Club Social at Great Change Brewing
On February 12th, club members and guests met at Great Change Brewing, located at 4200 Resnick Court, Bakersfield, California, to have a tour of the brewing room, sample some of the beer, and have dinner together. Kim Belmont, one of the owners, gave us a tour and told us why they started the business, how they chose the name, and about opportunities and challenges in the beer brewing business. Her talk certainly showed why she enjoys her job and the pride they have in their products. Thank you to Kim for having us. Thank you to Donna for bringing in our dinner from El Pollo Loco. Thank you to everyone who attended and made it a fun evening to visit and socialize.
District Training Assembly
District Training Assembly
Training for incoming Club Officers, Secretaries, Treasurers, Avenue of Service Chairs, Board Members, and Club Leaders
No Cost to Attend!
View the attached class list to see the course options.
Register for one of the following Assemblies:
Saturday, March14, 2020, 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
Santa Barbara Business College, 5300 California Ave.  Bakersfield
To Register for the Bakersfield Assembly
go to this web address
Saturday, March 21, 2020, 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
Pacifica High School, 600 E Gonzales Rd, Oxnard
To Register for the Oxnard Assembly
Check in & Continental Breakfast served 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Club Meeting - February 5, 2020
On February 5, 2020, we met for our regular weekly meeting at The Mark Restaurant and Bar. We had an excellent presentation by Mary Barlow and her staff from the Kern County Superintendent of Schools about the Kern Education Pledge made by the 47 school districts in Kern County. They have agreed to work together as one system to ensure student success. The Kern Integrated Data System (KIDS) will provide real-time data to assist the teachers, staff, and leaders of the districts to make informed decisions about what is best for students, teachers, and schools. In addition, Brad gave us an overview of the Twilight Scholarship Program. His committee met and drafted some suggested guidelines and selection criteria that club members will want to review and discuss to determine those items which should be officially adopted. We also had Millie Clowes with us to tell us about the Girl Scout cookie sale and her ambitious sales goal. She also told us about how we can donate to have cookies sent to active service members so they can enjoy cookies too.
Club Meeting - January 29, 2020
We held our regular club meeting on January 29, 2020, at The Mark Restaurant and Bar. A District Award was given to our club and was accepted by our last year's President, Ms. Amy Smith, for our significant donation to International Rotary Polio Plus fundraiser. Li Gibbs again announced that KernYes needs volunteers for their event at The Historic Fort in Taft, California on February 22, 2020. For those interested, you can sign up as volunteers (which they badly need) on the KernYes website. Brad and Andrew jointly inducted Ms. Ashley Diaz into our club as our newest member. Ms. Diaz is a duel member of Roteract club and our Rotary club. Our program was past-President, Ms. Amy Smith, educating us about all the great work that Bakersfield Museum of Art does in and for our community. The Museum has 350 pieces of art in their permanent collection. They have multiple educational programs such as Art Works which focuses on developing and enhancing artistic skills in kids. Art Reach program provides in classroom art lessons to fifth graders. They reach at least 4,000 kids through this one program alone. They also have Extended Learning after-school program; Museum in the Move program (they take art activities outside the museum during the lunch hour); and Art Camps and Workshops during summer, Spring and Fall. They also do group tours, art parties for ages 3-11, and adult art workshops. Overall, the Museum serves over 9,000 kids each year. Thank you Amy for educating us on all the great things that the Museum does in our community.
Centennial Interactors' Community Project
The Centennial Interactors joined East High School Interactors and East Bakersfield Rotary Club on Monday January 20, 2020, on a clean up project at David Nelson Park and neighboring areas. A great community service project on this The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This is what Rotary and Interact is all about, community service and making the world a better place.
Club Meeting - January 22, 2020
Last night, we held our weekly meeting at our usual meeting place, The Mark Restaurant & Bar. Our speaker was Mr. David Gordon from the Kern Arts Council.
Club Meeting - January 15, 2020
Prior to the beginning of our meeting, Kat invited everyone to come out and see her play, Grey Gardens, at Ovation Theater next weekend. She also announced that on March 10th, the Bakersfield Leadership Ethics conference will be held at Hodels and we need five volunteers and people quickly raised their hand. President Nancy is going to come up with an idea for us to do for the teachers at Mt. Vernon Elementary School for Valentine's Day such as taking them cupcakes. Li announced that Kern Yes still needs volunteers. You can go to to sign up. You can sign up for many volunteer jobs such as a counselor or a registrar which they really need. The event will take place on Saturday, February 22, 2020. March 7th will be Pucks for Polio fundraiser that Roteract is organizing to take place at the Condors game. It will be a Star Wars theme. Nancy also recognized Vince and Brad's efforts on behalf of the club by going to the Bakersfield Museum of Arts and bringing all of our stuff still left over there to The Mark to be stored here. Amy announced that Jeremy's band will play for our fundraiser "Concert in Garden" at Bakersfield Museum of Arts. Vince indicated that he has heard Jeremy's band and they are really good. In fact, he said that he purchased two of their albums and he was surprised how great they were. Our even will take place on Sunday, May 3, 2020, in the afternoon. Brad suggested we call it "Ireland in the Garden."
Our speaker was Juanita from Public Safety Professionals Retreat (formerly known as Rotary House Retreat), a program geared specifically to support first responders suffering from a variety of disorders and ailments including PTSD. Also in attendance was the Chairman of PSPR, Steven Gibbs (husband of our President-Elect Li Gibbs).
Twilight's Annual Holiday Program at Mt Vernon
On December 4, 2019, our club held its Annual Holiday Program at Mt Vernon Elementary School. We continued our wonderful, annual tradition this year with our members, Centennial Interactors, Kern County Rotaractors and our Rotary Exchange student, Caludia (from Spain). Everyone enjoyed hot chocolate, cookies, music, making cards for the troops and we held our ugly Christmas swearter contest. Everyone there enjoyed themselves. 
Centennial High Interact Club's Cat Day
Our Centennial High Interact Club held a Cat People event today. The volunteers made cards and spent time giving some cats lots of love. Great job Interactors.
Meeting Responsibilities
August 5, 2020
Inspirational: Audio-Visual Aids & Handouts
Smith, Carol
August 12, 2020
Inspirational Moment
Azemika, Tony
September 2, 2020
Inspirational Moment
Thomas, Denise
September 9, 2020
Inspirational Moment
Pollard, Nancy
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Sergeant At Arms
Club Service Director/Programs
Community Service Director
International Service Director
Youth Service
Rotary Foundation Chair
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Club Fun Meister
Club Awards Chair
Family of Rotary Chair
The Torch Editor
Editor The Torch Newsletter
RYE Advisor
Rotaract Liaison
RYLA Coordinator
Membership Chair
Foundation President
Global Grant Chair
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Tracy Azemika
November 5
Kat Clowes
Jarred Clowes
November 7
Join Date
Billie Sue Records
November 28, 2018
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Tuesday @ 12 Noon 
Bakersfield North

at the Petroleum Club

Wednesday @ 12 Noon
Bakersfield West
at the Stockdale Country Club

Wednesday @ 6:45 AM 
Bakersfield Breakfast

at the Petroleum Club

Thursday @ 12 Noon
Bakersfield Downtown
at the Bakersfield Museum of Art

Friday @ 12 Noon 
Bakersfield East

at Bakersfield Museum of Art

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