November 2019
Upcoming Events
Meeting Responsibilities
November 13, 2019
Greeter; Podium & Bell/Gavel
Foster, Sandra
Registrar: Badges & Attendance/Cards
Goodban, Troy
Inspirational: Audio-Visual Aids & Handouts
Luera, Alma
Flag Salute: US Flag & Rotary Banners
Henderson, B-RAD
Ambassador: Visiting Rotarians & Thanking Guest Presenters
Gibbs, Li
November 20, 2019
Greeter; Podium & Bell/Gavel
Morasci, Judy
Registrar: Badges & Attendance/Cards
Martin, Cecil
Inspirational: Audio-Visual Aids & Handouts
Maldonado, Jr., Manuel
Flag Salute: US Flag & Rotary Banners
Paggi, Robin
Ambassador: Visiting Rotarians & Thanking Guest Presenters
Moreno, Anselmo
December 18, 2019
Greeter; Podium & Bell/Gavel
Shearson, Shonna
Registrar: Badges & Attendance/Cards
Records, Billie Sue
Inspirational: Audio-Visual Aids & Handouts
Swanson, Jeremy
Flag Salute: US Flag & Rotary Banners
Smith, Amy
Ambassador: Visiting Rotarians & Thanking Guest Presenters
Smith, Carol
January 15, 2020
Greeter; Podium & Bell/Gavel
Williams, Laura
Registrar: Badges & Attendance/Cards
Thomas, Denise
Inspirational: Audio-Visual Aids & Handouts
Zulfa, Pam
Flag Salute: US Flag & Rotary Banners
Zaragoza, Vince
Ambassador: Visiting Rotarians & Thanking Guest Presenters
Azemika, Tony
January 22, 2019
Greeter; Podium & Bell/Gavel
Azemika, Tracy
Registrar: Badges & Attendance/Cards
Bell, Donna
Inspirational: Audio-Visual Aids & Handouts
Barmann, Beatrice
Flag Salute: US Flag & Rotary Banners
Bell, Jim
Ambassador: Visiting Rotarians & Thanking Guest Presenters
Clowes, Kat

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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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At our regular club meeting on November 6, 2019, Mr. Josh Dhanes from the Kern County Veterans' Services spoke about his time in the military and his military training. He gave us an insight into the services and advocacy that is provided to our Kern County Veterans and their families. Those services are not limited to just Veterans in the Bakersfield area, but they provide services throughout our vast County. They often try to meet with Veterans in the far reaches of our County rather than making them travel to Bakersfield. They try real hard to explain to all Veterans the benefits that they are entitled to and why they are not entitled to certain benefits under the law.
Before the start of our meeting, everyone who showed up early to the meeting pitched in and we put together over 40 birthday bags to give to the Bakersfield Homeless Center. They will give those bags to families with children who have birthdays coming up. Donna Bell gave the inspirational moment by using Audrey Hepburn quotes. It was obvious to everyone that Donna is a huge Audrey Hepburn fan. Number of Centennial Interact Club members joined us. Angelina, one of their Co-Service Project Directors, presented to our club and asked us to help them ring the Salvation Army Bells for the holidays. President Nancy's coworker, Mr. Ron Dill, CPA, was one of our presenters. He talked about what a traditional CPA firm does. They have over 50 employees and thousands of clients some of which are international clients. According to Mr. Dill, security and privacy is a major issue in their industry. Our own Donna Bell of Walter Mortensen Insurance insurance agency was another presenter. Donna has 40 years of experience in the insurance industry. The other presenter was our own, Denise Thomas, who admitted that she passed the first two CPA tests, but never went back to finish the last two. She considers herself an accountant, just not a Certified Public Accountant. For those of us who were in the Breakfast Rotary Club, we remember Denise being the club's accountant and she has done the same for our Club for years now. Finally, Amy and Cecil talked about the sponsorship packages for our fundraiser and, as usual, they did it in a very entertaining fashion.
