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  • Rotary Club of Tehachapi honors past and incoming presidents

    Susan Andreas-Bervel, contributing writer|Jul 6, 2024

    On June 27, at the home of Don and Marian Stephens, the Rotary Club of Tehachapi held its annual Step Down event to honor outgoing President Paul Kaminski. Rotary also formally welcomed incoming President, Jennifer Palakiko, who will serve for the 2024-25 year. The Rotarians and their guests enjoyed a delicious meal provided by Red House BBQ, with lovely desserts made by Linda Pettitt. Kaminski presented Paul Harris Fellows recognitions to five Rotarians for their contributions in the past...

  • Meet Your New Neighbors

    Pat Doody, Welcome Hostess|Jul 6, 2024

    Annmarie Huppert moved to Tehachapi in May from Gig Harbor, Washington, to join her son Stephen Sturm and her three grandchildren. Annmarie was born in Washington and had lived there off-and-on for most of her life, but had also spent time in Tehachapi and on the Nicoya Peninsula region of Costa Rica. Annmarie graduated from Evergreen State College in Washington with a degree in Liberal Arts, emphasis on Public Policy and Psychology. She was a Washington State Legislative Intern, worked in the...

  • Rotary presentation from Have a Heart Humane Society

    Susan Andreas-Bervel, contributing writer|Jul 6, 2024

    On June 13, the Rotary Club of Tehachapi welcomed guest speaker Michael Puffer from Have a Heart Humane Society. Michael oversees the adoption room with a quiet determination and a heartfelt commitment to animal welfare. As a retired air traffic control supervisor, Michael said he was surprised how a career in air traffic control actually prepared him to run an adoption room because he utilizes his decision-making skills every day. He is continually looking at the needs of animals, as well as...

  • Rotary presents books to area kindergarteners

    Susan Andreas-Bervel, contributing writer|Jul 6, 2024

    A favorite project of the Rotary Club of Tehachapi is the annual Kindergarten Book Giveaway. At the end of the school year, Rotarians visit kindergarten classrooms throughout the community and present the students with a personalized book to take home and keep. This project has been sponsored by Rotary for many years, and the students often look forward to receiving their special book, just like their older brother or sister. A project like this takes a lot of people helping to make it happen....

  • Rotary hears about the Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House

    Susan Andreas-Bervel, contributing writer|Jul 6, 2024

    The featured speaker at the June 22 meeting of the Rotary Club of Tehachapi was Scarlett Sabin, house director at the Ronald McDonald House in Bakersfield. Scarlett has worked at the Ronald McDonald House since it was established in December 2008. The Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House is located on the property of Bakersfield Memorial Hospital; however, they accommodate families who have children in any hospital in Bakersfield. It provides a comfortable alternative to sleeping in a chair or...

  • Rotary Senior Tea

    Susan Andreas-Bervel, contributing writer|Jul 6, 2024

    Over 60 seniors from the Tehachapi area gathered on June 6 to attend the annual Tea Party, hosted by the Rotary Club of Tehachapi. It was a day of style and elegance, as the participants donned fancy attire and fabulous hats for high tea served in the lovely shaded garden of The Woods Pavilion. The venue was elegantly staged with linens and china table settings. Members of the Rotary Club of Tehachapi prepared and served all the food and beverages. As is the tradition, the high tea began with a...

  • Rotary Club of Tehachapi awards $8,000 in scholarships

    Susan Andreas-Bervel, contributing writer|Jun 22, 2024

    The Rotary Club of Tehachapi awarded $2,000 scholarships to four deserving high school seniors during ceremonies held at the conclusion of the school year. Scholarships were awarded to three seniors from Tehachapi High School and one student from Valley Oaks Charter School. Rotary President Paul Kaminski presented awards to Olivia Loyd, Davery Pogon-Cord and Priscilla Sturz at the scholarship awards night at Tehachapi High School. For Valley Oaks Charter School, Elliott Gonzales, Interact Club P...

  • Students share RYLA Leadership Retreat experiences

    Susan Andreas-Bervel, contributing writer|Jun 22, 2024

    On June 6, the Rotary Club of Tehachapi welcomed students from the local Interact Clubs to share their experiences attending RYLA, a Rotary-sponsored leadership retreat for high school students. RYLA was held from April 12-15 in Ojai, California. Over 230 students from Rotary District 5240 were in attendance. Rotarian Judy Trujillo works with advisors from both Tehachapi High School and Valley Oaks Charter School to support the local Interact Club at each school, as well as attending the RYLA...

