The Wheel – January 6, 2010

Rotary International Float in the Rose Bowl Parade

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“The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands”


  • Song – Kuy Ky – “God Bless The USA”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Julie Boucher.
  • Thought for the Day – Gary Putnam informed us that the Latin word for hearth is focus and inspired the membership to consider home is where the hearth is.
  • Raffle – Blain Bibb won $5.
  • COG Duties – Cathy Dodson – team leader and greeter, Joseph Dietrich and John Maroulis – microphones, Julie Boucher attendance, John Atwood raffle and attendance, and Rigo Cervantes – attendance.

Table of Contents

Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – January 13, 2010

The National Ignition Facility: Bringing Star Power to Earth. Charlie Osolin has been the Communications Manager for the National Ignition Facility since March, 2007. A 1965 graduate of Wake Forest University in North Carolina, Charlie served for five years in the U.S. Air Force, then worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for newspapers in North Carolina, Florida and Georgia before becoming Public Affairs Director for the White House Council on Environmental Quality in 1979. For more information please click here.

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

Frank Thornton Smith Scholarship winner Kim Secata, presented by TJ Hull.

New Members – Kerry Krueger, sponsored by Tom Perry. Ken Steele, sponsored by Bill Gass.

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.

Concern Report Duane Isetti cut the concern report short by attending our meeting. Congratulations Duane, on your recovery.


Bill Martin – Executive Director of the Central Valley Farmland Trust

Farmland Conservation in The San Joaquin Valley

The Central Valley Farmland Trust (CVFT) focuses on the unique issue to the Central Valley farmland and farmland mitigation. CVFT is five years old, is a 501(3)(c) non-profit with two employees and a volunteer board. CVFT s goal is to work with landowners to achieve their goals, whether it is to preserve the land in agriculture or provide mitigation solutions required to develop the land. CVFT is not anti-growth.

The Agriculture Conservation Easement (ACE) is one tool to achieve CVFT s goals. An ACE removes the land development rights in perpetuity. The money received for giving up the development rights motivates approximately 80% of the ACE participants. The remaining 20% are motivated by the desire to keep generational land in agriculture. ACE is the least restrictive of the available easement types.

The Central Valley Farmland Trust is having a crab feed fundraiser on February 6, 2010 at the Gun and Bocce Club see their website for details.

Bill Martin was introduced by Bill Gass.

Upcoming Speakers…


  • 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


  • 03 TBA
  • 10 Peter Jaffe-Valentine’s Program
  • 17 TBA
  • 24 TBA


New member Kerry Krueger.

New member Ken Steele. We welcome Kerry and Ken to Stockton Rotary.

Welcome back Duane. Duane is at the left.

Scott McElhinnie on top of things for PolioPlus.

Kim Secata, Frank Thornton Smith Scholarship winner, performing for us.

Frank Whitney being recognized for having little to do.

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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.

Blood Drive Robert Shapiro, by Blain Bibb. 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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

  • 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


Frank Whitney for a letter to The Record editor about the does a decade begin in xxx0 or xxx1 question – $30.

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

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