The Wheel – April 14, 2010

Visit the “Special Items” section for updates from Rotary International. One of the articles comments on how close we are to eliminating polio. Also, find more 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, “Row, Row to UOP”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Hal Monroe.
  • Thought for the Day – Duane Isetti recounted the renowned fable by James Thurber, Unicorn in the Garden. The moral of the story is, Don t count your boobies before they hatch or beware of the crazy behavior of your spouse.
  • Raffle – Jerry Zedlitz won $2.
  • COG Duties – Team Leader: Ross Moilan
    Raffle Tickets: John Atwood
    Microphones: #1 Melanie Vieux, #2 Floyd Crame

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – April 21, 2010

Eric Grant – Adventures at the US Supreme Court. The son of Dr. and Mrs. Curtis Grant, Eric Grant was raised in Modesto and graduated from Thomas Downey High School. In 1984, he was named a United States Presidential Scholar, making him one of 121 high school seniors nationwide to receive Presidential recognition at the White House for academic achievement. Mr. Grant received both his undergraduate degree in economics and his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

He joined the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel in 1991, where his first assignment was to assist in the battle to confirm the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the United States Supreme Court. During the Supreme Court’s 1994-1995 Term, Mr. Grant served as a law clerk to Justice Thomas and to Retired Chief Justice Warren Burger. Click here for more information about Eric Grant.

Rotary International

Uniting to Kick Polio Out of Africa . Rotarians help lead the effort to give the disease the boot once and for all. Read the complete article.

Rotary taps into clean water. Rotary clubs celebrate World Water Day with water and sanitation projects. Read the complete article.

More Special Items

New Member: Rich Good sponsored by Cathy Dodson demonstrated how to become the main speaker through Cathy s introduction of Rich and Rich s sales pitch for the YMCA. Alas, all is made well by a $100 donation to the Rotary Foundation.

Rotary Speech Contest Winner – Amber Gonzales introduced by Susan Drake. Her subject: the Rotary Four-way test. After extolling the virtues of Rotary, Interact and the four-way test, Amber concluded with a challenge to herself and her fellow students that is consistent with the four-way test – The Future is in our Hands.


Pam Eibeck – President of University of the Pacific

“Pacific’s mission and the role of private universities in California”

Pres. Eibeck demonstrated she is still a formidable student by enumerating several historic facts she has learned about UOP including the date and reason it moved from San Jose to Stockton (1924), and many factual advantages UOP has over its’ competition.

She has brought a very student centered attitude to the university in her, We really care about our students attitude.

President Eibeck closed with an upbeat attitude about the future of the university in two particular areas: the Dave Brubeck Jazz legacy that has only begun to demonstrate its value to the school and the Jose Hernandez legacy. The international recognition these two graduates have received prove the benefit of investing in others.

Dr. Eibeck was introduced by Judy Chambers.

Upcoming Speakers…


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


  • 05 Michael Fitzgerald
  • 12 Debbie Cook-San Joaquin County Fair
  • 19 Royal Robbins-Climbing Half Dome
  • 26 Joe Kapp-Be Prepared


Duane Isetti rendering his brief thought for the day.

Cathy Dodson introducing new member Rich Good.

New member Rich Good. Welcome to the club Rich. If only President Michael could gain control of his meeting.

Amber Gonzales, Rotary Speech Contest winner.

Judy Chambers revealing secrets.

Hal Monroe, directory man.

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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.

Rotary Reachin out Mixer! You and potential Rotary members are invited to join us for a fun evening of hors d oeuvres, no host cocktails and a why we love Rotary presentation on Thursday, April 22, 2010 5:00 PM. The mixer will be held at Centrale 1825 Pacific Avenue, # 2, near the Empire Theatre on the Miracle Mile. RSVP by Friday, April 16.

Dictionary Distribution – Susan Drake. The result of this project is that every third grade pupil in SUSD will receive a dictionary.

Livermore Lab. Trip – Bill Gass reminded everyone to arrive at the Lab. on time. The bus won t wait, and know and obey the rules.

Malawi Container – Dr. Joe Serra. The container is being loaded now and will ship soon.

New Club Directory – Graham Tweedy. The new club directory is here. Thanks to Hal Monroe for his hard work and Bob Snyder of Snyder Lithograph, for his donation of colored pictures to the project.

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, 6 spots left, 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.

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 $1,575.

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. The sale will occur in the Rite Aid parking lot, Bianchi and West Lane, on Saturday April 17. Help is needed for Saturday. Contact Kris Blower at 471-9771 or or Don Barry at 471-3217 or

Asparagus Festival – Jerry Smith. 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 $562. 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… April

  • Hill, Hazel M (HAZEL) 01
  • Bibb, Blain J (BLAIN) 06
  • Butterfield, Jane R (JANE) 11
  • Fetters, Brant (BRANT) 22
  • McHugh, Thomas R (TOM) 23
  • Bestolarides, Steve J. (STEVE) 26


Duane Isetti – for disrespecting our President. $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