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Bakersfield North

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Petroleum Club of Bakersfield
5060 California Avenue
Bakersfield, CA  93309-0728
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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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“Breath should be like a gentle wave flowing through your body….just breathe, gently…by breathing this way heart rate, cholesterol, stress release hormones drop and provide you with ten times more oxygen your normally take in.” Our speaker got all the Rotarians to close their eyes, sit upright, and for 10 minutes experience the power of yoga. Helen Miller Lynch, a Swedish certified MediYoga teacher and therapist, delivered an unique program. After a rambunctious “fine” session with Jacob Panero, filling in for President Bob, Rotarians enjoyed a relaxing Yoga session. “I have a dream,” Helen announced “to  launch MediYoga in the U.S. healthcare.” This form of relaxation has been integrated in 180 Swedish hospitals and healthcare units thanks to its remarkable and scientifically proven results in improving the health of patients with cardiovascular diseases. Research shows that practicing yoga once a week for 12 weeks decreases fasting glucose and cholesterol blood levels cutting the intake of prescriptions a patient needs to take. Yoga is suitable for virtually everyone, including people with physical and psychological limitations. Whether, you are confined to a bed, a wheelchair user, or fully mobile, yoga offers plenty for you.

This was an interesting and unique change in topic. Thanks Helen for your life giving session and for the work you do to improve lives!

Click the link below to learn more about MediYoga.

“Thanks to all of you Rotarians for your efforts and involvement in our school. We are determined to help our students succeed once they exit the academic world and jump into the workplace where they will be able to embrace new opportunities and challenges. In order for our students to succeed, we have launched 18 different pathways or programs, which will lead students to college enrollment or post high school employment. We invest in our students’ futures because it is our students who will shape the future. Thank you for your support. ” Dr. Balch, Principal of North High, opened today’s off site North Bakersfield Rotary meeting. Our President Bob facilitated the introduction: students were asked to say their names and to announce the career or school path of choice if amongst the seniors. Jill, North High Advisor, introduced her team of Interact leadership body made up of six girls. Jill also briefed all the present participants with all the activities the Interact club has been involved in: symphony, thanksgiving baskets, Christmas lights at CALM, and many others. Presently, the students are putting together a project to feed lunch to the homeless. Their efforts will involve raising money to purchase food items and hand food bags to those less fortunate.
Rotarians followed with an introduction, stating names and occupations. However, as soon as we thought it was over, Sheri and Jacob were put on the spot with a “North High Trivia” led by our show host Bob Brumfield. Now, would you reader, be able to answer these two questions:
  1. How would North High school staff determine if the length of dress meets school dress code?
  2. What’s the North High tattoo policy?
 
Thanks to all who participated and to the students and North High staff who made this day eventful for us Rotarians. 
Were you inspired to try the first five basic positions of ballet? “Kern Dancing Alliance is closing out 2017 and we could not be more thrilled with our local impact in our second year of operation!” said Andrea Hanson our speaker for today lunch. Over 6,000 community members reached, new programs launched, scholarships provided, and a Beautiful Bakersfield Award Nomination made for a wonderful year. Kern Dance Alliance is an autonomous organization that advocates for the variety of dance organizations in Kern County; whether they are private studios, school programs, or groups that promote cultural dance. The role of KDA is to simply act as a conduit to connect dance organizations with the community and therefore produce a rich and diverse dance network. KDA provides four pillars of resources related to the field of dance. Please visit its web site to learn more about this organization
George Poulakos challenged us with an opportunity: Ventura Rotary Club’s grant aims to stop sex trafficking and abuse in Zambia, where 80% of people live below poverty level. High school requires parents to pay for uniforms and fees so most students, particularly girls, cannot afford school. In order to pursue higher education, girls engage in “immoral activities” in order to raise money. Customers are usually truck drivers who transition through the country and are stranded for even up to 9 days  at border control before entering neighboring countries. The need for money and the idling activities of truck drivers fan an environment for illicit activities.
“Ray of Hope.”, a privately funded school, provides sewing, computer training, and restaurant catering to make these girls competitive in the marketplace. Livingston, capital of Zambia, has a small rotary club which focuses to raise global grants to fund schools like Ray of hope. Ventura Rotary Club wants to obtain a global grant which will fund scholarships for 50 girls over a period of 3 years.
In Africa, Rotary means honesty, trustworthiness, and high functionality in raising resources and accomplishing excellent endeavors. Rotary does make a difference worldwide!
To obtain this global grant toward economic development three requirements must be met: sustainability of the project in Zambia, availability to make it happen, and funds to be able to make sure the grant is put to fruition. Funds are needed to support those who will be involved, like George Poulakos,  in guaranteeing the grant reaches the goal established. Thanks George for this heart breaking but eye opening presentation.
 
