The Wheel – December 16, 2009

Visit the “Special Items” section for updates from Rotary International. Find information about the next meeting, in this case the first meeting of the new year – a very important topic. 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 – Monie Ky – “Jingle Bells”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Pres. Michael and daughter.
  • Thought for the Day
  • Raffle – Kuy Ky’s son won $10.
  • COG Duties –

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Special Items…

Next Program – January 6, 2010

We are dark December 23 and 30.

Farmland Conservation in The San Joaquin Valley – Bill Martin – is the Executive Director of the Central Valley Farmland Trust (CVFT) and presides over all activities within its four-county sphere of influence. Bill has over thirty years of experience in agricultural finance and trust real estate administration. He is the chairman of the Central Valley Land Trust Council s (CVLTC) executive committee. Click here for more complete info about Bill Martin.

Rotary International

Son’s donation inspires mother. Bloomfields among recent Arch C. Klumph Society inductees. Read complete article.

Trustee chair’s message: Foundation supports a strong Rotary family. December is Family Month. Read complete article.

More Special Items

Concern Report – Long time member of 43 years, Jack Underhill, passed away recently. A memorial service, at Central United Methodist, will be held January 2, 2010 at 1:00PM.

Special Thanks – Charylnn Harless, T J Hull Jr., Spreckles and Ravioli, Santa, Dave, Sparky, Rotary Man, Stockton Golf and Country Club and The Stockton Fire Dept. Most of all, thank you children for bringing the true spirit of Christmas to Rotarians young and old!


Santa-assisted by Sparky, Ravioli (the clown) and our own Dave Tygett and Rotary Man

A Holiday Celebration – Children s Christmas with food, fun and gifts for all.

Ravioli the clown stirred the crowd with such comments as, Boys and Gorillas! I m Santa s favorite elf – he lets me cleanup after the reindeer, and I m in charge of checking the list – I really know who is naughty and who is nice.

The trivia question of the day was, Did anyone get the name of past president Dave s new white, long haired mascot?

Christmas has spawned many fictitious characters: Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, to name a few; but, Splat the Cat.

The children that attended were children of Rotarians, the New Hope Family Shelter, Stockton Homeless Shelter, the Child Abuse Prevention Center and the Haven of Peace Shelter.

Upcoming Speakers…


  • 23 DARK
  • 30 DARK


  • 06 Bill Martin-Farmland Conservation in The San Joaquin Valley
  • 13 Charlie Osolin-The National Ignition Facility: Bringing Star Power to Earth
  • 20 Sheryl Ashby-The Common Sense Approach to Caregiving and Caring for the Caregiver
  • 27 Jay Davis-Reducing the Nuclear Stockpile


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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.

Stockton Rotary Centennial – the date is Feb 1, 2014. We wish to make this a celebratory series of events to share a century of service with the greater Stockton community. The committee has chosen five areas of focus. They are Projects, Events, Book, History and Publicity. If you wish to help in one or more of these areas please contact Susan Drake at We are in need of historical items for our club to include in publications and media announcements. We are asking past presidents and all our members to put on their thinking caps, search your offices and homes for historical tidbits. Please contact Frank Whitney at to help him in this task.

Rotary Polio Trivia Bee – the Give Polio the Knockout Punch Trivia Challenge is scheduled for Saturday January 23 at 5 pm at the SOS Club in Modesto. Come and help cheer on the defending champions. All money raised will go to our polio eradication effots. Contact Susan Drake for more information and/or to register. Paul Kozlow is in need of one volunteer to join our Trivia team.

Mid Year Assembly and Pre Pets – Saturday, January 30, Continental breakfast and registration begins at 7:30 am, the opening session is at 8:30 am at San Joaquin Office of Education. Breakout sessions on a variety of topics that should be of interest to all Rotarians. Speaker at lunch is author Bill Wittach who has a great message about membership and volunteerism. Contact Susan Drake for more information and/or to register.

Bell Ringers – we are in need of ringers to join with Interact bell ringers at Dillards and J C Penney. Contact Paul Kozlow.

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.

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… December

  • Gorham, Larry F (LARRY) 01
  • Bob, John K (JOHN) 05
  • Fearrand, Trever P (TREVER) 05
  • Moore, Jr, Frank (FRANK) 07
  • Silver, Hilary (HIL) 12
  • Hicks, Kevin A (KEVIN) 12
  • Atwood, John A. (JOHN) 15
  • Whitney, Frank K (FRANK)15
  • Dutton, Frank B (FRANK) 17
  • Peterson, Cathy (CATHY) 18
  • Hedburg, Jr, Harry W (HARRY) 19
  • Sather, Michael C (MIKE) 20
  • Wagner, William E (BILL) 29
  • Masten, Richardson (RIC) 29
  • Gormsen, Peter G (PETE) 31


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