Thanks to his week's correspondent:
Mike Willis
Invocation: Brad Hannink
Flag Salute: Jeff Johnson
Song: Jeff Gutierrez
Roving Mics: Eddy Paine & Steve Illingworth
Greeter: Dave Turner

This day in history

In 1493 Christopher Columbus mistook this:
For this:
Must have been day drinking.

Good News & Announcements

Jeff Johnson and his team of Bell Ringers pulled off a hat trick by being the top kettle money maker for the third time in a row.

Speaking of the Kettle Drive, at Luigis, during the busy Friday lunch crowd, a gutsy Brad Barnes stood up, all 8 feet of him, and got everyone's attention. No easy feat in that madhouse. He announced that there were some Rotarians out front ringing a bell, and to put some money in their Kettle. That is all, you can go back to your pasta.


There was a last-minute shuffle in the line-up today. Apparently a person was going to talk to us about time management but forgot to put us down on their calendar. Epic fail. So, instead, we had a farewell tribute to long-time member Jessie Lopez.
After an intro worthy of Ricky Gervais by Justin Leland, Jessie got up and told the story of what lead him to become a Boy Scout leader.
Although Jessie never was a Boy Scout, after graduating college in 1991 he got a job there. He was tasked with possibly the most challenging recruitment assignment ever. He had to venture into the Eastside Salinas gang territory recruit 50 at-risk kids to go on a camping trip. Although the kids were not official gang members, they already identified with either the Crips or the Bloods. 
So Jessie and a busload of 25 Crips and 25 Blood affiliated young teens set off for camp. At first, it was touch and go. But Jessie coaxed them to work as a team and ultimately the youngsters realized that aside from their "colors" they are all pretty much alike. That was a life-changing experience for the boys and for Jessie.
He eventually arrived in Bakersfield and has had a successful term as Executive Director. So much so, he was recruited for the Executive Director role of the Pacific Islands. He will be moving to Hawaii with his family and will oversee Hawaii, Guam and American Somoa. And, of course, he'll become a Hawaiian Rotarian.
Good luck and God speed Jessie!

Next Week

Don't miss Madaline Abernathy's presentation in which she won the Individual Documentary category at the National History Day competition. She will be performing her project, The Challenger: A Tragedy that in time led to a Triumph.


Steve Hale guest of Bart Hill
Dave Turner, ready to scan.
Bart Hill treats his guest to some hearty Hodel's food.
Double Shakas from future Hawaiian Jessie Lopez and his bud Justin Leland.
The look most Rotarian presidents wear near the end of their term.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Douglas A. Hayward
January 3
Lizette Patterson
January 6
Mel Atkinson
January 6
Jay L. Rosenlieb
January 7
David R. Lampe
January 8
Pete Pankey
January 9
Larry E. Reider
January 25
Kevin McCarthy
January 26
Michael George
January 26
Buzzard Busby
January 29
Ben Stinson
January 31
Spouse Birthdays
Kelly Lightfoot
January 19
Bob Allison
January 19
Kristin Hagan
Chris Hagan
January 29
Ray Watson
Marlene Watson
January 29
Join Date
Evelyn R. Johnson
January 1, 1958
62 years
Brad Hannink
January 2, 1997
23 years
Leslie Golich
January 8, 2015
5 years
Rylan Rozell
January 10, 2019
1 year
Stan Eschner
January 10, 1986
34 years
Shawn P. Kelly
January 12, 1995
25 years
Bob Sheldon
January 15, 1987
33 years
Bob Allison
January 19, 1989
31 years
Bernie Herman
January 22, 1987
33 years
Jim Blom
January 23, 1986
34 years
Lou Barbich
January 24, 1996
24 years
Thomas Hoffmann
January 24, 2013
7 years
Ray Watson
January 26, 1984
36 years
Morgan Clayton
January 30, 1992
28 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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