First Tuesday meeting of the year 2018 “took off” with a presentation hosted by Richard Strickland, Kern County Airport Director. Mr. Strickland comes from a long experience in airport management and has been improving its service. The goal is to expand the runway to be able to allow larger aircraft to land and to increase the number of flights. Our guest, today, helped us understand how intricate his position is: it’s a combination of obtaining state grants, analyzing the demand to understand which routes to activate, while working with air companies to create better and more services for our city of Bakersfield. “Oil industry had a big effect!” Mr Strickland said. We can all imagine that once the price per barrel dropped, causing our local oil industry to shrink, flights to Texas and other states have become less in demand to the point that air companies terminated the service. However, now that the oil industry seems to be improving, the possibility of reopening this route is increasingly feasible.,
Such an interesting topic was followed by many questions: “why not a flight to Sacramento?” asked one rotarian, or “to LAX?” wondered another; “smaller aircraft to accommodate fewer passengers,” suggested someone; “why not International?” inquired another. Mr R. Strickland answered all the questions with knowledge about the topic. “Kern County Airport” was a great choice to open the new year. Thanks Mr. Strickland and best wishes on your endeavor.
Welcome to 2018!  I hope everyone had a great holiday with family, friends, loved ones, and so forth.
 
I sent out to the membership the recap of the Rose Bowl float sponsored by Rotary.  I was not at the parade, but was at my parents in La Canada and we went down to the construction site of La Canada's float and watched it being judged the day before the parade.  That was truly fun.  One thing you may not think about is how good the floats smell being adorned in fresh flowers!
 
This was La Canada's 40th straight year of having a float in the Rose Parade and, like the Rotary float, it was an award winner again! A copy of that float at close range just before the judging is below.
 
Come join us this coming Tuesday as we hear from the director of our local airports!  See you then.
 
