Thanks to his week's correspondent:
Jeff Johnson
The meeting was called to order by President Ray at 12:15 pm. 
Invocation: Jim Baldwin
Flag Salute: Sam Newland
Song: Ben Taft 
Greg Gallion introduced his replacement at Houchin Blood Bank, Galen Cline. 
Win Eaton's guest was his wife, Norma, of 21 years. 
Jim Baldwin announced the winner of Employer of the Year, Jim Damian
We celebrated George Granger ‘s  88th birthday. 
Ben Taft reminded us about the “pop-up” parties with the first scheduled for  Thursday, October 25 at Rogers Brandon’s house from 5:30-7:30 pm.  Attendance is limited to 25 so sign up now.
President Ray told us the Havana Nite fandango will be held April 13th   next year.  He also stated we collected $4,900 for our Nicaragua project last week and thanked Steve Sanders for the presentation. 
On a sad note, President Ray said Colleen McGauley will not be able to assume her Presidency next year due to health problems but Garro Ellis has agreed to step in her place.  We wish Colleen well.


Kristen Beall, Program Chairperson, introduced a three-member media panel:  Derek Jeffery from KGET – TV, Michelle Chantry of the Bakersfield Californian and Rogers Brandon from American General Media to discuss the changes, challenges, and opportunities facing our local media leaders.
Reach of the industry:  The panel indicated local media still has considerable reach: Bakersfield television market is number 122 out of 210 in the country.  Newspaper reaches 30,000 households.  Radio 650,000 listeners.
Innovations.  Automation and consolidations have had a significant impact.  KGET now employs 70 versus 150 a few years ago due to the consolidation of functions such as accounting, engineering, etc.  The Californian has technology streamlined news production and the use of mobile phones news reporting.  They have installed their own studio to stream news on the internet.  Radio is seeing streaming of their audio taking 20-25% share of their audience
Consolidation.   National television companies have declined from 25 to 6 today which has helped reduce costs and improve efficiency.  Unfortunately, this has come at a cost of quality, community involvement, and earlier deadlines.   Minority ownership of radio has expanded the number of stations with Spanish language stations dominating now.   With the addition of social media, there are fewer credible voices in the news today.
Benefits to the community.  Local news sources provide better local news content, immediacy and a better sense of community.  Local columnists personalize news.
After several questions, the meeting was adjourned at 12:00 pm.
Mike McCoy and Steve Gallion show off their amazing facial hair.
Dave Whelden and Stan Cook share a laugh.
Ken Beurmann and Josh Shirley.
Derek Jeffery from KGET and President Ray.
Jim Damian- Employer of the Year. Feels good.
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
Join Date
Karen King
October 2, 2008
10 years
Ken Beurmann
October 3, 2013
5 years
Karen Goh
October 8, 2009
9 years
Steve Sanders
October 8, 1998
20 years
Steve Chen
October 12, 2017
1 year
Ben Stinson
October 13, 1983
35 years
John Farrer
October 13, 1997
21 years
Win Eaton
October 13, 2011
7 years
Bart Hill
October 14, 1993
25 years
Jesse Lopez
October 16, 2015
3 years
Roland Maier
October 16, 2015
3 years
Chad Tongco
October 17, 2015
3 years
Harvey J. McCown
October 17, 1991
27 years
Jon Sampson
October 17, 2015
3 years
David Denison
October 22, 2015
3 years
Jim Black
October 22, 1998
20 years
Jack Gotcher
October 26, 2006
12 years
Hal Aaron
October 27, 1988
30 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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