The Club was founded in 1952 and incorporated in 1953 by five founding members, George L. Bradford, Landman and Real Estate Developer, W.D. Kleinpell (William D. “Bill” Kleinpell), Petroleum Geologist, John H. Beach, Everett W. Pease, Geologist, and Thomas J. Fitzgerald, Geologist and Engineer with Gene Reid Drilling who was also the first President of the Club.
A few notable founding members of our Club, according to our 1956-1957 roster, includes Jack Talbot, Monroe Brown who became the U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand, Don Lake, son of Charlie Lake who founded Rain For Rent, James Petrini, founder of Borton & Petrini, Dick S. Stricklen, Gerald Hay who founded Hay Insurance Company in 1894, Glenn Ferguson and Lee McFarland who were the founders of CIPA.
Bakersfield’s 25th Mayor, Harvey L. Hall is a past president that served from 1996-1998 and began his bid for Mayor during that time.
Other notable members with excerpts from history provided by Burt Armstrong, founder of Brown Armstrong accounting firm: