Posted by Tony Azemika on Aug 14, 2019
Our speaker at our regular club meeting on August 14, 2019, was Ms. Renee Goodwin who spoke about the world famous Iditarod Race Adventure.
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Posted by Tony Azemika on Aug 10, 2019
Li Gibbs and President Nancy Pollard were among the Rotarians that showed up to welcome our delightful foreign exchange student, Claudia, who is from Pamplona, Spain. Two of the three host families and others had to of course take Claudia to Dewars (where else!) Come and meet Claudia at our next meeting on August 21, 2019, at The Mark Restaurant and Bar.
Welcoming Claudia Tony Azemika 2019-08-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Azemika on Aug 08, 2019
On Thursday, August 8, 2019, all Rotary Clubs in Bakersfield were invited to dinner at Woolgrowers to honor our District Governor, Savi Bhim.
Club Presidents received a gift from our Governor, Savi Bhim. On the left is East Club's President, Quon Louey, followed by our own President, Nancy Pollard, Breakfast Club's President, Cheryl Scott, and Governor Savi holding gift for Downtown President, Garro Ellis who was unable to attend due to a medical issue. North's President, Patty Keefer is next and kneeling down is Tim Banks President of the West Club.
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Posted by Tony Azemika on Aug 08, 2019
Bakersfield Rotary Club Presidents along with District Governor Savi visited the site of the California Veterans Assistance tiny home projects.
In front, Presidents, Quon, Patty and Cheryl
In the middle, Jill from California Veterans Assistance, District Governor, Savi Bhim, and our own President Nancy Pollard
In back, Group two Assistant District Governor, Jackie Maxwell, and California Veterans Assistance Foundation President and CEO, Deborah Johnson
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August 7, 2019 Meeting Tony Azemika 2019-08-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Azemika on Jul 31, 2019
Our meeting this week was very hot, hot, hot since the A/C in our meeting room was broken. Nevertheless, everyone there trooped on and stayed for the whole meeting. They may have been worried about being sued if they walked out of the meeting early since our program was the attorneys in our club. The attorneys talked about what it takes to be an attorney and what their job entails. Jeremy gave couple of examples of crazy divorce cases he has handled including one where the parties even listed and priced their toilet rolls.
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Posted by Tony Azemika on Jul 28, 2019
On July 28, 2019, our club participated in the Back to School Fair put on by the Mercy & Memorial Hospitals Learning and Outreach Center at the Bessie E. Owens Primary School. At this fair, backpacks and school supplies were given away to children who were present at the event to receive the supplies. President Nancy Pollard, Oz de Guzman, Donna Bell and Brad Henderson (aka "B-RAD") represented out club at this great event.
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Posted by Tony Azemika on Jul 24, 2019
William Ryan was our speaker at our meeting on July 24, 2019. William talked to us about today's Boy Scouts of America.
 
July 24, 2019 Meeting Tony Azemika 2019-07-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Azemika on Jul 10, 2019
Congrats to Rotary Club of Bakersfield Twilight President Nancy Pollard on her first meeting of the 2019-20 Rotary year! She’s pictured here with her presidential classmates from the Bakersfield Rotary Clubs, Assistant Governor, Jackie Maxwell, and Kern County Rotaract President-elect Bethany McKanna who were in attendance showing their support to Nancy! All the Presidents showed support towards each other by attending each other's first meeting!
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Posted by Tony Azemika on Jul 07, 2019
Our own Li and Oz joined Centennial and East High Schools from Bakersfield, Bakersfield East Rotary Club, Kern County Rotoract and San Luis Obispo Rotoract clubs at the Meadow Park Rotary Garden in order to spruce up the Rotary Garden. These service-minded folks did a fantastic job. And then, it looks like they went to the beach and enjoyed themselves in the beautiful weather while we were are cooking here in Bakersfield.
Joint Community Service Project Tony Azemika 2019-07-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Azemika on Jun 26, 2019
On Wednesday evening, June 26, 2019, our club met at The Mark Restaurant and Bar to get rid of (I mean demote) our Club President, Amy Smith. Her time has come. She must go. Some of our members took pleasure in making fun of President Amy's OCD and controlling behavior (she wore many hats and performed a lot of tasks throughout the year when she could have delegated). We even had Madonna make an appearance and perform for her. We learned many interesting facts about the year she was born. We saw cute baby pictures of her and some weird 80s hairdo that Ms. Amy and others had back in the 80s. We are not sure if she wanted those pictures to be shown. Since she used to ride horses, the club presented her with a horse and made her rid it up and down the restaurant. Since she says she wants to learn how to fly a plane, our own Past-Governor, Mr. Jim Bell, gave her a flying hat, goggles, pilot scarf, flying instructions book, pictures of airplane cockpits and a membership and pin for the International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians, which Jim is a member of. We all had fun at President Amy's expense. It is time for her to go. President Nancy is up next.
 
Demotion of President Amy Tony Azemika 2019-06-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Azemika on Jun 20, 2019
Baseball field group photos that were taken of Rotary club members during our District 5240 Dodger/Giants baseball game social event on Thursday, June 20, 2019. Everyone had a great time!
 
District 5240 Dodgers-Giants Game Tony Azemika 2019-06-20 07:00:00Z 0
June 12: Dr. John Heidrick Amy Smith 2019-06-12 07:00:00Z 0
Bakersfield Twilight Rotary Foundation's fun and festive fundraiser, raising funds to support activities and programs close to the heart of Twilight Rotarians including Mt. Vernon Elementary School, high school scholarships, RYLA, Birthday bags, and KernYES!
 
 
June 8: "Luck Be A Lady Tonight" fundraiser Amy Smith 2019-06-08 07:00:00Z 0
Twilight Rotarian, Andrew Fishkin shared his story of joining the US Army and how crucial decisions made at certain pivotal moments led to his path of Immigration Attorney (and maybe super secret SPY!)
 
We congratulated Troy & Mystie Goodban (along with big sister, Mylie) on their son, Boady Lyle and surprised Pam Zulfa with her 2nd Paul Harris Fellow!  We also had some special guests thanks to Manual Maldonado:   wife, Adriana, and son, Emmanuel!
 
We'll be "dark" next week for the Rotary International Convention in Hamburg, Germany, and Twilight's "Luck Be A Lady Tonight" event on June 8.
 
 
 
May 29: Andrew's Vocational Presentation Amy Smith 2019-05-29 07:00:00Z 0
Twilighter learned about the signs and symptoms of a stroke from Alison Roomsburg from Dignity Health.  Joining Alison was Bakersfield North's President-Elect, Patty Keefer (who also works for Dignity).  
 
We celebrated both the May and June Birthdays, Anniversaries and Rotary Anniversaries and learned that General Douglas MacArthur was a famous Rotarian.  Our own Past President Cecil Martin shared a little about himself as our Member Spotlight.
 
Don't forget that Luck Be A Lady Tonight is in less than two weeks! 
We need everyone helping to make this event a success.
 
 
 
May 22: May is Stroke Awareness Month Amy Smith 2019-05-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 18, 2019
Interact club members and some of our club members joint forces with other local Rotary Clubs at the food packaging service project to help end hunger.
 
 
Brad and Sandy hard at work representing our club.
 
Oz at work.
 
Bea (and Bernie) and Alma hard at work.
 
Bethany (Rotaract Club President Elect) in the back left by the window.
 
Fernando (Bakersfield East Club) and members of the Boy Scouts Club working side-by-side.
 
Bethany (Rotaract Club President Elect) in the back by the window; Helia is at the table on the left.
All Club Food Packaging Project Tony Azemika 2019-05-18 07:00:00Z 0
President-Elect Nancy ran another meeting (way to go, Nancy!) as President Amy headed to Monterey to see their son, Chris graduate from CSUMB.
 
Beth Pandol from the Water Association was the speaker and shared interesting facts including the California farmers grow more than half of the country's fruit, nuts, and vegetables... on only 3% of U.S. farmland!  Who knew?!?
 
Former President Jimmy Carter was our Famous Rotarian and PP Carol was the Member Spotlight.
 
We also had a special visitor, Principal Xochtil Prieto from Mt. Vernon Elementary stop by with some lovely thank you cards from the students.  We will pass them around for all to see at the May 22 Twilight Meeting.
 
 
 
 
May 15: Beth Pandol - Water Association of Kern Co Amy Smith 2019-05-15 07:00:00Z 0
What a wonderful time Twilighters (and special guests) had celebrating our 10th Anniversary + Charter Night.  We had great food, fellowship, and fun!
 
Cecil provided a lovely invocation, B-RAD shared the history of Twilight Rotary (to be posted on our website shortly!), Jim provided background on Paul Harris and PHF, then DG Sandi and Li awarded a special PHF to Tanveer Dhaliwal, Interactor-extraordinaire!
 
