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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 of America
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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 of America
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We had another fun Bakersfield North Rotary Charter Night at Luigi’s on Feb. 26, with great food with live entertainment from the Noral Twins. The Paul Harris Fellow awards were presented to to Matt Hessler by Kirk Hessler, Don and Dave Bynum by Greg Bynum, and Kenny Mounts by Ray Mish!  The Community Service Paul Harris was awarded to Ray Mish for his distinguished service and contributions to Rotary.  Keith Stonebraker will make an additional Paul Harris Fellow presentation at Cinco de Mayo.  We will also present a Community Service award to Mary Kay Shell’s (deceased) family at a regular meeting in the next month.  Our clubs contribution to the Paul Harris Foundation this year is $7,000.
Our offsite at North High School on Jan.29 had good student participation. The high school principal was there to welcome us and Jill Vidal, the student advisor, announced that she will be leaving North High and moving to Texas. She was very instrumental in revitalizing the Interact club.  We will miss her. Lee Meyer presented information on the mission of Rotary International and where the BNR foundation money is spent (photo courtesy of LJ Radon).
Do you know how a person becomes RI President? Well, if you are like me and you have never asked yourself this question, the recent issue of The Rotarian dedicated an article to this topic.
 
Here are the steps:
 
1st. Serve as Club President - any member in good standing who served in a leadership role within the club. One year term.
 
2nd. Serve as District Governor - any club presidents with at least 7 years of membership. This position is selected by each district through a nominating committee, ballot by mail, or district conference. Serves for one year. 
 
3rd. Serve as RI Director - every year, eight or nine of Rotary's 34 zones each selects a director for a two year term. There is an interview process. 
 
4th. Serve as RI President - every year, half of Rotary's zone get the opportunity to select a president through their representatives on the 17-member presidential nominating committee. Presidents chose their vice president and treasurer from among the second-year RI directors. The term is one year.
 
Our current president is Mr. Barry Rassin (picture above). 

"Hats have been getting more and more elaborate each year. People are buying them online. The fascinator, after the wedding of the prince (William), that got more popular" said Linda Pounds, event co-chairwoman. This year, North Rotary's traditional Dinner at the Derby will be held on April 12th, 2019"The Rotarians are great at getting sponsorships for us. They have been amazing for us" Linda continues. Youth Connection is a not-for-profit organization supporting at-risk children in the 6- to 13-year-old age group."We connect at-risk kids with various services, the gap kids who don't get help anywhere else to help prevent them from getting into the system." Pounds said services range from after-school activities and one-on-one tutoring to covering athletic team fees or sports equipment. More details to follow.

[from an article published on April 16. 2014 in The Bakersfield Californian. 2019's event scheduled for April 12th]

The Past Presidents Christmas party was held at The BLVD on Dec. 4. The party was well attended and entertaining for the past presidents and spouses.
 
Offsite at The Mission of Kern County – I was not able to attend but I thank Carlos Baldovinos for hosting the event.
 
We had a special Christmas luncheon on Dec. 18 with many spouses and family members attending to hear the North High choir. This is an outstanding group of young talented students. The Foundation gave the choir a check for $500 to help with their goal to collect $10,000 for a tour.
 
I also wanted to remind you to enjoy our Rotary Rose Parade Float in the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Years Day (BNR gave money to support the float), where we are featuring Rotary International President Barry Rassin and his wife Esther.  We are number 51 entry and roughly in the center of the Parade.
 
Merry Christmas!
Choir director Jack Bertrand accompanied by a mixed group of young men and women delighted present Rotarians with classical and jazz adaptations of Christmas Carols. The group composed of sopranos, altos, tenors, and baritones dedicates even up to 20 hours a week in music classes, rehearsing for band and choir performances. "They are very talented and dedicate much of their time improving their skills!" announced director Bertrand. What a pleasant and seasonally "tuned" program to open this 2018 Christmas Holiday!
350 baskets donated! Bakersfield North Rotary members, with the help of many volunteers from Standard Middle Schools, Bakersfield Police Department, Bakersfield Sheriff Department, and many others distributed 350 Thanksgiving meals to those in need. Each meal fed a family of 4 with turkey, peas, corn, pumpkin pie, and more! Why we do it? it is service above self!
August 28, 2018
 
Dear BNR Member,
 
You are cordially invited by the Administration to join in a meeting of the Families to break bread, savor Italian vintages, and enjoy entertainment from the old country.  The DONs and DONNAs of Bakersfield North Rotary (Wine Mafia) are hosting our annual Wine Mafia Dinner benefitting local youth charities and college scholarships for students attending North High School and Frontier High School. 
 believe that a person of your….....unique….....character qualities would be fitting at our dinner of sophistication.  So, we would be honored if you would humble us by sponsoring  attending our summit.  In fact, when you consider the company, the food, the wine, and the cause, we are sure you will find that this decision is no decision at all.  Make Us an Offer We Can’t Refuse!
Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Contact our club for more details
Password: “Swim with the Fishes”
 
With all respect,
 
DON Jacob Panero
 
“A Lawyer with wine in his briefcase is more dangerous than a hundred made guys with tommy-guns!”
                                                                                                -DON Dan Panero
Have you registered for the 2018 District 5240 Conference in Bakersfield yet?  If not, time is running out! The conference will be held October 5-6, 2018, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Bakersfield.

