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Bakersfield North

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Petroleum Club of Bakersfield
5060 California Avenue
Bakersfield, CA  93309-0728
United States
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Bakersfield North

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Petroleum Club of Bakersfield
5060 California Avenue
Bakersfield, CA  93309-0728
United States
District Site
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How can our Rotarian ethos of serving above self be transmitted to younger generations? Frontier High School has the solution. Mrs. Jen Watkins has been running the club for years boasting a 140 members club which engages young students in devoting time and space in their lives to experiencing the gift of serving others. Today, our club “ditched” the lunch at the Petroleum Club to join students, principal, and Mrs. Watkins for a time of connection and support.
The club keeps itself busy with a tight schedule. Activities range from participating in setting up at local walk/run fundraiser events, gift wrapping, and one of the most sought after Bakersfield events: volunteering during the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra concerto where students operate as ushers but enjoy live music they probably rarely play on their i-phones. What a marvelous gift: serving above self and enjoying outstanding musicians playing a variety of instruments.
It’s tremendous to know how strong this club desires to be part of the community. We see this when we are asked to propose events the Frontier High School club could get involved in. Their affiliation with our Rotary club does not end here: they accepted to take part in the District 4 Way Test challenge which requires participating students to write a 250 word essay on the four questions and their application to everyday life. Cash prizes are going to be rewarded to the best essays. This is a neat opportunity for Frontier High School Rotaract club to ponder on Rotary’s wisdom: let’s cheer for our students and Mrs. Watkins!
What a day of celebration it has been! Our district governor John Weiss and his wife Christine visited our club today dedicating time with the board members before joining everyone for our regular Tuesday lunch. Celebration is the word of the day! Mr Weiss, an owner of three electronic stores, joined Morro Bay Rotary in 2001 and developed a passion for recruiting new members, boasting 50+ additions to Rotary Clubs around his area.
John Weiss dedicated his allocated 20 minutes exhorting Rotarians to celebrate the friendship, the community services, and all the accomplishments our clubs have achieved thank to the desire of all its members. To celebrate the club, Mr Weiss invited several of us to highlight the endeavors of North Rotary, emphasizing our ethos: Serving above self. Many of us spoke: Jacob touched on Oildale Lift; Greg and LJ on Dinner at the Derby; Zane spoke about the Wine Mafia Dinner; Ira, Nick, and Paul shared about the participation of our Interact-clubs in the community of Bakersfield; Paul presented the Thanksgiving Basket event; Cathy shared about the club involvement with Global Family. “And these are reasons to celebrate!” said John Weiss. Our District Governor also awarded two members with Paul Harris Awards for their outstanding dedication to the club: Patty (see picture) and Patrick were the chosen recipients. Congratulations!
During his presentation, John Weiss reiterated the four objectives of Rotary and concluded his presentation with the fourth one: “The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.” “Let’s celebrate!” he suggested again. “Let’s celebrate our service above self.” Thank you John and Christine for your visit and your dedication to our district.

Very simply: Chevron will donate $1 with every fill-up, up to $300,000, from October 1 through October 31, 2017, to help fund materials and supplies for local public schools through

Adam Alvidrez, with Chevron, was our speaker. Adam, a member of our North Rotary Club, presented this beautiful initiative to the attendees. Fuel Your School aims to honor and motivate teachers by funding their classroom projects. This initiative was spawned in 2010 through a partnership between Chevron and, a non-profit organization whose mission is to match teachers classroom endeavors with donors so that each student in the nation has tools available to succeed. Not only that but, Chevron and provide students with life essentials like clothing and food to help them stay focused and comfortable in school while learning.

Thanks Adam for the interesting and life giving topic. I know where I’ll fill up this week, do you?

