The Wheel – June 17, 2009



A bit of nostalgia as we look back and great anticipation as we look forward to a new Rotary year. Let us celebrate our past year once again, next week, at President Gary’s expense. 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 – “The Pink Panther Theme”
  • Song – Dave Midura – “God Bless America”
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Terry Hull
  • Thought for the Day – Kuy Ky
  • Vocational Speech – Captain Tim Rocky, Salvation Army, Stockton informed us of the adult rehabilitation center that treats chemicaly addicted persons. The center is self supporting dependent on the communities’ giving of clothing and other goods.
  • Raffle – Lloyd DeBock won the kitty!
  • COG Duties –

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – June 24, 2009

Goodbye Gary. Rotary enforcement will take over the meeting. It will be memorable, as usual, as Stockton Rotary does its stuff. Gary, eat well and get lots of rest, the end is near.

Rotary International

Thousands pitch in for Rotarians At Work Day. Rotary clubs spend day serving communities. Please read the story

Honor dads and outgoing Rotary officers with a gift to The Rotary Foundation. A tribute gift to The Rotary Foundation is the perfect way to honor fathers and Rotary officers this June. Please read the story

More Special Items

Vocational Service Award – Bob Leonard awarded the prestigious Vocational Service Award to Jim Woodward for his outstanding service in the U.S. Navy and to Rotary. Jim has attended the last 24 Rotary International Conventions wherever they were held. He also participated in the National Immunization Day in Ethiopia last October.

Recognition of 2008-09 Board – President Gary recognized his entire board of directors for his term. Roland Ghazal, George Badway, Bob Leonard, Graham Tweedy, Tom Perry, Liz Hull, Shari Garibaldi, Jerry Zedlitz, Susan Drake and Michael Blower.

New Member – Dale Fritchen, Stockton City Council, sponsored by Dennis Cochrane.

Paul Harris Fellowship -Waqar Rizvi was awarded his first Paul Harris Fellowship. Jim Darrah was awarded his seventh Fellowship.



Gary Putnam – President, Rotary Club of Stockton

“Humming the Rotary Tune”

President Gary Putnam examined three words descriptive of Rotarians that are rooted in the Latin word for earth, soil, ground. That word is humus.

The attributes of Rotarians are: humor, humility and humanness.

Rotarians are empowered and bonded by laughter.

A spirit of humility prevails as we realize what we cannot accomplish individually, we can do as 200 members in a club, and with 32,000 clubs, 1.2 million members strong.

Permeating it all is the spirit of humanness, celebrating the goodness to be found in every person around the world, both in times of need and in outreach to others in service.


Upcoming Speakers…


  • 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


Past presidents just love to get into the picture.

Dale Fritchen, our newest member. Welcome Dale!

Jim Woodward receiving his Vocational Service Award. Congratulations Jim.

Waqar Rizvi receiving his first Paul Harris Fellowship award.

Jim D
arrah receiving his seventh Paul Harris. Good work Jim!

Dean McNeilly. Boasting is expensive at Rotary.

Walt Wager celebrating his family’s accomplishment and moving closer to Dad and Mom.

Kuy Ky considering becoming a professional golfer. Amazing how one tournament win can go to ones head.

Dave Midura, proud developer!

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. Open to all club members. Be warned, Dave may wear his grass skirt.

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.

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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  • Anthony Barkett-June 18
  • James Dyke-June 18
  • Scott McElhinnie-June 1
  • Dale Drury-June 21
  • William Hosie-June 25
  • 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


Kuy Ky – recognized for his latest golf accomplishment when he won a tournament at Woodbridge Country Club after taking lessons from Tiger s coach. $100

Dave Midura – recognized for an article in The Record by Mike Fitzgerald concerning the completion of the construction of a new Rite Aid Drug Store in Stockton and a recent trip to Maui. $500

Dean McNeilly – recognized for his son s accomplishments concerning oil drilling platforms. What do BP, BHP, Mad Dog and Shenzi have in common? $250

Walt Wager – recognized for Allie and Mark Young (daughter and son-in-law) leaving Harvard to set up a dental practice in Folsom. $100

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

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