Reserve your room at the conference hotel by SEPTEMBER 10th to get the special convention rate of $99 per night.
 
Reasons to attend:
  • Human trafficking is a criminal enterprise active in our district. You as an individual, your club, and our District can bring together organizations and local governments to stop human trafficking. Rotary is prepared to take on this challenge, so join us and learn what you can do.
  • Can we successfully wage peace? Find out from someone who is literally on the front line. Hear how we can progress towards peace and be a key participant in moving this Rotary Focus Area forward.
  • Rotarians around the world are steadfastly united in the effort to eradicate polio.  Join us at the conference and together we’ll raise a glass at Temblor Brewing Company toward the elimination of this deadly disease. We are not done eradicating this horrible disease and we won’t rest until we are done.
  • Take a very short, fun walk and have a pajama party with DG Sandi. Earn some pastries, coffee, and share a fun morning with your fellow Rotarians.
  • Get “In the Mood to Inspire” at the Rotary Foundation Gala with an al fresco dinner and dance to the big band sound of Foster Campbell and Friends.
  • Project exposition and vendor fair.
  • Concurrent New Generations Conference.
  • Fun! Friends! Fellowship!
The Conference will provide you with actionable ideas and new friends to make the world a better place.
 
There are opportunities to be recognized as a sponsor throughout the entire conference.
 
See you there!
“A leap of faith was my transition from Newport Beach to Tehachapi!” Jim Arnold opened his presentation about Triassic Winery located in Tehachapi. Triassic Vineyard takes the name from the type of soil which grapes grow from: soil formed millions of years ago, during the Triassic period, and surfacing at one point in the history of the earth due to a powerful earthquake. This soil gives certain characteristics to the wine. “Tehachapi is working toward being recognized as a unique wine region with American Viticultural Area which will allow specific regional labelling!” announced Jim with excitement.
"Rotary takes ordinary people and gives them extraordinary opportunities to do more with their lives than they ever dreamed possible," said newly elected District Governor Sandy Schwartz quoting Rotarian Sir Clem Renout. Sandy, a retired nurse, visited our club to inspire all of us. "My message is Retention, Retention, Retention. Keep members engaged with a dynamic club," Sandy expressed during her presentation. Her vision for this year is to increase membership and challenge current members to participate in more life-giving service opportunities. 
We look forward to an exciting year as Sandy directs our District: “How many of you feel they give more to Rotary than they receive back?" she asked during her speech. Of course, nobody raised their hands as proof of how amazing  is to be a Rotarian! Best wishes Sandy.
She gave Outstanding Service awards to Cathy Bennett for her service to the Foundation, Ira Cohen for his efforts with the two Interact Clubs and Greg and Mary Bynum for their significant contributions to make the Dinner at the Derby a success.  As a gift for the District Governor’s visit, the BNR board voted to give $500 to End Polio Now in Sandi’s name. Ten members generously added $100 each to make the total $1,500. 
The first meeting was well attended by members and guests from the other 5 clubs in Bakersfield. The new presidents from the 5 clubs included: Amy Smith, Twilight; Ron Nelms, Breakfast; Amada Frank, East; Kevin Burton, West; and Ray Watson, Downtown.  Other guest included Fred Missono, West; Jackie Jans, West (Chief of Staff for Sandi Schwartz District Governor 5240); Nancy Pollard, East (President elect); Chris Naftel, 2018-19 President of the Tehachapi club; and First Lady, Lee's wife Marvis.  Carol Cohen also attended the meeting. The new board of directors was introduced and each member presented with a chair designation rotary pin. The new RI banner “Be the Inspiration” and the theme poster “Service Above Self is not Rocket Science” were introduced to the club. Lee said he was honored to wear a Rotary shirt donated to him by Steve McCalley (A shirt Steve wore when he was president in 1997-98).  Reed Adamson guessed who the donor was and his first fine will be waived as a reward.
 
 
 
Meeting Responsibilities
March 26th, 2019
Greeter
Cohen, Ira S.
 
Invocation
Hessler, Capt. Kirk
 
 
Speakers
Adam Alvidrez
Mar 26, 2019 12:00 PM
Chevron STEM programs
Wade Nomura
Apr 02, 2019 12:00 PM
Past District Governor
Dark for Dinner at the Derby
Apr 09, 2019 12:00 PM
Mike Stephanovich
Apr 16, 2019 12:00 PM
Wine Law #1
Jeff Hout
Apr 23, 2019 12:00 PM
Kern County Search and Rescue
Lucas Dobrzansky
Apr 30, 2019 12:00 PM
Kern Athletic Fencing Foundation
Dark for Cinco de Mayo
May 07, 2019 12:00 PM
Dignity Health
May 14, 2019 12:00 PM
Stroke Awareness
Edwin Camp
May 21, 2019 12:00 PM
SIGMA in relation to the AG industry
Dark for Memorial Day
May 28, 2019 12:00 PM
Craft Talk
Jun 04, 2019 12:00 PM
Demotion
Jun 25, 2019 12:00 PM
 
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