Thanks to his week's correspondent:
Ashley Sodergren
Spoke Notes –
Guest Profile - Ashley Sodergren is the Regional Director, Make-A-Wish South Valley Region serving Kern, Kings, Inyo, and Tulare Counties.  Make-A-Wish is working to advance our impact here in the South Valley by raising more funds, building new community business partners for in kind donations, and identifying new wish-granting volunteers to assist along with the wish.
Invocation: Jeff Chandler
Flag Salute: Jordan Kauffman
Song: Garo Ellis
Greeter: Ray Watson


  • Justin Garant, with Clifford & Bradford invited by Nik Boone
  • Jeff Negrete and Ashlee Wolf with Catholic Charities Diocese of Fresno invited by Pat Collins
  • Juan Bustamonte invited by the absent, Josh Shirley

New Member:

Ally Soper  – Chief Communications Officer County of Kern.

Good News:

  • Mike Chertok – Gamecocks from University of South Carolina (the real USC) won the 2022 National Championship.  They started the season ranked #1 and ended the champs!
  • Garro Ellis – Flew to Georgia to visit his daughter who had the families first boy.  Congratulations Garro!
  • Jeff Gutierrez – Clarified that he was misquoted in the Bakersfield Californian.  He was hoping to express the fact that Give Big Kern is a great opportunity for employees of our larger businesses to get involved and give back. 
  • Louis Gill – His youngest daughter, Bridget is engaged.  Congratulations, Louis!
  • Pat Collins – Sent a special thanks out to everyone for their support of the Waterman Foundation annual fundraiser.
  • Pat Collins – His daughter had a baby named Mia Ruby.  Congratulations, Pat!
  • Pat Collins – Was offered to join the board for the Catholic Charities Diocese of Fresno.


  • Save the Date (STD) 
    • Rotary All Club Event In partnership with the Bakersfield Kern Regional Homeless Collaborative.
      • When: April 30 from 10am – 2pm.
      • Where: Urners Parking Lot, 4110 Wible Road, Bakersfield, CA 93313.
    • Please bring a kitchen-sized trash can and fill it with trash bags, toilet paper and dish/hand soap.
    • Margarita Party at the Barbich Compound on May 12, 2022.  Arrive sometime after 5pm or 5:30pn or maybe 6pm. 
  • Great update from the Luigi’s meeting.  We raised a total of $116,830 for the Waterman Foundation
  • Next few meetings will be off site so PLEASE check your emails.
    • This week we are meeting at the Stockdale Country Club


  • Networking/Fellowship opportunity in honor of Earth Day on 4.22.2022!
  • Each table was asked to share stories about their most memorable/inspiring/shocking story that has taken place in a national park or in the wilderness. 
    • Table 1 – Mike Willis was the winner at his table and talked about his adventures riding motorcycles. 
    • Table 2 – Mike McCoy was the winner at his table talking about his adventures scaling Half Dome. 
    • Table 3 – Jeff Johnson was the winner at his table and shared his story of also climbing Half Dome.
    • Table 4 – John Schueler was the winner at his table regaling his adventure of jumping in a river and swimming as hard as he could to get to the other bank.  His wife outdid him by doing a backflip into the river and being such a strong swimmer to make it through the current. 
    • Table 5 – Garro Ellis was the winner at his table telling the story about shooting himself in the butt.  Not sure what that has to do with the great outdoors, but glad he’s okay!
    • WINNER!!!  Table 6 – Molly Busacca was the winner at her table and shared the story of how she and her husband were able to get a pass to climb Mt. Whitney with only 4 days before having to be there!  This was a very special experience for her because her sister joined her in spirit, and they climbed to the top together.  Her husband didn’t make it all the way up but Molly and her late sister did. 
    • Table 7 - Ashley Sodergren was the winner at her table and shared her story about how she and her father have a competition every year of who can catch the biggest fish at June Lake.  Ashley has surpassed her dad by not only catching the biggest fist, but also having two taxidermy fish vs. her dad’s one.
Bruce Busacca tapped out on the Whiney climb. Molly left him trail side and finished the last mile at a sprint.
Molly's late sister joined her "in spirit" to the top.
The contrast here couldn't be greater... the happy, upbeat expression on new-member Ally Soper's face with the sad blue swag bag of Rotary.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Duane Keathley
April 4
Joe Hay
April 4
Gary T. Friedman
April 7
Bernie Herman
April 8
Ray Karpe
April 9
Signee L. Hoffman Swartley
April 9
Jack D. Henderson
April 12
Nick Ortiz
April 15
Dan Hay
April 16
Mike Braun
April 16
Michael Lightfoot
April 18
Michelle Chantry
April 20
Rylan Rozell
April 20
Steve Roach
April 21
Tracy Kiser
April 24
Jim Damian
April 28
Justin Salters
April 28
Steve Illingworth
April 1
Joe Hay
Sofie Hay
April 9
Sheryl L. Barbich
April 12
Join Date
John Phil Bentley
April 7, 1977
45 years
Josh Sherley
April 7, 2016
6 years
Jarrell Epp
April 9, 1987
35 years
Mike Chertok
April 14, 1994
28 years
Dan Hay
April 19, 1984
38 years
Kevin McCarthy
April 19, 2001
21 years
Jeff Chandler
April 22, 2010
12 years
John B. Bentley
April 22, 1982
40 years
Jeff Johnson
April 25, 1985
37 years
Joe Hay
April 25, 2013
9 years
Michael Lightfoot
April 25, 2019
3 years
Tom Smith
April 25, 1968
54 years
Shawn Shambaugh
April 30, 1998
24 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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