The Wheel – March 10, 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 – “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Danni Thompson.
  • Thought for the Day – Dennis Cochran. Valor and courage on the same level of Eddie Rickenbacker, the WWI Ace pilot, is needed by our political leaders to work through the heavy issues facing all of us today.
  • Raffle – Duane Isetti won $5.
  • COG Duties –

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – March 10, 2010

Medical Trip to Malawi – Joe Serra & Cathy Peterson. Dr. Joe was born and educated in Detroit, Michigan. He served in Korea from 1950-51 as a Navy medical corpsman with the U.S. Marines. He obtained his pre-med at Albion College, and attended Wayne State University Medical school; graduating in 1960. He interned at Los Angeles County hospital then returned to Wayne State Univ. for his residency in Orthopedic Surgery. He and his wife, Dorothy, moved to Stockton in 1966 where Joe entered private practice. He co-founded the Stockton Orthopedic Medical group in 1970. Please click here for more information about Dr. Serra

Dr. Cathy Peterson is Associate Professor and Department Chair of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. She earned her EdD in Organization and Leadership from the University of San Francisco, holds a master s of science degree in Physical Therapy from Des Moines University and a BS from the University of Iowa. Her areas of expertise are Academic Administration, Neuroanatomy, and physical rehabilitation of the neurologically impaired adult.

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

Membership Minute – Rena Beinoris reminded us that there are many opportunities to recruit potential members from the community, even at Rotary Read-In. She was able to impress the class teacher at her Read-In assignment with the financial support Rotary Club of Stockton provides to local non-profits.

Vocational Speech Anthony Despotes, attorney with Nuemiller & Beardslee, is a graduate of U C Davis and McGeorge School of Law. His specialty is Estate Planning. His work has two phases: during the client s life time it is planning, the second phase is post death of the client when administration and distribution are the components. His latest accomplishment was to pass the Legal Specialist Program.


Blair Ulring – Chief of Police, City of Stockton, CA

Police Department Budget & Staffing

On a positive note- crime was reduced by 14% last year.

However, budgeting issues include the loss of 73 officers in the last round of budget cuts and the probable loss of another 36 officers in the coming $10 million that must be cut from the budget now.

The police and fire unions know that their present retirement benefit levels are not sustainable in the long-term, so the negotiations begin. His response to the loss of officers is to take steps to emphasize the presence of every black and white cruiser on the street. Additionally, he will be introducing Eye Watch as a new program involving community issue policing to the City Council soon. He wants to better utilize technology in policing when doing so will relieve officers from clerical work.

Crime reduction from being number 2 in the State and number 8 nationally in violent crime offenses per capita must come through police dealing with the worst / incorrigible offenders, adequate jail facilities to incarcerate those arrested and finding a way to convince those of our community who are predisposed to criminal behavior that they can succeed in life through non-criminal behavior.

Blair Ulring was introduced by Lloyd DeBock.

Upcoming Speakers…


  • 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-Adventures at the US Supreme Court
  • 28 Gene Endicot-California High Speed Train Update


Renna Beinoris reminding us of our opportunity to invite potential new members.

Anthony Despotes giving us his vocational talk.

Mr. Downhill reporting on a fun ski trip.

Mark Plovnick tends to work for free. Thanks for the $100 Mark.

Gary Frush managed to get his picture in The Record.

Duane Isetti displaying his big winnings.

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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.

Ski Trip – TJ Hull. Great snow! Thirty plus attended. Everyone returned without incident. Had to chain up the bus on the way up, but the roads were clear for the return trip.

Giants Game – Bob Blower. Seats are filling for the game on May 13 against the San Diego Padres. Seats are great, lower level near the Giants dugout. Contact Bob Blower now if you are interested.

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.

Paul Harris Matching Grants – Susan Drake announced that Paul Harris matching grants are now available through March. 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 $1,475.

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. Goal is to raise between $5 to $10,000. Sign up at our meetings or contact Kris Blower at 471-9771 or or Don Barry at 471-3217 or

Lawrence Livermore lab Visit – Bill Gass is coordinating the trip. Trip is a sell out. There are now two groups going, one on April 15 and another on April 20. Don t forget to fill out the form and e-mail/fax it in.

Stockton Rotary Club Fundraiser – Kuy Ky is sponsoring a fundraiser for our Rotary Club on March 13th at Woodbridge Golf and Country Club with New Orleans Saint Lynell Hamilton. Cost is $40 per person. Proceeds going back to the club. Lynell will be signing some footballs and there will be a raffle. Lunch will be provided.

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


Mark Plovnick for being appointed to an uncompensated position on the San Joaquin Aviation Advisory Commission and for admitting to being on television Wednesday night as a part of the San Joaquin Entrepreneurs program. $100.

Gary Frush for appearing in The Record with his hat concerning Rotary Read-In. $25.

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

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