The Wheel – June 24, 2009

Going out in style!

The end came in true Stockton Rotary fashion. An incredibly well scripted and intensely rehearsed send off by the Rotary players was endured by all of us. Great year Gary and an equally enjoyable send off. Read on below.

Now to move on. 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 – “Merrie Melodies Tune”.
  • Song – Bob Blower and the Prime Rate Church Choir – “Amazing Grace” rotary style.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Tom McHugh.
  • Thought for the Day – Blain Bibb. We thought it was Gary himself.
  • COG Duties – Team leader Waqar Rizvi, Greeter was Waqar Rizvi, Microphone was Bob Shapiro Attendance was Rigo Cervantez and John Atwood.

Table of Contents

Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – July 1, 2009

My Life With The Mouse. Doug Scott is a native of Southern California – born, educated, and employed there. He taught high school social studies for 42 years and moonlighted at Disneyland for 30. The Scotts are past club presidents, past assistant governors, and are multiple Paul Harris Fellows and currently live in Arnold California. Click here for more information about Doug.

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

Paul Harris Fellowship – President Gary presented a fellowship to his daughter Margaret.


Rotary Enforcement Team

Goodbye Gary or Welcome to Rotary President’s Heaven?

Mas Kamigaki and company presented the Kickout. The primary focus of which was President Gary’s worthiness to enter into Rotary heaven for past presidents.

Mas reflected on Gary’s past blunders and apparent confusion at meetings and so the proceeding began.

A parade of accusers are presented in the pictures below. Make sure you learn of the conclusion. As we begin, Gary’s forever after is hanging in the balance.

Listen up! I am the guardian of the gate to
Past President’s Rotary Heaven.

Upcoming Speakers…


  • 01 Doug Scott-My Life With The Mouse
  • 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


Blain Bibb giving us his comparative thoughts for the day.

President Gary’s daughter Margaret receiving her Paul Harris Fellowship Award.

Mas Kamigaki starting the proceedings to ascertain President Gary’s fitness for rotary heaven.

The Prime Rate Choir being led by Bob Blower. The choir is behind you Bob.

Marilyn Monroe was not able to make the meeting and instead sent a special message to the Prez which seemed to make him slightly uncomfortable.

Big fish Steve claiming President Gary insulted him by not believing his big fish story. This one did not “fly”.

Pirate Paul. PP for short, and short it is. Protecting the interests of PU, the pirate’s union, claiming that Prez Gary had not followed the 4 way test in assessing his union members.

The kind man from Ireland, requested a refund on past fines due to Post Gary Syndrome which he suffers from. PGS has affected his ability to partake in pub hopping.

The Prez missed one of Saint Ernie’s three questions. Something about God’s name being Andy.

Rotary man relaying a message from incoming District Governor, Susan Drake, forgiving President Gary of all his past rotary sins and thus paving the way for his entry to Rotary heaven. Wow, what a relief!

We move on. Past President Mas presenting Nick Curtin with his president elect badge.

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.

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.

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.

Wanted – A good home for an abandoned dog. Very nice black female full blooded Cocker Spaniel needs a good home. She is about 5 years old and has been well cared for. Likes to be in the house. Call Dave Tygett at 957-4058.

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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  • 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


Special Thank You …

The Wheel

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