The Wheel – November 18, 2009

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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 – Kuy Ky – “The Love Boat”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Roland Ghazal.
  • Thought for the Day – Paul Kozlow presented a Thanksgiving poem.
  • COG Duties – Greeter Robert Shapiro, Mic#1 Jon Stephens, Mic#2 Joseph Dietrich, Attendance – Cathy Dodson
  • Raffle – Steve Sheely won $2.

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – Tuesday November 24, 2009. All City Thanksgiving Luncheon

Jean Irwin – is a retired Teacher of the Deaf from the Washoe County School District in Reno, Nevada. She has taught in grades pre-school through 12th grade in 12 schools. Jean was an Ambassadorial Scholar in 1989. She speaks to many Rotary groups about the long term effects of investment in the Foundation.

The Ambassadorial Scholarship Jean received allowed her to do research into reading and deafness 20 years ago which earned her a Master s Degree from Nottingham University in England. After this education, her students broke what is considered a glass ceiling for the deaf and achieved high levels of reading. She is now District 5190’s Literacy Chair and wants to use what she learned about Reading to help encourage and foster more literacy involvement from clubs. Please read a more complete bio for Jean Irwin.

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 – Cathy Dodson reported that Duane Isetti is doing better. No visitors at this point. Please contact Cathy if you wish to relay a message to Duane or the family.

Membership Minute – Renna Beinoris thanked all who attended the Membership Mingle at Valley Brew.

New Member – Diane Stauffer, sponsored by Jim Dyke.


Rick Aschieris – Director the Port of Stockton

“The Port of Stockton”

Rick Aschieris presented an overview of the port from it s beginnings to current challenges. The Port’s history dates back to 49er times but was officially opened as an organized port on February 2, 1933.

Today it ranks second in tonnage of shipments for an inland port on the west coast, with Portland taking first place. It takes a ship eight hours to reach the Stockton Port from the Golden Gate bridge and it will pass six other ports on it s way.

Therein lies the need for the Stockton Port to promote itself. Selling points include the access to railroad lines, Interstate 5, and the deep shipping channel.

Rick Aschieris was introduced by Joe Serra.

Upcoming Speakers…


  • 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


New member, Diane Stauffer, introducing herself. Welcome to Stockton Rotary, Diane.

Reed Robbins describing the Liberia Book Program.

Nick, the whiner, Curtin with his shirt.

Poor shooter, Gary Hansen, enjoying Nick’s stress.

Susan Drake modeling the shirt that Nick still covets.

Ken Miselis, the person behind all these shenanigans.

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 – Next week, Tuesday, we will be gathering for the annual Stockton City Wide Rotary luncheon at First Baptist Church. Jean Irwin will be the speaker. This will serve as our regular meeting. Cost is $25. Contact Susan Drake.

Books to Liberia – Reed Robbins announced the Books to Liberia program started by his great niece, 15 yr old Casey. Currently they are planning their 4th shipment of school supplies and text books to Liberia. If you d like to help out, make checks payable to IBPO and Reed will forward them on. This is a tax deductible donation.

Stockton Rotary Centennial – the date is Feb 1, 2014. We would like to get started on planning for celebration, first meeting Nov 30 at 4pm at Dave Tygett s house, let Dave or Susan Drake know if you are interested in helping.

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.

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. The card may also be used when purchasing pharmaceuticals. In six weeks we have raised $141.

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


Nick Curtin for whining about a t-shirt snub at the hockey game by Gary Hanson. $50

Gary Hanson for being mean to Nick. $25

Ken Miselis for his part in promotion at the hockey game using t-shirts and small cars with his business name on them. $50

Susan Drake for modeling the t-shirt that Nick claimed should be his. $50

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