Thanks to his week's correspondent:
Beth Pandol

Good News & Announcements

Sue Benham has a new granddaughter

Jeff Gutierrez gave a long explanation of why he was wearing University of Arizona gear.

Bart Hill promoted the Museum of Art's event, Art After Dark

Jim Damian introduced newest Downtown Rotary member Andre Gonzalez who was inducted into the club.


Our guest speaker was Sam Van Kopp, a military hero, who was raised in Bakersfield, attended Bakersfield High School and went to West Point. He was commissioned as a Cavalry Lieutenant where he led a platoon in Afghanistan in 2012. Van Kopp gave a compelling story of how his platoon sought out dangerous IEDs in Afghanistan and all the equipment, including Humvees and MRAPs, and strategy involved in removing IEDs to protect U.S. troops. Their job was also to support the Afghan troops so they could learn to protect themselves. Deaths to U.S. troops by IEDs far out number other causes of death, he said.  

Van Kopp described the battle that led to a critical head injury and his courageous efforts to heal. He commended the treatment he received at military hospital Walter Reed for helping to get him back on his feet. He said the captured terrorists who were involved in injuring him were released on 2014.

Van Kopp then worked for Congressman Kevin McCarthy in Washington, D.C. for two years and is about to start his second year of law school at Georgetown.


Visitors & Guests

  • Kurt Wingate hosted his wife, Stacy
  • Kristin Hagan hosted her husband, Chris
  • Ken Jones brought Joe Gregory
  • Bart Hill hosted his wife, Napier
  • Jim Damian brought Am Patel
  • John Schuler brought his sons, Cole and Brett
  • Jack Gotcher brought his grandson Jeffrey Dodge



Photos by Girish Patel:

New member Andrae Gonzales.
Rotarians posing with a true American Hero.
Jeff Gutierrez gave a long explanation of why he was wearing University of Arizona gear. Photo with Kristen Barnes.
Jim Damien with his first Paul Harris Fellowship certificate and pin, Leslie Golich with her +1 and Girish Patel with his +2. President Steve couldn't be prouder.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
John Farrer
July 1
Chad Tongco
July 2
Colleen A. McGauley
July 4
Sheryl Chalupa
July 6
John D. Schuler
July 14
Ken Beurmann
July 15
Ray W. Watson
July 15
Paul Sheldon
July 18
Jon Van Boening
July 21
Karen King
July 25
Ray Watson
July 25
Cindy Pollard
July 28
Sonya Christian
July 28
Donald M. Camp
July 29
Kurt Wingate
July 30
Spouse Birthdays
July 2
Barry Zoeller
July 16
Join Date
Paul Sheldon
July 13, 2000
17 years
Dave Whelden
July 14, 1988
29 years
Jim Weddle
July 16, 1987
30 years
Kristen Barnes
July 21, 2016
1 year
Steve Illingworth
July 21, 2005
12 years
Steve Williford
July 21, 1994
23 years
Larry E. Reider
July 27, 2000
17 years
Mary Castaneda
July 27, 2016
1 year
Cindy Pollard
July 28, 1994
23 years
Jordan Kaufman
July 28, 2016
1 year

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 T.L. Maxwells

Thursday @ noon
Bakersfield  Downtown
at the Museum of Art

Friday @ noon
Bakersfield East

at Bakersfield Museum of Art

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