The Wheel – February 17, 2010

Visit the “Special Items” section for updates from Rotary International. The articles this week report on what Rotary is and what Rotarians do. Also, find information about the next week’s meeting. Please click here to learn more.

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 – “God Bless America”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – John Reusche.
  • Thought for the Day – Dean McNeilly gave us his humorous perspective on all the good works Rotary does and has done in the past.
  • Raffle – Don Neri won $10.
  • COG Duties – Team Leader: Floyd Crame
    Raffle Tickets: John Atwood
    Greeter: Melanie Vieux
    Microphones: Julie Boucher and Floyd Crame
    Attendance: Doug Srulowitz

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – February 24, 2010

Baseball at UOP 2010 – Ed Sprague. Head coach Ed Sprague enters his seventh season at the helm of the Pacific Baseball program in the spring of 2010. He has a combined 131-203 record in his first six seasons with the Tigers, highlighted by the first back-to-back 30-win seasons in school history as the Tigers finished 2006 at 30-25, after posting a 30-28 mark in 2005. In the 2009 season, Sprague guided the Tigers back towards that path, recording victories over No. 8 Baylor, No. 11 San Diego, No. 16 Cal Poly and a series victory at No. 6 Cal State Fullerton in March. The series victory against Cal State Fullerton marked the first time one of Sprague s teams defeated the Titans in his career. Pacific finished with nine conference wins in 2009, tying the mark set in both the 2005 and 2006 seasons. Please click here for more information about our speaker.

Rotary International

RI president’s monthly message – What is Rotary? Read the complete article

Trustee chair’s message –
World Understanding and Peace Day. Read the complete article

More Special Items

Paul Harris Fellowships – Bill Gass was awarded with a Paul Harris Fellowship.

Concern Report – Gary Putnam announced to the club that Luis Duarte is receiving treatment for throat cancer. We are encouraged to keep Luis in our thoughts and prayers.


John Shirley – World War II Veteran

The History of WWII and the Battle of Anzio

During WWII John B. Shirley was a Platoon Sergeant in the Army Infantry and was awarded the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart.

He was drafted in 1942, and served in the European theater fighting on the Anzio-Nettuno Beachhead, Southern France, up the Rhone River Valley, cross the Vosges Mountains and on to Strasbourg.

Mr. Shirley gave a historical perspective of the enormity of the U.S. participation in WWII. He made special mention of his fathers generation noting that they survived WWI, the Great Depression, saw their own children off to war, and took on tremendous building projects making planes, tanks, and ships.

Then Mr. Shirley gave us an account of his first days of combat recalling many subtle details that provided us with a picture of the bravery, quick thinking and luck encountered by this soldier.

John Shirley was introduced by Bill Gass.

Upcoming Speakers…


  • 24 Ed Sprague-UOP Baseball 2010


  • 03 Dawn Bacon-Preventing Healthcare Associated Infections in 2010
  • 10 Blair Ulring-Stockton Police Chief
  • 17 Joe Serra & Cathy Peterson-Medical Trip to Malawi
  • 24 Shall Sinha-Taylor s Gift to Rotary: The 4 Way Test
  • 31 Bradford Howard-Polio-Is it Gone Yet


Dean McNeilly being Dean giving us the Thought For the Day.

Bill Gass receiving his Paul Harris Fellowship award.

John Reusche giving us a report on the RYLA weekend.

Gary Frush reminding us that volunteers are still needed for the Rotary Read-In.

Shari Garibaldi announcing the “real” Trivia Bee.

Don Neri winning $10 from the raffle.

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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.

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. We are committed to painless and quick photography. Take two minutes of your time and improve your image.

Giants Game – Bob Blower. Room for 40 to attend the game on May 13 against the San Diego Padres. Seats are great, lower level near the Giants dugout. Must sign up immediately to get a good seat. Contact Bob Blower now if you are interested.

Ski Trip TJ Hull. March 4th at Bear Valley. Cost is $90 and $65 for folks seasoned at least 65 years. We have 23, need 30 attendees to break even. Contact TJ Hull at

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

Dictionary Distribution – Susan Drake. We will be distributing dictionaries to forty schools in the Stockton Unified School District. The dictionaries will go to all third grade children. Anyone who wishes to help in the distribution please contact Susan Drake at or at 472-9662.

Rotary Read-In Gary Frush. This year s Read-In is scheduled for Tuesday March 2, 2010. If you can help, please sign up on the Rotary website by going to the calendar and logging in. Please remember your log in is your email address and your password is your Rotary International number (located on address label of The Rotarian Magazine). We are also looking for anyone else who might be willing to help, so you can send their name along to one of the committee members listed below and we will see they get added to the list. In a few weeks we will be following up with you with more information on your specific assignment. Book sellers from Barnes and Noble will be at our meeting next week. If you need further information contact Gary Frush at 209-474-8544 or

Mardi Gras – Theresa Shapiro. North Stockton Rotary is holding the event on February 20 at the Waterloo Gun & Bocci Club at 6:00 PM. $50 per person, $350 for a table of 8 persons. Contact Theresa Shapiro at

ShelterBox for Haiti – Please join us as we team up with ShelterBox to support the Hatian victims after the devastating earthquake. Each ShelterBox is a large, rugged, green plastic container that holds a 10-person tent and a range of other equipment. The content varies depending on the need. Shelter Boxes cost $1,000. Please donate any amount and designate it for ShelterBox and we will put it towards a box. You may bring a check made out to ShelterBox to our next Rotary meeting. You may also send a check to the Rotary office or you may charge it to your bill. Make sure you designate the check to ShelterBox. To date we have raised $1,425.

ShelterBox is a grassroots Rotary club project which has rapidly grown to an international level. For more information please click here.

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. The sale will occur in the Rite Aid parking lot, Bianchi and West Lane, on Saturday April 17. Sign up at our meetings or contact Kris Blower at 471-9771 or or Don Barry at 471-3217 or

Library & Literacy Foundation Trivia Bee – Shari Garibaldi. The 19th Annual Trivia Bee will be held Friday, March 12, 2010 at the Spanos Center at the University of the Pacific. The Trivia Bee is a fun and competitive evening filled with team and audience participation! The 2010 event will be full of glitz and glamour as we present the theme, “Lights, Camera, Literacy!”. Come out and support our team of seasoned veterans – Gary Putnam, Paul Kozlow and Jeff Zola. This could bee our year.

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 over $400. if you would like additional cards for family, friends see Susan.

District Conference 2010 – This 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… February

  • Crame, Floyd S (FLOYD) 07
  • Midura, David L (DAVE) 09
  • Pinkerton, Laura L (LAURA) 11
  • Smallie, Dennis R (DENNIS) 22


TJ Hull for being quoted in The Record. $50

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