The Wheel – February 25, 2009



Make sure you check out the “Rotary International” section. You may be suprised as to how Rotarians are using the popular Social Networking sites on the Internet.

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 – “Nine to Five” theme.
  • Song – Gary Hansen – “The National Anthem”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Jeff Zola.
  • Thought for the Day – Susan Drake. February is World Understanding month in Rotary. In a world where many are lonely, we are grateful for our Rotary friends.
  • Raffle – Bob Merdinger won two gold coins.
  • COG Duties – Team Leader- Bill Gass
    Raffle Tickets- John Atwood
    Greeter- Bill Gass
    Microphones- Ross Moilan and Peter Koulouris
    Attendance- Cathy Dodson

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – March 4, 2009

The Story of Islam Dr. Larry Meredith. Dr. Meredith is retired from serving as Professor of Religious Studies at UOP. Known by all who have heard him, Larry is a most entertaining and animated speaker. His roots are on the “sawdust trail” as an Evangelist in Texas. He previously served as Chaplain at Adrian College in Michigan and as Dean of the Chapel at UOP. Larry enjoys friendship from his college days with “Dandy Don” Meredith, the great Dallas Cowboy quarterback, and has provided encouragement to the contemporary USC football team through close ties with Coach Pete Carroll.

Rotary International

February’s Interactive. Club members are getting connected through Rotary International’s official social networking sites. Find out how they’re using the sites to share project ideas and how your club can benefit from them too. Please read the story

Year-to-date results through 31 December 2008. Read about the impact of the financial markets on Rotary. Please read the full story

More Special Items

Concern Report – Ed Best was remembered by Susan Drake.
Joe Diohep is seriously ill.

Vocational Presentation – Past President Mas Kamigaki related his story of becoming a cardiologist. Mas has been retired for 3 1/2 years. His new passion is volunteering at the Virgil Gianelli Medical Clinic at St. Mary’s. Mas graduated from Stanford and earned his medical degree at Tulane.

Paul Harris Fellowship – Tom Perry made three Paul Harris presentations: Lex Krygsman received his 6th multiple, seven total, Kris Blower received her first multiple, two overall and Bob Blower received his second multiple, three overall.

New Member – Peter Koulouris, attorney, sponsored by Jim Woodward.

Memorials- The following have made donations to SRE. Nick Curtin, in memory of Ed Best. Pat Patmon in memory of Dante Nomellini. Reid Johnson, Jerry Zedlitz and Dale Drury in memory of Mary Lou Monroe. Graham Tweedy in memory of Michel Abdallah.

Thunder Tickets – Jeff Zola gave two Thunder hockey tickets for a donation of $20 from the recipient. Robert Paoletti bought the tickets.




Richard Howarth – Director of Golf, SG & CC, Stockton, CA

All About Golf

Rick discussed the role golf plays in the global economy and its impact on the economy and charity.

Golf out performs many athletic and business groups in its global impact on the economy. Rick also discussed the various roles and jobs that a golf professional could have.

Richard Howarth was introduced by Joe Serra.



Upcoming Speakers…


  • 4th: Dr. Larry Meredith-The Story of Islam
  • 11th: Dale Fritchen-New City Council
  • 18th: TBA
  • 25th: Bishop Stephen Blaire-Issues for the 21st Century Church


  • 1st: Dr. Anthony Amato-Superintendent of SUSD
  • 8th: Betty Lou Beyer-First Tee Program
  • 15th: TBA
  • 22nd: Dr. Richard Waters-Heart Disease
  • 29th: Lt Col Robert A. Brisson-Travis Air Force Base


New member Peter Koulouris. Welcome to Rotary, Peter.

Bob and Kris Blower – multiple Paul Harris Fellows.

Lex Krygsman, a multiple Paul Harris Fellow.

Susan Drake making her contribution as part of Rotary Read-In.

Pirate, Dave Tygett, making his donation. Dave in serious need of a hat.

Pirate Pres.

Cruiser, Pam Wenger, explaining her travel credential requirements.

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Club Announcements

The Wheel editor suggests that persons email their announcements to prior to publication of the weekly edition. This will make sure that we present your information the way you wish and not our sometimes mangled interpretation of your verbal presentation.

Rotary District 5220 Business Directory – The district has initiated a directory wherein Rotarians may list their businesses. If you wish to enter your business into the directory here are the directions.

Go to and chose enter. Chose enter at the next screen and complete the appropriate questions. When entering keywords you may include your name or business name along with any words someone might use to find your products or services. Enter the password, havefun. You will return to a thank you page. When you go to the Vocational Directory use the Login, ruleone and the password, havefun.

This is an early version of the directory. Improvements will be made. Should you have problems or you wish to make suggestions contact your editor and I will help.

Membership Profile – We are about to go to press with our printed directory. Some of you have not checked your profile. Please go to the website at , login and check your information. If there are any inaccuracies please record them and send corrections to Hal Monroe at

Ripon Rotary Poker Tournament – Second annual to be held Friday, March 6, at Ripon Community Center. For details please click here.

Mystery Bus Trip – Lloyd DeBock – The group will be leaving at 12:30, the 28th, from the State Fund Workers Compensation building for the trip to the Blackhawk Auto Museum with a mystery dinner location to follow.

Ski Trip – TJ Hull – The trip will be to Kirkwood on March 19.

SUSD Science Camp Donation – President Gary committed our club to $250 toward scholarships for children to the Science Camps. In addition to the $250 from the club, the members contributed $480 cash at the conclusion of the meeting. Our club raised a total of $730 in response to a presentation by Deputy Sheriff Les Garcia.

Library & Literacy Foundation Trivia Bee – Scott McElhinnie announced the 2009 Library Literacy Trivia Bee dubbed Monsters, Mysteries, and Magic . It will be held on Friday, March 13. Team members will stretch their minds to answer a broad range of trivia questions with a goal of winning the coveted Bee Bobble Head Award while audience participants vie for awards for Best Costume, Best Team Name and Best Decorated Table. Be a part of the fun and enjoy a great buffet dinner, Silent and Wine Auctions and great Raffle Basket prizes. Members of our team include Pres. Gary, Jeff Zola and Paul Kozlow. Contact Scott McElhinnie or visit our Calendar on the website to sign up.


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  • John Wulff-February 28
  • William Brown-March 1
  • Donald DeRosa-March 3
  • James Hanley-March 6
  • Larry Seiler-March 8
  • Valli Israels-March 9
  • Michael Machado-March 11
  • Paul Jacobsen-March 15
  • Jeff Zola-March 15
  • Gerald Zedlitz-March 16
  • Barbara Howell-March 22
  • Carl McGee-March 23


Dave Tygett – for Pirate Dave’s Rotary Read-In picture appearing in The Record. $50

Ssuan Drake – for her picture in The Record re the Read-In. $25

Pam Wenger – for updating her CLIA credential. Pam is a travel agent, specializing in cruise vacations. $100

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

Editor, Graham Tweedy. A special thank you this week to Jim Woodward, pictures; Ramon Fernandez, notes; Susan Drake, chief checker; Gary Putnam, assistant to the 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