The Wheel – June 3, 2009



Memorial Day has come and gone. Stockton Rotary has our own memorial containing bricks in memory of WWII veterans. It is loacated at Weber Point. If you are a new Rotarian and you have not visited the site we encourage you to do so.

Visit the “Special Items” section to find information about next week’s meeting. It is a timely topic. 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 – “Stayin Alive”
  • Song – Renna Beinoris – “God Bless America”
  • Audio Visual – Scott McElhinnie
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Gary Putnam
  • Thought for the Day – Cathy Peterson
  • Raffle – Mas Kamigaki won two gold coins
  • COG Duties – Cathy Dodson, Bob Nelson, Joeseph Dietrich and Jon Stephenson

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – June 10, 2009

DWR Levee Evaluations in the Stockton Area – Ron Heinzen. Ron began work at Kleinfelder in 1974, and in 1980 was named Regional Manager, a position he held until 2002. During this period, he was responsible for all operations in the Modesto, Pittsburg, Fairfield, and Stockton offices and also served on the Kleinfelder Board of Directors. During his career, he has worked on the majority of new projects in downtown Stockton, in the Port of Stockton, and the surrounding Delta islands. Three of his projects (Spreckels Park, BNSF Intermodal Facility, and the California Portland Cement Facility in the Port of Stockton) were awarded the most outstanding project of the year by the SJCOG. For more information about Ron Heinzen please click here.

Rotary International

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

Author praises Youth Exchange. Book on studying abroad rates Rotary program as best. Please read the story

More Special Items

Concern Report – Ursula Meyer – Dave Tygett reports that Ursula would enjoy more afternoon visitors at Oak Creek, O’Conner Woods, 956-3434.

Bill Brown’s father passed away recently. Our thoughts are with Bill and Julie.

Paul Harris Fellowship -Kuy Ky, Gary Frush, and Frank Moore were awarded Paul Harris Fellowships.


Jim O’Neal, Small Business Administration

Small Business Succeeding in a Turbulent Economy

For the recession’s end to come by Fall
Effort must be made by business, small

Large business saved by TARP and TALF
Small business is the better half

Using our homes as ATMs is the worst of vices
Smart moves now can exploit the credit crisis

Talk to Congress: Let them know your trouble
Well, maybe not, my tax bill doubled

Until recovery and spendings more
Always protect your credit score!

Scott McElhinnie

Jim O’Neal was introduced by Gillian Murphy


Upcoming Speakers…


  • 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


  • 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


Jim Dyke examining his new coat.
Susan Drake being recognized for promoting Stockton.

World traveler, Cathy Peterson, paying up.

Gary Frush

Kuy Ky

and Frank Moore receiving multiple Paul Harris Fellowship awards.


Jeff Zola paying for his enthusiasm for his son Chris’ opportunity with the Navy Seals.

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.

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.

Boat Trip – All those who attended the John Harmon Memorial Boat Trip wish to thank David & MarlenaTygett for all their hard work on the trip and The Barrys and Debocks for the floatilla.

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. Please contact me for details. Graham

Orphan’s Mission – Our club’s Jon Stephens will be telling us about a mission to orphans in Mozambique in the Thought for the Day on June 10. The needs of children in that country are incredible. We will be 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.

Wine Tasting – John Dierking – 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. Great wine and food. Susan Drake has tickets.


Place your ad here!

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  • Douglass Wilhoit-June 5
  • John De Gregori-June 8
  • Mark Plovnick-June 8
  • Don Neri-June 9
  • Kris Blower-June 10
  • John O’Sullivan-June 10
  • Ursula Meyer-June 11
  • Robert Shapiro-June 11
  • Charlynn Harless-June 13
  • Susan Drake-June 14
  • Kevin Kauffman-June 17
  • Ross Moilan-June 17


Cathy Peterson for world travels. $250

Jim Dyke for losing his clothes. $50

Susan Drake for quotes in the “Rotarian” and various and unnamed infractions. $250

Jeff Zola for his son Chris’ graduation and impending acceptance to the Navy Seals. $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