May 2020
Meeting Responsibilities
June 3, 2020
Inspirational: Audio-Visual Aids & Handouts
Williams, Laura
Flag Salute: US Flag & Rotary Banners
Thomas, Denise
June 17, 2020
Inspirational: Audio-Visual Aids & Handouts
Barmann, Beatrice
Flag Salute: US Flag & Rotary Banners
Bell, Donna
June 24, 2020
Inspirational: Audio-Visual Aids & Handouts
Flag Salute: US Flag & Rotary Banners
July 8, 2020
Inspirational: Audio-Visual Aids & Handouts
Flag Salute: US Flag & Rotary Banners
July 15, 2020
Inspirational: Audio-Visual Aids & Handouts
Flag Salute: US Flag & Rotary Banners

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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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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!
Sandy Foster, Jim Bell, Brad Henderson and our President, Nancy Pollard, delivered bagels, donuts, fruit and coffee to Mt. Vernon Elementary school on the morning of February 24, 2020, as a thank you to the teachers at the school and to show them some appreciation. Brad and Nancy were able to take a picture with Mrs. Prieto, the school's principle.
On Thursday, March 5th, over 170 Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact Club members from Bakersfield and Shafter met at the Crystal Palace for the 2020 All Club Luncheon. Several District 5240 officers also attended, including the three next-in-line District Governors (Deb Linden, Dana Moldovan, and Scott Phillips) and the District Foundation Grants Sub-Committee Chair, Dave Gore. Because of his work as the District Grants Chair and all of the assistance he gave each of the Bakersfield Clubs, both individually and as a group, Dave was honored with a Paul Harris Fellow which was given in his mother’s name (she recently passed away).
The key-note speaker was Davide Di Giorgio. He is a TED talk motivational speaker and the author of Being Unapologetic. He spoke about being “Unapologetic” and “Overcoming Comparanoia” and how that relates to our daily lives and our Rotary experience.
It was a great time for Rotarians to socialize; enjoy the company of their club members, as well as members of other clubs; and have a delicious lunch.
2019-2020 Bakersfield Club Presidents with Jackie Maxwell, our Group 2 Assistant Governor
On Wednesday evening, February 19, 2020, we gathered at The Mark and had a “picnic in The Park.” The evening was cool, but pleasant. Our guest speaker was Kevin Turner of Logic Films. He provided a summary of how the company was formed, the projects and films that they completed, the awards that their newest film won, and a brief overview of an upcoming project. They conduct open casting calls to anyone who wants to audition and so far, their leading actors have been from Kern County. Their goal is to concentrate on quality productions, not necessarily quantity. We also had our own Andrew Fishkin resigned from our Club due to his military service for the next two years. We will miss him and his wonderful black and white photos of our meetings. Enjoy the last pictures by Andrew.
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