The Wheel – March 18, 2009


March is Literacy Month in Rotary. You might wish to check out the “Rotary International” section and learn what Dolly Parton is up to.

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 – “”.
  • Song -Dave Midura – “Green Alligators and …”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Peter Koulouris.
  • Thought for the Day – Tom McHugh – what matters in life is how we live and spend our dashes/time.
  • Raffle – Don Neri won two gold coins.
  • COG Duties – Team leader: Julie Damron-Brown
    Greeter: Waqar Rizvi
    Microphone: Cathy Peterson
    Attendance: Cathy Dodson

Table of Contents

Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – March 25, 2009

Issues for the 21st Century Church Bishop Stephen Blaire was born in Los Angeles, California in 1941, the twelfth of fourteen children. He was raised in the San Fernando Valley, where he attended local Catholic schools. After graduating from Queen of Angels High School Seminary in 1959, Bishop Blaire entered St. John s College and Seminary in Camarillo.

On 19 January 1999 it was announced that Pope John Paul II had appointed Bishop Blaire as the Bishop of Stockton. The Most Reverend Stephen E. Blaire was installed as the fifth Bishop of Stockton on 16 March 1999 at the Cathedral of the Annunciation.

Bishop Blaire’s full biography is a must read

Rotary International

Dolly Parton and Rotary partner to promote reading. Parton’s Imagination Library provides books to children from birth until age five. Please read the story

Bill Gates made honorary member of Seattle club. Gates Foundation cochair delivers keynote address for club’s centennial celebration. Please read the full story

More Special Items

Concern Report – no report

Memorials – additional memorials in Joe Diohep’s name, Nick Curtin & Reed Robbins.


Dr. Kenneth Miselis
– Ophthalmologist, Heritage Eye Associates, Stockton, CA

The Top 5 Things You Can Do to Care for Your Eyes

Ken assured us there are many more than five ways to care for our eyes but because of his heritage he could only list five. He listed them in order of last to first, Letterman style.

5. Nutrition – not a major issue in the US as our typical diet, that includes green leafy vegetables, provides us with vitamin A.

4. Protection – wear your goggles when fixing your car or edging the lawn. A major issue for Stockton Rotarians.

3. Ultraviolet light protection – critical in our sunny area. UV light may cause cancers around and on the surface of the eye. UV light may also accelerate cataracts and macular degeneration. Modern plastic lenses in glasses most commonly have a coating to prevent UV light transmission. The amount of tinting in glasses is not a factor in UV light transmission.

2. Smoking – the single most important contributor to eye disease. Smoking blocks the absorption of oxygen into the blood. The retina is the highest oxygen absorbing tissue in the body. Low oxygen is associated with macular degeneration.

1. Regular eye exam – eye diseases are difficult to cure but with early detection many diseases can be avoided. Persons that are 40 and over need to have yearly exams to check for disease onset.

Ken Miselis was introduced by Jim Darrah.


Upcoming Speakers…


  • 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


Tom McHugh, rendering the thought for the day.

Dave Midura, St. Patrick’s Day celebrant, needs an arm from Pres. Gary.

Robert Nelson, celebrating the birth of his daughter.

Jim Anthony, plundered for attaining chairmanship of the Goodwill Industries Board.

Reed Robbins relating a story illustrating the big hearts and generosity of attorneys.

Jeff Zola, Mr. Trivia, telling us of his team’s success at the 18th Annual Library and Literacy Foundation’s Trivia Bee.

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 – Last chance next week for 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.

Directory – Gary Putnam – As we are in the final stages of reviewing the Rotary Club Directory before going to press, we are asking you to check to see that information about you is accurate. Also, if your occupational designation does not reflect your work, please respond by e-mail to my address,, before Monday, March 23. This is the last of several occasions when we have sought to clarify the data, before the Directory is printed.

Asparagus Festival – John Green reminded us that the festival is to held April 24, 25 and 26. Sign up sheets are on our tables.

Library & Literacy Foundation Trivia Bee – Our team of Gary Putnam, Paul Kozlow and Jeff Zola placed #1 in the Rotary category and #5 overall. The success of our team is partially attributed to the support of Rotarians and the extra enthusiasm of Nick Curin and Scott McElhinnie.

District Assembly – The Assembly to be held April 18th in Stockton. 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. Being in Stockton makes it easier to attend. 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


Robert Nelson – for the birth of his daughter, Charli Lynn Nelson. $100

Tom McHugh – for being married to Jayne for 25 years. $100

Jim Anthony – for his picture in The Record for becoming Board Chair for Goodwill Industries. $100

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

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