Thanks to his week's correspondent:
Mike Willis

Good news & announcements

  • Sheryl Barbich announced that the Kern County Museum has completed their 3rd major project (out of four). Can't wait to see the Tejon Ranch Gallery!
  • Dan Hay thanked everyone who donated and/or attended their fundraiser for the Boy Scouts. They raised $210,000! Great job!
  • Sue Benham announced that Bakersfield Memorial Hospital's brand new Children's Pavilion for Emergency Services is now seeing their first patients! Good news indeed.
  • Jon Sampson made another pitch for his wife, Jennifer Sampson's exciting new play coming to the Rabobank Theater on Friday, September 29th at 7pm. It's called "Every Good Boy Deserves Favor" and will be accompanied by the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra. It'll be a first for Bakersfield- don't miss it! (In case you're wondering about the odd name- the reasoning behind it is the first letter of each word represents the major notes EGBDF)

The Program

Speakers Matt Walsh and Abel Alvarez gave a fascinating  presentation on retail Loss Prevention. Mat and Able are loss prevention specialist at Walmart. Able is responsible for 14 Walmart stores from Bakersfield to Selma. He deals with internal (employee) loss and small time customer theft. Matt territory covers California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. He deals with more organized theft on a larger scale.
Interesting fact: The largest amount of loss (60%) is attributed employee operational errors (scanning errors, price changes, claims processing). Sometimes accidental, many times intentional. The loss could be as high as 45 billion a year in the retail industry, not just Walmart.
In a typical year 20 to 30 thousand Walmart employees are fired for theft. The most common? Grazing. This is the term for when an employee drops by the deli and picks up a snack and doesn't pay for it, again and again.
On average, here in Bakersfield, there are about 1000 shoplifters caught at each Walmart store per year. Able said that for every 1000 caught probably 3000 get away.
In an ongoing investigation Matt was involved in, a organized gang would travel around to Walmarts from state to state. Their scam was to place legitimate bar codes with low prices (cheap calculator $5) on expensive items such as bar graph calculators ($125) then buy them all up where they would most likely end up on an Amazon or Ebay store. This is called cyber fencing. The leader of this gang of these thieves lives in a 5 million dollar home.


Myka Peck guest of Brad Barnes
Joe Gregory guest of Ken Jones
Sam Newland guest of Dave Morton
Ken McDermott guest of Bryan Burrow
Don't miss this play coming to the rabobank featuring the full Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra!
Ken Jones introduces his guest and soon-to-be member, Joe Gregory.
Win Eaton started us out with thoughtful invocation. President Steve joked that we could just adjourn after that.
Speakers Matt Walsh and Abel Alvarez.
This is why I miss Garish Patel. I accidentally hit some weird setting on my iPhone, and this is the result. Congratulations to new Paul Harris Fellows, Doug Pierce (left) and Mike Mares (right). The sleek figure in the middle is President Steve.
Sue Benham announced that Bakersfield Memorial Hospital's brand new Children's Pavilion for Emergency Services is now seeing their first patients!
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Brad Barnes
September 12
Jim Cordle
September 12
Linda Hartman
September 13
Harvey J. McCown
September 14
Ken Carter
September 14
Mark R. Bateman
September 15
Jim Baldwin
September 16
Brooke Antonioni
September 17
Susan C. Hersberger
September 21
Bob Sheldon
September 25
Jack Gotcher
September 25
Hal Aaron
September 26
Charlie Moe
September 27
Spouse Birthdays
Jubes Barnes
September 21
Brad Barnes
Jubes Barnes
September 7
Jarrell Epp
September 16
Steve Sanders
September 18
Bernie Barmann
Bee Barmann
September 27
Join Date
Peter Hunt
September 3, 1998
19 years
Anne M. Holdren
September 9, 2004
13 years
Rogers Brandon
September 9, 1993
24 years
Tracy Kiser
September 10, 1998
19 years
Brad Barnes
September 15, 2011
6 years
George Granger
September 18, 2008
9 years
Charlie Moe
September 19, 2002
15 years
Shannon Grove
September 20, 2007
10 years
Dave Plivelich
September 21, 2006
11 years
Beckie Diltz
September 23, 2010
7 years
Harvey L. Hall
September 26, 1996
21 years
Ken Secor
September 28, 2006
11 years
Jeff Gutierrez
September 29, 2011
6 years
Jim R. Fillbrandt
September 30, 1976
41 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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