September 2020
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Jessica Matthews
Sep 02, 2020 6:00 PM
Our League of Dreams
Past District Governor Chugsam Doh
Aug 12, 2020 6:00 PM
District 5240's special and long-term relationship with Rotarian in South Korea
Meeting Responsibilities
August 5, 2020
Inspirational: Audio-Visual Aids & Handouts
Smith, Carol
August 12, 2020
Inspirational Moment
Azemika, Tony
September 2, 2020
Inspirational Moment
Thomas, Denise
September 9, 2020
Inspirational Moment
Pollard, Nancy
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Rotary Club of Bakersfield Twilight

Bakersfield Twilight


We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 6:00 PM
See Meeting Schedule for location
Bakersfield, CA 93301
United States of America
Dear Rotarians,

It our pleasure to announce to you that the African region has just been certified wild poliovirus-free.

Rotary members have played an invaluable role in the effort to rid the African region of wild polio. We should be proud of all the hard work that we’ve done to eliminate the wild poliovirus throughout Africa and in nearly every country in the world. 

This progress is the result of a decades-long effort across the 47 countries of the African region. It has involved millions of health workers traveling by foot, boat, bike and bus, innovative strategies to vaccinate children amid conflict and insecurity, and a huge disease surveillance network to test cases of paralysis and check sewage for the virus. 

Over the last two decades, countless Rotary members in countries across the African region and around the world have worked together to raise funds, immunize children, advocate with local and national leaders, and raise awareness about the importance of vaccination, enabling the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) to effectively respond to and stop polio outbreaks. 

This milestone is an incredible public health achievement for Rotary members, the African region, and our GPEI partners, and a huge step forward on the road to global polio eradication. But we still have important work to do in order to eradicate wild polio in the last two endemic countries.

We have faced many challenges in our journey to eradicate polio. But we’ve made remarkable progress, and the polio infrastructure that Rotarians helped build will serve as a lasting legacy that will continue to help protect vulnerable children against other diseases for decades to come.

We are calling on you today to recommit yourselves to ending polio. We need each and every one of you to help finish this fight and continue raising $50 million each year for PolioPlus. The eradication of wild polio in the African region shows us that polio eradication is achievable, and shows how our hard work, partnerships and financial commitment continue to propel us forward, even during a global pandemic.

Thank you for your continued efforts, for achieving a wild polio-free African region, and for remaining committed to fulfilling our promise of a polio-free world.

Holger Knaack                                                                                         K.R. Ravindran
President, Rotary International                                                           Chair, The Rotary Foundation

Rotary International President Holger Knaack and Nigeria National PolioPlus Chair Dr. Tunji Funsho congratulate Rotarians on eradicating wild polio in the African Region. Watch here.

  • RI Board of Directors & Directors-Elects, TRF Board of Trustees + Incoming Trustees
  • District Governors, District Governors-Elect
  • Club Presidents
  • PolioPlus Committees (International PolioPlus Committee, 2020-21 EPN Countdown to History Campaign Committee, Polio Eradication Advocacy Task Forces, PolioPlus National Advocacy Advisors, National PolioPlus Committee Chairs, End Polio Now Zone Coordinators)
  • Regional Leaders (RCs, RPICs, RRFCs, E/MGAs)
  • PRIPs, DRFCs
  • Communications Committee
  • End Polio Now Newsletter Subscribers


Dear Fellow Rotarians,

As I finish my first two months visiting clubs virtually, I am blown away by the creativity and adaptability our clubs have demonstrated during these challenging times. Despite the impact of COVID-19, our clubs are continuing to serve their communities, getting creative in their fundraising, and recruiting new members. Rotary truly Opens Opportunities and you should all be immensely proud!
District Conference Registration Now Open!
Our District 5240 Virtual District Conference is November 6-8, 2020, and registration is now open. You can find more information and a registration link at
Here are some highlights:
  • Friday evening opening celebration: Party for Polio! Featuring Jim Messina of Loggins & Messina, Buffalo Springfield, and Poco
  • Saturday and Sunday morning General Sessions with incredible keynote presenters.
  • Saturday Breakout Sessions – choose your own training opportunity.
  • Virtual Project Expo
  • Networking, virtual meetups, and more!
  • Only $25 for Rotarians & guests, $10 for Rotaractors, and free for Interact members or youth under age 18.
Promote your Business!
Did you know that the District has a place where you can promote your business for other members to find? Well, we do! It is our online District 5240 Rotarian Business Network where you can add your business and where members can search for Rotarian-run businesses in our District. Let’s support each other! Go to for more info and to add/find a business.