Thank you to Pam Zulfa for coordinating Luigi's, Jim & Donna Bell for surprising everyone with new Rotary badges, Jeremy & Peter Swanson for the great "happy hour" entertainment on the patio, and DG Sandi for joining us in celebration (as well as awarding Tanveer with a Paul Harris Fellow)!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
May 8: Twilight's 10th Anniversary + Charter Night Amy Smith 2019-05-08 07:00:00Z 0
Twilight was pleased to have past Charter Member (and Past President), Gary Fachin present insights into Contract Law.  We also learned that Herbert Hoover was a Famous Rotarian and our favorite Treasurer, Denise Thomas was the Member Spotlight.
 
Be sure to be selling your "Luck Be A Lady Tonight" tickets... the event is Saturday, June 8 at the Bakersfield Museum of Art.
 
May 1: Gary Fachin - Contract Law Amy Smith 2019-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
Once again, the best time of the day is TWILIGHT!
 
Our RYLA Students provided a phenomenal program sharing their experiences at this year's "camp."  Their stories were inspiring and remind us how important this unique opportunity is for our Interactors.
 
An update on our Polio Plus Project was shared and we have SURPASSED our goal ("$33 for 33 years") by nearly doubling it to $62.19 per memberWay to go Twilighters!  ...and the year isn't over yet!  
 
New member Billie Sue Records was our Member Spotlight and we learned that HRH Prince Philip was a "famous Rotarian." 
 
The All Club Meal Packaging Project is Saturday, May 4th - sign up with Robin Paggi and if you want to attend the Dodgers vs. Giants game on June 20 - registration links can be found on our website and on the D5240 website.
 
 
April 24: RYLA Presentations Amy Smith 2019-04-24 07:00:00Z 0
President Amy was off cavorting at the "Happiest Place on Earth" (shockingly, NOT busy!) so President-Elect Nancy stepped in to practice running a Twilight Meeting and DID A FAB JOB!  Scarlett Sabin, Executive Director of the Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House provided an update on their well-deserved (and long awaited) construction and expansion project.  The House originally opened in 2009 provides a place for families of pediatric patients or NICU patients to take a break from the hospital environment.
 
Li Gibbs was our Member Spotlight and Dr. Charles H. Mayo was our Famous Rotarian.  As always, thank you, Andrew Fishkin, for being our Club Photographer!!
 
Our April 24 meeting will be exciting as our RYLA attendees will be sharing their experiences at this year's camp.  You don't want to miss this!!
 
 
 
 
April 17: Scarlett/Ronald McDonald House & Prez Elect Nancy subs in! Amy Smith 2019-04-17 07:00:00Z 0
Twilighters enjoyed Bakersfield College's Renegade Room dining so much in November, that we decided to go again!  It was a tad smaller group, but just as festive as we dined on "Pacific Rim Cuisine."  Tasty offerings included Thai Beef & Mango Salad, Coconut Jasmine Rice (so good!), Hoisin Sesame Ribs and Teriyaki TriTip.  Guests were split on which was the better dessert: Pineapple Upside Down Cake or Thai Fried Banana with Honey & Sesame.  Thanks to all who attended!
 
April 11: Offsite to BC's Renegade Room Amy Smith 2019-04-11 07:00:00Z 0
April 6: Rotarians at Work Day! Amy Smith 2019-04-06 07:00:00Z 0
Bakersfield Twilight received a visit from Bakersfield's own Fairy Godmother, Colleen Bauer.  Colleen's "Fairy Godmother Company" is a wedding & event planning service.  Although her services have been available for many years, the actual company has been around for a little over a year.  Additionally, Colleen created the Fairy Godmother Foundation that provides a completely free wedding to a deserving couple each year.  Funds are raised through their annual fundraiser.
 
And... speaking of fundraisers - Twilight's Luck Be A Lady Tonight is moving along!  Be sure to mark your calendars for Saturday, June 8th!  Additional details are available on our website.
 
Past Pres Sandy Foster provided a great Member Spotlight and we learned that Orville Wright was a famous Rotarian.
 
Twilight will be OFFSITE on April 10 (actually on Thursday, April 11th at the Renegade Room) but we'll return on April 17 when President-Elect Nancy Pollard will run her first meeting!  Please attend to cheer her on!
 
 
 
 
April 3: Colleen Bauer - Fairy Godmother Events Amy Smith 2019-04-03 07:00:00Z 0
Twilighters were "back upstairs" at The Mark Restaurant with a presentation by Father Julian Policetti from the Mother Teresa Rural Development Society and his program "A Movement for Dignity, Prosperity & Freedom."  The work that Father Julian and his team is doing in India for it's most vulnerable residents is incredible and we are grateful for the chance to learn about it.  His book is available on Amazon:   http://tinyurl.com/y2sg8kkj .
 
Anselmo Moreno was our Member Spotlight and Orville Wright was the Famous Rotarian of the Week.  Congratulations to Helia Corral for her induction into the CSU Bakersfield Faculty Hall of Fame 2019!
 
Our "Luck Be A Lady Tonight" fundraiser is coming along - be sure to keep on your assignments... June 8 will be here before we know it!
 
We'll be back next week (April 3) at The Mark to hear from Colleen Bauer, Bakersfield's own "Fairy Godmother!"  Stick around afterward for our Club Board Meeting.
 
 
March 27: Fr. Julian Policetti - Mother Teresa Rural Development Society Amy Smith 2019-03-27 07:00:00Z 0
New CEO of the Kern County Farm Bureau, Ariana Joven provided a wealth of information about our local agriculture interests.  Ariana shared details about water/irrigation, farming, and how Kern County is ranked #1 in Ag production in the State.
 
Twilighters were happy to learn that March 20 was "International Day of Happiness" and Dr. Albert Schweitzer was our "Famous Rotarian" of the week.  
 
So we could provide Robin Paggi with time to discuss our upcoming "Luck Be A Lady Tonight" fundraiser on June 8, we deferred Anselmo's "Member Spotlight" until March 27.
 
March 20: Ariana Joven - Kern Co Farm Bureau Amy Smith 2019-03-20 07:00:00Z 0
It was the Second Wednesday of the Month, so Twilighters ventured OFFSITE to Houchin Community Blood Bank for a great tour.  A huge thanks to new CEO, Galen Kline for taking time to conduct the tour himself and provide lots of great information including the ongoing need for platelets and plasma.
 
Mar 13: Offsite @ Houchin Community Blood Bank Amy Smith 2019-03-19 07:00:00Z 0
Our regular Wednesday Twilight meeting went "dark" for the week so that members could attend the annual "All Club Luncheon" at the Marriott Downtown on Thursday, March 7.  As always, Twilighters 'represented' well with more than 20 in attendance PLUS 9 Interactors!  
 
Keynote Speaker, Sylvia Whitlock kept everyone engaged as she told her story:
The 1st Female President of a Rotary Club in history.

In 1978, the Rotary Club of Duarte violated the constitution of Rotary International by admitting women as members, Sylvia Whitlock being the first. As a result of this bold action, the club's membership in Rotary International was terminated.

The club didn't really care and changed their name to the "Ex-Rotary of Duarte." A lawyer in their club researched it and thought they had a good chance to overrule the ruling. From 1983-86, the Duarte Club fought the ruling all the way to the Supreme Court where they prevailed. On May 4, 1987, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Rotary Clubs may not exclude women from membership on the basis of gender.

Later that year, Sylvia Whitlock became the first female club president in Rotary history. Sylvia considers Rotary to be the best vehicle she knows for humanitarian ventures in service to mankind. Some favorite club projects, while in Duarte, have included sinking water wells in Nigeria, setting up an AIDS Center in Jamaica and supporting an orphanage in Mexico. She continues to be inspired by the many Rotarians who have taken the organization to the edge of tomorrow and is committed to using the opportunity she has been given to further the cause of Rotary, in her community, in her country, and in the world.

Mar 7: All Club Luncheon Amy Smith 2019-03-07 08:00:00Z 0
Twilighters celebrated the almost end of February (and the 241st day of Amy's Presidency) with a presentation by new Bakersfield Fire Department Chief Anthony Galagaza.  Chief Galagaza shared his vision for the Fire Department and some great information (their busiest station is Brundage & Union). 
 
Feb 27: Fire Chief Anthony Galagaza Amy Smith 2019-02-27 08:00:00Z 0
Welcome to the "Greatest Club on Earth," where the best time of the day is... TWILIGHT!
 
We reached new heights (upstairs at The Mark) as a Club with two new members officially inducted.  Welcome to Shonna Shearson and Laura Williams!  We are SO GLAD to have you as part of our Rotary family!
 
