The Wheel – June 10, 2009



Let us celebrate our year with the Prez next week!. 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 – “Dueling Banjos”
  • Song – Gary Hansen – “Take Me Out to The Ballgame”
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Dave Tygett
  • Thought for the Day – Jon Stephens, taking the time to remember a job well done such as the work Rotary has done to eradicate Polio.
  • Raffle – Bob Leonard won two gold coins
  • COG Duties – Team Leader: Ross Moilan
    Raffle Tickets: John Atwood
    Greeter: Cathy Dodson
    Microphone: Ross Moilan and Robert Shapiro
    Attendance: Rigo Cervantes and John Atwood

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – June 17, 2009

Celebration of the Rotary Club of Stockton – Gary Putnam. Our club meets every week to have fun, fellowship, listen to outstanding speakers and make significant contributions to the benefit of our local and international communities. We all need to make our best effort to join President Gary to celebrate ourselves next week. Gary has led us in a great year. He has made it fun, informative, challenging and we know he will lead us in an enjoyable final meeting before he meets his Waterloo.

A note to the Prez. Gary, you have been an outstanding leader for us this year and we only hope that you have enjoyed it as much as we have.

Rotary International

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

Financial update on the global financial markets and their impact on Rotary. Rotary’s financial situation shows moderate improvements. Please read the story

More Special Items

Concern Report – CP Riddle led us in a moment of silence for the passing of Steve Fields, a long time member of our club.

Paul Harris Fellowship -Roland Ghazal was awarded his second Multiple Paul Harris Fellowship.


Ron Heinzen – Kleinfelder

DWR Levee Evaluations on the Stockton Area

Our own member, Ron Heinzen, presented a historical perspective of our area levees.

Ron is a fourth generation engineer. He began work at Klienfelder in 1974. He was recently selected by DWR to manage a five year, $60 million (now $120 million) contract to study up to 650 miles of levees from Sacramento to Fresno.

A part of the evaluation process involved the history of the delta and levee systems. Ron shared some historic aerial photos and maps of the our area which demonstrated how much the land and water has changed over the years. Many sloughs that used to be visible are now filled in.

The photos of clamshell and side draft dredge equipment along with Ron s commentary brought back to life the ways in which we have modified our delta over the years.

The newspaper headlines in 1950 read Stockton Flooded which prompted major changes by the Army Corp of Engineers. Ron reviewed some technologies used to survey waterways including some equipment that is carried by helicopter which flies over the waterway collecting data.

He concluded – Stockton levees are in very good shape.

John Green introduced Ron Heinzen.


Upcoming Speakers…


  • 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


Jon Stephens giving us his thought for the day.

Roland Ghazal receiving his multiple Paul Harris.

World traveler, adventurer and sportsman, Tom Perry, paying up.

Frank Whitney paying for the accomplishments of his son.

John Green introducing our speaker.

Bob Leonard. “There are only coins with the Adams name and some other name that is not spellable in that bag!”

Guests of Rotarians

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Club Announcements

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A Thank You – Lloyd DeBock received a thank you note from the Brazilian GSE Team.

Science Camp Support – President Gary read a thank you note from United Way for our support of the camp.

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.

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.

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. Time is running out. Please contact me for details. Graham

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

Casino Night – Stan Thomas of Stockton East Rotary announced that on June 14th there will be a fundraiser at Windmill Ranch on Waterloo Road. Good food, good entertainment and fun. Interested? Go round and round by calling Gary Medina at 607-2992. For complete information please click here.

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.


Place your ad here!

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  • Charlynn Harless-June 13
  • Susan Drake-June 14
  • Kevin Kauffman-June 17
  • Ross Moilan-June 17
  • Anthony Barkett-June 18
  • James Dyke-June 18
  • Scott McElhinnie-June 18
  • Dale Drury-June 21
  • William Hosie-June 25
  • Nicholas Curtin-June 27
  • Ort Loftus-June 29
  • William Lynch-June 29


Tom Perry for world travels, 40th wedding anniversary, ski racing and generally not acting his age. $500

Frank Whitney – for his oldest son Brent, graduating at the top of his class with a Seminary Master’s degree. $25

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