The Wheel – January 13, 2010

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“The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands”


  • Song – Bob Blower – “The Star Spangled Banner”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Hazel Hill.
  • Thought for the Day – Bill Brown remembered the peaceful means that Dr. Martin Luther King used to encourage change.
  • Raffle – Harry Hedburg won $50 which he donated to PolioPlus.
  • COG Duties –

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – January 13, 2010

The Common Sense Approach to Caregiving and Caring for the Caregiver. Sheryl Ashby. “I have owned and operated an agency called Respect Your Elders for the last 10 years. We specialized in helping families with placement of an elderly loved one who is no longer able to live independently. During these years, I have been a volunteer and Board member for the Alzheimer’s Aid Society. In January of 2009 the Board elected me to be the President of the Society.”

Rotary International

Top five reasons to support The Rotary Foundation. Your contributions help advance world peace and alleviate human suffering. Read the complete article

The year in pictures. See a gallery of our favorite images of 2009. Read the complete article

More Special Items

New Members Proposed – Marie Arbios of the Commons sponsored by Susan Drake. David Morelli of Americlean Service Co sponsored by Michael Blower. John Chandar Jr. of Golden Living sponsored by Bill Brown.


Charlie Osolin – Communications Manager for the National Ignition Facility

The National Ignition Facility: Bringing Star Power to Earth

Mr. Osolin presented a fascinating overview of laser technology and the groundbreaking work presently being done at Lawrence Livermore Lab.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the invention of the laser. The laser at Lawrence Livermore is the largest and highest energy laser ever and is the first Mega Joule facility in the world.

The NIF in 2009 produced 1.8 Mega Joules using 192 laser pulses. Nuclear fission (splitting atoms) accounts for 20% of energy production in the United States. The Lawrence Livermore Lab is using inertial fusion energy with its new laser to create energy through Nuclear fusion (which is the effect of combining atoms under high pressure and temperature).

The challenge is to make this energy safe, reliable, and cost effective. Mr. Osolin graciously offered to coordinate an opportunity to tour the facility at Lawrence Livermore Labs. Interest from our club is high.

Charlie Osolin was introduced by Bill Gass.

Upcoming Speakers…


  • 20 Sheryl Ashby-The Common Sense Approach to Caregiving and Caring for the Caregiver
  • 27 Jay Davis-Reducing the Nuclear Stockpile


  • 03 Nella Tay & Jennifer Myers-Distributing Wheelchairs in Guadalajara
  • 10 Peter Jaffe-Music From the Heart
  • 17 Drew Palmer-Effective Internet Advertising
  • 24 Ed Sprague-Baseball at UOP


COG club meeting.

Bob Blower raising $250 from Pete Wolfe for PolioPlus. Note to readers. Count the number of times BB manages to get his picture taken.

Bob Merdinger paying up for 60 years of marriage.

Gary Putnam donating $100 to PolioPlus and joined by other Rotarians.

Steve Sheely – a bell ringer for becoming a grandfather.

Harry Hedburg choosing the $50 bill.

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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.

Printed Directory – Graham Tweedy. We are asking members to update their picture so that we have a current directory. Jim Woodward will be available prior to our regular meeting at 11:30 and after the meeting untill 2 for the next three meetings. We are committed to painless and quick photography. Take two minutes of your time and improve your image.

Blood Drive Robert Shapiro. Blood is needed at Delta Blood Bank. Remember to use Stockton Rotary’s account number which is E50,

New Generations Exchange Blain Bibb. Three Brazilian exchange students will be in town from January 24th thru 31st and host families are needed. Areas of study include dentistry, international relations and business administration. Contact Blain Bibb at

Ski Trip TJ Hull. March 4th, cost is $90 and $65 for folks seasoned at least 65 years. Contact TJ Hull at

Rotary Read-In Gary Frush. March 2nd, the read-in will be in conjunction with the National Read-in, save the date as more information is to follow.

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. Our team consists of Pres. Michael, Dave Tygett, and Paul Kozlow. Come and help cheer on the defending champions. All money raised will go to our polio eradication efforts. Contact Susan Drake for more information and to register.

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. The club will pay for members who wish to attend.

PolioPlus Event – Pres. Michael thanked Scott McElhinnie and all the volunteers who helped make this event a success. They raised $750 plus and made it into the Record. Bob Blower auctioned four silver coins that were donated for $250 to Pete Wolfe. Six of our members donated $100 each to total $600. Harry Hedburg donated his $50 raffle winnings. Grand total raised – $1650.

Rummage Sale, 1st Annual – Kris Blower. Start saving what you don’t need or have too much of. Ask your friends, enemies and family members if they have STUFF. We want to make this the BEST Rummage Sale EVER. We are looking for helpers in the following areas – pickups, sorting, set ups, set downs, spreading the word, deliveries and more. Sign up at our meetings or contact Kris Blower at 471-9771 or or Don Barry at 471-3217 or .

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. To date we have received $394, if you would like additional cards for family, friends see Susan.

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.

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.


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Birthdays… January

  • Kamigaki, Masanobu (MAS) 01 January
  • Robinson, Kirby L (KIRBY) 02 January
  • Keith, Michael L (MICHAEL) 03 January
  • Isetti, Duane E (DUANE) 04 January
  • Hull, Sr., W Terrance (TERRY) 05 January
  • Paoletti, Robert F (ROBERT) 11 January
  • Riddle, C. P. (CP) 13 January
  • Garibaldi, Shari Allen (SHARI) 14 January
  • Butterfield, Jerry W (JERRY) 14 January
  • Norton, Kenneth E (KEN) 14 January
  • Eberhardt, Douglass M (DOUG) 14 January
  • Munoz, Charles S (CHARLES) 18 January
  • Ozsvath, James R (JAMES) 21 January
  • Hansen, Gary G (GARY) 21 January
  • Konig, Richard W (DICK) 21 January
  • Smith, Harley J (HARLEY) 27 January


Gary Putnam donated $100 to PolioPlus in remembrance of Jack Underhill. This started a flurry of members matching his $100 donation. Pam Wenger, Dave Midura, Shari Garibaldi, Ken Norton, and Walt Wager all matched Gary’s donation.

Steve Sheely – proud Grandfather of baby Jessica Ann adopted by his son Craig and daughter in-law Jan. $250

Bob Merdinger – in recognition of his 60th wedding anniversary. $100

Pres. Michael – for a cell phone mishap during the speaker s talk. $25

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