Donna Bell not only shared a little about her life but gave us fun information about Chinese New Year (Welcome to the Year of the Pig).  Donna's other half, PDG Jim Bell provided a great program about their trip to Edmonton, Canada as the Rotary International Presidential Representative for their District Conference and a presentation he made about Rotary Brand Awareness.  Yay, Twilight for already doing much of the things Jim recommends to Rotary Clubs to attract and sustain members!! 
 
Thanks to PP Carol Smith for this week's photography!  See everyone next week when we have *new* Bakersfield Fire Department Chief Anthony Galagaza sharing about his future plans for the Fire Department.
 
Feb 20: New Members + Rotary Brand Awareness Amy Smith 2019-02-20 08:00:00Z 0
Wednesday, February 6 was another fun meeting where we learned even more great stuff about our own "B-RAD ," celebrated February birthdays and anniversaries and a future Rotarian (congrats Manuel & Adriana!).  Our famous Rotarian was Earl Warren and Brandy Johnson, Chest Pain Coordinator at Memorial Hospital shared great info about how to be "Heart Healthy."  Of course, it wouldn't be Twilight without some sweetness - in this case, from Millie Clowes, Daisy/Girl Scout EXTRAORDINAIRE who used her entrepreneurial skills to get almost everyone to buy Girl Scout Cookies!
 
Important Dates:
Sat., February 23: KernYES!
Thurs., March 7: All Club Meeting
Tuesday, March 12: BLE (Business Leadership & Ethics) Conference
Sat., March 16: District Assembly (Bakersfield)
 
 
Feb 6: Heart Health Month + Cookies! Amy Smith 2019-02-19 08:00:00Z 0
Feb 13: Social - Happy (Pre-) Valentine's! Amy Smith 2019-02-13 08:00:00Z 0
As always, the best time of the day is... TWILIGHT!
 
Past President Carol Smith did a great job running the meeting since Prez Amy had another commitment.  New member Troy Goodban introduced himself more during the Member Spotlight and Robin Paggi educated everyone on the different generations and how to best understand and work with them.
 
Important Upcoming Dates - so mark your calendars!:
  • Wednesday, February 6: Club Board Meeting immediately following the regular Club Meeting.
  • Wednesday, February 13: Twilight Social (Pre-Valentine's Dinner - RSVPs required)
  • Saturday, February 23: Kern YES!  (volunteers needed! https://kernyes.org/volunteers/)
  • Thursday, March 7: All Club Luncheon (RSVPs required)
  • Tuesday, March 12: Business Leadership & Ethics Conference
  • Saturday, March 16: District Assembly (Bakersfield)
  • Thursday, June 20: D5240 Dodger Game!  This is a district-wide event and the Dodger will be playing the Giants.  Sign up now!
  • Saturday, June 29: District Step-Down (will be in Simi Valley)
 
 
 
Jan 30: Generations in Work and in Rotary Amy Smith 2019-02-04 08:00:00Z 0
Twilight Rotarian, Andrew nailed it with his comment, "...one of the most fun Rotary meetings I've ever attended, with a great program about musical theatre in Bakersfield and a stunning performance by a wonderful singer."  Bruce Saathoff, Artistic Director for Bakersfield Music Theatre/Stars did a great presentation and brought along Jennifer Resolme perform a song from their upcoming show, Mamma Mia!
 
We wished three of our Twilighters, Pamela E., Tony and Pam Z a very "Happy Birthday" month and learned about "Colonel" Harland Sanders, famous Rotarian opened his first restaurant inside of a gas station.  Andrew provided great information about who is "allowed" to salute the flag and Robin shared that she'll be doing "Dancing with the Stars" at BMT/Stars! (more info to come).
 
 
 
 
 
Jan 23: Bakersfield Music Theatre's 50th Anniversary Amy Smith 2019-01-23 08:00:00Z 0
Twilighters braved the weather to come together for fellowship & fun!  Presenter Cheryl Scott did a great job highlighting the work of Kern Economic Development Corporation and KEDC's Foundation, which supports STEM programs.  We "surprised" Sandy Foster with a Paul Harris Fellow (see, it's easy to support RI Foundation through a regular monthly donation!) and Centennial Interactor, Tanveer Dhaliwal shared her goal in being "Student of the Year" for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jan 16: Cheryl Scott / KEDC Amy Smith 2019-01-16 08:00:00Z 0
Twilight welcomed 2019 with our first meeting of the year on January 9th.  We opened the meeting with our famous toast, "To the best time of the day... Twilight!" and learned about seven New Year traditions around the world.
 
Donna Bell provided a lovely inspirational moment and Billie Sue Records led the flag salute.  PP Kat Clowes let everyone in song.  Our Famous Rotarian was Sir Winston Churchill and we had three members who shared their "happiness" with Happy Buck donations.
 
Saturday, April 6 is "Rotarian at Work" Day and PP Robin Paggi would like suggestions for a service project.  We have District Mid-Terms on Saturday, January 26, the All-Club Luncheon on Thursday, March 7 and BLE on Tuesday, March 12, so be sure to mark those on your calendar!
 
There wasn't a formal program/presentation, but instead, Prez Amy provided a bowl of questions that was passed around and answered by everyone.  No worries, though, we'll be back to our 'regularly scheduled program' next week (Jan 16) with Cheryl Scott from KEDC.
 
Jan 9: Welcome to 2019! Amy Smith 2019-01-09 08:00:00Z 0
Fun Twilight Rotary Club social at the BC Renegade Room.
 
Delicious food, good friends, fascinating conversations and loads of smiles and laughs.
 
Pssst..look who held court at the end of this long table, littlest Moreno.  A memorable evening during the best time of day, Twilight! 
 
Visit us at The Mark on Nov. 28 at 6 pm with guest speaker, Lois Henry and join us in welcoming two new members to our Twilight Rotary family! 
 
 
Nov 13: Twilight visits BC's Renegade Room Amy Smith 2018-11-15 08:00:00Z 0
Twilight Rotary ventured from The Mark to the Bakersfield Museum of Art for the October 24 meeting.  We had great attendance for our guest speaker Michael O'Doherty with Kern Bridges.  Thanks, Michael for a very eye-opening talk on our local foster children and youth group-home situation and answering all our questions. Our lovable Sandy Foster gave us a glimpse of her life during Member Spotlight.  We loved having our Centennial HS Interactors join us to share their experiences at D5240 Conference along with the presentation of a thank you letter and video to the Club.  President Amy Smith received a special pin. 
 
It's always a great time at the #GreatestClubonEarth! Cheers to the best time of the day... Twilight! 🥂
 
Oct 24: The Foster Care System & Kern Bridges Youth Homes Amy Smith 2018-10-24 07:00:00Z 0
Twilight Rotarians and Interactors joined the Make Kern No Kill (MKNK) Coalition for a 5K/Fun Run and Fall Festival on Saturday, October 20 at Hart Park.  Volunteers helped with selling raffle tickets, set-up and clean up.  Way to go Rotarians & Interactors!
 
 
Oct 20: Community Service - 5K/Fun Run & Fall Festival Amy Smith 2018-10-20 07:00:00Z 0
A big thank you to Day Hay, President & General Manager of Jim Burke Ford Lincoln (and Downtown Rotarian) for a great overview of the history of his family and businesses.  Dan exemplifies true leadership, not only in his day to day management of one of the largest Ford dealerships in the state, but he joined our Twilight Greeter, Oz in meeting everyone as they entered the room!  ...and speaking of OZ - he wins the most creative presentation of the Member Spotlight!  Way to go, Oz!
 
Also joining us were fellow Rotarians, Michael O'Doherty (our presenter for Wed., Oct 24!) and Rick Kreiser, who gave us all the chance to formally thank him for generously inviting Twilighters to Guitar Masters as our monthly social on October 10.  Additionally, we had prospective Twilight Members, Billie Sue Records and Troy Goodban in the house!
 
Prez Amy received another set of FAB gifts for our "Travelin' Twilighters" including a bottle of Tequila, Starbucks Octoberfest Mug, Butterfly Scarf, and Mosquito Net HatPhotos may have been taken but have not surfaced as of yet.... thank goodness.
 
