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Feburary 19-25, 2010 • Volume 4 Issue 34

“Serving the West Kern County Communities of Taft, South Taft, Ford City, Maricopa, Fellows, McKittrick, Derby Acres, Dustin Acres, and the Cuyama Valley”

Taft College’s New Development Director City of Taft Honor’s Former Treasurer Art Hampton Donates $30,000 Carlton To Taft Oildorado Days

Community Resource Center Feeds Families on Thanksgiving

Learning About Facebook at the Taft Chamber of Commerce

City Manager Press Conference Reponds to Grand Jury, Calls Thompson Rogue City Councilman

Meet Sheri Horn Bunk Taft College Foundation and Development Director

Taft Camera Club Photo Contest at Taft College Taft Community Gardens Library Plant’s for the Future

By Jessica Miller

Oilworkers Monument Site Gets Ready! Accusations and Finger Pointing at City Council Over Grand Jury Report



February 19-25, 2010

Taft Community Gardens Taft College TIL Students Volunteer at Taft Community Gardens Work Day Taft College TIL Program students volunteered on Monday to

help out at the Taft Community Gardens located on 9th Street across from Cooper’s True Value Hardware. The students, enrolled in the Taft College Transition To Independent Living Program worked on garden clean-up and filled garden boxes with soil that had been donated by Tumbleweed Cafe owner Orchel Krier, delivered by volunteer Bob Aguirre in a truck donated by General Production Service earlier in the week. On Saturday, February 27 the Midway Sunset Lion’s Club will volunteer to put up fencing along 9th Street. On Saturday, March 6th garden volunteers and Melissa Iger of the Kern Tree Foundation will plant trees, fill raised garden beds with the donated soil and plant plants along the fence. Westside residents are encouraged to help out. Bring shovels, rakes and wheelbarrows if you have them. The Soroptimist Club of Taft will also be there for their annual Work Day.

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The garden is also supported by the West Kern Water District, the City of Taft, Fred Holmes, Kent Suthard, Cooper’s True Value Hardware, King’s Nursery, Synagro, Taft College, the Taft High School ROP Program, and Taft Rotary. The group is led by board members Kathy Johnson and Milea Suthard. The raised garden bed boxes are available to rent for $40 for a 6 month period. Taft Community Gardens is a non-profit organization run by local volunteers. For more information on the garden, please call Kathy Johnson at 770-7202.

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Community Events Taft California “Gateway to the Carrizo Plain National Monument”

News Briefs......................3 Westside Watcher...........4 Westside Recreation Report Stephanie House.............5 Westside News.................6 Taft College......................7 Your Health......................8 Westside Horoscopes.....9 Classified Ads................10

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Taft ARC Annual Bunco Night Saturday, February 20th Roll in the Good Times! The Taft Arc Annual Bunco Night Saturday, February 20th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at the Westside Recreation Center, 500 Cascade Place. Cost is $25 per person and includes dinner. Dinner served from 5:30pm to 6:00pm. Cash prizes will be awarded. For tickets call 763-1532 ext 11. Deadline for tickets is February 12th. Houchin Blood Bank February 23rd Houchin Blood Bank will be at the Chamber on February 23rd from 1pm-6pm. 400 Kern Street. Stop by and donate Life! WCMA BBQ Sunday, March 7th WCMA BBQ, Sunday, March 7 at the City Park on Kern St. TriTip or chicken sandwiches, drink, chips, dessert for $10. Hot dogs with all the same sides for $3. Proceeds to benefit Oildorado kick-off concert. If raining the event will be at the First Baptist Church on North St. Tickets may be purchased at Taft Chamber of Commerce, Midway Driller, Westside Resource Center, Taft Crude, Taft Independent, Ribbonz ‘N Curlz Boutique and several local churches. Call 765-7472 for more details. Luck of the Irish Dinner at The Fort March 17th

