The Wheel – June 23, 2010


A big thank you to those who went above and beyond to make President Michael s term a success. A big thank you to Michael Blower who led us this year.

Visit the “Special Items” section for updates from Rotary International. Check out the opening ceremonies of the Montreal Convention and more. 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, For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow”
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Waqar Rizvi.
  • Thought for the Day – Jim Anthony reviewed the R I President s themes over the past ten years from the new Rotary book, Toward the Future of Rotary.
  • Raffle – It took twenty winners to finally find the one dollar bill and the big pot. The twentieth drawing, Kuy Ky s number one son, found the $1 bill to hit the jack pot.
  • COG Team Leader: John Maroulis
    Raffle Tickets: John Atwood
    Greeter: Fred Weibel
    Microphones: Floyd Crame
    Attendance: John Maroulis

Table of Contents

Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – June 30, 2010

The Rotary Enforcement Team. The end is near. Now we really celebrate. Make sure to join your fellow Rotarians to give Michael a rousing send off.

Rotary International

Goings on at the RI Convention. John Kenny opens the convention plus a handful of other short videos that will give you a taste of the events. See a video.

Tweet the RI Convention. Rotary International will be tweeting from the 2010 RI Convention in Montr al, Qu bec, Canada. Read the complete article.

More Special Items.

Head Table Jim Anthony, Waqar Rizvi, Tiffany Blower, Michael Blower and two daughters.

Special Recognitions – Stockton Rotary recognized Officer Robin Harris as SPD Police Officer of the Year for outstanding performance of duty.

We also recognized Fireman Robert Kessler as SFD Fire Fighter of the Year for outstanding performance of duty.

Avenue of Service Award – President Michael presented this award to Don Barry for his many contributions to the success of this past year.

Appreciation – Tom Cleveland received a plaque expressing our appreciation to him and the Weberstown Mall, for giving us free space in the mall to have the Polio awareness event and fundraiser.

Local Charity Awards – St Mary s Dining Room grant of $4,800 to provide meals, received by Edward Figueroa.

Stockton Shelter for the Homeless, $2,500 to provide sleeping mats. Received by John Reynolds.

Catholic Charities, $1,000 for a laptop computer and file cabinets. Received by Maria Luisa Rangel.

Second Harvest, $1,000 for Senior Brown Bag Food Program. Received by Mike Mallory.


Michael Blower-President of Stockton Rotary

“Celebration of the Rotary Club of Stockton”

President Michael Blower acknowledged this years All Stars. Every one was mugged, presented with gold rimmed mugs provided for the occasion.

President Michael was especially grateful for the success of the Boots, Bales & BBQ fundraiser, the Rummage Sale and the other fund raising events that made it possible to award $20,000 in grants to non-profit organizations in the community. Michael also mentioned the dictionary distribution to SUSD third grade classes.

President Michael concluded the program by awarding the Avenues of Service Award to Don Barry for his many contributions to the success of the past year.


Awards day at Stockton Rotary. No more deserved recipient, Don.

Upcoming Speakers…


  • 30 Rotary Enforcement Team-Michael’s Kick Out


  • 07 Bob Dies-City Manager
  • 14 Kerry Krueger-Are the Kenyan’s Still Behind Me
  • 21 Joelle Gomez-Women’s Center
  • 28 Terry Hull-Visioning Report


Robin Harris receiving her outstanding Police Officer of the Year award.
Robert Kessler receiving his outstanding Fire Fighter of the Year award.
Tom Cleveland receiving our appreciation for his help with the Polio Fundraiser.

Ed Figueroa of St Mary’s receiving our donation.

John Reynolds of Stockton Shelter receiving our donation.

Mike Mallory of Second Harvest receiving our donation.

Maria Luisa Rangel of Catholic Charities receiving our donation.


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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.
Kayak Party – Chad Sublet. July 15th at Susan Drake s home at 4 pm. $10 per adult. This has become an annual event. Great food, fellowship and boating. All ages can have a good time. A great event for families. Contact Susan at 472-9662 or at

Music in the Park – Dave Tygett. July 28. More info to come. To our knowledge Dave is not performing.

Annual Golf Tournament – Bill Wagner. The tournament will be on August 16 at the Stockton Golf and Country Club.

Annual Fundraiser Event – Cathy Dodson. Save the date. Back by popular demand is the Country Hoe-Down, Boots, Bales & BBQ. Featured will be live music, great food and live and silent auction items. The event will be at Borra Vineyards, 1301 East Armstrong Road, Lodi. The barn will open at 5 pm on Saturday September 18. Mark your calendars and sign up. You may visit our online calendar and sign up or fill out your info on fliers at your table. Volunteers are needed, contact Cathy at

Support Fund – Jack O’Sullivan Focus Health, Jack’s employer, has established an account at Bank of the West to raise funds for a family left behind by the death of employee Kevin Williams. Focus Health will match donations up to $50,000. Donations may be made at any Bank of the West branch. For more information please contact Jack directly at 209-524-8700 or by email at .

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 Our new card has the Rotary logo and name on them. 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


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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