Don't forget that the October 24 Club Meeting will be at the Bakersfield Museum of Art!
Oct 17: History of Jim Burke Ford Amy Smith 2018-10-17 07:00:00Z 0
Twilight Rotarians were IN THE HOUSE at Guitar Masters on October 10.  Thanks to the generosity of Rick Kreiser, more than twenty-five Twilighters and friends enjoyed guitarist Richard Smith along with Brent Mason at the Buck Owens Crystal Palace.  It was an evening filled with great music, food, drink, and festivities.
Oct 10: Offsite Social at Guitar Masters! Amy Smith 2018-10-10 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 5240 hosted its annual Rotary and Rotary New Generations District 5240 Conference on the Streets of Bakersfield this weekend. We welcomed dignitaries from our sister districts in South Korea and Mexico, held a “Pints For Polio” fundraiser at Temblor Brewing Company on Friday, a 0k Pajama Fun Run on Saturday morning, an empowering and inspirational Conference for Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Interactors, and conclude the evening with our Rotary Foundation Gala at Bakersfield Museum of Art! In addition to remarkable speakers, Interactors and Rotaractors made over 300 “Dignity Bags” to benefit local nonprofits and families in need.
 
District 5240 Conference: What Fun! Amy Smith 2018-10-06 07:00:00Z 0
On Saturday, September 30, Members of Twilight Rotary, Rotaract and Centennial's Interact helped stage and sort rummage sale items for The Cat People.  Thanks to everyone who came out to help!  
 
We will learn more about The Cat People and how their fundraising efforts are doing at our November 7 meeting.
Twilight Rotary at The Cat People Amy Smith 2018-09-29 07:00:00Z 0
Greater Bakersfield Chamber CEO Nick Ortiz provided insights to the Community-wide Branding Initiative currently in the works.  Robin gave the quickest Member Spotlight ever (90 seconds!) and Pamela Elisheva filled in with a wonderful Inspirational Moment.  We learned about another Famous Rotarian: Neil Armstrong and Ryan Gosling (starring in "First Man" - opening October 12) made multiple appearances throughout the evening's PowerPoint.
 
Twilight will be "DARK" for the October 3 in anticipation of the District Conference and we will have our Monthly Social on October 10th.
 
Sept 26: Nick Ortiz - Community Branding Initiative Amy Smith 2018-09-26 07:00:00Z 0
Twilight Rotary ♥LOVES♥ Community Service! Amy Smith 2018-09-24 07:00:00Z 0

Home sweet home! #TheGreatestClubOnEarth’s first meeting at our new venue, The Mark Restaurant, was filled with special guests and announcements! With District Governor Sandi Schwartz in attendance, we inducted Donna Bell, wife of Twilighter and Past District Governor Jim Bell, as our newest member. President Amy Smith also announced that Jim and Donna were selected by Rotary International President Barry Rassin as the RI Presidential Representative during District 5370’s District Conference in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Congratulations, Jim and Donna!

Special guest speaker, Assemblyman Vince Fong, delivered an update from Sacramento on items that impact us at the state and local level including affordable living, energy, economic growth and development, and environmental impact. Thank you, Assemblyman Fong!

Cecil and Robin also provided updates and reminders on upcoming service projects for our members, Interactors from Centennial and Miramonte High Schools, and Bakersfield Rotaractors!

Sept 19: Assemblyman Vince Fong visits Twilight Amy Smith 2018-09-24 07:00:00Z 0
Boy oh boy, did we have a great offsite at The Mark Restaurant.  It was so fantastic, that we decided to move there
 
Yes, that's correct - Twilight Rotary's new home is The Mark Restaurant (1623 19th Street).  Huge thanks to Bryan Oberg, the new owner of The Mark (and East Bakersfield Rotarian)!   Bryan gave us a great overview of his plans for the restaurant (and his other business) as well as a tour of "the Park at the Mark."  ...AND the food was DELISH!  Chopped salad, sausage stuffed mushrooms, spinach & artichoke dip and a HUGE baked potato station!  It's going to be a lot of fun being AT THE MARK weekly.
 
So don't miss our next meeting (September 19) with Assemblyman Vince Fong and a report from Sacramento.  We'll also be inducting a new member (who has been part of the Twilight Rotary Family forever - so it's about time!).  Come join us!
 
 
Sept 12: Offsite Fun at The Mark Amy Smith 2018-09-12 07:00:00Z 0
Twilight Rotary traveled to Worklogic HR for a special presentation by our own, Robin Paggi on "Unconscious Bias."  Robin did a great job of demystifying this timely topic.  Unconscious biases are learned stereotypes that are automatic, unintentional, deeply ingrained, universal, and able to influence behavior.  Thanks Robin!!
 
We also highlighted Margaret Thatcher, another famous Rotarian as part of our "Did you know?" series and reminded everyone that our Community Service: Hot Dog Feed for the Homeless will be Saturday, September 22nd.
 
September 12 is the 2nd Wednesday of the Month so Twilighters will check out The Mark Restaurant in anticipation of our permanent move there and on September 19, Twilight will welcome Assemblyman Vince Fong for a Report from Sacramento.
 
If you haven't signed up for the District 5240 Conference on October 6th, why not??  It's here in Bakersfield and will be a day (and night) full of Rotary Moments!  
Sept 5: Unconscious Bias Amy Smith 2018-09-05 07:00:00Z 0
On August 29, we enjoyed hearing from Twilight Member, Bee Barmann about her very exciting life.  In fact, it's so exciting that we only got to hear the first half of it!  Bee Barmann "the sequel" will return in a future meeting.  
 
Additionally, we had the opportunity to hear from Kaitlyn Yates of The Wonderful Company.  Kaitlyn is the Community Program Manager of Wonderful Philanthropy.  In addition to the corporate social responsibility that TWC has for growing and distributing high-quality products around the world, their philanthropic investment in California's Central Valley is more than $48 million - in just one year!  They invest and collaborate with communities where their employees live and work with community development, education, and health & wellness programs.  Thanks, Kaitlyn for clearly demonstrating the passion you have for your work in our community!
Aug 29: The Wonderful Company Amy Smith 2018-08-29 07:00:00Z 0
David Lyman, Manager of "Visit Bakersfield" did a phenomenal job of quizzing members and guests about interesting things to do in & around Bakersfield.  There were even prizes and fun giveaways for everyone.  Key messaging used includes "...on your way to...?  So are we!"  It was very impressive about all the hard effort made by David and his three-person team to bring visitors to Bakersfield.
 
We also heard from Glen Ephrom from the Golden Empire Gleaners about their programs and how grateful they are to partner with organizations like Twilight Rotary and our Birthday Bag Program.
 
Vince received his official Blue Badge and was also our Member Spotlight of the week - and we learned about a Famous Rotarian - Thomas Edison.
 
Next week's (Aug 28) presenter will be Kaitlyn Yates from The Wonderful Company about their philanthropy in the Central Valley.  Bee will be our Member Spotlight and we'll learn about another Famous Rotarian.  Don't miss out!!Image may contain: one or more people and indoor
August 22: David Lyman/Visit Bakersfield Amy Smith 2018-08-22 07:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to our Centennial High School Interactors and Bakersfield Rotaractors who completed this morning’s “Intro to PRLS” class with Past District Governor Wade Nomura! #TheGreatestClubOnEarth (aka Twilight Rotary) was well-represented! New Generations Director, Li Gibbs, helped coordinate and bring the event to Bakersfield. Public Relations Chair, Oz de Guzman, handled registration and check-in. President-Elect and Master PRLS graduate, Nancy Pollard, was also in attendance showing her support for our future Rotarians and Rotaractors! 
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Great Turnout for Intro to PRLS Workshop on 8/18! Amy Smith 2018-08-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 15, 2018
At our August 15th meeting, Twilight Rotary was so pleased to have Dr. Lynnette Zelezny, CSUB's New President (as well as Michael Lukens, Director of Public Affairs & Communications) joining us to share about Dr. Zelezny's goals and aspirations for our University.  
 
A product of the CSU system, Dr. Zelezny earned Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in psychology from Humboldt State University, a Ph.D. in Applied Social Psychology from Claremont Graduate University and an MBA with distinction from the Craig School of Business at Fresno State. She has also earned professional certificates in management from Harvard University and in executive leadership from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania
 
Dr. Zelezny shared that she's a "data-driven” individual who is committed to improving outcomes at CSUB.  She said one of the most important data points is that 74% of all CSUB students are the first in their family to attend college.  She talked about the importance of student athletes and said that the average GPA of all student athletes at CSUB is a 3.0 and that is something to be proud of and build upon.  She wants to “build a collective vision” that must come from the community and its stakeholders.  She will be conducting a series of community forums (aka "Campas Caravans") to get input and feedback on what the vision should be.
 
Two important upcoming events are the ABET accreditation for engineering and CSUB's 50th Anniversary.  Also of note is that her becoming president was groundbreaking in that the CSU system now is the ONLY major educational system to have a majority of its presidents as women.
 
