Speaker Date Topic
Shonna Shearson May 12, 2021 6:45 AM
Toastmasters and the Rotary/Toastmaster partnership
Toastmasters and the Rotary/Toastmaster partnership

Did you know Rotary has a partnership with Toastmasters?  Toastmasters and Rotary partner to help members grow professionally and make a difference in their communities | Rotary International

Shonna Shearson has been involved with Toastmasters International for nearly two decades. She earned the esteemed title of Distinguished Toastmaster and has served as an Area Governor along with nearly every club officer position at one time or another. She continues her membership in the Speak Up! Toastmasters Club in Bakersfield to keep her public speaking skills sharp and to give back through mentorship of others. Shonna is the Senior Vice President of Operations at Valley Strong Credit Union. She has been married to her husband, John, for 25 years; they have two grown sons. Shonna is also a Rotarian and a current member of the Rotary Club of Bakersfield Twilight.

Jeremy Moss May 19, 2021 6:45 AM
The Life and Trials of the Gentleman Pirate, Major Stede Bonnet
The Life and Trials of the Gentleman Pirate, Major Stede Bonnet

Husband, Father, Attorney, Philanthropist & Author The Life and Trials of the Gentleman Pirate, Major Stede Bonnet

Author Jeremy Moss brings to life the golden age of piracy through the vivid life story of one of the least likely, yet most interesting, pirates, Major Stede Bonnet. Using his book, The Life and Tryals of the Gentleman Pirate, Major Stede Bonnet as a backdrop, Moss re-creates the life and times of some of history’s most famous pirates, including the infamous Blackbeard.

Awash with myth-busting history, Moss tells the story of the real pirates of the Caribbean, sharing accounts of their daily life, social issues, natural disasters, political intrigues, bloody battles, and, of course, buried treasure, walking the plank, flying the Jolly Roger, pirate-speak and much more, all while lessons-learned from the research, writing and publication process

Dark - Thank you for 1000 Flags May 26, 2021
Tom Day Jun 02, 2021 6:45 AM
The Recent History of Crimea
 The Recent History of Crimea

Tom Day will cover the events leading up to Russia's 2014 annexation of the peninsula, and outline the truce called Minsk II that Putin, Merkel, and others reached a year later.

The talk will be illustrated and presented via Zoom. Mr. Day is a retired software engineer with extensive experience in Toastmasters.

Tom is a retired software engineer.  He worked on satellite control software for many years, and on the original Palm Pilot for a few. He is a New England Yankee with roots back to 1630. He's been interested in Russia, Georgia, and Armenia for fifty years. He lives with his wife in Stevenson Ranch, Santa Clarita, Los Angeles.

Jennifer Jensen, Founder and Exec Dir Jun 09, 2021 6:45 AM
Global Family Care Network
Global Family Care Network

Jennifer Jensen is the Founder and Executive Director of Global Family Care Network. She leads Global Family’s network in 9 countries with over 300 team members. Global Family’s Daughter Project is a comprehensive and evidence-based effort towards the prevention, intervention, and restoration of young victims of human trafficking and exploitation. She has lived and worked in 5 countries, spending time in many others, to develop and launch locally imagined, asset based and sustainable efforts to protect children and preserve families in at risk communities around the world. Through her efforts, almost 200,000 children have been protected through community-based clubs and over 1500 cared for in trauma shelters, restoring the vast majority with their families. She has led the development of an education for prevention platform in the USA, PreSEHT.com, the creation of a girls’ empowerment curriculum now translated into six languages, and oversees a model shelter for underage victims of commercial sexual exploitation in Kern County, California. Recently, she was appointed by the President of the United States to serve on the first ever Private Public Partnership Advisory Council to End Human Trafficking. She is married to her husband of almost 30 years, Clark, and mother to daughter, Charity, and son, Courtland. 

Jessica Mathews, Exec Director Jun 16, 2021 6:45 AM
League of Dreams
League of Dreams

Jessica Mathews is the Executive Director of the League of Dreams, an adaptive sports league for children with disabilities ages 5 to 22, and has filled this position since June of 2012. Under Jessica's leadership, the League has grown to serve over 700 athletes with disabilities in Kern County and provide 7 sports programs and growing. 

Jessica was born and raised in Bakersfield and now resides in Eastern Idaho with her family, but is still working hard for the Bakersfield community, and serving the League of Dreams and their families. Jessica also serves as the education chair and steering council secretary for Kern Alliance of Nonprofits, and is a member and past president of the Junior League of Bakersfield. In her spare time, Jessica is a student at National University working to finish her bachelor's degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management. Additionally, Jessica is working to take the CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) exam. She, her husband and 10 year old daughter love the outdoors, sporting events, and all things Disney.

To be Announced Jun 23, 2021
Dark -Demotion Time! Jun 30, 2021
Dolores Huerta Jul 21, 2021 6:45 AM



Dolores Clara Fernandez was born on April 10, 1930 in Dawson, a small mining town in the mountains of northern New Mexico. Her father Juan Fernández, a farm worker and miner by trade, was a union activist who ran for political office and won a seat in the New Mexico legislature in 1938. Dolores spent most of her childhood and early adult life in Stockton, California where she and her two brothers moved with their mother, following her parents’ divorce.


According to Dolores, her mother’s independence and entrepreneurial spirit was one of the primary reasons she became a feminist. Dolores’ mother Alicia was known for her kindness and compassion towards others. She offered rooms at affordable rates in her 70 room hotel, which she acquired after years of hard work. Alicia welcomed low-wage workers in the hotel, and often, waived the fee for them altogether. She was an active participant in community affairs, involved in numerous civic organizations and the church. Alicia encouraged the cultural diversity that was a natural part of Dolores’ upbringing in Stockton. The agricultural community where they lived was made up of Mexican, Filipino, African-American, Japanese and Chinese working families.


Alicia’s community activism influenced Dolores’ involvement as a student at Stockton High School. She was active in numerous school clubs, was a majorette, and a dedicated member of the Girl Scouts until the age of 18. Upon graduating, Dolores continued her education at the University of Pacific’s Delta College in Stockton earning a provisional teaching credential. During this time, she married Ralph Head and had two daughters, Celeste and Lori. While teaching, she could no longer bear to see her students come to school with empty stomachs and bare feet, and thus began her lifelong journey of working to correct economic injustice.

Captain Brian Schiff Aug 11, 2021 6:45 AM
Flying on 9-11
Flying on 9-11

Capt. Brian Schiff is a captain for a major US airline and is type-rated on the Airbus A320, Boeing 727, 757, 767, DC-9 (MD-80), CL-65, LR-JET, and G-V. Schiff’s roots are deeply planted in general aviation where he has flown a wide variety of aircraft. 

     He holds several flight instructor ratings and is recognized for his enthusiasm and ability to teach in way that simplifies complex procedures and concepts. He has been actively instructing since earning his flight and ground instructor certificates in 1985. Schiff also has been an FAA-designated examiner. 

     He attended San Jose State University, and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and his Masters of Science Degree in Aviation Safety from the University of Central Missouri. He regularly conducts seminars about aviation safety and techniques to student and professional pilots alike.