The Wheel – August 12, 2009

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“The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands”


  • Song – Kuy Ky, “America the Beautiful”
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Tim Schwartz
  • Thought for the Day – Kevin Kaufman commented on the importance of using conflict resolution models.
  • Raffle – Steve Sheely won a fin. From the Yiddish term for “five”-finf.
  • COG Duties –

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – August 19, 2009

Update from Congress – Jerry McNerney, Congressman. Congressman Jerry McNerney was sworn into office on January 4, 2007. He is proud to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives representing California s 11th District, which includes parts of San Joaquin County in the Central Valley as well as parts of Contra Costa, Alameda and Santa Clara Counties in the Bay Area.

McNerney was inspired to run for Congress by his son Michael, who in response to the attacks of September 11, sought and received a commission in the Air Force. Michael suggested that his Dad serve his country by running for Congress. With a deep sense of duty and his family s support, McNerney began his journey to Congress. For more on the Congressman’s background please click here.

Rotary International

Enjoying all the comforts of home. Rotary Fellowships enrich travel experiences. Read complete article.

Take steps to keep recession from hurting retention. Experts share advice during Membership and Extension Month. Read complete article.

More Special Items

Concern Report – Gary Putnam – Bill Lynch is recovering from back surgery at Dameron.

Raffle – Bob Blower raffled two 49er preseason tickets for $50 for SRE to Jerry Zedlitz.


Steve Moore – Sheriff, San Joaquin County, CA

“Law Enforcement”

Sheriff Steve Moore spoke interestingly about the challenges of running the Sheriff’s department. The good news is that prudent financial moves in boom times left the Sheriff’s department with a 47 million dollar cushion for recurring budget shortfalls. As a result there are going to be 87 deputies on patrol this year, an historically high number.

The bad news is that because of Titles 15 and 24, Sheriff Moore must release 150 convicts every morning because of overcrowding. These Titles limit the jail cell to one inmate. The Sheriff asked Rotarians, when voting, to consider the sense of hiring more enforcement officers if the jails only hold violent offenders.

We had a talk by Sheriff Moore
Who says the jails a revolving door

If they catch a crook on a stealing spree
He will be out the next day for your T.V.

If “criminal’s rights” is your cantata
You’ll make the jail into a Ramada

One perp per cell is now the norm
Unlike your kid stuffed in a dorm

150 early releases is now the par
–I think I’ll go and lock my car

Scott McElhinnie

Steve Moore was introduced by Dennis Cochran.

Upcoming Speakers…


  • 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 Autho


Liz Blanchard announcing the … Scholarship program.

Bob Blooweer raising big bucks for SRE.

Let’s follow Kris Blower to the big Hoe Down in October.

Dennis Cochran being recognized for complaining to The Record. Shame, Dennis.

Kuy Ky freed from San Quentin.

Ron Allison confessing his visit to San Quentin with his fellow felon.

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.

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.

Scholarships – Liz Blanchard – there are four year scholarships available through Dennis Cardoza’s office. It is a military program for all branches of service. They are looking for high school graduates with a 3.00 or better. It is four years of special training with Annapolis, West Point, Aviator’s programs, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines and graduating with a BA, BS or MA degree. Contact Liz Blanchard for more information.

Facebook – Gary Hansen – Stockton Rotary is now on Facebook. Check out our new page by going to and search for “Rotary Club of Stockton”. Of course do not use the quotation marks. We intend to evolve this as you use it. Who knows where it goes but it is one more avenue for Rotarians to keep in touch and up to date on what is going on.

Annual Fund Raiser – Kris Blower gave us a brief presentation of the annual fundraiser event. The planned date is October 10th at Jessie’s Grove Winery and the theme is a Country Hoedown, $50 per person. More to follow save the date.
Contest – Name our Rotary Fundraiser – if your name is chosen you will receive one free ticket to the event. Write it down and call or email Kris Blower, 471-9771 or . Deadline -Monday August 17.

Blood Pressure Test – Harry Hedburg asked all folks who are interested in taking a free blood pressure test to gauge interest also he asked that all doctors let him know if they can perform and assist in the testing. Based on response more will follow. The testing will start at 11:30 before two Wednesday’s meeting.

Golf Tournament – Bill Wagner – 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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  • John Notman-August 19
  • 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


Dennis Cochran – for his letter to the editor of The Record. $25

Kuy Ky and Ron Allison – $25 each for visiting San Quentin.

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; 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