The Wheel – October 7, 2009

Visit the “Special Items” section for updates from Rotary International and find information about next week’s meeting. We have a very famous speaker coming, plan to attend. Please click here to learn more.

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“The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands”


  • Song – Kuy Ky – lead everyone down memory lane with a lively rendition of the “Hokey Pokey”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Ross Moilan.
  • Thought for the Day – Walt Wager shared more wisdom from the Dalai Lama with quotes about learning from our mistakes and measuring success by what we have given up rather than gained.
  • Raffle – A guest won $5.
  • COG Duties – Ross Moilan – team leader, Chad Sublet – greeter, Cathy Dodson and Floyd Crame microphones, John Atwood raffle, and Waqar Rizvi and Rigo Cervantes – Attendance

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – October 14, 2009

R. C. OwensReflections of my Career as a 49er. R. C. Owens, who made the alley-oop reception famous on the football field and had a major impact in the community off of it, is retired after 23 years as an executive with the 49ers on April 14, 2001.

A native of Santa Monica, CA, Owens joined the 49ers front office in 1979 as Assistant Training Camp Director and Administrative Assistant. He took over the role of Executive Assistant and Alumni Director the following year and has excelled in that capacity for the last 22 years. Through his tireless efforts, Owens was able to create a bridge between the 49ers organization and its former players, making the alumni an integral part of the 49ers outreach programs. He has been the primary organizer of the Alumni Weekend since 1979. Click here to read more about Owens’ career.

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 – Gary Putnam – Reid Johnson’s son Douglas passed away recently.

Membership Minute – Renna Beinoris announced that there will be an open house for prospective members on November 11, 2009. Stay tuned for details.

Head Table – President Michael introduced the head table – Gary Putnam, Bob Mutchler and Ross Moilan.

Paul Harris Fellowship – Maxine Pickford awarded her first.

Samoan Relief – Liu Dellafosse, President of the Edison Interact Club, put a personal face on the tragic destruction by the hurricane that hit Samoa. Miss Dellafosse shared the devastation and needs of her homeland. Potable water is in urgent need and a $150 donation will supply a water box that will purify 2400 liters of water. Donations can be sent to the Red Cross attention Samoan Relief. This is a Rotarians helping Rotarians project. More information is available at


Bob Mutchler – Polio Survivor

“Surviving is Not an Option”

Bob Muthcler was diagnosed with Polio in 1948 at the age of nine months requiring treatment in an Iron Lung. In 1985, Bob was diagnosed with Post Polio Syndrome, the fourth and final stage of Polio. Anticipating on two additional years of productive life, Bob decided to turn this news into a positive event. He purchased a motorcycle and went on a 7,000-mile road trip. Bob has been riding ever since.

Bob became active in the Rotary International s Polio Plus program. He has participated in many immunization days with RI. RI came close to its goal to irradicate Polio by 2005. However, a handful of countries either will not participate or do not have a stable enough environment to participate. For example, the warlords of Nigeria would not let its’ citizens participate this allowed Polio to spread to 11 neighboring countries that had been Polio free.

Bob dreams of the day he will read Good-Bye Polio Thank You Rotary .

Bob Mutchler was introduced by Gary Putnam.

Upcoming Speakers…


  • 14 R.C. Owens-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


  • 04 Bob Lawrence-Medical Aspects of Death Investigations
  • 11 Joe Serra and Cathy Peterson-Trip to Malawi
  • 18 Rick Aschieris-The Port of Stockton
  • 25 DARK


Maxine Pickford receiving her Paul Harris Fellowship award.

Walt Wager giving a speech on the glories of white water rafting in remote Idaho.

Confession is good for the soul, Jerry, but attacking harmless techies is expensive.

Some of the choices available in the Silent Auction at the Hoe Down on Saturday.

Such as Reagan memorabilia from the collection of Ursula Meyer.

Gary Putnam 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.

Annual Fund Raiser -Kathy Dodson reminded everyone to get out their favorite country gear, leave the trusty steed at home, and join in the fun. President Michael even wore his cowboy boots to the meeting to promote the event. New this year is remote bidding for auction items. Bidding forms and a detail list of auction items were on the tables during the meetings. Remote bidding is allowed up to the beginning of the event. There are some great auction items some of which are pictured above.

Foundation Dinner will be held on October 24, 2009 in Tracy. Currently 30 signups. Let’s do our best. Plan to join us on the 24th. Contact Susan, Scott or Michael.

Mystery Bus Trip – Luis Duarte announced the trip was a great success. In case you were wondering the mystery spot was the Imperial Hotel in Amador City.

COG Meet – newly appointed leader, Chad Sublet, announced a meeting at 11:00 before next week’s regular Rotary meeting.

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


Walt Wager for enjoying pristine wilderness and a white water rafting trip on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. $250

Jerry Smith – for abuse of the Four-Way-Test for falsely submitting an auction item about some high level tech training. $150 to the Samoan relief water box

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