Thanks to his week's correspondent:
Leslie Golich
Invocation – Brad Hannick
Flag Salute – Sue Benham
Song – Ray Karpe
Sargent at Arms – Ben Taft filling in for Justin Lealand
Roving Mic’s – Jessie Lopez and Andy Barkate

Visitors & Guests 

Kevin Bartl, guest of Roland Maier

Good News & Announcements

  • Andrae Gonzalez announced the Grand Opening of the new David Nelson Pocket Park located at 1511 Niles Street. The event will be on October 26th at 10:00 am.  The park is named in honor of David Nelson, BPD Officer killed in the line of duty.
  • Mike McCoy announced 4 Ribbon Cuttings this week at the Museum, celebrating the restoration of 4 buildings on the property.
  • Ben Taft announced a new way for Downtown Rotarians to mix and mingle after work hours.  The first Pop Up Party will be held at the home of Rogers Brandon on October 25th from 5:30 – 7:30. The first 25 Rotarians that sign up get to go.  If you miss out on this one, be on the lookout for the next Pop Up Party.
  • President Ray presented Garro Ellis with his People of Action Award from our District Governor


El Porvenir, Virtual Clean Water Project presented by Steve Sanders, Sue Benham, Bob Burdett and Jeff Gutierrez
Our Club has supported this project in Nicaragua for the last several years.  Nicaragua is the 2nd poorest County in the Western Hemisphere. Our first visit was in 2013 and the project was to build accommodations so that residents could take showers using clean water and it also provided clean water for washing clothes. This location in Nicaragua has special meaning for our Club as it is a place that had been visited by Wendy Wayne. 
The way that El Porvenir works is that the residents in the community must participate in the labor of building or constructing the projects.  During the second visit, our group, along with the village residents built latrines.  The cost to build the latrines is about $500 each.
All who presented today would agree these opportunities were indeed life changing.
Due to the current political unrest in the Country, it is no longer safe to travel to the area.  Therefore, President Ray is asking that we support them financially.  The goal is to raise approximately $12,000 to build 30 or so latrines for the 83 residents in the nearby village. 
President Ray assured the group that he is comfortable in providing monetary support and that the money will go directly to the building projects and will not get siphoned off by the corrupt government.  El Porvenir has an office in Denver which is where the money will be sent and then directed to the project.
Please consider donating to this most worthy cause.

Photos by Girish Patel

Toni Dougherty wasn't wearing her newbie name tag, the future president, Colleen McGauley looks a little embarrassed for her.

The dedication plaque with a tribute to Wendy Wayne.
This week's Spoke hero, Leslie Golich, with Mark Pafford.
Jeff Johnson, wearing his El Porvenir shirt proudly, stands next to two other veterans of Nicaragua, President Ray, and Steve Sanders.
Jeff "Machete" Gutierrez says "We ain't afraid of no rebels".
Lodgings were made bearable due to the proximity of the bar.
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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