WEEKLY BULLETIN • JUNE 3, 2021
Thanks to his week's correspondent:
Jim Damian
 

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Jim Damian
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Garro Ellis, "the voice of someone’s generation", kicked us into high gear with a rousing rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner.  Rumor has it that Garro gave this performance extra effort because he is angling for an invitation to sing at the denauguration scheduled for later this summer in Washington, DC.  But that is just a rumor.  The claim that Garro is a world-class vocalist remains beyond dispute. 
 
After the song, the club was treated to a faux Ginger ale commercial starring our authentic Ginger President.  The video was a first-rate reminder that our club’s creative skills have officially surpassed those of the Saturday Night Live production team.  Well done!
 
 
Program expectations were high because this week’s speaker was none other than US House of Representative Minority Leader (and downtown Rotary club member) Kevin McCarthy.  
 
The program served as a rousing reminder as to why Kern County remains wildly supportive of Congressman McCarthy.   He shared candid thoughts on the economy, national security, American exceptionalism, and global affairs.   The Minority Leader’s inspirational talk bared no resemblance to the soundbites accredited to him by much of the media. 
 
Juxtaposed against the Congressman’s inspiring comments were several sobering messages. Concerns about inflation and the tactics of our nation’s foreign enemies were particularly impactful.  Clearly, we are living in unprecedented times. 
 
Congressman McCarthy’s comments were punctuated by a celebration of operation warp speed and a reminder that the success of this project is helping to end the Covid-19 pandemic.  The Minority Leader’s talk was bookended by a reminder that, despite her many imperfections, America remains the greatest country on the face of the planet.
 
The club’s outsized expectations were exceeded by Congressman McCarty’s visit and everyone was grateful for his time. 
 
Of course, the Minority Leader’s presentation was not without fireworks. The congressman, at the end of his talk, swore us all to secrecy and then revealed that the recent UFO sightings should, under no circumstance, be ignored.  C
 
Congressman McCarthy confirmed that these objects are from [REDACTED] and that their singular purpose is to [REDACTED] Congressman McCarthy advised that we should all take the immediate and simple action of [REDACTED].  Failure to follow this advice will most certainly result in [REDACTED]. Thank you for your cooperation.
 
 
For the purposes of official Congressional record keeping, there were 7,855 Rotarians in attendance.  However, that number is being disputed and an official recount is being conducted by the Cyber Ninjas.
Pastor Jeff Chandler put on his fancy dress white vestments for the McCarthy show.
President Ken showed off his new Rotary pin sporting a genuine diamond! Available soon on Ebay.
Only 3 links remain on President Ken's "Countdown Chain".
Breakfast Club's president Dave Spalinger was impressed that Congressman McCarthy knows Kurt Wingate on a first name basis.
Kevin hung out with President Ken's mom and Jon Sampson's dad.
The Rotarian blue ribbon award is definitely something Kevin will brag about with his Congress buddies, next up, The Presidential Medal of Freedom!
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Geoff King
June 4
 
Jim R. Fillbrandt
June 7
 
Rogers Brandon
June 11
 
Mary Barlow
June 16
 
Beatrice Barmann
June 21
 
John I. Kelly
June 23
 
Michael McCoy
June 24
 
Jeff Johnson
June 26
 
Spouse Birthdays
Mary Lou Secor
June 5
 
Mackenzie Boone
June 6
 
Bee Barmann
June 21
 
Megan Pierce
June 26
 
Anniversaries
Ken Secor
Mary Lou Secor
June 19
 
Doug Pierce
Megan Pierce
June 22
 
Join Date
Samy Abiaoui
June 3, 2020
1 year
 
Tom DeNatale
June 5, 1997
24 years
 
Kristin Hagan
June 9, 2016
5 years
 
Mark R. Bateman
June 9, 2011
10 years
 
Ray Watson
June 9, 1994
27 years
 
Signee L. Hoffman Swartley
June 12, 1997
24 years
 
Andrae Gonzales
June 14, 2017
4 years
 
David Oliver
June 14, 2012
9 years
 
Doug Pierce
June 15, 2017
4 years
 
Lynn Blystone
June 16, 1965
56 years
 
John Nilon
June 17, 1999
22 years
 
Mel Atkinson
June 18, 1987
34 years
 
Randy Saunders
June 18, 2020
1 year
 

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Bakersfield North

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Bakersfield Breakfast

at the Petroleum Club

Wednesday @ 6 pm
Bakersfield Twilight

at The Mark

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at the Museum of Art

Friday @ noon
Bakersfield East

at Bakersfield Museum of Art

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