The Wheel – April 8, 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 – “Let it Be”.
  • Song – Dave Midura – “Here Comes Peter Cottontail”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Cathy Peterson.
  • Thought for the Day – Kristina Knudsen- commented on the true joy of life.
  • Raffle – Cathy Dodson won two gold coins.
  • COG Duties – Team leader: Blain Bibb
    Raffle: John Atwwod
    Greeter: Robert Nelson
    Microphones: Blain Bibb and Joseph Dietrich
    Attendance: Rigo Cervantes and John Atwood

Table of Contents

Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – April 15, 2009

Economics of the Plan for the Delta – Prof. Jeffrey Michael is Director of the Business Forecasting Center at the University of the Pacific. Jeff s areas of expertise include regional forecasting and environmental economics including work on the economic impacts of the endangered species act, climate change, and regulation on land use and property markets. His research has received numerous grants, been published in scholarly journals and received local and national press coverage including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, NPR, and PBS.

Before coming to Pacific in 2008, Dr. Michael spent over eight years at Towson University in Maryland where he served as faculty, Associate Dean, and Director of the Center for Applied Business and Economic Research. Jeff received his Ph.D. from North Carolina State University, and B.A. from Hamilton College (NY).

Rotary International

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

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

More Special Items

Concern Report – Ursula Meyer – was taken to St Joseph’s for x-rays and no blood clot was found. She is back at Meadowood, room 104B and may be there for an additional 4 weeks.


Betty Lou Beyer, Executive Director, The First Tee of San Joaquin.

The First Tee of San Joaquin

The First Tee Program is more than golf. They use lessons learned about golf and incorporate them into life lessons they can use in everyday activities.

The program is for children 7 to 17 and all are welcome. Our local program is at Van Buskirk Golf course.

Betty Lou Beyer was introduced by Gary Frush.


Upcoming Speakers…


  • 15th: Prof. Jeffrey Michael-Economics of the Plan for the Delta
  • 22nd: Dr. Richard Waters-Heart Disease
  • 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


Jerry Smith praying for a successful Asparagus festival.

Dave Midura leading us in song.

Susan Drake announcing good news from Mexicali.

Kuy Ky sharing his pride in his family birthdays.

Please help Dave. It would appear he needs it.

Gary Frush introducing our speaker.

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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.

GSE from Brazil – Dave Tygett – asked for assistance in providing lodging for 5 individuals of a GSE group coming from Brazil. They will be here during the Asparagus Festival.

Paul Harris Fellowship – Susan Drake – two weeks ago 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 – John Green and Bob Blower reminded us that the festival is to be held April 24, 25 and 26. Sign up sheets are on our tables.

Mexico Trip – Susan Drake – reported on the recent Mexicali playground installation project. Stockton Rotarians traveling were Don Barry, Nick Curtin, Gary Gillis; they were joined by Dave & Sally Mantooth of Escalon Sunrise and former Stockton Rotarian Gary Johnston and wife Louise of Arizona, six Interact students, two from Franklin and four from Escalon. With the help of local Mexicali Rotarians and Mexicali citizens they installed 3 playground systems in 3 different schools.

District Assembly – The Assembly to be held April 18th in Stockton, 8AM through lunch, at the First Baptist Church, 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.

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.

District Governor for 5220 for 2011-2012 – Richard Wyatt, Chairman of the Nominating Committee, reports that David M. Mantooth, a charter member of the Escalon Sunrise Rotary Club, has been selected to be District Governor of Rotary District 5220 for the 2011-2012 Rotary year. David served as president of his club in 1996-97 and in 1999-2000. David is a great Rotary story. Learn more about our future Governor.


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  • Peter Wolfe-April 10
  • Jane Butterfield-April 11
  • Judith Chambers-April 14
  • Lloyd DeBock-April 17
  • Jane Brause-April 18
  • Brant Fetters-April 20
  • Thomas McHugh-April 21
  • Steve Bestolarides-April 24
  • Melvin Rakoncza-April 26
  • Karen Munro-April 27
  • Clem Lee-April 28
  • Alvin Davidson-April 29


Kuy Ky – for his wife’s and child’s shared birthday, as well as forming a dental professionals study club. $250

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: 472-9664

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Rotary International President
D. K. Lee

District 5220 Governor
Janine McClanahan

Stockton Rotary Club President
Gary Putnam