The Wheel – March 24, 2010

Visit the “Special Items” section for updates from Rotary International. One of the articles comments on the Four- Way Test which was the subject of our speaker. Also, find more information about next week’s meeting. The topic is the state of Rotary’s fight against Polio. 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 – Michael Blower – “The Four-Way Test”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Jeff Zola.
  • Thought for the Day – Reid Johnson. Suggested to us that we have appreciation and gratitude for the people behind the scenes that make Rotary work.
  • Raffle – Judy Chambers won $20.
  • COG Duties – Greeter Cathy Peterson
    Mic#1 Robert Shapiro
    Mic#2 Kerry Krueger
    Attendance Melanie Vieux

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – March 31, 2010

Bradford Howard – Polio-Is it Gone Yet?. Brad Howard, a charter member of the Rotary Club of Oakland-Sunrise, was District Governor of District 5170 (Silicon Valley) in 2002/03.

A key part of Brad s Rotary experience has been his involvement with the Rotary Foundation, and sharing this experience with others. He has taken hundreds of people overseas to experience the scope of Rotary. In 2009, he has led groups to participate in polio National Immunization Trips to Delhi, India, Northern Nigeria, and Benin. Please click here to read more about Brad.

Rotary International

The Four-Way Test dissected – Rotarians come to defense of Herbert J. Taylor’s handiwork. Read the complete article.

Help Rotary grow – New membership slogan emphasizes importance of recruitment and retention. Read the complete article.

More Special Items

No items this week.


Shall Sinha – Rotary Club of Edmonton, Alberta

Taylor s Gift to Rotary: The Four-Way Test

Mr. Sinha provided us today with a history of Herbert J. Taylor, the author of the Four-Way Test. Mr. Sinha pointed out that Taylor, a businessman rather than a philanthropist, developed what would become the four-way test while trying to revive a failing company during the depression.

Taylor believed that business success was dependent upon a work force empowered by moral and ethical fortitude and that there is Might in Right . So in 1932 Taylor began removing all unethical aspects of his company s advertising and implemented the Four-Way Test in the workplace.

This new strategy proved correct and turned around the company s fortune. Taylor, as President of Rotary Club #1 in Chicago, shared his philosophy and the Four-Way Test with fellow Rotarians and in time with Rotary International.

In 1954 Taylor gifted the copyright of the Four-Way Test to Rotary International and it has been a mainstay of Rotary guidance since.

Shall Sinha was introduced by Dave Tygett.

Upcoming Speakers…


  • 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


President Michael leading us in a rousing rendition of the Four-Way Test song.

Jeff Zola proving to us that he can recite the Four-Way Test.

Reid Johnson giving us the Thought for the Day.

Jim Ozsvath retiring from COG.

As did Paul Jacobson.

Judy Chambers displaying her big raffle win.

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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.

Wine Tasting Party – Laura Pinkerton. Friday, April 9, at 6:00 pm. At the home of Laura Pinkerton, 4844 St. Andrews Drive. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and dessert hosted by Laura and Shari. No cost, but everyone who attends should bring a bottle of their favorite wine, one per person. There will be wine games with prizes! Wine brought should be between $9 and $25. Jewelry will be displayed and available for sale. Twenty five percent of sale proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club of Stockton and its supported charities.

Rotary Centennial Committee – There will be a meeting of the committee on March 30th at 4pm at Dave Tygett’s house.

Ambassadorial Scholarship – Blain Bibb. We need your help bringing in candidates. This is the time of the year for clubs to seek good candidates for the Rotary Ambassadorial and World Peace Scholarships for 2011-12. There are two Rotary World Peace Fellowships: a two year Masters program and a three month certificate program. District 5220 deadline for these applications is May 15, 2010. The Ambassadorial Scholarships are for one academic year abroad and provide a grant of $24,000. Applicants must obtain sponsorship of a local Rotary club. District 5220 deadline for this application is June 1, 2010 for study in 2011-12. Relatives of Rotarians are not eligible. For more information and applications go to the Rotary International website or contact Ellen Dunbar, District 5220 Scholarship Chair 209-525-9343 or

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. The club is matching contributions up to $500 through the month. 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.

Lawrence Livermore Trip – Bill Gass reminds you to get your info faxed in for the tour of the lab.

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

Asparagus Festival – CP Riddle. The Festival will be April 23rd 25th this year everyone s help is needed so sign-up early.

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


Michael Blower – for his phone ringing. $25. Seems this is the second infraction in recent weeks. What happens if a third should occur?

James Ozsvath for being relieved of COG duty. $25

Ron Crumb – for being relieved of COG duty. $25

Paul Jacobson – for being relieved of COG duty. Paul dontated $500 towards his Paul Harris Fellowship.

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