WEEKLY BULLETIN • OCTOBER 22, 2020
Thanks to his week's correspondent:
Mike Willis
Invocation: Jim Damian
 
President Ken and Jim Damian started out the meeting with a recap of their trip to the Rotary "President-Elect Retreat". They brought along their trusty Sergeant-At-Arms, Jon Sampson, who turned out to be the "Hero of the Day" by managing all of the IT work that goes into a Live/Zoom meeting. Ken pointed out that not only are we the largest club in the district, but we are also the most gifted.
 
 
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Good News & Announcements

Dave Whelden announced he has put together five Team Captains for the Annual Bell Ringing fundraiser.
 
 
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Today was Ken's Anniversary, so he asked me to run this photo in lieu of a gift for his wife.
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Program

Andrae Gonzales introduced today's guest, Larry Haynes, CEO of The Mercy House.
 
Larry has been hired by the city to manage a project near and dear to Andrae's heart. It is a low barrier homeless shelter located on Brundage Lane in the old Calcot facility. They are calling it "The Brundage Lane Navigation Center".
 
The facility will provide 150 beds as well as wrap-around services for homeless adults. Those services are intended to break the cycle of homelessness in our community through on-site medical and mental healthcare, as well as job training and educational opportunities in order to lead homeless adults on a path to permanent housing.
 
What "low-barrier" means is that they are allowed to live there with their partner, and or pet. There are rules of course, but the conditions to be able to live there are minimal. They even have a place to store their most personal possessions.
 
This will not be a "walk-in" facility. Beds are available by reservations. Usually, the referrals will come from law enforcement officers. The residents will be bused in and then bused out daily. Larry didn't know where the daily drop off locations would be but said most likely they would be close to agencies that help the homeless.
 

The Mercy House website says they provide housing and comprehensive supportive services for a variety of homeless populations which includes families, adult men and women, mothers and their children, persons living with HIV/AIDS, individuals overcoming substance addictions, and some who are physically and mentally disabled.

To see photos and do a "walkthrough" of the Navigation Center, visit their website.

President Ken looked all professional on stage at the District 5240 President-Elect Retreat.
But at Ken's place at the table it was a different story.
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
 
George Granger
October 19
 
Randy Saunders
October 19
 
Steve Williford
October 24
 
Kristen Beall
October 27
 
Garro Ellis
October 31
 
Jeff Chandler
October 31
 
Spouse Birthdays
Brenda Baldwin
October 1
 
Kimberly Whealy-Kennemer
October 1
 
Anniversaries
Signee L. Hoffman Swartley
Curt
October 19
 
Nikolas Boone
Mackenzie Boone
October 21
 
Join Date
Karen King
October 2, 2008
12 years
 
Ken Beurmann
October 3, 2013
7 years
 
Nikolas Boone
October 4, 2018
2 years
 
Karen Goh
October 8, 2009
11 years
 
Steve Sanders
October 8, 1998
22 years
 
Lizette Patterson
October 10, 2019
1 year
 
Steve Chen
October 12, 2017
3 years
 
Ben Stinson
October 13, 1983
37 years
 
John Farrer
October 13, 1997
23 years
 
Win Eaton
October 13, 2011
9 years
 
Bart Hill
October 14, 1993
27 years
 
Chad Tongco
October 17, 2015
5 years
 
Harvey J. McCown
October 17, 1991
29 years
 
Jon Sampson
October 17, 2015
5 years
 
David Denison
October 22, 2015
5 years
 
Jim Black
October 22, 1998
22 years
 
Rick Montoya
October 24, 2019
1 year
 
Jack Gotcher
October 26, 2006
14 years
 
Hal Aaron
October 27, 1988
32 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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