  • Serena Thornburg wins Rotary District Essay Contest

    Susan Andreas-Bervel, contributing writer|Jun 22, 2024

    Serena Thornburg was presented with a special award for winning the Rotary District 5240 Essay Contest during the Rotary Club of Tehachapi's meeting on June 6. Club President Paul Kaminski introduced Jacque Jans, executive assistant governor for Rotary District 5240 and member of the Rotary Club of Bakersfield West, who made the presentation. After winning the essay contest at the local level, Serena went on to win the Middle School Division of the contest, competing against winners from 70...

  • Big things happening at the Kern County Museum

    Susan Andreas-Bervel, contributing writer|Jun 8, 2024

    On May 30, the Rotary Club of Tehachapi welcomed Dr. Mike McCoy, the executive director of the Kern County Museum, who gave an engaging and informative presentation about the museum and their plans for the future. The Kern County Museum has been in existence for 80 years, which makes it one of the oldest and largest museums in the state. Mike has been the director for seven years, and it is impressive to see the way the museum has grown and changed under his leadership. Although born in Texas,...

  • Valley Oaks Charter School honors 2024 Salutatorian Kyler Sparling

    Nena Thornburg, Valley Oaks Science teacher and High School Advisor, contributing writer|May 28, 2024

    "I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by." – Douglas Adams. This was Kyler Sparling's answer when asked for his favorite quote, one that touches on one the most important lessons Kyler has learned in high school ... to not waste time worrying about the little things. "Progress is doing better than you were doing, not better than others are doing," said Kyler. Kyler has attended Valley Oaks Charter School for 7 years. A young man who has developed his mind, body, a...

  • Valley Oaks Charter School Senior Awards Reception

    Valley Oaks Charter School|May 28, 2024

    Valley Oaks Charter School held its Senior Awards Reception on May 8. Students received various awards, including Presidential Excellence Awards, Presidential Achievement Awards, American Citizenship Awards and California Scholarship Federation awards. Students were also recognized for completion of A-G requirements, completion of two or more college classes, Interact club official membership and scholarship from Rotary Club of Tehachapi. Those honored were Kyler Sparling, Charlotte Deaver,...

  • Rotary welcomes MaryBeth Garrison for Cheers to Charity presentation

    Susan Andreas-Bervel, contributing writer|May 28, 2024

    At the April 25 meeting of the Tehachapi Rotary Club, MaryBeth Garrison gave an interesting and inspiring presentation on the history of Cheers to Charity. Cheers to Charity, whose motto is "Eat, Drink, and Help Change Your World," began in 2014 in the parking lot of Veritas Tapas & Wine Bar, and the event continues to grow in size and popularity each year. Cheers to Charity is held second weekend of August, and they are celebrating 2024 with a theme of "A Decade of Doing Good." Their mission...

  • Ben Eshbach, creator of Tehachapi Now on YouTube presents at Rotary

    Susan Andreas-Bervel, contributing writer|May 28, 2024

    On Thursday, May 16, the Rotary Club of Tehachapi welcomed guest speaker, Ben Eshbach. Ben is a local Tehachapi resident who started the "Tehachapi Now" channel on YouTube. When he moved his family to Tehachapi in 2022, he was researching on YouTube to see what Tehachapi had to offer, and he found two things: 1) real estate and 2) trains. He knew that there was so much more to the community, so he set about finding the little local gems, businesses and stories that make Tehachapi a wonderful...

  • Bakersfield National Cemetery presents to Rotary

    Susan Andreas-Bervel, contributing writer|May 11, 2024

    On May 2, the Tehachapi Rotary Club welcomed Yolanda Crowe, administrative officer at the Bakersfield National Cemetery. Crowe is a 20-year veteran of the United States Navy, and worked at the National Cemetery in Riverside for 13 years, before relocating to Kern County in 2023. The Bakersfield National Cemetery is located on Bear Mountain Road, on land donated by Tejon Ranch. Although the entire cemetery property encompasses 500 acres, currently only 50 acres are developed and used, allowing...

  • Rotary presents Service Above Self award

    Pat Doody, staff writer|Apr 27, 2024

    The Tehachapi Rotary Club presented a Service Above Self award to South Street Digital at their April 18 meeting for donating the creation of Rotary's annual Kindergarten Books. The books containing facts about each child's life are presented to all kindergarten students in Tehachapi's elementary schools. The children supply the information that is used to create personal books for each child. From left is Audrey Post, Lydia Chaney and Eric Horn. The Rotary Club of Tehachapi is a volunteer...

  • Set designer, James Carhart, speaks to Rotarians

    Pat Doody, staff writer|Apr 27, 2024

    The featured speaker at the April 18 Rotary meeting was local celebrity James Carhart, who is recognized locally as part of the BeeKay Theatre community. Carhart has designed sets for such plays as "Baskerville," "The Importance of Being Earnest," "Young Frankenstein" and the "The Addams Family," as well as the current play, "Murder on the Orient Express." Born in New York, James spent much of his childhood traveling the world. His interest in the theater developed during his studies at...

