The Wheel – November 11, 2009

Visit the “Special Items” section for updates from Rotary International. Find information about next week’s meeting. Join us for an update from the Port of Stockton. 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. Just in case you missed it at the meeting.

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“The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands”


  • Song – Nicol Hallberg – “Star Spangled Banner”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Floyd Crame.
  • Thought for the Day – CP Riddle shared a history of the U. S. military and reminded everyone it is our responsibility to make sure veterans know they are appreciated.
  • Vocational Talk – Floyd Crame described why he is a New York Life Insurance agent.
  • COG Duties – Waqar Rizvi – team leader, microphone and greeter, Robert Schapiro microphones, John Atwood raffle and attendance, and Rigo Cervantes – attendance
  • Raffle – Kuy Ky’s son won $2.

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – November 18, 2009

Rick Aschieris – Port Director, the Port of Stockton. Mr. Aschieris has been chief executive officer of the Port of Stockton since his appointment by the Stockton Port Commission in February of 2000. Since his arrival in Stockton, Mr. Aschieris has directed the dramatic expansion of the Port and initiated several infrastructure improvement efforts to revitalize and expand the Port’s operations which have led to hundreds of millions of dollars in private sector investments and created hundreds of new family-wage jobs in the greater Stockton area. Please read more.

Rotary International

Dolly Parton to speak at 2010 convention. Parton, Rotary are collaborating to promote early childhood reading. Read complete article.

Rotarians make good use of social networking. Clubs find new tools useful for sharing info, reaching new members. Read complete article.

More Special Items

Concern Report – Gary Putnam reported that Hazel Hill’s husband Jim Hill, is in the hospital.

Membership Minute – Renna Beinoris reminded us of the Mingle occasion. Details in the announcement section. Don’t miss it.

New Member Proposals – Melanie Viex by Renna Beinoris, Kenneth Steele by Bill Gass, Fred Sheil by Terry Hull, Kristina Aquilera by Terry Hull.


Ron Hittle – City of Stockton Fire Chief

“State of the Stockton Fire Department”

Ron presented an interesting look into the operations and history of the Stockton Fire Department. The Fire Department is one of the oldest and busy departments in California, far exceeding the average state averages for coverage ratios.

Stockton has grown from 10 to 92 square miles from 1950 to 2009 with fire department response growth from 1,294 to 37,468 service calls per day and staff growth of 124 to 279 firefighters.

A most interesting fact learned was the young guy does the cooking.

Gary Gillis introduced Ron Hittle.

Upcoming Speakers…


  • 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 Andy Prokop-Purpose Driven Life
  • 16 Santa-A Holiday Celebration
  • 23 DARK
  • 30 DARK


Nicol Hallberg giving us a stirring rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner”.

CP Riddle giving us the thought for the day remembering our veterans.

Floyd Crame giving us his vocational talk.

Dick Wary paying for his travels to far away places.

I think we figured this out. Liz Hull felt so badly that her Broncos lost to Michael’s Steelers that Michael chose to console her by donating to SRE. Liz is now rooting for the Steelers.

Another big raffle winner.

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.

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

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. Call the Thunder direct if you wish to attend.

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

Holiday Party – Our annual party will be held Thursday, December 10, 5:30 PM at Magnolia Mansion, California & Parks Streets. $35 per person. Sign up sheets will be on our tables. Contact Renna Beinoris.

PolioPlus Event – Rotary will be in the center court of the Weberstown Mall Jan. 8th-10th. We have three days to raise $5000 for PolioPlus. We will have brochures, pins, posters, maybe Motorcycle Bob and his bike and a slick video that will be on continuous play. The event will be staffed by Rotarians and Interactors and hopefully polio survivors to tell their stories. We are hoping to have short presentations on the challenges of polio and a question and answer time. We are aware that most people under a certain age are not aware that polio exists or that it was a real threat here in America not that many years ago. Contact Scott McElhinnie for more information and to volunteer to help.

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. The club will pay for the first 20 early conference registrations 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


Dick Wary – for multiple occasions including attending his Stanford University 50th year class reunion and cruising the Boston and eastern Canadian coast – $250

Michael Blower on behalf of Liz Hull for Michael s Steelers beating Liz s Broncos – $50

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