The Wheel – July 8, 2009

We welcome a new note taker to our group, Louis Lemos. 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.

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“The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands”


  • Song – Kuy Ky, “We Are the World”. With the talent available, Kuy had to give up on the Cambodian language version.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen
  • Pledge of Allegiance – JT, TJ Hull
  • Thought for the Day – Jerry Smith, with inspiration from a British foreign secretary followed by a blessing for the food and fellowship.
  • Raffle – Duane Isetti won his money back.
  • COG Duties – Chad Sublet, Robert Nelson, and Robert Shapiro.

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – July 15, 2009

JFK as a young naval officer and my tent mate. Ted Robinson was in World War II as a PT Boat Officer. He was involved in the rescue of JFK on P.T. 109 on August 1-2, 1942. He has written a book, “Water In My Veins, The Pauper Who Helped Save A President”. He will have his book for sale – a great read.

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 – Past President Gary Putnam presented Robert Paoletti with a surprise Paul Harris Fellowship in advance of his redeployment to Iraq for his many sacrifices to the Club, his community and his country. Follow Robert s deployment on a Blog to be setup on the Club s website. Stay tuned.

Controlling Costs – Kuy Ky brought his entire family and staff to the meeting to help meet the minimum attendance requirement. Thank you, Kuy!

Special Guests – Cliff Dochterman, PRIP and his wife Mary Elena and daughter Claudia; Mark Oliver, PDG; Don Murphy, DGE and his wife Donna.


Cliff Dochterman. Retired administrator of higher education and past leader of numerous Rotary positions including RI President.

That’s the Way it Started

Cliff shared his avocation, the study of history and the origin of town names. Cliff learned to tell an entire story in 1 minute and 20 seconds after resurrecting the Historical Moment s radio advertising series promoted by the Bank of Stockton.

Indian tribes, the Spanish, rugged 49er s and the steam railroads were the four main influences in naming towns. Manteca is named from a railroad typing error, changing Mantaca (Spanish for cream) to Manteca (Spanish for lard).

Cliff confirmed some things never change; would you believe the Stockton City Council had disputes with developers in the 1800 s? Leland Stanford moved a Sacramento to San Francisco railroad hub to Wilsonville, renaming the town to Lathrop in honor of his wife, in such a dispute.

Cliff Dochterman was introduced by Susan Drake.

Upcoming Speakers…


  • 15 Ted Robinson-JFK as a Young Naval Officer and my Tent Mate
  • 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


New song leader, Kuy Ky, leading us in his first song.

An impressive group.

Robert Paoletti receiving his Paul Harris Fellowship from the club.

Jim Dyke selling shoes!

Hal Monroe cleaning up butts.

Duane Isetti getting his money back.

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 from 6-8pm. Dessert served by Rotary. Look for the gold and blue balloons.

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.

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.

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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  • Ronald Monroe-July 10
  • Richard Wary-July 10
  • Reed Robbins-July 11
  • Renna Beinoris-July 13
  • Carlos Meza-July 15
  • Danni Thompson-July 16
  • Robert Merrill-July 17
  • Peter Koulouris-July 19
  • Maxine Pickford-Dettloff-July 19
  • Everett Conway-July 23
  • Luis Duarte-July 23
  • Peter Jaffe-July 25


Hal Monroe – for attempting to clean the City of cigarette butts through a letter to The Record editor. Hal refused to reduce his fine by snitching on fellow Rotarian s planning the clean up. Good man Hal. $25

Jim Dyke – for his son, Garrett, earning an MBA from the University of Washington and the family cruising Eastern Europe. Jim tried to use his legal skills to divert his fine by auctioning cruise ship slippers for the benefit of the Gospel Center Rescue Mission. Pat Patmon beat Jerry Smith in active bidding to purchase size 15 slippers for $100. Jim was no match for President Michael who extracted a bell ringer from him. $250

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

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