VITA - at Taft Branch Library through March 31st VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) to begin at Taft Branch Library. Free income tax help will be available at the Taft Branch Library starting now. Volunteers from the VITA program will be available on Wednesdays from 11;30 am to 6:00pm through March 31st. No appointment is necessary. Taxpayers wanting help should bring any tax forms they receive in the mail; records of income and deductions; a copy of last year’s return and their social security card. For more info call 763-3294. The Fort and TAPT Wine Tasting Night April 22nd The Fort will be holding their annual wine tasting evening with TAPT. Wine, hors d’oeuvers and Jazz music start at 5pm. For tickets please contact the Fort at 765-7371

Taft United Methodist Church 100 Year Anniversary April 25th

Subscriptions. Subscription home or mail delivery of the Taft Independent is available for $8.00 per month or $97.00 per year. To subscribe to please call 765-6550.

Taft’s First Church, Methodist Episcopal Church, built in 1910. Save the date; April 25th. Taft United Methodist Church is celebrating 100 years of ministry. Help us with names and addresses. Come and help us celebrate! 630 North Street.

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Class of 1960 Reunion Class of 1960 50th Reunion will be held on Oct 23, 2010 at O.T.’s Cookhouse on the 2nd Saturday of Oildorado. This will also be during the Taft’s 100th birthday year. We have the following as missing classmates. If you know anyone of them, please contact Lodema Hatch or call 661 7656007.

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News Briefs Grand Jury Report Dominates City Council Meeting, Miller Calls for Council Censure of Thompson A recently released Kern County Grand Jury Report that criticized City Manager Bob Gorson, and the Taft City Council dominated the Taft City Council meeting on Tuesday evening. Councilman Cliff Thompson, who was cited by the Grand Jury for having “violated public trust”, gave a Power Point slide presentation to the council critical of Gorson, Councilman Randy Miller and the Independent for its new coverage of the City Council. Later, Councilman Paul Linder read a prepared statement critical of Thompson apologizing to the public for the embarrassing media coverage of the Grand Jury investigation. “When personal agenda’s, dishonesty and release of privileged information occurs in an attempt to move the attention away from poor decisions or dishonesty, it becomes a sad time in our history,” Linder said. Linder also read a statement from Councilman Randy Miller who was absent from the meeting and called on the council to censure Thompson. “I ask this council to consider Council censure of Mr. Thompson, as he has not lived up to his responsibilities as a Taft City Councilman,” Miller wrote. Mayor Dave Noerr also made a statement about the Grand Jury findings, rejecting the reports finding that the council had failed in it fiduciary responsibilities. All councilmen’s comments on video can be seen on the Taft Independent’s Facebook page.

City Manager Gorson Blast Councilman Thompson as “Rogue Councilman”, Says Stress at City Harming Employes

The Historic Fort is having their annual St. Patrick’s Dinner on March 17th. Social hour at 5pm, dinner at 6pm. For more information and tickets contact the Fort at 765-7371.

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Taft City Manager Bob Gorson held a wide ranging 30 minute news conference on Thursday where he defended his tenure as City Manager, and called Councilman Cliff Thompson a “Rogue Councilman” whose harassment of city employees has caused enough stress that city employees required medical treatment. Gorson said that Thompson had approached him about employment with the City of Taft but said that as long as he was city manager, Thompson would never be an employee of the city. Gorson also rejected Thompson’s claim at Tuesday’s City Council meeting that he had offered Thompson a public safety job with the city. A video of Gorson’s press conference can be seen at the Taft Independent Facebook page.

Taft Midway Sunset Lions Holds Student Speaker Contest

The Taft Midway Sunset Lions held their “Club Level” Student Speaker Contest on February 9, 2010 in the Taft High IRC Building. This year’s topic is “Universal Healthcare-How Will It Affect Us”. The speakers were Taft High students, Jose Avina, and Brianna Rowden, with Brianna being the winning speaker. Both speakers won a cash prize for their efforts. Brianna will now move to the next level, which is the “Zone Level.” That contest will be held on March 6, 2010 in the Taft High IRC Building at 5 p.m. She will compete with students sponsored by the Arvin and Lamont Lions. The public is welcome, to watch at no admission. The prizes were given by the Taft Midway Sunset Lions, which we were able to do as a result of our Christmas tree sales. Although overdue, we would like to thank the following for making our tree lot a success, Clint Wagner, the City of Taft, Kern County Fire Department, The Independent, fellow Lions, and the great community of Taft and surrounding areas. In the future, we will be doing more local projects and giving a scholarship at Taft High School. We thank the community for your support.

