Thanks to his week's correspondent:
Mike Willis
We're meeting at CALM this week at 5:30 PM for drinks and heavy Hor d hourves. Bring the kids and friends because we'll have full access to the light show!
Invocation: Bryan Burrows
Flag Salute: Nick Ortiz
Song Leader: Justin Leland
Sheryl Barbich announced some fun events happening at the Kern County Museum. Lamplight Tours on December 9th from 4pm - 8pm and The Lori Brock Christmas on December 16 from 1pm - 3pm.
Garro Ellis announced that the Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Clinic is still looking for people to adopt a family in need for Christmas.
President Steve announced a new program called the Wall of Shame. For Rotary members appearing in print for one reason or another without their Rotary pin. This week those receiving the $25 fine are:
Jon Sampson & Andrae Gonzales
John Brock
Dave Plivelich
Steve Sanders and Nick Ortiz gave a quick pitch for thew Holiday of Lights at CALM. They told the story of Rotary member Stan
 Eschner, then the director of CALM, seeing a similar program 15 years ago and bring the concept back to CALM.


Nick Ortiz, President and CEO of the Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, gave an update on the happenings of the Chamber.
The Chamber rolled out a new project – the 2017-2018 BizClimate Survey. The survey is envisioned as an annual effort to get feedback and insight from Chamber members on their perspectives on the local economy, the regulatory environments they face and what support they need to ensure they have a qualified and productive workforce.
Here are just a few of the findings:
  1. Top three benefits/strengths of doing business in Kern County: Business climate/local government policies, Proximity to customers, climate.
  2. Top three challenges of doing business in Kern County: Employee Recruitment, Business Regulations, Healthcare Costs
Employers responded that while Kern County had workforce development and educational programs aligned with their needs, they noted that they did not have enough capacity to meet their needs.
Kern County voters do not like taxes, unfortunately many improvements are shot down without a way to fund them.
The takeaway was that the Chamber will work diligently to improve education workforce development, improve the external image of Bakersfield and Kern County and raise awareness of the need for public safety sales tax measures.

Visitors and guests:

(Note, please write the name of your guests clearly on the sign in sheet, this week, Rotarians can make their own guesses.)
You'll now pay $25 for your 15 minutes of fame in the media.
Ray Karpe poses with the genius behind CALM's Holiday of Lights, Stan Eschner.
Where's Justin Leland's other hand? Jeff Gutierrez's face says it all.
Colleen McGauley announced that they just signed on 14 new advocates for 43 CASA kids. Awesome news Colleen!
Nick Ortiz is doing a great job for the Chamber of Commerce. Proving that not all Millennials are underachievers!
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Dick Porter
December 3
Jim Blom
December 3
Mary Trichell
December 4
Shawn P. Kelly
December 9
Thomas Hoffmann
December 9
Doug Pierce
December 13
Diane Duquette
December 15
Mike "Willieboy" Willis
December 16
David Oliver
December 19
Bob Allison
December 20
John B. Bentley
December 20
Ed Western
December 24
Spouse Birthdays
Pragati Patel
December 15
Carrie Leland
December 30
Jim Baldwin
Brenda Baldwin
December 5
Rogers Brandon
Esther Brandon
December 15
Jon Sampson
Jennifer Sampson
December 18
Join Date
Brooke Antonioni
December 2, 2010
7 years
Kurt Wingate
December 2, 1999
18 years
Mary Trichell
December 3, 1998
19 years
Edward R. Paine
December 5, 1996
21 years
John I. Kelly
December 5, 1963
54 years
Sheryl L. Barbich
December 5, 1987
30 years
John M. Brock
December 8, 1977
40 years
Mary Barlow
December 11, 2014
3 years
Rob Noriega
December 14, 1989
28 years
Diane Duquette
December 16, 2004
13 years
Sheryl Chalupa
December 27, 2001
16 years
Mike Allen
December 28, 1995
22 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 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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Upcoming Events
CALM Christmas Evening
Alfred Harrell Highway
Dec 07, 2017
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Stars White Christmas
BMT Stars Theatre
Dec 14, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Dec 21, 2017
Dec 28, 2017
Officers & Directors
Club Service
International Service
Community Service
Youth Services
Membership Chair
Public Relations
Awards Chair
Rotaract Advisor
RYLA Coordinator
Waterman Foundation
Spoke Editor
Executive Secretary
Youth Service
Interact Advisor
R.I. President

Ian H.S. Riseley  
Rotary Club Of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia

District 5240 Governor

John Weiss  
Morro Bay

Group Representative

Tim Trujillo  

Bulletin Editor
Mike "Willieboy" Willis
Russell Hampton

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