  • Mountain Bible Church receives special recognition

    Susan Andreas-Bervel, contributing writer|Apr 13, 2024

    On March 27, the Tehachapi Rotary Club invited Pastor Jonathan Plasencia from Mountain Bible Church to attend the meeting to receive a special recognition from the club. President Elect Jennifer Palakiko and Rhonda Brady, chairperson of the "12 Days of Christmas" food drive, presented Mountain Bible Church with a $500 donation in appreciation of the support the church gives to the Rotary Club's annual holiday food drive. The church helps by giving Rotary the space to store and box up donations t...

  • Chris Naftel presents his underwater photography

    Susan Andreas-Bervel, contributing writer|Apr 13, 2024

    At the March 27 Tehachapi Rotary meeting, the speaker was Rotary Treasurer Chris Naftel. Chris worked for NASA for over 36 years, and since his retirement in 2015 he enjoys traveling, scuba diving and photography. He gave an interesting and colorful presentation on underwater photography, highlighting photographs taken on recent trips to Cozumel, Mexico and Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean, with his wife and dive partner, Dody. Chris learned to dive about 10 years ago on a trip to Guam, and in that...

  • Fundraiser concert to benefit Warrior Food Pantry

    Linda Carhart, contributing writer|Apr 13, 2024

    The Rotary Club of Tehachapi is gearing up for an evening of music and philanthropy as they host a fundraiser concert featuring James Lee Stanley, a renowned Beachwood Recording artist, alongside other talented performers at the historic BeeKay Theatre, 110 S. Green Street, Tehachapi, on May 18 at 7 p.m. With tickets priced at $25 each, attendees will not only enjoy a night of entertainment, but will also be contributing to a crucial cause. Every nickel raised from the event will directly...

  • Train cams featured at Rotary

    Pat Doody, staff writer|Apr 13, 2024

    The guest speaker at the April 4 Rotary meeting held at Kelcy's Restaurant was Cheryl Butters, who, with her husband Mike, operates five live train-watching cameras that can be accessed by the public on their YouTube channel. Mike comes from a family of railfans in Manhattan, New York. He and Cheryl purchased their first camera and installed it at their home on January 4, 2018. The live stream is titled "Tehachapi Live Train Cams and Airbnb at West Cable" on YouTube. With the success of the firs...

  • Rotary Essay Contest Winners

    Judy Trujillo, contributing writer|Mar 2, 2024

    Each year the Rotary Club of Tehachapi sponsors an essay contest for elementary, junior high and high school students based on the Rotary 4-Way Test: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build good will and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? This year's winners have been announced. They are as follows: High School 1st place: Elliott Gonzales, Valley Oaks Charter School - $200 (Read Elliott's essay at https://www.theloopnewspaper.com/s...

  • The Four-Way Test and the Path Less Taken: Choosing integrity in matters of the heart

    Elliott Gonzales, Valley Oaks Charter School, contributing writer|Mar 2, 2024

    Each year the Rotary Club of Tehachapi sponsors an essay contest for elementary, junior high and high school students. Following is the essay from the 1st place high school winner. See list of winners at https://www.theloopnewspaper.com/story/2024/03/02/community/rotary-essay-contest-winners/11881.html. My hand slid into my pocket and my fingers brushed against the cool metal of the coin as I forced air into my lungs. My body trembled slightly as I considered the challenges that were before me....

  • The Four-Way Test: A lesson to be learned

    Serena Thornburg, Jacobsen Middle School, contributing writer|Mar 2, 2024

    Each year the Rotary Club of Tehachapi sponsors an essay contest for elementary, junior high and high school students. Following is the essay from the 1st place middle school winner. See list of winners at https://www.theloopnewspaper.com/story/2024/03/02/community/rotary-essay-contest-winners/11881.html. The Four-Way Test is a guide to learn from, possessing many essential teachings to help us to be our best selves. I took the Four-Way Test for granted when I first learned of it, but now I realize how important it is. The Four-Way Test...

  • Chamber's nonprofit luncheon

    Sarah Mouchet, staff writer|Feb 3, 2024

    On Jan. 16, the Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce held their first monthly luncheon of the year in the American Legion Hall. This month featured a nonprofits showcase, where local nonprofits set up booths around the perimeter of the room for luncheon attendees to visit before availing themselves of a delicious catered meal from Red House BBQ. Members were invited to fill out a stamp card by visiting each booth for a chance to win a free article in The Loop newspaper about their business....

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