Thanks to his week's correspondent:
Josh Sherley

Spoke Editor Profile:

Josh Sherley
Josh Sherley is a graduate from "THE" Bakersfield High School. While in attendance he played Football, Baseball and well as went to school (most of the time). Josh Sherley is now a Director at Cushman & Wakefield where he specializes in selling, leasing and developing commercial real estate. Josh strives daily to live up to the most famous quote of all time, "Once a Driller, Always a Driller!"
Invocation: Pastor Jeff Chandler
Flag Salute: Dr. Lynnette Zelezny
Song: Dick Porter

Good News:

Jason Cater got his highly sought after Paul Harris award. It’s something that a little money and a little more money can’t buy! (Editor's note: Not true, it cost $900 and you can buy as many as you want)
Sheryl Barbich announced that the annual Margarita Party is coming up
“THE” Swankey Pete Pankey so generously donated $50 towards the Waterman Fund after President Ken’s shameless plug
Ashley Sodergren announced that the walk to end Alzheimer’s is October 17th
Dave Plivelich announced that the Petroleum Club has moved to Sundale Country Club
Win Eaton asked that we keep him and all of the families affected by the fires in Oregon in our prayers


Dr. Ralph Garcia
Pacheco gave a very informative program regarding Sepsis. Dr. Garcia started his presentation stating that Sepsis is the #1 cause of death for patients in the hospital and that Sepsis is the #1 healthcare cost!
He gave a clear outline regarding the following; What is Sepsis, What are the symptoms of Sepsis, What to do when diagnosed with Sepsis.
What is Sepsis?
Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection. It is a life-threatening medical emergency.  Sepsis happens when an infection you already have —in your skin, lungs, urinary tract, or somewhere else—triggers a chain reaction throughout your body.  Without timely treatment, sepsis can rapidly lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death.
What are the symptoms of Sepsis?
The symptoms of Sepsis range significantly which is the reason why it’s extremely hard to catch it and diagnose it early. Some of the symptoms include; high heart rate or low blood pressure, fever, shivering, confusion, shortness of breath, extreme pain, and clammy or sweaty skin.
What to do when diagnosed with Sepsis?
Research shows that rapid treatment is critical:
  • Giving appropriate treatment, including antibiotics
  • Maintaining blood flow to organs
Sometimes surgery is required to remove tissue damaged by the infection. Antibiotics are critical tools for treating life-threatening infections, like those that can lead to sepsis. Every hour that a patient goes without antibiotics increases the chance of death by 7.6%.
Jason Cater: Business on top, Party on the bottom.
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September 3rd Meeting

Spoke Editor Profile:

Justin Leland
"I'm a horrible person." (An admission after he turned in his Spoke notes a week late.)
Justin Leland, CFP®, AIF® is a registered representative, fiduciary Financial Advisor, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ PROFESSIONAL – CFP®, an Accredited Investment Fiduciary, AIF®, a co-host on the Moneywise Guys Radio Show + Podcast and an Eagle Scout.
Invocation: Justin Leland
Flag Salute: David Plivelich
Song: Sheryl Barbich with a little help from Dick Knoll (2001: A Space Odessy and the Rocky Theme)


Jim Damian introduced our newest Member Beatrice Sanders. She is the President of the Adventist Health Foundation. Welcome to the Club!
Randy Saunders received his Paul Harris Fellow Recognition.
The Bakersfield Rotary Office has officially moved into the Scouts BSA office on 24th and M.
COVID Connect - Ray Karpe and his dogs nailed it.


Chief Terry is the 20th Bakersfield Police Chief. Chief Terry spoke of the challenges of policing a city during such difficult and stressful times. He mentioned that there has been a spike in violent crimes partially due to the shutdown, COVID-19, civil unrest, and the increase in anxiety we all feel in 2020.
The main focus of his talk was in regard to the collaborative efforts his Department is taking in response to the Black Lives Matter movement. They have built a Community Collaborative where members of the community can have open dialogue with his Department and build trust within the community. They are also partnering with the Kegley Institute at CSUB and have built a diverse panel to discuss policing and reviewing policies and procedures. This process will take about 6 months, and then the Department will be given recommendations on ways they can better build trust and safety in the community.
Chief Terry's 3 main goals for the BPD are:
  1. Problem Solving

  2. Community Engagement

  3. Updating the Organization's Structure

If you would like to help the Community Collaborative efforts and have an idea to assist the Department in their efforts, please email:

Jim Damian introduced our newest Member Beatrice Sanders.
Randy Saunders received his Paul Harris Fellow Recognition.
Pyramids we're popular virtual backgrounds this week.
"My pyramid is bigger than yours."
Dave Plivelich moved the Petroleum Club's office into Girish's Sundale Country Club.
Found object while moving into the new Rotary offices.
Chief Terry is the 20th Bakersfield Police Chief.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Brad Barnes
September 12
Harvey J. McCown
September 14
Ken Carter
September 14
Mark R. Bateman
September 15
Jim Baldwin
September 16
Bob Sheldon
September 25
Jack Gotcher
September 25
Hal Aaron
September 26
Charlie Moe
September 27
Mark Barnes
September 30
Spouse Birthdays
Jubes Barnes
September 21
Brad Barnes
Jubes Barnes
September 7
Jarrell Epp
September 16
Steve Sanders
September 18
Bernie Barmann
Bee Barmann
September 27
Join Date
Peter Hunt
September 3, 1998
22 years
Anne M. Holdren
September 9, 2004
16 years
Rogers Brandon
September 9, 1993
27 years
Tracy Kiser
September 10, 1998
22 years
Brad Barnes
September 15, 2011
9 years
George Granger
September 18, 2008
12 years
Charlie Moe
September 19, 2002
18 years
Shannon Grove
September 20, 2007
13 years
Dave Plivelich
September 21, 2006
14 years
Jeff Gutierrez
September 29, 2011
9 years
Jim R. Fillbrandt
September 30, 1976
44 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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