Thanks to his week's correspondent:
Mike Willis
Invocation: Paster Chandler
Flag Salute: Lizette Patterson

Good News & Announcements

This Pandemic threw President Ken a bone in the form of a District 5240 award for "Best Online Meeting Experience". Hopefully the first and last of this type of award. Congratulations Ken, you deserve it!
Mini Kenny finally ran out of words of wisdom, so President Ken switched to "Ginger Facts". Below are the dubious results of the research:
Mark Barnes was showing real Rotarian Spirit by wearing his Rotarian pin for a recent KGET interview.
As if President Ken's head wasn't big enough, CSUB's Dr. Zelezny thanked him for his tireless efforts as the Chair of the Ambassadors Advisory Committee. Their swag bag put the Rotarian grocery sack to shame.
Dave Morton shared some good news-bad news. The bad news is some goobers celebrated an event by releasing a bunch of mylar balloons, which in turn got ensnared in some electrical lines which blew out their transformer. The good news is they use Grapevine Technology, which saved the day and got their technology back up and running toot sweet.
Sue Benham gave the "Little Begging Ginger" his first (and probably only) gift. A bottle of BBQ sauce from her cross-country road trip with her husband Herb.
Nik Boone announced that he has a new baby girl. Congratulations Nik!
Past President Garro gave out some awards LIVE this time.
Mary Castaneda received a Certificate of Appreciation for all of her behind-the-scenes hard work.
And for some unknown reason, I won Rotarian of the Year. I'm getting a chain made for it so I can wear it around my neck Flava Flav style.

The program

Kathy Abernathy introduced Senator Shannon Grove as our speaker. Not only is she an Army vet, but she's also a Downtown Rotarian!
Probably because Shannon is a career politician, she has learned how to talk really fast. I imagine that's because a politician has to cram as much information as they can into the smallest amount of time. Think, pitching the governor on a new bill, or a news interview. So, combined with the fact I write really slow, the resulting report below may not only be inaccurate, it's definitely incomplete.
Here goes nothing:
Republicans are trying to pass a bill to find out why the governor still has emergency executive powers. When authority was given it was supposed to be for 14 days. He still ordering 400 days later!
Some stuff Dems want:
Late start for school children. Let them roll in around 8:30. That way they can stay up later playing video games and watching TikTok videos.
(Shannon didn't actually say that, but she made me think she wanted to say it.)
SB-57 is a bill that provides Safe Areas for addicts to shoot up. Taxpayer-funded, these sites will reduce the danger of injecting drugs by proving sterile needles and staff to respond to overdoses.
Dems want to pass a bill that eliminates Boys and Girls sections in retail stores. Like, it's not hard enough shopping for grandkids.
Another bill would disallow religious hospitals like Mercy and Adventist Health to work with UC Systems because of their stance against things like sterilization, sex changes, and abortions.
Regarding workman's comp, they pushed a bill through that made COVID-19 a "presumptive" disease. This means if an employee comes down with COVID, it's presumed they got it from work (without proof), therefore, they can apply for Workman's comp. Doesn't matter that they attended a maskless dinner party at the French Laundry the previous week. Republicans managed to have it amended so that it won't affect business owner's Mod rates.
Cal OSHA was weaponized under new COVID guidelines, handing out fines and sanctions like a Costco sample server.
Dems want to decriminalize hallucinogenic. Should make impaired driving interesting.
I stopped writing at this point and googled how to become a citizen of Turks and Caicos Island.
Shannon awkwardly accepts her blue ribbon for being our speaker. I'm sure it will proudly be displayed on her "brag wall".
Mingling with her constituents.
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
Spouse Birthdays
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
Kevin Pope
May 2, 2019
2 years
Jim Baldwin
May 9, 2002
19 years
Ken Keller
May 9, 2019
2 years
Louis Gill
May 9, 2013
8 years
John P. Moorhouse
May 11, 1995
26 years
Jim Damian
May 15, 2014
7 years
Susan Benham
May 19, 2011
10 years
Stan Cook
May 20, 1999
22 years
Justin Leland
May 21, 2009
12 years
Sonya Christian
May 22, 2014
7 years
Douglas A. Hayward
May 24, 2012
9 years
Jon Van Boening
May 24, 1984
37 years
Geoff King
May 26, 1988
33 years
John D. Schuler
May 29, 2003
18 years
Pete Pankey
May 30, 2013
8 years
Garro Ellis
May 31, 2012
9 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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