The Wheel – March 11, 2009


You might wish to check out the “Rotary International” section. Learn how Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland have redone their website to appeal to younger persons.

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 – “Staying Alive”.
  • Song – Gary Hansen – “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Michael Blower.
  • Thought for the Day – Nick Curtin – offered us two types of Irish blessings.
  • Raffle – Dave Tygett won two gold coins.
  • COG Duties – Team Leader: Kimberly Cox
    Greeter: Kimberly Cox
    Microphones: Joseph Dietrich and Robert Nelson
    Attendance: Rigo Cervantes and John Atwood

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – March 18, 2009

“The Top 5 Things You Can Do to Care for Your Eyes.” Dr. Kenneth Miselis resides in Stockton, California with his wife. Their five children are out of the nest and either in college or beyond. Ken is a member of our club.

He is a long time instrument rated pilot who uses his airplane to fly to his satellite offices and special need remote medical facilities.

As a native New Englander, Dr. Miselis completed his undergraduate studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Later he graduated from the University of Vermont Medical School. He completed his residency in Ophthalmology at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, DC.

Later he moved to California. Make sure you read Ken’s complete biography.


Rotary International

Historic moments – The Rotary Club of Chicago reflects on its early history. First club celebrates 104 years of fellowship. Please read the story

RIBI Web site redesigned to enhance Rotary’s image. The new Web site is a great opportunity to change perceptions among younger people. Please read the full story

More Special Items

Concern Report – C P Riddle led us in a moment of silence for Joe Diohep.

Memorials – For Joe Diohep: from Reid Johnson, Susan Drake and George Badway.

Paul Harris Fellowship – Tom Perry made two Paul Harris presentations: Gary Gillis and Charles Munoz.


Dale Fritchen
– City Council Member, representing District 6, Stockton, CA

State of the City

Dale Fritchen is a new member of the Stockton City Council. He accepted the task of being the council member in charge of the budget.

He discussed the fiscal status of the city of Stockton, at the same time conveying personal stories that have helped him in his decision making.

Dale stressed the importance of working together and not attacking one another in resolving the most difficult issues of finding around 30 million dollars to remove from the budget.


Dale Fritchen was introduced by Dennis Cochran.


Upcoming Speakers…


  • 18th: Dr. Kenneth Miselis-The Top 5 Things You Can Do to Care for Your Eyes
  • 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: Prof. Jeffrey Michael-Economics of the Plan for the Delta
  • 22nd: Dr. Richard Waters-Heart Disease
  • 29th: Lt Col Robert A. Brisson-Travis Air Force Base


Nick Curtin, Irishman, rendering two Irish blessings.

Gary Gillis and Charles Munoz.

Gary Hansen leading us in song. Disappointed that you did not compose it Gary.

President Elect Michael Blower, reminding us to attend the District Assembly next month.

Diving coach Robert Paoletti.

Gary Gillis, chemist and world traveler.

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 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.

Candy Sale – Nick Curtin – A new round of See’s Candy, this time for Easter. 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. Contact Nick Curtin at Thanks for your support.

Ski Trip – Bill Wagner – The trip will be to Kirkwood on March 19. Meet at the Elephant Bar on Pacific. Still room!

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.

District Assembly – Michael Blower enjoyed his recent Presidential training. He also announced the Assembly to be held April 18th. This is a great time for new members to learn about Rotary and next year’s board members to learn more about their responsibilities and techniques to do their job. Contact Susan Drake to sign up for the event. The Club will pay attendees’ costs.

Rotary Night at the Gallo Center for the Arts – The five clubs in Area 6 (Modesto East, Modesto Gateway, Modesto North, Modesto, Sunrise, and Modesto) invite you to an evening of entertainment at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto.

The event is titled Rotary Night with Lynda Carter. 15% of ticket and beverage sales to Rotarians and guests will be contributed to The Rotary Foundation to End Polio Now!

Date – Saturday, April 4th at 8:00pm, Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto. Tickets range from $28-$50. Call 209 338-2100 to order your tickets. Mention Promo Code Rotary 4409 .


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  • Paul Jacobsen-March 16
  • Jeff Zola-March 16
  • Gerald Zedlitz-March 17
  • Barbara Howell-March 23
  • Carl McGee-March 24
  • Charle MacNear-March 25
  • Julie Damron-Brown-March 29
  • Catherine Dodson-March 30
  • Hazel Hill-April 1
  • Walter Williams-April 1
  • Robert Merdinger-April 2
  • Max Paulsen-April 5


Gary Gillis – for his anniversary travels covering the Southern Hemisphere and for being such an outstanding chemist. $250.

Robert Paoletti – for being found in the Lodi News Sentinel article about his being the new diving coach at Lodi High. Interested Rotarians may help the program by donating to Robert or by sending a check to the Lodi High School for new diving boards. $25

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