Thanks to his week's correspondent:
Molly Busacca
Today’s meeting was off site at the CSUB Multipurpose Room at the Residence Hall
Invocation:  Jeff Gutierrez
Flag Salute:  Jim Damian
Song:  Bea Barmann
Guests:  Mike Chertok – Stilan Kirov, Holly Arnold.  Jeff Gutierrez – Cristina Camacho.  Kristin Watson – Aaron Wan.  Win Eaton – Sandy Corral.  Molly Busacca – Tonya Sterling.  Dr. Lynnette Zelenzy – Martin Vector.  Steve Loyd – Chris Clements.  
A Croc eating a Croc. Hilarious.
National Park Highlight:  Everglades National Park was established in 1947.  It is the 3rd largest national park and is the only place where the American alligator and American crocodile live together. 
Please RSVP TODAY to Mary to staff@bakersfield-rotary.com for this week's Margarita Party at the Barbich household (3801 Claremont). We don't want to run out of tacos, and conversely, we don't want to waste a small village's worth of food either. Mike Willis will still probably bring a Tupperware container. 
Mary will order the food on Tuesday.
There will be no meeting during the day- this is the meeting... be there.
  • Mary Castaneda
Paul Harris Fellows:
  • Bill Lever and Scott Hamilton were recognized for their contributions that give them the distinction of being Paul Harris Fellows.
New Rotarian Inductees
Dr. Zelenzy inducted our two newest members of the club.  They are both rising stars at CSUB and will bring great value to  the club.  
  • Dr. Vernon Harper, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Dr. S. Aaron Hegde, Department Chair Professor of Economics
Good News
  • Mike Chertok - Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra has a concert on Saturday.  The infamous conductor, Stilian Kirov and Executive Director Holly Arnold were at lunch with free tickets in hand!
  • Jeff Gutierrez – introduced Cristina Camacho, the director of Big Kern, who announced that $385,000 was raised this year which was comprised of 2400 donors.
  • Sheryl and Lou Barbich donned their “UCLA themed” sombreros to remind everyone of the “Margarita Meeting to be held at their home this Thursday, May 12th, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.!
Jeff Gutierrez introduced today’s speaker, Bob Matthews, Business 
Bob Matthews, aka The Oracle of Shafter, gave a rousing presentation on the merits of the City of Shafter.  First up some great factoids about what Shafter has in its city limits:
  • Home to Wonderful Industrial Park (WIP)
  • Minter Field 
  • 3rd of July Fireworks Show (because they could not get the fireworks on the 4th one year so it became their “thing”)
  • Fastest DMV in Kern County
Bob considers himself a “connector” and he has used his prior banking experience, gregarious personality, and love of Kern County to promote Shafter.  There is a lot of exciting development going on in Shafter including housing, retail and industrial development.  They are looking for businesses to come into the city to provide medical, restaurants, and other shopping opportunities.  And the former Shafter Prison is a perfect opportunity for some creative entrepreneurs to take advantage of this very, very secure space for a business.  One suggestion has been a “pints and prison” brewpub (genius idea) since there is ample space to sleep off the effects if the patrons imbibe too much.   Shafter is flourishing and has gotten even more attention due to its geographical position as the exact center of California – which makes it a hub for businesses looking to store and ship their manufactured goods.  Look for more exciting news about Shafter as it continues to grow and prosper!  And if you have land or opportunities you think might be right for the city give Bob a call!

This week's Spoke Editor Profile:

Molly Busacca
Molly Busacca owns and operates Secure Systems, a local alarm company,  along with her husband Bruce.   A Bakersfield native, she is proud Driller who went on to UCLA and graduated with a B.A. in Psychology with a Business Emphasis.  That degree has come in handy while working with her spouse, and raising their now 24 year-old triplets.  She has been involved in numerous community organizations throughout the years including the Alliance Against Family Violence, Kern County Tennis Association, American Heart Association and a plethora of school affiliated Parent & Teacher Club Boards.  Her passions include travel, reading, a daily run and eating whatever gourmet meal her husband cooks for h
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Mary Castaneda
May 5
Stan Cook
May 7
Brad Hannink
May 8
Ken Jones
May 9
Justin Leland
May 12
Sheryl L. Barbich
May 14
Andy Barkate
May 22
Dave Plivelich
May 28
Rick Montoya
May 30
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Susan Chandler
May 10
Mike "Willieboy" Willis
Nancy Willis
May 17
Win Eaton
Norma Eaton
May 21
Garro Ellis
May 23
Michael Lightfoot
Kelly Lightfoot
May 26
Girish Patel
Pragati Patel
May 28
Join Date
Ken Keller
May 9, 2019
3 years
Louis Gill
May 9, 2013
9 years
John P. Moorhouse
May 11, 1995
27 years
Bill Lever
May 13, 2021
1 year
Mark Luque
May 13, 2021
1 year
Ryan Beckwith
May 13, 2021
1 year
Jim Damian
May 15, 2014
8 years
Susan Benham
May 19, 2011
11 years
Stan Cook
May 20, 1999
23 years
Justin Leland
May 21, 2009
13 years
Sonya Christian
May 22, 2014
8 years
Douglas A. Hayward
May 24, 2012
10 years
Jon Van Boening
May 24, 1984
38 years
Geoff King
May 26, 1988
34 years
Martin Alonzo
May 27, 2021
1 year
John D. Schuler
May 29, 2003
19 years
Pete Pankey
May 30, 2013
9 years
Garro Ellis
May 31, 2012
10 years

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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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