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Mark Barnes

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Mark Barnes
Mark is an award-winning commercial printer, the Jimmy D. Barnes Scholar for Ethical Business Ideals at Cal State Bakersfield, an Alpha Chi Honorary Society member, Betta Gamma Sigma Honorary Society member, a Runner Alumni Mentorship Program Mentor, and once received a letter from the POTUS for perfect school attendance from Kindergarten through Senior year at BHS.  He currently sits on the board of local non-profit M.A.R.E. Therapeutic Riding, and in his free time, enjoys daydreaming of international travel.
Invocation: Josh Shirley
Flag Salute: Minnie Kenny

Club News:

  1. The board was in person during this week’s meeting, in preparation for resuming hybrid style, in-person club meetings again beginning April 8th.
    • Note: Maximum capacity of 50 people in person to adhere to proper social distancing protocols, so be sure to register if you plan on attending
  2. Next week will be dark for spring break

Good News & Announcements:

  1. Win Eaton celebrated his 66th trip around the sun! Happy birthday Win!
  2. Mike McCoy is healing well after 5 orthopedic surgeries in 2020
  3. Pete Pankey offered a $50 donation to the foundation if anybody could answer what the frame to his clock/altimeter is…
  4. Bernie Baizmann Introduced his wife Bea to the club as our newest member – Welcome Bea!


  1. Dr. Zelezny brought 2 guests – Jaime Pacheco – Director of CSUB Veteran’s Center, and ASI Student Veteran Leader Myles Howard. Welcome!


Major General James T. Whitehead Jr. U.S.A.F (Retired) gave an informative talk on the Flying Tigers and their role in the China theater during World War II.
General Whitehead discussed the level of gratitude the Chinese have to this day for those brave volunteers all those years ago, who aided in their liberation from the Japanese occupation.
He went on to remind us that it was not only the brave Flying Tigers that made sacrifices in that effort, but also, the Chinese people who sacrificed their own safety many times while attempting to save downed Flying Tigers; and thus the bond was born.
In stark contrast to what we may be seeing and hearing today, the friendships, relationships, and admiration between the Chinese people and the heroes that “flew the hump” have for one another is deep, strong, and carries on…an important reminder today.
Thank you, General Whitehead.
Joe Gregory and Jon Sampson worked together to make a simulcast possible. This is advanced tech we're talking about. We are the envy of most Rotary Clubs.
Branding was a little off. Need to work on that.
Proud pappa, Girish, was working the crowd.
The backdrop for our new meeting place is really pretty.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Patrick Collins
March 3
John M. Brock
March 4
Bob Beck
March 7
Joe Gregory
March 12
Rob Noriega
March 15
Tom Smith
March 16
Shannon Grove
March 18
Bob Burdette
March 19
Win Eaton
March 25
Spouse Birthdays
Marlene Watson
March 14
Shawn Kennemer
Kimberly Whealy-Kennemer
March 19
Join Date
Patrick Collins
March 3, 1997
24 years
Ken Jones
March 7, 2013
8 years
Mike Braun
March 13, 1997
24 years
Chris Machado
March 14, 2019
2 years
Jerene Battisti
March 14, 2019
2 years
Russell Judd
March 17, 2005
16 years
Steve Loyd
March 20, 1997
24 years
Michael McCoy
March 22, 2018
3 years
David Morton
March 23, 2006
15 years
Buzzard Busby
March 24, 2016
5 years
Ron Eaves
March 26, 1998
23 years
Bob Beck
March 27, 1997
24 years
Dave Turner
March 31, 2005
16 years
Mike "Willieboy" Willis
March 31, 2016
5 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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