Scholarship Night at Kern Valley High School May 16, 2016
At scholarship night on May 16, our local clubs and community service groups gave away $77,875. The colleges that our students have chosen have provided $821,800…and counting! Sammie Adams and Dustin Wagner have received Military Academy appointments worth $866,000!!
The Rotary Club of KRV provided 4 $500 scholarships to:
Rotary KRV previously honored Ashley Yasin & Emma Lane (shown above) & Rebecca Gallis  by sending them to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) -- a youth leadership program coordinated by Rotary Clubs across the globe. RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth, and aims to demonstrate rotary's respect and concern for youth; provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders; encourage leadership of youth by youth and recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities. Usually the Rotary Club sends two local students to Rotary District 5240’s RYLA camp in Ojai. Again this year, after an exhaustive selection process, the Rotary Club of Kern River Valley sent four highly qualified, deserving students to RYLA. Every RYLA program covers a number of core topics, including: fundamentals of leadership, ethics of positive leadership, importance of communication skills in effective leadership, problem-solving and conflict management, building self-confidence and self-esteem and community and global citizenship. Students fortunate enough to attend typically say the program changed their lives. More info:
The Rotary Club of Kern River Valley hosts an annual Wine Tasting event to raise funds to send four local students to RYLA, the price per student is $375.00. If you would like to make a donation or be invited to our next Wine Tasting fundraiser please contact incoming President Luz Polcik at (661) 803-2012.
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6pm, Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at Ewing’s on the Kern
Celebrating Three New Members: 
Debbie Hess, Al Watson & Brian Polston

From left to right: Vera Anderson, Christopher Denys, Megan Lane, Michaele Dietzel, Tyler Cazares, Ernie Anderson and (Kneeling) Deanne Shulman. On Sunday, April 17, Kern Valley students graduated from Rotary Youth Leadership (RYLA) Awards at Camp Ramah, Ojai, CA. Over a four day weekend students learned leadership building skills such as self-confidence, self-esteem, community and global citizenship.

