The Wheel – February 24, 2010

Visit the “Special Items” section for updates from Rotary International. The articles this week report on an Olympic adventure and a polio update. Also, find information about 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 – “America the Beautiful”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Bill Wagner.
  • Thought for the Day – Hazel Hill. “The greatest opportunity in doing something is the opportunity to do more.”
  • Raffle – Rigo Cervantes won $2.
  • COG Duties – Team Leader: Floyd Crame
    Raffle Tickets: John Atwood
    Greeter: Diane Stauffer
    Microphones: Ken Steele and Floyd Crame
    Attendance: Rigo Cervantes

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – March 3, 2010

Preventing Healthcare Associated Infections in 2010 – Dawn Bacon. Ms. Bacon is currently Department Manager of Employee Health at St. Joseph’s Medical Center. For more information please click here.

Rotary International

Nigeria hits new high notes against polio. National music figure lends support as momentum builds toward ending the disease. Read the complete article

Calgary Olympic club makes wish come true for kids. Six children with life-threatening illnesses and their families attend Vancouver Winter Games. Read the complete article

More Special Items

Paul Harris Fellowships – Robert Paoletti was awarded his second Paul Harris Fellowship.

Concern Report – Gary Putnam announced that Jeff Zola’s sister passed away.

New Member – Ali Galbraith sponsored by Michael Blower.


Kuy Ky – Dentist

My Journey to America

Kuy filled us in on why he loves his country, family, job, and Rotary.

He told us of his families night escape from Pol Pot in Cambodia to Thailand. Kuy saw first hand the killing fields of his birth country and his families eventual success in the donut business which allowed all of his siblings to go to college.

Kuy reminded us that since leaving Cambodia he does not have bad days.

Kuy Ky was introduced by Jerry Smith.

Upcoming Speakers…


  • 03 Dawn Bacon-Preventing Healthcare Associated Infections in 2010
  • 10 Blair Ulring-Police Department Budget & Staffing
  • 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?


  • 07 Angelo Capozzio & Peter Lagarias-Rotoplast
  • 14 Pam Eibeck-UOP
  • 21 Eric Grant-TBA
  • 28 Gene Endicot-California High Speed Train Update


Hazel Hill giving us the Thought For the Day.

New member Ali Galbraith. Welcome to Rotary Ali.

Robert Paoletti receiving his Paul Harris Fellowship.

Kevin Kauffman celebrating his second place trophy.

Dean McNeily learning to be more respectful.

Walt Wager, proud grandfather.

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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.

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 Bill Wagner. March 4th at Bear Valley. Cost is $90 and $65 for folks seasoned at least 65 years. We have 28, need 30 attendees to break even. Contact TJ Hull at

RYLA – John Reusche thanked Renna Beinoris, Kevin Kaufman, Bill Burdick and David Midura for their help with RYLA. John presented a video on the RYLA weekend created by one of the student attendees.

Blood Drive Robert Shapiro. Blood is needed at Delta Blood Bank. Remember to use Stockton Rotary’s account number which is E50. There will be a Stockton Rotary Blood Drive February 27th at 1pm at 2888 W. March Lane. Join President Michael and other Rotarians Saturday for this great cause. Please let Robert Shapiro know if you plan to attend

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

Paul Harris Matching Grants – Susan Drake announced that Paul Harris matching grants are now available through March for up to $2,500. Any money you donate to the Annual Programs Fund will be matched. To participate in our March Madness Annual Programs Fund drive get a check to Susan Drake made out to Rotary International Foundation. Letters were handed out today and will be available next week that show your current Paul Harris status. Contact Susan with questions.

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… March

  • Brown, William R (BILL) 01
  • Hanley, James R (JIM) 06
  • Seiler, Larry A (LARRY) 09
  • Israels, Valli K (VALLI) 10
  • Machado, Michael J (MIKE) 12
  • Jacobson, Paul A (PAUL) 16
  • Zola, Jeff B. (JEFF) 16
  • Zedlitz, Gerald O (JERRY) 17
  • Howell, Barbara A (BARBARA) 23
  • MacNear, Charles N (CHARLIE) 25
  • Damron-Brown, Julie B (JULIE) 29
  • Dodson, Catherine J (CATHY) 30
  • Vieux, Melanie A (MELANIE) 30


Robert Paoletti for being photographed in a muscle man pose. $25

Kevin Kauffman for being the second place cabin at RYLA. $25

Dean McNeilly for calling our president “Mikey”. $25

Walt Wager got a bell ringer for his first grandchild a boy named Ethan Mark. $250

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

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