Did you know that Kern Medical Center is turning 150 years old? Russell Judd, CEO of KMC and fellow Rotarian of Downtown, retraced our county hospital journey from being just a small hut to be an acute care teaching center with 222 beds, offering the only advanced trauma care between Fresno and Los Angeles. KMC moved a few times around the Bakersfield area during the course of its life to finally land in its today’s known location in 1920.
In 2016, KMC transitioned from being owned and operated by the County of Kern to be administered by a Hospital Authority, enabling it to better serve patients as a safety net provider, academic training center, and leader in trauma and specialty services. Kern Medical cares for 10,000 inpatients and 125,000 clinic patients a year. It is the community’s only academic teaching hospital with over 200 medical students, physician residents, and fellows undergoing training in eight residency and fellowship programs.
Kern Medical now boasts national popularity amongst medical personnel for its valuable training, and, thanks to the new leadership-team headed by Russell, KMC billing department has  improved and the “checkbook” is now positively balanced. This is a good news to taxpayers!
It’s remarkable to hear testimonies of leaders completely changing the trajectory of indispensable community organizations like Kern Medical. Mr Judd is an inspiring leader and North Rotary Club vividly demonstrated its approval on behalf of Kern’s residents.: Well done fellow Rotarian, Russell Judd!.
For 17 years, the Bakersfield North Rotary has raised money for their Thanksgiving Basket project. Our efforts and generosity help to insure that families residing in Oildale area have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. The Hope Center helps with referrals and advertisement, as well as with the check in procedures. Standard School District makes available the Standard Middle School gymnasium, for set up and distribution. If you haven't participated in the distribution, you should: it is impressive! Thanks to the help of many volunteers, hundreds of meals are packaged and distributed in a couple of hours. North High Interact students, Bakersfield North Rotary members, and The Bakersfield Police Department work side by side to make Thanksgiving a little happier for North of the River families.
Our generosity does not end here: meals are also donated to LiFT BAKERSFIELD, an affiliate of The Missionary Church International, which provides a warm meal each Tuesday evening for more than 200 homeless and disadvantaged families in Oildale.
Generosity is who we are!
If we listen carefully, we can hear it approaching. The sound is that of heavy metal wheels tenaciously biting steel as "the iron horse" is seen on the horizon. The California high speed rail is being developed to serve a need in the Golden State. Diana Gomez, the central California regional director brought Rotarians "up to speed" about the development of this monumental endeavor. The train will allow people to commute from city to city, providing a service more efficient than air transportation and faster than car commuting. "It's filling a gap of moving people around," expressed our guest speaker.
The high speed rail is still a very controversial topic for many, due to the concern about its financial and environmental impact for a service which may not be fully utilized by commuters. However, Diana Gomez believes going to be a success. This project already employs many people and small businesses to bring into realization 119 miles of railroad. Much consideration is given to our local city and surrounding towns in order to complete it, while taking into account community needs like safety, viability, and noise.
The train is approaching: are we ready to shout "all aboard?" Thanks again to our speaker for the interesting topic and time dedicated to make yet another NOR lunch a success.
What if you can combine recycling and charitable work together? Recycling Lives is not simply a solution for utilizing wasted glass but a great solution for people who are desperate to find employment. Our guest speaker, Sal Moretti, had an opportunity to share with present Rotarians his vision for Bakersfield. Recycling Lives is a unique new non-profit determined to break the cycle of despair for the homeless, disadvantaged, and recently incarcerated. The centerpiece of what Recycling Llives does is using a glass pulverizer to create new products: recycled glass landscape mulch and glass sand. By creating a local glass industry, it creates a local glass recycling demand.
This endeavor has already proven itself by employing people in collecting garbage along our streets bringing 400+ people out of homelessness, generated $1.1 million in housing subsidies, and offering cleaner highways. Partnering with our local Rescue Mission and other local outfits, like Adopt a Highway, Recycling Llives puts people to work. It does not end here. Those who wish to make a career move can attend classes to acquire new skills, like welding and forklift operation, in order to increase their chances of finding a regular stable job.
This amazing venture requires resourceful people just like Sal Moretti and his new board which enlists two North Bakersfield Rotarians: Jacob Panero and Jenifer Pitcher and other people serving above self!
I don’t know about you, but hearing about our BNR Foundation created in me even more fondness for the club! Our dining room today was permeated with a strong sense of pride and high regard for those members that throughout the history of the club have contributed in forging the “hands” of our Rotary group.
Jacob Panero, with the aid of Ira Cohen and Dan Panero, recounted key transitional moments and named those people, whose intellect, ingenuity, as well as natural and acquired gifts, have led our foundation to a pinnacle point of charitable strength. Our foundation exists to assist charities in the area dedicated to the  support and development of children and youth. It’s all about “serving above-self” cited Jacob: donations and scholarships are distributed to the community each year in the thousands of dollars making this entity the hands of the club.
Hands would not be put to action without the generous participation of members whose time, skills, and finances are paramount to the driving force behind it all: the true essence of giving.
Thanks to all!

