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The Rotary Club of Bakersfield Breakfast
February 3, 2021
From the President
Thank you Temo and Dan for the great in-person experience this morning with technology, we were able to see all the Zoomer on the big screen and they could see/hear us and we hear them. I am sure it will continue to get better.
Don't forget the Super Bowl party on Sunday at Jackie's house and save the date for the all club lunch March 4th at 11:45. The speaker is Craig Needham who grow up with his mother in an Iron Lung. It will bring you to tears as it did me.
See you next week at Skyline or on Zoom.
Your Pres.   
Wooldridge's Words
A day removed from Groundhog Day I am kind of thinking this year Punxsutawney Phil coming out of hibernation is doing more than just revealing that there are six more weeks until Spring. I believe this little groundhog is also predicting only six more weeks until we get out of this COVID funk allowing us to meet in person. Then we can convert to our Bakersfield Breakfast Rotary meeting in-person at Yard House for our morning breakfast norms. Well, we will see. Until that time President David Spalinger is kind enough to allow us to take up meeting space for our Wednesday morning meetings at his business, Skyline Cabinets. Thanks, Prez. We would also like to shout out a special thanks to Dan Johnson and Temo Lopez for setting up all the sound and audio-visual needs so that our meeting provided video and sound needs for the morning’s attendees and those that visited via ZOOM. By the way, whoever was responsible for arranging the three floor heaters to be set up near our tables to keep us toasty, I am your biggest fan.
Past President Jerry Starr started things off with our Invocation asking for blessings for our first responders as well as our political leaders. President Dave really gave Jerry double duty as Jerry and Past President Carol Smith were drumming up raffle ticket sales. Past President Denise Haynes led us in singing America the Beautiful.
Past President Cheryl Scott had the pleasure and the qualifications to introduce our Featured Speaker, Golden Empire Transit CEO Karen King. Cheryl, a Golden Empire Transit alumnus, tells us Karen King presides over GET with a vast amount of previous job experience which she obtained during her lengthy career in public transportation services prior to her arrival in Bakersfield. As Karen took the stage via Zoom, she shared that at GET they are focused toward the future and there is light at the end of the tunnel…, they just have to find the tunnel.
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Maxwell Ranch
Feb 07, 2021 2:30 PM
PETS (Pres. Elect Training Seminar)
Mar 05, 2021 – Mar 07, 2021
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May 28, 2021 7:00 AM –
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Jun 12, 2021 – Jun 16, 2021
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Meeting Duties
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Williamson, Jason
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Wooldridge, Frank
Flag Salute
Wilmot, Mindy
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
Ashcraft, Chelsea
February 24, 2021
Blunt, Darin
Bender, Dale
Flag Salute
Bensusen, Connie
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
Black, William
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Rotary Club of Bakersfield Breakfast