The Wheel – July 29, 2009

Stockton Rotary was encouraged by our member, Ann Johnston, Mayor of Stockton. Times are tough but successes are happening.

Visit the “Special Items” section for a message from our RI president and find information about next week’s meeting. Don’t miss the Judge. 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, “What a Wonderful World” in honor of Mayor Ann Johnston s administration in Stockton
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Mike Sather
  • Thought for the Day – Dave Tyget: Leave with more than we came with.
  • Raffle – Don Neri won $20.
  • COG Duties –

Table of Contents

Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – August 5, 2009

Judicial Issues – William (Bill) Murray. Judge Murray is the son of a public school administrator. During his high school years his family moved from Mt View, CA to Rochester, NY, then to Oakland, then Baltimore, Md. After his family moved to San Jose, Ca. Judge Murray finished college and attended George Washington Law School. He went to work prosecuting for the DA in Brooklyn, NY but missed the west coast. His father suggested he contact Dick Eikenberger, the DA in Stockton. For the rest of the story 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 – Greg Agazarian’s mother passed away.

Paul Harris Fellowship – Kevin Kauffman honored his son Patrick Thomas Kauffman with a PHF.


Ann Johnston – Mayor, Stockton, CA

“State of The City”

Ann Johnston has been Mayor for seven months. Not the best time to begin a term as mayor in the depths of a world recession.

In spite of all of the negatives, Stockton is moving forward.
The city does have a balanced budget and avoided laying off 55 police officers but did lay off 250 of its 1,600 employees.
The city is pursuing its fair share of the federal stimulus dollars and has received an award to hire 20 police officers.

The Mayor encouraged us to buy local, supporting local business and keeping tax dollars here.

A citizen s advisory board has been appointed to reorganize the Building Permit Department to make it more user friendly. Another committee is to pursue attracting small business to Stockton.

Some good things are happening in Stockton.
-The new marina will open around the first of September.
-The Delta Water Supply Project is ready to go out to bid for a $220 million dollar project.
-Moody has taken Stockton off of its watch list.
-The Vista Volunteer program is going well.
-The Mayor is pomoting an Adopt-a-School Program to pair local schools with business.

Ann Johnston was introduced by Colleen Foster.

Upcoming Speakers…


  • 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


  • 02 Scott Hudson-The Countries #1 Industry, Agriculture
  • 09 Adrian Vera-Behind the Scenes at the FBI
  • 16 Ron Agostini-TBA
  • 23 Robert Dugoni-Career Change, Attorney to Author


Renna Beinoris, Membership Director, encouraging us to invite a guest who would make a great Rotarian.

Kevin Kaufman awarding a Paul Fellowship to his son, Patrick.

kyKuy Ky paying up for his success.

Proud fathers pay up at Rotary, Kevin.

Jim and Axine Woodward celebrating 64 years of marriage. Stockton Rotary salutes you, Jim and Axine.

Colleen Foster introducing our Mayor, Ann Johnston.

Guests of Rotarians


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Club Announcements

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Robert Paoletti’s Blog Page – Robert, a member of our club, is on leave from the Stockton Police Department for a term of duty in Iraq. He will be training Iraqi police. Robert will be reporting on his activities. Please visit his page. You are encouraged to comment on his reports and thus keep in touch with him while he is absent from our club. We will alert you when Robert sends us new information.

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. Refreshments will be served. The band, Waterloo, will be playing.

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. Breakfast and range balls at 8:30 AM. Shotgun start at 10:00 AM. Lunch to follow. 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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  • Jeffrey Greenberg-July 30
  • Cathryn Campora-August 25
  • Daniel Chapman-August 25
  • John LaRue-August 26
  • Ronald Crump-August 26
  • Louis Lemos-August 27
  • Jon Stephens-August 27
  • William Burdick-August 28
  • James Anthony-September 26
  • Charles Patmon-September 26
  • Gerald Smith-September 27
  • Ann Johnston-September 29


Kuy Ky – for being referenced in a new book about implant excellence. $250

Kevin Kauffman – for being a proud father as his son enters his fourth year at San Jose State in Civil Engineering. $100

Jim Woodward – for celebrating 64 years of marriage to his wife Axine. $250

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; 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