The Wheel – December 9, 2009

Visit the “Special Items” section for updates from Rotary International. Find information about next week’s meeting – Santa’s coming. 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 – “Let it Snow”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – TJ Hull.
  • Thought for the Day – Waqar Rizvi led us in the thought of the day reminding us of our blessings and our need to share those blessings.
  • Raffle – Pat Patmon won $2.
  • COG Duties – Rigo Cervantes and Jim Atwood attendance and the raffle. Cathy Peterson and Floyd Crame on microphones.

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – December 16, 2009

A Holiday Celebration
Santa Claus – alias St. Nicholas and Kris Kringle. Santa lives at the North Pole and oversees a toy workshop run by busy elves. Each December 24th, Christmas Eve, Santa flies around the world delivering his toys in a sled pulled by nine reindeer: Blitzen, Comet, Cupid, Dancer, Dasher, Donner, Prancer, Vixen and a recent addition to help the aging original eight, shiny nosed Rudolph.

Next week Santa pays his annual pre flight visit to our club. Come join your fellow Rotarians and visiting children for a fun event.

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

Vocational Talk – Chad Sublet is an account manager for Verve Networks. They specialize in preventative/protective IT support.

New Members – Kristina Aguilera, WorkNet, sponsored by Terry Hull Sr; Michael Buoniconti sponsored by Terry Hull Sr.

Sponsor Gifts – from President Michael’s mystery chest. Terry Hull Sr – deisgner Rotary shirts.

Sea Scouts – Scott McElhinnie introduced the members of the Sea Scouts which is a program that teaches youth leadership skills through maritime activities. They are currently conducting a fundraiser to support the program by selling natural swags they put together for $20 apiece.


Andy Prokop – CEO, United Way of San Joaquin

“Purpose Driven Life”

Andy told us about being born in Fresno and the various difficulties he encountered growing up. He lived in numerous foster homes where he learned many things that have made him successful today.

Andy first went into the food industry working for Carl s Jr., under the guidance and leadership of Carl Karcher. He aquired four Carl’s Jr. Restaurants in the area and later sold them and went on to become the CEO of the United Way of San Joaquin County.

Andy is very involved in the community with United Way, various boards and the Asparagus Festival. The theme of Andy s presentation was living a purposefull life and how faith has helped him to achieve his goals.

Andy Prokop was introduced by Dennis Cochran.

Upcoming Speakers…


  • 16 Santa-A Holiday Celebration
  • 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-Alzheimer’s
  • 27 Jay Davis-Reducing the Nuclear Stockpile


Waqar Rizvi rendering the Thought for the Day.

Kristine Aguilera and

Michael Buoniconti, new members to our club. Welcome Kristine and Michael.

Luis Duarte demonstrating his lack of skill in operating his phone.

Paul Jacobson trying to explain his presence in a picture. Our Prez was not buying.

Jeff Zola discussing his son’s efforts in becoming a Navy Seal.

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.

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.

Equipment Clean – Don Barry invited the club to come out on Saturday December 12th, 2009 to the yard behind Holt Brothers to help the Interactors clean up the playground equipment for next year s delivery. The event will be from 8:30 to noon.

Nominations Report – Gary Putnam confirmed the list of officers and directors, 2010-11 – President: Nicholas Curtin, President Elect: Renna Beinoris, Secretary: PDG Susan Drake, Treasurer: Gerald Zedlitz, Sergeant at Arms: Rigo Cervantes, Club Service: Chad Sublet, Communications: Graham Tweedy, Community Service: Waqar Rizvi, International Service: Cathy Peterson, Membership: Terry Hull, Jr., Rotary International Foundation: Kevin Kauffman, Vocational Service: Walt Wager, Youth Service: Blain Bibb,

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.

Holiday Food Drive for the Needy – Chad Sublet. Once again you are asked to contribute to the annual food drive for the needy of our community. We are accepting financial donation to the agency of your choice that feed the hungry during the Holiday Season. You can bring a check (made out to the charity of your choice) to the next meeting… or sign up for a pledge and we will bill you directly. Due to the kids party at our next meeting, there will be no announcement about the food drive, but the pledge sheets and envelopes will be on the tables for those of you who have not pledged yet. Thank you for making this food drive another success this year! Chad reminded us that 1 out of 6 Americans suffer from hunger. Contact Nick Curtin at

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

Children’s Holiday Party – Wednesday December 16. Please let Terry Hull Jr know if you plan to bring any children to this event.

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


Luis Duarte – for his phone ringing during the All City Thanksgiving luncheon. $100

Paul Jacobson – for sneaking into a photo that appeared in The Record. $100

Jeff Zola – for his relating to us his son s efforts toward becoming a Navy Seal. $100

Scott McElhinnie – for his announcement for the Sea Scouts. $25

Paul Kozlow – for his phone ringing during the meeting. $25

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

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