The Wheel – October 28, 2009

Visit the “Special Items” section for updates from Rotary International and find information about next week’s meeting. Join us to learn how medical science is used in death investigations. Please click here to learn more.

This is the time to sign up for our District Conference. Please read the information in the Club Announcements section and view an entertaining video.

Check for more information about our club and to be kept up to date on events by visiting the calendar. Click here to visit the site.

“The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands”


  • Song – Jim Dyke – “America the Beautiful”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Karen Munro.
  • Thought for the Day – John Reusche asked us to consider what Rotary means to us. Also, John held a moment of silence for former past president Les Johnson who passed away mid way through his presidency year.
  • COG Duties – Rigo Cervantes and John Maroulis for attendance. John Maroulis, greeter. Chad Sublet and John Maroulis were on microphones.
  • Raffle – Diane Stauffer won $10.

Table of Contents

Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – November 4, 2009

Dr. Robert Lawrence is a Forensic Pathologist for the San Joaquin County Coroner s office. He will talk today on Medical Aspects of Death Investigation , showing examples of coroner s death cases and how medical science is applied to determine cause and circumstances of death. This is a subject of universal interest.

Dr. Lawrence received his B.S. in Chemistry from UOP, M.D. from UCLA. He served in the US Navy as a Flight Surgeon, taking care of pilots and their families, and then completed his Pathology Residency at the Mayo Clinic. He has pathology subspecialty certification in Forensic Pathology, the field dealing with death cases involving the legal system.

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

Paul Harris Fellowship – Pam Wenger awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship to her son Chris.

New Members Proposed – Kerry Krueger of Kroloff, Belcher, Smart, Perry and Christopherson by Tom Perry.
Diane Stauffer retired teacher, community volunteer by Jim Dyke.
Julie Boucher of Wells Fargo by Laura Pinkerton.

Special Award – Bill Gass awarded Terry Hull the coveted Rotary mug for the best score on the Rotary quiz.

Kathy Peterson and Gary Putnam – introduced the two Physical Therapy doctoral candidates going to Guadalajara for the distribution and assistance in fitting wheelchairs.


Past Presidents

“The Recent History of the Rotary Club of Stockton”

Reed Robbins served as president during 1976, he raised roughly $25,000. One goal that year was to provide a bedroom at the children s home. During his kick out an invocation was given and one of the memorable statements was Better to have bad leadership than none at all”.

Dean McNeilly served as president in 1983-1984. The average membership of the club was around 285, with a high of 306. It was still an all men s club. The SRE was created that year. Dean was instrumental in partnering with the Delta Blood Bank.

Karen Munro, our first woman president, served during the year 1995. One of her projects was the Adopt a Highway campaign in a section of HWY 99 which is now the cross town freeway. During Karen s term was the first time that kids from St Mary s TLC home came to share lunch with Rotarians. Also, during her term Luis Duarte helped coordinate the delivery of an ambulance to Mexico. Her membership was in the high 200 s.

Jim Dyke served the year 1999-2000. There were roughly 262 members. The theme during his presidency was Fun, Fellowship and Fundraising. During Jim s year an Oktoberfest was held at noon at the Stockton Inn and it raised roughly $21,000. The Presidents Projects that year was the playground at the Children s Museum and a $10,000 donation to the Gospel Rescue mission to help with the reception area.

Bill Brown served as president the year 2003-2004 which was the year before the Rotary Centennial celebration year. On October 15th, 2003 all presidents had to ring a Bell in recognition of the centennial for Rotary. That year all the clubs in Stockton worked togethor on various projects in observance of the centennial. The projects were the following, a fence was placed around the Women s Center, a series of canopies were placed above picnic tables at the Weber Points center, a playground was installed at Walton School and finally the Rotary House at the hospital went through a major renovation. Also, during Bill s presidency the lunch time power point presentation presenting all the activities our club is involved in was introduced. A World War II memorial maintenance team was coordinated that is still in effect today.

Bill Gass introduced the Presidents.

A distinguished group! A sincere thank you to all our Stockton Rotary Presidents.

Upcoming Speakers…


  • 04 Bob Lawrence-Medical Aspects of Death Investigations
  • 11 Ron Hittle-City of Stockton Fire Chief
  • 18 Rick Aschieris-The Port of Stockton
  • 24 Tuesday-Rotary City Wide Thanksgiving Luncheon


  • 02 Tom McHugh, Cathy Dodson, Jerry Smith, Shari Garibaldi-Stockton Rotary Endowment-How a planned gift can benefit you and our community
  • 09 United Way
  • 16 Santa-A Holiday Celebration
  • 23 DARK
  • 30 DARK


Pam Wenger awarding her son Chris with a Paul Harris Fellowship.

David Miller celebrating the new Goodwill Drop Off Location design.

Kevin Hicks recovering from his paparazzi experience.

Laura Pinkerton paying for all her rafting fun.

Terry Hull with his coveted gift. Congratulations Terry on your Stockton Rotary knowledge.

Bill Gass introducing the Stockton Rotary Past Presidents invasion.

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.

Rotary Youth Exchange Program – This program is an unforgettable experience for students ages 15 to 19. Students have an amazing learning opportunity. The primary purpose of the program is to promote international understanding. Blain Bibb encourages you to click here for more information about the program.

Foundation Dinner Susan Drake reported on the Foundation Dinner – roughly $180,000 was raised . Susan also delivered the winning prizes to the recipients of the Foundation Raffle.

Playground Equipment – Don Barry needs help again picking up playground equipment this Saturday morning. This will be an easy one. Contact Don at 471-3217.

Thanksgiving Luncheon – Bob Blower announced that 1st Baptist will be the gathering place for the annual Stockton City Wide Rotary luncheon on November 24th. Jean Irwin will be the speaker. This will serve as our regular meeting. Cost is $25.

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. Please signup ASAP with Kris Blower at the club or email her at

Our Luncheon – President Michael Blower reminded us that during the month of November the club needs to average at least 100 members for each luncheon at the Stockton Golf and Country Club otherwise cost for the lunch will go from $15 to $17. Bring yourself and a guest.

Rotary Reachin’ out Mingle! – You and potential Rotary members are invited to join us for a fun evening of
hors d oeuvres, no host cocktails and a why we love Rotary presentation on Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 5:00 PM at Valley Brew, 157 West Adams, Stockton. Contact Renna at

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:

Spring Garage Sale – Kris Blower gave us permission to put off cleaning out the garage this winter but to wait instead for spring to donate items for the Rotary Garage Sale coming this spring. Stay tuned.

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. Check out 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… November

  • Waidhofer, Joe J (DOC) 01
  • Hurick, Ronald G (RON) 05
  • Gassner, Alfred M (FRED) 10
  • Rizvi, Waqar (WAQAR) 10
  • Maroulis, John P (JOHN) 14
  • Tweedy, Graham (GRAHAM) 16
  • Perry, Thomas O (TOM) 22
  • Silva, Anthony R (TONY) 22
  • Woodward, Albert J (JIM) 22
  • Snyder, Robert L (BOB) 23
  • Sperry, Gerald A (JERRY) 27
  • Putnam, Gary B (GARY) 27
  • Despotes, Anthony M (TONY) 28
  • Wager, Walter E (WALT) 30


David Miller – for introducing the new look Goodwill Drop-off Location in Brookside at the Meridian Professional Center. $25

Kevin Hicks – for the Earthquake article in The Record. $25

Laura Pinkerton – for her 10 day rafting trip in the Grand Canyon. $100

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

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