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Steak, Seafood, Wild Game, Full Bar Monday – Friday 6 am to 2 pm Saturday – Sunday 7 am – 2 pm Dinner Hours Friday and Saturday 6 pm to 9 pm 24870 Highway 33, Derby Acres 768-4655

Sagebrush Annie’s Restaurant and Wine Tasting Tasting Sat. & Sun. 11:30-5 pm Dinner by Reservation 4211 Highway 33, Ventucopa (661) 766-2319

Paik’s Ranch House Where Everybody Meets Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Open 7 Days Mon. Tues. Thur. Sat. 6 am-9pm Sun. Wed. Fri. 6 am - 10pm 765-6915 200 Kern St. Taft

Taft Crude Coffee House Coffee House and Deli Monday – Friday 6:30 am to 5pm. Saturday 7 am to 2 pm Sundays 7:30 am to 1 pm 1010 6th Street, Taft 763-5156

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Oh the irony. It’s Grand Jury Awareness Week - I am not kidding - and just when the City of Taft is reeling from a report issued by the Kern County Grand Jury which chastised just about everyone at city hall - except the City Attorney according to the Not The Daily Midway Driller - City Hall just didn’t need this kind of celebration to brighten up all those long faces on the City Council. By the way, what does one do to celebrate Grand Jury Awareness Week? I’m just asking.

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Thompson: I’m right and your wrong. I tell you one thing, Taft just didn’t need any awareness about the Grand Jury this week, not after Spiffy Cliffy’s Grand performance, as pathetic as it was, at the City Council Tuesday evening. Yep, the old Cliffman was in rare form in his go-toSunday meeting suit when he took the stage in front of the city council during council comment time and began his bizarre power point explanation of why he and the Grand Jury was right about City Manager Gorson and the devious ways of the city council majority, and why they were wrong. “This is the truth, it’s in black and white and I have the documentation to back everything.” said the Spifman. Well, you just had to be there to appreciate the manic, somewhat paranoid presentation as Cliffy went on about how City Manager Bob Gorson was a bad man, that the Taft Independent was a lying rag so-called newspaper, that everyone on the council had released privileged council documents, and, well you get the idea. Cliffy even brought up his old glory days in 2000 during the Belli-Railroad fraud and

how the Grand Jury sided with him then and how he was right then, and he is right now. Well, if you didn’t know any better, you would of thought, “hey, this guy knows what he’s talking about. That old city government is rotten to the core and those people are just trying to make Cliffy look bad.” Well, it didn’t quite work out that way. Councilmanic Paul Linder, Taft’s squeaky clean, AllAmerican - Maricopa raised - do gooder pubic servant read a prepared statement refuting Cliff ’s rant, and then sanity began to return to the room. “...because of a lack of integrity and honesty by some.. (go Pauly go)...we can not operate as a full council.” “The only person that has released privileged documents that I am aware of, is Mr. Thompson - we have the pot calling the kettle black.” Then Linder read a prepared statement by Councilman Randy Miller, who was missing in action because he was sick at home. Randy’s statement, in great detail, gave an overview of the whole Grand Jury ordeal, acquitting himself and the council quite well. Randy was responding to the Grand Jury’s accusations that the council was uneducated, suspect in its motivations, failed in its fiduciary responsibilities, and just didn’t know what they were doing, as well as saying what the council should have have done long ago - censure the Cliffmeister. So, the best part was when Randy asked the council to consider censuring Cliffy - a really bad note from the council that Cliffy would have to take home - for leaving the council dais during a meeting and threatening members of the media (the Taft Independent publisher), conning the city manager and his wife into a $200,000 loan, evaluating the city manager when he had a conflict of interest, not going to meetings that were paid for by taxpayer dollars when he was suppose to, leaving closed session meetings in a huff when he needed to be there, and best of all, releasing privileged documents to the Bakersfield Californian to undermine the council. Censure? This could be


