The Wheel – May 27, 2009



Memorial Day has come and gone. Stockton Rotary has our own memorial containing bricks in memory of WWII veterans. It is loacated at Weber Point. If you are a new Rotarian and you have not visited the site we encourage you to do so.

Visit the “Special Items” section to find information about next week’s meeting. It is a timely topic. 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 –
  • Song
  • Audio Visual
  • Pledge of Allegiance – John Atwood.
  • Thought for the Day – Gary Putnam. Reflections on what a teacher makes comes to the conclusion that Teachers Make a Difference .
  • Raffle
  • COG Duties –

Table of Contents

Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – June 3, 2009

Small Business Succeeding in a Turbulent Economy – Jim O’Neal. Appointed in August 1998, O Neal is responsible for the delivery of SBA services in a 21-county area in Northern California. The Small Business Administration provides technical assistance in conjunction with local resource partners and operates a loan guarantee program with lenders nationwide to support and develop small businesses aids, counsels, assists and protects the interests of small business concerns, preserves free competitive enterprise and maintains while strengthening the overall economy of our nation. Please click here for more information.

Rotary International

Putting a STOP to polio. CDC program reaches a milestone in working for a polio-free world. Please read the story

Author praises Youth Exchange. Book on studying abroad rates Rotary program as best. Please read the story

More Special Items

Concern Report

Paul Harris Fellowship


Edward Figueroa, CEO, St. Mary’s Interfaith Community Services

All About St. Mary’s

Established in 1955 by David Brewer, St Mary s Interfaith Community Services is a multidimensional group of facilities and services whose clients are the area’s homeless and uninsured.

The dining hall serves over 400 meals every day. Many other services are provided. A dental clinic with volunteer dentists providing dental care to the uninsured. A medical clinic, staffed with volunteer physicians such as our own Rotary member Dr. Mas Kamagaki.

There is a collaborative effort with Goodwill Industries to provide job training. A HeadStart preschool program. There is Homeless Court where local judge, Barbara Cromland, adjudicates cases for the homeless population.

A daily army of about 30 volunteers help to accomplish the work that needs to be done at St. Mary s Interfaith Community Services. Local merchants supply much of the food, clothing, and products dispensed daily. Volunteer opportunities are available to young people and adults.

Edward Figueroa was introduced by Gary Putnam.


Upcoming Speakers…


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


  • 1 Doug Scott-My Life With The Mouse
  • 8 Cliff Dochterman-That’s the Way it Started
  • 15 Ted Robinson-JFK as a Young Naval Officer
  • 22 TBA
  • 29 Ann Johnston-State of The City


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.

German Students Visit – We have a wonderful opportunity to host about 35 German student this summer for three weeks. They will be visiting starting the last week of July. Host families are needed. Details of the program may be found on the District website.

An opportunity for you! – You will have the opportunity to advertise your business or profession in The Wheel again this Rotary year starting July 1. These ads take the format of a business card approximately 2 1/2″ by 1″. Check out the current ads in any recent version of The Wheel. Cost will be $300 for a Rotary year a very reasonable cost to get your name in front of an elite group every week and contribute to Rotary at the same time. Space will be limited and is available on a first come first served basis. Please contact me for details. Graham

Orphan’s Mission – Our club’s Jon Stephens will be telling us about a mission to orphans in Mozambique in the Thought for the Day on June 10. The needs of children in that country are incredible. We will be invited to donate new clothes, toothbrushes, soap or cash. Please click here to learn more about the story.

Blind Center Celebration – The Community Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired is celebrating its 60th Anniversary with a Cocktail Reception Thursday, June 18, 2009 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at the Center, 130 West Flora Street. At this special time the Center will honor Mimi Eberhardt and Bill Reynolds for their service to the Center. Visit their website for complete information.

District Conference 2010 – It is not too early to plan for next year’s conference which will be hosted by our DGE Susan Drake and held at entrancing South Lake Tahoe. They have created some incentives to help us make a decision. We suggest you don’t miss out. Coming soon a video starring Kayaker Susan and Chef Dudley. Full details and the ability to sign up are on the district website.

Wine Tasting – John Dierking – 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. Great wine and food. Susan Drake has tickets.


Place your ad here!

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  • David Jardin-May 29
  • Steve Sheely-May 30
  • Chad Sublet-May 3
  • Darrell Burns-June 3
  • Douglass Wilhoit-June 5
  • John De Gregori-June 8
  • Mark Plovnick-June 8
  • Don Neri-June 9
  • Kris Blower-June 10
  • John O’Sullivan-June 10
  • Ursula Meyer-June 11
  • Robert Shapiro-June 11



Special Thank You …

The Wheel

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