The Wheel – May 19, 2010

Click here to see our Rotary leaders in action.

If you enjoy sequels watch the bad guys strike back.

If you didn’t get enough of the good guys, watch, they are still at it. They just won’t go away! Check out the guy in the mustache.

President Michael Blower has a treat for you all. If you missed the meeting, or even if you were present, you will not believe the power of our Rotary members – we are in good hands. Check out the fun to your left.

Visit the “Special Items” section for updates from Rotary International. 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, God Bless America .
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Brian Dillon.
  • Thought for the Day – Robert Shapiro shared how he has been inspired by a book he is reading entitled, The Tipping Point in which the author recounts how local crime rates can be dramatically lowered when citizens take matters in their own hands. For example, local citizens can change the attitude of everyone in a community for the betterment of the community by removing graffiti, trash and other signs of blight.
    Bill Brown notes. This same approach might inspire us to get involved in Save our Stockton Day” this spring when churches and other organizations are organizing to accomplish several clean-up, fix-up projects throughout Stockton.
  • Raffle – Bill Brown won $2.
  • COG Duties – Raffle Tickets: John Atwood
    Greeter: Diane Stauffer
    Microphone: Kerry Krueger
    Attendance: John Maroulis

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – May 26, 2010

Joe Kapp – Be Prepared. Joe Kapp is a well-known and highly respected personality in the United States, Canada and the Bay Area. Kapp led Minnesota Vikings to their first-ever divisional title and playoff game in 1968 and the following year guided the Vikings to Super Bowl IV against the Kansas City Chiefs.

In 1964, Kapp led the CFL British Columbia Lions to their first Grey Cup win, and earned a spot in the CFL hall of Fame. He is the only player to quarterback in an NFL Super Bowl, CFL Grey Cup and NCAA Rose Bowl games. And Kapp is the last quarterback to throw seven touchdown passes in an NFL game!

Joe Kapp has a long successful history in the Bay Area going back to the late 1950 s when he led the Cal Bears to their last Rose Bowl appearance and played on Pete Newell s NCAA Championship Basketball Team. Click here for more information about Joe Kapp.

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

Banner – Bill Gass presented President Michael with a banner from the Rotary Club of Palm Beach where he and Renna recently attended.

Frank Thornton-Smith Scholarship – Nick Curtin introduced Frank Thornton-Smith Scholarship recipient, J C Roek of St. Mary s High School, who demonstrated her winning skill on the piano.

Auction – Bob Blower auctioned off four tickets to the Saturday game between the A s and the Giants for $90. The tickets were donated by Jack O Sullivan.


Royal Robbins- Author

“Climbing Half Dome”

Robbins has climbed both El Capitan and Half Dome multiple times.

The northeast slope of Half Dome was first scaled by George Anderson in 1875. Robbins’ first successful climb came in 1950. Since his first climb he has successfully climbed Half Dome using five different routes.

Perhaps the most inspirational climb and one he often uses in inspirational talks, was his solo assent of El Capitan. It was this climb that taught him the most about the important part the climber s mind plays in the climb. On that occasion he resigned himself to quitting the climb at the end of a particularly difficult day only to awaken the next morning to challenge himself to try again. Just climb five more feet; it will be just as easy to turn back from there he reasoned to himself.

By continuing to challenge himself in five-foot increments for the rest of that day and on subsequent days he completed the climb that he had thought was doomed to failure.

In conclusion Robbins challenged all of us to, Go climb Half Dome.

Royal Robbins was introduced by Bill Gass.

Upcoming Speakers…


  • 26 Joe Kapp-Be Prepared


  • 02 Margee Ensign-Transistions: Dean to President and Stockton to Nigeria
  • 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.


Robert Shapiro giving us the Thought for the Day.

J. C. Roek, Frank Thornton-Smith Scholarship winner, with Nick Curtin.

Bob Blower raising money for the Club.

Joseph Dietrich paying up for his families longevity in business in Stockton.

Dave Midura paying for rummaging around in North Dakota.

Raffle winner Bill Brown.

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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 House Cleanup – Bob Blower thanked Pres. Michael and Don Barry for their work on Rotary House last weekend. Stepping stones were installed and other repairs made.

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.

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.

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.


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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


Joseph Dietrich – was recognized for pictures of he and his father in the Port-o-Call magazine that noted that there have been five successive generations of Dietrichs in the Stockton community. $250

John LaRue – volunteered $250 to SRE to recognize his son s involvement in the CIA- that is the Culinary Institute of America lest you be confused. His son has completed the course of study at the CIA and moved on to his first job – chef for the rugby team at U C Berkley.

Dave Midura donated $250 to SRE to recognize his hard work at the RCS Rummage Sale and his recent trip to North Dakota to celebrate his son s achieving his LPN degree.

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