The Wheel – July 22, 2009

Stockton Rotary celebrated our incredible local wine industry. We all went home and drank Lodi wine. It doesn’t get any better.

Visit the “Special Items” section for a message from our RI president and find information about next week’s meeting. Our own Ann Johnston will be the speaker. Don’t miss this one. 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, “I’m a Little Teapot” with a vino slant.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Brant Fetters
  • Thought for the Day – Bill Wagner offered a reminder to be thankful for all that we have living in the USA.
  • Raffle – Brant Fetters won $2.
  • COG Duties –

Table of Contents

Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – July 29, 2009

State of The City – Ann Johnston. Mayor Johnston has owned and operated a retail business in Stockton since 1981 and has been actively involved in the community as both an elected official and a community volunteer.

She served as a City Councilmember from 1995 to 2002, helping initiate the current redevelopment of the downtown and waterfront area as well as the beginning of major initiatives to address neighborhood crime. From 1979 to 1992 Mayor Johnston served as a Lodi Unified School District Board Member and worked to build 13 new schools in North Stockton during that period of rapid enrollment growth. Her community involvement began in 1977 with her election as President of the Elkhorn School Parent Teacher Association. For more information about Ann please click here.

Rotary International

RI president urges Rotarians to make world a better place. Kenny starts term with visit to the birthplace of Rotary. Read complete article.

A program with teeth. Ugandan and U.S. Rotarians join to take a traveling clinic to the Ssese Islands. Read complete article.

More Special Items

Concern Report – Past Pres. Gary reported the passings of Ellita Konig, wife of Past Pres. Dick Konig, and Jim Anthony s mother. Also, Past Pres. Karen Munroe s mother is critically ill. Harley Smith’s wife, Brigitte is continuing to battle her cancer. Recently she has spent time in hospitals, St. Joseph’s and then at UCSF. Shortly she will go to a skilled nursing home here in Stockton. No visitors at this time.

Paul Harris Fellowship – Graham Tweedy surprised his wife Sharon, with a Paul Harris in honor of her dedication as a school teacher, to her community, family, and most of all to him.

Proposed New Member – Ron Boehm, Food and Beverage Director, Stockton Golf and Country Club, sponsored by Michael Blower.


Mark Chandler – Executive Director of the Lodi Winegrape Commission, Lodi, CA

“Lodi Wines Come of Age”

Mark Chandler, Past President of his Rotary club in Lodi, has served as Executive Director of the Lodi Winegrape Commission since 1991. In that time, the number of wineries in Lodi has grown from 8 to 75. He presented a plethora of facts relating to Lodi s growth as a first class wine producing region. For instance, the industry has a $5 billion annual economic impact to Lodi and the surrounding regions; 14,900 full time jobs, $495 million in wages paid; $410 million in tourist expenditures; 2 million visitors annually; and $325 million in taxes.

He cited location and climate as major factors for the quality of the grapes and was quick to add that along with great wine it is the great people, many of which are 5th and 6th generation growers, and the overall great vibe of the region that makes Lodi such an appealing wine destination.

As Lodi wines come of age, local innovation has resulted in the nations first Sustainable Vitaculture Program, a certification program that encompasses habitat, farm worker safety, impact on ecology, water use, and other factors of wine production.

For more information regarding Lodi wines including ZinFest visit

Mark Chandler was introduced by Bill Gass.

Upcoming Speakers…


  • 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


Kianna Fernandez giving her presentation. Great job that you are doing, Kianna.
Sharon Tweedy receiving her Paul Harris award.

Ramon Fernandez paying up.

Bob Blower paying for his match making.

The marrying guy, Gary Putnam.

Bill Wagner paying for his trip to Sicily.

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 – Come join Rotarians at Victory Park on August 12. The band, Waterloo will be playing.

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!

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.

Kianna Fernandez – Ramon Fernandez’ daughter Kianna, a 4.0 student going into high school, exemplifies Rotary s Service Above Self objective, takes on yearly project to better the community. This year she has focused her energies on the children at UCD Medical Center to provide them with toys and gifts to ease their pain and suffering. Liana gave a short presentation. She welcomed any monetary donations.

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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  • Everett Conway-July 23
  • Luis Duarte-July 23
  • Peter Jaffe-July 25
  • Eric Duran-July 28
  • Steve Morales-July 28
  • Gary Frush-July 29
  • Jeffrey Greenberg-July 30
  • Cathryn Campora-August 25
  • Daniel Chapman-August 25
  • John LaRue-August 26
  • Ronald Crump-August 26
  • Louis Lemos-August 27


Ramon Fernandez – for boasting about his daughter and her announcement. $100

Bob Blower and Gary Putnam – volunteered $50 each for their part in bringing Graham Tweedy and his wife Sharon together. $50 each

Gary Hansen – for a well written article in the Caravan which outlines the success story of the Executive Chef of the Stockton Golf and Country Club. $25

Bill Wagner – for his trip to Sicily. $100

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; 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