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February 19-25, 2010 really interesting - I bet a million dollars that the censure resolution is on the agenda at the next meeting, but that Cliff won’t be there to face up to his peers. Well, all these Grand Jury accusations and Cliffy’s rant didn’t sit well with Mayor Dave Noerr who spoke after Pauly, and gave perhaps one of the best summations of the whole entire mess. Dave’s comments were spot on and if you get a chance to go on the Taft Independent’s

Facebook page, you can see in its entirety Cliffy’s rant, Pauly’s speech and Mayor Dave’s neat summation of all that is wrong with Cliffy’s logic and how the Grand Jury just got most of it wrong. If the get a chance to view it, maybe the Grand Jury could learn something about Taft politics. Take it from the WSW. The Olympics are boring, so go watch the videos, see democracy in action by going to the Taft Independent’s Facebook page.

Taft High School Hosting Free College Financial Aid Workshop Taft Union High School is hosting a second free financial aid workshop where officials will help parents sign up on-line for college aid. The workshop for high school seniors and their parents will meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, February 20th in rooms 160 and 161 upstairs in the main building. A previous workshop was held on Wednesday, Jan. 20, but school officials are offering a Saturday workshop for those who could not attend the earlier Wednesday night workshop. Parents will be assisted in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form used by virtually all two- and four-year colleges, universities and career school for awarding government aid. Bilingual assistance will be available. The event “opens the door for federal money and Cal grants and for alumni funds at the college they plan to attend,” explained high school counselor Mike McCormick. The event will be open for four hours but it only takes about 20 minutes to fill out the forms, McCormick said. He said parents should get on-line beforehand at “” to obtain a pin number they can bring with them on Wednesday. Parents may also get more information at “”. Parents should bring their 2008 or 2009 income tax information, and social security numbers for themselves and their child. If not a U.S. citizen, they should bring their alien registration cards. If the student and parent are undocumented, school officials will talk with them about AB540 support. If you have questions, call McCormick at 763-2326.

We want to hear your ideas for the design and construction of a new recreational facility/park for our local community. This local project is eligible for up to $5 million in “free grant money” You’re Invited to a Community Meeting We Want Your Input! @ Conley School on February 20th at 11:00 am @ Lincoln School Auditorium on February 20th at 1:00 pm February 24th at Taft City School District Office (820 Sixth Street) at 5:30 pm February 25th at West Side Recreation and Park District (500 Cascade Place) at 4:30 pm February 26th at Taft City School District Office at 5:00 pm Sponsored by: Taft City School District and the West Side Recreation and Park District


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BISCUIT BONANZA Wednesday, February 24 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Community Center Assembly Room, 500 Cascade Place, Taft Ages 7-11 $6 per person ** registration deadline – February 23 It’s amazing how many yummy foods you can make using canned biscuits. We’ll make an appetizer, main dish and dessert – all using biscuits. Plus, you get the recipes so you can make more at home. Pre-registration is required. Activity maximum – 10. FAMILY PJ STORYTIME Thursday, February 25 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. Community Center Activity Building, 500 Cascade Place, Taft Ages 3-7 FREE! Join us for an evening of family fun. We will have a variety of stories, songs and participation activities for kids and their parents. Children are encouraged to come dressed in their pajamas! WONDERFUL WAFFLES Wednesday, March 3 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Community Center Assembly Room, 500 Cascade Place, Taft Grades 1 and up $3 per person ** registration deadline – March 2 Come and learn how to make waffles from scratch! We will make them and then you get to eat them. Yum! You will go home with a fully tummy and the recipe to try at home. For dessert? Chocolate brownie waffles! Pre-registration is required. Activity maximum – 15. BIRTHDAY PARTY PACKAGES Make your reservation now! Need help planning a birthday party, bridal shower or baby shower? We can help! For one low fee, we will provide a room, plates, napkins, forks, cups, balloons and invitations – all to match your theme or colors. And for a little extra, we can help with activities, too! Package prices start at $110. For more information, or to make a reservation, please call the District Office at 7634246.

