The Wheel – May 12, 2010

Our meeting was held at the Podesto Impact Teen Center and was conducted by Edison High School Interact President, Liu Dellafosse and club members.

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“The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands”


  • Song – Kuy Ky, Take me out to the Fairgrounds .
  • Audio Visual – Nick Curtin.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Bao Vang.
  • Four Way Test – Lisa Vang.
  • Thought for the Day – Dena Vang reflected on Interacts cooperation and sharing in Rotary service.
  • Raffle –
  • COG Duties –

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – May 19, 2010

Royal Robbins – Climbing Half Dome
. Royal Robbins’ accomplishments as rock climber and adventurer are legendary. An early advocate of boltless, pitonless clean climbing, he did much to transform the climbing culture to minimize the human impact on the vertical wilderness and protect its natural features.

As a rock-climbing pioneer, he broke through existing standards to create wholly new skill and difficulty levels. In the 50’s, 60’s and into the 70’s, Robbins established one daring new climb after another, among them many revered classics on Yosemite’s Half Dome and El Capitan. Click here for more information about Mr. Robbins.

Rotary International

Eco-clubs attract young members. Environmental projects give Rotary clubs exposure in the media, community. Read the complete article.

Matching Grant supports lifesaving heart surgery. Group Study Exchange yields long-term humanitarian benefits for India s working poor. Read the complete article.

More Special Items

Community Scholarship Program – Special presentation by Nick Curtin to the Winners:
$1000 Coleen Kendall of Lincoln High School will attend University of Oregon
$500 Lisa Lam of McNair High School – will attend UOP
$500 Amber Gonzales of Franklin High School will attend UC Berkeley
$500 Lisa Vang of Edison High School will attend UC Davis

Presidential Citation – Special presentation by District Governor Susan Drake to the Edison Interact Club with the Rotary Presidential Citation Certificate for their success in organizing special events and activities that fulfill the goals of Rotary.


Debbie Cook – CEO of the Second District Agricultural Association, the San Joaquin County Fair

“San Joaquin County Fair-Celebrating 150 Years of Good Times”

Debbie provided us with a historical account of the origins of the fair as well as current highlights. This year marks the 150th birthday of the Fair which was first held in Hunter Square in 1860. The Fair is a strong supporter of the community providing 300-400 temporary jobs each year as well as bringing extra dollars to local businesses, such as gas stations, grocery stores, motels, and restaurants.

As Debbie said, The Fair provides a fun meeting place for our community, promotion of agriculture, and celebrates our cultures, our future and our past. Look forward to this years SJC Fair June 16th through 20th.

Debbie Cook was introduced by Frank Whitney.

Upcoming Speakers…


  • 19 Royal Robbins-Climbing Half Dome
  • 26 Joe Kapp-Be Prepared


  • 02 Kerry Krueger-Are the Kenyans Still Behind Me?
  • 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.


Liu Dellafosse running a tight meeting. Rotary presidents may wish to take note.

Kuy Ky, with his support group, leading us in song.

Nick Curtin pleading his case to no avail.

District Governor Susan Drake presenting the Presidential Citation to the Edison Interact Club.

Frank Whitney introducing our speaker with a non Stockton Rotary mug as a prop. Oh my!

A meeting of the minds.

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Club Announcements

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Rotary House Cleanup – Bob Blower. Meet this Sunday at 2pm for work and fun. Contact Bob Blower if you intend to join in.

John Harmon Boat Trip – Dave Tygett. June 5. More details to come. Bring a boat unless you wish to swim. Contact Dave Tygett at 957-4058 and at

District Assembly – Saturday, May 22nd at UC Merced. The Assembly will start with registration and continental breakfast at 8:00 am and Opening Session at 8:30 am. There will be breakout sessions on several important topics, followed by lunch. The assembly will conclude at 1:00 p.m.

It is important for all President-elects and their team of board members be there to learn the latest Rotary information and gather ideas and resources for your year. Don’t forget this is also valuable time spent for committee chairs, new members, past officers, and all Rotarians.

Any members interested in attending should contact Susan Drake, or Nick Curtin, The club will cover your costs. We will be car pooling for anyone interested.

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

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


Michael Blower – $100 for being named to the Central Valley Association of Realtors Masters Club for selling over $5 million in real estate.

Nick Curtin – $50 for chairing the Scholarship committee but relinquishing his judging duties due to conflict of interest.

Susan Drake – $250 Bell Ringer to the Rotary Foundation for having her entire family present at the District Conference in Tahoe.

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