Research benefits communities everywhere,” announced Donna Hermann with the American Cancer Society, our guest speaker who was accompanied by Christina Lopez. Our speaker educated all the present Rotarians about the crucial work of this organization which raises funds to be allocated toward research to prevent and cure cancers, and to run programs which ease  some of the difficulties a cancer- struck patient experiences.

Awareness has been raised concerning lifestyle factors contributing to cancer like smoking, diabetes, and obesity; genetic studies are raising the understanding of a person’s risk of developing cancer; new treatments have been discovered and implemented to treat cancer in the least invasive ways, all because of the generous funds raised by the American Cancer Society.

Our speaker also introduced some of the local programs ACS funds such as:

  • Road to Recovery: providing rides to and from treatments to those in need of transportation

  • Look Good Feel Better: teaching make-up and dress up techniques to improve physical appeal

  • Wig Bank: provides a large variety of wigs

  • Hotel Partnership: local hotels provides rooms to traveling patients at a very low cost

We could also volunteers to perpetuate the mission of the American Cancer Society. A big thank you to people like Donna and Christina.We have all been touched by the effects of cancer on a loved one, and it would be amiss not to present an opportunity for all of us to get involved with local events such as Relay for Life and the extravagant Valley of Hope Gala scheduled for October 21, 2017.

"As I am sure you know by now, we recently lost Milt Younger - a fine person, community leader, excellent attorney, and longtime Rotarian. I was pleasantly surprised a few years ago when Milt returned to active status in our club.  I truly did not see that one coming.  I always enjoyed his company.
Many years ago, Lorna's father, Jack Hislop (who typically handled the defense of lawsuits and therefore ran into Milt regularly as an adversary) told a story about how honorable Milt was to deal with as an adversary. That is not easy to do so in litigation sometimes!  Anyway, Jack ended by saying "I'd trust Milt with my wallet". I think that pretty much says it all.
Rest In Peace Milt.  You will be missed."   President Bob Brumfiled
Milton Younger joined the Rotary Club on July 17th, 1955 at the age of 24 years old. He has been a honorary member of North Rotary Club until his death. 

There are a lot of hidden talents. A gold mine for athletes!” exclaimed Benjy Taylor, CSUB men’s basketball assistant coach while describing Bakersfield. Our guest speaker today delighted our club members with a presentation of CSUB Roadrunners men’s basketball values and challenges. CSUB, speaking about all its athletes, promotes academic excellence, student athlete experience, competitive success, and engaging in the community. “It’s important to prepare athletes for sports success but also to educate them in becoming leaders in their community,” coach Benjy emphasized. CSUB is committed to providing the resources necessary for young men and women to able to achieve college education while enjoying the mental and physical benefits sports provide. Only dedicated coaches and capable faculty members, just like Benjy Taylor, can create the environment for our young students to thrive in sports disciplines. “I live on the phone,” Benjy said as he listed all the tasks he needs to address from game schedules, fundraising, practices, and dealing with athletes recovering from injuries. Interesting topic today: another "slam dunk for BNR!"

How do you manage millennials if you are someone who hates millennials? What if you are a millennial and the person managing them? These questions may paint a very complex and prickly work dynamic, unless you are Ken Beurmann, our guest speaker for today’s meeting. Ken, CEO of Terrio Physical Therapy & Fitness, led a thoroughly researched and substantially rich session on attributes of our young generation, known as Millennials. His presentation regarding the art of managing these young men and women, charged with thought provoking material and witty humor, was articulated by several points which can be summarized as follows:

  1. Complete transparency: millennials want to know why

  2. Open door policy: they desire to be able to talk just like friends

  3. Have a shared vision: they want to feel part of something bigger than themselves

  4. Employee engagement: millennials seek to be part of the decision making process

  5. Respectful accountability: as managers, motivate and lead with passion

Ken Beurmann embodies the advices he shares with college students: being ambitious, master the skill of critical thinking, and being a hard worker. These are the skills necessary for today’s young men and women to breakthrough in the marketplace just as Ken has been able to do. Featured in Bakersfield Life Magazine 3 years ago as “the top 20 Under 40” (just like Jenifer Pitcher) and a fellow Rotarian of Downtown Rotary, Ken is an inspiring leader whose skills, charisma, and potential will make a difference in our community and beyond.

