The Wheel – April 29, 2009

A special day with the GSE team from Brazil.

Learn what our RI president is doing these days. 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 – “Salsa: the Essential Album”.
  • Song – Gary Hansen – Danke Schoen with a Rotary twist.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Pam Wenger.
  • Thought for the Day – Gary Putnam – a poem “Lazy Thought”.
  • Raffle – Ross Moilan won two gold coins. Don Neri won two gold coins.
  • COG Duties – Team Leader – Waqar Rizvi
    Raffle Tickets – John Atwood
    Greeter – Waqar Rizvi
    Microphone – Robert Shapiro and Anthony Despotes
    Attendance – Rigo Cervantes

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – May 6, 2009

Banking in This Economy William Trezza, CEO, Bank of Agriculture and Commerce.

The following is an excerpt from a speech Mr. Trezza gave recently.

“I think the most profound changes in banking during the last 25 years have been in technology and bank regulatory issues. Technology has radically changed how we operate internally as well as how our customers access the bank. For us, technology has made our operations more efficient and enabled us to compete toe to toe with the major banks. For our customers, technology has also made their operations more efficient while providing them with access to the bank 24/7 via cash management services and Internet banking products.

Back then you had to bring your deposits to the bank. Now you can make deposits electronically right from your office. Going forward we will continue to embrace technologies that improve our ability to serve our customers.” To read the complete speech please click here.

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

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.

Paul Harris Fellowship – Colleen Foster – received her first Multiple Paul Harris recognition.


Group Study Exchange, Rotary District 4490 North East Brazil

A Discussion About the Members and Their Country

Our guests, members of the Brazilian team, were Jose Freire de Sena, retired professor, team leader; Natercia de Oliveira, Portuguese language teacher; Eduardo Pinheiro, police officer; Germano de Oliveira Ribeiro, journalist and Leonardo Marquez de Carvalho, frozen food distribution.

The speakers told us a about themselves, their work and their country. They took questions about various issues and points of conversation regarding life in Brazil.

The GSE Team was introduced by Dave Tygett.

Upcoming Speakers…


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


  • 3 Jim O’Neal-Small Business Succeeding in a Turbulent Economy
  • 10 TBA
  • 17 President Gary-Celebration of the Rotary Club of Stockton
  • 24 Rotary Enforcement Team-Goodbye Gary


Proud father, Waqar Rizvi, learning quickly the cost of raising a daughter.

Colleen Foster, new Multiple Paul Harris Fellow.

Robert Paoletti thanking us for helping with the Lodi diving board fund raising.

Jerry Smith announcing a very successful Asparagus Festival

Dave Tygett, GSE host. What a picture Dave!

Germano Ribeiro engages in dualing cameras with Jim Woodward.

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.

Paul Harris Fellowships – Tom Perry – response to the Paul Harris contributions announcement has been very positive. Still time to contribute for this year. Contact Susan Drake.

Asparagus Festival – Jerry Smith – thanked all those that participated in a most successful festival.

Wine Tasting – The Stockton Sunrise Rotary club is having a Wine Tasting with SJ Historical Society on June 5, 2009 from 5-8pm at Mickey Grove. The cost is $40 per person in advance and $50 at the door.

Diving Board for Lodi – Robert Paoletti thanked all those for assistance with the drive for a new diving board for Lodi High School. One board is now installed and the kids are using it.

Emergency Food Bank Benefit – Robert Paoletti is selling tickets for $100 each for a chance to win a two day stay and round of golf at Pebble Beach. This will benefit the Emergency Food Bank.

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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  • Ronald Heinzen-May 5
  • Pam Wenger-May 8
  • Earnest Jordan-May 12
  • Daniel Martins-May 13
  • Dean McNeilly-May 16
  • Rigoberto Cervantes-May 22
  • Ralph Saroyan-May 26
  • James Darnall-May 27
  • John Underhill-May 27
  • David Jardin-May 28
  • Steve Sheely-May 29


Waqar Rizvi – for being a new father of a baby girl. $100.

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: (209) 472-9664

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Rotary International President
D. K. Lee

District 5220 Governor
Janine McClanahan

Stockton Rotary Club President
Gary Putnam