Chairman’s Message

Hello, API Members!
I come to you this month with good news. We will be meeting for dinner this month at 1933 Prohibition Center. The meeting will be on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 with social starting at 6:00 PM, followed by dinner at 7:00 and our after-dinner speaker at 8:00. Believe it or not, our last dinner meeting of this year was in March, and I am looking forward to seeing the API members that I haven’t seen in several months. We are planning to gather on the south patio at 1933, but we may be able to move indoors if circumstances have improved by the date of our meeting. Since we are not completely out of the COVID woods yet, we will have to limit our attendance, so sign up early on our website here: October Dinner Meeting.

We will have our State Representative Vince Fong at the meeting to address us after dinner, and he is always loaded with information. You don’t want to miss him, and you can read more about him in the newsletter.

And here is some more good news. The golf tournament is definitely happening on Friday, October 23, 2020! The tournament will take place at Stockdale and Sundale Country Clubs, with check-in starting at 7:00 AM and golf starting at 8:00 AM. It has been a long time since you signed up, so please get your players lined up again, and confirm the golf course on which you signed up. Our starters will be calling the team captains shortly before the tournament date to confirm your golf course and your attendance. If you have questions about your golf course assignment you can contact David Budy at or Jeff Hanson at If you have other questions call Jim Roberts at (661) 805-5766.

So, there is some good news. We haven’t given up and neither should any of you. Keep hanging in there to produce the energy that fuels California, and thank you for hanging with us and supporting the San Joaquin Valley Chapter of API! Your support benefits many Kern County students with scholarships, many Kern County residents with food support through the Golden Empire Gleaners, and many California youth through our support of R. M. Pyles Boys Camp.

I love to hear your feedback. Please feel free to call or email your comments or suggestions to (661) 330-0423,, or

I look forward to seeing you all at the October 20 dinner meeting and the October 23 golf tournament!

Mike Handren
2020 API Chairman