"Thank you to all the volunteers who helped my students ‘'dress to impress' on the first day of school! The kids had a great time at the Kohl's shopping spree event and were so excited to show their parents what they got!”  Paul Meyers

"Great event  Saturday with North Rotary Club to be able to assist all the kids with new clothes for back to school. I had the pleasure to help a kid by the name of L. , he told me that his mom has medical problems and that his Step-Dad helps around the house and he only works at Wienerschnitzel and his a great guy to them and he also said he is very happy that we are able to help them with Back to school clothes and back packs, he really needed and was very happy. Thank you McDonalds for breakfast for the Kids.”         William Chicas

Rotarians present in the room quickly raised their hands in a competitive fashion as soon as our fellow Rotarian and today’s speaker concluded his presentation with “Are there any questions?” Their eagerness demonstrates the interest provoked by Lee Meyers’s topic: North Korea and U.S.A. Defense / Offense Capabilities. A timely subject to be discussed as North Korea fills the front pages of many world’s newspapers as it has successfully demonstrated ballistic abilities to strike the United States.

Today, we were educated about the power of our Country’s war arsenal and the chilling effects a war can have on humanity. Lee Meyer, a retired aerospace engineer, who contributed to the development of rockets during his career, was our speaker. “North Korea’s threats are to be taken seriously,” Lee boldly stated during his presentation. Our “rocket scientist” explained how the U.S.A. is definitely both able to attack with sophisticated and powerful missiles and defend itself by deploying weapons designed to intercept and destroy offenses made to our land. Our current defense arsenal has a very high probability of intercepting an ICBM (Inter Continental Ballistic Missile) launched against the  U.S.A. and destroy it within minutes while in the air. American S.B.I.R.S. (Spaced Based Infra Red System) provides an early warning by detecting, monitoring trajectory, and determining the point of impact of any missile launched toward us. Terminal air defense missiles such as P.A.C. 3, T.H.A.A.D., Aegis Standard Missile SM 3, and G.B.M.D. offer counter-attack at different altitudes and distances with great accuracy. Lee also dedicated some time to describing two nuclear armed missiles in the service of our military power: Minuteman III and Trident II. These two bombs would be considered in case of an attack to an enemy Country with the sole purpose of creating enormous damage larger than Hiroshima’s.

Lee Meyer’s topic fascinated the members with its description of U.S. weapons but soberly reminded everyone in the room of the frightening remarks we have become accustomed to hearing and the devastating consequences a nuclear war could, once again, shed on human history. Thank you Lee for your presentation.

"There is every opportunity provided to turn their lives around, if youths decide to do so!” says Judge Lorna Brumfield, and that is what she strives for. Appointed to the role of Judge for the Superior Court of Kern County in 2009, she finds her passion in creating opportunities for young people to receive all the care and attention a maturing person needs, in order to embrace a lifestyle which has potential for redemption and success. “Not a cookie cutter,” Mrs. Brumfield described the process of reviewing a case which often involves conversations with the parents, school teachers, and the juvenile alone. The delicacy and complexity of Judge Lorna’s job was immediately recognized by the Rotarians present today.

If a young man or woman, who for a variety of reasons finds themselves in the court system, the decision influencing the disposition (sentence in adult case) is aimed to the rehabilitation of the offender and safety of the public. Different programs and assessment tools deployed in the last few years have dramatically reduced the number of juvenile cases and spearheaded a variety of programs aimed to support a psychological, emotional, and spiritual life re-direction. Law enforcement agencies have been adopting tools to better discern if a petition should or not be presented to a judge. Additionally, counselors, teachers, and volunteers provide professional assistance and mentoring to those children who are placed in a facility: the objective is to change lives and terminate, in same cases, generational tendencies of troubles with the law.

Judge Lorna Brumfield concluded her presentation with an invitation to women who would be interested in participating in the program called “Pathways” and speaking to young women about opportunities and steps to achieve a career in the workforce.

Thank you Judge Lorna Brumfield for your presentation and, above all, thank you for your service to the community of Bakersfield.

