Thanks to his week's correspondent:
Mike Willis
Invocation: John Schuler
Flag Salute: Justin Leland
Song: Garro Ellis
Greeter: Randy Saunders
Roving Mic: Bill Lever

Visitors & Guests

Steve Montgomery > Jeff Johnson
Dave Cartnel > Ken Secor
Courtney Graceberg > Lizette Patterson
Rick Anthony > Mayor Goh

Good News & Announcements

Lizette Patterson's staffing firm, Cazador Consulting Group, Inc., opened a new office in Las Vegas.
Garro Ellis gave us an update on Woolworth Building sale. Seems the owners of The Moneywise Guys purchased the iconic building. Garro went on to dispell rumors that they are going to change the exterior. They are not. That they are closing the diner. They are not. That the antique mall is closing. True. That they are moving their offices there. Also true.

Sad News

Evelyn Johnson passed away
She was the first female member of our club and joined in 1958. She served the club for 57 years. Newer members may not have known her, but those of us that have been around for a while will never forget her. Her smile and positive demeanor lit up any room she walked into.


Joe Belli, Preserve Manager

This 1910 photo shows the riparian forest that lined both sides of the wide, free-flowing Kern River. The Carrier Canal (historically known as the Kern Island Canal) is visible on the bottom left. The image would have been taken from the Panorama Bluffs, looking northward. 

In decades to come, land in this photo would become a mix of agricultural, dairy, cattle grazing or feedlot, and expanded oil production.

Today it is part of the Panorama Vista Nature Preserve.


The Panorama Vista Preserve is 936.8 acres of open space in Bakersfield, California, below the Panorama Bluffs. It is owned and managed by the Kern River Corridor Endowment & Holding Co. Inc., a 501 (c) (3) public benefit nonprofit organization that was established in 1998.

The Preserve extends from China Grade Loop on the east to near Manor Street on the west and from the Beardsley Canal on the north to the top of the bluffs on the south and comprises 2 ½ miles of the Kern River.


  • To protect the historic equestrian use of the Preserve by facilitating and encouraging the continued use of the Preserve for equestrian purposes.
  • To maintain the Preserve in its natural state with large areas of dense vegetation, consisting of mature trees, shrubs, and vines and an open area of native grasses.
  • To create educational opportunities for the public, and especially the children of our community, to learn firsthand about the unique and varied animals, birds, and vegetation that exist in this setting and to encourage greater awareness and appreciation of our environment.
  • To preserve and enhance plant and animal habitats in the Preserve.
  • To provide appropriate recreational opportunities for the public.
The construction of Isabella Dam in the 1950s meant an end to natural flooding and the water table began to drop. Plantlife farther from the river began to die off with the resulting loss of wildlife habitat.
To date, 57,525 native, drought-resistant trees, shrubs, and vines have been planted on 259 acres of the Preserve.
The Endowment’s directors and staff are volunteers and rely on donations and grants to keep the preserve growing.
They provide an educational outreach program including signage, brochures, field trips, Science Day Camps, etc., for our nature deprived school children to teach them a greater awareness and appreciation of animal and plant life.
If you'd like to donate to or volunteer for the Preserve, contact Joe at:
His delivery wasn't all that dynamic, but his presentation was nonetheless fascinating.
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Russell Judd
August 3
Dave Turner
August 4
Bernie Barmann
August 5
Shawn Shambaugh
August 5
Ken Secor
August 6
Mike Chertok
August 6
Steve Illingworth
August 6
Patrick Paggi
August 8
Lyle Martin
August 9
Ashley Sodergren
August 10
Edward R. Paine
August 10
Louis Gill
August 12
David Morton
August 14
Harry "Doc" Ervin
August 18
Cathy Abernathy
August 20
Susan Benham
August 24
Morgan Clayton
August 25
Lynn Blystone
August 28
Ron Eaves
August 28
Spouse Birthdays
Jerry Battisti
August 20
Bob Burdette
August 1
Duane Keathley
Corey Keathley
August 1
Patrick Collins
August 14
Join Date
Benjamin Taft
August 1, 2016
5 years
Ray Karpe
August 2, 2001
20 years
Nick Ortiz
August 4, 2016
5 years
Bob Burdette
August 15, 2002
19 years
Jorge Barrientos
August 15, 2019
2 years
Ken Carter
August 15, 1996
25 years
Michael George
August 16, 2012
9 years
Toni Harper
August 16, 2018
3 years
Ashley Sodergren
August 20, 2020
1 year
Dick Porter
August 23, 1984
37 years
Horace Mitchell
August 26, 2004
17 years
Bryon Schaefer
August 28, 2014
7 years
Duane Keathley
August 31, 2000
21 years
Jack D. Henderson
August 31, 1967
54 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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