The Wheel – April 22, 2009

Welcome back President Gary.

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Visit the “Special Items” section to find information about next week’s meeting. Please click here to learn more.

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“Stockton Rotary Helps Make Dreams Real”


  • Fanfare – “Stayin’ Alive”
  • Song – Dave Midura – “God Bless America”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Jon Stephens.
  • Thought for the Day – Liz Hull – on Earth Day.
    George Washington Carver said, The woods speak the voice of God. Liz remembered her childhood and camping experiences to challenge us to commit to talking to our children and grandchildren about the value of experiencing nature.
  • Raffle – Pat Patmon won two gold coins.
  • COG Duties – Team Leader- Bill Gass
    Raffle Tickets- John Atwood
    Greeter- Robert Nelson
    Microphone- Peter Koulouris and Bill Gass
    Attendance- Cathy Dodson

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – April 29, 2009

Group Study Exchange – Our GSE team is from Brazil this year and they will make the feature presentation at our meeting. In the past we have had interesting presentations from our visitors as they tell us about themselves and the country they come from.

The Rotary Foundation s Group Study Exchange (GSE) program is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for businesspeople and professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 who are in the early stages of their careers. The program provides travel grants for teams to exchange visits in paired areas of different countries. For four to six weeks, team members experience the host country’s culture and institutions, observe how their vocations are practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships, and exchange ideas.

Rotary International

United States leads nations in support for ending polio. U.S. public-sector giving tops $1.6 billion over 20 years. Please read the story

Visit the RI president’s photo gallery and travelogue. Read about and view photos of RI President Dong Kurn Lee’s visits to Egypt for a two-day presidential membership conference; the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, and Tunisia to meet with Rotarians; Texas, Alabama, and California, USA, for fellowship and to view projects; and Alberta, Canada, to present Rotarians with pins and awards. Please read the story

More Special Items

Concern Report – Waqar Rizvi and his wife Maria are expecting their first child momentarily.

New Member Proposals – John Maroulis, New York Life by Roland Ghazal; Chad Sublet, Verve Network by Dennis Smallie; Dale Fritchen, San Joaquin County by Dennis Cochran.


Dr. Richard Waters, Stockton Cardiology Medical Group, Stockton, CA

Heart Disease

Richard Waters’ interest in cardiology began on a fishing trip with his grandparents when both of them had non-fatal heart attacks and he felt at a loss to know what to do to assist them.

He was encouraged through his relationship with Mas Kamigaki and likened their relationship to that of two character s from Star Wars; he as Luke Skywalker being mentored by Yoda, Mas.

Dr. Waters illustrated his points by referring to two cardiology patients that represent two extremes. Those who have a heart attack, receive intervention which minimizes the damage and those who suffer a heart attack without early intervention and treatment resulting in permanent damage and a poor quality of life afterward.

Waters listed seven risk factors that should serve as warning signs for those who have a risk factor or a combination of risk factors. They are:
1. Diabetes (>125 Blood Glocose)
2. High Cholesterol
3. High Blood Pressure (> 130/85)
4. Obesity (>30# overweight)
5. Inactivity
6. Smoking (constitutes a double risk)
7. Family history of heart disease

Richard Waters was introduced by Mas Kamigaki.

Upcoming Speakers…


  • 29th: Brazilian GSE Team-International Day


  • 6th: William Trezza-Banking in This Economy
  • 13th: Chuck Haupt-Sharing Can Make a Difference
  • 20th: Lt. Cl. Robert Brisson-Travis Air Force Base
  • 27th: TBA


Don Barry presenting a banner from Mexicali Rotary to President Gary.

The sleuth with the undeniable evidence.

Bill Gass and Renna Beinoris paying for looking after their hearts.

Lyndee Riley celebrating the Safety Council’s 75th anniversary by donating reusable grocery bags.

The last brick being laid at the WWII Memorial at Weber Point.

Our representatives at the District Assembly this past weekend.

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.

Boat Trip – Dave Tygett – the Annual John Harmon Boat Trip will be on May 30. Need boat volunteers. Contact Dave.

Speakers Program – Bill Gass – get your suggestions for topics and speakers to Bill for next year.

Mexico Trip – Don Barry – presented an exchange banner from the Mexicali Rotary Club. The GSE team visiting the Mexicali Club from Madurai, India assisted in installing the playground equipment and sent an exchange banner also. The mayor of Mexicali recognized the many years the club has been installing playground equipment in Mexicali schools by presenting us with a plaque.

WWII Memorial – Bob Blower – The last memorial bricks at the WW II Memorial were installed after our meeting on Wednesday, wrapping up a seven year project to endow the Memorial and honoring designated WW II veterans.

The 2009 District Conference – will be held at Portola Hotel and Spa on the Bay at Monterey on May 15-17, 2009. Registration for the conference and for the hotel may be accomplished at the District website. Questions? Contact Susan Drake or Gary Putnam.


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  • Steve Bestolarides-April 24
  • Melvin Rakoncza-April 26
  • Karen Munro-April 2
  • Clem Lee-April 28
  • Alvin Davidson-April 29
  • Cameron Wheeler-April 29
  • Robert Hake-April 30
  • Ronald Heinzen-May 5
  • Pam Wenger-May 7
  • Earnest Jordan-May 11
  • Daniel Martins-May 13
  • Dean McNeilly-May 15


Bill Gass and Renna Beinoris – for their attendance at the Tidewater Gallery Super Supper. $25 ea.

Lyndee Riley – for her recognition of Earth Day by handing out reusable shopping bags with the San Joaquin Safety Council logo commemorating the Council s 75th Anniversary. $75.

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

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