The Wheel – May 5, 2010

President Mi… preparing his conference speech with the aid of how many glasses of wine? One empty with two to go? It was an outstanding speech Mi… .

Reminder, next week’s meeting will NOT BE AT THE STOCKTON GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB. We will meet at the Impact Teen center at 725 N El Dorado Street, the Podesto Teen Center.

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, “ABC’s”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Dave Tygett.
  • Thought for the Day – Ken Steele.
  • Raffle – Joe Serra won $50.
  • COG Duties – Team leader and helping with attendance, Chad Sublet
    Raffle tickets, Eric Duran
    Greeter, Marie Arbios
    Microphones, Kerry Krueger and John Chandar.

Table of Contents

Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – May 12, 2010

Reminder, the meeting will NOT BE AT THE STOCKTON GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB. We will meet at the Impact Teen Center at 725 N El Dorado Street, the Podesto Teen Center.

San Joaquin County Fair-Celebrating 150 Years of Good Times – Debbie Cook, Chief Executive Officer, San Joaquin County Fair. Debbie Cook has worked at the San Joaquin County Fair for over 22 years, serving as Deputy Manager for most of that time. In January 2009, she was appointed Chief Executive Officer.

Debbie grew up in the small town of Templeton, near Paso Robles. After graduating from Fresno State, she started her career in the Fair Business at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles, where she worked for nine years. Then she worked for a few months at the Big Fresno Fair before transferring to the San Joaquin County Fair in 1987. She is the mother of a 12 year old daughter, who keeps her very busy chauffeuring to swimming, soccer, and horse back riding lessons.

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

New Member: Dr. Derron Lee, optometrist, sponsored by Chad Sublet.


Michael Fitzgerald – Columnist, The Record

Famous Stocktonians

Some of the persons Michael introduced us to as Famous Stocktonians included Chris Isaak who went to Stagg High School then went on to become a rock and movie star. Another was Janet Leigh, famous actress and mother of Jamie Lee Curtis. Jose Hernandez, famous astronaut is also from Stockton.

Famous Stocktonians that we may not have heard of are Gil Evans, who attended College of the Pacific. He went on to be recognized as a jazz Legend.

Martin Ramirez, who worked on local farms, ended up spending most of his life at the Stockton State Hospital where he would paint in his room sometimes creating his own canvas/paper and paints.

The New York Times recognized Carlos Ramirez as one of the great artists of the 20th century.

Michael Fitzgerald was introduced by Michael Blower.

Upcoming Speakers…


  • 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 Kerry Krueger-Running the Boston Marathon
  • 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.


Ken Steele bringing us the Thought for the Day.

New member Derron Lee. Welcome to the Club Derron.

Cathy Peterson presenting the Physical Therapy Project with UOP to the Club.

Marathoner Kerry Kreuger learning that hard work costs at Rotary.

Congratulations, Kuy Ky, for becoming a board member of the American Dental Implant Association.

Joe Serra, big raffle winner!

Back to Top

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 the Impact Teen Center AKA Podesto Teen Center, 725 N El Dorado Street, Stockton CA. The program will be conducted by members of Interact.

Stockton Sunrise Annual Wine Tasting – John Dierking from the Stockton Sunrise Rotary club announced their annual fundraising event on June 4th at Mickey Grove park.

District Conference – Michael Blower. Our club received numerous awards including the Presidential Citation as well as being recognized as a Star Club for giving over $125 per member to the Foundation. We were also recognized for Club Service, International Service and Youth Service. District Governor Susan Drake, thanked all those who attended and participated and helped.
—-A coment from your editor. One of the best conferences ever! The work of Rotary, both in our district 5220 and around the world, was on display. Outstanding reports on our work in 5220, encouraging reports from Ambassadorial Scholars, Group Study Exchange Students and excellent speeches from local and visiting Rotary International dignitaries filled our days. Oh yes, great social hours as well. Congratulations are due to Dave Mantooth, who was Conference chair and to Susan Drake our District Governor. We encourage our members to plan to attend next years conference. You will be rewarded with a new understanding of what Rotary is all about and you will enjoy it all.

Physical Therapy Clinic Project – Cathy Peterson presented a potential opportunity to our club to fund a Physical Therapy Clinic in conjunction with UOP, which would allow the lab to provide free physical therapy to the community. The projected monetary contribution by the club would be $20,000 per year for the next 5 years. This contribution would give the club naming recognition for the lab. Various members raised questions, and or concerns to commit future presidents. More discussion on this matter will occur. Both future presidents Nick Curtin and Rena Beinoris and their boards support this effort.

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.


Back to Top

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


Kerry Krueger was recognized $100 for running the Boston Marathon. Her time qualified her to run again next year.

Kuy Ky was recognized for a bell ringer for being named to the board of directors of the American Dental Implant Association. Kuy was also recognized for $50 for calling our president, Michael Blower, Mikey . Twice! How reckless.

Paul Kozlo was recognized for $25 for his phone ringing during the meeting.

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

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

Back to Top

Rotary International President
John Kenny

District 5220 Governor
Susan Drake

Stockton Rotary Club President
Michael Blower