The Wheel – April 21, 2010

Visit the “Special Items” section for updates from Rotary International. One of the articles comments on how Pakistan is doing to eliminate 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, “Old Macdonald Had a Farm”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Ali Galbraith.
  • Thought for the Day – Tom McHugh inspired us to focus on lifes journey because in the end the benefits of our good deeds are more important than what we left behind.
  • Raffle – Eric Duran won $2.
  • COG Duties – Robert Shapiro – team leader and greeter, Julie Boucher and Carrie Krueger – microphones, Ken Steele attendance, John Atwood raffle, and Rigo Cervantes – attendance

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – April 28, 2010

Gene Endicot-California High Speed Train Update. With 27 years of corporate and consulting experience in public affairs, Gene Endicott serves as president of Endicott Communications, Inc. The company provides public affairs and communications consulting services for businesses, government agencies, associations and non-profit organizations. It specializes in helping clients to engage effectively with external and internal stakeholders to achieve key organizational goals.

Before launching the new company, Gene helped three global companies develop and effectively implement government affairs, media relations and community involvement programs. He has developed a broad network of private sector, non-profit, public sector and media relationships, and his primary public-policy interests and experience include transportation, land use, air quality and technology. Please click here for more information about our speaker.

Rotary International

Pakistan in high gear against polio. Rotarians play a key role in the nation s all-out effort to end the disease. Read the complete article.

Rotary identifies long-term needs in Haiti. Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund has reached more than US$1.3 million. Read the complete article.

More Special Items

Paul Harris Fellowships: Our Club is now $6,000 away from donating $1 million to the Foundation. The following persons received awards. First Paul Harris Fellowship Paul Jacobson and Walt Wager; second Renna Beinoris; third Blain Bibb; fourth Graham Tweedy and Pam Wenger; fifth Reid Johnson.


Eric Grant

Adventures at the US Supreme Court.

Eric Grant was U.S. Supreme Court clerk for Warren E. Burger and Clarence Thomas.

He was part of the Department of Justice team that helped Justice Clarence Thomas receive confirmation to the Bench. There were 30,000 pages of documents to review and Eric read every word written by Justice Thomas and helped him prepare for the mini-trial on the Anita Harris sex charges.

Retired justices receive clerks for the rest of their lives in one year terms. Eric was the final clerk for Retired Chief Justice Warren Burger. Upon the beginning of his one year term, Eric was tasked with keeping Chief Justice Burger alive. Eric almost achieved his goal and is proud to have been a pallbearer at Chief Justice Burger s funeral.

Eric Grant was introduced by Renna Beinoris.

Upcoming Speakers…


  • 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


Paul Jacobsen and

Walt Wager receiving their Paul Harris Fellowships

Renna Beinoris, Blain Bibb, Graham Tweedy, Pam Wenger and Reid Johnson receiving multiple Paul Harris awards.

Rich Good artfully working the system.

Traveling and spying cost Jerry Smith big bucks.

Don Neri paying up for becoming a grandfather.

Waqar Rizvi presenting club flags from two Rotary clubs in Pakiston

Waqar presenting the flag of the Stockton Rotary Club to the Rotary Club of Lahore, Garrison

and receiving a polio plus shirt and flag from them.

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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.

Livermore Lab. Trip – Bill Gass reported that everyone had a great time and the tour was very educational.

Wine Tasting Mixer – a big thanks to Laura Pinkerton, Kris Blower and Shari Garibaldi for a great event.

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 reported that the event is sold out and tickets will be ordered by Friday. Timing details will follow closer to the event.

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 thanked the many volunteers who helped make the sale a huge success. The sale netted approximately $3,500 with more money arriving. Tip for next year good junk does not include tiddy-whities!

Asparagus Festival – John Green presented the final details of the Asparagus Festival work schedule this weekend. More help could be used on Saturday or Sunday.

International Flag Presentation Waqar Rizvi presented President Michael with three flags from Rotary make-up meetings and a Polio Plus T-Shirt, all from Pakistan. Check out the pictures below.

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


Jerry Smith a texting fee for sending a picture of Ron Allison sleeping during the meeting to President Michael and too much enjoyment in the Virgin Islands – a heartstopper. $500

Don Neri for a new grandson. $100

Rich Good advertising fee for selling $25 tri-tip dinner tickets on behalf of the YMCA. $50

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

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