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September 29, 2021
Bell's Bounty
Our faithful chronicler of meeting minutes, Frank Wooldridge, was unavoidably detained this week, leaving the recounting of our 9/29 gathering to the junior assistant Beacon editor, Jeff Bell! Things started off wonderfully with warm greetings from Jackie Maxwell & Michele McClure the moment everyone walked through the door, but shortly thereafter we could tell our meeting was different as our typically punctual President Jeff Haynes delayed the initial ringing of the bell until 7:02am. Then Ron Nelms graced us with a lovely invocation, Heath Niemeyer led us in a patriotic pledge, and songstress extraordinaire Carol Smith directed us in a rousing rendition of My Country, '5Tis of Thee.  Finally, Michael O'Doherty tried to introduce our visiting Rotarians, however none could be found.
Normally Pres Jeff would next ask Pete Leveroni to introduce our guest speaker, however the booked and confirmed program presenter was MIA- leaving our fearless leader in a bit of a bind! Drawing on his PERLS training, he adeptly pivoted to celebrating birthdays, wedding and club anniversaries.  Cheryl Scott brought along the ever-handsome Darren Scott to celebrate their 32 years of wedded bliss- and it was Darrin's birthday today to boot! Denise Haynes acknowledged the 17th anniversary of her wedding to Scott Haynes. Finally, our very own MJ Pasek celebrated her silver 25th Rotary anniversary this week.
A History of Polio
Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a paralyzing and potentially deadly infectious disease that most
commonly affects children under the age of 5, and is caused by the poliovirus. The virus
spreads from person to person, typically through contaminated water. It can then attack the
nervous system. Years after recovery, post-polio syndrome may occur, with a slow development
of muscle weakness similar to that which the person had during the initial infection.

Polio has been on the earth for thousands of years, with depictions disease in ancient art, such
as in the carvings inside an ancient Egyptian pyramid, portraying a priest with a withered leg.

In the early 20th century, polio was one of the most feared diseases in the industrialized world. It
paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children every year. Effective vaccines against polio were
introduced by Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin, in the 1950s and 60s. Polio was brought under
control and practically eliminated as a public health problem in the United States and other
countries. As of 1979, the United States was polio free; in 1988 the global polio eradication
initiatives began. Since then more than 25 billion children have immunized, Thanks to the
cooperation more than 200 countries, backed by an international investment of more than US
$11 billion. The timeline of the history of polio may be found at, as well as
Upcoming Speakers
Oct 13, 2021 6:45 AM
Water Association of Kern County
Water Association of Kern County
Oct 20, 2021 6:45 AM
The District, Global Mediation work, or whatever she wants
Oct 27, 2021 6:45 AM
The Happenings at Houchin Community Blood Bank
Nov 03, 2021 6:45 AM
Our Downtown Business Association
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Stephanie Baker
October 4
Denise Haynes
October 5
Kay Pitts
October 5
Chelsea Ashcraft
October 8
Dan Johnson
October 16
Carol Smith
October 31
Peter Leveroni
October 12
Teresa Waller
Mark Waller
October 26
Upcoming Events
BBRC Wine, Place, and Show Fundraising Party
Luigi's Warehouse
Nov 13, 2021 6:00 PM
BBRC Charter Night + Christmas Party
Bakersfield County Club
Dec 03, 2021
District Conference - new date!
Ventura Marriott Hotel
Jan 28, 2022 – Jan 30, 2022
Meeting Duties
October 13, 2021
Ashcraft, Chelsea
Parnell, Sandra
Pasek, MJ
Flag Salute
Pitts, Kay
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
Perkins, David
October 20, 2021
Scott, Cheryl
Gordon, Willie
Ramos-Alvarez, Teresa
Flag Salute
Quarnberg, Kenneth
Visiting Rotarians
Scott, Dennis
October 27, 2021
Schwartz, Donna
Selby, Sally
Schwartz, Jeffrey
Flag Salute
Simmons, Nick
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
Singh, Bani
Russell Hampton
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