Thanks to his week's correspondent:
Jorge Barrientos

Guest Spoke Editor Profile:

Jorge Barrientos is the director of marketing and public relations at Chain | Cohn |Stiles, personal injury and workers’ compensation law firm (former Chain Younger). He is new to Rotary this year. He also serves on board of directors for a variety of community organizations including The Hub of Bakersfield, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (Kern County Chapter), Bakersfield Museum of Art, and Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Business Education Foundation. When he’s not working or serving our community, you can find him traveling the world with his wife Carla and their 1-year-old son Julian.
Invocation: Kristen Beall Watson
Flag Salute: Anne Holdren
Song: Joe Hay


A very scary Happy Birthday (Halloween Edition) to Jeff Chandler and our fearless leader Garro Ellis.


  • Joe Hay reported the wonderful news that chemo treatment is working in his battle with cancer, and things are looking up.
  •  Jon Sampson shared that a $100,000 global grant is pushing its way through, with our district funding $18,000. He was joined by Al Patel, representing Rotary in India. 
  • Guests included Tony Ansolabehere coming to us from Bakersfield East Rotary, and Norma Eaton, wife of Win Eaton


In a history lesson that is one for the ages and behind the backdrop of the trolley station, member Mike McCoy – serving as the executive director for the Kern County Museum on this day – presented us with the story of his life, the museum, and how the two came to be destined to merge. 
McCoy came to Bakersfield via Texas. A graduate of North High School, McCoy earned his master's at Chico State and his bachelor's and Ph.D. from UC Santa Barbara. Over the years, he worked as a teacher, principal, and superintendent, and other school administrative positions. We have Mexicali’s famous margaritas to thank for him meeting his wife, coming back to Bakersfield for good, and ultimately landing the gig as executive director of the Kern County Museum.
As McCoy explained, the museum’s offerings for our community, and how one can get involved and contribute, are seemingly endless. They include:
  • Event Venue
  • Children’s Programs
  • History Lectures & Research
  • Renovations 
In fact, McCoy focused much of the presentation on the inspiring stories behind the renovation of historical buildings on the grounds, and how our community has stepped up to preserve them. They included:
  • Adventist Health Band Stand
  • Standard School
  • Undertaker Parlor (Ray Mish) 
  • Heller Costume House (Lowe’s) 
  • Carpenter Shop (Ted Little)
  • Volunteer Center (Lazzerinis) 
  • Bakersfield High School Water Tower (Alumni) 
  • Drug Store (Kaiser Permanente) 
  • Lori Brock Steam Town (Junior League, Chevron, Others)
Of course, there are ways each of us can support this gem of a museum, too. You can:
  1. volunteer
  2. adopt a building
  3. adopt a vehicle
  4. ask McCoy to see what else is needed.
Looking ahead, the museum is hoping to add a Central Valley Indian Education Center, an Army Air Corps pilots mess hall, and a Bakersfield Sound showcase.
McCoy followed the presentation with a tour of the newly renovated Transportation Exhibit, made possible by Ray Watson.
Jerene Battisti dressed in very cool Halloween attire.
Mike McCoy lubes up the vocal cords.
Jeff Chandler and President Garro work out their birthday song routine.
In a sea of frowns, Leslie Golich is a shining lamp.
The new transportation event room is really cool, compete with an original Bakersfield trolley waiting for restoration.
After the meeting, Rotarians had a chance to look around the still-in-development transportation exhibit.
Cheesy rider.
Transportation to the grave.
Timber transport, complete with solid wood spinners.
The equivalent of a modern bobcat.
Jon Sampson, with a "p", checks out the mighty Samson truck.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Lou Barbich
October 1
Jim Clark
October 2
Bryan Burrow
October 3
Horace Mitchell
October 4
Steve Loyd
October 13
Karen Goh
October 15
Jeff Green
October 18
George Granger
October 19
Steve Williford
October 24
Kristen Beall
October 27
Garro Ellis
October 31
Jeff Chandler
October 31
Spouse Birthdays
Brenda Baldwin
October 1
Signee L. Hoffman Swartley
October 19
Nikolas Boone
Mackenzie Boone
October 21
Join Date
Karen King
October 2, 2008
11 years
Ken Beurmann
October 3, 2013
6 years
Nikolas Boone
October 4, 2018
1 year
Karen Goh
October 8, 2009
10 years
Steve Sanders
October 8, 1998
21 years
Steve Chen
October 12, 2017
2 years
Ben Stinson
October 13, 1983
36 years
John Farrer
October 13, 1997
22 years
Win Eaton
October 13, 2011
8 years
Bart Hill
October 14, 1993
26 years
Jesse Lopez
October 16, 2015
4 years
Chad Tongco
October 17, 2015
4 years
Harvey J. McCown
October 17, 1991
28 years
Jon Sampson
October 17, 2015
4 years
David Denison
October 22, 2015
4 years
Jim Black
October 22, 1998
21 years
Jack Gotcher
October 26, 2006
13 years
Hal Aaron
October 27, 1988
31 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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