Cards
Thomas, Denise
 
Inspirational: Audio-Visual Aids & Handouts
Zulfa, Pam
 
Flag Salute: US Flag & Rotary Banners
Zaragoza, Vince
 
Ambassador: Visiting Rotarians & Thanking Guest Presenters
Azemika, Tony
 
January 22, 2019
Greeter; Podium & Bell/Gavel
Azemika, Tracy
 
Registrar: Badges & Attendance/Cards
Bell, Donna
 
Inspirational: Audio-Visual Aids & Handouts
Barmann, Beatrice
 
Flag Salute: US Flag & Rotary Banners
Bell, Jim
 
Ambassador: Visiting Rotarians & Thanking Guest Presenters
Clowes, Kat
 
January 29, 2020
Greeter; Podium & Bell/Gavel
Fishkin, Andrew
 
Registrar: Badges & Attendance/Cards
de Guzman, Oz
 
Inspirational: Audio-Visual Aids & Handouts
Colatruglio, Garett
 
Flag Salute: US Flag & Rotary Banners
Corral, Helia
 
Ambassador: Visiting Rotarians & Thanking Guest Presenters
Elisheva, Pamela
 
February 5, 2020
Greeter; Podium & Bell/Gavel
Gibbs, Li
 
Registrar: Badges & Attendance/Cards
Goodban, Troy
 
Inspirational: Audio-Visual Aids & Handouts
Henderson, B-RAD
 
Flag Salute: US Flag & Rotary Banners
Luera, Alma
 
Ambassador: Visiting Rotarians & Thanking Guest Presenters
Foster, Sandra
 
 
 

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Welcome to our Club!

Bakersfield Twilight

This is NOT your Father's Rotary Club !

We meet Wednesdays at 6:00 PM
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Bakersfield, CA  93301
United States of America
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At our meeting on November 20, 2019, our President, Nancy Pollard, indicated that our club has won the District membership award due to our club having positive membership numbers instead of losing members. Our speaker was Victoria "Vicci" Brown snyder, BA, MPA, who spoke to us about Family History and Lineage Societies. She started her journey down the road of genealogy looking for her own family history. Her search led her to the Brown family in Illinois. She found her father's family going back to 1600. She was able to have her mother introduced to four cousins she had never met. According to Vicci, looking for your family history all starts with you obviously. Resources to look for your family include internet, newspapers, achives, ancestry.com, findagrave.com and other online resources. Thirty years of researching her own family has led to 71 pages of pedigree chart going back to 1530. She also pointed out that it's important to have citations such as birth marriage and death records, census records, obituaries, headstones, family bible, and newspaper articles. Various people will put down on myheritage.com their belief about their families without any proof and no one ever goes back and corrects them. So, it is very important that people have citations to their family history so that it can be confirmed. Finally, Vicci pointed out something very cool. Apparently, our own, Garrett Colatruglio, is in the Sons of the American Revolution because, on his mother's side, he has family members who served in the Revolutionary War.
At our meeting on November 13, 2019, our past-President, Jeremy Swanson, spoke about his job with the District as a District Parliamentarian. His job is to make sure all protocols are followed in the District. He advises on procedural issues. His biggest job is to attend the elections and make sure that it is administered correctly according to the bylaws. His job is to make sure that everyone gets a fair shot in all elections.
 
Speaker Mike Stepanovich is a wine teacher, expert and judge. He is also an adjunct professor at California State University in Bakersfield. He started his journey to becoming a wine expert when he lived and went to college in Sacramento and he would venture to Napa wineries. He eventually became the wine writer for the Californian. In July of 1987, he finally gave in and agreed to be a wine judge. For the last 32 years, he has been judging wine competitions and he explained to all of us how judging works including what foods he likes to eat to keep his pallets fresh and in shape to judge. Contrary to popular belief, he says that they do not actually swallow the wine. He also told us that he created the DNPIM (Do Not Put In Mouth) label for those wines that do not taste good at all when he is judging.
 
The groundbreaking ceremony at Covey Cottages was held on the morning of November 12, 2019.  This is the Kern County Rotary all-Club project that our Club is helping to fund by providing money to build the Common Room. There will be 12 homes (400 sq. ft. each) which will be rented to homeless veterans. The Common Room will have the laundry facilities and a meeting and gathering space. Outside, there will be space for a bar-b-q area and we hope, a community garden. Others who attended the event this morning were organizations and people helping fund the project and others who are providing in-kind services for the construction, landscaping, and furnishings. Several public officials (or their representatives) were there, as well as residents who live in the near-by neighborhood. The Kern County Rotary Club Presidents who attended the event were so pleased to see the 1st step of the construction phase begin.
 