DINNER: $12 Meatloaf & Mashed Potatoes 
PLEASE RSVP: Richard (760) 333-4561
SPECIAL WELCOMING DINNER Richard Rowe 2016-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
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Grace Harrison Special to the Kern Valley Sun | Posted: 2/24/2016
PHOTO Left to right: Gabbi Williams, Tom Cormack, Tom Livermore, Lexi Yearwood, Tyler Goss, and Tyler Cazares.
Caption: Gabbi Williams fills out a form for the Young Eagles while Tom Cormack, Tom Livermore, Lexi Yearwood, Tyler Goss, and Tyler Cazares watch.
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Join the Rotary Club of Kern River Valley in honoring 4 Kern Valley High Students:
Tyler Cazares, Weldon
Christopher Denys, Weldon
Michaele Dietzel, Lake Isabella
Megan Lane, Wofford Heights
2016 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary's leadership training program for young people. RYLA is held each April at Camp Ramah in Ojai. Approximately 230 students from through-out District 5240 spend four days taking part in goal setting and leadership skills. It is a life-changing experience for all the students as well as the Rotary volunteers who participate each year.
The Rotary Club of Kern River Valley raised the funds to send four local students in a very successful wine & cheese event. The club’s RYLA Committee (Ernie Anderson Becky Dake, Gary Geivet & Robert Rusby) considered many candidates and selected the students listed above. Join the students and their parents along with Rotary club members and past RYLA participants in a celebratory dinner at Ewing’s on the Kern.
GUESTS: $15 RSVP to Becky Dake (951) 445-3145
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Rotary Christmas Party Becky Dake 2015-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
Thanksgiving baskets for needy local families Luz Polcik 2015-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
ROTARY KRV PANCAKE BREAKFAST Richard Rowe 2015-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard Rowe
The Community Action Partnership of Kern (CAPK) Food Bank will continue distributing emergency pre-packaged food boxes to families affected by the drought this month. CAPK will be distributing 30 pound boxes filled with food to families in need with the help of local partners, like the Rotary Club of Kern River Valley. Rotary KRV volunteers will sign people in and with CAPK staff, hand out the boxes behind the KRV Senior Center from 9am to 11am, Saturday, December 19 on a first come-first served basis. The number of boxes will vary by the household size. To speed things up, we’ll start signing people in at 8:30am.
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Posted by Luz Polcik
By George Stahl/ Special to the Kern Valley Sun | Wednesday, November 4, 2015
On Tuesday, Oct. 27 the Rotary Club came home with the Third Place trophy in the Annual Ethics Team Competition held in Bakersfield. The group, consisting of Luz Polcik, Bob Woods and Lisa Stephens showed their skills as debaters for the Youth Financial Literacy fundraising event.
Set at the Chef’s Choice Noodle Bar on the downtown corner of 19th and Eye Streets, The KRV Rotary Team competed against seven other two to four person teams from Kern County. Among them were Rotarians from Bakersfield, students from Cal State University Bakersfield, Ronald McDonald House and the Kern Federal Credit Union as well as a team representing the office of Bakersfield’s Edward Jones Financial Advisors.
The twenty questions the teams had to draw from were dealing with ethics in law enforcement, social topics, religious freedom and community policing. Each of the eight teams was given a chance to select two questions randomly. The three judges included Robert Price, Executive Editor of the Bakersfield Californian, Dr. Christopher Meyers, Director of the Kegley Institute of Ethics at CSUB and Vikki Del Pellegrino, Retired Kern County Prosecutor.
Kern Valley team member Luz Polcik was selected to answer the teams first question dealing with the ethical issue of what is known as the ‘broken window’ approach to law enforcement. This method is used as a means to curtail would be criminals from advancing in their criminal activity. The idea is to lay down the law on them for lesser offenses in the hopes of changing their attitudes towards breaking the law. Polick and her team members took the stand of supporting the method and in an attempt to explain their position, she gained the approval of others in the audience with her clear and direct approach to answering the question and the follow up questions by the judges.
When Kern Valley’s turn came around again, the question concerned the ethical and moral responsibilities that teachers might be faced with on a daily basis. On the Kern team, this question was fielded by Bob Woods, who, after consulting with fellow team members delivered their persuasive argument to the panel in a style equivalent to a member of congress with the ease of a seasoned litigator.
The judges deliberated, tallying their results. Third Place went to Kern River Valley Rotary Club, Second Place went to the Bakersfield East Rotary Club team and the First Place trophy and banner was awarded to the Bakersfield Twilight Rotary Club.
The Youth Financial Literacy Program’s mission is to encourage high school seniors and emancipated youth to set life and financial goals, and to provide them with the basics of money management while increasing their overall level of financial literacy and success. To date, 105 students have completed the program and 55 students including some from the KRV have been awarded scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000. Proceeds from Tuesday’s event help support the scholarship component of the program. For more information on the program please visit
PHOTO: From left to right, Bob Woods, Luz Polcik and Lisa Stephens from the Kern River Valley Rotary Club sit down for dinner. The group took third place in the Annual Ethics Team Competition. Photo by George Stahl
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Kids did a lot of the gleaning on Sunday, November 20 in the mud as it was raining most of the time. MORE PHOTOS:

Thanks to ImageKathleen Creighton Fuchs and her brother Dale Creighton, Rotarians and others gleaned Dale's fields so the potatoes left after commercial gleaning went to good use.

Gleaning Potatoes for Kern Valley Food Banks Richard Rowe 2011-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jody Steel on Apr 06, 2011

Rotary Club of the Kern River Valley
PO Box 2844
Lake Isabella, CA   93240-2844

Mailing Address Jody Steel 2011-04-06 15:05:14Z 0
Posted by Richard Rowe on Aug 14, 2010
The Rotary Club of Kern River Valley hosted its annual charity golf tournament Saturday, August 14 at the Kern Valley Golf Course. It was a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Kern River Valley’s humanitarian, intercultural & educational activities. The club’s other major fundraisers are its Car Show in Kernville every May and it’s food booth in Circle Park during Whiskey Flat Day in February.
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As of June 23, 2015, the Rotary Club of Kern River Valley is assisting the Community Action Partnership of Kern (CAPK.ORG) with the Emergency Food Assistance Program at the Senior Center in Lake Isabella 10:00am on the 4th Monday of each month.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) provides United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) commodities to a network of food banks for distribution to eligible individuals and households within their service area. In order to be eligible for USDA commodities, a recipient or household must reside in the geographical area being served and meet established income guidelines. Under no circumstances shall a recipient be required to make any type of payment in money, materials, or services of any kind in connection with the receipt of USDA commodities.

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) is responsible for overseeing EFAP and ensures that USDA commodities are provided and distributed to eligible individuals and households in all 58 California counties.

Posted by Paul Cromwell


At its Annual Step Up / Step Down Dinner on June 18, 2015, the Rotary Club of Kern River Valley awarded 4 Rotary Paul Harris Fellowships (2 to members, 2 to non-members all deserving special recognition):


James R. Davis, past president, lead on Nigerian water project

Reid Hopkins, One Spade Youth Packers

Luz Polcik, past & next president, youth programs
Bruce Vegter, exceptional volunteer

$4,000 was donated to the Rotary Foundation to accomplish this.



