The Wheel – July 1, 2009

A new Rotary year has begun. We have a new president, Michael Blower and a new Rotary International president, John Kenny, who hails from Scotland. Visit the “Special Items” section to learn more about the convention and 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.

“The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands”


  • Song – Bob Blower, our National Anthem
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Bob Blower
  • Thought for the Day – Walt Wager with a quote from St. Francis of Assisi asking us to live gracefully.
  • Raffle – Jerry Smith won his money back.
  • COG Duties – Cathy Dodson, Joseph Dietrich, Alex Hernandez

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – July 8, 2009

That’s the Way it Started. Cliff Dochterman. Most of us know Cliff for his volunteer work for Rotary International over the past 48 years. He has served in almost every Rotary assignment in the world. From club president in Berkeley, to District Governor, to Rotary International Director, RI. Vice President, Trustee of the Rotary Foundation and worldwide President of Rotary International. He has chaired virtually every Rotary committee in the last 25 years which set the direction for the organization.

There is much more to Cliff Dochterman’s life. Check here for a more complete bio.

Rotary International

Birmingham embraces historic convention After four days of celebrating Rotary’s spirit of international fellowship and service, Rotarians from all over the world bid adieu to the 100th RI Convention in Birmingham, England, on 24 June. Read on about the convention and meet our new RI President, John Kenny.

More Special Items

Induction – Past President Bob Blower inducted his son Michael as Stockton Rotary President for the year 2009-2010.

New Member – Eric Duran, CMBD Inc., an IT company sponsored by his son in law Michael Blower.

Paul Harris Fellowship – President Michael presented a fellowship to his wife Tiffany and Blain Bibb dedicated his fellowship to his wife Dena.


Doug Scott-High School Teacher and Disneyland Employee, retired.

My Life With the Mouse

Doug taught high school social studies for 42 years and moonlighted at Disneyland for 30.

His duties at Disneyland was as a member of the security detail and also a barbershop quartet. Mr. Scott reminisced about his humorous experiences at the Magic Kingdom as well as his varied encounters with statesmen and celebrities like Henry Kissinger and Jodie Foster.

Doug Scott was introduced by Susan Drake.

Upcoming Speakers…


  • 08 Cliff Dochterman-That’s the Way it Started
  • 15 Ted Robinson-JFK as a Young Naval Officer
  • 22 Mark Chandler-State of the Wine Industry
  • 29 Ann Johnston-State of The City


  • 05 Judge Murray-Judicial Issues
  • 12 Sheriff Steve Moore-Law Enforcement
  • 19 Jerry McNerney-Update from Congress
  • 26 Richard Sterling-Language, youth culture and technology


Michael Blower receiving his presidential badge from his wife Tiffany. Text messaging, Bob?

New member Eric Duran. Welcome to Stockton Rotary, Eric!

Blain Bibb, celebrating his Paul Harris Fellowship with his wife, Dena.

President Michael awarding his wife Tiffany with a Paul Harris Fellowship.

Reed Robbins celebrating his 24th anniversary with a major donation to SRE. We are grateful, Reed.

Susan Drake modeling her new jacket. It fits you Susan.

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.

Music in the Park – Dave Tygett announced the first Concert in the Park performance, Tropical Lights , on July 8th from 6-8pm. Dessert served by Rotary. Look for the gold and blue balloons.

Switzerland Young Adult Visit – a group of 8 young adults are arriving in Modesto on August 22, 2009 from Switzerland. They will be accompanied by a Rotary couple. They will spend three weeks in our District and will be handled similar to a GSE team. They range in age from 20 to 25. They will spend their first week in Modesto. We are looking for host families from Stockton for a week. It could be from August 29 to September 5, 2009 or September 5 to September 12, 2009. Contact Blain Bibb if you are interested.

Group Study Exchange – The GSE team leader and member applications are currently being accepted for next year s exchange with District 3010 in New Delhi, India. Trip dates are January 25 to February 25, 2010. Please help us get the word out to potential Rotarian team leaders and non Rotarian team members. Team leader needs to be a Rotarian and team members are non Rotarians between the ages of 25 and 40. Applications and brochures are due July 31 and can be downloaded from the RI website or contact GSE District Chair Alan Bailey at or 209-522-3211 (home), cell 209-765-0931.

Party Nite – Kris Blower – on Thursday, July 23rd, a Kayak and BBQ party will be held at Susan and Dudley Drake s house. Sign up online using our calendar or contact Susan Drake.

Golf Tournament – Brant Fetters – the event will be at SGCC on Monday August 24. Contact Brant Fetters or sign up at the table or go to our online calendar.

Taste of San Joaquin – Dennis Smallie – July 3rd pub crawl ( Some sort of swimming event no doubt ) with a fireworks show after the Ports game and a parade at 10 a.m on the 4th. The taste of Stockton will be held from 11-8 p.m. on the 4th.

Lunch at SGCC – President Michael – second entree will be dropped and price will remain at $15 for 6 months. This will allowi us time to get our lunch attendance back up. Please join your fellow Rotarians for lunch on Wednesdays and bring in a new member as well.

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.


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  • Nicholas Curtin-June 27
  • Ort Loftus-June 2
  • William Lynch-June 29
  • Joseph Dietrich-June 30
  • Michael Blower-July1
  • Terry Hull, Jr.-July1
  • George Badway-July 2
  • Linda Philipp-July 2
  • John Green-July 4
  • Lyndee Riley-July 6
  • Ronald Monroe-July 10
  • Richard Wary-July 10


Susan Drake – for becoming District Governor with a new sporty jacket. $50

Dennis Smallie – for making his public service announcement. $25

Reed Robbins – for 24 years of marriage and a public service announcement warning us of the dangers of smoking. $2400

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.

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
John Kenny

District 5220 Governor
Susan Drake

Stockton Rotary Club President
Michael Blower