The Wheel – November 4, 2009

Visit the “Special Items” section for updates from Rotary International. What does Dolly Parton have to do with Rotary? Find information about next week’s meeting. Join us to learn how to put out fires in 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.

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 – Kuy Ky – “Itsy Bitsy Spider”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Luis Duarte.
  • Thought for the Day – Ernie Jordan
  • COG Duties –
  • Raffle – Nick Curtin won $2.

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – November 11, 2009

Ron Hittle – City of Stockton Fire Chief. Ron Hittle was appointed to the Fire Department in 1987, Ron Hittle worked his way through the various levels of the Fire service, was active in the Professional Firefighters, Local 456, Union activities, and has served on many community committees.

Ron began his career as a Firefighter, eventually advancing to Captain, Battalion Chief, Division Chief, and Deputy Chief II. He served most of his career in the downtown Stockton Engine and Truck companies which included house captain duties. Click here for the rest of Ron’s bio.

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 – no report

Membership Minute – Renna Beinoris reminded us of the Mingle occasion. Details in the announcement section.


Bob LawrenceForensic Pathologist, San Joaquin County Coroner s office

“Medical Aspects of Death Investigations”

Or a $68.14 case of fatal indigestion

In real world vs. Hollywood death investigation, there is no substitute for education, experience, objectivity and attention to detail.

The trained examiner can interpret the cause of death from the impressions left on an infant s head by crib bars, spot the odd vacuum cleaner used as a weapon in an otherwise messy room and distinguish a bear paw from a human hand.

Other skills related by Bob Lawrence was the ability to determine the trajectory of a bullet, the height of automobile bumpers at the point of impact and the difference between accidental death and suicide in an auto accident.

Coroners are able to determine the intent of the one yielding a knife, the degree of rage provoked by riding one s horse into the middle of a friendly pool game at the local bar and they can count the change too.

Joe Serra introduced Bob Lawrence

Upcoming Speakers…


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


Ernie Jordan giving us his thought for the day.

Let’s all follow our DG Susan Drake to Tahoe!

Joe Serra enjoying his new time piece won at the raffle at the Foundation Dinner. The watch was donated by Gary Long.

Kuy Ky reappeared to lead us in his favorite little song. Later he paid dearly.

Ron Allison paying up for his travels.

Gary Hansen revealing the evidence. Thanks for the $25 Gary.

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.

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 Susan Drake. Email Susan 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

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 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


Gary Hansen – for a noisy phone. $25

Kuy Ky – for nine years of marriage and for twelve years in Rotary. Michael calculates $102

Ron Allison – for his picture in The Record. $25

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

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