December 2020
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Speakers
Past District Governor, Deepa Willingham
Dec 02, 2020 6:00 PM
The Road to Piyali Junction

Our very own Past District Governor Deepa Willingham had one of the largest articles in the October 'Rotarian' magazine that they have ever published.  (Check article in the October 2020 Rotarian Magazine, pp 30-37).  PDG Deepa will be with us on the 2nd to enlighten us on this journey.

James Kennedy
Dec 09, 2020 6:00 PM
"What you don't know about solar."
Sylvia Whitlock
Jan 06, 2021 6:00 PM
Trailblazing Rotarian discusing Rotary's diversity focus.
Kenn McCloud
Jan 13, 2021 6:00 PM
Music Director, afternoon air personality on KUZZ
Past Speakers
District Governor, Deb Linden
Oct 21, 2020 6:00 PM
Randy Heard
Oct 14, 2020 6:00 PM
Director of Bakersfield National Cemetery
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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Club Information

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
Our virtual Zoom meeting on October 21, 2020, was SUPER and lively fun for District Governor, Deb Linden’s visit to our club. DG Deb shared a lot of good information with the Board and then afterwards at our Zoom meeting. The attendance great too. We also had in attendance with us 12 Interact Board members who enjoyed seeing their sponsoring Rotarians. We shared a great video clip the students made from last week’s cleanup project downtown. It was a sweet surprise for DG Linden, a huge supporter of our youth. Sadly most Interact Clubs are not very active, if at all, due to school closures. CONGRATULATIONS TO SHONNA SHEARSON, recipient of the “Rotary People of Action Award” presented (much to her surprise and our delight) by our District Governor, Deb Linden. Also Congratulations to Interact PP and Board Advisor, Annum Khan, recipient of the Excellence Award for her service and dedication.
Past President, Sandy Foster, who is staying in Cincinnati for the Fall, took part in October 17th Civic Clean Up Day where she covered Gregory Street in the lovely neighborhood of Mt. Adams. Great job Sandy!
We held another virtual Zoom meeting on our regular meeting day, Wednesday, October 14, 2020. Our guest speaker was Mr. Randy Heard, Director of Bakersfield National Cemetery, who presented a wonderful program during which he
discussed our local National Cemetery, their reaction to COVID as well as the resources he provides. He spoke passionately about his role as an advocate for explaining the benefits that many active military members, veterans and their families are not aware of. Community Service Chair, Laura Williams, shared an update on the Mt. Vernon school project and encouraged all members to get involved in helping pass out pumpkins and sign up to read via zoom to students. Please reach out to Laura to sign up. Amy Smith shared her daughter Charlotte’s recent cover on Kern County Family Magazine.
We held our regular club meeting over Zoom on October 7, 2020. This meeting was a bit more relaxed with past Twilight member, Zoot Velasco, as our guest speaker. It was great to see him and catch up on what he’s been up to since he moved away. Pamela Elisha and her husband, Irvin, zoomed in from their Sukkah. They gave us a walking tour through Zoom and explained this beautiful Jewish tradition. Thank you Pam and Irvin for sharing with us and our guests. Congratulations goes out to President Elect, Robin Paggi, and Past President, Kat Clowes, on the pre-release sales of their book on Amazon. On other news, our President Li was chosen to serve on the groundbreaking Kern County Sheriff Department's Community Advisory Council to help bridge communication between our Sheriff Department and our community. She will be serving with other community leaders from throughout Kern County.
We met for our regular Zoom meeting on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. Our speaker was Past-District Governor, Wade Nomura, the 2020-2021 Technical Coordinator Chair - Water, Sanitation and Hygiene who spoke to us about his work in that role. Thank you Mr. Nomura for giving us a fascinating and informative program. He shared his passion for water sanitation and his mission to identify the needs of a community, which center around health, and the ability to have access to clean water.
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
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
President Elect Nominee
Sergeant At Arms
Club Service Director/Programs
Community Service Director
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:
  • Judy Morasci
    January 6
  • Pamela Elisheva
    January 11
  • Tony Azemika
    January 26
  • Robin Paggi
    December 9
  • Vince Zaragoza
    December 9
  • Ashli Diaz
    December 15
  • Manuel Maldonado
    December 29
Join Date:
  • Ashli Diaz
    January 29, 2020
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