The Wheel – October 14, 2009

Visit the “Special Items” section for updates from Rotary International and find information about next week’s meeting. We look forward to learning more about Delta College. Please click here to learn more.

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“The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands”


  • Song – Kuy Ky – “God Bless America”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Pam Wenger.
  • Thought for the Day – Dave Midura challenged us to do everything without arguing and complaining.
  • Raffle – Pat Patmon won $2.
  • COG Duties – Team Leader Waqar Rizvi; Raffle Tickets Eric Duran; Greeter – Rigo Cervantes; Mic#1 Robert Shapiro; Mic#2 Waqar Rizvi; Attendance Rigo Cervantes and Floyd Crame.

Table of Contents

Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – October 21, 2009

Raul RodriguezDelta College, 75 Years and Counting. Raul Rodriguez obtained a Ph.D in Psychology in 1987 from the University of California, Santa Cruz; a master of arts in school and applied psychology in 1982 from Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut; and a bachelor of arts in liberal studies from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio in 1977.

Prior to joining San Joaquin Delta College on August 1, 2002, Dr. Rodriguez had served as president of Los Medanos College, Contra Costa Community College District, in Pittsburgh, California since 1996. Please click here to learn more about Dr. Rodriguez.

Rotary International

Celebrate World Polio Day. Find out ways you can help in the fight to end polio. Read complete article.

Social networking expands Rotary horizons. English, Swedish clubs discover the power of Facebook to make new friends. Read complete article.

More Special Items

Concern Report – no report

Head Table – President Michael introduced the head table – Susan Drake, Dave Midura, Pam Wenger, Duane Isetti, speaker R.C. Owens.

Paul Harris Fellowship – Scott McElhinnie presented John LaRue with his fourth multiple Paul Harris and a surprise Paul Harris to Jeff Zola.

Vocational Talk – Pam Wenger gave us an account of how she became interested in travel and the events that led to her becoming a travel agent.


R.C. Owens – Retired 49er Executive and Player

“Reflections of my Career as a 49er”

Former 49er great, R.C. Owens presented our club with some highlights and lessons learned from a life in athletics. R.C. was nicknamed AlleyOop for a football maneuver featuring his remarkable jumping ability.

He started athletics at the high school level in Santa Monica, attended the College of Idaho on a dual scholarship in football and basketball, and went on to score positions with both the NFL and the NBA.

He finished his career in football in a management position with the 49ers and has 5 Superbowl rings to show for it. He is a member of 14 Hall of Fames including the Stockton Black Sports Hall of Fame and most recently the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame.

R.C. s message was summed up in numerous memorable quotes such as: Closeness doesn t count either you are or you aren t Life is like a trumpet. If you don t put anything in it, you won t get anything out of it. When things go wrong you must not quit!

R. C. Owens was introduced by Duane Isetti.

Upcoming Speakers…


  • 21 Raul Rodriguez-Delta College, 75 Years and Counting
  • 28 Past Presidents-The History of the Rotary Club of Stockton


  • 04 Bob Lawrence-Medical Aspects of Death Investigations
  • 11 TBA
  • 18 Rick Aschieris-The Port of Stockton
  • 25 DARK


Dave Midura encouraging us to watch our water. Dave’s looks a little questionable.

Pam Wenger giving us her vocational talk.

Harry Hedburg being recognized for receiving his 50 year Mason pin. Congratulations, Harry.

John LaRue receiving his multiple Paul Harris Fellowship award. Great hair, John.

To alleviate your concern Jeff, there is only one Jeff Zola.

Michael Keith paying up for sleeping at 5pm.

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.

Annual Fund Raiser -Pres. Michael commended Cathy Dodson, her committee and the many volunteers who made the Boots, Bales, and BBQ fundraiser event such a success.

Foundation Dinner will be held on October 24, 2009 in Tracy. Currently 27 signups. Let’s do our best. Plan to join us on the 24th. Auction items are needed. Dress, Black Tie Optional. Contact Susan, Scott or Michael.

Playground Equipment – Don Barry needs help picking up playground equipment this Saturday morning at 8:30 at Laughlin Park corner of Estate and Tree Top. Contact Don at 471-3217.

Downtown Business Summit – Dennis Smallie announced the Downtown Business Summit Monday October 19 at the San Joaquin Worknet Conference. Contact Dennis for more information.

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.

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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Birthdays… October

  • Monroe, Harold W (HAL) 01
  • Ky, Kuy E (KUY) 01
  • Blower, Robert D (BOB) 01
  • Relf, William J (BILL) 01
  • Fernandez, Ramon I (RAMON) 03
  • Gass, William G (BILL) 03
  • Bowman, Herbert H (HERB) 05
  • Hull, Elizabeth M (LIZ) 06
  • Tygett, William David (DAVE) 10
  • Cochran, Dennis M (DENNIS) 10
  • Gillis, William G (GARY) 10
  • Leonard, Robert O (BOB) 12
  • Martin, Robert A (TONY) 14
  • Johnson, Reid L (REID) 18


Harry Hedburg for receiving his 50 year pin as a Head Mason. $500

Michael Keith– for being late for the Mystery Bus Trip. $25

Dennis Smallie – for his Business Summit announcement. $25

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

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