Posted by Deanne Shulman

Newest member of the Rotary Club of Kern River Valley, Deanne Shulman sworn in by District 5240 official Patty Brandon Wharton visiting from the Rotary Club of China Lake  with Rotary KRV Past President Paul Cromwell at Ewing's on the Kern on June 18, 2015.

Deanne has lived in Kernville since 1988.  In 2011, she retired from a 37-year career with the U.S. Forest Service, working in fire management and international programs.  She enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.  She is married to Bill Jewell, a longtime resident of Kernville and retired Forest Service employee. 

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The Rotary Club of Kern River Valley is accepting applications for an Educational Transfer Scholarship to be awarded for Fall 2014 with student notification occurring in June. The intent is to aid students graduating from Cerro Coso Community College in Lake Isabella who are transferring to a four year college or university.

Application materials may be picked up at the campus front office. Applications are due by May 8, 2014 and should be submitted to

Cerro Coso Community College
Front Office, Attention: Lisa Stephens
5520 Lake Isabella Blvd.
Lake Isabella, CA 93240

The over 50 year old Rotary Club of Kern River Valley is one of over 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries. The club hosts weekly dinner meetings every Thursday at 6pm at the Kern River Valley Elks Lodge. Rotary’s mission is to promote peace through service to others. Last year, the Kern River Valley Rotary Club raised more than to $24,000 to support dozens of groups, projects and events in the Kern River Valley and around the world. If you are interested in the Rotary, contact club president Lisa Stephens (760) 379-5501

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Posted by Luz Polcik
The Rotary Club of Kern River Valley is looking for 4 deserving students to send free of charge to Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) at Camp Ramah in Ojai April 24-27. RYLA info:

DEADLINE: Monday, January 20 | 4 students have been selected & will be announced soon
For information, contact Luz Polcik (661) 803-2012



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Posted by James Davis
Thursday, June 20: 6pm
Rotary Club of Kern River Valley meets almost every Thursday for a dinner meeting at the KRV Elks Lodge, 6708 Wofford Heights Blvd. (next to The Reel Cinema), Wofford Heights MAP:
SPEAKER: REID HOPKINS reports on 2013 Mule Days Celebration in Bishop
The One Spade Youth Packers is a program started in 1995 by Reid and Eileen Hopkins to develop both character and leadership skills in boys and girls ages 9-17.
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Posted by James Davis

Ikpem Nigerian Water Project Grant


Ikpem (E-BEEM) Nigeria --- A Water Well System

We join with Rotary International, Rotary District 5240, Downtown Bakersfield Rotary and the Rotary Club in Okigwe, Nigeria to implement a water system project in Ikpem, a community of 5,000 in southeastern Nigeria. This project will change their lives. People must walk seven miles to get their water. Families will spend nearly 25% of their lives in getting their water. So many more health benefits come from drinking clean water. Join us, we are looking for people like you, businesses, and organizations to support this effort. Our goal is to raise $15,000 in our community. We now have a commitment of matching funds for this project of $20,000 from Rotary International. You will change lives by supporting this effort. The walk/run will begin at 7:30AM and a BBQ sponsored by the Knights of Columbus will follow at a modest cost with the proceeds benefiting the project.

 Walk for Water SPONSOR FORM

INFO: Jim Davis, 2012/13 Rotary KRV President (760) 223-3468

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Posted by Paul Cromwell

When:         9am, Saturday, October 6th

Where:       Kern River Valley Golf Course
Along the Kern River at 9472 Burlando Road, Kernville   (sign-in starts 8:30am)

Why:           Fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Kern River Valley’s humanitarian, intercultural & educational activities

Fee:            $75 (includes golf cart & lunch) We can take cash, checks & charge cards

Register:    Contact Paul Cromwell at ( (760) 417-1008
: E-mail:
* PO Box 2844, Lake Isabella, CA 93240

Posted by Richard Rowe
Humanitarian trip to India forever changes, motivates local doctor
Valerie Cassity, Special to the Kern Valley Sun

At 4 a.m. on Jan. 27, 2009, just hours after being honored as the Kern River Valley Woman of the Year, Dr. Holly Spohn-Gross boarded an airplane bound for India, where she spent ten days working on behalf of the Rotary Club to administer polio vaccinations to countless children in the face of extreme poverty and pollution. She has returned home changed by the experience, seeking a way to help the people she met there in a concrete way that eludes her.
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The Rotary Club of Kern River Valley is small (21 members as of 5-28-2010), but makes a significant contribution through Rotary, both locally and beyond.
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