The Wheel – January 21, 2009

A very exciting announcement for Rotarians occured in San Diego this week. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded US$255 million to Rotary International in the global effort to eradicate polio, bringing the total committed by Rotary and the Gates Foundation to $555 million. To read all about this visit the Special Items section.

A change in the announced speaker for next week. Frank Whitney has stepped into the breach with a timely topic. Visit the “Special Items” section to find information about next week’s meeting. Please click here to learn more.

Check for more information about our club and to be kept up to date on events by visiting the calendar. Click here to visit the site.

“Stockton Rotary Helps Make Dreams Real”


  • Fanfare – “Rocky” theme
  • Song – Gary Hansen-“Happy Birthday to ME”
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Julie Damron
  • Thought for the Day – Hazel Hill quoted President Barack Obama’s words during his inaugural speech to encourage service to our country.
  • Raffle – Ursula Meyer won two gold coins
  • COG Duties – Team Leader: Julie Damron
    Raffle Tickets: John Atwood
    Greeter: Ron Crump
    Microphone: Ross Moilan and Joseph Dietrich
    Attendance: Blain Bibb

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program, January 21, 2009 –

Standards of TrustFrank Whitney, CEO, The Better Business Bureau. Frank has been CEO of the Better Business Bureau since 1997. He has been a resident of Stockton since 1969 when he was on the air as news director of KJOY radio. Other positions he has held include editor of the Lodi News-Sentinel; community relations director of St. Joseph s Medical Center; and marketing manager of Lincoln Center and editor of the Lincoln Center Chronicle. Please click here for more information about Frank Whitney.

Rotary International

Bill Gates announces new US$255 million grant for ending polio. Matching effort becomes ‘Rotary’s US$200 Million Challenge.’ Please read the story

Gates meets with district governors from polio-endemic countries Special session boosts morale. Please read the full story

Concern Report

Terry Hull is doing better – phone calls are welcome.


Phillip R. Oppenheimer, Pharm.D. – Dean, Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences at UOP

Today’s Pharmacy Business

Dr. Oppenheimer presented an informative and thought provoking talk about the role of pharmacists and issues affecting the pharmaceutical industry.

Statistics show that in the United States 12% of the population are 65 and over, however, this population uses 50% of all medications, 48% of over the counter meds, and 50% of all hospital medications. Further, this population will grow to 28% in a few years.

Costs of medication are generally thought of as high, however Dr. Oppenheimer points out that medication reduces overall cost of healthcare in many ways such as providing alternatives to costly surgery and slowing or preventing illnesses. According to Dr. Oppenheimer, while the public recognizes the dispensing role of the pharmacists, the more valued role of the pharmacist is in reducing what he terms drug misadventures by making sure the medications prescribed are the right meds, in the right dosage, at the right time, with the right administration, and to the right patient condition.

Through a comprehensive understanding of each patient, monitoring patient s drug reactions and levels, pharmacists provide a valuable health service. With an average cost of $1 billion to bring a new drug to market, the pharmaceutical industry has had to consolidate corporations to be able to fund research and development.

Dr. Oppenheimer was introduced by Judy Chambers.

Upcoming Speakers…


  • 28th: Frank Whitney-Standards of Trust


  • 4th: Mel Corren-Vitality of Downtown
  • 11th: Gary Putnam-A Profile of Abraham Lincoln
  • 18th: Alan Kimber-South Africa Today
  • 25th: TBA


Hazel Hill reminding us of the significance of the prior day’s events.

Piano player Judy Chambers parts with $250. The Rotary Endowment thanks you, Judy.

Julie Dameron reminding us about the Read-In on February 11. If you have not signed up go to our calendar online and do so.

James Ozsvath exercising his memory.

Duane Isetti telling his blood giving inspirational story.

C’mon Gary, this reads Washington to me.

Guests of Rotarians

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Club Announcements

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Mid Year District Assembly

The Assembly is to be held in Merced, January 31. All members, especially new Rotarians, are encouraged to attend. You will learn a lot and have a good time doing it. Please contact Susan Drake to sign up and for more information. The club will pay your cost to attend.

Bell Ringers

Pres Gary recognized those members who volunteered to be Bell Ringers for the Salvation Army over the holiday season.

Polio Grant

Joe Serra announced late breaking news from the District Governor training in San Diego. Bill Gates, who has already provided a $100 Million matching grant to Polio Plus, just announced an additional $255 Million matching grant to eradicate polio. Read more in the Special Items section.

Rotary Read-In

Julie Damron reminded us about our Rotary Read-In on February 11th between 10:00 a.m. and 11a.m. Volunteers may provide a book and read or buy a book and donate it. There will be a display and sales of age appropriate books at our meeting on January 28th. We need more readers. Go to our Calendar on the website and sign up.

Blood Drive

Matt Stefanac announced the Blood Drive – Valentine Card available with a pint donation. Reference group #E50 if you participate in the program. Duane Isetti gave his testimony to the need for blood by relaying a story of rupturing his spleen while playing football at UOP.

Pub Night

Visiting Rotarian Stan Thomas announced Stockton East s fundraiser Pub Night at St Anne s Episcopal church complete with Bangers and Mash . It will be held on February 5 at 6PM.

Kings Game

Bill Gass announced that a good time was had by all who attended the Sacto Kings game. You may viist our website and view the Gallery of the trip.

Mystery Bus Trip

Lloyd Debock – The trip will be to the Blackhawk Car Museum on February 28. Then to a mystery dinner. Put the date on your calendar and sign up at the table or online at our calendar.

Chocolate with the President

A Special Valentines Day Event. Our annual Valentines celebration on February 11 will feature our favorite speaker, Gary Putnam aka, Abraham Lincoln. More information to come. Bring your honey and join us for that special day. Also, a great day to invite guests – let’s fill the room. The cost is our regular meeting cost of $15. Lunch for widows of Stockton Rotarians will be paid for by the club. You must sign up for this event. You can do this at the table or visit our Calendar.

Candy Sale

Nick Curtin – Next week’s meeting will be the last opportunity to purchase See’s candy for Valentine’s Day delivery. This fundraiser is to help with the cost of the Mexicali Trip (April 5 thru 9). The cost of each box is $5.00, half of which goes to the Interact Mexicali Fund. If you are unable to attend next week’s meeting and would like to place an order please contact Nick Curtin at Thanks for your support.


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  • Harley Smith-January 27
  • Thomas Harrington-February 1
  • James Darrah-February 2
  • Shirley Anthony-February 5
  • Elizabeth Blanchard-February 5
  • Colleen Foster-February 6
  • David Midura-February 9
  • Judy Wentner-February 10
  • Laura Pinkerton-February 11
  • Enrique Tumale-February 11
  • Wesley Chalmers-February 14
  • Dennis Smallie-February 22


Jerry Zedlitz

Jerry donated to SRE to acquire a rather loud hockey tie for Bob Blower. $30

Judy Chambers

For missing her piano gig. $250

James Ozsvath

For having a good time on New Year’s and having it documented in the Port O’ Call magazine. $50

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

Editor, Graham Tweedy. A special thank you this week to Jim Woodward, pictures; Ken Norton, notes; Susan Drake, chief checker.

Contact Information

Attn: Susan Drake, Club Secretary
1151 W. Robinhood Dr. Ste. A-10
Mailing address: P.O. Box 7457, Stockton CA 95267
Phone: (209) 472-9662
Fax: 472-9664

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Rotary International President
D. K. Lee

District 5220 Governor
Janine McClanahan

Stockton Rotary Club President
Gary Putnam