The Wheel – May 6, 2009

A special day as our club presented over twenty five thousand dollars to local charities. Detail is below in the Special Items section.

RI announces a new paperback edition of its popular history book A Century of Service: The Story of Rotary International. Check it out.

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 – “All You Need is Love”.
  • Song – Renna Beinoris – “Put on a Happy Face”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Jeff Zola.
  • Thought for the Day – Ernie Jordan. Rotarians should follow the course of hospitality.
  • Raffle – Mas Kamigaki won two gold coins.
  • COG Duties –

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – May 13, 2009

Sharing Can Make a Difference Chuck Haupt, Executive Director, MedShare West.

MedShare bridges the gap between surplus and need to improve healthcare and the environment through the efficient recovery and redistribution of surplus medical supplies and equipment to those most in need.

MedShare is new to Northern California and the community has already responded to the great medical need in economically developing countries, and our own communities, by donating several hundreds pallets of surplus healthcare supplies. More than 70 exam tables, 25 hospital beds, portable x-ray units, incubators, and other biomedical equipment have also been donated. On September 13th, MedShare West held its first volunteer sorting session with 20 Bay Area community volunteers in its new 32,000 square foot facility. These volunteers are just the first of thousands who will sort and pack this humanitarian aid. Located in San Leandro, this new facility is centrally located to more than 80 hospitals and is in close proximity to the Port of Oakland, from where we will be shipping containers. Please click here to learn more.

Rotary International

Historic Moments — Paul Harris’s birthday. A look back at the life and times of Rotary’s founder. Please read the story

A Century of Service is now available in paperback. The book is available at in English, Japanese, and Spanish for US$15. 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.

Concern Report – Randy Dockery memorial at 11:30 on Saturday May 9 at the Stockton Golf and Country Club. Randy joined our club in 1974 and was president for the year 1985-86.

Charity Awards – This year to date we have contributed $39,000 to international causes, $40,000 to charities through our Stockton Rotary Endowment and today we awarded $25,612 to local charities. The following were the recipients at our May 6 meeting.

Haven of Peace, represented by Brenda Castellanos. Milk for the children at each meal for a 4 month period. A check for $1000.

Second Harvest Food Bank, represented by Mike Mallory, CEO, $1000 for food distributions.

Emergency Food Bank, represented by Tim Viall – $1612 and $3000 for food distributions, fresh fruits and vegetables purchased from local suppliers. Teaching and informational supplies totaling $4612.

American Cancer Society, represented by Molly Bollinini, for patient services such as transportation to appointments, wigs for persons under treatment, support groups, information, and speaking devices and prosthetics for laryngectomy patients- $5000.

St. Mary s Interfaith Dining Hall – Ed Figeroa – Nutrition Services to the homeless, $5000 and the Transitional Learning Center for counseling and teaching supplies for homeless children who are being schooled at TLC $4000.

Hospice of San Joaquin – Barbara Tagnoli and Barbara Pombo. Equipment for the maintenance of Hospice facilities -$2000.

Reach Out and Read – Susan Spracher – $2500.

United Way Science Camp – $250.


William Trezza, CEO, Bank of Agriculture and Commerce.

Banking in This Economy

Our presenter spoke about local and national bank health.

“Mr. Trezza spoke and used many graphs and charts
To explain why some bankers now push shopping carts

He said that if your bank is based in Atlanta
You should stock up on Mylanta

If your bank’s NPA’s are homes and lands
You may be eating out of tuna cans

He warned that larger banks may seem a breeze
But will bury you in service fees

So if your national branch is in the tank
Consider choosing a community bank!”

By Scott McElhinnie.

William Trezza was introduced by Terry Hull Sr.

Upcoming Speakers…


  • 13 Chuck Haupt-Sharing Can Make a Difference
  • 20 Lt. Cl. Robert Brisson-Travis Air Force Base
  • 27 Club visit to St.Mary’s Interfaith Community Services


  • 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


Renna Beinoris encouraging us to “put on a happy face”.

Ernie Jordan bringing us the thought for the day.

Don Neri paying for a big month.

Ken Norton paying up for his family trip to Italy.

Judy Chambers introducing past RI president Cliff Dochterman.

Mas, please, we have been through this before.

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 – Sign up if you are going and if you have a boat that wishes to participate. Contact Dave.

GSE Visit – Stockton Rotary would like to thank all of the members and families who helped out with the G.S.E. team last week: Hosts Nick Curtin, Graham Tweedy, Chuck Krietz, Larry Seiler, Jim Dyke, and David Tygett. Special mention also goes to Robert Paoletti, Lloyd DeBock, and Dean McNeilly for the Delta trip and vocational help.

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.

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.

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.


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  • 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
  • Darrell Burns-June 2
  • Douglass Wilhoit-June 4


Don Neri – for an eventfull month – a wedding anniversary, the birth of a grandson and his race car winning 3 main events. $250.

Ken Norton – for a trip to Italy with his family. $250.

Dean McNeilly – for an upcoming trip to Alaska and Denali National Park. $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: (209) 472-9664

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Rotary International President
D. K. Lee

District 5220 Governor
Janine McClanahan

Stockton Rotary Club President
Gary Putnam