Thanks to his week's correspondent:
Mike Willis
Invocation: Robin Mangarin-Scott
Flag Salute: Andy Barkate
Song: Justin Leland
Greeter: Pete Pankey
Roving Mics: Andy Barkate and Kurt Wingate

Guest Spoke Editor

Sue Benham
I recently began a new chapter as a Leisure Travel Consultant for Uniglobe Golden Empire Travel. Travel has always been my passion and I look forward to helping clients discover their travel dreams and making them come true. My husband, Herb, and I raised our four children in Bakersfield and are now experiencing the joys of grandchildren.

Good News & Announcements

  • Mary Barlow announced that Amanda Frank has joined the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office as the Director of Special Projects.
  • Kristen Watson announced that the Waterman Foundation grant applications are being accepted.
  • Robin Mangarin-Scott announced that the inaugural Mayor's Ball raised $278,000 for City Serve.
  • President Garro reminded everyone that the All Club meeting will be held at the Crystal Palace on March 5th. The next planning meeting for the Club's 100-year celebration will take place on Monday, February 24th at the Petroleum Club at 5:30 PM.
Get to know a Rotarian: Dave Oliver was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire and went on to become a pilot for the U.S. Navy. His business career included six years working for a Greek shipping company. Believe it or not, Dave and his wife chose Bakersfield as their retirement home because of its climate!
Ken Beurmann regaled the club with his report about the scintillating PETS training seminar which he recently attended. One item that caught his attention was the decline in Rotary membership in the U.S. and in our own club. Ken has proposed some creative incentives to encourage the recruitment of new members. The Downtown Rotarian who brings in the most new members will receive the coveted Sheryl Beurmann award.


Jason Cater introduced Jessica Burzlaff, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who also teaches at CSUB and established the Platform Theater Company for local foster youth. Her topic was "Love Connection: Managing Healthy Conflict in Relationships. Jessica shared a case study of a young couple experiencing the stresses of raising two young children. Communication suffers when a partner feels attacked during times of conflict, leading to the person shutting down which means nothing gets resolved. Jessica has studied the work of Drs. John & Julie Gottman, who have discussed that when one partner makes a bid for connection (to feel safe, heard), there are three possible responses: turn toward, against or away.  In times of conflict, happy and healthy couples turn toward more than away or against.
Jessica's young couple in the case study turned out to be herself and her husband, who had recently responded in a moment of conflict with words that made her feel safe and heard. Her final thoughts were suggestions to treat your partner like a friend, assume the best, handle conflict gently and learn how to repair after conflict.
Jessica closed her program by remembering her late father, John Petrini, saying that she felt his presence among his fellow Rotarians.
An animated Pete Pankey introduces his lovely wife.
Andrae Gonzales, looks like a shoo-in for City Councilman.
Pre-meeting mumble rumble.
Ken has proposed some creative incentives to encourage the recruitment of new members. For instance, bring a possible new member as a guest, and the club picks up the lunch tab.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
John P. Moorhouse
February 1
Jason Cater
February 2
Jon Sampson
February 6
Bart Hill
February 8
David Denison
February 9
Bryon Schaefer
February 11
Tom DeNatale
February 21
Stan Eschner
February 22
Jarrell Epp
February 24
Anne M. Holdren
February 26
Spouse Birthdays
Kym Plivelich
February 18
February 28
Jerene Battisti
Jerry Battisti
February 12
Join Date
Andy Barkate
February 1, 1996
24 years
Harry "Doc" Ervin
February 8, 2017
3 years
Robin Scott
February 8, 2018
2 years
Jim Clark
February 10, 1994
26 years
Myka Peck
February 15, 2018
2 years
Cathy Abernathy
February 19, 2004
16 years
Bernie Barmann
February 20, 1986
34 years
Dick O'Reilly
February 28, 1985
35 years
Ken Secor
February 28, 1963
57 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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Upcoming Events
Melanie Farmer
Feb 20, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
United Way - Mari Pérez-Dowling
Feb 27, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
All Club Meeting
Buck Owens' Crystal Palace
Mar 05, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Erin Lunn & Renee Kinzel
Mar 12, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
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