The Wheel – February 4, 2009

The annual Rotary Read-In is upon us. if you have signed up make sure you make your appointment on February 11. Check this page for your assignment.

Our speaker next week is no doubt the highlight of our Rotary year. Make sure you sign up and bring a guest. 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 – “Star Wars” theme
  • Song – Renna Beinoris-“America the Beautiful”
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Michael Blower
  • Thought for the Day – Gary Frush – “Reach out and make a difference”.
  • Raffle – Don Neri won two gold coins
  • COG Duties –Team leader: Waqar Rizvi
    Raffle tickets: John Atwood
    Greeter: Waqar Rizvi
    Microphones: Robert Shapiro and David Jardine
    Attendance: John Atwood and Rigo Cervantes

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program, February 11, 2009 –

Chocolate with the President a special Valentine’s Day event – Gary Putnam. Gary will present “A Profile of Abraham Lincoln.” This first person presentation is derived from the speeches, letters, writings and anecdotes of our 16th President. It is especially appropriate this year, the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth. Gary will appear in costume and seek to provide renewed life to the words of one recognized as the greatest American President.

Gary has been a student of Lincoln’s life for the past 50 years having great appreciation for him as a literary figure, a great humanitarian, a significant 19th century theologian and our foremost President. Gary presented Lincoln in costume for the first time in 1976 during our nation’s bicentennial.

Rotary International

Documentary on polio eradication receives Oscar nod. The Final Inch examines the challenges of eradicating polio. Please read the story

RI president’s message February is World Understanding Month. Please read the full story

Concern Report

Dave Tygett reports. Joe Diohep would appreciate visitors. Please call before you visit.



Mel Corren-Retired Business Owner, Stockton CA

Vitality of Downtown

Mel took us on a picturesque tour of the downtown areas of many major cities like Cincinnati, Denver, St. Louis, and Lodi to show our club how these cities had not only revitalized the city core but had preserved the historical buildings as well.

Mr. Corren then made numerous suggestions specific to Stockton. Two ideas were to convert two older manufacturing buildings into art and music centers while blocking off traffic and opening an existing alley to make a pedestrian friendly plaza or square in front of the old Fox theater.


Mel Corren was introduced by Al Davidson.



Upcoming Speakers…


  • 11th: Gary Putnam-A Profile of Abraham Lincoln
  • 18th: Alan Kimber-South Africa Today
  • 25th: Rick Howarth-SG&CC Director of Golf


  • 4th: TBA
  • 11th: TBA
  • 18th: TBA
  • 25th: Bishop Stephen Blaire-Issues for the 21st Century Church


Renna Beinoris leading us in song.

Gary Frush, recognized by President Gary for an outstanding job in coordinating the Rotary Read-In.

Michael Blower giving up for his beloved Steelers.

Susan Drake celebrating the birth of her first grand daughter.

Maxine Pickford reminding us of a visit next week from old Abe or is it old Gary.

Al Davidson introducing our speaker, Mel Corren.

Guests of Rotarians

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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 Read-In

Gary Frush reminds all participants in the annual Rotary Read-In to make sure you know your assignment. The event is Wednesday, February 11 at 10 am. Click here to view the list of volunteers and check your assignment. Make sure you are there on Wednesday – the schools are excited to have you visit. Make sure you pick up your book. Call Gary with questions.

Blood Drive

Matt Steffanac announces that the drive was a great success. A reminder that blood is always needed and please remember our Rotary code, E-50.

Mystery Bus Trip

Lloyd DeBock – still room for more for the trip to the Blackhawk Auto Museum and then mystery dinner. The event is February 28. Visit our calendar online and sign up.

Super Bowl Raffle

Reed Robbins attained another Paul Harris Fellowship by winning the raffle.

Chocolate with the President

Last call for signing up for A Special Valentine’s Day Event. Our annual Valentine’s celebration on February 11 will feature our favorite speaker, Gary Putnam aka, Abraham Lincoln. 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. Contact Maxine Pickford or visit our Calendar.

Rotary Trivia Challenge

The annual District 5220 PolioPlus Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, February 21, 2009 at the SOS Club in Modesto. This is a fun event. Come and support our team. Susan reminds us to sign up – deadline to do this is February 10. For more information visit the District site. Call Susan to sign up.

Prayer Breakfast

Dennis Smallie – February 18, 7-8:30 a.m. at the Civic Auditorium.

Asparagus Festival

Jerry, John and CP announce the Festival will be held April 24-26. Put the dates on your calendar.

COG Meeting

Julie Dameron – meet before next week’s meeting.


The following have donated to SRE in the name of Ron Monroe’s wife. Reid Johnson, Stockton Rotary Club, Jerry Zedlitz.


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  • 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
  • John Wulff-February 28
  • William Brown-March 1
  • Donald DeRosa-March 3
  • James Hanley-March 6


Michael Blower

For zealously celebrating the Steelers Super Bowl victory. $258

Susan Drake

For celebrating her first grand daughter, Allison Rose Drake. $100

Dennis Smallie

For announcing the Prayer Breakfast. $25

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

Editor, Graham Tweedy. A special thank you this week to Jim Woodward, pictures; Scott McElhinnie, 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