The Wheel – August 18, 2010



Visit the “Special Items” section for updates from Rotary International to learn of the latest around the world with Rotary. Encouraging news on the polio front.

Check out the speaker for next week’s meeting. A brief bio is presented but you can always click on the link to learn more. 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.

“Building Communities – Bridging Continents”


  • Song – Floyd Crame “Jail House Rock”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Jim Woodward.
  • Thought for the Day – Valli Israels. Make a difference, if only one at a time
  • Raffle – TJ Hull won a coin.
  • COG – Team Leader-Chad Sublet, Raffle-John Atwood, Greeter-Chad Sublet, Microphone-Doug Srulowitz and Kerry Krueger, Attendance-Marie Arbois.

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – August 25, 2010


Judge Ross – West Nile Virus. Roger Ross was appointed to the Superior Court bench in June of 2007. He currently serves in the Tracy Branch of the Superior Court handling criminal and civil trials, limited jurisdiction civil cases, a variety of unlawful detainer and foreclosure actions. He also hears domestic violence and civil restraining orders, as well as small claims and traffic trials.

Judge Ross was hospitalized and diagnosed with neuro-invasive West Nile Virus in September of 2009. He has since returned to work full-time. Please click here to read more about our speaker.

Rotary International

Canadian Rotarian swims to end polio. Attempt to cross Lake Ontario raises thousands for Rotary’s challenge.. Read the complete article.

Momentum toward polio eradication builds in Pakistan. Stepped-up efforts in the Swat Valley and across the country are meeting with success. Read the complete article.

More Special Items.

Head Table – Nick Curtin, Jerry Smith, Rudy Luna, Oscar Cano, Valli Israels and Jim Woodward.

Paul Harris Fellowship Kuy Ky presented a fellowship to his daughter Meagan.

Rotarian of the Month – Robert Paoletti was honored by President Nick for his vocational service.


Rudy Luna

“San Quentin”

Rudy Luna presented a fascinating look at San Quentin prison, California s oldest penal institution founded in 1852.

San Quentin serves 20 counties and has a population of 5080 inmates. San Quentin also houses the largest condemned population in the western hemisphere with 702 inmates.

On the premises and part of the prison, are factories that produce mattresses and over 200 types of furniture in addition to other trades programs. Education, team sports, chapel, and medical services are available to inmates.

Rudy Luna was introduced by Jerry Smith.



Upcoming Speakers…


  • 25 Judge Ross-West Nile Virus


  • 01 Marcus Niggli-Winery Business-a Controlled Risk
  • 08 Max Simoncic-The Slovanian Go Between
  • 15 Club Assembly
  • 22 Michael Coffman-Climate Change
  • 29 Don Wiley-What Impact Will the County Hospital and New Inmate Facility Have on the Medical Profession in our Community


Meagan Ky receiving a Paul Harris Fellowship from her dad.
Derron Lee being recognized for becoming Young Optometrist of the Year.
Diane Stauffer, recgnized by the Stockton Symphony Alliance, as Volunteeer of the Year.

Economist Kevin Hicks paying for his article in The Record.

Susan Drake paying up for being on the cover of The Business Journal.

Joe Serra celebrating his bargain purchase of a pair of African shorts.

Welcome back Dean! The best $250 you ever spent.

President Nick awarding Robert Paoletti Rotarian of the Month.


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Welcome home from Iraq Robert. Great to see you back at Rotary.

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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.

Labor Day Party – Gary Hansen announced his 7th Annual Labor Day Party Sept 6th at Valley Brewing Co. 3pm-9pm.

Annual Golf Tournament – Pres. Nick congratulated those that worked on the Golf Tournament: Bill Wagner, Brant Fetters and Jeff Zola.

Concert in the Park Dave Tygett. Waterloo is playing at the August 25, 2010 concert and Kris Blower will be the Club s host.
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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. Silent and live auction items are needed. Cntact Cathy at

GSE Opportunities – there are opportunities to join teams going to Mexico and India. Please visit our district website at for more information.

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 $923. if you would like additional cards for family, friends see Susan.





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Birthdays… August

  • Serra, Joseph B. (JOE) 04
  • Chandar, John R (JOHN) 04
  • Nelson, Robert C (ROBERT) 05
  • Wykoff, Victor (VIC) 06
  • Miller, David L (DAVID) 14
  • Benner, Dale (DALE) 16
  • Notman, John S (JOHN) 19
  • Campora, Cathryn M (CATEY) 25
  • Chapman, Daniel J (DAN) 25
  • LaRue, John K (JOHN) 26
  • Crump, Ronald L (RON) 26
  • Lemos, Louis G (LOUIS) 27
  • Burdick, William L (BILL) 28


$118 Derron Lee named Young Optometrist last year and his wife Leanne took the same honor this year.

$100 Diane Stauffer named Volunteer of the Year, Stockton Symphony Alliance

$25 Kevin Hicks for letter to the Record editor regarding the economics of grocery bags

$50 Susan Drake for appearing on the cover of the Business Journal

$25 Pres. Nick for his part in the Business Journal story

Joe Serra bought back his African shorts for $13,000 Kwasha (or $25US)

$250 Dean McNeilly who survived a recent bout with cancer and was well enough to give Pres. Nick a jab.

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; Nick Curtin, 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
Ray Klinginsmith

District 5220 Governor
Don Murphy

Stockton Rotary Club President
Nicholas Curtin