The Wheel – July 15, 2009

We welcome a new note taker to our group, Kevin Hicks. Any issues with this edition of The Wheel contact the editor.

Visit the “Special Items” section to learn more about the convention next year 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 – Kuy Ky, “This Land is Your Land”
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Hal Monroe
  • Thought for the Day – Mas Kamigaki-drew from the Dalai Lama in linking happiness with compassion.
  • Raffle – Ric Masten won his money back.
  • COG Duties – Chad Sublet, Robert Nelson, and Ross Moilan.

Table of Contents

Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – July 22, 2009

Lodi Wines Come of Age –
Mark Chandler. Mark is a 7th generation Californian with a passion for enhancing the role of wine in American culture. He holds a degree in Agricultural Business from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, and is a graduate of the esteemed California Agricultural Leadership Program. In his 30 years in wine he has been a winemaker, marketing manager, wine educator and vineyard owner. For more information about Mark please click here.

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

Paul Harris Fellowship – Reed Robbins awarded three fellowships. One each to his granddaughter, Erika Hulstrom-Garces, her husband Leon Garces and to his great granddaughter Madeleine Hulstrom.


Ted Robinson – PT Boat commander, from Sacramento, CA

JFK as a Young Naval Officer and my Tent Mate

Ted Robinson was commander of PT 118, which rescued JFK’s PT 109 crew members after it was rammed,

Ted spent weeks in a tent with JFK following these events. He answered questions that are typically asked by audiences. JFK never mentioned future plans and focused on discussions about family especially his mother.

PT commanders typically came from wealthy backgrounds as they had been exposed to handling these types of boats.

JFK was courageous, illustrated by his rescue of his crew from the burning water. When picked up by Robinson, JFK’s feet were torn up by the coral where he landed. Later after recovering from his injurines, he volunteered for a daylight mission to retrieve marines from an island despite the likelihood of incurring heavy fire.

Ted Robinson was introduced by Lloyd DeBock.

Upcoming Speakers…


  • 22 Mark Chandler-Lodi Wines Come of Age
  • 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


$25 to get your picture in The Wheel, Valli.

John Atwood paying for his wife’s picture.

Bob Blower paying up for poor badge care.

Rookie Ross Moilan being taken advantage of by veteran President Michael.

Reed Robbins awarding three Paul Harris Fellowships to his family.

Welcome back, Ursula.

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.

Membership and Foundation Seminar – Saturday August 15, 2009. Featured Speaker: PRIP Cliff Dochterman. To be held at Escalon High School. Special Breakout Sessions available after lunch for: Membership, the Foundation & New Database DaCdb. For complete information please click here.

Music in the Park – Dave Tygett reported that the first Concert in the Park on July 8th was a success – a good time was had by all.

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.

New Generations Exchange – District 5220 has sponsored a New Generations Exchange (NGE) group from Switzerland this summer and we need your help finding host families for them during the week they are in Stockton from August 30th thru September 5th. NGE is a specialized short-term exchange that lasts 3 to 6 weeks with a focus on bringing college age students, ages 18-25, over to experience the U.S. Culture. There are 8 members of this group along with a Rotary host couple. We need a total of 9 host families or possibly a host that is willing to take on multiple members for their one week in Stockton. If you would like to receive a list of the members, their age and college major/profession, please email Blain Bibb at or call at 209-607-3762 Thank you!

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.

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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  • Carlos Meza-July 15
  • Danni Thompson-July 16
  • Robert Merrill-July 1
  • Peter Koulouris-July 19
  • Maxine Pickford-Dettloff-July 19
  • Everett Conway-July 23
  • Luis Duarte-July 2
  • Peter Jaffe-July 25
  • Eric Duran-July 28
  • Steve Morales-July 28
  • Gary Frush-July 29
  • Jeffrey Greenberg-July 30


Ross Moilan – for traveling all the way to Maui and back. $200

Bob Blower – for dropping his badge and not bothering to bend down and pick it up. $25

John Atwood – for attending the Sacramento Tea Party and getting his wife Rosalie’s picture in a magazine. $25

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

Editor, Graham Tweedy. A special thank you this week to Jim Woodward, pictures; Kevin Hicks, notes; Susan Drake, chief checker; Michael Blower, 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
John Kenny

District 5220 Governor
Susan Drake

Stockton Rotary Club President
Michael Blower