S.T.O.P. PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIPS (Strive To Optimize Participation) Did you know that the District has a youth scholarship program? Children in low income, single parent or multiple participant households are eligible! For more information, or to find out how your child can take advantage of reduced program fees, give us a call in the District Office at 763-4246. YOUTH TRACK Who: Ages 6-15 Season:  begins in March Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Where:  Taft Union High School Track Fee:  $40 per person Registration:  January 4 – February 25 This program is designed to train boys and girls, ages 6-15, in all areas of track and field. Participants are eligible to enter the District Track Meet, and may also qualify to advance to other meets. Practices will take place during the week. YOUTH VOLLEYBALL Who:  Ages 11-14 When:  Monday afternoons beginning February 22 Time: 3:30 p.m. Where:  Taft College Gymnasium Fee:  $30 per person Registration:  January 4 – February 25 Boys and girls ages 11-14 are welcome to participate in this fun volleyball program instructed by the Taft College Women’s Volleyball Team. Players will learn beginning offensive and defensive skills. Space is limited, so register early! INSTRUCTIONAL VOLLEYBALL Who:  Ages 6-10 When:  Wednesday afternoons beginning February 24 Time: 3:30 p.m. Where:  Taft College Gymnasium Fee:  $30 per person Registration:  January 4 – February 25 The Taft College Women’s Volleyball Team will teach the basic fundamentals of volleyball. Space is limited, so register early! BABE RUTH BASEBALL Who:  Students in 7th and 8th grades Season:  Practices start in April Fee:  $40 per person Registration:  February 1 – April 15 Practices will be held on Tuesday and Thursday, with games taking place on the weekends. NEW LATE FEE POLICY (effective March 1, 2010) When registering/paying for a program, a $5 late fee will be assessed for: * Classes not paid by the 10th of each month * Any registrations, including scholarship applications, received after the program registration deadline. A more detailed copy of the Late Fee Policy is available on our website at CHECK US OUT ONLINE! Be sure to visit our website regularly and follow us on Facebook, MySpace and/or Twitter. * *

Making playdough during an Ooey Gooey Fun birthday party. Lots of different activities are available!

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR Easter Egg Hunt Jr. High Dance Saturday, March 27 Saturday, March 27 10:00 a.m. SHARP! 7:30 – 10:00 p.m. ‘A’ Street Park Community Center Auditorium Ages 2-8 Grades 6-8 FREE $3 per person Bring a basket and hunt for Music by Nick’s Mobile DJ goodies!



February 19-25, 2010

Taft Camera Club Displays Photo Midway School Science Fair Winners Taft Businessman Hampton Award Contest Winners Donates $30,000 to Taft Oildorado Day

The Friends of the Taft College Library sponsored an photo display open haouse last week at the college library and displayed more than 20 photographs of the Taft Camera Club photo contest.

Midway School announced the Science Fair Winners this week. Seen here are 3rd Place winners (front row); Christy Martin, Alyssa Bienvenu, Vanessa Smith, Chelsea Martin, Andrew Coker. 2nd Place winners (kneeling); Mykaela Cordova, Taylor Fivecoat, Cassandra Toro, Austin Self, Sierra Holmes, and 1st Place winners (back row); Gavin White, Brittany Preston, Bethany Fitzsimmons, Colby Stuck, Kaylee Fowler. The first place winners will represent Midway School at the Kern County Science Fair in Bakersfield on March 23rd.

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Westside Waste Management Owner Becomes Diamond Sponsor of Oildorado by Michael Long Bob Hampton of Westside Waste Management donated $30,000 to Taft Oildorado Days and Became a Diamond Sponsor Taft Oildorado Days has secured its first Diamond Sponsor thanks to Westside Waste Management owner Bob Hampton who donated $30,000 to the community group. Hampton handed a $30,000 check today to Oildorado President Eric Cooper who thanked Hampton for his generous contribution for putting on the every-five year community celebration. "We are in the process of giving back to this great community of Taft and our customers on the 100 year Anniversary of the community." said Hampton.

