The Wheel – September 2, 2009

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“The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands”


  • Song – Kuy Ky – “The More we Get Together”
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Steve Morales.
  • Thought for the Day – Scott McElhinnie – “When we eat well we eat our memories”.
  • Raffle – Hazel Hill won $2.
  • COG Duties – David Jardine and John Maroulis.

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – September 9, 2009

Behind the Scenes at the FBI – Adrian Vera. Adrian was born and lived for the first five years of his life in the” Goat Valley” area of East Stockton. His family then moved to a home that had the amenities plumbing, electricity, flooring, etc. Adrian then attended Fair Oaks Elementary, Franklin High, and Stockton College (H.S. division).

At Franklin and Stockton College Adrian participated football, basketball, baseball, and track. In July of 1955, he participated in the high school All Star Shrine football game played at the Los Angeles coliseum. The same year he accepted a football scholarship to attend the College of Pacific graduating in 1959.

In 1972 he completed his legal studies, earned his Juris Doctor, and applied to join the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). For more information about Adrian’s interesting biography 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 – no report

Paul Harris Fellowships – Lyndee Riley honored her daughter with a fellowship. Harry Hedburg received his sixth Paul Harris. The club awarded surprise Paul Harris’ to Dave Midura and Ernie Jordan.


Scott Hudson – San Joaquin County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer

“The Counties #1 Industry, Agriculture”

Scott related that San Joaquin’s two billion dollar Agricultural Industry pumps almost 4 billion into the local economy. He highlighted the rich and deep soil, microclimates, access to water, and usually flat terrain as reasons that our valley is uber-productive. The challenges continue to be water issues and salt encroachments as the Delta covers 35% of the landmass.

What are the Top Ten crops today?
Corn rows, nurseries, and hay.

But don’t think the next are small potatoes,
Cow for tipping and field tomatoes!

The next four would taste great on crepes:
Walnuts, almonds, cherries, grapes.

Our number one product long has stood,
Milk! “It does our county good!”

By Scott McElhinnie.

Scott Hudson was introduced by Bill Gass.

Upcoming Speakers…


  • 09 Adrian Vera-Behind the Scenes at the FBI
  • 16 Ron Agostini-The Future of Newspapers
  • 23 Robert Dugoni-Career Change, Attorney to Author


  • 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


Blain Bibb introducing us to the visiting NGE Team from Switzerland.

Harry Hedburg receiving his sixth Paul Harris Fellowship.

Scott McElhinnie giving us memories that we can eat.

Lyndee Riley awarding her daughter with a PHS.

The club recognized Ernie Jordan

and Dave Midura with Paul Harris Fellowships.

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 gave us a brief presentation of the annual fundraiser event. The date is October 10th at Jessie’s Grove Winery and the theme is Boots, Bales and Barbeque; $50 per person. We need a large turnout and still need auction items. President Michael reminded us that since the endowment will not be making charitable donations that this fundraiser is the big one for the year.

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. Please sign up for the dinner with Susan Drake or Scott McElhinnie.

Stockton Rotary Business Group – A few Rotarians met informally Thursday, September 3, for lunch to discuss their businesses and to promote the concept of Rotarians doing business with fellow Rotarians. Next meeting is at Whirlows, 1924 Pacific Avenue at 11:30 on Thursday Spetember 10. If you wish to join in send an email to Blain Bibb at or just appear. Join us.

The Swiss are Here – The group gave us a lively multimedia presentation about their country.

Grocery Card Fundraiser President Michael announced grocery rebate cards will be 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 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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  • Timothy Schwartz-September 3
  • Kristina Knudsen-September 4
  • 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


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