The Rotary Club of Bakersfield was chartered on May 1, 1920 as the 717th Club of Rotary.
The idea for a Rotary Club in Bakersfield was championed by Fresno businessman Hugo Allardt, an official with the Union Ice Company, who visited Bakersfield on a regular basis for business. He believed that Bakersfield would benefit from a Rotary Club, and was successful in attracting 24 of Bakersfield’s most successful business leaders to the idea of forming a Club.
At it's time of charter, the Directors of Rotary International frowned on the chartering of clubs in cities with less than 50,000 in population – at the time Bakersfield had a population of around 20,000 people. Due to the relentless advocacy of Bakersfield's community leaders, the Club was granted its charter nevertheless. They are a very proud Parent Club of the Bakersfield High School Interact Club, Bakersfield also has its own Rotaract Club.
They support a wide variety of projects from assisting the homeless to driver awareness programs.
The club meets on Thursdays at 12:00 PM at the Bakersfield Museum of Art
1930 R Street Bakersfield CA 93301
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