May 2022
Upcoming Events
Past Speakers
District Governor, Dana Moldovan
Nov 17, 2021 6:00 PM
Josiah Bunde & Music Fusion!
Oct 20, 2021 6:00 PM
Magic by Josiah Bunde and Musical Numbers by Music Fusion!
Meeting Responsibilities
Club Duties for May 18, 2022 Meeting
Inspirational Moment
Records, Billie Sue
Flag Salute
Sharples, Ian
Shearson, Shonna
Williams, Laura
Visiting Rotarians
Snitchler, Collin
Vocational Moment (Rotarian Interview)
Pollard, Nancy
Club Duties for June 1, 2022 Meeting
Inspirational Moment
Swanson, Jeremy
Flag Salute
Thomas, Denise
Smith, Amy
Zaragoza, Vince
Visiting Rotarians
Azemika, Tracy
Magazine Moment
Barle, Susan
Vocational Moment (Rotarian Interview)
Snitchler, Collin
Club Duties for June 15, 2022 Meeting
Inspirational Moment
Bell, Donna
Flag Salute
Colatruglio, Garett
Hammoudeh, Sam
Henderson, B-RAD
Visiting Rotarians
Jacobs, Edgar
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Club Information
Rotary Club of Bakersfield Twilight
Bakersfield Twilight


We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 6:00 PM
Four Points by Sheraton Bakersfield
5101 California Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93309
United States of America
We meet every first and third Wednesdays of each month at Four Points by Sheraton Bakersfield, California.
Thank you to Amy Smith (with mom Heli and hubby Zane Smith), Anselmo, Collin, Donna, Ian (with SO Kelsey), and Margaret Palmer (with SO Walt) for joining me at Sandrini's last night for our April social. Much fun was had! President Robin Paggi.
Bob Meadows, Director of Business Development for Shafter, gave a presentation at our April 20th meeting on all the neat development that is happening there.
Thank you Twilighter Susan Barle for attending all of the Mt. Vernon Elementary School assemblies and presenting our Rotary award to selected students.
What a great time we had at our April 6, 2022, meeting with Breanne Corely - Bakersfield's Bee Gal. We learned that the female bees do all the work of pollinating and producing honey while the male bees' only job is to mate with the females. Some of our male Rotarians thought that was an attractive arrangement until they learned that the male dies immediately after mating and his corpse drops from the sky to the ground below. For more fun facts about bees, contact Bakersfield's Bee Gal!
Thank you to Nancy, Brad, and Brian (Brad's brother) for joining me at Carousel Drive In for the March Rotary Reach on Friday. From President Robin Paggi.
Please come join Rotary Club of Bakersfield East ("East Rotary") members on Saturday, April 16th, at 9:00 a.m. to help Girl Scout Topanga Carroll of Girl Scout Troop 2486 plant plants and trees at the Bakersfield National Cemetery for her "Enhance the Walkway" Girl Scout Gold Award project.
Rotary Twilight and Centennial Interact members have been invited to joint East Rotary to support this worthy planting project in honor of our fallen veterans.  
This is a great opportunity to support a Girl Scout, honor our veterans, and enjoy some communal outdoor time with your fellow Rotary Club members at a time when we will hopefully have temperate weather.  Please come with your children, grandchildren, and all other interested family members and friends.
Thank you to Billie Sue, Brad, Donna, Ed, Jim, Shonna, and Susan for joining our President Robin at Rotary Park on Wednesday. Everyone learned a lot about this hidden gem on the hill.
Dear Twilighters,
First, a shout-out to Jeremy, Ian, and Sam - the masterminds behind our latest FUN-raiser. And raise funds we did - $725! Thank you to all who participated.
We're having our first March club social on Wed. March 23 at Rusty's Pizza, 6675 Ming Avenue (at the corner of Ming and Ashe). We've reserved a private room because we have a very important topic to discuss - our main FUN-raiser on May 7. This event is an all-hands-on-deck one because it takes all of us to make it happen. Warning: even if you can't/don't attend the social on March 23, you will be assigned a role at our May 7 fundraiser. As I said, it takes all of us to make it happen.
