Posted by Mindy Wilmot
Happy Autumn, BBRCers!
I don’t know about you, but it seemed a little darker and cooler heading to the meeting this week. Here is a recap of our latest meeting.
President Dave looked vacation-y in his Hawaiian print shirt. We welcomed a full house including guests Darren Scott (to celebrate the Scott’s 31st wedding anniversary on 9/16) and Visiting Rotarian Carol Smith from Twilight. While Frank had me sub for him with the newsletter, he forgot to tag someone to provide the invocation. The eloquent Athena Collup gleefully volunteered and asked our Heavenly Father to “help us seek peace.” Amen!! Jacque Alexander proudly waved the colors and led us in our flag salute. Songstress Chelsea Ashcraft led us in “God Bless America.”
Our program was presented by United Way of Kern County. We heard from President & CEO Mari Perez-Dowling and Marketing Manager Gabriel Alvarez (also in attendance were IT/Development Manager Don Harris and Marketing & Campaign Assistant Sydney Cullen). United Way of Kern County has three areas of focus -- Education, Health, and Financial Stability. Especially during COVID, United Way continues to serve the people of Kern County. With an anonymous $1.3 million donation in May, UWKern was able to assist individuals needing financial assistance, assist nonprofits providing relief, and provide 60,000 meals in 30 days to essential workers and families. For the beginning of school, 3,400 backpacks filled with school supplies and snacks were distributed to children. The link to their Report to the Community 2019 highlights all of the good work United Way does.
It should be noted that all of the funds raised in the county stay local!
Back to the meeting. President Dave asked who was without a pin. I was ready to record how many fines we would have, but our president was feeling generous and deemed the moment fine free!
Then it came time to grill the membership for last week’s “Phrase that Pays.” (Seriously, we’ve generated some major dollars from people not knowing). Ron Nelms knew the part about our fundraiser being at Queen Jackie’s house, therefore he was only charged $5. Ken Quarnberg knew the rest… that tickets are $25 per person.
Happy Spots
Jeff Haynes was happy (did he say HOW happy?) that his son and daughter-in-law are expecting their first child. Congratulations, Papa Haynes!
Jacque Alexander was $20 happy that her daughter living in Boston was recently wed.
Carol Smith was $20 happy that she FINALLY gets to travel!!
Jerry Starr was $20 happy in recognition of Kay Pitts’ work tracking down the history of Jerry’s 41 years in Rotary! Jerry’s continuous service in Rotary is super impressive. His clubs and dates are at the end of this article. I see a story for the BBRC webpage...just saying.
Cheryl Scott was $20 happy after announcing that the Bakersfield College Foundation has started an emergency fund for students negatively impacted by the pandemic.
Pancake Breakfast Saturday 9/26 at Dignity Health (East California & Baker).
Blood Drive October 3, 9-1 at our Broken Yolk Cafe. As a special bonus after you donate, you will be gifted lunch (thank you Kathy Berry!). (The phrase that pays (BBRC) is within the two prior sentences.) It is recommended, but not required that you sign up for a donation time on-line on the Houchin Blood Bank website.  Go to, locate the Broken Yolk Café Oct 3 schedule under the “search schedules” on the right-hand side of the page.
An ad-hoc committee has been formed to investigate the possibility of relocating meetings. They plan to narrow the search to 2-3 possibilities and then “test-meet” at them. More to come, if you have suggestions, questions, or want to serve on the committee please contact Michele McClure, our energetic Club Service Chair who is leading the effort.
In this week’s episode of who will win the weekly mask challenge, Athena vs Denise, it was Denise. Enjoy your bottle of red.
On a sad note, Martha Samora has resigned from BBRC due to work obligations. We will miss her terribly.
Next week’s meeting will be all Zoom as we will be hosting District Governor, Deb Linden. I can’t wait for her to see how BBRC is the best Rotary club in town!! I’ll send out my usual Zoom meeting note with the Zoom information before the meeting.
Jerry Starr's Membership Rotary Record
Thank you for your service over the years!  Your active participation in BBRC is appreciated and valued!
(Note, if Rotary International didn't have a specific day he joined a club, they assigned January 1)

Oscoda Rotary Club (Michigan)
Member: January 1, 1979 – December 31, 1980

North Merced Rotary Club
Member: January 1, 1981 – December 12, 1982

Bakersfield Breakfast Rotary Club
Member: December 13, 1982 – July 1, 1998 (Charter Member)
Club President: July 1, 1983 – June 30, 1984

Delano Rotary Club
Member: July 2, 1998 – June 30, 2000

Reedley Rotary Club
Member: July 1, 2000 – December 31, 2002

Bakersfield Breakfast Rotary Club
Member: January 16, 2003 – current