Thanks to his week's correspondent:
Beth Pandol

Good News & Announcements

  • Jon Sampson reminded everyone that there are still tickets available for his wife Jennifer Sampson's Theatre in the Garden at the BMOA. For tickets to The Very Ecstasy of Love, call the BMOA at  (661) 323-7219.
  • Eddy Paine somehow managed to dodge a penalty for not signing in his guest... who happens to be his father-in-law.
  • Tracy Kiser reminded us there are still tickets and tables available for our BIG Waterman Foundation fundraiser on April 20th "Havana Nights". Register by clicking here.


The “One in a Million” Bernie Herman, Downtown Rotary’s past president who now lives in Murrieta, CA, gave a heartfelt and informative presentation on living with Parkinson’s Disease. Bernie was diagnosed with the disease after retiring in 2013 as executive director of the Bakersfield Museum of Art.


After doing extensive research on his condition, Bernie learned that there are 10 million people in the world with Parksinson’s, which used to be known as “shaking palsy.” The disease is a chronic, progressive disorder of the nervous system that effects movement and will be found in one in 30 people over the age of 65. There are medical treatments for Parkinson's but they result in some unpleasant side effects and often lose their effectiveness over time, Bernie said.


Symptoms include tremors, uncontrollable movement, slowed movement, rigid muscles, impaired posture and balance, loss of automatic movements, among others.  Bernie said he learned that the cause of the disease may be genetically related but head injuries and exposure to toxins may also contribute to the development of Parkinson’s . Bernie said he accepts his condition and is living with the disease, trying to keep his lifestyle as healthy as possible with good nutrition, exercise and by continuing to do daily activities. He takes great joy in being with his three grandchildren in Murrieta.  His doctor tells him he believes that a cure will be found soon, which is good news for a Rotarian near and dear to many in Downtown Rotary.


  • Jennifer Sampson guest of Jon Sampson
  • Eddy Paine's Father-In-Law

Photos from Girish Patel

Jim Blom, Signee Hoffman and Jeff Green share a laugh.
Colleen McGauley, hamming it up with Greg Gallion, led in song for the season... Peter Cotton Tail.
BHS Hall of Famer, Josh Sherley, looks pensive as president Dave levels his fine for his new found fame.
Congratulations to new Paul Harris Fellow, Kristen Barnes.
Bernie Herman receives his CALM shirt from President Dave.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Scott E. Johnson
April 1
Duane Keathley
April 4
Joe Hay
April 4
Gary T. Friedman
April 7
Bernie Herman
April 8
Ray Karpe
April 9
Signee L. Hoffman Swartley
April 9
Jack D. Henderson
April 12
Dan Hay
April 16
Mike Braun
April 16
Jim Weddle
April 18
Michelle Chantry
April 20
Steve Roach
April 21
Tracy Kiser
April 24
Jim Damian
April 28
Spouse Birthdays
Carol Maier
April 2
Steve Illingworth
April 1
Ron Eaves
April 10
Sheryl L. Barbich
April 12
Join Date
Ed Western
April 4, 2002
15 years
John Bentley
April 7, 1977
40 years
Josh Sherley
April 7, 2016
1 year
Jarrell Epp
April 9, 1987
30 years
Joe MacIlvaine
April 11, 1991
26 years
Mike Chertok
April 14, 1994
23 years
Dan Hay
April 19, 1984
33 years
Kevin McCarthy
April 19, 2001
16 years
Jeffrey Chandler
April 22, 2010
7 years
John B. Bentley
April 22, 1982
35 years
Jeff Johnson
April 25, 1985
32 years
Joe Hay
April 25, 2013
4 years
Tom Smith
April 25, 1968
49 years
Bryan Burrow
April 29, 2010
7 years
Shawn Shambaugh
April 30, 1998
19 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 Stars Theater

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Shawn & Teresa Shambaugh
Apr 20, 2017
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
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Apr 27, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
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May 04, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Kern Machinery
May 18, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Holly Culhane
May 25, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
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Westlake Village, Sunrise

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