The Wheel – March 4, 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 – “For the Common Man”.
  • Song – Renna Beinoris – “God Bless America”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – TJ Hull.
  • Thought for the Day – Jerry Smith. “Don’t let other people’s garbage spoil your day.”
  • Raffle – Steve Sheely won two gold coins.
  • COG Duties –

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – March 11, 2009

State of the City Dale Fritchen. Dale has lived in Stockton since 1980. He and his wife Jill have lived for 13 years in Weston Ranch with their three children. The oldest, Zachary, is in military service in Iraq.

Dale has served seven years on the Parks & Recreation Commission, and two terms as a trustee and president of Manteca Unified School Board. He is currently a member of Stockton City Council representing District 6.

Dale holds an Associate of Arts degree in Business from San Joaquin Delta College, a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from University of Phoenix, and a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from National University. Dale works for Child Protective Services in personnel training.

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 – Julie Damron-Brown at home after surgery. Calls and visits would be appreciated.

Special Raffle- Raffle of Elkhorn Golf 4 Pack donated by Reed Robbins and auctioned by Bob Blower went to Frank Whitney for a $100.00 dollar donation to SRE.

Paul Harris Fellowship – Tom Perry made two Paul Harris presentations: John DeGergori and Ann Johnston.



Dr. Larry Meredith – Professor of Religious Studies at UOP, retired, Stockton, CA

The Story of Islam

Larry Meredith gave an enthusiastic talk on the differences between the Islam of peace and Islamic radicals.

By restating the Five Pillars of Islam and sharing in-depth ideas presented in the Quran, Professor Meredith showed how the Western view of Islam is often distorted by the news reports of radical Islam and how Muslim s viewed themselves around the world.

Larry Meredith was introduced by Gary Putnam


Upcoming Speakers…


  • 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: 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


Reed Robbins donating a golf outing.

Frank Whitney, Mr. Golf, buys it.

Auctioneer, Bob Blower, bilking Frank.

Jerry Smith rendering the Thought for the Day.

Rotary in song, led by Renna Beinoris.

John De Gregori and Ann Johnston receiving their Paul Harris awards.

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.

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

RYLA Report – David Tygett and Nick Curtin and four Edison and Chavez High Schools RYLA attendees spoke briefly about their experiences with the camp and their new found focus on leadership.

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

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.

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 .


Place your ad here!

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  • Larry Seiler-March 9
  • Valli Israels-March 10
  • Michael Machado-March 12
  • 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


No recognitions this week.

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; 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