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Editors Correction 
The Beacon editor corrects in the announcements section in the Beacon for the week of November 2, 2022, that it was Erick Bautista who should be recognized as the contributor to designing the Foundation Table Sign. 
The Beacon 
The Beacon
The official weekly publication of The Rotary Club of Bakersfield Breakfast
Bakersfield Breakfast Rotary business is top of mind, anytime and all the time. Even the morning after Mid-Term National, State, and Local Elections, one cannot focus an ounce of our attention away from the important business we choose to conduct 24/7/365 at BBRC. I’m proud of that, and I know you are too. As a matter of fact, I like the odds of Rotarians solving challenging issues across this country better than anyone…I’ll bet you agree.
Keeping in line with this frame of thinking, member Stephanie Baker started us off by providing the invocation asking for blessings and guidance to direct our members to best serve our community in need. Past President Neal Walker had led us in America’s Pledge of Allegiance, and Robert Provencio sang us right into an 1860s favorite Battle Hymn of the Republic. A fitting momentum as we as a club draw near our Wine, Place and Show fundraiser this weekend at Luigi’s Warehouse.
According to Dr. Bani Singh, MD, no visitors on this bright, brisk, rain-washed Wednesday, but William Gordon managed the arm twisting of his friend Ray Goyeneche to attend a meeting as a guest. I got to catch up with Ray after the meeting. Nice man, whom I hope will come back to visit us. I guess Joanne Bender could be a visitor, but since she is Dale’s wife, Joanne is welcome anytime, whether Dale invites her or not!
Pete introduced our program speaker…wait where is Pete Leveroni? He is sitting back there, waaaaay in the back. Does he have laryngitis or something? President Karen Bonnano took over the reins and introduced the speaker instead of Pete. What’s up with that? Oh well, speaker Ed French who hails from Bakersfield, is a self-proclaimed local actor when he is not tasked with the work at Bristol Hospice. The sound of hospice care is usually not a conversation many desire to engage in; most would rather see past President Jeff Haynes with his shirt off at a meeting…oh yeah, we saw that. But anyway, Ed was friendly enough to take time away from his duties to educate us about what hospice care is and is not.
With ten years of experience under his belt, Ed got from the acting stage, a passion he still engages in, to caring for those people and families facing end-of-life situations. Not an easy conversation to have but needed in many cases just the same. Ed told us Bristol maintains trained staff and volunteers who dedicate themselves to providing comfort and peace to the terminally ill and resolve to families who are emotionally broken from having to face the inevitable of saying good-bye to a loved one. My hat off to Ed and people like him who find in their hearts the compassion and patience to take on the challenges of hospice care.
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
David Perkins
November 4
Jacque Alexander
November 7
John Guerard
November 9
Isabel Montesino
November 11
Craig Holland
November 30
Marlene Heise
Ben Horn
November 6
Michael Turnipseed
November 11
Dale Bender
November 12
Harry Bryant
November 17
Bill Black
November 22
Donna Schwartz
Jeff Schwartz
November 24
Jeffrey Schwartz
Donna Schwartz
November 24
Will Duerksen
Janet Duerksen
November 26
Upcoming Events
Bakersfield Breakfast Rotary Wine, Place, & Show
Luigi's Warehouse
Nov 12, 2022
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
District 5240 Conference - 2022
Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort
Nov 18, 2022 – Nov 20, 2022
District's Rotary Foundation Million Dollar Dinner
Camarillo Airport, Hanger A
Jan 03, 2023
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Okihi Preserve Work Day
Okihi Preserve
Feb 11, 2023
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Group 2 (Bakersfield) All Club Luncheon
Career & Technical Education Center (CTEC)
Mar 02, 2023
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Meeting Duties
November 16, 2022
Wilmot, Mindy
Arias, Myrna
Baker, Stephanie
Flag Salute
Bender, Dale
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
Bautista, Erick
November 30, 2022
Bryant, Harry
Bell, Jeffrey
Black, Bill
Flag Salute
Brooks, Becky
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
Blunt, Darin
December 7, 2022
Burke, Thomas
Desme, Greg
Guerard, John
Flag Salute
Duerksen, Will
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
Cerda, Cameron
December 14, 2022
Harris, Duncan
Haynes, Jeffrey
Haynes, Denise
Flag Salute
Heise, Marlene
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
Johnson, Dan
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