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August 15: Dr. Zelezny - CSUB's New President! Amy Smith 2018-08-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 01, 2018
It was another fun & fabulous Twilight Rotary Meeting on August 1st with District Governor Sandi's official visit to our club!  Because we are Twilight (aka Not Your Father's Rotary Club), we planned a special community service activity to coincide with the traditional DG presentation.  Special thanks to both DG Sandi Schwartz, AG Patrick Collins and special visitor, Prez Amy's son - Chris for joining us in making Birthday Bags filled with cake mix, frosting, plates, napkins and other small goodies that will be distributed to agencies like the Gleaners so that all children can celebrate their birthdays in special "Twilight-style!"  Additionally, DG Sandi presented three of our Twilighters with special "People of Action" Awards: Nancy Pollard, Denise Thomas, and Oz DeGuzman!  Congrats on continuing to emulate "Service Above Self!"  Finally, two Paul Harris Fellow Awards were presented tonight to Pamela Zulfa and Oz DeGuzman.
 
Next Week (Aug 8) will be our Social/Offsite at Barry's RV.  Past President Jeanne will be in-charge as Prez Amy is traveling.
  
Program: DG Sandi's Official Visit to Twilight + Birthday Bags! 2018-08-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 25, 2018
Zane Smith, Executive Director/CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County provided an overview of the multitude of programs available to more than 7,000 children on a daily basis in Kern County (and Barstow!).  These include afterschool programs, day camps, teen programming, a robust nutrition program, a variety of athletic activities, a nationally recognized Performing Arts Team (who kicked off Amy's first meeting as President on July 18) and just wrapped up their Summer Jobs program.
 
Zane also shared details about their popular "Farm to Tableaux" event scheduled for Friday, October 5 with the theme: "Pop! Goes the Warhol"
 
President Amy provided a report of our Club's first Board Meeting, held on July 21st as well as announced upcoming Community Service Projects including the "Hot Dog Feed" on August 25.  
 
We are excited to have District Governor, Sandi Schwartz joining us for our next meeting on August 1st (at the Bakersfield Museum of Art) for her official visit.  We will be doing our popular "Birthday Bags" as a Community Service Project during Sandi's visit too!
Program: Zane / Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County Amy Smith 2018-07-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 18, 2018
Twilight Rotary's First Meeting of 2018-2018 was a real CIRCUS!
...with performers, cotton candy martinis, fun food and lots of laughs.
 
It's going to be a great year with new Club goals, program enhancements and fun, fun, fun!
 
We heard about the New Generations Retreat that was held on July 7 in SLO where Interacters, Rotoracters, and Rotarians all came together for collaboration, education, mentorship and great friends.
 
A big thank you to BGCKC's Music Fusion Performance Group, our Special Guests, and Rotarian Visitors!
President Amy's First Meeting Amy Smith 2018-07-18 07:00:00Z 0
On Wednesday, June 20, 2018, we celebrated our President, Jeanne Tunnicliffe's demotion at the home of our club members, Tony and Tracy Azemika.
 
A life-long fan of Notre Dame football, she was admitted finally into Notre Dame University but not before she had to sing, in front of our entire club, the University of Southern California's famous "fight song." Tony Azemika, a life-long fan of USC football and one of our hosts, did not care how Jeanne butchered the USC fight song.
 
Nevertheless, we all had a great time demoting Jeanne and we sent off our next president, Amy Smith, to the Rotary International Conference in Toronto, Canada.
 
Demotion Party for our President, Jeanne Tunnicliffe Tony Azemika 2018-06-27 07:00:00Z 0
This year's District Awards were held on June 16th and our club was honored with a number of major awards.
 
Our own Li Gibbs was awarded the District Rotarian of the Year. Way to go Li!!
 
Twilight Rotary received the Gold Club of Distinction Award, and the Best Small Club-Youth Service Award.
 
Our Rotaract Club received an Award of Distinction along with the Centennial High School Interact Club.
 
District Awards Tony Azemika 2018-06-18 07:00:00Z 0
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Our Club has two service projects that are forthcoming. On Saturday, April 29, 2018, from 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., we are meeting at Mercy Learning Center, located at 631 E. California Avenue, Bakersfield, CA, for the "Hot Dog & Chili Feed" in collaboration with the Dignity Health Learning Center.
 
The other service project is the following Saturday, May 5, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Jim Burke Ford, located at 2001 Oak Street, Bakersfield, CA. This is a multi-club event with Rotaractors and Interactors where we will be creating meal packages to provide meals to the underserved in our community.
 
Join us in providing service above self.
Upcoming Service Projects for our Club Tony Azemika 2018-04-24 07:00:00Z 0
 
Robin, Nancy and our club President, Jeanne, out at Mount Vernon Elementary School's carnival helping out with Interactors and Rotaractors.
Community Service Project Tony Azemika 2018-04-14 07:00:00Z 0
Pictures of our club members and activities Tony Azemika 2018-04-13 07:00:00Z 0
We made "Birthday Bags" for our local food bank to distribute to families with all the supplies needed inside for a child's birthday. One hard-working Rotarian even lost his badge for a bit in one of the bags! Kind of like losing an engagement ring in a plate of spaghetti!! No worries though ..... Manual found it!
Another Community Service Project by fun-loving Twilight Rotarians! Tony Azemika 2018-04-13 07:00:00Z 0
Be In Bakersfield has done a great article on one of our own and our past president, Angelmo Moreno.
 
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Here is the link to the article: https://www.beinbakersfield.com/read/2018/2/15/anselmo-moreno
Article About Our Own Anselmo Moreno Tony Azemika 2018-04-12 07:00:00Z 0
Tony and Robin welcoming our newest member! Tony Azemika 2018-03-28 07:00:00Z 0
Here are some pictures from our really cool SOCIAL on Wednesday!  We even had a visiting Rotarian from La Mesa/San Diego join us.  Amy had run into his wife at the PET!  What a small world!  Thank you to Richard and his assistant Mayra from The Kitchen for giving us an EXCELLENT experience!  We learned a lot and got the opportunity to consume some wonderful appetizers!
 
Club Social Event at The Kitchen Tony Azemika 2018-02-28 08:00:00Z 0
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Club Meeting - 11/15/2017 - Bakersfield Comic-Con! 2017-11-16 08:00:00Z 0
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Thanks to our President and her husband, Scott, we held our off-site meeting at the training ground for the Bakersfield Police Department's Bomb Squad. They showed all the cool robots they have including the ones that they got from the U.S. Military and their very cool Bomb Squad van with all kinds of gadgets on-board. They even blew up couple of things for us. For more pictures, click to read the rest of the post.
 
 
Meeting at Bakersfield Police Department Bomb Squad Tony Azemika 2017-09-27 07:00:00Z 0
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Our club is proud to be a part of Bakersfield Youth Financial Literacy and we are excited to have given away six new scholarships to some very bright young students on the morning of May 25, 2017.

Learn more about this great organization at www.youthfinancialliteracy.net

All of this was made possible by the tireless work of our club's board and the continued support of our club and the Bakersfield East Rotary Club.

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Our former club member and current member of The Rotary E-Club of One World, Barry Rosenfeld, was our feature speaker at our meeting on Wednesday,  July 19, 2017. Barry spoke to us about the award-winning Rotary Rose Parade Float. Our members opened their wallets and contributed their monies to this coming year's Rose Parade Float. If you are interested in learning more about and contributing to The Rotary Rose Parade Float, you can contact Barry at (661) 703 9466 or via his e-mail at brosenfeld1@gmail.com. Thanks Barry for a great presentation and it was good to see you back at our and your former club.
Rotary Rose Parade Float Tony Azemika 2017-07-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Azemika on May 03, 2017
Carol Smith gave the Invocation at our meeting this twilight which was the Invocation she had heard when visiting another club. It was so nice that she went and asked the person who gave the Invocation if she can steal it from her. This was the Invocation she gave:
 
"Helping, fixing and serving represent three different ways of seeing life. When you help, you see life as weak. When you fix, you see life as broken. When you serve, you see life as whole. Fixing and helping may be the work of the ego, and service the work of the soul." --- Rachel Naomi Remen
Invocation Given at Our Club Meeting Tony Azemika 2017-05-03 07:00:00Z 0
Twilight Rotary Club Representing at District Assembly at Bakersfield College Tony Azemika 2017-03-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Azemika
 Gary Fachin's Invocation at our Meeting:
Why do we contribute clothing to the Homeless Center? Why do we work on projects in Mexico? Because . . . It is in every Twilighter's belief to serve the needy and provide relief.
Why do we work on fundraisers? Why do we have a Foundation? Because . . . In Twilighter's lives, works of charity will never be a rarity.
Why do we paint the walls of a Museum? Why do we read to elementary school students? Because . . . It is in each Twilighter's Rotarian act that on the community's welfare there be an impact.
Why do we have social events? Why are we attentive to those of us who suffer? Because . . . Twilighters care for each other as if each were a sister or brother.
And why do we do all the above, because we are Twilighters with faith, hope and love.
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Posted on Mar 12, 2016
 
 

The Magic of rotary

On Thursday March 10th, The Rotary Clubs of Bakersfield South, North, East, West, Breakfast, Twilight, and Downtown got together at the Crystal Palace for the annual 7 Club Luncheon. Over 200 Rotarians in attendance!
 
