July 2020
Meeting Responsibilities
July 8, 2020
Inspirational: Audio-Visual Aids & Handouts
Flag Salute: US Flag & Rotary Banners
July 15, 2020
Inspirational: Audio-Visual Aids & Handouts
Henderson, B-RAD
Flag Salute: US Flag & Rotary Banners
Paggi, Robin
July 22, 2020
Inspirational: Audio-Visual Aids & Handouts
Smith, Carol
Flag Salute: US Flag & Rotary Banners
Smith, Amy
July 29, 2020
Inspirational: Audio-Visual Aids & Handouts
Azemika, Tony
Flag Salute: US Flag & Rotary Banners
Bell, Donna
August 5, 2020
Inspirational: Audio-Visual Aids & Handouts
Flag Salute: US Flag & Rotary Banners
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Alma Luera
    June 4
  • Anselmo Moreno
    June 9
  • Garett Colatruglio
    June 14
  • Shonna Shearson
    June 20
  • Beatrice Barmann
    June 21
  • Manuel Maldonado
    Adriana Maldonado
    June 1
  • Amy Smith
    Zane Smith
    June 28
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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
Below is a video message from Rotary International President for 2020-2021, Holger Knaack. President Knaack is a member of the Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Molln, Germany. Mr. Knaack believes that the People of Action campaign offers new public awareness possibilities for Rotary. "This campaign conveys our global image while still respecting differences in regions and cultures," he says. Mr. Knaack is the CEO of Knaack KG, a real estate company. He was previously a partner and general manager of Knaack Enterprises, a 125 year-old family business. He has been a Rotary member since 1992.
On June 10, 2020, we had another Club meeting via Zoom. Our Past-President, Kat, talked about her greatest challenge being doing some renovations to the club to patch things up as the club was getting older. Some club members moved out of town and we lost some members. Her greatest accomplishment was that the Club took a step into the spotlight. We were one of the youngest club of the district and we had an astronaut come and talk to the club.

Past-President, Jeanne Tunnicliffe, joined us from her new hometown. According to her, her biggest challenge was the growth of the club and changing locations. Her greatest accomplishment during her Presidency was all the individual things that were done to get the presidential citations such as birthday bags and packing meals.

On June 3, 2020, some Centennial High School Interact members joined us along with their advisor, Sheila McLeod, for our Club meeting that took place via Zoom. Laura Williams read a very appropriate quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. as her inspirational moment. We wishes Alma happy birthday which is actually tomorrow. Both Anselmo and Jeremy talked about their experience as past-presidents of the club.
Brad reported that we received eight applications for scholarship and we have picked two nominees, Christian Munoz who wants to become a Civil Engineer and attend University of Alabama and Earl Garrovilla who wants to become a doctor like his mother and to attend UCLA. Both of these young people are very impressive.

We had another wonderful Zoom meeting. On May 15th, it is our club's 11th Anniversary. Laura's father, Lawrence, joined us on Zoom as Laura's guest. Our speaker was Dr. Mary Berge, a Rotarian herself and a Clinical Psychologist in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. With the time difference, it was nice of Dr. Berge to get on our Zoom meeting and give us tips to deal with COVID-19 emotional fatigue issues. Her first tip was to limit information allowed in. We are being overwhelmed with information. We should check in on the latest news once in the morning and once at night, but not after 7 p.m. We need at least three hours to psychologically wind down. She also recommended that people stick to normal routine if they are working at home, but leave the computer and the room every couple of hours for 10 minutes each time. We should also write down own fitness, hydration and healthy eating goals and exercise on a regular basis as exercise keeps inflammation low and increases serotonin. She also recommended that we hug our family since intimacy releases oxytocin. Also, we should take five seconds as often as possible to reflect on what we are grateful for since that releases dopamine. We need to smile even if we fake it. Apparently, studies have shown that our brain doesn't know the difference between a fake or real smile so by smiling, we release dopamine. Finally, Dr. Berge taught us that anxiety is the enemy since it can destroy dopamine and oxytocin. Anxiety happens when we live in the future by always thinking "what if ....?" According to Dr. Berge, we may not be able to control situations in life such as COVID-19, but we can control how we handle situations in our lives. Overall, this was a great, informative meeting.
State and local governments will ultimately determine when the shelter-in-place orders will be lifted. The City of Bakersfield is encouraging everyone to wear masks to help ease the state government's shelter-in-place order. So, if we want to get back to normal as much as possible and as soon as possible, we need to wear a mask now when we go out into the public. Our own, Robin Paggi, arranged our Rotary Mask Project where we would purchase masks for ourselves as well as to donate them. On May 7, 2020, Robin delivered 50 masks to the Bakersfield Homeless Center. Thank you Robin and everyone in our club who participated.
On May 6, 2020, we held out fifth club meeting on Zoom and again we had double digit showing. Ms. Ronda Newport, the President of Bakersfield Association of Realtors, spoke to us about Kern County real estate market and how it has been impacted by COVID-19. Ms. Newport reviewed Mr. Gary Crabtree's report about the state of real estate market in Kern County. It appears that while other places have suffered due to COVID-19, Kern County's real estate market is holding strong. That is partly due to the fact that we have affordable housing in our County compared to other counties in California. About fifty-one percent of our residents can afford to buy a median-priced home in our town compared to other parts of California where as little as thirteen percent of the residents can afford to purchase a median-priced home in their area. Following some announcements, our meeting was adjourned by President, Nancy Pollard. Another great meeting where we got to see out fellow Rotarians. Thank you Past-District Governor, Jim Bell, for arranging another wonderful Zoom meeting for us.
Our second Zoom meeting was held on April 8, 2020. Another great, fun time was had by 17 of our members who joined our President, Nancy Pollard. We are trying to do our part by staying away and keeping safe while we visit with our Rotarian brothers and sisters. President, Nancy, was clearly in her comfortable clothes ready to lead our Zoom meeting.
On April 1, 2020, our club held its first Zoom meeting thanks to our own Past District Governor, Jim Bell, who arranged the whole Zooming experience for all of us. It was a great and fun Twilight meeting. Over 20 members joined our President, Nancy Pollard, in her first ever Zoom meeting from their own living rooms, basements and kitchens. It was so great being able to see each other and check in. District Governor, Savi Bhim, joined us from her home. We are going to try to stay connected and Zoom again during our regular Wednesday evening meetings at 6:00 p.m. See you Wednesday for the best time of the day, Twilight!
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