The Wheel – April 28, 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, “You Are My Sunshine”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Kerry Krueger.
  • Thought for the Day – Renna Beinoris quoted Shakespeare on the qualities of Mercy.
  • Raffle – Gary Gillis won $2.
  • COG Duties –

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – May 5, 2010

Michael Fitzgerald – Famous Stocktonians. Michael Fitzgerald is The Record s award-winning Metro Columnist. His three-times-a-week column features storytelling, profiles and commentary on issues affecting Stockton and the San Joaquin Valley. He also sometimes writes about first-person adventures and holds popular contests such as his annual 55-Word Writing Competition.

Born in San Francisco, Mr. Fitzgerald was raised in Stockton, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from California State University, Fresno. He began working at The Record in 1985. He has worked as an arts and entertainment reporter, a police beat reporter and a general assignment reporter. He covered such stories as the 1989 Cleveland Schoolyard shootings and Loma Prieta earthquake. 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

New Member: Brian Dillon, Truex Insurance, sponsored by Bob Blower.

Paul Harris Fellowships: Surprise award to new member Brain Dillon presented by his mother Kris Blower. Surprise award to Kris Blower by her husband Bob Blower.

Auction of Superior Rummage Sale items: – Bob Blower
$50 – Wheaties Box signed by Stockton Astronaut Jose Fernandez Gary Putnam
$250 – Antique Sword Shari Garibaldi
$50 – Unwrapped Gift, courtesy of Reed Robbins Kevin Kaufman
$150 Air Force One Blanket, courtesy of Reed Robbins Fred Weibel


Gene Endicot-president of Endicott Communications, Inc.

California High Speed Train Update

Gene Endicott provided us with an update on the status of the High Speed Train Project. With additional funding supplied by the voter approved Prop 1A, the high speed rail will ultimately connect Sacramento to San Diego.

The 800 mile system is divided into 9 sections and includes 24 stations. The train will travel at 225 mph on a steel wheel to steel track design using electric power technology.

The tracks will run separate from existing roads and highways. The state of the art technology is based on proven safety and cost track records. The target travel time between Sacramento and Los Angeles is two hours and twenty minutes. The backbone route of Sacramento to Los Angeles is scheduled to be ready for passengers in 2020.

Gene Endicott was introduced by Bill Gass.

Upcoming Speakers…


  • 05 Michael Fitzgerald-Famous Stocktonians
  • 12 Debbie Cook-San Joaquin County Fair-Celebrating 150 Years of Good Times
  • 19 Royal Robbins-Climbing Half Dome
  • 26 Joe Kapp-Be Prepared


  • 02 TBA
  • 09 Pat Doyle-Baseball Expansion Around the World
  • 16 Susan Palmeri-State of the Aviation Industry-An Industry in Transistion
  • 23 President Blower-Celebration of the Rotary Club of Stockton
  • 30 Rotary Enforcement Team-Michael’s Kick Out.


New member Brian Dillon. Welcome to our club, Brian.

Kris Blower awarding a Paul Harris Fellowship to her son Brian Dillon.

Kris Blower receiving a Paul Harris Fellowship from her husband Bob.

Exciting gifts may be retrieved from President Michael’s prize box.

Bob Blower auctioning a Wheaties box featuring astronaut Jose Fernandez

Reed Robbins, rummage sale donner. At least someone in our club adheres to the Four Way Test.

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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.

May 12 meeting – will not be at the Stockton Golf and Country Club, but rather will be at Impact Teen Center AKA Podesto Teen Center, 725 N El Dorado Street, Stockton CA. The program will conducted by members of Interact.

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

Paul Harris Matching Grants – President Michael announced that Paul Harris matching grants from the club are available for another two weeks. We are on our a way to a $1 million club. Contact Susan with questions.

Giants Game – Bob Blower reported that two tickets are left. Timing details will follow closer to the event.

Asparagus Festival – John Green thanked all of the club members that participated.

Boat Trip – Dave Tygett. June 12. More details to come. Bring a boat unless you wish to swim. Contact Dave Tygett at 957-4058 and at

Mayor s Book Club – Michael Blower. The club will donate $1000 which will purchase 200 children s books.

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.

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 $772. if you would like additional cards for family, friends see Susan.

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… May

  • Wheeler, Cameron R (CAM) 01
  • Davidson, Alvin B (AL) 01
  • Hake, Robert C (BOB) 02
  • Boucher, Julie H (JULIE) 03
  • Heinzen, Ronald T (RON) 07
  • McElhinnie, Scott T (SCOTT) 08
  • Wenger, Pam K (PAM) 09
  • Jordan, Earnest C (ERNIE) 13
  • Martins, Daniel J (DAN) 15
  • McNeilly, Dean H (MAC) 17
  • Cervantes, Rigoberto V (RIGO) 23
  • Saroyan, Ralph (RALPH) 27
  • Darnall, James E (JIM) 28
  • Jardine, David A (DAVID) 29
  • Sheely, Steve L (STEVE) 30
  • Sublet, Chad M (CHAD) 30


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