This is the link to the site plan and an article that was in the Bakersfield Californian newspaper in September about this project:
 
 
 
Kern County Rotarians, including Bakersfield Mayor Karen Goh (2nd from left, member of Rotary Club of Bakersfield [Downtown]); Assistant Governor Group 2, Jackie Maxwell (4th from the left, member of Rotary Club Bakersfield Breakfast); Bakersfield City Council member, Ward 2 Andrae Gonzales (6th from left/behind me); Rotary District 5240 Governor Savi Bhim (5th from the right, member of Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise)
At our regular club meeting on November 6, 2019, Mr. Josh Dhanes from the Kern County Veterans' Services spoke about his time in the military and his military training. He gave us an insight into the services and advocacy that is provided to our Kern County Veterans and their families. Those services are not limited to just Veterans in the Bakersfield area, but they provide services throughout our vast County. They often try to meet with Veterans in the far reaches of our County rather than making them travel to Bakersfield. They try real hard to explain to all Veterans the benefits that they are entitled to and why they are not entitled to certain benefits under the law.
Before the start of our meeting, everyone who showed up early to the meeting pitched in and we put together over 40 birthday bags to give to the Bakersfield Homeless Center. They will give those bags to families with children who have birthdays coming up. Donna Bell gave the inspirational moment by using Audrey Hepburn quotes. It was obvious to everyone that Donna is a huge Audrey Hepburn fan. Number of Centennial Interact Club members joined us. Angelina, one of their Co-Service Project Directors, presented to our club and asked us to help them ring the Salvation Army Bells for the holidays. President Nancy's coworker, Mr. Ron Dill, CPA, was one of our presenters. He talked about what a traditional CPA firm does. They have over 50 employees and thousands of clients some of which are international clients. According to Mr. Dill, security and privacy is a major issue in their industry. Our own Donna Bell of Walter Mortensen Insurance insurance agency was another presenter. Donna has 40 years of experience in the insurance industry. The other presenter was our own, Denise Thomas, who admitted that she passed the first two CPA tests, but never went back to finish the last two. She considers herself an accountant, just not a Certified Public Accountant. For those of us who were in the Breakfast Rotary Club, we remember Denise being the club's accountant and she has done the same for our Club for years now. Finally, Amy and Cecil talked about the sponsorship packages for our fundraiser and, as usual, they did it in a very entertaining fashion.
Centennial Interact Club members, sponsored and mentored by our club, have been busy giving their time to different events around town. They have supported the annual American Heart Association 5K run, our local schools and making our FOX Theater shine even brighter.
 
Rotary Twilight club members donated socks, gloves, and beanies to the Mt. Vernon Elementary School Socktober event. These will be given to the Bakersfield Homeless Shelter by Mt. Vernon Elementary School.
On October 23, 2019, Anselmo was walking around before our meeting and asking for donations from everyone for a great cause, Polio Eradication Campaign, while coloring every donors’ pinky fingers with a purple pen. On October 24th, World Polio Day, Past Governor, Sandi Schwartz, was schedule to be on her stationary bike going no where for 100 miles. Our club donated $659 to Sandi’s ride. Amy and Cecil talked about our foundation's annual fundraiser. Amy did an amazing job getting our members to commit to getting people or companies to purchase a sponsorship to our event. Steve Gibbs talked about his job with the District as the Rotary District Youth Protection Officer. Steve is the initial contact person for any complaints about adult treatment of children in our District. 
 
Our program was Mr. Mike McCoy, Executive Director of Kern County Museum, who spoke about lessons he learned from his parents and lessons he tried to teach to his own children. His willingness to say "yes" to opportunities that were presented to him has led him from being a teacher to being a photo journalist in West Africa to meeting his wife and moving back to Kern County. The Board at the Museum has nine people on it and one of them has to be a Superintendent of School who is Mike. The Museum has 14 employees. According to Mike, the Museum has failed to represent four major groups in Kern County, the Basque community, the Veterans, American Indians and the Bakersfield sounds. He and the Board members are aiming to change that real soon.
 
 
 
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Past President
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Family of Rotary Chair
Club Bulletin Editor
Club Service Director
International Service
International Service Director
Community Service Director
Vocational Service Director
Youth Exchange
Youth Service
Membership Chair
Sergeant At Arms
Club Awards Chair
Rotaract Advisor
Interact Advisor
RYLA Coordinator
Rotary Foundation Chair
Webmaster
Executive Secretary
Global Grant Chair
 
 
 
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