President's Message
Christy Swatzell
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The Bakersfield East Rotary Club was chartered on December 23rd, 1952. This year, we are celebrating our 65th anniversary! Our club motto for 2017-18 is "We are 65 and we care". 

If you can leave your stress behind for just one hour and are willing to have fun in the brotherhood and sisterhood of East Rotary, then you need to come to our meetings!


Christy Swatzell - President 2017/18



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Speaker: Myka Peck, Garces High School Principal

Garces Memorial High School is a Christ-centered, community of faith….that seeks to provide the best spiritual and academic formation for every student. Their Christian focus provides an environment where students can develop Spiritually, Academically, and Socially, enabling them to recognize their potential as People of God.

Garces Memorial High School is blessed to have Myke Peck as their Principle and fearless leader. Her passion to help students succeed shines through her enthusiasm and belief in the school's core mission. To find out more about Garces HS check out their website below. 

When you bring President Christy gifts
you get
HUGS xoxo
Ron Biglin didn't forget about us or President Christy as he was traveling the world. He brought back clogs from Amsterdam and yummy Swiss Chocolate as a wonderful
suck-up gift.

Bruce Keith

Bruce Keith

When and why did you become a member of Rotary?  

I was sponsored into Rotary by Tom Larwood in 1981, Larry Radonovich was president.

What is your classification with our club?  

My Classification is Architect – Residential because at the time I was invited into Rotary Bob Frapwell had the classification Architect-Commercial. In reality, my office does over a hundred homes every year through our website but I do only commercial work.

Family information.  I am married, 48 years, to Claudia, we have two sons, Matthew & Ross and a daughter, Juniper. Matthew works with me in my office and Ross is Facilities Supervisor for Golden Empire Transit. Matthew and Ross live on what we call “the Ranch” 2-1/2 acres on Taft Highway between Pumpkin Center & Panamá. They are the 4th generation to occupy the two historic adobe homes. The land has been owned by the family since 1890.

Hobby/What you do for fun?  My interests are as follows:

I love drawing and being an Architect, it’s not a job it’s who I am.

Claudia & I travel quite a bit because she is retired from teaching and she wants me to retire. We have a house in Santa Cruz and a trailer in Morro Bay. We love to hike & kayak, last fall we kayaked Mono Lake and several high sierra lakes. Several years ago, we traveled to Alaska in March to see the start of the Iditarod once. Last year we went to Fiji on a SCUBA diving trip. Who knows where we will go next.

I love my yoga practice which stated in 2003 when the program at BERC was given by a local yoga studio owner. Now 3 times a week and almost 15 years later I rely on my practice to keep me balanced and centered.

I love being a part of Rotary, we are like one global family.

Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Dan Urban
April 16
Julie Womack
April 20
Spouse Birthdays
April 6
Laurie Sorci
April 9
Claudia Keith
April 13
DW Swatzell
April 15
Raquel Markovits
April 26
Lourdes Arrubla
Manuel Olea
April 1
Sully Sullivan
Marilyn Sullivan
April 5
Dave Bass
Helen Bass
April 17
Gary Creott
Gloria Creott
April 24
Kim Mygatt
Phil Mygatt
April 30
Join Date
Dan Giordano
April 1, 1998
20 years
Melinda Westfahl
April 1, 2000
18 years
Sandra Larson
April 7, 1995
23 years
Jean Keleher-Watanabe
April 14, 1995
23 years
Tony Ansolabehere
April 30, 1994
24 years

Melinda Westfahl Wardrobe Consulting

Michael Burger Probate Referee

Mike Brazzell

Michael Burger MAI

Christy Swatzell

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