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April 28, 2021
HIP HIP HOORAY!!!!!!!!!  Our Clubs signature event is a go for 2021. Thousand Flags will occur at The Park At Riverwalk May 29-May 31.  It will be bare bones with Flags, an Info Booth and perhaps flag ceremonies on Monday. 
All hands are needed for set up, take down and to staff the info booth all day, all 3 days.  Shifts are 3 hours in most cases with a couple of 1 hours and a couple of 2 hours. 
Text or call or email Denise Haynes with your requested shift(s).  First come, first served.
You don't have to sign up for set up or take down on Saturday between 7am - 10 am or Monday 4 pm - 6 pm, just BE THERE!
BBRC a Rotary Peace Club? - You bet!
I had the pleasure of attending District Training Assembly a few weekends ago. While attending the PRLS session “Rotary: Then and Now,” Past District Governor Wade Nomura provided us with an elevator pitch for Rotary: “Rotary is an organization of business and professional persons united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.”
I heard the word PEACE a lot that weekend. Another workshop I attended was Peace Service led by Fergal McCarthy who is the Peace Programs Manager at Rotary International.
He explained that peace is really the cornerstone of all that Rotary does and all that Rotary stands for. “Peace is more than just the absence of violence. Peace is ensuring there is justice for all.” We see justice served in our causes – in our Areas of Focus and our Avenues of Service. Through our contributions to Rotary International and through our service projects, we fight disease; we provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene; we assist mothers and children; we support education; we grow local economies; we will protect the environment (our newest area of focus), and these all lead us to promote peace.  
Our motto Service Above Self shows our peacebuilding capacity.
And let us not forget the power of the Four-Way Test whose four questions incorporate the peace principles of integrity and respect.
District 5240 has made a commitment to be a Rotary Peacebuilder District. The Peacebuilder Club program is designed to enhance Rotary International’s mission through the promotion of programs and projects that align with the Areas of Focus and Avenues of Service. Things we already do. As we know, these programs enhance not only communities globally, but also people right in our own backyard.
Peacebuilding is about people-building and community-building. When we improve the human condition, we build peace.
Bakersfield East Rotary has recently accepted the challenge of becoming a Peacebuilder Club and member Fernando Aguirre has encouraged local clubs to do the same. It is actually a very easy process. I would very much like to see us become a Peacebuilder Club. This is something I would be honored to take on and I have enlisted Cheryl to the cause. One of the requirements, and there are only four, is to develop a Peace Committee. If you are interested, you can talk with me or Cheryl.
Together, we can change the world.
Mindy's Musings
Thank you to Frank Wooldridge for allowing me to write the newsletter this week. It seems appropriate since this was the first in-person meeting I have attended in a very long time. Such a long time, in fact, that I was not prepared to take notes. Thanks to President Dave for bailing me out with a legal pad. Should I just fine myself $10 now?!
I was not the only one ill-prepared for the meeting. Pat Thompson was slated to do the invocation. (I would not have thrown Pat under the bus, but he later fined himself $30 for the fumble). Past President Cheryl Scott came through in the clutch and delivered an impassioned invocation. Yes, Cheryl, we do have much to be thankful for.
Frank Tripicchio led us in the flag salute while Chelsea Ashcraft led us in a spirited rendition of “If You’re Happy and You Know It.” Hooray!
Thank you to Jerry Starr for being the greeter (and for selling me the winning ticket – more on that later).
Welcome, again, to Visiting Rotarian Chuck Canada from Niles/Fremont Club (watching on Zoom), and to Chelsea’s hostage, guest…daughter (those were Chelsea’s words; I just reports ‘em as I sees ‘em). Nick joined his bride, Teresa Ramos-Alvarez, for today’s meeting, as well.
Upcoming Speakers
May 05, 2021 6:45 AM
The Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra
The Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra
May 12, 2021 6:45 AM
Toastmasters and the Rotary/Toastmaster partnership
May 19, 2021 6:45 AM
The Life and Trials of the Gentleman Pirate, Major Stede Bonnet
May 26, 2021
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Temo Lopez
May 10
David Spalinger
May 15
Peter Leveroni
May 22
Kenneth Quarnberg
May 29
Patrick Paggi
May 20
Pat Thompson
Karen Thompson
May 26
Stephanie Baker
May 28
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Upcoming Events
District Rotary Foundation Recognition Event
Virtual Event
May 07, 2021
Thousand Flags - It is on!
The Park at Riverwalk
May 28, 2021 7:00 AM –
May 31, 2021 12:00 PM
Rotary International Convention
Virtual Event
Jun 12, 2021 – Jun 16, 2021
District Conference
Ventura Marriott Hotel
Oct 08, 2021 – Oct 10, 2021
BBRC Wine, Place, and Show Fundraising Party
Luigi's Warehouse
Nov 13, 2021 6:00 PM
Meeting Duties
May 5, 2021
Walker, Neil
Wilmot, Mindy
Flag Salute
Simmons, Nick
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
Singh, Bani
Ashcraft, Chelsea
May 12, 2021
Black, William
Blunt, Darin
Bell, Jeffrey
Flag Salute
Baker, Stephanie
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
Wooldridge, Frank
May 19, 2021
Bensusen, Connie
Bender, Dale
Burke, Thomas
Flag Salute
Bryant, Harry
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
Buoni, Marianna
June 2, 2021
Duerksen, William
Desme, Greg
Collup, Athena
Flag Salute
Goodmon, Bree
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
Guerard, John
Russell Hampton
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