Thanks to his week's correspondent:
Steve Williford

What happened last week...

This week’s meeting was opened by Past-President Pat Collins, as our former leader fired off a potato joke before leading the group in a round of prayer.
Ken Secor then took the baton and led the club in the salute of our great flag. 
Andy Barkate was next as he strolled to the podium to show off his vocal chords, as “The Grand Old Flag” was the patriotic song of the day.

good news and announcements

  • The good news started rolling when Ken Secor informed the club about a local production in which his daughter and grandson were involved.  Congratulations Ken. Sounds like a talented crew!
  • Dr. O’Reilly then delivered some good news, including the fact that he would be officially retiring from his practice.  Congrats Doc! Well-earned! Dr. O’Reilly then slipped in a plug for the Military Officers Association.  Nice work!
  • Doc Ervin was then honored with Rotary’s highest designation, as President Steve awarded the Superintendent with his first Paul Harris Fellow.  Terrific job Doc!
  • Next on President Steve’s list was Jeff Gutierrez.  Mr. Gutierrez, who was “President for the Day” a couple weeks ago apparently was overly liberal with his make-up distribution, giving President Steve some serious budget concerns!  That’s what you get for leaving town Mr. Prez!

The program:
Dick Porter - The Spud King!

Steve Sanders was this week’s Program Chair and Past-President Sanders got things rolling with a well-orchestrated video which gave the club a snapshot into the life of the very diverse and well-rounded Dick Porter. Mr. Porter, who happens to be a Rotary Past-President himself had a stint as a dolphin trainer in addition to being an accomplished musician, before finally landing on the family farm.  The rock-n-roller even signed a contract with Capital Records in his heyday, as Dick was once a member of the infamous Hollywood Vines.
Dick’s talk gave us an interesting perspective of how our own Kern County found Potatoes and became a major player in the market. Who knew!?  We learned about potato chips, French fries and even learned that carrots and oranges are a piece of cake to compared to challenges of raising  potatoes.  Jeff Green and Ben Taft – Is that true?
In the end, Dick gave us a very interesting take on the history of the potato and what it’s like to be a potato farmer.  Thanks Dick for a terrific program!

Visitors and Guests

Robin Mangarin Scott guest of Jon Van Boening
Andrea Selvey guest of Doc Ervin
Sam Newland guest of Dave Morton
Doc Ervin was then honored with Rotary’s highest designation, his first Paul Harris Fellow.
Dick Porter and President Steve pose next to "creepy Boy Scout" Luke Skywalker.
The biggest and baddest Rotary club in Bakersfield.
Setting up the introduction of Dick "Spud King" Porter. Creepy Boy Scout looks on.
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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