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Pitts Ponderings
Thousand Flags
Our annual gift to the community (and possible fund-raiser) is well underway. Even if you didn’t sign up to volunteer, feel free to stop by to give relief or help out. There will DEFINITELY be a need to help with the flag take-down on Monday starting at 3:15. Thank you to all who are available to volunteer this weekend! Thank you Thousand Flags Committee Chair for an excellent briefing.
The event program is on our home page. Feel free to share it with others.
Above and Beyond Award 
Don't forget Above and Beyond nominations are due Tuesday May 31! Here is a copy of the form.
BBRC Peacebuilder Committee
Committee chair Mindy Wilmot reported that our application to become a Rotary District 5240 Peacebuilder Club has been submitted. 
Mindy shared that BC is planning a second Peace Garden at the main campus. BBRC with other clubs will provide a second peace pole for that campus. Additionally,  Bakersfield College has also requested peace poles for the Delano and planned Arvin campuses.
Our Peace Initiative is also highlighted on the Rotary District website.  Click here for a link to the story.
BBRC Club President
BBRC is fortunate that we have well-qualified and enthusiastic members who volunteer to serve as club president.  David Lari was elected to serve as our 2024-2025 president at the May 25, 2022 meeting.  Congratulations Dave!  When asked how he felt about his election he said he is happy and celebrating by going to Disneyland (or not).
Here is our Presidential line-up:
2021-2022 President Jeff Haynes (Jeff is also excited that his term is wrapping up.)
2022-2023 President Elect Karen Bonann(Karen is prepared and ready to go!)
2023-2024 President Elect Nominee Pat Thompson
2024-2025 President Elect Nominee Designate David Lari
Dictionary Project
One of our club's community service highlights is presenting very special dictionaries to all of the third graders at Fremont Elementary every year. I am proud we activiely support this Rotary Focus Area - Basic Education and Literacy.  Past Rotary International Presidents have advocated for literacy and providing dictionaries and books to elementary school children. 
This project took off when member Michele McClure brought the project her former Napa Rotary club was doing to us when she returned to to BBRC. This year ten members gathered at Fremont on Thursday, May 27 or Friday May 28 to prepare and present personalized dictionaries for EVERY student in the third grade (a subset of these volunteers is pictured here. These are not your flimsy little paperback dictionaries - these are hard bound with pictures and word explanations perfect for the young minds. Every third grade student in attendance was presented with their own book in each of the five classrooms. Excitement abounded! 
Upcoming Speakers
Jun 01, 2022
Take the morning off
Jun 08, 2022 6:45 AM
Warrior - her story
Jun 15, 2022 6:45 AM
BC Dean of Kinesiology / Athletics Director
Jun 22, 2022 6:45 AM
His last meeting
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Duncan Harris
May 5
Temo Lopez
May 10
David Spalinger
May 15
Javier Reyes
May 21
Peter Leveroni
May 22
Kenneth Quarnberg
May 29
Pat Thompson
Karen Thompson
May 26
Willie Gordon
Nicole Kennedy
May 28
Upcoming Events
Thousand Flags
May 28, 2022 6:00 AM –
May 30, 2022 6:00 PM
Rotary International Convention
George R Brown Convention Center
Jun 04, 2022 – Jun 08, 2022
Pancake Breakfast for the Homeless
Jun 18, 2022
President Jeff Haynes Demotion
Jun 24, 2022
Club Awards & DG Dana Dana Step Down
Los Robles Greens
Jun 25, 2022 12:00 PM
Meeting Duties
May 25, 2022
Turnipseed, Michael
Arias, Myrna
Thompson, Pat
Flag Salute
Williamson, Jason
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
Walker, Neil
June 8, 2022
Bell, Jeffrey
Bryant, Harry
Blunt, Darin
Flag Salute
Bautista, Erick
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
Baker, Stephanie
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Rotary Club of Bakersfield Breakfast