President Bob Brumfield
Christmas is nearing and members of Bakersfield North Rotary along with guests enjoyed a concert provided by the Bakersfield North High School Choir. This event is always a favorite meeting of the club! A talented group of sixteen, mostly sophomores, led by Mr Bertrand , chorus director of North High School, delighted today’s participants with classic carols and some less known ancient ones, dating back 700 years.  What an unique experience! But this event was, I’m sure, memorable to the choir as well. Upon completion of the Christmas carol medley, Mr. Bertrand invited us Rotarians to contribute toward an upcoming overnight trip to Los Angeles area in order to perform at different events concluding this tour  in Disneyland as a reward to the students. In exchange for a donation of $5, the choir would call anybody in the world on behalf of the donor and sing a carol song on the phone. Little did they know that a check of $500 was going to be donated to them following the event! The gasps from some of students was priceless! However, some Rotarians decided to delight some of their loved ones with a Christmas song and donated money to the choir. What a joyful moment!
ʼTis the season to enjoy good food and time with family and friends: may this Christmas holiday be memorable for all of you. See you next year!
"Surgery Without Medical Insurance (CSF) provides a crucial medical service to those who cannot afford health insurance and don't qualify for any state funded programs. Those people who are hard workers and harvested the salad you and I are enjoying today!" Dr. Jorge Enriquez began his presentation with this powerful statement. Dr. Enriquez, a well know Bakersfield surgeon continued: "We are an organization who has a professional network of providers, qualified and certified in the state of California. All of them committed for their motivation, maturity, and responsibility to help the most needed in our community - the ones who cannot access health services due to lack of medical insurance."
In many cases, they delay their medical attention because they can’t access treatment, worsening their condition day by day. C.S.F. partners with hospitals, surgical centers, providers, specialists, labs, imaging facilities, etc., to reduced fees for their services, lowered in such a way a total cost to the patient for a surgery is $5 - 6,000.
Furthermore, C.S.F. offers consultations and coaching to these individuals in order to improve their health, aiming to reduce the critical care which arises due to the lack of self care.
The foundation of C.S.F. instead raises money to support those qualifying individuals who, despite their jobs, cannot even pay the basic fee. Many financial partners contribute through organized events or individual donations to the funds necessary to carry on this valuable service to our community and beyond.
Thank you Dr. Enriquez Mrs. Carla Tezzares, and Mr. Alfonso Garcia, who were present today, and all their CSF staff for your life changing endeavors.
“We are here for our clients by providing jobs,” said Dave who has been working with BARC for 25 years. BARC’s mission is to build stronger communities by helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities achieve individual goals for a better life. Dave Kyle, BARC C.C.O., was our guest for today’s lunch. BARC provides support, housing, and numerous services to people with disabilities boasting the title of the largest provider of jobs for adults with mental and developmental disabilities in the County. Local industries partner with BARC to employ people offering them a sense of independence and contribution to the community. Recycling, tire shredding, embroidery, and clerk assistance at local grocery stores are some of the positions the people of BARC occupy on any given day.
BARC receives 55% of its annual budget from local industries and thanks to its ability to manage its resource well, every dollar invested in its programs returns to the community yielding an average of $8 in salaries and expense coverage. At the end of his presentation, Mr. Kyle concluded with a Q&A that led participants to better appreciate what BARC offers. BARC is always looking for donations and partnerships with industries to continue its vital operation.
“It’s all about restoring the promises: better business climate, better quality of life, better cost of living, and ultimately better opportunities for California residents.” John Cox, a prospective California Governor candidate spoke at our club today. Mr. Cox, with Neighborhood Legislature, presented a heartfelt and striking speech emphasizing the need to reform our political system, where currently career statesmen tailor their decisions according to what best benefits their political party affiliations rather than what is best for the community.
John, a C.P.A., was here to introduce an initiative: the Neighborhood Legislation. Supported by 800,000 signatures, it will be presented as a ballot next fall. “The “narrow special interests” are what drive California politics when funds are directed to politicians in exchange for favors making it extremely difficult for voters to have a real voice.
What’s the solution? Creating tiny districts by dividing the current 120 districts into 100 parts each, or 12,000 “neighborhood districts.” The outcome will eliminate the need for astronomical funds in order to run for State Legislature and replace career politicians with public minded representatives. This initiative will provide willing local leaders to bring their ideas to the governing body, to vote on them, and to have a direct influence on legislation rather than feeling disconnected from their current state representatives.
Here’s another great topic worth debating at dinner table. Enjoy it!
To learn more about this initiative, please click the link below.
Well done North Rotary!
Once again, North Rotary Club, with the outstanding participation of many volunteers, has donated and distributed meals for 300 qualifying families living in Oildale. Each basket is composed of a frozen turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, potatoes, green beans, rolls, and even a pumpkin pie. Thanks to the organization of Standard Middle School staff, the school district, the Sheriff, and Police departments, Frontier and North High school students, and many others. This 2017 Thanksgiving will cheer up many people. 
Here's what people have said:
Stacy and Lindsey with Standard Middle School: "It seems that every year more and more people join in and make this a very easy process. What a great experience!
Reana with the North High Basketball Team said: "We heard through the Rotaract Club that there was going to be an opportunity to serve and we decided to help out."
It took slightly over one hour from the arrival of the food to the time we gathered for a picture. At this point, baskets were ready for distribution and the long line of people waiting outside testified to the need our club met once again.
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!
 
 
 
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