President’s Letter – August 28, 2018

President’s Letter – August 28, 2018

Many thanks go out to Connie Green for helping with check in as Teresa was playing on a houseboat at Lake Powell.  Christian Orth was very helpful as our Greeter and leading us in the flag salute and Michael Self provided a very nice invocation. Visiting Rotarians were Bernadette Bagley from the Montecito Club and Sandi Schwarz, our District Governor. The meeting was all about our District Governor Sandi Schwarz. It was clearly an eventful day for her due to having to stop along the way to fix a tire that picked up a nail. Nothing like stressing about not making the meeting to make your blood pressure go up.
Sandi joined us at the Fireside to share stories about herself first.  We learned that she is a lifelong Bakersfield resident and an RN.  It is clear that she is passionate about providing care to her patients and we learned that she did work in a number of areas at the hospital.  My favorite part was her story about helping a family during hospice care.  The room was silent when she described the details and it is clear she is able to provide support and strength to those in need during a very difficult time.
How many of us would attempt to run a marathon after our 60th birthday?  I can think of only one (Chris Clemens when he turns 60) but Sandi ran multiple marathons and ½ marathons following hers.  If it were not for those dog gone barking knee’s I bet she would still be running long distance races.  If you believe in creationism, you can probably say that the knee is one of god’s biggest mistakes, along with avocado pits.
Sandi has a large family with 5 children and 11 grandchildren.  As if that was not enough, she added two more foster children to the mix to make it 7 children.  I can now see why she is such a passionate Rotarian as she regularly demonstrates her desire to help others.  One of her remaining goals is to spend some time in the South watching SEC football games and singing in Baptist Churches.  Hallelujah Sandi!! Following the Fireside chat, we all learned a little more about Rotary in our district from her presentation and it is clear she will do a great job as District Governor this year.
On Friday after work, a few of us got together, for the social hour at Dargan’s.  The potato skins, chicken wings, shrimp, beer, cocktails and conversation were fantastic and if you have chance to join us at a future social hour I highly recommend it.
Important dates and events to remember.
– United Way’s Day of Caring is Saturday 9/15 and Dick Salogga is coordinating our efforts to clean up Hendry’s Beach.  If you can join us, please reach out to Dick to sign up in advance, as he needs to have you complete a form.
– Our Family Picnic is Sunday 9/16 from 3:00 to 5:00 at Tuckers Grove.  Carlos Cortez is coordinating the effort and promises to make it fun for the kids so please plan to join us and even bring a friend.
– Do not forget to sign up for the 100 year Gala Party and if you are having trouble just ask Matt Nehmer for help.
We will be dark this week as it is Labor Day weekend but I look forward to another fun meeting the following Friday.
You’re President,
Mike Bieza
 

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