Dr. Mimi Collins (left) and Herb Spencer of the Taft Camera Club with Christina Karlen (second right) who won Best of Show with her entry “Prayers At Snow Mountain”, and Sara Bravo who won First Place in the Oil Patch Category for her “Maricopa Sunset” entry. Dr. Collins won First Place for her entry in the Doing Things category for her “Returning To Oxford” entry.


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Taft City Councilman Cliff Thompson gestures to the audience at Tuesday’s City Council meeting as he makes a Power Point presentation on the findings of the Kern County Grand Jury Report that was critical of Thompson, City Manager Bob Gorson, the city council and the Taft Independent’s news coverage of Thompson. Thompson made the 20 minutes presentation to the council, followed by prepared remarks by Councilman Paul Linder who also read a statement submitted by Councilman Randy Miller which called on the council to censure Thompson. Miller was absent from the meeting due to an illness. Mayor Dave Noerr made an impassioned speech to the council and audience of 25 people defending the council, and critical of remarks made about the council in the Grand Jury report. Following the regular council meeting, the council went into closed session to discuss a building owned by Councilman Craig Noble, known as the Midway Sunset Trading Post located on city owned land. Noble had sold the building to a local realtor, but the realtor stopped making payments on the building when she was unable to purchase the land from the city. As a city councilman, Noble is prevented by law from having a contract with the city which would have allowed him to keep the building on the city owned land. Noble sold the building which allowed him to retain his council seat. Now the matter is unclear since the realtor stopped making payments to Noble, and City Manager Bob Gorson claims that the city now owns the building.

Councilman Paul Linder looks on as Mayor Dave Noerr makes remarks on the findings of the Kern County Grand Jury. Losing the building to the city would be a costly loss for Noble who had purchased and made significant improvements to the historic structure. Noble has been silent on the issue and not made any comments or claims as to whether he still claims ownership of the building. After Mayor Noerr adjourned the closed session meeting, he announced that the council had “given direction” on the issue of the property. See the Video of Thomspon’s Presentation, Linder’s remarks and Mayor Noerr’s remarks on the Taft Independent’s Facebook page.

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February 19-25, 2010

Taft College Gets New Director of Development

Meet Taft College Foundation and Development Director Sheri Horn Bunk

by Jessica G. Miller Taft College has found a “Rainmaker” in their Director of Foundation and Development, Sheri Horn Bunk and her ability to bring in a great deal of wealth to the campus. The veteran fundraiser has taken on the responsibility of raising money for the college with a modern and enthusiastic approach. From her involvement with the Bernard Osher Scholarship Endowment to her foray into the world of social networking, Bunk has made a remarkable impact on Taft College in an important position she started in only five months ago. With coordinating events to entice potential donors and the fundraising for projects like the forthcoming, updated facility for the TIL program, Bunk’s job carries a substantial amount of importance. “I raise money for the institution,” Bunk explained. “I work on behalf of the students here, making sure that we raise money to support the ongoing programs as well as implement new ones. We bring about support and grow scholarship endowments here because, as we all know, it’s getting more difficult to pay for an education.” Bunk is also striving to reach out to the alumni. “We’ve got a lot of alumni from 80 years or so floating around but we don’t have a lot of data on those people,” she said. “And we would like to hear from them if they’re out there and keep them abreast to what the institution is doing.” Bunk brings experience in a variety of fields and also natural talent to her position at Taft College. Starting her career in Los Angeles, she began to get a feel for the business world



