The Wheel – March 3, 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 – “The Wheels on the Bus”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Walt Wager.
  • Thought for the Day – Blain Bibb reflected on his time at Camp RYLA and addressed the issue of Prominence and Significance.
  • Raffle – Jack O’Sullivan won $2.
  • COG Duties – Team Leader: Chad Sublet, Raffle Tickets: John Atwood, Greeter: Floyd Crame, Microphones: Chad Sublet and Joseph Dietrich, Attendance: John Atwood and Rigo Cervantes.

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – March 10, 2010

Police Department Budget and Staffing – Blair Ulring
. Blair began with the Stockton Police Department in 1984. He served as a Field Training Officer, Traffic Officer, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Officer, and Background Investigator until promoting to Sergeant in 1991. As a Sergeant, he served as a SWAT Team Leader, Traffic Sergeant, School Resource Officer Coordinator, and Safe Stockton Program Coordinator. He was the author of the current VIPS (Volunteers in Police Service) Program and the Curfew and Truancy Programs. Click here for more information about Mr. Ulring.

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 – Don Neri, his seventh, after winning the Super Bowl Raffle.


Dawn Bacon- Department Manager of Employee Health at St. Joseph’s Medical Center

Preventing Healthcare Associated Infections in 2010

Speaker Dawn Bacon gave us a presentation of St. Josephs efforts to prevent infections. Dawn talked about the various laws and regulations being implemented to address this issue. At St. Joseph s they are creating very aggressive education campaigns to address things like proper hand washing, proper use of instruments, proper cleaning of rooms.

They are addressing various issues like making sure employees understand the importance of staying home when sick and not sharing germs. All new patients are monitored to make sure they are not carrying viruses and in some cases they are isolated.

She also addressed the various changes in visiting at the various hospitals in the area, children are not allowed anymore, and second only two people per room.

Finally she introduced some of the equipment to monitor the cleanliness of various objects. They did a random sample and Ross Moilan was recognized with the lowest germ point total at exactly 150 points and he received a box of chocolates for that, and president Michael Blower was recognized for having the most germ invested phone with a total point count of 900 points, he was recognized with a large container of sanitation wipes. Which guy would you prefer to hang out with?

Dawn Bacon was introduced by Kristina Knudsen.

Upcoming Speakers…


  • 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


Don Neri accepting his Paul Harris Fellowship.

John Chandar being recognized for running a clean shop.

Photogenic Floyd Crame paying up.

Blain Bibb learning that winning money from Rotary comes with a fee.

Ross Moilan, Mr. Clean.

President Michael Blower, Mr. …

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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 17 more 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.

Blood Drive Robert Shapiro. Rotarians know how to have a good time reported Robert, as Rotarians met last Saturday to give blood. Consider joining Michael Blower, bloody Mike and Robert Shapiro, A type Bob, for the next Rotary Blood Drive Day. Watch here for news. Don’t miss out. In the interim you may visit Delta Blood Bank anytime and donate your blood. E50 is the Rotary code you need to use.

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. Gary reported a very successful day. Pres Michael congratulated Gary on a job well done.

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. Cost is $20 for dinner and all the fun. 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.

Lawrence Livermore lab visit – Bill Gass is coordinating the trip. The date will be either April 15th or April 20th, more information to follow. Currently Bill is taking names to see who is interested in going. It will be limited to 19 people. Those participating will have to go through a thorough background check prior to going.

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


Floyd Crame for his photo in The Record. $50.

Blain Bibb for his Cruise through the Mexican Riviera. His trip was won at the Rotary Fundraiser dinner. $100.

John Chandar for the excellent evaluation the state gave him on the long term care facility he runs. $50.

Paul Kozlow for his phone ringing twice. $50

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

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