Carl Gross, Editor

July 15th, 2011


Upcoming Programs and Events

July 22nd-Craig Walker-Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus and the Founding of AARP

July 29th-Fifth Friday Social-John and Peggy Russell's House

August 5th-Nomi Morris-The Arab Spring-What does it mean?

August 12th-District Governor Wade Nomura's Visit

August 19th-Rob Clark-City Manager-The State of the City

August 26th-Claude Dorais-CEO Unite-to-Light-Lighting the Developing World

In the Beginning....

President Dave opened the meeting, calling the unruly mob to order. The flag salute was ably delivered by Ren Adam, and Lerie Bjornstedt gave an impromptu invocation. Greeters were Ren Adam and Kelly Randall, Andrew Mansfield did a great job of setting up the room, and Ren took command of the roving mike. Your Editor was Carl Gross.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests

There were no visiting Rotarians, but we had guests:

Larry Beckett, guest of Jack Jacobs

Karla Tetreault, guest of Allan Jacobs


Patricia Cardinal, who thanked the Club for our support of the Solstice Festival in Meiner's Oaks (known as M.O. or MoTown).















President Watson wanted us to mark August 12th in our calendars for District Governor Wade Nomura's visit to our Club.

Please save the date of Friday, July 29th for our Fifth Friday Festivities.  The Russell's will be hosting at their lovely home. More details to follow. Thank you...Lori Bolton.

District News:

Girod, Sharon
Please join the Membership and PR team for an informative seminar on increasing retention, growing your club, increasing public awareness and sharing Rotary.  The district membership seminar prepares club and district leaders to support membership activities, such as recruiting and retaining members. It is also a great opportunity to learn about the new PR campaign being kicked off by the District and get a chance to view the new communication tools we are going to be using.  Did you attend the District Assembly?  This class will be taught by the dynamic team of Gary Stewart and Michael Boyer.  They bring a fresh new way of thinking about membership and public relations.  Dare I say is membership and public relations with a dash of sexy and a lot of fun!    Who Should Participate: Club presidents, president elects, club membership committee members, district membership development and district extension committee members, assistant governors, and other interested Rotarians. The seminars were taught on July 9th in Oxnard and Santa Maria.  The 3rd session will be on July 30th in Bakersfield.  Just click on the date below to register. July 30th - 9:00am to Noon - Carney's Business Center, Bakersfield There will be a $5 charge at the door to cover coffee . 





Fining: Tony Thacher

Master Finemaster and Fine Man, Tony Thacher led the currency extraction:


Don Scanlon used his car as a float in the 4th of July Parade. All went well until someone sat on the button that caused the top to come up and panic ensued.

Maggie Cerminaro wished Nic Frank good luck in his upcoming surgery.

DeWayne Boccali admitted that he saw Bob Dylan. He wasn't blowing in the wind. He was like a rolling stone.

Fines: Tony grilled the membership on Bastille Day, July 14th.

Peter Haggerty, Marty Babayco, Jack Jacobs, Dick Weirick, Al West, Ren Adam, Ron Wilson, and Carl Gross withered under the barrage of questions.









The Program: Russell Whitmeyer-The Lyman and Charlene Smith Killings

Allan Jacobs introduced our guest, Russell Whitmeyer.

On the morning of March 14th, 1980, Lyman Smith and his wife, Charlene, were found by his son, murdered in their bed. So began a murder mystery that was tied into many brutal homicides, rapes, and robberies in Northern and Southern California.

Mr. Whitmeyer became involved when the defense attorney for Joe Alsip, who was accused of the murder, asked him to investigate the case. Mr. Alsip was exonerated, but this led Russ to a now 31 year search for the killer. With little help from authorities of multiple jurisdictions, he resorted to interviews with the victims, friends and relatives, police interviews, and meticulous analysis of the evidence. This has become a quest of Mr. Whitmeyer' that may either come to an end with finding the killer or be terminated due to lack of funds.

He ended the talk on a positive note-they may have a suspect. Russ feels that he may finally have his man.

Thank-You, Mr. Whitmeyer for a riveting presentation. We hope you get your man.



Final Thoughts

"Always do right-this will gratify some and astonish the rest."

Mark Twain