Ron Saylor, magician extraordinaire, fooled the audience many times over with his magic tricks. 
 
If you missed it, the event is nicely summarized by this epic selfie!
 
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Posted by Anselmo on Mar 01, 2016

If you build it, they will come.


Welcome to the newest Rotarians in the World! Twilight is proud and excited to welcome Li Gibbs, Pam Zulfa, Karen Vanderhurst, and Becky MacQuarrie. Check out more pictures of this fabulous club meeting here.
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Posted on Feb 26, 2016
 

More Scotch Night pictures!

Posted by Rotary Club of Bakersfield Twilight on Sunday, February 21, 2016
 
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Posted by Anselmo on Jan 31, 2016
After a long hiatus Twilight Rotary returned to the Dignity Health learning center with a wonderful showing of Twilight Rotarians and Mira Monte High School Interacters!! Check out the video of everyone going to work to feed the less fortunate in our community. Twilight Rotary served 270 meals!! Special thanks to everyone who helped!
 
 
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Our resident photographer extraordinaire Andrew Fishkin always captures the great moments we have at Twilight Rotary.
Check out some of those moments here!
 
 
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The 3rd Annual Ethics Competition has ended

and Twilight Rotary has emerged victorious once

again!

 

Twilight Reigns Supreme! Anselmo Moreno 2015-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
 Bakersfield Magazine just did an article on Bakersfield Twilight Rotary! Great article President Anselmo and Twlighters! Awesome club for only being 6 years old!
 
 
 
Bakersfield Magazine Features Our Club Tony Azemika 2015-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Paggi on Sep 27, 2015
Thank you Jeanne, Sandy, Marie, Brad, Louise, Kat, Bethany, Anselmo, and about 13 Interacters for helping clean up downtown in preparation for our District Conference next weekend.  
 
Check out the photos by clicking here!
 
 
See you at the conference!
Twilighters and Interacters Clean Up Downtown Robin Paggi 2015-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anselmo Moreno on Sep 01, 2015
Today was Mira Monte High School's Club Rush Day. Representing Twilight Rotary in the Interact Club recruitment efforts was President Anselmo Moreno, President-Elect Kat Clowes, and fellow long time Rotarian Brad Henderson. Interact advisor Luis Valladares, commonly referred to by his students as "Mr. V", is a great ambassador for Interact and Rotary on the Mira Monte Campus.
 
There was a nice breeze that kept knocking down our banners, but as you can see Brad was unwavering and not discouraged in his commitment to show off the banners.
 
Interact is off to a great start, we had a lot of interest from the students and look forward to working with them throughout the year.
 
Check out the rest of the pictures by clicking here.

 

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Twilight goes back to High School Anselmo Moreno 2015-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
Profile of a Twilight Rotarian: Kat Clowes Anselmo Moreno; Brad Henderson 2015-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Sharing Rotary District 5320's Photo Tony Azemika 2015-08-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 11, 2015

President Anselmo conducting his meeting on August 12, 2015. Besides District Governor, Jim Bell, we were privileged to also have in attendance District Governor Elect, Nick, and District Governor Nominee, John.  All three are pictured below with our President Anselmo.

Rotary Club of Bakersfield Twilight's photo.
Our Meeting on August 12, 2015 Tony Azemika 2015-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 11, 2015

District Governor Jim Bell was the program tonight at his home club Bakersfield Twilight. Jim was presented with two very personal gifts from our club by President Anselmo!

Rotary Club of Bakersfield Twilight's photo.
Our Own District Governor Jim Bell's Visit Tony Azemika 2015-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
Proud to be Home Club of District Governor, Jim Bell Tony Azemika 2015-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brad Henderson, Anselmo Moreno on Jul 27, 2015
Have you ever wondered what a Twilight Rotarian is all about?
Behold our debut issue of "Profile of a Twilight Rotarian" - a once a month publication that highlights and honors the diverse makeup of Twilight Rotarians. 
 
Download and view the full publication, here. 
 
Profile of a Twilight Rotarian: Sandy Foster Brad Henderson, Anselmo Moreno 2015-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 24, 2015
The many faces of our president, Anselmo Moreno.  The last picture shows President Anselmo searching in his Mary Popins bag for something...guess what...he never found it! Stay tuned!
Many Faces of Our President Tony Azemika 2015-07-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 24, 2015
Some of our members at our July 15th meeting to hear speaker, Nicholas Ortiz the President/CEO of the Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce. From left to right, Brad Henderson, Jeanne Tunnicliffe, Barry Rosenfeld, Jeanne and Ann Dunlap and speaker Nicholas Ortiz.
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Who is Twilight Rotary? #WeAreRotary 2015-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Azemika on Jun 27, 2015
We are proud to be the home club of the District Governor Jim Bell.  This is a video of the first of many speeches by our Jim Bell. Great job Governor! Bakersfield Twilight Rotary Club is extremely proud of you.
 
 
Our Own Jim Bell as the new District Governor Tony Azemika 2015-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Azemika on Jun 26, 2015
Last night at The Petroleum Club in Bakersfield, California, we thanked our dearest President, Sandy Foster, for an inspired and excellent year as our leader. But, as all good things must come to an end, it is now time for our President To Hit the Road!
 
Our President, Sandy's Demotion Video Tony Azemika 2015-06-27 00:00:00Z 0
Doing Good by Rotary Foundation Tony Azemika 2015-06-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Azemika on Jun 26, 2015
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Members of Bakersfield Breakfast Rotary Club and other guests joined us for our President Sandy's last club meeting. 
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Members and guests all park their cars for quick get-a-way, according to our own Brad who took this picture.
Quick Get-a-Way Tony Azemika 2015-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
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Our guest, Michelle Hartshorn, RN from San Joaquin Community Hospital, spoke to our members about identifying symptoms of a stroke (an interruption of blood flow to the brain), different from the mechanical operation of the heart (the pump).  A stroke is a "brain attack". It can happen to anyone at any time. It occurs when blood flow to an area of brain is cut off. When this happens, brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die - causing inabilities controlled by that area of the brain to such functions such as loss of memory, speech and muscle control.
 

Stroke by the Letters

 
 
(Face) Is one side of the face drooping or numb? Ask the person to smile.
(Arms) Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
(Speech) Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "the sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?
(Time) If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go way, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.
Stroke! Stroke! Tony Azemika 2015-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 20, 2014

A. Miriam Jamison Children’s Center

Twilight Rotary piled clothing at our President's podium for our contribution to children in need at the A. Miriam Jamison Children's Center. Hopefully we will make a dent in providing needed clothing for the multitude of distressed children accessing this emergency shelter and protective custody facility. Rich Castillo was present to accept the packages of clothing for children who are taken into protective custody by law enforcement agencies or social workers.
We are proposing to revisit this collection collaboration next February/ March 2015, when the donation resources tend to taper-off. The center receives 100-150 children per month passing through their doors.
Jamison Center Donations Tony Azemika 2014-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 20, 2014

The Ice Man Cometh

Before this week’s meeting, President Sandy accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge from her son Chris Foster, who preceded her in ice water drenching by a challenge from our own Nick Mears.
The evening’s fundraising began with a raffle to obtain the right to drench President Sandy with a bucket of ice water. Jeanne Tunnicliffe bought the very last ticket, just before the opportunistic drawing picked her winning stub. Feeling remorseful from the chance charity, Jeanne offered up her mischance for cash.
With cold cash in hand, Sarah Baron (past Charter Member) offered $20.00 to perform the horrific duty of dumping the bucket of ice upon the obligatory President Sandy. All was well, and President Sandy survived the challenge. Ah! But wait!
Seeing how much President Sandy seemed to enjoy her thorough wetting, Lynn Hall offered up another $50.00 to saturate her Rotary President with another dose of dousing. The entire night netted $135.00.
All this attention-getting activity is designed to attract awareness for (ALS) Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease and its fund-raising possibility. President Sandy has offered to donate to ALS as well as MS (close to her heart) and to Polio Plus (where Bill Gates, already having been doused, will match dollar for dollar to Polio Plus contributions).
 
Now our President has issued her challenge to the following people: Loretta Butts, District 5240 Governor. Jim Bell, District 5240 Governor-Elect. Anne Fonseca, Twilight Club Service Director - for not showing up to our meeting.
President's Ice Challenge Tony Azemika 2014-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 20, 2014

Membership Month

 
August is Rotary Membership Month.
 
