Thanks to his week's correspondent:
Mike Willis

Call to order: Amanda Frank

Invocation: Lee Meyer

Flag Salute: Kevin Burton

National Anthem: Beautiful rendition from the young Lauren Kaff from the Boys and Girls Club

Introductions: Ron Nelms

District Announcements:

Jacque Jans, District Chief of Staff- West, announced the following:

All club Day of Service, April 6th. Stay tuned for details.

Meal Packaging Service Project, May 4

First Annual Roterac Retreat, June 8th

First ever District Social- Dodgers vs Giants, June 20th

District awards dinner & Stepdown of Sandi Schwartz, June 29th


Sylvia Whitlock

The first female president of a rotary club in history.

In 1978, the Rotary Club of Duarte violated the constitution of Rotary International by admitting women as members, Sylvia Whitlock being the first. As a result of this bold action, the club's membership in Rotary International was terminated.


The club didn't really care and changed their name to Ex-Rotary of Duarte. A lawyer in their club researched it and thought they had a good chance to overrule the ruling. From 1983-86, the Duarte Club fought the ruling all the way to the Supreme Court where they prevailed. On 4 May 1987 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Rotary clubs may not exclude women from membership on the basis of gender.

Later that year, Sylvia Whitlock became the first female club president in Rotary history. Sylvia considers Rotary to be the best vehicle she knows for humanitarian ventures in service to mankind. Some favorite club projects, while in Duarte, have included sinking water wells in Nigeria, setting up an AIDS Center in Jamaica and supporting an orphanage in Mexico. She continues to be inspired by the many Rotarians who have taken the organization to the edge of tomorrow and is committed to using the opportunity she has been given to further the cause of Rotary, in her community, in her country, and in the world.


Ken Keller guest of Jon Van Boeing

Kari Heilman guest of Mike Chertok

Stillian Kirov guest of Mike Chertok

Jerene Battisti  guest of Garro Ellis

Great turnout for the all-club meeting. I heard Downtown had north of 40 members present.
Look, Jason Cater looking at his phone during the meeting... shocker!
Keynote Speaker, Sylvia Whitlock, paved the way for women Rotarians.
Both Sylvia Whitlock and District Governor, Sandi Schwartz received standing O's.
Amanda Frank holds up a copy of Sylvia Whitlock 's book, Women Also Serve.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Patrick Collins
March 3
John M. Brock
March 4
Bob Beck
March 7
Joe Gregory
March 12
Rob Noriega
March 15
Tom Smith
March 16
Shannon Grove
March 18
Bob Burdette
March 19
Win Eaton
March 25
Spouse Birthdays
Marlene Watson
March 14
Chad Tongco
Toni Tongco
March 30
Join Date
Patrick Collins
March 3, 1997
22 years
David R. Lampe
March 6, 1986
33 years
Ken Jones
March 7, 2013
6 years
Greg Gallion
March 10, 1994
25 years
Mike Braun
March 13, 1997
22 years
Russell V. Judd
March 17, 2005
14 years
Steve Loyd
March 20, 1997
22 years
Michael McCoy
March 22, 2018
1 year
David Morton
March 23, 2006
13 years
Buzzard Busby
March 24, 2016
3 years
Ron Eaves
March 26, 1998
21 years
Bob Beck
March 27, 1997
22 years
Linda Jay
March 29, 2007
12 years
Dave Turner
March 31, 2005
14 years
Mike "Willieboy" Willis
March 31, 2016
3 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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