The Wheel – May 26, 2010



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“The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands”


  • Song – Bob Blower, The Star Spangled Banner .
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance -Melanie Vieux.
  • Thought for the Day – Ernie Jordon provided an inspirational prayer reflecting on the words of the Star Spangled Banner. Ernie challenged everyone, regardless of ideological differences, to ask God for wisdom in finding solutions to our problems.
  • Raffle – Rigo Cervantes won $2.
  • COG Duties – John Maroulis – Team leader, Fred Weibel, Greeter, Floyd Crame and Chad Sublet – microphones, Diane Stauffer and Rigo Cervantes attendance, John Atwood raffle.

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – June 2, 2010

Margee EnsignTransistions: Dean to President and Stockton to Nigeria. Dr. Margee M. Ensign is a distinguished scholar and administrator, serving for the past 11 years as the Dean of the School of International Studies and Associate Provost for International Initiatives for the University of the Pacific.

At Pacific she started the Inter-American program, the Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship, the Gerber lecture series and an international law program with McGeorge School of Law. She has also been the Principal Investigator for the California International Studies Project, a state-wide project that trains over 6,000 K-12 teachers throughout California in world history, geography and international affairs. Click here for more information about Margee Ensign.

Rotary International

Financial picture for RI continues to improve. General secretary provides Rotarians with results of the first nine months of fiscal year. Read the complete article.

RI president’s June message. The caring of Rotarians makes a difference. Read the complete article.

More Special Items

Frank Thornton-Smith Scholarship Ryan Valenzuela is the 2010 recipient of the $1,000 Stockton Rotary Endowment Frank Thornton-Smith scholarship. Ryan is a Bear Creek High School student, a self-taught musician and will study music starting this fall at the University of Pacific. Ryan played an original piece titled “Strawberry Lemonade” and was accompanied by this father, August.

Vocational Talk John Chandar shared the highlights of a Nursing Home Administrator. Nursing homes care for yesterday s youth with two primary types of patients. The first group is short-term patients who stay 14 days or less for rehabilitation services. The second group is long-term patients who stay for more than 14 days for permanent types of disabilities and care.

District Awards Susan Drake presented the Club with two district awards for literacy projects. The first award – our club was one of six clubs in our district to be honored by the Zone. The second was one of two from the district recognized by the North America Area. Thanks for everyone s help and working together as a team.

Paul Harris Fellowship – Jeff Kamigaki, presented by his proud father, Mas Kamigaki.


Joe Kapp – retired player and coach

“Be Prepared”

With great humor, Joe shared the source of his success, both on and off the football field, Everything done in life is done as part of a team. Success comes from setting goals, planning to achieve those goals and making sacrifices to achieve the goals.

Joe Kapp grew up in gated communities he affectionatingly called the projects . Joe was also a migratory football player because of the number of locations he played during his career. Joe shared personal memories of some historic plays he orchestrated during his career. He has worked for many charitable causes over the years including his own Foundation.

Joe Kapp was introduced by Paul Jacobsen.

Upcoming Speakers…


  • 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


  • 07 TBA
  • 14 TBA
  • 21 TBA
  • 28 TBA


Jeff Kamigaki receiving a Paul Harris Fellowship award from his father Mas Kamigaki.

John Chandar presenting his vocational talk.

Don Barry paying up for failing to fully inform Nick Curtin resulting in an illegal cash transfer.

John Green, member of the pass the buck crew, paying bucks for his behavior

and John Reusche

and CP Riddle. And Jerry Smith. Where is Jerry?

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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.

Membership Committee Meet – TJ Hull. There will be a membership committee meeting immediately after next week s meeting.

Communications Committee Meet – Graham Tweedy. Following next weeks’ meeting all members are encouraged to meet with us. We need your help to plan for the next Rotary year.

John Harmon Boat Trip – Dave Tygett. June 5. Please sign up at the tables or contact Dave. Bring a boat unless you wish to swim. Contact Dave Tygett at 957-4058 and at

Ports Family Night Kris Blower reported that Ports Family Night is on June 13. Please click here for complete information. Or you wish to print out the flyer.

Annual Wine Tasting Event – Stockton Sunrise Rotary Club is having its 25th on June 5, 2010 at the San Joaquin County Historical Museum at Micke Grove Park. Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door. Click the following link to sign up Susan Drake has tickets. 472-9662.

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… June

  • Wilhoit, Douglass W (DOUG) 05
  • Plovnick, Mark S (MARK) 08
  • De Gregori, John H (JOHN) 08
  • Neri, Don G (DON) 09
  • Blower, Kris A (KRIS) 10
  • O’Sullivan, John V (JACK) 10
  • Shapiro, Robert J (BOB) 11
  • Harless, Charlynn L (CHARLYNN) 13
  • Drake, Susan J (SUSAN) 14
  • Kauffman, Kevin M (KEVIN) 17
  • Moilan, Ross M (ROSS) 17
  • Drury, Dale L (DALE) 21
  • Hosie, William C (BILL) 25
  • Curtin, Nicholas (NICK) 27
  • Lynch, William H (BILL) 29
  • Lofthus, Ort J (OJ) 29
  • Dietrich V, Francis J (JOSEPH) 30


For John Greene s flight in a Czech Republic L29 Albatross Flight Trainer and a skillful job of passing the buck and for the desire to avoid G forces and not wanting to aggravate the back .

John Green $75

CP Riddle $25

Jerry Smith $25

John Reusche $25

Nick Curtin – for raiding his wife s purse of cash and leaving her stranded on the Streets of Stockton without money. $50

Don Barry – for failing to alert Nick that his wife would need the cash. $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) 472-9664t;br />

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Rotary International President
John Kenny

District 5220 Governor
Susan Drake

Stockton Rotary Club President
Michael Blower