Thanks to his week's correspondent:
Jorge Barrientos
Invocation: Pete Pankey
Flag Salute: Justin Salters
Song: “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers as performed by Downtown Rotary  (kind of) 
Greeter: Ken Keller 
Jorge Barrientos is the director of marketing and public relations at Chain | Cohn | Clark 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 and hanging with his family, which includes wife Carla, 3-year-old son Julian, 1-year-old daughter Gianna Sol.  
  • Robin Fleming (Justin Salters)
  • Bailey Hale and Olexsandr Voievodin (Pat Collins)
  • Aryan Eastory (Syd Ralphs)
  • Barry Hill (Justin Leland)
  • Ashley Cope and Madeline Abernathy (Cathy Abernathy)
  • Jane Dong and Shawn Kerns (Lynnette Zelezny)
  • John Schuler shared the promotion of his son to major in the U.S. Airforce.
  • Pete Pankey’s granddaughter has an art piece displayed in the hallways of Bakersfield Museum of Art.
  • Rotary is dark on 7/28 and returns 8/24 with our district governor. Wear pink and get loud!
  • In a new segment brought to us be President Jim, CSU Bakersfield mascot “Rowdy” traveled with CSUB President Zelezny to Long Beach for a conference. Where in the world will we find Rowdy next?
Rotarian and Greater Bakersfield Chamber president/CEO Nick Ortiz introduced us to John Paul (JP) Lake, who joined us to discuss B3K efforts. JP, of Rain For Rent fame, cofounder of Kern Initiative for Talent and Entrepreneurship, and managing partner of Kern Venture Group, serves as the B3K’s executive director.  
So, what is B3K? It’s short for “Better Bakersfield and Boundless Kern”, a collaborative aimed to create 100,000 quality jobs countywide by 2031. JP talked about five drivers of economic development that focus on traded sectors, talent, innovation, infrastructure, and governance. JP said the theme of “Imagine” for Rotary rings true for B3K as well: “It’s the most powerful word in the English language, uniquely and distinctively a human gift,” he said. The group has also identified five sectors with the most promising growth: 
  1. Advanced manufacturing
  2. Aerospace
  3. Business services
  4. Energy and carbon management
  5. Entrepreneurship
Efforts began in early 2020, and today B3K is in the implementation phase, activating plans, pursuing a portion of $600 million CERF grant, developing a more inclusive governance structure, and creating a metrics dashboard.  
In answering a question, JP shared that agriculture, while currently one of the largest sectors in Kern County, is not a growth sector due to water issues, and technology expected to replace certain ag jobs.
Lastly, JP asked us, specifically private sector leaders, to get involved by joining the board, a committee, or simply sharing your business story. Learn more at b3kprosperity.org/get-involved.
Alex Fan, a Centennial High grad who has showcased his History Day presentation, has enrolled into Columbia. His presentation won a national award, and subsequently was accepted into all 17 colleges for which he applied. 
Why do all of these History Day presentations look like a set from a hostage video.
The second Jim Damian-led rotary meeting was packed house, with no seats available for late-comers, including Rotary correspondent Jorge Barrientos. 
Thank you to Ben Stinson for providing chairs for our stage. Here’s one in front of the mystery wheel that President Jim has yet to explain.
Jason Cater indicates this is only his first plate.
This week's band.
Pete Pankey's invocation got a round of applause.
The Cool Kids table.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
John Farrer
July 1
John D. Schuler
July 14
Ken Beurmann
July 15
Ray Watson
July 15
Karen King
July 25
Ray Watson
July 25
Sonya Christian
July 28
Kurt Wingate
July 30
Spouse Birthdays
Betty Eaves
July 2
Jamie Atkinson
July 23
July 29
Jeff Chandler
Susan Chandler
July 7
Join Date
Scott Hamilton
July 8, 2021
1 year
Dave Whelden
July 14, 1988
34 years
Kristen Beall-Watson
July 21, 2016
6 years
Steve Illingworth
July 21, 2005
17 years
Steve Williford
July 21, 1994
28 years
Lynnette Zelezny
July 26, 2018
4 years
Larry E. Reider
July 27, 2000
22 years
Mary Castaneda
July 27, 2016
6 years
Jordan Kaufman
July 28, 2016
6 years
Vin Dang
July 29, 2021
1 year

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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