The Wheel – September 16, 2009

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“The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands”


  • Song – Kuy Ky – “This Little Light (Rotary) of Mine.”
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Dean McNeilly.
  • Thought for the Day – Jim Darnall – provided all with positive thoughts to live by and reminded us not to take ourselves too seriously because no one else does.
  • Raffle – Nick Curtin won $20.
  • COG Duties – Eric Duran, Floyd Crame, Joseph Dietrich.

Table of Contents

Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – September 23, 2009

Career Change, Attorney to Author – Robert Dugoni was born in Pocatello, Idaho and raised in Burlingame, California. Growing up the middle child in a family of ten siblings, Dugoni jokes that he didn’t get much of a chance to talk, so he wrote. By the seventh grade he knew he wanted to be a writer.

Dugoni wrote his way to Stanford University where he majored in communications/journalism and creative writing and worked as a reporter for the Stanford Daily. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and worked briefly as a reporter in the Metro and San Gabriel Valley Offices of the Los Angeles Times before deciding to attend the UCLA law school. Dugoni practiced law full-time in San Francisco as a partner at the law firm, Gordon and Rees and is currently of counsel for a law firm in Seattle. For an interesting biography click here.

Rotary International

Rotaract paves the way into Rotary. Former Rotaractor believes youth will shape the Rotary of tomorrow. Read complete article.

Financial update from the general secretary. Rotary weathered the recent financial crisis with less damage than feared. Read complete article.

More Special Items

Concern Report – no report

New Members Proposed – Jeffrey Johnston sponsored by Dennis Smallie and Tony Wehr sponsored by Michael Blower.

Paul Harris Fellowship – Luis Duarte presented Herb Bowman with a Paul Harris Fellowship for his mentoring to Luie. Kathy Dodson earned her first Paul Harris Fellowship.

Head Table – President Michael introduced the head table of Dean McNeilly, Bill Gass, Ron Agostini, Jim Darnall and Susan Drake.


Ron Agostini – Sportswriter, The Modesto Bee

“The Future of Newspapers”

Before sharing his thoughts on the future of newspapers, Ron shared a history of local sports. Ron spent his formative years studying at East Union High School while learning humility at the hands of Duane Isetti s St. Mary s Rams. Ron started his sports writing career at these games by calling in the results and action to the newspapers.

Ron provided an insightful analysis to the question Are Papers Dying? The answer is no, they are only changing at the hands of a paradigm shift. Paper circulation is decreasing, while total readership, including Internet customers, is increasing.

Like many industries, technology is downsizing the industry labor workforce by automating jobs. Advertising revenue is decreasing because the advertising population of advertisers is decreasing.

Today s newspaper professional must learn to multitask and embrace technology.

Ron Agostine was introduced by Bill Gass.

Upcoming Speakers…


  • 23 Robert Dugoni-Career Change, Attorney to Author
  • 30 Susan Drake-District Governor Visit


  • 07 Bob Mutchler-Surviving is Not an Option
  • 14 R.C. Owen-49er’s
  • 21 Raul Rodriguez-Delta College, 75 Years and Counting
  • 28 Past Presidents-The History of the Rotary Club of Stockton


Dean McNeilly being passionate about “sucking it up”. Good work, Dean.

Luis Duarte awarding a Paul Harris Fellowship to Herb Bowman.

Pat Patmon and Robert Nelson paying up. The Yukon will never be the same.

Duane Isetti having a good time on his ex.

Steve Sheely finally recognizing his Rotarian conscience.

Bill Gass introducing our speaker.

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.

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 – Cathy Dodson reminded everyone to get out their favorite country gear (leave the trusty steed at home) and join in the fun at the October 10th event. This is the Club s major fundraiser and everyone s help is needed! There are 30 committed auction items for this year compared to 80 last year. Auction items can be big or small help make this event a big success.

Foundation Dinner will be held on October 24, 2009 in Tracy. Distribution of envelopes with raffle tickets, counting toward a Paul Harris Fellowhip, are available at our meetings. Live entertainment and PRIP Rick King, will be our speaker. Make sure to turn in your raffle tickets. President Michael encouraged us to support our DG Susan Drake with our presence. Please sign up for the dinner with Susan Drake or Scott McElhinnie.

Mystery Bus Trip – Lloyd DeBock announced there are 13 vacancies for the October 3rd event. Signup soon, these seats will fill up. Sign up online or at your table or call Lloyd.

Stockton Rotary Business Group – Join us if you wish, for lunch, Thursday October 1 at BJ’s at 11:30 AM, to share our business experiences. You may email Blain Bibb at

The Swiss were Here – Blaine Bibb thanked the many Rotarian s who hosted the Swiss exchange students and helped make their stay in Stockton memorable.

Stockton Thunder – Kris Blower – save the date for an all Rotary Clubs night with the Stockton Thunder on November 15th. Game time is 4pm with a social starting at 2:30 for family, friends, Interacters and Rotaracters. Cost is $10 or $15. Signup online or at the club.

Edison Interact/Haven of Peace Nick Curtin asked for help transporting Edison Interact students to a sleeping in a box event this weekend. Transportation to the event at 4:00 p.m. Friday and from the event at 9:00 a.m. Saturday is needed. Contact Nick.

Charity Allocation – The club s Charity Allocations Committee is soliciting requests for funds for the projects of deserving local charitable organizations for the 2009/2010 club year. If any members have contacts with local charities in need of funding, please refer them to Pete Gormsen at 944-0740 for funding requests funds and information regarding the selection process. The deadline for receiving completed funding applications is October 31, 2009. The application request is also available at our website. Please click here. Completed applications should be mailed to the following:
Pete Gormsen, Chairman
Rotary Club of Stockton Charity Allocations Committee
1401 N. Hunter Street
Stockton, Ca 95202
Telephone 209-944-0740
E-mail address:

Sponsorship of Philippine orphans Ron Singson shared pictures and success stories of children the Club helps sponsor to attend school in the Philippines. This program is a huge success we should be proud of our efforts!

Grocery Card Fundraiser Grocery rebate cards are available at the meetings. The Club will receive a rebate of 3% of purchases at SaveMart, Smart Foods, Food Max, and Lucky s.

District Conference 2010 – It is not too early to plan for next year’s conference which will be hosted by our DG 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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  • Lex Corrales-September 5
  • John Reusche-September 10
  • Dale Fritchen-September 11
  • Matthew Stefanac-September 13
  • Roland Ghazal-September 14
  • Kenneth Miselis-September 17
  • James Anthony-September 26
  • Charles Patmon-September 26
  • Gerald Smith-September 27
  • Ann Johnston-September 29
  • Don Barry-September 29
  • Michael Self-September30


Pat Patmon for a hunting Jack Daniel s bottles in Alaska. When not terminating Jack , Pat and his son-in-law Robert Nelson, managed to shoot a bear and caribou (possibly a world record) – $500

Steve Sheely the Four-Way-Test finally got to Steve who rectified his joke that he and his wife were divorcing – $25

Duane Isetti for showing his people skills by receiving his ex-wife s time-share at Point Poi Poo Kauai – $100

Dean McNeilly for sharing a passionate view of sucking it up during hard times with the good citizen s of Stockton in a heavily edited letter to the Record – $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