The Wheel – April 1, 2009


April is Magazine Month in Rotary. In this print challenged age our RI president has a message for us. Check it out.

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 – “Baby Elephant Walk”.
  • Song -Gary Hansen – “Itsy Bitsy Spider”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Reed Robbins.
  • Thought for the Day – Bob Blower – reviewed the origin of April Fools Day.
  • Raffle – Robert Nelson won two gold coins.
  • COG Duties – Cathy Dodson, Cathy Peterson, Robert Shapiro, and Waqar Rizvi.

Table of Contents

Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – April 8, 2009

The First Tee of San Joaquin Betty Lou Beyer, Executive Director. A second generation Stocktonian, Betty Lou graduated from Linden High, Humphreys College and San Joaquin Delta College. Her professional background includes employment at American Savings, Riggs and Associates Real Estate, self-employed mobile Notary Public and co-director and program administrator for Sunflower Presents.

She has been an active volunteer in many community organizations. She has been the Executive Director of The First Tee of San Joaquin since June, 2008. An avid golfer, Betty Lou has scored two holes in one at Brookside Country Club.

Rotary International

The beat goes on. Public school students in Seattle, USA, are ready to make some noise thanks to a partnership with Rotary District 5030. Please read the story

RI president’s message. April is Magazine Month. One of our oldest traditions is the RI magazine. Please read the full story

More Special Items

Concern Report – Ursula Meyer- recovering at Meadowood, room 104B and would welcome visitors.

New Member – Anthony Despotes, is a UOP educated lawyer. He works with Jim Dyke at Neumiller Beardslee.


Anthony Amato – Superintendent of SUSD, Stockton, CA

State of the District

The superintendent had much good news to share about the once ailing and mismanaged school district. Dr. Anthony Amato showed off the programs that have lead to the dramatic turn-around of teenage dropouts.

Two of the programs involve outreach and intervention to 9th and 12th graders, two peak times to drop out. The programs included going and getting truant young people everyday and dealing with the issues that kept them out of school whether the reasons be familial, scholastic, or behavioral.

Dr. Amato has high hopes to increase the amount of time kindergarteners spend in class and to top Palo Alto in the percent of seniors who take the SAT’s for college entry, 74%. This would make Stockton the highest in the state.

Anthony Amato was introduced by Gary Putnam.


Upcoming Speakers…


  • 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


  • 6th: William Trezza-Banking in This Economy
  • 13th: TBA
  • 20th: TBA
  • 27th: TBA


Gary Hansen leading us in a well known educational song.

Bob Blower rendering his first and only thought for the day.

New member, Anthony Despotes. Welcome to Rotary Anthony!

Dennis Smallie. Best Picture award from The Record.

Rick Masten, world traveler in the Southern Hemisphere.

C. P. Riddle relating his experience in Mexico celebrating his first spring break.

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.

Special Announcement – Gary Putnam – sorry to announce that Susan Drake has joined the Kiwanis, Jerry Smith has turned Democrat, and C.P. Riddle formed a Mark Twain look-a-like basketball team.

Paul Harris Fellowship – Susan Drake – last week distributed and explained the Foundation Letter and Pledge Form that we received at the meeting. The club will match contributions from 3/25 through 4/15. Contact Tom Perry or Susan Drake.

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

Mexico Trip – Nick Curtin – need drivers for the annual all expense paid trip to Mexico.

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.


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  • Max Paulsen-April 5
  • Blain Bibb-April 6
  • William Scott, Jr. April 7
  • Lita Wallach-April 7
  • Ronald Allison-April 8
  • Peter Lynch-April 8
  • Peter Wolfe-April 10
  • Jane Butterfield-April 11
  • Judith Chambers-April 14
  • Lloyd DeBock-April 17
  • Jane Brause-April 18
  • Brant Fetters-April 20


Ric Masten – for semi-retirement, trip to New Zealand and a certain birthday. $250

Dennis Smallie – for handsome photo in The Record. $25

C. P. Riddle – for a spring break trip to Mexico. $250

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