Centennial Interact Club members, sponsored and mentored by our club, have been busy giving their time to different events around town. They have supported the annual American Heart Association 5K run, our local schools and making our FOX Theater shine even brighter.
Rotary Twilight club members donated socks, gloves, and beanies to the Mt. Vernon Elementary School Socktober event. These will be given to the Bakersfield Homeless Shelter by Mt. Vernon Elementary School.
On October 23, 2019, Anselmo was walking around before our meeting and asking for donations from everyone for a great cause, Polio Eradication Campaign, while coloring every donors’ pinky fingers with a purple pen. On October 24th, World Polio Day, Past Governor, Sandi Schwartz, was schedule to be on her stationary bike going no where for 100 miles. Our club donated $659 to Sandi’s ride. Amy and Cecil talked about our foundation's annual fundraiser. Amy did an amazing job getting our members to commit to getting people or companies to purchase a sponsorship to our event. Steve Gibbs talked about his job with the District as the Rotary District Youth Protection Officer. Steve is the initial contact person for any complaints about adult treatment of children in our District. 
Our program was Mr. Mike McCoy, Executive Director of Kern County Museum, who spoke about lessons he learned from his parents and lessons he tried to teach to his own children. His willingness to say "yes" to opportunities that were presented to him has led him from being a teacher to being a photo journalist in West Africa to meeting his wife and moving back to Kern County. The Board at the Museum has nine people on it and one of them has to be a Superintendent of School who is Mike. The Museum has 14 employees. According to Mike, the Museum has failed to represent four major groups in Kern County, the Basque community, the Veterans, American Indians and the Bakersfield sounds. He and the Board members are aiming to change that real soon.
At our regular meeting on October 23, 2019, our club members donated over $650 toward Rotary PolioPlus in support of our Past District Governor, Sandi Schwartz's "Ride To No-Where" fundraiser. She was going to ride 100 miles on her stationery bicycle on Thursday, October 24, 2019, to raise awareness of Rotary's campaign to eradicate polio around the world and in memory of Rotarians who have died while helping in the effort to immunize people around the world. Every member and guest in attendance painted their pinkie finger with purple to show support for the Rotary PolioPlus eradication efforts and to commemorate their donations to the campaign.
We held our regular club meeting at The Mark restaurant. Our speaker was Michael Turnipseed, whom some of us know from the Bakersfield Breakfast Rotary Club days. Mike is with Kern County Taxpayers Association. He gave a brief overview of the “disruptive” qualities of the organization and how the members help bring about “more accountable, effective, efficient, and reliable government.” He attributes much of the success of the organization to the dedicated and intelligent members of the organization’s Board. He then welcomed questions from club members including one about efforts to solve the problem of the homelessness of people in our community.
Stephen Penner, the Music Director of the Shafter Symphony Orchestra, gave a short talk about the partnership between the Shafter Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Dance Center and the fund-raising campaign he is leading to have a live orchestra play for the local Nutcracker Ballet.
We had several visitors with us including Guy Veach, a member of the Florence, Oregon club and his friend, Judy, who were on the last leg of a 36 day cross country motorhome trip. We also had Sandy Fosters’ friends, Robert and Nina, visiting from Scottsdale, AZ.  Ashli Diaz joined us also again.
Our President, Nancy Pollard, attended the 2019 District 5240 Conference this past weekend in Santa Ynez, California. Here is a picture of Nancy and other Bakersfield Presidents with their club flags about to walk in the District 5240 Parade of Clubs.
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Family of Rotary Chair
Club Bulletin Editor
Club Service Director
International Service
International Service Director
Community Service Director
Vocational Service Director
Youth Exchange
Youth Service
Membership Chair
Sergeant At Arms
Club Awards Chair
Rotaract Advisor
Interact Advisor
RYLA Coordinator
Rotary Foundation Chair
Executive Secretary
Global Grant Chair
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