Thanks to his week's correspondent:
Michael Lightfoot
Invocation: Kristin Hagan
Flag Salute: Joe Hay
Song: Win Eaton – The Star Spangled Banner
Note: no one in Rotary was observed kneeling during the song
Greeter: Sam Newland
Roving Mics: Lizette Patterson and Mark Bateman

Spoke Editor Profile:

Michael Lightfoot
I am the Director of Operations at Marley's Mutts where I oversee all areas of the company. I am a transplant from Orange County and swam for CSUB. During my time at CSUB I met and fell in love with my wife. I enjoy living in Bakersfield and raising our two kids Patrick, 4 and Isabella 2.

Good News & Announcements

Arthur Ashe shaking hands with Jimmy Connors after beating him at Wimbledon in 1975.
Today in History – Arthur Ashe Passes away on this day back in 1993. Arthur was an American professional tennis player who won three Grand Slam singles titles. Ashe was the first black player selected to the United States Davis Cup team and the only black man ever to win the singles title at Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Australian Open. He retired in 1980. He was ranked  No. 1 in the world by Harry Hopman in 1968 and by Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph and World Tennis Magazine in 1975. In the ATP computer rankings, he peaked at No. 2 in May 1976. In the early 1980s, Ashe is believed to have contracted HIV from a blood transfusion he received during heart bypass surgery.


Tejon Ranch's Barry Zoller aka Joe Biden aka Joe Barry Biden Zoller
  • Due to the Iowa Caucus App Scandal, Joe Barry Biden Zoller was sent to Rotary this week to present on the Tejon Ranch Property.
  • Barry has been with Tejon Ranch for 15 yrs
  • Prior to that, he was a newscaster for KERO
  • He also stated we are not able to rely on anything he says... for legal reasons.
  • Tejon Ranch is 270,000 acres of total property.
  • Established in 1843 as a Mexican land grant, this grand sweep of territory was home to some of the Old West’s most illustrious exploits. Trappers, hardy settlers and frontiersmen, outlaws, the Camel Corps, Butterfield stagecoach lines and Army dragoons all traversed its range. Historic pioneers such as Jedediah Smith, Kit Carson and John C. Fremont explored Tejon’s frontier. In the decades following its founding, the Ranch grew in size as additional land grants were purchased by Tejon’s founder, General Edward Fitzgerald Beale, an explorer of the west and a historic figure in early California.
  • They have three major residential development plans; Centennial, Grapevine, and Mountain Village. All of which have been sued by the Center for Biological Diversity or CBD.
  • It was said that the CBD has been vaping the wrong CBD which has lead to them  to continually file the same lawsuit over and over again.
  • The "take-away" for the day, is that Barry is not a big fan of CBD, medical or otherwise.


Dr. Lynnette Zelezny had two guests; Chief of Staff - Michael Lukens and Chief Diversity Officer - Claudia Catota
Signee Hoffman brought her husband, Curtis.

Photos by Girish:

Jack B. from the Kern County International Youth Choir pitched their event "CABARET" to raise funds for at-risk kids to travel and perform in Central Europe. February 25th, 7 pm at The Mark. Tickets at www.kerncountyiyc.org. The red beard was obviously the result of a lost bet.
Relatively new member, Lizette Patterson with old timer, Justin Leland.
Barry Zoller gives Garro the secret Tejon handshake, finger extended, touching the button on his sleeve.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
John P. Moorhouse
February 1
Jason Cater
February 2
Jon Sampson
February 6
Bart Hill
February 8
David Denison
February 9
Bryon Schaefer
February 11
Tom DeNatale
February 21
Stan Eschner
February 22
Jarrell Epp
February 24
Anne M. Holdren
February 26
Spouse Birthdays
Kym Plivelich
February 18
February 28
Jerene Battisti
Jerry Battisti
February 12
Join Date
Andy Barkate
February 1, 1996
24 years
Harry "Doc" Ervin
February 8, 2017
3 years
Robin Scott
February 8, 2018
2 years
Jim Clark
February 10, 1994
26 years
Myka Peck
February 15, 2018
2 years
Cathy Abernathy
February 19, 2004
16 years
Bernie Barmann
February 20, 1986
34 years
Dick O'Reilly
February 28, 1985
35 years
Ken Secor
February 28, 1963
57 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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