      Thank you to everyone who attended our social at Imbibe.  We had 31 RSVPs and it looks like we actually had more people than that! A very fun evening and thank you to our fine member, David Dobbs, for arranging that for us. The only thing is, where was David? We may have to discuss that at an upcoming meeting!
      As life moves forward in its always challenging but exciting way, I think it is important at times to go back to the roots of Rotary and review the Four-Way Test (which I will let you do on your own!) and the stated Object of Rotary, which is:
The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
      I hope everyone is having a great summer and has many opportunities for fun, leisure, and good family times.  
There is a yearly event which gives Rotary International an opportunity to be seen by millions of eyes: the Rose Parade. During our lunch meeting, North Rotary members were fascinated to listen to an enthusiastic speaker: Barry Rosenfled. Barry, the RRPFC director, proudly described the process of designing and building a float which travels through the streets of Pasadena, CA during the Rose Parade held every year in January. Last year’s Rotary float, a purple dragon equipped with a suitcase, was awarded “the most beautiful float under 35 feet of length.” The Dragon also proudly wore a necklace with a medallion marked 100 for the 100 years of service since the establishment of the Rotary Foundation. The carefully decorated icon of Rotary for this event was, in order to fit the requirements of the parade, entirely made of organic material like flowers, sun-dried oranges, and peas. Thanks to the meticulous work of many Interact students, volunteers, the dedication of the committee, and generous donations from seven South West Rotary Districts, the float is scheduled to parade in January 2018.
Our guest, Barry Zoeller with Tejon Ranch Company delighted us with a brief history of the Tejon Ranch established in 1843. The ranch grew to become the largest owned private property in California. Barry spoke about the Commerce Center, including the industrial distribution centers and the Outlets at Tejon. Tejon Ranch Company is currently working toward the realization of three housing developments in progress:  Centennial, Grapevine, and Tejon Mountain Village. It's always fascinating to hear about the remarkable expansion and community impact of this renowned local enterprise. 
"My vision for the club is for all of us to get to know each other better over the next year.  We are going to have at least four socials, and the first one is going to be July 25th at Imbibe.  This will be a club sponsored event in lieu of the regular meeting that day.  It is also my intention to reinstate and have us move forward with a regular and, hopefully, weekly newsletter as I think it is very important for us to find out more about Rotary and what we do.  It is likewise my intention to have regular presentations by club members talking about themselves, what they do, all in an effort to have us know each other better.  I think people will be quite surprised to learn more about their fellow members than just someone they have lunch with regularly."  Bob Brumfield
Jacob and Bob presented Carlos Baldovinos with a check from the BNR Foundation to The Mission at Kern County for the new playground at the new Women and Children’s shelter.
On August 16th, the day before school started, Standard and Beardsley School District Kindergarteners and their parents met their teachers!  Their day was made even more special when they received the backpacks donated by Bakersfield North Rotary Foundation and Chevron.  These smiles are the reason that the Kindergarten Roundup continues to be a favorite project of Bakersfield North Rotarians!
We were able to pass out 411 Turkey Baskets to families at Standard School District.  A special shout out to Bakersfield Police Department and Chief Greg Williamson, the Jam, Dusty Wagoner, and all of our Rotarians for making this such a memorable and successful event.
We had a wonderful field trip to San Joaquin Community Hospital for our meeting thanks to Rotary Member Extraordinaire Patty Keefer!
We had presentations from SJCH Foundation President/CEO Kevin Burton, Jeanne Tunnicliffe – Orthapedics Director, Michell Harshorn – Brain & Spine Director, Melina Thorpe- AISCC Director and a tour of the AISCC/Quest/Breast Cancer Center.
Jacob Slayton, Director of Operations for Goodwill Industries presented a craft talk today.  Goodwill was established in 1912 as a vehicle for donated clothes to be repaired and sold. Our local Goodwill Agency is very similar to a franchise.  Goodwill not only offers the public an affordable inventory and an opportunity for tax-deductible donations, but focuses on full time opportunities for people with barriers to employment.  Their Mission Services Department focuses on placement services for clients with disabilities.  We are so fortunate to have Jake as part of our Rotary Club…now bring us some Jake’s Cake!!!
Meeting Responsibilities
November 7-- DARK for Wine Mafia
November 9 -- BNR Board Meeting
November 11 -- Wine Mafia
November 21 -- DARK for Thanksgiving
November 22 -- Thanksgiving Baskets
November 28 -- Neighborhood Legislature Initiative
Chicas, Willy
Tobias, Scott
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