Do you know that Bakersfield has its own marathon? Do you know that it goes right by my house? Do you want to be at my house on Sunday, March 27 at 7:30 am to cheer on the runners as they pass by? If so, let me know because I'll treat you to some food and beverages if you show up.
March has five Wednesdays, so that means we have two socials. Our second social on Wed. March 30 is at Rotary Park on Panorama Drive. Come learn how the East Bakersfield Rotary Club created this wonderful little gem on the bluffs while munching on some finger food and enjoying the sunset.
Rotary Yoga is back! Come get your Zen on in the beautiful sculpture garden at the Bakersfield Museum of Art on Saturday, April 2 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am. This is a FUN-raiser too, so participants are asked to donate $20 each, $10 for students.
That's it for now. Thank you for your service and see you soon,
Thank you to Brad, Donna, Ed, Jeremy, and Jim for joining President Robin at our club social at ZAMA on Jan. 26, 2022. What a great place! Thanks also to North Rotarian Zane Smith and Downtown Rotarian Pat Paggi for crashing our party.
Thank you to Twilighter (and club secretary) Manuel Maldonado for the great presentation about Ordiz Melby Architects at our Jan. 19, 2022, meeting. We learned about Building Information Modeling (BIM) and all the great projects the firm has worked on in our community. We'll visit one of those projects - the Career Technical Education Center - on Thursday, March 3, 2022, for our all-club lunch.
Our December 15, 2021, meeting featured a tacky holiday sweater contest (Shonna Shearson inspired us to change "ugly" to "tacky"). The 3rd place winner was Sam, who received a coupon to Rusty's Pizza for potato wedges (I think the coupon is still valid). The 2nd place winner was Amy, who received a gift card to Wiki's for a free appetizer or dessert. The 1st place winner was Jim, who received a Today's Cleaners gift card with $12.75 still on it. Congratulations!
Our past-president, Nancy Pollard, organized her CPA firm, Barbich, Hooper, King, Dill and Hoffman employees to donate clothes for Rotary Club of Bakersfield East service project. They took the clothes to the home of the President of the Rotary Club of Bakersfield East to sort and package.
BHK employees: Sonia, Kay, Patrick J, and Jose with the cart as they waited for us to park the cars at the curb.
District Governor, Dana Maldovan was our guest at our November 17, 2021, meeting. She congratulated us on winning the Gold Club Award, the RI Citation, Local Service Award for small clubs and Interact achievement last year and noted that many of our club members serve on the District Team including:
PDG Jim Bell  - Vice Governor and District Finance Committee Chair 
Jeremy Swanson - District Parliamentarian
Kat Clowes - District Awards Chair
Amy Smith - President of the District Charitable Foundation
Nancy Pollard - Board member of the District Charitable Foundation
She also asked President Robin to extend her thanks to the club members who donated to the TRF at the meeting.
What a GREAT meeting we had on December 1, 2021, at our own, Manuel's building (actually, CTEC - but it's Manuel's building to us). Thank you to Alma, Amy, Brad, Donna, Ed, Ian, Laura, Manuel, Margaret, Nancy, Sam, and Shonna for attending and networking with the students. It very appreciated by them. In fact, our President, Robin, received a lovely voicemail from one of the student's grandmothers that she will play for us at our December 15, 2021, meeting. It demonstrates that we have quite an impact on those around us whether we realize it or not.
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect Nominee
International Serv
Community Service
Vocational Service
Youth Service
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Alma Luera
    June 4
  • Anselmo Moreno
    June 9
  • Garett Colatruglio
    June 14
  • Edgar Jacobs
    June 16
  • Shonna Shearson
    June 20
  • Robin Paggi
    May 20
  • Manuel Maldonado
    Adriana Maldonado
    June 1
  • Amy Smith
    Zane Smith
    June 28
Join Date:
  • Tracy Azemika
    May 2, 2018
    4 years
  • Alma Luera
    May 15, 2009
    13 years
  • Denise Thomas
    May 15, 2009
    13 years
  • Jim Bell
    May 15, 2004
    18 years
  • Robin Paggi
    May 15, 2009
    13 years
  • Sandra Foster
    May 15, 2009
    13 years
  • Tony Azemika
    May 15, 2009
    13 years
  • Sam Hammoudeh
    June 9, 2021
    1 year
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