Rotary members have pushed polio to the brink of eradication, delivered clean water to help needed communities survive. We continue to help improve our local community. And, through our pledges, have provided scholarships to the next generation of peacemakers, and continued support throughout the world.
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Say it Loud, Say it Proud! Tony Azemika 2014-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
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Upcoming plans for Twilight Rotary involvement were shared by our Community Service Director, Mike Foster.
The immediate project involves collecting new or gently used Toddler clothing for the Jamison Center. Our support this year is focusing on sizes 3T through 6 with an emphasis on size “5.” We’re collecting by August 20th.
Community Service Project Tony Azemika 2014-08-02 00:00:00Z 0
Symbolic Name – Rotarians began meeting by “rotating” between business offices of its Members. Now it is symbolic, such that any Rotarian may rotate between Clubs as a welcome guest.
Rotary's Wheel Emblem – The wheel was said to illustrate "Civilization and Movement." It is a unique design and exclusive emblem of Rotary [Rotary International], with its 24 cogs (representing the World Time Zones) and 6 spokes (continents upon which Rotary is represented). The “Keyway” was added to include each Rotarian as an important part of its movement.
The Object of Rotary – The Object of Rotary is "to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise." The "ideal of service" is the key phrase in the Object of Rotary. This ideal is an attitude of being a thoughtful and helpful representative in all of one's endeavors.
The 4-Way Test – As one of the most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics in the world, this simple  philosophy and code of conduct has been translated into more than 100 languages and published in thousands of ways, to reinforce worldwide what Rotarians think, say or do in our business and professional lives.
Rotary Motto – On a continuing basis, Rotarians are giving their time, talents and treasures for humanitarian purposes in all forms and at many levels, with an emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others through Rotary service. This principle is what Rotarians have adopted in as few words as “Service Above Self.”
Name Badges – From the earliest days of Rotary, members have referred to each other on a first-name basis. Since personal acquaintanceship and friendship are cornerstones of Rotary, it was natural that many clubs adopted the practice of setting aside formal titles in conversations among members. The characteristic Rotary club name badge fosters the first-name custom.
The Classification Principle - Basically a classification describes the distinct and recognized business or professional service which the Rotarian renders to society rather than by the position held by a particular individual. Its purpose of distinction is to assure a cross section of the business and professional service of the community as a native resource within the Club.
Honorary Membership – This type of membership is the highest distinction a Rotary club can confer and is exercised only in exceptional cases to recognize an individual for unusual service and contributions to Rotary and society. Honorary members cannot propose new members to the club, do not hold office and are exempt from attendance requirements and club dues. This reserved position is for those who have done much to further the ideals of Rotary.
Avenues of Service – This concept has been accepted as a means to describe the five (5) primary areas of activity within the Object of Rotary. The 5 elements of the Object of Rotary include: 1-Club Service, 2-Vocational Service, 3-Community Service, 4-International Service, and in 2010 New Generations was added - to improve the life skills of young people (up to age 30) to ensure they have a better future, while recognizing the diversity of their needs.
International Responsibility - Although each Rotarian has first responsibility to uphold the obligations of citizenship of his or her own country, membership in Rotary enables its members to encourage and foster advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace on a global basis.
Club Invocations – Rotary policy recognizes that throughout the world Rotarians represent many religious beliefs, ideas and creeds. Since each Rotary club is autonomous, the practice of presenting an invocation at club meetings is left entirely to the traditions and customs of the individual club, with the understanding that these meeting rituals always be conducted in a manner which will respect the religious convictions and faiths of all members and visitors. As such, the religious beliefs of each member are fully respected, and nothing in Rotary is intended to prevent each individual from being faithful to their convictions.
Member Candidate Sponsorship – Any Member may propose a candidate for membership within Rotary International. The "proposer" is the key person in the growth and advancement of Rotary – in contrast without a sponsor, an individual will never have the opportunity to become a Rotarian. An active Sponsor serves as a special friend to assure that the new member becomes an accustomed to activities of the Club and participation as a “Rotarian.”
Club Banner Exchange – The exchange of banners is a significant tradition of Rotary and serves as tangible symbol of our international fellowship. Rotarians traveling to distant locations often take banners to exchange at "make up" meetings as a token of friendship.
The District Assembly – The purpose of a District Assembly is twofold: 1) to prepare incoming club leaders for their year in office and build their leadership team, and 2) to give the District Governor‐Elect and incoming assistant governors and district committees the opportunity to motivate club leadership teams and build their working relationship.
The District Conference – The purpose of the district conference is to provide opportunities for networking, inspirational addresses, and discussions of Rotary-related matters - recognizing the service programs, projects, and public relations achievements in the district in order to inspire Rotarians to become more involved in service. The conference should also give Rotarians and clubs a vision of Rotary beyond the club level and provide a memorable fellowship experience.
The International Convention – Every year, Rotary International programs a worldwide convention for a date near the end of the Rotary year, in May or June to stimulate, inspire and inform all Rotarians at an international level while advancing the strategic goals of the association. This is a rare opportunity for Rotarians to get together and visit members from other cities, countries and generations, celebrating Rotary fellowship. It is also the annual business meeting of Rotary International. The convention program includes preconvention meetings, plenary sessions, workshops, forums, entertainment, and other meetings.
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Posted on Jul 29, 2014
This week was our Club Assembly.
 
This gathering of Rotarians is designed to inform and equip Club Members, whether new to Rotary or veteran participants with the Twilight Bakersfield Rotary Club. It’s for those who would like to learn more about our Club, where it is planned to go within the various avenues of service, as well as gaining further understanding of Rotary International in general. 
President Sandy led us to envision the main Rotary Theme for
the year and her integration of activities planned for the year.
The five (5) Avenue of Service Directors have had an opportunity to explain the upcoming projects and programs our Club will be involved with throughout the year and the Directors are eager for you to share any suggestions you may have in order to make our Rotary club better.
Definition of Rotary
"Rotary is an organization of business and professional person united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world.”
Those few words are worth remembering when someone asks, What is a Rotary club?
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Symbolic Name – Rotarians began meeting by “rotating” between business offices of its Members. Now it is symbolic, such that any Rotarian may rotate between Clubs as a welcome guest.
Rotary's Wheel Emblem – The wheel was said to illustrate "Civilization and Movement." It is a unique design and exclusive emblem of Rotary [Rotary International], with its 24 cogs (representing the World Time Zones) and 6 spokes (continents upon which Rotary is represented). The “Keyway” was added to include each Rotarian as an important part of its movement.
The Object of Rotary – The Object of Rotary is "to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise." The "ideal of service" is the key phrase in the Object of Rotary. This ideal is an attitude of being a thoughtful and helpful representative in all of one's endeavors.
The 4-Way Test – As one of the most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics in the world, this simple  philosophy and code of conduct has been translated into more than 100 languages and published in thousands of ways, to reinforce worldwide what Rotarians think, say or do in our business and professional lives.
Rotary Motto – On a continuing basis, Rotarians are giving their time, talents and treasures for humanitarian purposes in all forms and at many levels, with an emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others through Rotary service. This principle is what Rotarians have adopted in as few words as “Service Above Self.”
Name Badges – From the earliest days of Rotary, members have referred to each other on a first-name basis. Since personal acquaintanceship and friendship are cornerstones of Rotary, it was natural that many clubs adopted the practice of setting aside formal titles in conversations among members. The characteristic Rotary club name badge fosters the first-name custom.
The Classification Principle - Basically a classification describes the distinct and recognized business or professional service which the Rotarian renders to society rather than by the position held by a particular individual. Its purpose of distinction is to assure a cross section of the business and professional service of the community as a native resource within the Club.
Honorary Membership – This type of membership is the highest distinction a Rotary club can confer and is exercised only in exceptional cases to recognize an individual for unusual service and contributions to Rotary and society. Honorary members cannot propose new members to the club, do not hold office and are exempt from attendance requirements and club dues. This reserved position is for those who have done much to further the ideals of Rotary.
Avenues of Service – This concept has been accepted as a means to describe the five (5) primary areas of activity within the Object of Rotary. The 5 elements of the Object of Rotary include: 1-Club Service, 2-Vocational Service, 3-Community Service, 4-International Service, and in 2010 New Generations was added - to improve the life skills of young people (up to age 30) to ensure they have a better future, while recognizing the diversity of their needs.
International Responsibility - Although each Rotarian has first responsibility to uphold the obligations of citizenship of his or her own country, membership in Rotary enables its members to encourage and foster advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace on a global basis.
Club Invocations – Rotary policy recognizes that throughout the world Rotarians represent many religious beliefs, ideas and creeds. Since each Rotary club is autonomous, the practice of presenting an invocation at club meetings is left entirely to the traditions and customs of the individual club, with the understanding that these meeting rituals always be conducted in a manner which will respect the religious convictions and faiths of all members and visitors. As such, the religious beliefs of each member are fully respected, and nothing in Rotary is intended to prevent each individual from being faithful to their convictions.
Member Candidate Sponsorship – Any Member may propose a candidate for membership within Rotary International. The "proposer" is the key person in the growth and advancement of Rotary – in contrast without a sponsor, an individual will never have the opportunity to become a Rotarian. An active Sponsor serves as a special friend to assure that the new member becomes an accustomed to activities of the Club and participation as a “Rotarian.”
Club Banner Exchange The exchange of banners is a significant tradition of Rotary and serves as tangible symbol of our international fellowship. Rotarians traveling to distant locations often take banners to exchange at "make up" meetings as a token of friendship.
The District Assembly – The purpose of a District Assembly is twofold: 1) to prepare incoming club leaders for their year in office and build their leadership team, and 2) to give the District Governor‐Elect and incoming assistant governors and district committees the opportunity to motivate club leadership teams and build their working relationship.
The District Conference – The purpose of the district conference is to provide opportunities for networking, inspirational addresses, and discussions of Rotary-related matters - recognizing the service programs, projects, and public relations achievements in the district in order to inspire Rotarians to become more involved in service. The conference should also give Rotarians and clubs a vision of Rotary beyond the club level and provide a memorable fellowship experience.
The International Convention – Every year, Rotary International programs a worldwide convention for a date near the end of the Rotary year, in May or June to stimulate, inspire and inform all Rotarians at an international level while advancing the strategic goals of the association. This is a rare opportunity for Rotarians to get together and visit members from other cities, countries and generations, celebrating Rotary fellowship. It is also the annual business meeting of Rotary International. The convention program includes preconvention meetings, plenary sessions, workshops, forums, entertainment, and other meetings.
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By Anselmo Moreno

