Thanks to his week's correspondent:
Mike Willis
Invocation: Jim Baldwin
Flag Salute: Ryan Rozell
Song: Garro, Jim Baldwin and Brad Hannink
Greeter: Jason Cater
Roving Mics: Sue Benham & Kurt Wingate

Important Notice:

Offsite meeting next week at the Kern County Museum.

World Polio Day

World Polio Day was on Thursday the 24th. Here are 5 facts you should know:
  1. Polio mainly affects children under age 5.
  2. There is no cure, but polio is preventable with a vaccine.
  3. Only three countries remain endemic.
  1. We’ve reduced cases by 99.9% since 1988.
  1. Until we end polio forever, every child is at risk.

The threat still remains!

Unless we eradicate polio, within 10 years, as many as 200,000 new cases could occur around the world each year. In the past few years, only two countries have reported cases of polio caused by the wild virus, but no child anywhere is safe until we’ve vaccinated every child.

The 107 Billion dollar man administers a dose of vaccine.

New member alert

Joining Beurmann's Babies (#9) is new member Rick Montoya. Welcome!

Ring Your Bell!

Kevin Pope reminded us to mark our calendars for this year's bell-ringing day, Friday, December 13th. Our club is one of the top earners for the local Salvation Army.

Kevin went on to invite us to their Kettle Kick-Off on Thursday, November 14 from 6 pm - 9 pm. For more information and tickets, call 661-836-8487.


Faust Gorham and Michael Lukens guests of Lynette Zelenzy

Anthony Galagaza guest of David Denison

Rotarian Hot Seat Segment

President Garro put Sue Benham in the spotlight this week. Sue met her husband, Herb, while attending Penn State. Somehow they found themselves in Bakersfield where she worked for the Public Defender's Office for 20 years. She has been in our club for 10 years now.


Sergeant at Arms, Jim Damian was absent today, and apparently his deputy Sergeant at Arms, Chad Tongco has been demoted. So everyone's go-to-guy, Steve Sanders, introduced our guests; Bryan Schaefer, Lynette Zelenzy and Christian Shannon, to discuss the Kern County Education crisis. "Crisis" might be too strong a word, but the numbers indicate a definite problem.

By the numbers:

Percentage of Kern County Students that met & exceeded mathematic testing: 28.8% which was up +6.8% since 2015.

Percentage of Kern County Students that met & exceeded English Language Arts testing: 43.2% which was up +10.2% since 2015.

Graduation rates for Kern County Students from 2016 - 2018 has hovered in the 85% range.


Lynette started out with a briefing on the Kern High School District, BC and Cal State partnership. One of the cool things they are doing is called Dual Enrollment which allows a high school student to get college credits for certain qualifying classes. It's possible to enter as a Sophmore in college right out of high school!

Bryan and Christian talked about a couple of Mary Barlow's pet projects. (she was unable to attend today's meeting) The first being The Kern Education Pledge and the second is the Kern Integrated Data System or, K.I.D.S. (super clever).

Kern Education Pledge

Kern Education Pledge signatories consist of all 47 public school districts in Kern County, the Kern County Superintendent of Schools, CSU Bakersfield, the Kern Community College District, Taft College, and community partners. Essentially it's a list of goals and indicators that follow a student through Kindergarten to College.

The Kern Education Pledge signatories will regularly measure their progress as students matriculate through the local educational pathway, in pursuit of the following goals: Kinder Readiness Work Group, Literacy Work Group, College and Career Work Group and Postsecondary enrollment and program completion Work Group.

Essentially, educators working together at all levels to help students achieve better educational outcomes.

K.I.D.S Program

The last half of the discussion was about the K.I.D.S. program. It's pretty complicated, and this reporter noticed a lot of skepticism about it as members were mingling on the way out.

Here's how their website describes it:

"Through the Kern Education Pledge, the forty-seven school districts in Kern County have agreed to work together as one system to ensure student success. The Kern Integrated Data System (KIDS) is a result of the commitment to sharing real-time student outcome data to assist all stakeholders in making informed decisions about what is best for students, teachers and schools. The initial pilot project consists of nine school districts, Kern County Superintendent of Schools, and Hoonuit- working together to establish the learning and procedures that will provide the opportunity for additional districts to access these resources."

Basically KIDS is a powerful student data warehouse where educators have access to large data sets and a myriad of realtime reports that educators can tap into and then act upon on an individual student basis.

So- the way I had Christian explain it was- Student "Fred" is getting bad grades in 6th-grade math. Teacher is entering test scores and other matrices into this database, and somehow, teacher gets back recommendations and/or sources and resources to help Fred get back on track.

How the database knows about Fred's single mom's meth problem and that she's never around, and about Fred's own addiction to playing Fortnite till 3 in the morning, I have no idea.

There were many good questions after the program that created more questions in my mind.

I hope they prove the skeptics wrong and this does help nudge the percentages in math and English higher.

Hey Bryan Schaefer, turn that frown upside down!
When Ray Karpe leaned over, Michelle Chantry instinctively kicked him in the shin.
Chad Tongco and (hopefully) future new member Anthony Galagaza discuss how in just one year's time, he will eat Hodel's food approximately 50 times.
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
Jeff Green
October 18
George Granger
October 19
Steve Williford
October 24
Kristen Beall
October 27
Garro Ellis
October 31
Jeff Chandler
October 31
Spouse Birthdays
Brenda Baldwin
October 1
Signee L. Hoffman Swartley
October 19
Nikolas Boone
Mackenzie Boone
October 21
Join Date
Karen King
October 2, 2008
11 years
Ken Beurmann
October 3, 2013
6 years
Nikolas Boone
October 4, 2018
1 year
Karen Goh
October 8, 2009
10 years
Steve Sanders
October 8, 1998
21 years
Steve Chen
October 12, 2017
2 years
Ben Stinson
October 13, 1983
36 years
John Farrer
October 13, 1997
22 years
Win Eaton
October 13, 2011
8 years
Bart Hill
October 14, 1993
26 years
Jesse Lopez
October 16, 2015
4 years
Chad Tongco
October 17, 2015
4 years
Harvey J. McCown
October 17, 1991
28 years
Jon Sampson
October 17, 2015
4 years
David Denison
October 22, 2015
4 years
Jim Black
October 22, 1998
21 years
Jack Gotcher
October 26, 2006
13 years
Hal Aaron
October 27, 1988
31 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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Nov 28, 2019
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