by working in the entertainment industry. Eventually, she With the use of Facebook and other means of marketing, found herself in Bakersfield working for Buck Owens as a sales Bunk has helped expose Taft College to a wider variety of manager, then at KBAK as a national sales manager and as a people. “We’ve had several events over the last few weeks that general sales manager at Univision Television. After retiring have brought a lot of people into our world that typically aren’t from the entertainment industry, she started up a website with in our world.” With this exposure, Bunk is able to find more a partner for free classified ads called, ways to raise money for projects like the state of the art facility creating an innovative forum for advertising and classified ads for the TIL program that will be breaking ground in the fall. on the internet at the time. After selling the website, her money “This is a huge building and a huge endeavor,” she explained. raising ability was recruited by the president of the Bakersfield “This new facility is going to allow other people to come here Symphony and later she moved onto CSUB, remaining there and study our program and take it back to their institutions, for some time until she came into contact with Taft College where ever they may be.” Although some state money will be President, Willie Duncan, who informed her of an open used to help build the facility, she still needs to raise more position at Taft College. “I thought to myself, what a terrific funds and hopes to do so through opportunities like in naming opportunity to help the city of Taft,” Bunk said. “When I the building and rooms. showed up I thought, I’m not driving to Taft everyday. When The ground breaking for the TIL building is just one of I left and I put my hand on my car door I realized, I’m going to many new prospects on Taft College’s horizon. With the work at Taft. I just felt it was such a good match. I feel that it college coming into a new era, new traditions are being started was a very, very good place for me to land.” like with the very first Taft College Athletic Barbeque this Bunk has made finding potential donors and raising money fall. “It’s the night before Oildorado kicks off and the night for the Bernard Osher Scholarship Endowment her foremost before the unveiling of the monument so we’re working with mission. Osher, a philanthropist from Maine, created the the Oildorado committee to be involved with us that night,” endowment in 2008 for all of the community colleges in Bunk said. “We want to entice all the people that we have California with a stipulation that each college match the here to continue with the activities for the rest of the week.” amount of money assigned to the individual college based on However, Bunk’s main objective for the event is to showcase enrollment. For Taft College and Bunk, this means raising the college and all of its attributes. “I want the community to almost $110,000. “There are a lot of people that are interested come,” she said. “We’ll be giving tours through our new 40 and I’m really optimistic that I’m going to get that money, I foot mobile STEM unit. We’re going to have some interesting don’t doubt it at all. I think that this is one of those terrific entertainment and great food.” opportunities,” she said. “And this particular gift that he’s If Sheri Horn Bunk has accomplished this much for Taft decided to give to the community colleges in California is College in only five months then it will be interesting to see truly unique.” Osher designed the scholarships for second year what else she can bring about in the next five months. students who are going for an AA degree and qualify for the California Community College Board of Governors fee waiver, among a few other requirements. Members of the community can get involved with the endowment by donating a $13,500 scholarship in their name, business or of another honoree. “Whoever gives to this particular scholarship can sit on the committee to help select the student, they can be involved with the student, and they certainly can come to the annual spring scholarship lunch,” Bunk said. “The level of commitment is up to the person who donates.” One way that Bunk is able to get the word out about this scholarship fund and other events on campus is the use of the social networking outlet, Facebook. “I think social networking is the way to go” she said. “It has given me such an opportunity. I literally connect with people and I have actually raised Sheri Horn Bunk leads a planning meeting at Taft College for money through Facebook, I can’t believe it.” Bunk started an Oildorado event that the college will sponsor on Thursday, the Taft College Alumni and Friends fan page and is aiming October 14 at the College. to reach out to the younger generation. “It’s important to connect with the young people Paik’s Ranch House on campus,” she said. “The foundation needs “Where Everybody Meets!” to work on communicating with them and 200 Kern Street 765-6915 keeping them involved, and keeping them in touch with what’s going on.” She hopes to move forward with Facebook but also working with the enrollment department on possibly served 8am-10am sending text messages to students to keep them Includes: Omelet, hash browns, toast with coffee or tea.* informed of the latest news on campus.

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(661) 763-4773

• Large Internal Blades

Cement Available 7 Days A Week

(661) 763-4773

• Cart-Away Concrete Mix Trailer

• Rear Operator Control Panel

1050 Wood Street, Taft, CA 93268

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