The Wheel – September 23, 2009

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“The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands”


  • Song – Kuy Ky – “9 to 5 by Dolly Parton in honor of our guest speaker s change of career.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Chad Sublet.
  • Thought for the Day – Cathy Peterson- introduced her co-worker, Tamara Little, who provided the thought for the day in song – Sunday Shoes. The lyrics of Sunday Shoes are the last request of a dying boy of his mother. He said, Dear mother would it be alright if I played in my Sunday shoes?
  • Raffle – Gary Hansen won $2.
  • COG Duties – Cathy Dodson, Team Leader; John Atwood, Raffle Tickets; Rigo Cervantes, Greeter; Chad Sublet, Mic. #1 and Robert Nelson Mic. #2; Rigo and John, Attendance.

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – September 30, 2009

District Governor Visit – Susan Drake is the 5220 District Governor for 2009-10. She has been a member of Stockton Rotary since 1995. She served as President 2004-05, Assistant District Governor 2006-07 and has been her Club Secretary since July 2005. Susan was District Secretary for two years 1999-2001 and has served as District Membership Co-Chair and Vocational Services Chair. She has been an Edison High School Interact Advisor since 1995 and has led the Stockton area playground project to Mexico since 1996. Please click here for a more complete bio for Susan.

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.

Membership Moment – Rena Beinoris’ latest new member scheme came out of a 4:00 AM call from Pres. Michael after he had a late night/early morning visit from the Rotary Membership Angel who suggested the use of a Club Treasure Chest full of hot prizes to reward members who successfully recruit a new member. Pres. Michael and Gary Hansen were the first to cash in. Pres. Michael took a classy looking shirt and Gary lifted a bottle of wine.

Head Table – President Michael introduced the head table – Tamara Little, Cathy Peterson, Bill Gass, Jim and Robert Dugoni.

Tech Time – Graham Tweedy and Hal Monroe presented an online seminar entitled, Technology Will Embarrass You Every Time or It Never Works When You Need it To. The seminar was a real time demonstration of everyman s frustration with technology in general and use of the internet in particular. Please look forward to our next iteration.


Robert Dugoni – Author

“Career Change, Attorney to Author”

Robert informed us that he is a product of a Rotary Scholarship and expressed his gratitude to Rotary.

He thanked Barnes and Nobles for making his books available after the meeting which he signed and donated a portion of the sales price to The Library and Literacy Fund in the Stockton Rotary Endowment.

Since I am a story teller, I want to tell you my story. His story, described in chapter form, the stages of his life. One morning his feet hit the cold bedroom floor jarring him into the realization, I don t want to do this anymore!

His wife supported the career change and a move to Seattle followed by years in an eight by eight windowless office where he began his career as an author.

The result has been several successful books and a new life as a noted author.

His concluding advice was, Pursue your passion! Follow your dreams and the money will follow; follow the money and your dreams will die.

Robert Dugoni was introduced by Bill Gass.

Upcoming Speakers…


  • 30 Susan Drake-District Governor Visit


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


Renna Beinoris getting us all excited to participate in bringing in new members.

Bob Blower gives his third annual fundraiser pep talk.

Tamara Little playing “Sunday Shoes”.

Nick Curtin enjoying his celebrity for having his picture in The Record.

Larry Seiler getting caught for yard snooping with his balloon.

The tech duo putting on a forgettable performance.

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.

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 – The Third Annual Bob Blower Motivational Talk. We need member signups indicating you plan to attend, buy those raffle tickets and get your auction items turned in ASAP. SRE will not have money for service projects this year, so the proceeds from the raffle ticket sales, attendance tickets and auction items at the Boots, Bails and BBQ event will be it. Join in the fun at the October 10th event. Help make this event a big success. Sign up at the tables or mail in your invite or go online at our website.

Foundation Dinner will be held on October 24, 2009 in Tracy. Currently 24 signups. Let’s do our best. Plan to join us on the 24th. Contact Susan or Scott.

Mystery Bus Trip – A sell out.

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

Stockton Thunder – 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 thanked the drivers for the event.

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:

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-September 30


Nick Curtin for his picture in the paper blamed on Gary Hansen – $50

Larry Seiler for violating the privacy of Kuy Ky’s back yard during a balloon ride last weekend. Kuy paid – $25

Liz Hull for an errant cell phone event – $25

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