Thanks to his week's correspondent:
Jorge Barrientos

Spoke Profile:

Jorge Barrientos
Jorge Barrientos is the director of marketing and public relations at Chain | Cohn |Stiles law office. He serves on board of directors for a variety of community organizations including The Hub of Bakersfield, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (Kern County Chapter), and Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Business Education Foundation. When he’s not working or serving our community, you can find him traveling the world (pre-COVID) with his wife Carla and their 2-year-old son Julian.
Invocation: Sam Newland
Flag Salute: Ray Watson
GUESTS: Traco Mathews,  Chief Program Officer at Community Action Partnership of Kern (CAPK)


1)      Ken is back! …: … and feeling much better. He sends his thanks to everyone who checked in, particularly Jim Damian with the stalker-like daily messages. Please stay safe out there. As President Ken said: “The struggle is real.”
2)      Welcome Pat Paggi: One of the newest members of Downtown Rotary.
3)      Give Big Kern: The nonprofit and Jim Burke Ford are teaming up. Test drive a Jim Burke vehicle on Dec. 4, and $25 will be donated to Give Big Kern. Visit jimburkeford.com for more information.
4)      Bell Ringing: The annual Salvation Army fundraiser takes place next Friday. To volunteer, please contact Mike McCoy, Pat Collins, Andrae Gonzales, Ben Taft, Jeff Johnson, or Ben Stinson.
5)      Retraction: It was egregiously and erroneously reported that new member, Molly Bussaca, graduated from USC. She, in fact, graduated from UCLA.
Speaking of Ben Taft, he is offering up an alternative to bell ringing:
December 11th 2020
3 to 5 PM... Or a little later.... 2 hour window
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Covid Style
“Drive by” Birthdays, Anniversaries, Graduations you name we have learned how to “drive by” celebrate it.... Now just in time for the Holidays you can :Drive by” the Taft house and drop off a Check made Payable to The Salvation Army
7801 Buena Tierra Court   -   93309
December 11th 3 to 5 PM
Collection techniques include but are not limited to:
  • Pool leaf skimmer basket with pole
  • 5  MPH  Drop and Dash TM
  • The Paper Check Toss
  • Paper Airplane check
All donations come with a Thank You and a 10 pound bag of Oranges*
NO Bounce House – NO Slip & Slide (aka Hip Breaker)
Single Serve beverages will be available
This is not  Super Spreader event.
Call Ben 661-978-9044 if you are interested in NOT Ringing a bell but helping collect checks for the Salvation Army.
*While supplies last
COVID CONNECT:                                               
President Ken presented a literal COVID Connect, in which he shared that he had a fever for 9 days. He also gave us a sneak peek at his medicinal regimen, and his football throwing skills while fully dressed in PPE. To quote Ken: “I felt like a mack truck ran me over.” Again, be safe out there.
We were joined by Kelly Damian – writer, high school English teacher, community activist, and wife of sergeant at arms Jim Damian – who spoke about Rotary’s “ultimate mission” (to quote Rotary International President Barry Rassin) in tackling climate change and protecting our environment, and how we can approach that mission here in Kern County by bringing water through the Kern River in Bakersfield. Doing so, Kelly argues, will recharge the groundwater, prevent unnecessary deaths by drownings, beautify our city, and much, much more. “It’s foundational to life, our business, our community, and ag, but it’s also foundational for the people who live here. We should no longer accept this dry scar that runs through our city. It’s not an either-or proposition.” She encourages Rotarians to visit the “Bring Back the Kern” website (bringbackthekern.org), whose mission it is “to restore a reliable flow of water to the 10 miles of Kern River that runs through Bakersfield. The riverbed is dry not just because of seasonal conditions, but rather from decades of business deals that have left the citizens of Bakersfield in the dust.”
Some more reading on the topic: 
The part of the Kern that occasionally flows through Bakersfield is way more safer to swim in that the section from Hart Park and above.
Millennial Kenny shared what the phrase "The Struggle is Real" means. The illustration above represents the reality of that statement.
The usual gang was all there.
Well wishes from Jim Damian to president Ken... muted by self serving interest.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Dick Porter
December 3
Jim Blom
December 3
Mary Trichell
December 4
Shawn P. Kelly
December 9
Thomas Hoffmann
December 9
Doug Pierce
December 13
Diane Duquette
December 15
Mike "Willieboy" Willis
December 16
David Oliver
December 19
Bob Allison
December 20
John B. Bentley
December 20
Ed Western
December 24
Lynnette Zelezny
December 25
Jerene Battisti
December 29
Spouse Birthdays
Pragati Patel
December 15
Carrie Leland
December 30
Jim Baldwin
Brenda Baldwin
December 5
Rogers Brandon
Esther Brandon
December 15
Jon Sampson
Jennifer Sampson
December 18
David Oliver
Phyllis Oliver
December 28
Join Date
Anthony Galagaza
December 1, 2019
1 year
Kurt Wingate
December 2, 1999
21 years
Mary Trichell
December 3, 1998
22 years
Edward R. Paine
December 5, 1996
24 years
John I. Kelly
December 5, 1963
57 years
Sheryl L. Barbich
December 5, 1987
33 years
John M. Brock
December 8, 1977
43 years
Mary Barlow
December 11, 2014
6 years
Rob Noriega
December 14, 1989
31 years
Diane Duquette
December 16, 2004
16 years
Mike Allen
December 28, 1995
25 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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