The Wheel – September 30, 2009

Visit the “Special Items” section for updates from Rotary International and find information about next week’s meeting. We have a very special meeting coming up and we are all encouraged to attend. Please click here to learn more.

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“The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands”


  • Song – Kuy Ky – “For He/She s a Jolly Good Fellow” in honor of Pres. Michael and Dist. Gov. Susan Drake.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Luis Duarte.
  • Thought for the Day – Bill Gass offered a thoughtful story to illustrate how we may react to adversity in our lives.
  • Raffle – TJ Hull won $2.
  • COG Duties – Team Leader – Chad Sublet, Raffle Tickets John Atwood, Greeter – Cathy Dodson, Mic#1 Robert Shapiro, Mic#2 – Robert Peterson, Attendance – John Atwood and Rigo Cervantes.

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – October 7, 2009

Surviving is Not an Option – Bob Mutchler, or Motorcycle Bob, as he is known in Rotary and to the media around the world has been riding his motorcycle with the sole goal of raising awareness of The Rotary Foundation and, more specifically, PolioPlus since 1998. He has ridden to every state capitol in the United States, every Canadian Provincial capitol, every Australian state capitol and many other riding events on his motorcycle in order to bring about public awareness of PolioPlus. He has been featured on network television, talk radio, newspapers and magazines as he expresses the message of PolioPlus and The Rotary Foundation. Bob continues to be a featured media attraction two or more times every month somewhere around the world. Please click here to learn more about this most interesting Rotarian.

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

Quiet Rotarian – award presented to both Hal Monroe and Graham Tweedy for their contributions to Rotary.

Head Table – President Michael introduced the head table – Jim Anthony, Luis Duarte, Bill Gass, Cathy Dodson, Susan Drake.

Paul Harris Fellowship – A special presentation of Paul Harris Awards conducted by our District Governor Susan Drake:
Michael Blower, P.H. plus 2. Pete Wolf, P.H. plus 8. Gary Putnam, P.H. plus 2. Jim Dyke, P.H. plus 2. Ron Allison, P.H. plus 4 in honor of his father with an acceptance speech by Ron s son Bill.


Susan Drake – District Gvoernor of 5220

“District Governor’s Report”

Susan Drake, our own club secretary eloquently stated the profound experience that is Rotary. She was born into Rotary having a Rotarian grandfather, father.

She recalled some of the many ways that service to others through Rotary activities has shaped her life. She has learned first hand of the international impact Rotary has through many projects including her own Interact club project bringing playground equipment to communities in Mexico, now in its 14th year.

Susan imparted the message that our current Rotary International President advocates, The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands . While there are over 33,000 clubs in 200 countries with over 1.2 million members, it is in the daily activities of each Rotarian that the work of Rotary gets done.

Susan made some suggestions for our club. We need to focus on recruitment and retention and let the world know what Rotarians do. We need to rise to the challenge to eradicate Polio.

Susan was presented with a special Rotary Blue kayak paddle.

Susan Drake was introduced by Michael Blower.

You may wish to review Susan Drake’s full presentation.

Upcoming Speakers…


  • 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


  • 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


Michael Blower

helping Cathy Dodson promote our upcoming evening of fun and fundraising.

Ron Allison with his son Bill awarding a Paul Harris to Ron’s father.

Gary Putnam receiving his multiple Paul Harris Award.

We are fast becoming an item Hal.

Susan Drake finally has a paddle with the right color.

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 -Michael Blower and Cathy Dodson reminded us to make sure to attend the big event. Join in the fun on October 10th. 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 – Two seats left.

Stockton Rotary Business Group – Join us if you wish, for lunch, Thursday October 15 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.

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


Hal Monroe and Graham Tweedy for flubbing Tech Time. $50 each

Ku Ky – for referring to our President Michael as Mikie. $25

John Reusche – for cell phone misbehavior. $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