         Our city councilman and fellow Rotarian Russell Johnson gave us a firsthand account of the challenges that our city faces on November 2. It was an incredible program, unfiltered and straightforward!

         According to Russell, Sacramento lawmakers in Sacramento can’t seem to get their act together. We got a crash course in the current status of the High Speed Rail Project. Russell reported that the estimated costs to build this transportation system recently doubled. He asked, “Do they not understand what the term “economic recession” means?” Rhetorical question?

In much more positive news, the Hosking Road interchange is on the city’s priority list! In case you are not familiar with that particular side of town, Hosking Road currently goes over Highway 99, and is located south of Panama Lane and north of Taft Hwy. Adding this interchange will ease up on the traffic congestions problems that currently plague the Panama interchange, and making all that empty land located in that area much more attractive to big retailers and manufacturers. One small infrastructure addition can result in a huge economic benefit for our city.

Our thanks to Councilman Johnson for keeping public safety and responsible use of taxpayer funds a top priority in his vision to improve Bakersfield.

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Following on the heels of Commander Ian Anderson (Navy Top Gun) on August 10, the Coast Guard sailed into Twilight in the person of District Commodore Harry M. Jacobs of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. The Commodore has been a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary for thirty-one-years and is currently serving as the District Commodore, 11th Coast Guard Auxiliary District. He is responsible for the supervision of the internal and external operations of the District, which includes nine Divisions in four States, twenty-one Departments and seventeen Special Appointments.

Harry is a member of the Santa Fe Springs Rotary Club, a Past President of the Whittier Rotary Club [District 5320] and a Paul Harris Fellow.  He has been the guest Speaker at over 330 service clubs, in Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego and Ventura Counties, since 2004.

On August 17, the Commodore spoke about America’s Waterway Watch, a combined effort of the Coast Guard and its Reserve and Auxiliary components. Coast Guard Reserve personnel concentrate on connecting with businesses and government agencies, while Auxiliarists focus on building AWW awareness among the recreational boating public. Image

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The meeting at Clear Channel, hosted by Jim Bell had a large turn out.  All had a great time. 

Jim Bell and staff gave informative tours of the radio stations at Clear Channel where we were able to meet the "Talent".  He provided a full spread of food and drink including wine, water and coffee.  Jim wanted to thank John Vasinda for coming to his rescue early Wednesday morning with several bottles of white wine for the meeting.  Jim didn't ask what John was doing with several bottles of white wine in his car, but he certainly was grateful. 

 

Missed the meeting or just want to read meeting overviews by Gary Fachin? MEETING OVERVIEWS BY GARY 

 

Rotarians went on a behind the scene tour, met great personalities and talent, and even recorded an opener.  Here is President Carol Smith with Mark Montana DJ 98.5 The Fox  and the following photo is of  Amy  Smith recording an opener like a pro.  CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE PHOTOS. 

 

President Carol Smith with Mark Montana DJ 98.5 The Fox
 

Amy Smith Behind the Mic

 

 

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Here are some highlights from last weeks meeting, September 1st

Jeanne Tunnicliffe gave her vocational moment after a brief introduction by John Vasinda, Vocational Service Director. Jeanne is Director of Oncology and Orthopedic Services at Mercy Hospitals of Bakersfield.  She spoke of her various duties and the many clinics and locations of Mercy Hospital.   She briefly spoke on the Health Care Reform and anticipates changes but does not know the details yet.  Health care is an industry that is going through many changes and is one with high demands.  Sounds like an interesting and rewarding job. 

 

 Welcome to Louise Weber from UniGlobe Travel Agency.  In the photo from Left to Right is Cecil Martin her sponsor, Louise Weber, President Carol Smith and Jeremy Swanson Membership Director.

 

 

  Bee Barmann came back from her holidays and presented a banner to President Carol Smith.

 

 

 

Valley Public Radio Presentation included, Kristina Herrick, Traffic and Music Manager, Mariam Stepanian, General Manager and President and a Spotlight on a young artist.  Kristina Herrick did a brief presentation of music from In the Mode.  To learn more about KVRP Programs go to http://www.kvpr.org/

 

 The name of the young musician who played for us is Brian Liu, son of Dr. and Mrs Liu. Brian is also a prize-winning pianist but we do not have a piano so he played the violin instead. He is a member of the Bakersfield Youth Symphony Orchestra as a violinist and has  appeared as a piano soloist with the orchestra. He has also  appeared on Young Artist's Spotlight on KVPR/KPFK twice as a soloist and at least once as an accompanist for other students. Amazing young man.

 

 

 

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Just a few updates to keep you up to speed.

  • Notice the new link on our main website- "What you missed!"  This website page will be dedicated to notes and yes...maybe small videos from our meetings.  If you missed a meeting and you wonder what did I miss? This website page is for you.
  • Speakers are now updated through October.  You can see what is up and coming. 
Scribes - We will be meeting at 5:15 p.m. this Wednesday, July 28th to go over the small template to help outline your profound thoughts and observations of each meeting.  Don't worry, we don't need a lot of info but just a small overview. 

Finally, the goal is to keep this website up-to-date and fresh. Content is needed, feel free to email small write ups or photos or if you see a mistake....please feel free to contact Sarah Baron.
 
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President Carol Smith's Speech -

 

First, I want to say that I am deeply honored and humbled to be given the opportunity to serve as President for the Rotary Club of Bakersfield Twilight.  The Club that can and will "do great things together."  I know that I have very large, large shoes to fill, both figuratively and literally, coming on (pardon the pun) the heels of Past President Cecil Martin.  He has done a remarkable job this first year - as President.  Thank you again, Cecil.  You are so appreciated!! 

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The theme for the month of June began with Disaster Preparedness.  A few weeks ago, President Cecil Martin did an excellent presentation on how to be individually prepared.  He spoke from personal experience, retelling memories from the Northridge Earthquake where his family sat without power for days on end.  He stressed the importance of having a plan, preparing now for "IT".  On each table, there was a white block with "It" painted in black.  Are you prepared?  Do you have enough water and food for 72 hours, small bills, insurance papers?  At the end of presentation, he presented each member with a personalized CD and a brochure with resources to help each person become more prepared. 

Thanks Cecil for giving us the tools to get organized and to become individually prepared. 

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Check out each the photo journals posted on the right side of the Website, where photos will be uploaded on a weekly basis.

Here are some highlights....

Bea Barmann recieves her Basic PRLS

Jeanne Tunnicliffe joins Twilight Rotary Club

 

 

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What a year it has been! (And the it's only half over!) Bakersfield Twilight received its charter, conducted its first big fundraiser ("Moonlight in Paradise") to benefit Goodwill's vocational education program, conducted a number of service projects (including, among others, a Pancake Breakfast for our homeless brethren and a garden
project with the MS Society), and ended the year with a Christmas party at Kern Youth Bridges.
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