Community Service Opportunity during COVID:
Are you or your club looking for a community service activity you can do safely even with the COVID restrictions? The California Coastal Commission has an opportunity for you (and you don’t need to live near an ocean!). The Commission has designated every Saturday in September as Coastal Clean Up Day in your own Neighborhood. For safety reasons, there are no large, centrally organized cleanup sites this year. Instead, cleanups will be self-guided and close to home. Cleaning your neighborhoods, local parks, streets, and storm drains helps protect our coast. Trash travels through storm drains, creeks, and rivers to become beach and ocean pollution. Help clean the beach by picking up litter in your community with your household. And if Saturdays don't work for you, don't let that stop you! You can clean up any day, any time. Go to more information, including a “Most Unusual Item” contest.
Step Up for Polio!
Don’t forget…we’ve launched our District-wide Step Up for Polio project, a way you can raise funds for PolioPlus through a personal fitness challenge. Click on the Step Up for Polio flyer in this newsletter for more information. Let’s all get moving and Step Up for Polio!

Public Image Grants Still Available:
There are still funds available to clubs for Public Image grants from the District 5240 Charitable Foundation. Have I piqued your interest? Go to to learn more.
Finally, it is with a heavy heart that I inform you that Past District Governor Loretta Butts’ husband, John Butts, passed away on August 19, 2020, of health complications related to cancer. Loretta was our District Governor in 2014-2015 and John was her "official driver" for her club visits and her #1 cheerleader, not only during her DG year, but throughout their lives together. Loretta and John were married for 25 years and friends for much longer. John was a generous and giving soul and would support and encourage Loretta in whatever she undertook. John’s wish was to be cremated and no services will be held. If you would like to reach out to Loretta with a card or note, you can mail them to her at 7400 Pinal Ave., Atascadero, CA 93422
Take care and stay safe,
Deb Linden
District Governor 2020-21
On August 19, 2020, we were "dark" and didn't have a club meeting. But, we still got together on Zoom to just have a social meeting. Jeremy played a video of his adorable kids teaching us yet again, how to make food popular in Catalonia region, in northeaster Spain. Then, one-by-one, we shared "back-to-school" stories. This was another great social meeting among friends. Great idea for a social meeting Shonna.
Dear Rotarians,
Are you ready to help kick Polio's butt?? Do you want to do something to raise funds for Rotary's PolioPlus program even during COVID? 
Jump in to the Step Up for Polio project, part of a multi-district Step Up for Rotary effort to raise funds for Rotary causes through personal fitness challenges. Joining is simple:
First...Pick your fitness activity and your personal fitness goal for raising funds for Polio Plus;
Second... create a personal fundraising page on the Step Up for Rotary website 
Third...share your fundraising page with friends and family (and anyone else you can think of) asking for donations to support your Polio fundraising. 
Want to learn more? 
Let's do this together! Have fun, get fit, and save lives by raising funds for Polio Plus! 
Deb Linden, District Governor
Rotary District 5240
Who says you can't do a service project to help the community with COVID-19 running rampant? Our Communit Service Chair, Laura Williams, and Foundation Chair, Nancy Pollard, helped rally volunteers and donations of socks, underwear, toothpaste, shampoo, and other essentials to be distributed by our club to the Bakersfield Homeless Shelter in the coming week. Our club members were able to catch up while practicing social distancing and wearing their face masks. Way to go Bakersfield Twilight. A great start to our service projects for the year.
We held another great meeting on the evening of Wednesday, August 5, 2020. Thanks to our own, Jim and Donna Bell, our guest speaker was Mr. Steven G. Lingenbrink, Rotary Coordinator for Zone 27. Mr. Lingenbrink has spent countless hours on Zoom this year and, prior to the lock-downs, spent many miles in the air and on the road speaking to District Assemblies, PETS Training, Governor-Elect and Governor-Nominee training and countless Club meetings over the past three years, all with the purpose of improving membership in Rotary. He discussed with us ways to effectively hold a club meeting over Zoom and then it was followed by a Q & A with our club members. Thank you to Mr. Lingenbrink and his wife, Mrs. Terri Lingenbrink, for joining us.
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
President Elect Nominee
Sergeant At Arms
Community Service Director
Club Service Director/Programs
International Service Director
Youth Service
Rotary Foundation Chair
Club Programs/Socials
Club Fun Meister
Club Awards Chair
Family of Rotary Chair
The Torch Editor
Editor The Torch Newsletter
RYE Advisor
Rotaract Liaison
RYLA Coordinator
Membership Chair
Foundation President
Global Grant Chair
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Donna Bell
    September 17
  • Laura Williams
    September 25
  • Jim Bell
    October 2
  • Billie Sue Records
    October 20
  • Carol Smith
    October 31
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Donna
    September 17
  • Jim Bell
    October 2
  • Tony Azemika
    Tracy Azemika
    September 14
  • Tracy Azemika
    Anthony Azemika
    September 14
  • Beatrice Barmann
    September 27
  • Shonna Shearson
    John Shearson
    October 7
  • Pamela Elisheva
    Irvin Pike
    October 15
Join Date:
  • Nancy Pollard
    September 7, 2016
    4 years
  • Manuel Maldonado
    September 13, 2017
    3 years
  • Donna Bell
    September 19, 2018
    2 years
  • Pamela Elisheva
    October 3, 2012
    8 years
  • Garett Colatruglio
    October 15, 2014
    6 years
  • Kat Clowes
    October 31, 2012
    8 years
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