Thanks to his week's correspondent:
Mike Willis

In memory of Jim Weddle

The Pregame show

Invocation: Andrae Gonzales

Flag Salute: Jason Cater

Song: Signee Hoffman Swartley

Door Greeters: Diane Duquette & Ken Secor

Good News & Announcements

Sheryl Barbich went a little long on her introduction of her guest and was ready with a $10 bill when President Ray fined her for it.
It was good to see Garro "The Gimp" Ellis back with us.
Tracy Kiser shared an upcoming event called "Stories on the Sidewalk" on Saturday, February 9th, 11am - 2pm. It will be held downtown and benefits the Arts Council of Kern. The journey down Kern's past will start at the Arts Council of Kern with food and beverages. Then visitors will head out on a journey to some of downtown's most historic (and some notorious!) locations. Tickets and information can be found at the Arts Council of Kern website.
Ken Beurmann introduced his friend and new member of our Rotary (and future guest editor of the Spoke), Nik Boone.

The Program

Reverend Doctor Pastor Jeff Chandler shared some stories from his 2017 Sabbatical. But the underlying message was that we, as Americans, are just too busy. We need to take more timeouts and create a balance between work and inner contemplation. We need to recharge and refocus for the task on hand.
For his Sabbatical, he decided to study the early church reformers.
What is the Reformation?
The Protestant Reformation was the 16th-century religious, political, intellectual and cultural upheaval that splintered Catholic Europe, setting in place the structures and beliefs that would define the continent in the modern era. In northern and central Europe, reformers like Martin Luther, John Calvin and Henry VIII challenged papal authority and questioned the Catholic Church’s ability to define Christian practice. They argued for a religious and political redistribution of power into the hands of Bible- and pamphlet-reading pastors and princes. The disruption triggered wars, persecutions and the so-called Counter-Reformation, the Catholic Church’s delayed but forceful response to the Protestants.
Jeff focused his talk today on the two heavyweight reformers, Martin Luther and John Calvin. He said it was very inspirational to stand in the very place that these events took place. 
The takeaways from his trip:
  1. God used (and still does) imperfect people to achieve his will.
  2. The folks of that time were committed to the truth.
  3. The ingredients for the reformer's success included: revelation, conversion, prayer, thought, time, and hard work.


Jennifer Pitcher guest of Sheryl Barbich
Scott Thygerson guest of Russell Judd
Dana Brennan guest of Brad Hannink
Michael Lukens and Logan Belz guest of Lynnette Zelezny
Reverend Doctor  Jeff Chandler's sabbatical wanderings took him all over Europe.
Evelyn dropped by for a surprise inspection.
Brad Barnes documenting his diet.
Jason Cater with his signature hairstyle, rocks the buffet line.
From far left; Jon Sampson, Ken Beurmann, new Rotarian, Nik Boone and Jeff Chandler.
Rotarian legends and today's door greeters, Ken Secor and Diane Duquette.
Brad Hannink and his guest Dana Brennan share a photo op with Mayor Goh.
Brad Barnes, Girish Patel and David Denison.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Lou Barbich
October 1
Jim Clark
October 2
Bryan Burrow
October 3
Horace Mitchell
October 4
Steve Loyd
October 13
Karen Goh
October 15
Jeff Green
October 18
George Granger
October 19
Steve Williford
October 24
Kristen Beall
October 27
Garro Ellis
October 31
Jeff Chandler
October 31
Spouse Birthdays
Brenda Baldwin
October 1
Signee L. Hoffman Swartley
October 19
Join Date
Karen King
October 2, 2008
10 years
Ken Beurmann
October 3, 2013
5 years
Karen Goh
October 8, 2009
9 years
Steve Sanders
October 8, 1998
20 years
Steve Chen
October 12, 2017
1 year
Ben Stinson
October 13, 1983
35 years
John Farrer
October 13, 1997
21 years
Win Eaton
October 13, 2011
7 years
Bart Hill
October 14, 1993
25 years
Jesse Lopez
October 16, 2015
3 years
Roland Maier
October 16, 2015
3 years
Chad Tongco
October 17, 2015
3 years
Harvey J. McCown
October 17, 1991
27 years
Jon Sampson
October 17, 2015
3 years
David Denison
October 22, 2015
3 years
Jim Black
October 22, 1998
20 years
Jack Gotcher
October 26, 2006
12 years
Hal Aaron
October 27, 1988
30 years

Area Meetings

Tuesday @ noon
Bakersfield North

at the Petroleum Club

Wednesday @ noon
Bakersfield West
at the Stockdale Country Club

Wednesday @ 6:45 am
Bakersfield Breakfast

at the Petroleum Club

Wednesday @ 6 pm
Bakersfield Twilight

at The Mark

Bakersfield  Downtown
at the Museum of Art

Friday @ noon
Bakersfield East

at Bakersfield Museum of Art

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